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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTAVPMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:36 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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12:33 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging. The futures dipped this morning after UPS (UPS) pre-announced that its quarterly earnings would miss Street estimates. The earnings miss dragged other transportation names lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's preliminary January manufacturing PMI fell to 53.7 from 53.9 previously, versus expectations for a reading of 54.0. Existing home sales rebounded 2.4% to a 5.04M rate in December, which was below the consensus forecast for a 3% increase. The leading indicators rose 0.5% to 121.1 in December, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of UPS plunged over 9% after the shipping giant warned that its Q4 adjusted EPS is now expected to be $1.25, below the consensus forecast of $1.47. "UPS invested heavily to ensure we would provide excellent service during peak when deliveries more than double. Though customers enjoyed high quality service, it came at a cost to UPS. Going forward, we will reduce operating costs and implement new pricing strategies during peak season,” said CEO David Abney. Subsequently, its peer, FedEx (FDX), reaffirmed its FY15 EPS forecast of $8.50-$9.00. The outlook compares to a consensus forecast of $8.97. FedEx shares, which were briefly halted for the announcement, are down 2% afterward... Shares of McDonald’s (MCD) slid about 1% near noon after its earnings miss, though the world’s largest restaurant chain's same-store sales declined less than analysts expected. Same-store sales in the company's fiscal fourth quarter declined 0.9%, versus the Consensus Metrix analysts' estimate for a 1.5% drop. Of note, McDonald’s U.S. same-store sales had their first monthly gain in more than a year in December, having risen 0.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Starbucks (SBUX), which rose 6.5% and had several research firms issue upbeat notes after the company reported in-line results last night. At least three firms responded to the report by raising their price targets on the shares. Also higher was Array BioPharma (ARRY), which jumped 38% after announcing that it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to acquire worldwide rights to encorafenib, a BRAF inhibitor currently in Phase 3 development. Among the noteworthy losers was Avon Products (AVP), which dropped 11% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform after shares rallied yesterday over 14% following a report that the company has held talks with TPG Capital about a possible deal. Wells says it leveraged buyout math suggests a takeout of the entire company is unlikely. Also lower was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which fell 9% after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and cut about 500 jobs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 42.58, or 0.24%, to 17,771.40, the Nasdaq was up 9.68, or 0.2%, to 4,760.08, and the S&P 500 was down 3.40, or 0.16%, to 2,059.75.
10:02 EDTKORSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
10:02 EDTAVPOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:27 EDTAVPAvon 'cheapest' personal-goods target for PE firms, Bloomberg says
Following a dealReporter story yesterday that said Avon Products had held talks with private equity firm TPG Capital, Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column called Avon the "cheapest" personal-goods company that such firms could target and noted that Joshua Strauss of Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management believes a buyout makes sense. Reference Link
08:10 EDTQCOMMarvell product could replace Qualcomm Snapdragon, says RBC Capital
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08:07 EDTFBU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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07:01 EDTKORSMichael Kors to open flagship store in Japan's Ginza
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06:47 EDTAVPWells Fargo says Avon buyout unlikely, downgrades to neutral
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06:46 EDTFBFacebook downplaying FBX, Digiday says
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06:46 EDTAVPAvon Products downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
06:37 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
05:48 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility movement; AVP FXCM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Avon Products (AVP) 91, FXCM (FXCM) 194 according to iVolatility.
January 22, 2015
16:27 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAVP, FBOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
14:45 EDTQCOMQualcomm seen giving Samsung redesigned Snapdragon, WSJ says
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13:53 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Sell at Societe Generale
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13:29 EDTAVPAvon Products jumps after report of talks with private equity firm
Shares of Avon Products (AVP) are rising in afternoon trading after dealReporter said the company has been holding talks with private equity firm TPG Capital, citing industry sources. Avon canceled out of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference coming up in February, according to Bloomberg. Conference cancellations often lead investors to speculate whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. TPG declined to comment and Avon did not immediately respond to Bloomberg's request for a comment, the news service added. Avon shares are up 14.4% to $8.65 in afternoon trading following the report.
13:16 EDTAVPAvon Products calls active on discussions with TPG Capital report
Avon Products January weekly 7 and 8 calls are active on total call volume of 9,600 contracts (700 puts) on the company has been in discussions with TPG Capital, dealReporter says. January weekly call option implied volatlity is at 188, February is at 69; compared to its 26-week average of 39 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
13:12 EDTAVPAvon Products up 15% after rumors of discussions with TPG Capital
13:05 EDTAVPAvon Products has been in discussions with TPG Capital, dealReporter says
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13:03 EDTAVPAvon Products moves up on comments by dealReporter
10:20 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:33 EDTFBFacebook Q4 North America revenues trending slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q4 North American revenues are tracking to $1.8B vs. its prior estimate of $1.775B and consensus of $1.721B.
