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August 13, 2013
08:46 EDTOWW, DGIT, APP, MRK, AVNR, NQ, SINA, LLY, YUM, XRX, JCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: NQ Mobile (NQ), up 10%... Sina (SINA), up 6.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Digital Generation (DGIT), up 38% after selling television ad delivery business for $485M, announcing plan to form new company that will hold DG's online business... Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), up 9% after announcing an agreement to co-promote Merck (MRK) therapies in U.S. long-term care institutions... Eli Lilly (LLY), up 4.3% after lung cancer drug met endpoint in trial... Xerox (XRX), up 3% following upgrade to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.4% after Bill Ackman resigns from board. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Apparel (APP), down 4.5%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 3.2% after announcing July same-store sales in its China division fell 13%, including a 16% drop at KFC stores... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 12% after announcing PAR Capital Management has sold 8.1M of its 24.6M shares of Orbitz Worldwide stock.
News For JCP;XRX;YUM;LLY;SINA;NQ;AVNR;MRK;APP;DGIT;OWW From The Last 14 Days
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October 8, 2014
09:20 EDTJCP, YUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney CEO Ullman says customers remain cautious
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07:29 EDTYUMYum! comp weakness in China has bottomed, says UBS
UBS believes Yum! Brands' recovery in China is under way, but that visibility remains limited following yesterday's Q3 results. The firm still has many questions about company strategy, but believes China comp weakness has bottomed. UBS maintains its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands outlook still positive, says Stifel
After Yum! reported weaker than expected results ex-items, Stifel continues to expect the company to eventually carry out a significant restructuring that could include a partial listing of its China unit in Hong Kong and/or a $15 per share debt recapitalization. The firm continues to believe that Yum! China is one of the best retail businesses in the world. It cut its price target on Yum! to $105 from $110 but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:18 EDTMRKInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
06:11 EDTLLYNovartis says expects three executive committee members to leave
Novartis (NVS) confirmed that following completion of the transactions with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) in the coming months, that the three business leaders of the Novartis divisions at the center of the transaction will leave the Executive Committee of Novartis. The expected changes to the ECN are subject to the closing of the transactions announced on April 22 - Novartis expects the transaction with GSK to be completed in the first half of 2015, and the transaction with Eli Lilly for its Animal Health Business to close in the first quarter of 2015. George Gunn, currently Division Head, Novartis Animal Health, will reach his contractual retirement age in July 2015 and will retire from Novartis. Upon closing of the Animal Health transaction with Lilly he will leave the ECN. Brian McNamara, currently Division Head, Novartis OTC, will transition to GSK as Head of Americas and Europe for the consumer health businesses, reporting to the President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, effective at closing of the transaction. Andrin Oswald, currently Division Head, Novartis Vaccines, will be leaving Novartis to pursue other opportunities following closing of the transaction with GSK.
October 7, 2014
17:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands reverses direction in after-hours trading, up 1.1%
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16:31 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 China SSS down 14%
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 1% following Q3 results
16:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects to develop at least 700 new restaurants in China this year
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands lowers FY14 EPS growth ex-items to 6%-10%
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16:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides China update
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16:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 EPS ex-items 87c, consensus 89c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.35B, consensus $3.48B. Worldwide system sales grew 1%. Worldwide restaurant margin decreased 2.7 percentage points to 14.9%, and worldwide operating profit decreased 12%.
15:16 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands October weekly 70 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q3
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13:04 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney to host analyst day
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13:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands technical notes ahead of results
The shares have markedly under-performed in the prior three months, trading down over 14%. A great deal of the share price loss came at the front of the interval during the tainted-meat scandal in China. After the initial drop, shares have been basing in a range of $70 at the low and $73 at the high. The base at $70 may be particularly important. If the news is worse than already low expectations, that support at the $70 area could be lost. Next support below would be at $68.20 and then at $66.16. An extreme price reaction could see the 52-week low at $64.08 tested as well or perhaps broken. Equally, an upside surprise could see the top of the range tested at $73. Given low expectations, a bit of stronger news could push the stock through that resistance level. Next upside would be at $73.84, $75.44, and then at $76.33 on an increasing band of positive surprises.
10:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility increases into company hosted analyst day
J.C. Penney October weekly call option implied volatility is at 118, October is at 72, November is at 57, January is at 55, February is at 53; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into a company hosted analyst day event on October 8.
October 6, 2014
11:02 EDTXRXHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
06:12 EDTSINASINA implied volatility of 38 at lower end of index mean range
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