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July 2, 2014
12:54 EDTKR, STEM, JPM, VITC, SFLY, CAMP, DAL, STZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after ADP's hiring report gave some reassurance that tomorrow's monthly non-farm payroll report report may be a strong one. Despite ADP's employment change report soundly beating the consensus forecast, stock index futures showed little reaction, leading to a quiet open for the broader market. The averages have moved in a narrow range since the open and have done so on light volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Payroll provider ADP estimated that U.S. companies added 281,000 workers to their payrolls in June, which was well above the consensus 210,000 forecast. Factory orders fell 0.5% in May, versus the forecast for them to be down 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan Chase (JPM) chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon announced to employees and shareholders that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. "The good news is that the prognosis from my doctors is excellent, the cancer was caught quickly, and my condition is curable," Dimon stated, adding that he will be able to continue to be actively involved in the business and will continue to run the company as normal... Shares of beer and wine maker Constellation Brands (STZ) advanced 3% after after its quarterly results beat expectations and the company raised its FY15 earnings view. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was online healthy living products retailer Vitacost.com (VITC), which jumped 27% after grocer Kroger (KR) agreed to buy the company for $280M, or $8.00 per share. Also higher was StemCells (STEM), which rose 15% after Brinson Patrick initiated coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating and $7 price target, saying it expects the company to have robust Phase II data over the next 24 months for its neural stem cells in both chronic spinal cord injury and geographic atrophy age-related macular degeneration. Another stock trading higher was Shutterfly (SFLY), which gained 14% after Bloomberg, citing sources, said the company has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners to help it potentially sell itself. Among the noteworthy losers was CalAmp (CAMP), which fell 11% after reporting quarterly results and second quarter guidance that missed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of Delta Air Lines (DAL), which fell 5% after reporting its passenger revenue per available seat mile, or PRASM, rose 4.5% in June and noting that corporate and domestic strength offset lower than expected international yields driven by industry-wide capacity increases and lower business demand to Latin America due to the World Cup. After Delta's report, Cowen suggested using the associated weakness in airline stocks as a buying opportunity. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 14.66, or 0.09%, to 16,970.73, the Nasdaq was up 4.68, or 0.1%, to 4,463.33, and the S&P 500 was up 0.91, or 0.05%, to 1,974.23.
News For JPM;STZ;SFLY;STEM;DAL;VITC;KR;CAMP From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2015
06:05 EDTDALDelta Air Lines implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
July 28, 2015
06:21 EDTDALDelta Air Lines management to meet with UBS
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July 27, 2015
10:15 EDTJPMJPMorgan breaks support, levels to watch
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07:35 EDTDALDelta Air Lines signs agreement to extend partnership with China Eastern
China Eastern Airlines and Delta Air Lines signed an agreement to expand their partnership and better connect Delta's global network with China Eastern, one of the leading airlines in China. The agreement will include a $450M investment by Delta to acquire a 3.55% stake in China Eastern. The partnership that will allow Delta and China Eastern to compete more effectively on routes between the U.S. and China, provide more travel options for customers in both countries and make joint investments in the customer experience.
06:26 EDTJPMSymphony Communication eyes $1B funding round, WSJ reports
Symphony Communication Services, an instant-messaging software company backed by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), is eyeing an investment round that may value it at as much as $1B, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The startup is canvassing a range of possible new investors, including venture-capital funds and additional financial firms, the report says. Symphony also wants funds from its existing backers, including Goldman, Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and BlackRock (BLK), the report says. Reference Link
July 26, 2015
16:15 EDTKRKroger recalls seasonings due to possible Salmonella contamination
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July 24, 2015
15:32 EDTDALDelta Air Lines raises dividend to 13.5c from 9c per share
Delta Air Lines' board declared a quarterly dividend of 13.5c per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 7 and will be paid on August 28.
11:30 EDTDALDOT requests airline pricing information following complaints of irregular fares
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08:30 EDTSFLYShutterfly July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Shutterfly August call option implied volatility is at 39, September is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
July 23, 2015
15:00 EDTDALProposed bill would cut airline bag fees, Bloomberg reports
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13:44 EDTSTEMStemCells says patent infringement case against Neuralstem dismissed by court
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07:49 EDTSTEMNeuralstem awarded favorable court ruling in StemCell patent litigation
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07:16 EDTJPMChase Card Services, Southwest announce extension to co-branded card agreement
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07:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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July 22, 2015
19:19 EDTDALDelta union leader to step down, AP says
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08:32 EDTKRWestern Union, Kroger extend more than 30-year relationship
Western Union (WU) announced the extension of its more than 30-year relationship with The Kroger Co. (KR). This agreement gives customers the ability to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions across the United States or across the globe to more than 200 countries and territories, in minutes. In addition, Customers can purchase money orders and pay their bills at more than 2,300 Kroger Family of Store locations across 34 states.
06:09 EDTJPM4 arrested men suspected of JPMorgan hacking, NYT reports
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July 21, 2015
19:23 EDTJPMJPMorgan Chase to expand into Washington D.C., NY Post says
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16:13 EDTJPMJPMorgan releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
Common Equity Tier 1 ratio would be 8.1% in severe adverse scenario and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio would be 9.6%. Reference Link
08:35 EDTJPMVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
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