08:02 EDTQCOMImpact to Qualcomm of Galaxy loss would be relatively small, says Bernstein
After Bloomberg reported that Samsung would not use Qualcomm's chip for the upcoming Galaxy S 6, Bernstein estimates that Qualcomm's EPS would only be negatively impacted by 2%-8% if its chip is not included in the devices. The firm says that other licensing headwinds will have more of an impact on Qualcomm. It keeps a $70 price target and Market Perform rating on the stock.
06:37 EDTBCSNew York Attorney General seeks to expand Barclays lawsuit, Telegraph says
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06:11 EDTFBWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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January 21, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
11:22 EDTQCOMAnalyst disputes report of Qualcomm troubles with Samsung
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10:01 EDTKORS, LVLTOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:46 EDTQCOMSamsung unlikely to switch from Qualcomm in all Galaxy S6, says Cowen
Cowen doubts that Samsung (SSNLF) is ready to switch away from Qualcomm (QCOM) components to a whole new chip system for its Galaxy S6 phone, as implied by a Bloomberg report, and believes instead that the phone maker will launch the Galaxy S6 in Korea with its own chips and slightly delay the phone elsewhere while Qualcomm works through its issues. The firm, which also thinks Qualcomm has already solved the reported heating problem with the Snapdragon 810, maintains its Outperform rating and $79 price target on Qualcomm.
09:44 EDTQCOMQualcomm slips on reports its chips won't be used in new Galaxy phone
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09:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm shares defended at Credit Suisse
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09:25 EDTKORSMichael Kors estimates remain ahead of consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research's data indicates Michael Kors year-over-year traffic trends ramped in October and peaked in early December but remains substantially stronger than trends observed coming out of Q2 and the firm's Q3 revenue estimates remains above consensus.
08:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm slides after reportedly being dropped from Galaxy phone
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF), which is trying to become more self-sufficient and give a boost to its own processor-making unit, will reportedly drop Qualcomm’s (QCOM) Snapdragon chip in favor of its own microprocessors in the next Galaxy S smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg that cited people with direct knowledge of the matter. Shares of Qualcomm are down 2.7% to $70.50 in pre-market trading following the Bloomberg report.
08:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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06:02 EDTKORSMichael Kors upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
05:53 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; IBM (IBM) 27, Qualcomm (QCOM) 33 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTQCOMSamsung drops Qualcomm chip from next Galaxy smartphone, Bloomberg reports
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05:30 EDTLVLTLevel 3 upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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January 20, 2015
13:21 EDTZIOPCAR T-Cell therapy drug stocks down sharply following NY Times story
Shares of biotechnology companies that are developing chimeric antigen receptor T cells or CAR T therapy drugs are falling sharply after a New York Times story titled "Riding High, Biotech Firms Remain Wary." WHAT'S NEW: Over the weekend, the New York Times published the story that struck a cautionary tone on the CAR-T therapy drugs. In this form of cancer treatment the patients own immune system cells are genetically manipulated to battle tumors. The New York Times story noted that there were some notable outcomes in the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma with the CAR T treatments but highlighted that the "technique is still early in development and can cause severe side effects." WHAT'S NOTABLE. Early last week, Intrexon (XON) and its oncology partner, ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), announced an exclusive licensing agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, including an exclusive sub-licensing agreement through MD Anderson for intellectual property developed at the University of Minnesota for the development of non-viral adoptive cellular cancer immunotherapies. Both companies' shares were up sharply following the announcement ZIOPHARM was up around 55% and Intrexon up over 30% the day following the announcement. PRICE ACTION: Shares of drug companies in the space are sharply lower in midday trading, with ZIOPHARM Oncology and Kite Pharma (KITE) each down over 9%, Intrexon down almost 12%, and Bellicum Pharmaceutical (BLCM) and bluebird bio (BLUE) each down almost 5%. Reference Link
07:30 EDTBCSU.K. banks see Bitcoin as threat to sterling, boon to terrorists, Telegraph says
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07:28 EDTBCSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:57 EDTKORS, FOSLMichael Kors relative valuation looks compelling, says Piper Jaffray
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06:41 EDTFOSLFossil downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Fossil to Neutral saying the company's North American growth could slow further while foreign currency is a headwind with a third of its sales coming from Europe. Piper lowered its price target for shares to $104 from $133.
