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August 15, 2014
16:38 EDTACHN, KO, DDS, MNST, PCTY, JCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
News For MNST;KO;JCP;DDS;ACHN;PCTY From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
16:06 EDTKOOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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10:34 EDTACHNAchillion March calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Achillion March 14 and April 15 calls are active on total call volume of 1,600 contracts (100 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 82, March and April is at 79, June is at 81; compared to its 10-week average of 81 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:22 EDTACHNRumor: Achillion moves positive on renewed takeover chatter
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06:48 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2015
Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga reiterates J.C. Penney as a top pick for 2015 ahead of the retailer's year-end 2014 earnings report. Tamminga believes Penny's comp for February, the first month of its fiscal year, could be tracking up 4%. The analyst also thinks Penny management could express conviction in the retailer's plan to recapture share among moderate consumers on Thursday's earnings call. Tamminga has an Overweight rating on Penny with a $12 price target.
February 23, 2015
18:02 EDTDDSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:10 EDTDDSDillard's plans to open three new stores in FY15
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16:09 EDTDDSDillard's reports Q4 EPS $3.17, consensus $3.18
Reports Q4 revenue $2.18B, consensus $2.08B. Reports a 3% increase in comparable store sales and a 103 basis point improvement in retail gross margin.
10:17 EDTKOCoca-Cola calls active amid speculation of potential management changes
Coca-Cola February 42 and 42.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) amid speculation of potential management changes. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, March and April is at 16, May is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:01 EDTKORumor: Coca-Cola active amid speculation of potential management changes
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February 20, 2015
10:02 EDTKOCoca-Cola says has a 'lot of heavy lifting to do'
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09:47 EDTKOCoca-Cola says long term growth targets include high single digit EPS growth
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09:22 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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04:50 EDTKOStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM KO
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTKOOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
14:41 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola board increases quarterly dividend 8% to 33c per share
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February 18, 2015
10:00 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney move higher attributed to real estate speculation
The move higher in shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) is being attributed to speculation the company may look to monetize its real estate assets. The speculation seems to be originating from a Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) employee's webpage showing the retailer as a client. The JLL employee, Stephen Bridges, specializes in "assisting industrial users with the lease, purchase, and sale of real estate." It is not clear when Penny became a client of JLL. Shares of Penny rallied to a high of $8.50, and are trading up 16c to $8.29 in early trading. Reference Link
February 17, 2015
16:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling signs agreement with Coca-Cola affiliate
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13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:15 EDTKOConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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