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June 17, 2014
16:27 EDTSCTY, GWPH, ORCL, CBI, MCRS, ACOROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day in negative territory, thanks in part to worse than expected economic data. The consumer price index came in higher than expected, while housing starts and building permits both came in well below analysts' consensus forecasts. The averages drifted off their opening lows and eventually made it into positive territory, where the market drifted for most of the rest of the day. The volume was light, as investors sat on the sidelines while the Federal Reserve board convened for the central bank's latest rate setting and policy meeting. 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 latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting, which will conclude tomorrow. COMPANY NEWS: Elon Musk's SolarCity (SCTY) advanced $9.65, or 17.58%, to $64.53 after the solar energy system installer agreed to acquire solar panel technology and manufacturing company Silevo for up to $350M dollars. SolarCity said it sees its manufacturing capacity allowing it to create "the most vertically integrated solar company" with an "industry-leading" cost structure that aims to make solar competitive with grid costs. The company also said it is in talks with the state of New York to build a plant with targeted capacity greater than 1 GW within the next two years, which it says will be "one of the single largest solar panel production plants in the world." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was register system and hospitality software maker Micros Systems (MCRS), which surged $8.62, or 14.94%, to $66.33 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to be acquired by tech giant Oracle (ORCL) for "more than" $5B. Also higher was GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), which jumped $12.57, or 16.27%, to $89.82 after it announced physician reports of efficacy and safety data on 27 children and young adults with treatment-resistant epilepsy who have been treated with GW's investigational cannabidiol product candidate, Epidiolex, for a period of 12 weeks. Among the noteworthy losers was Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), which fell $5.32, or 7.23%, to $68.26 after research firm Prescience Point alleged that the company has used "creative acquisition accounting" to conceal its losses and placed a Strong Sell rating on the shares. Also lower were shares of Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which fell $3.16, or 8.96%, to $32.12 after announcing an offering of $300M of convertible senior notes. INDEXES: The Dow was up 27.48, or 0.16%, to 16,808.49, the Nasdaq was up 16.13, or 0.37%, to 4,337.23, and the S&P 500 was up 4.21, or 0.22%, to 1,941.99.
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February 9, 2016
17:53 EDTSCTYSolar stocks drop after SolarCity reports Q4 results
Solar stocks followed SolarCity (SCTY) down after the company reported its fourth quarter results and gave guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2016. WHAT'S NEW: SolarCity reported Q4 earnings per share of ($2.37) against analyst expectations of ($2.59), and Q4 revenue of $115M, against consensus estimates of $105.62M. The company reported Q4 installations up 54% to 272 mega watts. Q4 commercial installations were up 82% to 51 MW while residential installations were up 49% to 221 MW. Operating Lease and Solar Energy Incentive revenue was up 53% to $75M in Q4. SolarCity sees Q1 adjusted EPS ($2.65)-($2.55), against analyst expectations of ($2.36). The company sees Q1 installations up 18% year-over-year to 180 MW. This represents a higher-than-usual seasonal slowdown due to decision to end Nevada operations and renewed focus on cash conversion cycle, particularly in longer lead-time commercial projects. The company also continues to target 1.25 gigawatts installed in FY16. The company noted that the ITC extension provides growth tailwinds. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the earnings press release, management noted, "We closed out a strong 2015 with installations growing 73% to a record 870 MW and costs falling to new lows, though we fell short of our installation goals more than once. We are not happy with these results, and recognize our need to revamp our guidance methodology to avoid any potential shortfalls going forward. Notably, residential has consistently performed above our expectations over the last year, and we missed guidance largely on commercial installations. While we had expected the introduction in mid-2015 of a new guidance methodology that incorporated only commercial projects that were already under construction to minimize risk, clearly this wasn't sufficient. With larger projects, particularly ground-mount, this methodology still leaves sufficient time for delays to push construction past deadlines. Going forward, we plan on removing from guidance any large projects with construction deadlines late in the quarter." PRICE ACTION: Shares of SolarCity plunged 32.5% in after-hours trading to $17.79. OTHERS TO WATCH: Sunrun (RUN) is down 7%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 8.2%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 4.3%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 5.9% following SolarCity's Q4 results. Elon Musk's other publicly traded company, Tesla (TSLA), is also down after-hours by 3.1%.
16:25 EDTSCTYSolarCity backs FY16 installations 1.25 GW
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16:23 EDTSCTYSolarCity reports Q4 installations up 54% to 272 MW
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16:16 EDTSCTYSolarCity sees Q1 adjusted EPS ($2.55)-($2.65), consensus ($2.36)
Sees Q1 installations 180 MW, representing a higher-than-usual seasonal slowdown due to decision to end Nevada operations and renewed focus on cash conversion cycle, particularly in longer lead-time commercial projects. Sees GAAP operating expenses $230M-$240M.
16:16 EDTSCTYSolarCity drops sharply after earnings
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16:12 EDTSCTYSolarCity reports Q4 EPS ($2.37), consensus ($2.59)
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14:36 EDTSCTYNotable companies reporting after market close
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08:31 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron sees FY16 EPS $5.00-$5.50, consensus $5.14
Sees FY16 revenue $11.4B-$12.2B, consensus $12.6B.
08:30 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron sees FY15 adjusted EPS $5.86, consensus $5.77
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08:29 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.56, consensus $1.46
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February 8, 2016
15:12 EDTSCTYSolarCity volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:26 EDTSCTYDeutsche reiterates Buy rating, $64 target on SolarCity
Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah reiterates a Buy rating on SolarCity with a $64 price target in a research note addressing recent investor concerns. The seller of renewable energy closed Friday up 8c to $29.57. The shares are likely pricing in a worst case scenario, Shah tells investors. He believes the recent five-year extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit for solar could add $30 of incremental equity value. The analyst also believes concerns around SolarCity's availability of capital to achieve 2016 installation targets maybe overblown. The company has sufficient access to tax equity markets and can sell operating assets to achieve growth objectives, Shah contends.
February 5, 2016
09:30 EDTSCTYSolarCity added to Conviction List at Avondale
February 3, 2016
10:55 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron to host investor day
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07:51 EDTCBIEngineering stock selloff on oil overdone, says JPMorgan
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February 2, 2016
16:19 EDTSCTYElon Musk boosts SolarCity stake to 21.7%
Elon Musk disclosed an increased stake of 21.7% in SolarCity, which represents 21.28M shares, as of December 31, 2015. Musk, who is Chairman of the Board and founder of the company, holds the shares in a revocable trust.
05:41 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; ORCL COP
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February 1, 2016
05:13 EDTSCTYSolarCity implied volatility of 117 at upper end of index mean range
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January 29, 2016
08:43 EDTSCTYSolarCity and Sunrun to benefit from CPUC decision, says Morgan Stanley
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07:48 EDTSCTYSolarCity to benefit from new California rule, says Stifel
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