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December 7, 2012
12:09 EDTUNXL, RGC, AIG, AMRN, NFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher out of the gate following the better than expected jobs report, but pared some gains and turned mixed after the University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey disappointed... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the November non-farm payrolls report showed a seasonally adjusted 146,000 jobs were added last month, versus an expected 85,000. The unemployment rate fell to 7.7% from 7.9%, beating expectations for it to remain flat. The Reuters/U of Michigan consumer sentiment reading, expected to slip to 82 from the end-November reading of 82.7, fell more than forecast to 74.5 in the initial look for December. In Europe, Germany's central bank reduced its forecast for the country's GDP growth in 2013 to 0.4% from its earlier call for 1.6% growth. Also, in Greece, the nation's three biggest banks agreed to take part in the country's bond buyback program. In Asia, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off northeastern Japan... COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX) and CEO Reed Hastings each received a "Wells Notice" from the SEC indicating its intent to recommend to the SEC that it institute a cease and desist proceeding and/or bring a civil injunctive action against Netflix and Hastings for violations of Regulation Fair Disclosure. Hastings responded on Facebook to defend the earlier post that got him scrutinized and contend that he and the company were not acting wrongly... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Uni-Pixel (UNXL), up 13% after revealing it has entered a multi-million dollar license agreement with a "major PC maker," and American International Group (AIG), up over 2% after confirming that it is in talks to sell a 90% interest in International Lease Finance Corporation to a Chinese investor group. Among the noteworthy losers were Amarin (AMRN), down more than 19% after disclosing plans to raise money and hire a sales force, and Regal Entertainment (RGC), down 3% following a downgrade of its stock to Neutral at Piper Jaffray... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 28.43, or 0.22%, to 13,102.47; the Nasdaq was down 18.61, or 0.62%, to 2,970.66; and the S&P 500 was down 1.33, or 0.09%, to 1,412.61.
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February 26, 2015
13:00 EDTNFLXFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTNFLXFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTAMRNAmarin, Eddingpharm agree to develop, commercialize Vascepa in China
Amarin Corporation and Eddingpharm announced an exclusive agreement for Eddingpharm to develop and commercialize Vascepa in the territories of the Mainland China, the Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions and Taiwan for uses that are currently commercialized and under development by Amarin in the United States based on the MARINE, ANCHOR and ongoing REDUCE-IT clinical trials of Vascepa. Under the agreement, Eddingpharm will be responsible for development and commercialization activities in the territory and associated expenses. Amarin will provide development assistance and be responsible for supplying finished, and later bulk, product. Terms of the agreement include up-front and milestone payments to Amarin of up to $169M, including a non-refundable $15M up-front payment and development, regulatory and sales-based milestone payments of up to an additional $154M. Eddingpharm will also pay Amarin tiered double-digit percentage royalties on net sales of Vascepa in the territory escalating to the high teens. Amarin will supply product to Eddingpharm under negotiated supply terms.
09:00 EDTAMRNAmarin trading halted, pending news
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTNFLXAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
11:19 EDTNFLXNetflix to premiere five new shows for kids
Netflix announced that it is adding five new animated and live-action comedy series to its selection of kids and family entertainment. These include Danger Mouse, planned for Spring 2016, Inspector Gadget in March 2015, Some Assembly Required in Summer 2015, Bottersnikes & Gumbles in Spring 2016 and SUPER 4, a new CGI animated series inspired by PLAYMOBIL, which makes its U.S. premiere in April exclusively on Netflix.
February 24, 2015
10:01 EDTNFLXNetflix teams up with Judd Apatow for 'Pee-wee's Big Holiday'
Netflix will premiere exclusively in all of its territories the new feature film, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved fun-loving hero of TV, stage and film, Pee-wee Herman. Judd Apatow and Reubens, who worked together to bring the project to fruition, will produce the film. Production is slated to begin in early 2015.
07:15 EDTNFLXNetflix may enter Russia within two years, Hollywood Reporter says
Netflix' head of communications in Europe, Joris Evers, says the company hopes to make its entrance in Russia within the next two years, The Hollywood Reporter says. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTAMRNOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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10:20 EDTAMRNHigh option volume stocks
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09:38 EDTAMRNActive equity options trading on open
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions 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.
February 18, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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10:05 EDTAMRNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Amarin (AMRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Capital Product (CPLP) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Danone (DANOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Express (EXPR) upgraded on lower promotional activity at Piper Jaffray... Kforce (KFRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded following Q4 results at Pacific Crest... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... SeaChange (SEAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTNFLXOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:10 EDTAMRNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:05 EDTAMRNAmarin upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTAIGJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
13:18 EDTAIGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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