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August 11, 2014
12:25 EDTEPB, KING, KMI, GOGO, KMR, TSLA, INO, KMP, CQBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There was little in the way of a catalyst, as the economic calendar was empty, though investors may have been encouraged that there was no breakdown in the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza and no big headlines from the Russia/Ukraine border. Additionally, some may have viewed comments from Fed Vice Chair Fischer as dovish and in support of continued easing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced 10% after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). In addition to the rise in the shares of the parent, Kinder Morgan Energy shares rose 19%, Kinder Morgan Management gained 25% and El Paso Pipeline moved up 22%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana producer Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped 31% to trade above $13 per share after Cutrale Group and the Safra Group proposed to acquire 100% of the company's outstanding stock for $13 in cash each. Also higher was electric car maker Tesla (TSLA), which rose 5% after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. Among the noteworthy losers was social game maker King Digital (KING), which slid 3% after the stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest to Sector Perform from Outperform. Also lower following their earnings reports were Inovio (INO), which fell over 8%, and Gogo (GOGO), which dropped nearly 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 51.25, or 0.31%, to 16,605.18, the Nasdaq was up 38.19, or 0.87%, to 4,409.08, and the S&P 500 was up 10.12, or 0.52%, to 1,941.71.
News For KMI;CQB;TSLA;KING;KMP;KMR;EPB;INO;GOGO From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
10:34 EDTTSLAStocks with call strike movement; NFLX TSLA
Netflix (NFLX) April 105 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 54, Tesla (TSLA) June 200 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 53 according to iVolatility.
10:27 EDTTSLATesla volatility increases as shares trend lower into Q4 and outlook
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10:00 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Capella Education (CPLA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... DeVry (DV) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Gilead (GILD) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research... Grand Canyon (LOPE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Mediaset (MDIUY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Strayer (STRA) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Sell at Berenberg... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink.
09:52 EDTTSLATesla hits fresh 52-week low
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05:30 EDTTSLATesla initiated with a Sell at Berenberg
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05:13 EDTTSLATesla implied volatility of 67 at upper end of index mean range
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February 2, 2016
14:52 EDTINOZika virus acquired through sexual transmission reported in Dallas
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced it has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present, DCHHS reported. Publicly traded companies working on combating Zika include Inovio (INO), Cerus (CERS), NewLink (NLNK) and Intrexon (XON).
12:56 EDTINOMizuho downplays near-term Zika revenue potential for NewLink, Intrexon
The Zika virus and its link to microcephaly and fetal brain damage have exploded into public view and lead to several drugmakers announcing plans to fight the disease, but Mizuho analyst Eric Criscuolo downplayed the potential for Zika to truly move the needle for companies in the space in the near-term. PERIPHERAL OPPORTUNITIES: NewLink (NLNK) announced plans to develop treatment options for the Zika virus as the disease was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization this week. While the company "could" secure funding and partnerships for the project, Criscuolo does not view NewLink's Zika plans as core to its investment story, encouraging investors to instead evaluate the company on the basis of its HyperAcute and IDO programs. Meanwhile, Intrexon's (XON) efforts in mosquito population control have also gained attention amid the rise of Zika, whose primary transmission vector is the mosquito. Though even a small slice of global mosquito spending would represent "significant" revenue for Intrexon, Criscuolo cautions that the company's program is still in early stages, with attempts at a wider rollout likely encountering political, biological, financial and public opinion hurdles. Separately, the analyst said he wouldn't be surprised to see OraSure (OSUR) also attempt to develop a Zika test given the company's response to Ebola last year, though as with NewLink, Criscuolo believes any such effort would be peripheral to OraSure's primary businesses. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies involved in combating Zika include Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS). PRICE ACTION: Shares of NewLink are up roughly 5% to $25.63. Meanwhile, Intrexon has slipped 5.5% on Tuesday afternoon but is still up 15% over the last five trading days. Among others with links to Zika, OraSure is up fractionally, Inovio has fallen 7% and Cerus has dipped 1.4% this afternoon.
