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August 13, 2014
16:19 EDTM, RHHBY, ITMN, EBAY, GSK, KING, AMZN, CSIQ, SNY, SEASOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day in positive territory despite weaker than expected retail sales figures for July. Oil hit a new 13 month low during the session, suggesting to investors that concerns about the flow of oil from the Middle East are muted despite the turmoil in Iraq and Israel. The market found its level about an hour and a half into trading and the averages moved in a narrow range for the remainder of the session, but the Nasdaq's drift higher managed to add 1% to the index by the time trading closed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales were flat in July, versus an expected 0.2% increase. If auto and gasoline data is removed, the core reading showed an increase of 0.1%, versus the expected 0.4% rise. Business inventories grew 0.4% in June, which was in-line with expectations. In Asia, a measure of new credit in China came in at $44.3B in July, marking its lowest monthly total since October 2008. China's industrial production grew 9.0% year-over-year in the month, versus expectations for 9.2% growth. Japan's second quarter GDP fell an annualized 6.8%, which was slightly better than the expectation for a 7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Macy's (M) declined $3.29, or 5.51%, to $56.47 after the department store operator's second quarter sales and profits missed expectations. Macy's also lowered its fiscal year same-store sales growth forecast to 1.5%-2% from its previous 2.5%-3% view, but said it still expects FY14 earnings per share of $4.40-$4.50... Amazon.com (AMZN) advanced $6.96, or 2.18%, to $326.28 after the company launched "Amazon Local Register," a credit-card device and mobile app to help small business owners accept payments that will go head-to-head with competing systems from Square and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal unit. Additionally, research firm ChannelAdvisor reported that Amazon's July same-store-sales grew 40.4%, an increase compared to June's 34.4% growth rate. Meanwhile, the firm estimated eBay's July same-store-sales grew 9.7%, which was down from Juneís 12.3% rate and below the e-commerce growth rate, and its shares slipped 49c, or 0.92%, to $52.94. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Canadian Solar (CSIQ), which rose $6.06, or 24.27%, to $30.13 after the company reported better than expected second quarter results. Also higher was InterMune (ITMN), which jumped $6.57, or 14.44%, to $52.06 after Bloomberg said the company is working with its financial advisers to evaluate takeover bids it has received from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Actelion (ALIOF). Among the noteworthy losers was theme park operator SeaWorld (SEAS), which dove $9.25, or 32.86%, to $18.90 after negative media attention contributed to lower than expected second quarter attendance and drove its earnings per share and revenue to miss expectations. Also lower were shares of social video game maker King Digital (KING), which was downgraded by at least five Street research firms and dropped $4.21, or 23.13%, to $13.99 after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and the company lowered its outlook for its fiscal 2014 growth rates. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.26, or 0.55%, to 16,651.80, the Nasdaq gained 44.88, or 1.02%, to 4,434.13, and the S&P 500 added 12.97, or 0.67%, to 1,946.72.
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December 9, 2014
07:44 EDTGSK, RHHBYAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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06:29 EDTAMZNAmazon warns of moving more drone research abroad, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazonís traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customerís offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
05:37 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded GlaxoSmithKline to Underperform citing a lack of pipeline catalysts and its belief the European pharma sector is close to fair value.
05:34 EDTAMZN, EBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
13:32 EDTGSKEpizyme announces results for PRMT5 inhibitor
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:04 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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08:23 EDTSEASCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
Timeshare & Theme Park Trip travels throughout Orlando, Florida on December 8.
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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06:06 EDTCSIQSharp could sell U.S. solar unit to Canadian Solar, Nikkei reports
Sharp (SHCAY) will reportedly sell its U.S.-based solar energy development unit Recurrent Energy to Canadian Solar (CSIQ) for about $250M, The Nikkei said yesterday. Sharp aims to reach a basic agreement Canadian Solar by the end of the month and complete the sale by spring, the report indicated. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
11:33 EDTRHHBYGenentech to present clinical data at ASH
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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06:18 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 144, eBay (EBAY) 20 according to iVolatility.
06:04 EDTGSKGSK won't pursue divestment of certain brands in established products portfolio
As announced at the companyís Q2 results in July, GSK started a process to consider the divestment of certain North American and European brands in its Established Products Portfolio.The company has evaluated all bids received and has concluded, consistent with its key criteria of maximizing shareholder value, not to pursue divestment of these products.
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