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August 4, 2014
12:26 EDTTREX, INSM, ESI, KORS, RLGY, PIKEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, as investors looked like they were prepared to take advantage of last week’s sell-off. Unlike in recent weeks, little M&A activity was announced over the weekend and the tensions in Russia and Israel did not make headlines due to escalations. The bulls appeared to be facing little resistance. However, the averages weakened in the early going and drifted throughout the morning. Near noon the Nasdaq had held on to narrow gains, though the S&P and Dow were both close to the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. On the international front, Israel pulled back many of its ground forces from Gaza as it began a seven hour truce. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Michael Kors (KORS) initially advanced in pre-market trading after the company's first quarter earnings per share and revenue beat expectations and its same-store sales in the three months grew by more than 24%. However, as investors digested the report and listened to the company's associated conference call, during which it issued guidance for its gross margins to decline by 50 basis points during this fiscal year, the stock reversed course. In a note to investors after the company's report, analysts at Sterne Agee says that while Kors' sales growth remains "sound," the firm believes "red flags abound" for the stock, listing high inventories, gross margin pressure and increasing investment spend amid the concerns. Near noon, the luxury handbag makers' shares were down 7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pike Corporation (PIKE), which surged more than 48% higher after Court Square Capital Partners and the company's chairman and CEO agreed to acquire the company for $12.00 per share in cash. Also higher following their earnings reports were decking materials maker Trex (TREX), which rose 13%, and real estate services provider Realogy (RLGY), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational (ESI), which plunged 31% after the company disclosed that its sale leaseback agreement with College Portfolio Buyer had been terminated. Also lower was Insmed (INSM), with Piper Jaffray attributing today's 25% pullback in its shares to the company not immediately filing for U.S. approval of Arikayce in cystic fibrosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria in concert with its European filing for the drug. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 11.27, or 0.07%, to 16,482.10, the Nasdaq was up 12.75, or 0.29%, to 4,365.39, and the S&P 500 was up 1.53, or 0.08%, to 1,926.68.
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May 20, 2015
06:46 EDTKORSMichael Kors multiple could 'struggle' to expand, says Piper Jaffray
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06:07 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS BBY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Michael Kors (KORS) 40, Best Buy (BBY) 37 according to iVolatility.
May 19, 2015
06:00 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS ALTR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Michael Kors (KORS) 38, Altera (ALTR) 72 according to iVolatility.
May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTRLGYPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:31 EDTINSMAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
06:04 EDTESIITT Educational implied volatility of 190 at upper end of index
05:52 EDTKORSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 14, 2015
16:54 EDTESIITT Educational says SEC case 'will not withstand judicial scrutiny'
ITT Educational disclosed the following in a filing: "On May 12, a complaint was filed by the SEC against ITT Educational Services and its CEO and CFO in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana under the following caption: United States Securities and Exchange Commission v. ITT Educational Services, Inc., Kevin M. Modany and Daniel M. Fitzpatrick. The complaint relates to the matters addressed in the Wells notice that the company previously received and disclosed. The complaint is a civil enforcement action and alleges that the defendants engaged in a fraudulent scheme and course of business and made various false and misleading statements and omissions to defraud the company’s investors. The company was surprised by this action and disappointed that the Commission allowed this matter to go forward despite fundamental flaws in their case. The SEC does not credit the findings of the Audit Committee investigation that disputed key SEC allegations. The SEC ignored the fact that the very auditors that were allegedly 'misled' stayed on as the company’s auditors, even after being informed of the SEC’s allegations, and later delivered an audit opinion. Nowhere in the complaint is there a citation to a document or email that evidenced any intent to deceive anyone. The company believes that the SEC could not do so because there was no intent to deceive. The company believes there are many other major flaws in the SEC’s case. In essence, the company believes this is little more than a “fraud by hindsight” case that will not withstand judicial scrutiny. The company remains of the belief that any perceived shortcomings related to the complex accounting matters involved were acts taken in good faith and are being mischaracterized by the SEC as deception. Nevertheless, the company takes seriously the SEC action and will vigorously defend itself against the unjustified charges. Moreover, the company’s Board of Directors is heightening its oversight of the process leading up to the filing of the company’s late Form 10-K for 2014. It is expected that the Form 10-K with audited financials will be filed in a matter of weeks, though no assurance can be given that the current estimated timetable will be met."
13:44 EDTKORSMichael Kors weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:28 EDTKORSIncreasing equity options volume
Increasing equity options volume: FCX UPS KSS CHK CSCO AVP YOKU CALM KORS
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation SummaryT
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advaxis (ADXS) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Akebia (AKBA) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Coach (COH) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Franco-Nevada (FNV) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Kate Spade (KATE) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... National Instruments (NATI) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Royal Gold (RGLD) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with a Buy at Janney ... Spectra Energy (SE) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Tribune Publishing (TPUB) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT.
06:33 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
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05:49 EDTESIStocks with implied volatility movement; ESI BRCM
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May 12, 2015
16:25 EDTESIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
12:42 EDTESIOptions with increasing put volume and implied volatility
Options with increasing put volume and implied volatility: ESI VIPS WETF
12:42 EDTESIITT Educational disagrees with SEC position
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12:37 EDTESIFor-profit education stocks slide after SEC charges ITT with fraud
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11:32 EDTESIITT Educational down 45% after SEC announces fraud charges against company
10:23 EDTESISEC announces fraud charges against ITT Educational Services
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May 11, 2015
07:46 EDTINSMInsmed price target raised to $25 from $20 at Cowen
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