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June 17, 2014
16:27 EDTCBI, MCRS, ACOR, SCTY, GWPH, ORCLOn 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 19, 2015
13:04 EDTSCTYDeutsche, Canaccord still upbeat on SolarCity despite Q1 guidance miss
The shares of SolarCity (SCTY) are falling after the company reported a higher than expected fourth quarter loss. However, Deutsche Bank and research firm Canaccord remained upbeat on the stock in notes to investors earlier today. Solarcity installs solar energy systems at residences and businesses. BACKGROUND: SolarCity reported a Q4 loss of ($1.33) per share, versus the consensus outlook for a ($1.27) per share loss. SolarCity's Q4 revenue, however, was roughly in-line with expectations and the company said that its backlog as of the beginning of 2015 was large enough to cover much of its expected installations for the first half of the year. Additionally, SolarCity reiterated its guidance for 920-1000MW of solar installations for 2015. SolarCity estimated, however, that its Q1 per share loss would come in at ($1.65)-($1.75), versus the consensus outlook for a ($1.25) per share loss. ANALYST REACTION: Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah wrote that SolarCity had executed well, while demand for its installations is strong. Moreover, the company's cost reduction plan looks to be running ahead of schedule, and its 2015 shipments look poised to come in ahead of its guidance, Shah believes. The analyst did, however, write that SolarCity's Q4 bookings were "somewhat" below his expectations and declined versus Q3. Nonetheless, the analyst continued to identify the stock as one of his top picks in the solar sector and kept a $90 price target and Buy rating on the name. Also upbeat on SolarCity was Canaccord analyst Jed Dorsheimer. He raised his price target on the shares to $67 from $64 following its results. SolarCity has had record bookings over the last 30 days and the company should come close to setting a bookings record in Q1, the analyst wrote, adding that its deployments should ramp in Q2 and Q3 as seasonal factors subside. Dorsheimer kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, SolarCity fell 6.3% to $53.48. Other names in the solar sector also declined, with SunPower (SPWR) falling 1.8%, JinkoSolar (JKS) dropping 1.5%, and Vivint Solar (VSLR) losing 2.3%.
11:04 EDTORCLOracle unveils new big data solutions
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09:35 EDTSCTYOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
09:32 EDTSCTYSolarCity shares may be range-bound after Q4 miss, says Roth Capital
Roth Capital believes SolarCity shares may be range-bound following the company's "modest" miss in Q4. Roth continues to view SolarCity as the best-in-class player and recommends accumulating the stock opportunistically. It reiterates a Buy rating on the name with a $98 price target.
09:12 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron declares interim common stock dividend of 7c
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08:11 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron receives polypropylene technology award in Egypt
CB&I has been awarded a contract by Carbon Holdings for the license and engineering design of a polypropylene unit to be built in Ain Sokhna, Egypt.
07:39 EDTSCTYSolarCity price target raised to $67 from $64 at Canaccord
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06:37 EDTSCTYSolarCity Q4 results show 'robust' demand environment, says Deutsche Bank
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February 18, 2015
18:55 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:22 EDTSCTYSolar stocks struggle in extended session after SolarCity results
Solar stocks are trading down in the extended session after SolarCity (SCTY) reported a larger fourth quarter loss than expected and guided to a first quarter loss well below consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Solar city said adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share for Q4 was a loss of ($1.33) against estimates of a loss of ($1.27). Revenue for the quarter was in-line at $71.8M. The company also guided for a loss of ($1.75)-($1.65) per share in the current quarter which is below analysts' average estimates for a loss of ($1.25) per share. However, the company did note, " With end-market demand healthy and growing, our installation capacity steadily ramping and a majority of our financing needs secured for the year, we remain confident in achieving our guidance to deploy 920-1000MW in 2015." PRICE ACTION: Shares of SolarCity are down over 5% to $54.01 in the after-hours session. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other stocks in the solar space trading lower in the extended session include SunPower (SPWR), SunEdison (SUNE), Vivint Solar (VSLR), and First Solar (FSLR).
18:11 EDTSCTYSolarCity reports Q4 adjusted non-GAAP EPS ($1.33), consensus ($1.27)
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16:32 EDTSCTYSolarCity drops 5% to $54.31 following Q4 results
16:31 EDTSCTYSolarCity says majority of financing secured for 2015 needs
SolarCity said, "Following strong growth in 2014, we entered 2015 with high visibility into our full year guidance for 920 - 1,000 MW Deployed. After booking almost 300 MW more than we deployed in 2014, we began the year with a backlog big enough to cover much of our expected first half installations. Ending the year with residential deployments at an annualized run rate of ~600 MW, we have significantly ramped up our installation capacity and plan to scale this beyond 1 GW by year-end even before considering commercial. Lastly, we have secured a majority of the financing commitments required to fund all of our 2015 needs."
16:17 EDTSCTYSolarCity sees Q1 EPS ($1.75)-($1.65), consensus ($1.25)
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16:00 EDTSCTYOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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15:35 EDTSCTYNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:54 EDTSCTYSolarCity technical notes before earnings news
Shares have been trading in a range bound largely by $47 at the low and $59 at the high for the last several months. A break of either end of this range following results will resolve the range either bearishly or bullishly. If the news is bullish and there is a breakout above $59, next resistance is at $63.30 and then at $65.60. If the news disappoints, first major support below would be at the 50-day moving average at $52.53. It would take exceptionally bearish news to push the shares to the range low. The low of the range was also previously support in the early part of last year. The 52-week low is at $45.79.
11:14 EDTSCTYSolarCity volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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04:55 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; MO ORCL
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