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May 28, 2014
09:19 EDTKORS, BEE, ACUR, WDAY, PDH, TOL, DDD, DSW, QIHU, TWTR, FORMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Workday (WDAY), up 4% after reporting a lower than expected Q1 loss, higher than expected revenue... Toll Brothers (TOL), up 3.7% after reporting Q1 earnings which beat analyst's consensus... Twitter (TWTR), up 3% after upgraded at Nomura... Qihoo 360 (QIHU), up 3% after reporting Q1 results which surpassed analyst's anticipations... PetroLogistics (PDH), up 9.7% after agreeing to be acquired by Flint Hills for $14.00 per unit... FormFactor (FORM), up 11.1% after upgraded at B. Riley following raised revenue guidance. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Michael Kors (KORS), down 0.8% despite reporting better than expected Q4 EPS, revenues... DSW (DSW), down 21% after Q1 earnings, FY14 outlook miss expectations... ALSO LOWER: 3D Systems (DDD), down 6% after 5.95M share spot secondary offering priced at $53.25 per share... Acura Pharma (ACUR), down 16.7% after downgraded at MLV & Co. following the announcement that the FDA advised the company that the data from the AP-ADF-301 for AVERSION hydrocodone bitartrate with acetaminophen product candidate are insufficient to support an intranasal abuse deterrence claim... Strategic Hotels (BEE), down 5.9% after 36M share secondary offering priced at $10.50 per share.
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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTQIHUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 25, 2014
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15:18 EDTDSWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Best Buy (BBY), consensus 31c; Golar LNG (GLNG), consensus (7c); DSW (DSW), consensus 32c; Tech Data (TECD), consensus 77c; Sanderson Farms (SAFM), consensus $3.82; Movado (MOV), consensus 54c; Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 14c.
12:19 EDTQIHUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:26 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 falls despite better-than-forecast Q2 results, Q3 revenue guidance
Shares of Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) are falling despite reporting second quarter results that beat analysts' estimates. The company also provided third quarter revenue guidance that exceeded estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Qihoo 360 reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $317.9M, which surpassed analysts' consensus estimates of 46c and $309.38M, respectively. For the quarter, operating income was $43.9M compared to $36.6M a year ago and $39.6M in the first quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 21.9% in Q2, compared to 36% in the year-ago period and 14.9% in Q1. The company said the sequential decline in non-GAAP operating margin was primairly due to increased marketing and promotional expenses, personnel-related costs and bandwidth and equipment depreciation expenses. Looking ahead, Qihoo 360 forecast Q3 revenue of $360M-$365M, which is slightly higher than analysts' consensus estimates of $357.39M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hongyi Zhou commented that the company is in an "excellent position" to grow its share of China's search market in both PC and mobile traffic and revenue. The company plans to make "significant" investments in the coming quarters to strengthen its brand and market position, and to improve our products and technology, particularly in mobile Internet-related areas. The executive noted that the company's share of Internet search traffic recently reached over 30%, citing third-party data, achieving a company target fourth months ahead of schedule. ANALYST OPINION: Jefferies defended Qihoo 360 shares following the company's Q2 results. Stifel analyst George Askew feels that Qihoo 360's Q2 revenue and operating margin results were "very good" and believes that many factors, including its 30% search query share, will help it sustain its search revenue growth. The firm maintains $168 price target and Buy rating. Bank of America analyst Eddie Leung said that he expects Qihoo 360's margins to get better gradually in the second half of the year since the company is looking to control expenses and realize synergies. He anticipates search to increase at a fast rate to make up 36% of total sales in FY16. Leung believes this should particularly offset the decline in game revenues this past quarter. Leung lowered his price target on Qihoo 360 to $121 from $123. PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, shares of Qihoo fell $6.62 or 6.51%, to $95.13. OTHERS TO WATCH: Chinese search market leader Baidu (BIDU) rose nearly 1.7% to $217.77.
10:18 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 falls after earnings, levels to watch
Shares gapped down at the start of trading today, following earnings released last night, and have been declining since. At the current price of $92.18, the shares are down 9.4%. Next support is at $90.52. Resistance is at $93.98.
09:41 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 shares defended at Jefferies
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09:35 EDTQIHUActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTQIHUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:34 EDTBEEStrategic Hotels management to meet with JPMorgan
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07:10 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 reported very good Q2 results, says Stifel
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06:14 EDTTWTRTwitter collaborates with Stripe on commerce strategy, Re/code says
Twitter is collaborating with payments startup Stripe in an effort to get closer in allowing users to complete purchases directly from a tweet, according to Re/code, citing multiple industry sources. The sources said that businesses who wish to sell products or services embedded in tweets are being told to sign up with Stripe to process transactions on their behalf. Reference Link
August 24, 2014
19:24 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 sees Q3 revenue $360M-$365M, consensus $357.39M
19:22 EDTQIHUQihoo 360 reports adjusted Q2 EPS 50c, consensus 46c
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August 21, 2014
10:34 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTWDAYWorkday August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 20, 2014
09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
06:10 EDTTWTRTwitter testing highlighting 'favorited' tweets, WSJ reports
Twitter is testing inserting tweets in some users' timelines that have been "favorited" by accounts they follow, an experiment which is receiving mixed reviews, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
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