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February 14, 2014
09:13 EDTTRLA, CHGG, CIEN, VFC, OXY, MW, MHR, GNC, PHMD, CLF, WTW, JOSB, A, LOGM, ERIC, LCAV, SJM, CPBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Campbell Soup Company (CPB), up 4%... Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), up 6.8%... LogMeln (LOGM), up 23%. ALSO HIGHER: LCA Vision (LCAV), up 27% after PhotoMedex (PHMD) agreed to buy the company for $5.37 per share... Ciena (CIEN), up 6.2% after announcing global agreement with Ericsson (ERIC)... Magnum Hunter (MHR), up 7.8% after announcing gas discovery in first Utica Shale well... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), up 2.8% after authorizing the separation of Occidental’s California assets into an independent and separately traded company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Weight Watchers (WTW), down 22.5%... VF Corp. (VFC), down 7%... GNC Holdings (GNC), down 14%... J.M. Smucker Company (SJM), down 4.6%... Chegg (CHGG), down 10.5%... Trulia (TRLA), down 13.5%... Agilent (A), down 6.5%. ALSO LOWER: Jos. A. Bank (JOSB), down 1.3% after agreeing acquire Everest Holdings, parent of Eddie Bauer, for $825M. Men's Wearhouse (MW), which has offered to buy Jos. A. Bank previously, is down 7.6%.
News For JOSB;MW;CPB;WTW;OXY;SJM;CLF;VFC;LCAV;PHMD;CIEN;ERIC;GNC;CHGG;LOGM;MHR;TRLA;A From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
13:24 EDTCLFGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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09:11 EDTMHROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:40 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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January 19, 2015
11:17 EDTCIENTrans Pacific Express selects Ciena for submarine cable upgrade
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11:16 EDTCIENCiena to further upgrade Japan-U.S. cable network
The Japan-U.S. Cable Network recently selected Ciena to expand its trans-Pacific submarine network that spans close to 22,000 km and provides diverse connectivity from Japan to the U.S. This upgrade will utilize the flexibility and scalability of Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution and the latest WaveLogic programmable coherent optical technology to further increase the capacity of the network, which was originally upgraded with Ciena’s coherent solution in 2012.
January 16, 2015
11:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement
Cliffs Natural January weekly call option implied volatility is at 96. January is at 98, March is at 88, compared to its 26-week average of 79 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
08:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. price target raised to $85 from $76 at Susquehanna
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07:09 EDTMWMen's Wearhouse says arbitrators awarded former JA Apparel licensee $42.6M
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January 15, 2015
16:20 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
16:01 EDTCLFOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
15:57 EDTCLFCliffs Natural said to have multiple suitors for mine, Bloomberg reports
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15:32 EDTCLFCliffs Natural said to have multiple suitors for Bloom Lake, Bloomberg reports
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13:07 EDTERICNetworking trends seen as boon for Cisco, others
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09:46 EDTCPBCampbell Soup management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:25 EDTWTWWeight Watchers price target lowered to $20 from $24 at Credit Suisse
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07:02 EDTERICTrends positive for data networking names, says Bernstein
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06:17 EDTERICVodafone CTO Steve Pusey to retire, Johan Wibergh appointed as successor
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January 14, 2015
09:54 EDTCPBMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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05:49 EDTERICApple sues Ericsson over patent royalty rates, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) filed a lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, stating that Ericsson's royalty rates are excessive and its patents are not essential to LTE standards, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
05:28 EDTERICEricsson files complaint against Apple in U.S. District Court
Following Apple's (AAPL) action, Ericsson (ERIC) has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas requesting a ruling on Ericsson's proposed global licensing fees with Apple. During the past two years of negotiations, the companies have not been able to reach an agreement on licensing of Ericsson's patents that enable Apple's mobile devices to connect with the world and power many of their applications. Ericsson filed the suit in order to receive an independent assessment on whether Ericsson's global licensing offer complies with Ericsson's fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory, or FRAND, commitment. The global license agreement between Ericsson and Apple for mobile technology has expired and Apple has declined to take a new license on offered FRAND terms. Ericsson's Q4 IPR revenue will include payment from Apple under previous agreement. Every Apple smartphone and tablet with cellular capability uses technology from Ericsson. On January 12, Apple filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to find that it does not infringe a small subset of Ericsson's patents.
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