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June 9, 2014
18:42 EDTKANG, PBY, RCPT, ONNN, CASY, EBAY, FB, DNDN, VRNTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: iKang Healthcare (KANG), up 4.84%... Pep Boys (PBY), up 2.38%. ALSO HIGHER: Receptos (RCPT), up 36.3% after a Phase 2 study for RPC1063 in relapsing multiple sclerosis met its primary endpoint... ON Semiconductor (ONNN), up 1.78% after announcing it will acquire Aptina Imaging for about $400M in cash. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), down 1.83%. ALSO LOWER: eBay (EBAY), down 1.39% after announcing that PayPal President David Marcus leaving the company for Facebook (FB)... Dendreon (DNDN), down 4.19% after announcing that CEO John Johnson to stead down for personal reasons... Verint Systems (VRNT), down 1.64% after filing to sell 5M shares of common and $300M of convert senior notes.
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September 10, 2014
13:03 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar General’s tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
12:50 EDTRCPTReceptos to host conference call
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12:04 EDTFBFacebook testing tool that lets users schedule post deletions, The Next Web says
Facebook is testing a tool that will allow users to create self-destructing Facebook posts that disappear after a specified period of time, The Next Web reports. A spokesperson has confirmed, saying "We’re running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance." Reference Link
11:59 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded, continues slide after Apple Pay announced
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are falling for a second straight day after Apple (AAPL) announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, at its event yesterday. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple unveiled and confirmed its widely anticipated mobile payment system, dubbed Apple Pay, at its event yesterday. The service, which works with both of Apple's latest iPhone 6s and its Apple Watch, could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal. Apple is collaborating with American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V) on the platform, as well as banks including Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Some retailers that will support Apple Pay include Bloomingdale's, Disney (DIS), Macy’s (M), McDonald’s (MCD), Panera (PNRA), Staples (SPLS), Subway, Walgreens (WAG) and Whole Foods Market (WFM). ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay to Neutral from Overweight following the details regarding Apple Pay. He believes that Apple's new payment system is likely to disturb the mobile payments market and is certain that the "unknown competitive threat" of Apple Pay will further burden eBay's multiple throughout the next six months. Munster said that he expected Apple to announce an initiative like this, so news of Apple Pay does not surprise him. He noted, however, that he did not expect Visa, MasterCard and American Express to collaborate with the platform along with partners such as Macy's and McDonald's. Munster anticipates investors in the near term to be more "conservative" in regards to the PayPal multiple. The analyst lowered his price target for eBay to $55 from $63. Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck feels that Apple Pay could negatively impact sentiment towards eBay's longer-term opportunity. The tech giant is gaining more traction in the e-commerce space than Beck had initially thought, which could ultimately mean an increased rivalry with eBay's PayPal. The analyst keeps a Sector Perform rating on eBay. Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner said that eBay's weakness on Apple's latest news is a buying opportunity for investors. He said that the tech giant's new payment platform is targeting offline payments, noting that offline payments are not imbedded in analyst's estimates for eBay's PayPal. He said that it would take at least a few years for Apple Pay to reach a 12% market share of online payments. He does not see this news as an obstacle for PayPal and Kirjner keeps a $62 price target and Outperform rating on eBay. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, eBay fell $1.64, or 3%, to $51.09, while Apple rose $1.64, or 1.7% to $99.63.
11:02 EDTPBYGabelli raises stake in Pep Boys to 16.28% from 14.67%
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10:37 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor data shows soft August for eBay, says RW Baird
RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says ChannelAdvisor same-store-sales data for August confirms eBay (EBAY) had a soft month. Sebastian believes eBay's new Defect Rate may be pressuring sellers. He remains "somewhat cautious" on eBay in the near-term, but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. Sebastian noted that same-store-sakes data for Amazon.com (AMZN) is more positive.
10:18 EDTEBAYeBay falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTEBAY, ONNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTEBAYActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTCASYCasey's General Stores upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl
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09:22 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Twitter (TWTR), up 2.8% after upgraded at UBS... SunEdison (SUNE), up 2.7% after Google (GOOG) to provide $145M investment in the company's Regulus solar plant... Camtek (CAMT), up 15% after receiving new orders of $3.0M from large OSAT... Doral Financial (DRL), up 12.5% after announcing sale of approximately $430M in assets... Imperva (IMPV), up 1.5% after upgraded at Oppenheimer... Mandalay Digital (MNDL), up 13.7% after updating its guidance. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Land's End (LE), up 8.7%... Palo Alto (PANW), up 4.4%. LOWER: eBay (eBAY), down 2.6% after downgraded at Piper Jaffray following yesterday's launch of Apple Pay (AAPL)... Mobileye (MBLY), down 2.5% after downgraded at Deutsche Bank... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 2% after Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 7% after downgraded at Goldman and Piper Jaffray... Boyd Gaming (BYD), down 3.3% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 2% after reporting Q3 SSS were so far in the low single-digits negative... Armada Hoffler (AHH), down 6% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... AvalonBay (AVB), down 1.8% after to sell 4.5M shares in a forward sales agreement with Goldman... AngloGold (AU), down 12% after announcing plans to restructure its international mining under a new company and saying equity capital raising being contemplated.
08:20 EDTEBAYeBay to see more competition than expected from Apple, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Apple Pay could hurt sentiment towards eBay's (EBAY) longer term opportunity, while Apple (AAPL) is more focused on e-commerce than the firm had anticipated, creating greater competition for PayPal. The firm keeps a Sector Perform rating on eBay.
07:22 EDTEBAYeBay weakness on Apple news a buying opporutnity, says Bernstein
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06:38 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) shares to Neutral from Overweight saying Apple's (AAPL) new payment system is likely to disrupt the mobile payments market. Munster believes the "unknown competitive threat" of Apple Pay will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. He lowered his price target for the stock to $55 from $63.
06:33 EDTONNNON Semiconductor downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
Baird downgraded On Semiconductor to Neutral to reflect expectations for a Q4 slowdown in notebooks, TD-LTE smartphones, and servers and now sees indications where MOSFET and MCU lead times are starting to pull in. The firm sees little upside to Q4 estimates and likely reductions in Q1. Price target lowered to $10 from $11.
September 9, 2014
14:32 EDTFBApple shows Facebook, Twitter apps on Apple Watch
13:55 EDTEBAYeBay down 1.2% as Apple continues discussing mobile payment system at event
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL KNDI NFLX YHOO TWTR TSLA C BAC FB MCD
07:17 EDTFBThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:22 EDTEBAYPayPal may let merchants accept bitcoin, FT reports
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