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February 28, 2013
12:30 EDTJCP, SHLD, GRPN, BSFT, PANL, MNST, BKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday despite a weaker than expected estimate on gross domestic product growth. The futures had little reaction to the pre-market economic reports, which included the GDP revision along with personal consumption data and weekly jobless claims figures. The opening losses were minimal and barely lasted, as the market quickly reversed and moved into positive territory. The better than expected Chicago Purchasing Managerís Index also had little effect, as the averages have remained in a narrow trading range though mostly higher since the open... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of fourth quarter economic growth was revised up from an annualized fall of 0.1% to a rise of 0.1%, though the increase was much smaller than the bump up to 0.5% growth that analysts had forecast. Personal consumption rose in the quarter by 2.1%, versus the expected increase of 2.3%. Initial jobless claims fell 22K to 344K in the final week of February, better than the expected decline to 360K. The Chicago PMI Business Barometer Index for February rose to 56.8, versus consensus calls for a 55.0 reading. In Asia stocks were broadly higher, particularly in Japan, after the Japanese government formally nominated Haruhiko Kuroda, an advocate of aggressive policy action, as the Governor of its central bank... COMPANY NEWS: A number of well known retailers saw their stocks decline following their earnings reports, headlined by J.C. Penney (JCP). The company reported a much wider than expected quarterly loss and said its same-store sales plunged 31.7% during the holiday quarter. Shares declined over 15% following the report. Another embattled department store, Sears (SHLD), saw its shares fall more than 5% after its own report... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Universal Display (PANL), which jumped 13%, Barnes & Noble (BKS), which rose over 7%, and Monster Beverage (MNST), which advanced nearly 6%. Among the noteworthy losers was Groupon (GRPN), which plummeted more than 19% after it unexpectedly reported a quarterly loss, guided to much worse than expected sales in the coming quarter and the stock was downgraded by at least three firms. Also sharply lower were shares of BroadSoft (BSFT), which dropped 28% after its stock was similarly downgraded by at least three firms following disappointing results and guidance... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 6.32, or 0.04%, to 14,081.69; the Nasdaq was up 6.68, or 0.21%, to 3,168.94; and the S&P 500 was up 1.97, or 0.13%, to 1,517.96.
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09:32 EDTBKSSamsung, Barnes & Noble announce new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
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07:44 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $115 from $84 at RBC Capital
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05:51 EDTJCPStocks with implied volatility movement; JCP VHC
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August 19, 2014
15:48 EDTBKSCNET to hold a live blog
CNET holds a live blog of the unveiling of Samsung and Barnes & Noble's Nook tablet in New York on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
13:40 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble to start selling new Samsung tablet tomorrow, Digital Reader says
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11:43 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage channel data relatively in-line, says Jefferies
Jefferies said Total energy drink sales were up 5.9% year-over-year in the C&G channel for the four weeks ended August 2, down from +6.6% in the prior 12-weeks ended July 5. The firm said the data is relatively in-line with Monster Beverage Street expectations.
10:42 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:13 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
09:33 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $125 from $87 at Goldman
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07:54 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Sears Holdings August weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 55, December is at 46, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
06:05 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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August 18, 2014
16:52 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:12 EDTMNSTAnalysts mixed on Monster Beverage following Coke deal
Analysts had mixed outlooks on energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) in notes to investors earlier today. The analyst comments come after last Thursday nightís announcement that Monster had formed a strategic partnership with Coca-Cola, which included Coca-Cola taking a 16.7% stake in the energy drink maker. BEARISH TAKE: Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold from Buy, saying that the stock's valuation "looks full" following its rally on Friday. The potential for a strategic deal is no longer a positive catalyst for Monster's stock, as that catalyst largely played out Friday, Grundy believes. Although Coca-Cola is likely to increase its stake in Monster, it will likely take years to do so, the analyst forecast. Additionally, the growth of the global energy drink space has been slowing in recent months, creating risk for Monster, the analyst believes. However, Grundy did raise his price target on the shares to $95 from $80. BULLISH TAKE: The deal is "a big win" for both Monster and Coca-Cola, but Monster will benefit more, analysts at Wells Fargo contended. The deal should significantly increase Monster's opportunity in international markets, according to the firm. Moreover, Wells believes that the market has historically undervalued Monster's international potential, and it estimates that the company's international business is worth about $65 per share. The firm raised its price target range on the stock to $104-$106 from $79-$81 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Like Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse expects the deal to accelerate the growth of Monster's international business. Additionally, the firm thinks that Monster could return a significant percentage of the $2.1B it received from Coca-Cola to shareholders, either through share repurchases or a one-time dividend. Credit Suisse increased its price target on Coca-Cola to $98 from $82 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Monster dropped 4% to $89.50. On Thursday the stock closed at $71.65.
12:18 EDTMNSTThe Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory following news that Russia and Ukraine were working on a potential ceasefire. The market had faltered on Friday following reports that the Ukraine army had attacked a Russian military vehicle after it crossed into Ukraine territory. The market opened sharply higher and then received an additional boost when the NAHB Housing market Index came in above expectations. The averages quickly moved to session highs, lifting the S&P to its highest level ever and putting August on track for the best monthly performance since February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose 2 points to 55 in August. The index had climbed 4 points to 53 in July. This is the highest level since January's 56. The single family sales index edged up to 58 from 56 (revised from 57). The future index was 65 from 63 (revised from 64). The index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 42 from 39 (revised from 39). Data was better than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) were higher by about 10% after the company announced a proposal to acquire rival Family Dollar (FDO) for $78.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $9.7B. Shares of Family Dollar rose approximately 5% on the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sensata Technologies (ST), which rose 5.6% after after agreeing to buy privately held Schrader International for $1B. Also higher was Lannett (LCI), which gained 9.3% after the company said fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings per share and revenue would exceed analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell about 4% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying the valuation looks full following its recent rally. Also lower was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which dropped 2.3% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company to Sell from Neutral, and downgraded the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral. The firm expects consensus estimates to move lower due to cyclical headwinds, increased Q4 and Q1 seasonality, and a RF correction. Goldman lowered their price target on the shares to $54 from $58. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.13, or 1.01%, to 16,831.04, the Nasdaq rose 44.11, or 0.99%, to 4,508.87, and the S&P 500 was higher by 16.79, or 0.86%, to 1,971.88.
11:57 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP GPRO
J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 43, GoPro (GPRO) January 48 call option implied volatility decreased 8% to 45 according to IVolatility.
10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:41 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $104-$106 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $98 from $82 at Credit Suisse
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05:27 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold with a $95 price target saying the valuation looks full following the recent rally in shares.
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