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February 28, 2013
12:30 EDTMNST, GRPN, PANL, SHLD, BKS, BSFT, JCPOn 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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January 14, 2015
10:39 EDTGRPNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:50 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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January 13, 2015
10:17 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:16 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage rises as Stifel target hike outweighs Wells Fargo downgrade
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10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:23 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility elevated into investor meeting
Monster Beverage January call option implied volatility is at 49, February is at 34, March is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into a company hosted investor meeting today.
07:41 EDTMNSTWells downgrades Monster Beverage on valuation
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07:13 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $130 from $115 at Stifel
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05:51 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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05:50 EDTGRPNStocks with implied volatility movement; GRPN FEYE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Groupon (GRPN) 70, FireEye (FEYE) 66 according to iVolatility.
January 12, 2015
16:19 EDTBSFTBroadSoft acquires Leonid Systems
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11:26 EDTGRPNGroupon February volatility elevated at 83
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10:15 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:35 EDTJCPNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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