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June 17, 2014
12:23 EDTMCRS, ORCL, EW, NFLX, SCTY, TSLA, MDT, COV, ACOROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday after spending the morning fluctuating between narrow losses and marginal gains. The averages are drifting back and forth across the flat line as investors await the conclusion of the Fed's latest rate setting meeting, which kicked off today. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.4% in May, which was above the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.2%. Housing starts in the month declined 6.5% to a rate of about 1M and building permits slid 6.4% to a rate of 991K, which were both lower than expected. The Federal Reserve began its FOMC meeting, which will conclude tomorrow. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of register system and hospitality software maker Micros Systems (MCRS) surged 18% higher following a report from Bloomberg that the company is in talks to be acquired by tech giant Oracle (ORCL) for "more than" $5B... Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) advanced nearly 5% after the company announced last night that it has received FDA approval for its SAPIEN XT transcatheter aortic heart valve for the treatment of certain high-risk and inoperable cardiovascular patients. Wells Fargo thinks the broad label and range of sizes approved by the FDA are a positive development for the company, while analysts at Canaccord noted that they view Edwards as an attractive acquisition candidate. Yesterday, CRT Capital said that it believes Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) may signal an increase in sector M&A. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SolarCity (SCTY), which jumped more than 15% after the solar energy system installer agreed to acquire solar panel technology and manufacturing company Silevo for up to $350M dollars. Also rising were shares of another company where Elon Musk is Chairman of the Board, Tesla Motors (TSLA), which rose over 3.5% after New Jersey's assembly approved a bill allowing the company to sell its cars directly in the state and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a direct sales law in the neighboring state. Also higher was Netflix (NFLX), which rose 3% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock and research firm Pacific Crest issued a positive take on the shares in separate notes to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was executive recruiter Korn/Ferry (KFY), which dropped 3.5% after reporting on results during its just completed quarter and giving guidance for its current quarter. Also lower was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which fell 5.5% after announcing an offering of $300M of convertible senior notes. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 9.46, or 0.06%, to 16,790.47, the Nasdaq was up 17.36, or 0.4%, to 4,338.46, and the S&P 500 was up 2.28, or 0.12%, to 1,940.06.
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July 21, 2014
16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 net additions 3.69M to 53.74M members
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16:02 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 total streaming net additions 1.69M
Netflix reports Q2 total streaming members 50.05M. The company reports international streaming net additions of 1.12M to 13.8M.
16:01 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q3 EPS 89c, consensus $1.06
Sees Q3 revenue $1.22B, consensus $1.38B.
16:00 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.16
Reports Q2 revenue $1.15B, consensus $1.33B.
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:40 EDTTSLATesla halts production at California plant for $100M upgrade, Bloomberg says
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15:30 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:21 EDTNFLXNetflix July weekly 452 straddle priced for 8.1% move into Q2
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14:38 EDTNFLXEarnings Preview: Analysts bullish on Netflix international expansion
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, July 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.16 on revenue of $1.33B. The consensus range is 93c-$1.42 for EPS, and $1.26B-$1.34B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported first quarter EPS of 86c against estimates of 83c, on revenue of $1.27B against estimates of $1.27B. It reported Q1 domestic net additions of 2.25M with total domestic members at Q1-end of 35.67M. Netflix also reported Q1 net international subscriber additions of 1.75M. The company gave Q2 guidance at that time of $1.12. It expects to add 520,000 domestic subscribers in Q2, 940,000 international subscribers in Q2, and total members to reach 49.81 at Q2-end. The company projects 60M-90M U.S. subscribers in the long-term. NEWS: Netflix raised its membership rate in early May by $1.00 to $8.99 for new subscribers while existing subscriber rates will be frozen for two years. A couple of weeks into the rate increase, Netflix said that it has seen "small customer reaction." Netflix said that it would significant expand internationally and specifically in Europe for 2H14. It plans to expand its content breath in upcoming quarters with "meaningful" originals in each market that could compete with "the top end of cable." Speaking on CNBC, CEO Reed Hastings added that he does not expect Netflix to introduce advertising now or in the near future. STREET RESEARCH: Several analyst firms, including Pacific Crest, RW Baird, JPMorgan and Topeka, are bullish on the company due to optimism for Netflix's international expansion that appears to be accelerating. Pacific Crest added that the company's international subscribers will likely surpass expectations. Citigroup, meanwhile, lowered 2014-2017 estimates to reflect the costs of the launch of service in the European market. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, RW Baird expects solid Q2 results and Q3 forecast to reflect new market dilution. MKM Partners also believes that the company's Q2 results will likely beat expectations, adding that the stock could double or triple in the next four or five years. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have risen more than to 29% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Monday mid-day trading ahead of Q2 report, Netflix shares are trading up 1.8%.
11:57 EDTTSLAChinese electric vehicle maker Kandi surges after tax break news
Shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI) are surging after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country. WHAT'S NEW: A key sales tax will not be waived on purchases of electric cars made outside of China, said Su Bo, China's vice-minister of the Industry and Information Technology Ministry, according to China Daily. Buyers of electric vehicles made in China will not have to pay a purchase tax from September 1, 2014 until the end of 2017, China Daily stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Tesla Motors (TSLA), Nissan (NSANY) and GM (GM) have all sought to sell electric vehicles in China. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Kandi Technologies' stock rose $1.66, or 8.5%, to $21.28. The shares are well off their high for the day of $22.22, but they have surged 80% so far this year. Tesla shares, which had spent some of the morning in slightly negative ground, were up about 1% near $222 per share just before noon.
11:13 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
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09:38 EDTSCTY, NFLX, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
08:16 EDTCOV, MDTDeutsche Bank analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:58 EDTTSLAForeign electric cars won't qualify for Chinese tax break, China Daily says
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July 18, 2014
12:51 EDTCOV, MDTKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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11:34 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:16 EDTTSLATesla Motors August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and guidance
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09:48 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
05:57 EDTNFLXLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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