06:09 EDTAVPAvon Products implied volatility of 76 at upper end of index mean range
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
05:54 EDTZIOPStocks with implied volatility movement; ZIOP INVN
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January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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16:16 EDTBCSBarclays loses 'millions' on Swiss franc volatility, Reuters says
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January 16, 2015
10:14 EDTZIOPZiopharm mentioned cautiously by TheStreetSweeper blog
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
09:09 EDTBCSDeutsche Bank, Barclays lost 'tens of millions' on Swiss franc, WSJ says
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08:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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06:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm Snapdragon 810 scheduled for product launches, DigiTimes reports
Although Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 has been rumored to have defects and unstable mass production, DigiTimes Research says the product has already entered mass production. The AP may still have some defects, but they have not stopped vendors from adopting it into their products. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
17:07 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
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10:29 EDTAVPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTVALOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:42 EDTKORSMichael Kors mentioned positively at OTR Global
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08:48 EDTVALValspar files automatic mixed securities shelf
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06:42 EDTBCSECB most likely will unveil bond buying program, NY Times says
The European Central Bank is "all but certain" to announce at its next meeting that it will buy government bonds, according to The New York Times. But the ECB may announce that it will buy bonds but say that it will only provide details about the program in March, some believe, the newspaper reported. Some economists contend that the initiative could be a case of "too little, too late," The Times added. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:14 EDTQCOMSamsung may dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6 for own processor, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF) may dump Qualcomm's (QCOM) Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, reports DigiTimes. According to other industry sources, Samsung's Galaxy S6 may have two versions using either Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors or Samsung's own Exynos chips. Reference Link
06:12 EDTQCOMTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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January 14, 2015
16:33 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:08 EDTVALValspar initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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14:02 EDTBYDNew Jersey reports Atlantic City gaming win down 11.2% to $190.5M in December
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12:49 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:28 EDTAVPStocks with call strike movement; RIG AVP
Transocean (RIG) May 17 call option implied volatility increased 11% to 80, Avon Products (AVP) April 9 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 65 according to IVolatility.
10:39 EDTAVPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:27 EDTFBFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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10:10 EDTZIOPHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTVALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
10:00 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $100.
09:16 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:51 EDTVALValspar downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird
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08:43 EDTZIOPZiopharm upgraded at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital upgraded Ziopharm (ZIOP) to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm believes that the company's licensing deal with MD Anderson for CAR-T cancer treatments , announced yesterday, will be "transformational" for Ziopharm. The firm is upbeat on the outlook for CAR-T technology. Target to $15 from $1.
08:23 EDTZIOPZiopharm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $88 at Oppenheimer
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07:13 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $102 on FAN contribution at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Facebook's price target to $102 from $88 to reflect new mobile ad network FAN into its estimates. The analyst expects Premium Video to have a greater impact on 2015 financials and longer-term for new products and yet-to-be monetized properties to continue to drive estimates.
06:57 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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06:50 EDTVALValspar downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
06:44 EDTBCSTop court official backs ECB bond buying, NY Times reports
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06:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
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January 13, 2015
18:37 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:33 EDTZIOPIntrexon, Ziopharm announce licensing agreement with University of Texas
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11:42 EDTFBJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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January 12, 2015
13:19 EDTZIOPZiopharm January volatility elevated at 132
Ziopharm January call option implied volatility is at 132, February is at 125, April is at 108; compared to its 26-week average of 121 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:48 EDTFBFacebook February volatility elevated at 39
Facebook January call option implied volatility is at 32, January weekly is at 29, February is at 39, March Is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
10:40 EDTAVPStocks with call strike movement; AVP DNR
Avon Products (AVP) April 10 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 63, Denbury Resources (DNR) June 8 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 63 according to IVolatility.
10:24 EDTFBFacebook, Xiaomi held talks over Facebook investment, Reuters says
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10:24 EDTAVPOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: TLM GREK ARNA AVP
10:12 EDTFBFacebook discussed potential investment in Xiaomi, Reuters reports
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08:00 EDTLVLTLevel 3 price target raised to $55 from $49 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Level 3's price target to $53 and believes it is well positioned to capture market share with the acquisition of TWTC and potential expansion of TAM. Shares are Buy rated.
05:55 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH AVP
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