11:19 EDTTSLATesla estimated to deliver 850 Model S sedans in NA in January, Inside EVs says
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07:30 EDTTSLAPacific Crest more cautious on Tesla after channel checks
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February 1, 2016
16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; February 1, 2016
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14:42 EDTTSLATesla applies for Michigan dealership license, Detroit News says
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13:42 EDTINOWHO declares Zika virus to be global emergency, Reuters reports
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13:24 EDTTSLATesla bull cuts target as competition ramps more quickly than new models
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) dipped significantly in early trading before later rebounding after Morgan Stanley cut its price target on the automaker to $333 from its previous $450, with the research firm citing a slow production ramp for its new car models, potentially weakened consumer demand amid cheap oil, and clearly heightening competition in the electric and autonomous vehicle space. LOW DEMAND, MORE COMPETITION: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones cut his price target on Tesla to $333 from $450, arguing Monday that the carmaker is facing a slow production ramp for the Model X as well as the Model 3, which Jones said may launch in late 2018, missing the company's internal target by at least one year. It is reasonable to assume, Jones said, that Tesla is taking a deliberate, quality-conscious pace for Model X production while also shuffling personnel to help with the car's early rollout, impacting the launch of the mass-market Model 3 even as the company grapples with potentially reduced consumer demand in today's cheap oil environment. Given his assumption of lower volumes, the analyst's revised his 2020 forecast for complete vehicle deliveries to less than half of Tesla's own 500,000 target. For 2016, the analyst cut his total delivery forecast 2% to roughly 70,000 units, including a revision of Model X expectations to 15,000 from 18,500. Contributing to Tesla's headwinds, its consumer energy storage solution looks to be more expensive than previously thought, while competition in the shared and autonomous mobility arena has increased markedly. Indeed, competing efforts from Ford (F), Volkswagen (VLKAY), Alphabet (GOOG) and many others appear "genuine" and are likely to see significant investment follow-through, potentially pressuring Tesla's margins as it increases R&D spend to keep pace, Jones argued. That said, the analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the shares, explaining that while Tesla remains a high risk name that burns plenty of cash to fuel its ambitious plans, it may still be the best positioned company in the ongoing "Auto 2.0" transition. PRICE ACTION: After quickly dropping as low as $182.75 in early trading, shares of Tesla are now up 2.6% to $196.14 in afternoon trading.
11:45 EDTKMIKinder Morgan closes acquisition of 15 BP terminals
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) closed the previously announced plan to acquire 15 refined products terminals from BP Products North America (BP) in a transaction valued at approximately $350M. Kinder Morgan and BP Products North America have also formed a joint venture limited liability company terminal business to own 14 of the acquired assets, which Kinder Morgan will operate and market on the JV's behalf. The fifteenth terminal will be owned and operated solely by KMI. In connection with the transaction, BP has entered into commercial agreements securing long-term storage and throughput capacity from the JV, which will market additional capacity to third-party customers. Kinder Morgan owns a 75% interest in the JV, with BP owning the balance. This investment is included in Kinder Morgan's 2016 capital plan as discussed in its Jan. 27 investor conference, the company noted.
09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
08:58 EDTTSLATesla target cut to $333 on lower Model X, 3 expectations at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said manufacturing and engineering troubles delayed the Model X launch by at least one year and may have added "hundreds of millions of dollars" to costs for Tesla. While the company focuses significant effort on the Model X, Jonas repeats his expectation that the Model 3 will not launch until late 2018, which is at least one year later than the company is targeting. Citing the Model X and Model 3 concerns, as well as a lower valuation for Tesla Energy and rising competition in the shared mobility space, Jonas cut his price target on Tesla shares to $333 from $450, but maintains an Overweight rating on the stock.
08:29 EDTTSLATesla moves lower in pre-market trading
The stock is down over 3.2% to $184.93 on light volume. At that price next support is at $181.40, the 52-week low. Resistance is at $189.80.
06:07 EDTTSLATesla CEO Musk raises stake in company, MarketWatch reports
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05:57 EDTINOInovio volatility elevated, developing vaccine for Zika virus infection
Inovio February call option implied volatility is at 108, March is at 100; compared to its 52-week range of 49 to 115, suggesting large price movement as the company develops a DNA-based vaccine for preventing and treating the Zika virus infection.
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