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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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October 16, 2014
05:50 EDTSIRIStocks with implied volatility movement; SHPG SIRI
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October 15, 2014
07:55 EDTSBUXStarbucks checks refute bear case, says Bernstein
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06:14 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 40 at lower end of index mean range
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October 14, 2014
10:27 EDTULTAUlta Salon volatility elevated into investor meeting
Ulta Salon October call option implied volatility is at 47, November is at 33, December is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into an Investor meeting on October 15.
October 13, 2014
11:53 EDTULTAUlta Salon to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in Chicago on October 15 at 11 am. Webcast Link
07:26 EDTGMCRAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
08:41 EDTCELGCelgene reports apremilast significantly improved preexisting psoriasis in study
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08:39 EDTCELGCelgene says data show Apremilast treatment resulted in improved quality of life
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October 9, 2014
15:13 EDTLMCALiberty Media CEO says Diller not interested in sale of Expedia, Bloomberg says
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14:48 EDTLMCALiberty Media CEO says discussed exiting Expedia stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:10 EDTSIRIShazam, Sun Broadcasting to launch customized, interactive radio content
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09:41 EDTAROBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:59 EDTSBUXKen Langone discusses new position in Starbucks
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06:13 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
October 8, 2014
07:11 EDTCELGEuropean Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to hold a conference
23rd EADV Congress is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 8-12.
October 7, 2014
12:09 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:02 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:31 EDTCELGCelgene to present long-term efficacy and safety data on oral Otezla
Celgene International Sŕrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation, announced that the latest research findings on OTEZLA, the company’s oral, selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4, in plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis will be presented at the 23rd European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress in Amsterdam, October 8 – 12. In total, 11 abstracts will be presented at the meeting. OTEZLA data to be presented include long-term results from Celgene’s pivotal trial, ESTEEM 2 and pooled analyses of safety and tolerability results from the ESTEEM 1 and 2 studies in patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. Additional analyses will evaluate the effect of OTEZLA on pruritus, difficult-to-treat areas such as nail and scalp, and palmoplantar psoriasis, work productivity and improvements in health-related quality of life. An analysis of long-term results from the PALACE clinical trial program evaluating OTEZLA in patients with active psoriatic arthritis will also be presented at the meeting. The analysis assesses the effect of OTEZLA treatment through 52 weeks on the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis, including enthesitis and dactylitis in patients with pre-existing enthesitis or dactylitis.
07:24 EDTCELGAlliance for Regenerative Medicine
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05:25 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain initiated with a Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs started shares of Keurig Green Mountain with a Buy rating saying the company is entering a period of accelerating sales and earnings growth. The firm expects growth to be driven by Keurig's Hot system and incremental contribution from the Cold platform. It set a $166 price target for shares.
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