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February 11, 2013
09:07 EDTLCC, RDN, AAPL, HD, BBRY, CELG, CSX, CZR, TSLA, NVO, MTGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: US Airways (LCC), up 2% after WSJ says U.S. would likely clear a merger with AMR(AAMRQ)... CSX (CSX), up 1.6% following positive Barron's mention... Celgene (CELG), up 1.6% after Pomalyst approved by FDA, Revlimid approved by China SFDA... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Radian Group (RDN), down 8%. MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6% in sympathy... ALSO LOWER: Novo Nordisk (NVO), down 13.5% following FDA Complete Response Letter for Tresiba and Ryzodeg... Caesar's Entertainment (CZR), down 7.6% following double-digit percentage gains Thursday and Friday... Blackberry (BBRY), down 3.2% after report says Home Depot (HD) replacing BB phones with Apple (AAPL) iPhones... Tesla (TSLA), down 2.7% ahead of upcoming earnings report, following critical review of Model S in NY Times.
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August 12, 2014
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says itís likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
16:13 EDTCZRCaesar's reports Q2 EPS ($3.24), consensus ($1.19)
Reports Q2 revenue $2.19B, consensus $2.22B. The company said, "For the second quarter, our business demonstrated continued strength in Las Vegas driven in part by our hospitality investments, which was offset by the persistent softness in the regional markets and Atlantic City. The LINQ and High Roller are stimulating greater traffic to Caesars' affiliated properties in the vicinity and we are focused on maximizing their potential. As we look ahead, we are excited about further expanding and enhancing our network with the opening of Horseshoe Baltimore and the potential development of an integrated resort in South Korea. We believe the advances we are making across the enterprise coupled with ongoing capital structure initiatives aimed at reducing leverage at CEOC will produce a positive impact on our business."
16:00 EDTAAPL, TSLAOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTCZRNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ventas (VTR), consensus $1.09; Nuance Communications (NUAN), consensus 27c; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), consensus (12c); Rackspace Hosting (RAX), consensus 16c; Opko Health (OPK), consensus (9c); Mindray Medical (MR), consensus 54c; Chimera Investment (CIM), consensus 9c; Globalstar (GSAT), one estimate (4c); 51job (JOBS), consensus 32c; Dealertrack Technologies (TRAK), consensus 373c; Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.19); Towerstream (TWER), consensus (10c); Resolute Energy (REN), consensus 1c; Forest Oil (FST), consensus (2c).
15:27 EDTMTGSusquehanna to hold a forum
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15:23 EDTTSLAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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14:48 EDTHDHome Depot August volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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12:25 EDTTSLAOn 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.
11:58 EDTNVOMannKind rallies after inking licensing agreement with Sanofi
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11:52 EDTTSLATesla advances following Deutsche Bank upgrade
Shares of electric car maker Tesla (TSLA) are rising after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Deutsche Bank analyst Rod Lache upgraded Tesla, citing guidance issued by the company on its second quarter earnings conference call. On the call, Tesla's management indicated that its growth trajectory will be steeper, its product mix much richer, and its costs significantly lower than previously thought. Lache increased his growth forecasts as a result, taking up his FY15-FY17 volume estimates to 60,000, 100,000, and 129,000 units from previous views of 51,000, 60,000, and 83,000 units, respectively. The analyst added that even these forecasts may prove conservative since Tesla expects to end 2014 and 2015 with 50,000 and 100,000 units of capacity. The firm sees a clear path to 500,000 units of annual production by the end of the decade and expects growth to continue as Tesla continues to seek additional production capacity. In terms of product mix, Deutsche expects Tesla sales to gravitate more towards the Model S and X versus the Model 3, thus increasing their profitability. In addition, Tesla is targeting battery pack costs of $150/kWh by late 2017 versus about $250/kWh today, and they see costs falling below $100/kWh within ten years. If achieved, these levels could provide an outright cost advantage for Tesla's electric vehicles compared to their gas operated competitors. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Based on the improved outlook, the analyst now expects EPS in the $27 range by 2020, up from his prior view of $20. Lache raised his 12-month price target on the shares to $310 from $220. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tesla rose $12.54, or 5%, to $260.67. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 70% over the past 12 months.
10:19 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAAPL, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
06:57 EDTMTGUBS to hold a conference
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06:38 EDTTSLATesla upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Tesla (TSLA) shares to Buy saying it expects the electric car maker to be much more profitable than previously thought following comments on the company's Q2 earnings call. Deutsche now thinks Tesla can produce 500,000 units of annual production by late this decade. It raised its price target for the stock to $310 from $220. Shares of Tesla closed Friday down $2.46 to $248.13.
06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTCZRCaesar's Entertainment August volatility elevated into Q2
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August 10, 2014
18:51 EDTCZRCaesar's shares could rally with CEOC restructure, Barron's says
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16:51 EDTAAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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