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March 14, 2014
16:22 EDTLMCA, SIRI, GMCR, SBUX, ARO, ULTA, CELGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower following another session dominated by headlines concerning the geopolitical situation. Stocks were lower early in the session following the lower than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. The market moved in a narrow range and crossed back and forth across the flat-line several times. Investors remain on edge following several recent poor economic reports out of China and frequent remainders of the upcoming elections in the Ukraine on Sunday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., producer prices fell 0.1% overall in February, versus an expected increase of 0.2%. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, fell 0.2%, versus an expected increase of 0.1%. The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey for March unexpectedly dropped to a four-month low of 79.9. The preliminary reading for the month was expected by analysts to have come in at 81.8, which would have been a slight bump from the prior 81.6 figure. In Europe, citizens of the Crimea region of the Ukraine are likely to vote to secede this weekend, even as Ukraine, the U.S and the European Union maintain that the vote is illegal. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was told that Vladimir Putin is not prepared to make any decision regarding Ukraine until after the country's referendum. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Media (LMCA) shares gained $9.11, or 7.22%, to $135.25 after the company announced last night that it plans to reclassify its common stock into two tracking stocks, one called Liberty Media Group and the other called Liberty Broadband Group. Liberty President & CEO Greg Maffei called the move "another step in Liberty’s process of offering investors greater choice, transparency and focus." Liberty said in conjunction with the plan that it would drop plans to buy the rest of Sirius XM (SIRI), in which it currently holds a 53% stake in. Sirius XM had previously suspended its stock repurchase program in connection with Liberty Media's proposal and it announced today that it now intends to resume the repurchase plan. Shares of Sirius advanced 7c, or 2.08%, to $3.44 following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was beauty retailer Ulta Salon (ULTA), which advanced $5.75, or 6.42%, to $95.26 after the company’s fourth quarter results beat estimates. Also higher were shares of single-serve coffee machine maker Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which rose $7.09, or 6.68%, to $113.25 after the company agreed to new terms in its deal with coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX). Among the noteworthy losers was teen retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which dropped $1.47, or 20.14%, to $5.83 after its fourth quarter results and first quarter outlook missed analysts' consensus expectations and the company entered a financing deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners. Also lower were shares of drug maker Celgene (CELG), which dropped $6.59, or 4.22%, to $149.41 after the U.K.'s healthcare guidance body issued new draft guidance on the use of the company's Revlimid drug. INDEXES: The Dow fell 43.22, or 0.27%, to 16,065.67, the Nasdaq dropped 15.02, or 0.35%, to 4,245.40, and the S&P 500 declined 5.21, or 0.28%, to 1,841.13.
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August 22, 2014
09:05 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: GameStop (GME), up 7.1%... Foot Locker (FL), up 3%... Qunar (QUNR), up 6.9%... The Fresh Market (TFM), up 6.5%... Ross Stores (ROST), up 3.8%. ALSO HIGHER: El Pollo Loco (LOCO), up 5.3% after signing franchisee to 20 unit expansion agreement in Texas... Gap (GPS), up 2.8% after upgraded at Janney Capital following Q2 results above analyst estimates and announcing plans to open the first franchise-operated Gap stores in India in 2015. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 8%... Ann Inc (ANN), down 2.7%. ALSO LOWER: Ampio (AMPE), down 4.4% after downgraded at Jefferies...
09:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain, Kraft Foods announce licensing agreement
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06:20 EDTAROOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GME ARO CRM INTU TFM MRVL ROST BRCD
August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q3 EPS (44c)-(48c), consensus (33c)
The effective tax rate for Q3 is projected to be approximately 4.0%. This outlook does not include the impact of any store impairments or accelerated store closure costs which may be identified, consulting fees, and severance costs related to the company's previous CEO.
16:08 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q2 EPS ex-charges (46c), consensus (49c)
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15:15 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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August 20, 2014
08:02 EDTCELGBristol-Myers, Celgene enter collaboration agreement for OPDIVO, ABRAXANE
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August 19, 2014
11:53 EDTAROAeropostale soars as Geiger returns as CEO
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10:49 EDTAROAeropostale breaks out as Geiger returns as CEO
The $3.50 level has been the top of the trading range, a base, since June of this year. With price currently at $3.80, the shares have bullishly broken out of the range. Longer base breakouts typically persist for some time following the break. At current price next resistance is at $3.98. Support is at $3.50. For the breakout to remain valid, share price needs to close today well above that $3.50 mark.
09:38 EDTCELGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
09:07 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates raised at SunTrust
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07:33 EDTCELGCelgene announces publication of REVLIMID combination results
Celgene announced that results of a study evaluating the combination of REVLIMID with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin hydrochloride, vincristine sulfate and prednisone in untreated diffuse large b-cell lymphoma were published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. In a phase II, open label, single arm study, 64 patients with newly diagnosed, untreated, stage II-IV CD20 positive DLBCL received 25 mg of lenalidomide on days 1-10 with standard dose R-CHOP every 21 days for six cycles. All patients received pegfilgrastim on day two of each cycle and aspirin prophylaxis throughout. The primary endpoint was event-free survival with secondary endpoints of progression free survival and overall survival. A one-stage binomial design was used to assess the efficacy and tolerability of REVLIMID with R-CHOP. Of the 64 patients enrolled, 60 were eligible for response evaluation. In these patients, the overall response rate was 98% with 80% achieving a complete response. The 24-month EFS, which was identical to PFS, and OS rates were 59% and 78%, respectively. The company said, "This study demonstrated that the addition of lenalidomide to conventional R-CHOP resulted in similar PFS rates and OS rates between sub-types. This is intriguing as patients with the non-GCB phenotype have traditionally experienced poorer outcomes. The results of this study support further evaluation of this regimen in this sub-type of DLBCL.”
06:56 EDTAROAeropostale CEO change may not help much, says Wells Fargo
After Aeropostale announced that its longtime former CEO, Julian Geiger, would return to the role, Wells Fargo thinks that Geiger may not be able to solve the company's positioning problems. According to the firm, the company was known for providing basics, but consumers are not willing to pay for basics anymore. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
August 18, 2014
18:21 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:04 EDTAROAeropostale up 7% after CEO change, Q2 guidance
16:36 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q2 adjusted EPS (45c)-(42c), consensus (58c)
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16:32 EDTAROAeropostale announces Julian Geiger to rejoin company as CEO
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06:09 EDTAROAeropostale volatility elevated into Q2 and new leadership outlook
Aeropostale September call option implied volatility is at 93, October is at 75, January is at 85; compared to its 26-week average of 58 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
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