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February 12, 2013
16:29 EDTSTEM, KO, CRK, AVP, LVLT, BCSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address. The Nasdaq lost ground on the session, while the Dow closed above 14K, putting it back within shouting distance of its all-time high... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was fairly light for a second straight day. The Labor Department reported job openings fell by 173K in December to 3.62M from a more than four-year high set in the prior month... COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO) was the Dow's laggard, losing $1.05, or 2.72%, to $37.56 after reporting earnings that just beat consensus on revenue that just missed analyst forecasts. The company said global unit case volume rose 3% during the quarter and that it expects economic volatility to extend through 2013... Barclays (BCS) announced its Q4 results and said it would reduce its headcount by 3,700 employees in 2013. Shares gained $1.72, or 9.13%, to $20.55 following the news... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avon Product (AVP), up $3.51, or 20.31%, to $20.79 following Q4 earnings that beat consensus estimates. Also higher were shares of StemCells (STEM), up 35c, or 20.97%, to $1.99 after the company announced the first patient cohort completed its phase I/II clinical trial of neural stem cells for chronic spinal cord injury. Among the noteworthy losers were Level 3 (LVLT), down $3.35, or 13.58%, to $21.31 after its Q4 report, and Comstock Resources (CRK), down $1.12, or 7.89%, to $13.07 after the company reported Q4 results and restated its results from the first three quarters of FY12... INDICES: The Dow was up 47.46, or 0.34%, to 14,018.70; the Nasdaq was down 5.51, or 0.17%, to 3,186.49; and the S&P 500 was up 2.42, or 0.16%, to 1,519.43.
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April 17, 2015
07:58 EDTKOCoca-Cola to acquire China Culiangwang Beverages for $400M, Reuters reports
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April 16, 2015
08:13 EDTSTEMStemCells completes enrollment in first cohort of Phase II Pathway Study
StemCells announced that it has completed transplanting the six patients comprising the first cohort of its Phase II Pathway Study. The first cohort is an open-label dose escalation arm to determine the cell dose to be used for the second cohort of the study. The second cohort of the study is a single-blind arm in 40 patients that will assess efficacy of the company's proprietary HuCNS-SC platform technology for the treatment of cervical spinal cord injury.
April 15, 2015
12:33 EDTAVPStocks with call strike movement; ZIOP AVP
Ziopharm (ZIOP) October 14 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 97, Avon Products (AVP) July 11 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 57 according to IVolatility.
08:11 EDTLVLTLevel 3 provides game-hosting provider i3D.net with connectivity in Brazil
Level 3 is providing hosting provider, Netherlands-based i3D.net, to expand its business into Latin America by connecting to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company's expansion drive into Latin America is supported by the addition of Level 3 datacenter point-of-presence connectivity in Sao Paulo, enabling i3D.net's customers in the region to access locally-delivered content.
06:41 EDTBCSECB authorizes new emergency funding for Greek banks, Reuters reports
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05:48 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility movement; WUBA AVP
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April 14, 2015
16:53 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
14:45 EDTAVPAvon said not to be conducting formal sale process, Bloomberg says
12:59 EDTAVPAvon Products reviewing strategic options, WSJ reports
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12:59 EDTAVPAvon Products volatility elevated into exploring strategic alternatives report
Avon Products overall option implied volatility of 59 compares to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into a WSJ reported the company is exploring strategic alternatives.
12:55 EDTAVPAvon Products resumes trading, shares up 74c to $8.75
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12:55 EDTAVPAvon Products halted for volatility after jumping on WSJ report
Shares of Avon Products halted for volatility after the Wall Street Journal reported the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of its North America business. The stock jumped 69c to $8.70.
12:52 EDTAVPAvon Products reviewing strategic alternatives, Dow Jones says
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10:01 EDTKOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
09:28 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna
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April 13, 2015
17:17 EDTAVPAvon Products postpones Investor Day to fall 2015
Avon Products announced that it has decided to postpone to Fall 2015 its Investor Day that the company was originally scheduled to host on May 13. The decision to postpone the meeting follows the recent appointment of James Scully as the company's CFO, to allow the company adequate time to prepare for a more robust discussion at the meeting. Further details, including webcast information, will be announced closer to the event. Avon will provide an update on its turnaround progress when it reports first-quarter 2015 financial results on April 30.
13:05 EDTKOWintergreen Advisers says plans to vote against Coca-Cola directors
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09:47 EDTKOPepsiCo awarded NBA sponsorship rights, ESPN reports
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08:51 EDTKOCoca-Cola signs partnership with United States Soccer Federation, MLS
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April 12, 2015
15:56 EDTAVPAvon investors could be rewarded in coming years, Barron's says
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