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July 15, 2014
09:21 EDTALB, LJPC, VOL, ROC, GSK, APOL, OPTT, CDXS, WWW, GPRO, LGF, GS, PLUG, RAI, JPM, BABA, LOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), up 2.9%... Goldman Sachs (GS), up 1.7%... Wolverine World Wide (WWW), up 2%. HIGHER: Lionsgate (LGF), up 2.5% after forming a strategic collaboration with Alibaba (BABA)... Rockwood (ROC), up 13.5% after Albemarle (ALB) agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.2B, or $50.65 in cash and 0.4803 shares of Albemarle common stock for each Rockwood share. Albemarle up 6% after announcing the merger... Codexis (CDXS), up 80% after announcing collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GXK)... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12% after stock initiated with an Outperform rating at FBR Capital... GoPro (GPRO), up 5% after stock initiated with an Outperform rating and $60 price target at JMP Securities... La Jolla Pharma (LJPC), up 25% after announcing pre-clinical data for LJPC-1010 in NASH. LOWER: Lorillard (LO), down 5% after Reynolds American (RAI) confirms deal to acquire the company in transaction valued at $68.88 per share. Reynolds American down 2% following the confirmation of the long speculated merger deal... Apollo Education (APOL), down 1.1% following an announcement that the Department of Education intends to conduct an ordinary course program review of University of Phoenix... Valero Energy (VLO), down 2% after announcing second quarter guidance below analyst estimates... Ocean Power (OPTT), down 25% after saying VWP unit intends to terminate its renewable energy demonstration program funding deed in Australia.
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July 21, 2015
06:37 EDTWWWWolverine World Wide reports Q2 adjusted EPS 27c, consensus 20c
Reports Q2 revenue $630.1M, consensus $618.76M. Adjusting for the impact of foreign exchange, retail store closures and termination of the Patagonia license agreement, adjusted revenue grew 6.9% versus the prior year.
July 20, 2015
15:47 EDTGPROGoPro launches premium content licensing portal
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15:01 EDTWWWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:33 EDTGPROGoPro, Toyota partner to put camera mount in Tacoma, Wired says
GoPro (GPRO) and Toyota (TM) are partnering to place a a GoPro camera mount on the roofline of every new 2016 Toyota Tacoma, a first for a carmaker, says Wired. Toyota will not supply the camera, added Wired. Shares of GoPro are up 6.5% while Toyota is up fractionally. Reference Link
13:03 EDTGS, JPMFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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09:34 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan boosts Spanish bond holdings amid Greek deal, Bloomberg says
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06:59 EDTBABAYahoo says taxes could 'materially reduce' Aabaco cash for distributions
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05:17 EDTBABAAlibaba, Unilever sign strategic partnership agreement
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTGS, JPMFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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18:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan agrees to pay $388M in mortgage-backed securities case, Reuters says
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17:47 EDTBABAAAFA calls on Alibaba's Jack Ma to implement anti-counterfeiting measures
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July 17, 2015
17:00 EDTBABAYahoo expects Alibaba spin-off completed in Q4
Yahoo (YHOO) announced the initial filing with the SEC in connection with its previously announced plan to spin off the company's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) into a newly formed independent, publicly traded, registered investment company. The name selected for the new public company is Aabaco Holdings. Under the spin-off plan, announced on January 27, Yahoo plans to distribute all of the outstanding shares of Aabaco Holdings pro rata to its shareholders. Immediately after the spin-off, Aabaco Holdings will own approximately 384M shares of Alibaba Group, representing an ownership interest of approximately 15% in Alibaba Group, and a 100% ownership interest in a newly formed entity which will own Yahoo Small Business. The initial filing provides important information about the spin-off and Aabaco Holdings. Additional and updated information will be provided in subsequent amendments to the Form N-2. The spin-off is expected to be completed in Q4, subject to final approval by Yahoo's board and the satisfaction or waiver by Yahoo of certain other conditions.
16:41 EDTJPM, GSStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:01 EDTBABAOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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14:00 EDTGS, JPMEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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10:13 EDTGPROAmbarella to get boost from drone demand, analyst says
Ambarella (AMBA) should benefit from stronger than expected demand for drones, which are "literally flying off the shelves" at Best Buy (BBY), research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. Ambarella develops processors used in high definition cameras, such as those often utilized by drones. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Pacific Crest analyst Brad Erickson wrote that sales of drones have been stronger than expected. Ambarella should benefit from that trend, as well as from the fact that demand for GoPro (GPRO) cameras, which utilize Ambarella's chips, has been steady, Erickson stated. Although initial demand for GoPro's new Session camera "appears lukewarm," its newer cameras should drive a significant increase in sales volume starting in GoPro's October quarter, according to Erickson, who said the popularity of GoPro's cameras should enable Ambarella's results to beat Street expectations. The analyst continues to recommend buying Ambarella's stock and kept a $123 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors yesterday, Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy wrote that GoPro's risk/reward ratio was favorable heading into the company's Q2 results. According to Murphy, the stock fell recently because money rotated out of the shares following the initial public offering of Fitbit (FIT) and Goldman Sachs' initiation of coverage of the stock with a Neutral rating. However, Amazon (AMZN) data shows that GoPro's cameras are selling well and Ambarella's Q2 results beat expectations, Murphy noted. As a result, she expects GoPro's Q2 results to exceed expectations when they are reported next week. Murphy reiterated a $68 price target and Overweight rating on GoPro shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Ambarella rose 1.3% to $109.59, while GoPro added 0.5% to $55.53.
09:29 EDTGPROGoPro has upside to Q2 and Q3 volume estimates, says Cleveland Research
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07:57 EDTBABAAlibaba volatility at low end of range
Alibaba July weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, August is at 32, September is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 49 suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:09 EDTGPROAmbarella benefiting from strong drone demand, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest says that Ambarella is benefiting from strong demand for drones and steady demand for GoPro's (GPRO) cameras. The firm thinks the stock could reach $123 if demand for action cameras in China accelerates. It keeps a $123 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
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