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November 26, 2012
12:10 EDTWMT, DWA, ANAD, M, APO, ARO, YHOO, TGT, MHP, HOGS, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, giving back some of the 4% advance seen last week by both the S&P and Nasdaq. With earnings season over, a budget agreement in the U.S. or a European deal on Greek aid may be awaited as the next market catalysts, and a lack of progress on either front may bring increased volatility... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing survey for November came in at -2.8, versus forecasts for a +2.5 reading. Also, Mary Schapiro stepped down as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and President Obama appointed current SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to take over the position. In Europe, the Bank of England named Mark Carney, who is currently the head of Canada’s central bank, as its next governor... COMPANY NEWS: McGraw-Hill (MHP) confirmed it reached a deal to sell its education business to Apollo Global Management (APO) for $2.5B. McGraw-Hill, which said it will be renamed McGraw Hill Financial after the sale closes, saw its shares rise about 2% after trading resumed following the deal announcement... A number of major retailers, including Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT) and Macy's (M), traded lower in spite of estimates from the National Retail Federation that consumer spending over the Thanksgiving weekend increased 13% from a year ago... Two tech names benefited from some positive analyst commentary as Facebook (FB) shares rose nearly 8% after Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform and BTIG raised its rating on the name to Neutral. Also, Yahoo! (YHOO) was upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman and shares responded by advancing about 1%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Anadigics (ANAD), up 17% following an upgrade to Buy at Needham, and Zhongpin (HOGS), up 15% after after agreeing to "go private" for a $13.50 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Aeropostale (ARO), which slid almost 7% following a downgrade to Neutral at Janney Capital. Also lower were shares of DreamWorks (DWA), down over 5% after the stock was downgraded at Caris and Goldman said its estimates could be at risk due to the box office under-performance of "Rise of the Guardians"... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 87.77, or 0.67%, to 12,921.91; the Nasdaq was down 5.80, or 0.20%, to 2,961.05; and the S&P 500 was down 8.29, or 0.59%, to 1,400.86.
News For MHP;APO;WMT;TGT;M;FB;YHOO;ANAD;HOGS;ARO;DWA From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
14:06 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 99, February is at 42, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
12:36 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts expect Facebook to report strong Q4 results
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12:11 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and proceed to lose additional ground after the open. Despite another disappointing weekly Department of Energy inventory report, which pointed to larger than expected builds of both oil and gas stockpiles, the price of crude moved higher in later morning trading, taking equities up with it. Fed watchers have zero expectation that the central bank will announce an interest rate hike later today, but are hoping for a dovish policy statement to be issued in conjunction with the end of the latest FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. The FOMC rate decision is due out at 2 pm ET and 100% of 104 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were aligned in predicting no change to benchmark U.S. interest rates will be announced today. While their is no chance seen that the central bank will raise rates, the language in the statement will be closely examined for any clues on the Fed's thinking about when the next rate may be coming. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) declined about 5% after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates last night, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectation. The company was noted by several analysts as having a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China... Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow, however, as that distinction goes to Boeing (BA). Shares of the commercial airplane maker and defense contractor plummeted 7% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast. Conversely, United Technologies (UTX), which is also in the Dow and also involved in aerospace and defense, gained 2% after backing its adjusted earnings outlook for fiscal 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunEdison (SUNE), which rallied 12% after the company and David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital agreed to new corporate governance initiatives, including appointing Claire Gogel to its board and amending its bylaws to provide that it will not make equity issuances for two years without supermajority vote of the board. Also higher were Commvault (CVLT), Hess (HES) and Biogen (BIIB), which gained 13%, 10% and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was DreamWorks Animations (DWA), which fell 4.5% after the stock was downgraded to Sell at Topeka. Also lower were U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW), and Textron (TXT), which were down 12%, 8.5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 37.60, or 0.23%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq was down 9.88, or 0.22%, to 4,557.79, and the S&P 500 was up 9.54, or 0.5%, to 1,913.17.
11:27 EDTDWAOptions with increasing call volume
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10:00 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:29 EDTFBFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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08:42 EDTYHOOIAC's Diller says would not buy Yahoo, Bloomberg reports
IAC (IAC) Chairman Barry Diller said Yahoo (YHOO) can be a standalone business, adding that he would not buy the company, according to Bloomberg. Diller said Yahoo is only worth buying at a "serious discount," according to Bloomberg.
07:07 EDTDWADreamWorks downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka
Topeka analyst David Miller downgraded DreamWorks to Sell citing valuation and maintained his $19 price target on shares. The analyst believes shares already reflect Kung Fu Panda 3 expectations and recommends shareholders trim positions.
06:59 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:32 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Facebook January weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, February is at 46, March is at 40; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 54, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
05:44 EDTFBTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
January 26, 2016
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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13:51 EDTFBApple to make subscription content available in News app, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:13 EDTFBActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
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