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March 21, 2014
16:33 EDTRALY, ECYT, WPX, SYMC, GMCR, GEOS, ANN, NKEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages open higher before the Nasdaq quickly reversed lower, with the benchmark S&P 500 and blue-chip Dow joining the tech index in the red late in the session. Volume on each of the major indexes was heavy, with index and stock futures, as well as index and stock options, all set to expire at today's close. Despite today's sell off, each of the averages finished the week with gains larger than 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no notable economic reports were released. COMPANY NEWS: Dow-member Nike (NKE) was the blue-chip index's worst performer, losing $4.06, or 5.12%, to $75.21 after reporting third quarter profit and sales that beat analyst expectations but saying that the devaluation of some developing market currencies will be a "significant drag" on its reported revenue, gross margin and profit in fiscal 2015. The athletic footwear and apparel maker said that excluding forex adjustments, its revenue growth in 2015 should exceed its target range for high-single digit growth... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) was scheduled to join the S&P 500 as of today's market close, replacing WPX Energy (WPX), and shares of the coffee maker closed the session down $3.40, or 2.95%, to $112. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Endocyte (ECYT), up $13.53, or 92.42%, to $28.17 after the company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency issued "positive opinions" for conditional authorizations for its Vynfinit, Folcepri and Neocepri treatments. The company also announced a Phase 2b lung cancer trial met its primary endpoint, and following the news no fewer than three analyst firms increased their price target on the stock. Also higher was Ann Inc (ANN), up $4.82, or 12.95%, to $42.05 after Golden Gate Capital last night disclosed a 9.5% stake in the retailer and said it plans to leverages its retail and equity experience to create value for shareholders. Among the noteworthy losers was Symantec (SYMC), down $2.70, or 12.94%, to $18.20 after the company last night announced it terminated its CEO, Steve Bennett. No fewer than five analysts downgraded shares of the company following the news. Also lower was Geospace Technologies (GEOS), down $11.16, or 15.07%, to $62.89 after the company disclosed in a regulatory that a $29.4M order the company previously said would occur in its third quarter may be postponed following capital concerns at its customer. INDEXES: The Dow was down 28.35, or 0.17%, to 16,302.70, the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.29%, to 1,866.52, and the Nasdaq was down 42.50, or 0.98%, to 4,276.79.
News For NKE;GMCR;ECYT;ANN;SYMC;RALY;GEOS;WPX From The Last 14 Days
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June 25, 2015
16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q4 worldwide futures orders up 2%, up 13% ex-currency changes
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16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q4 EPS 98c, consensus 83c
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16:00 EDTNKEOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:10 EDTNKENike June weekly 107 straddle priced for 3.3% movement Q4
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15:04 EDTNKENotable companies reporting after market close
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13:04 EDTNKEEarnings Watch: Nike sees Q4 constant dollar revenue growth in low double digits
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13:02 EDTNKENike June weekly volatility increases into Q4 and growth outlook
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11:15 EDTNKENike technical comments before earnings news
The shares are trading close to life highs ahead of earnings, last at $105.47 against that high at $107.45. On strongly bullish news the stock would likely exceed that high by good measure, putting the $110 to $115 area into play as potential upside. If the news is a bearish disappointment, the first support level of significance is at the 50-day moving average at $94.08. A move down to that level would only be a test of support. It would take a move that broke the 50-day to turn the long-term trend to bearish.
09:19 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain price target lowered to $95 from $117 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill lowered Neutral rated Keurig Green Mountain's price target to $95 from $117 and lowered estimates to reflect 2016 spending and slower hot platform growth. The firm expects 2016 to be a significant investment year and lowered its hot brewer expectations due to a muted consumer reception for second generation brewers.
07:16 EDTWPXWPX Energy to increase activity, EURs in Williston Basin
WPX Energy plans to increase its activity in the Williston Basin during the second half of 2015 by resuming completions and increasing its rig count from one to three before year-end. The decision follows significant process improvements, structural changes to lower costs, successful discussions with key vendors, a technical analysis of WPX’s well performance that led to higher estimated ultimate recoveries and favorable results from larger stimulations. WPX has rapidly driven costs out of its Williston operations. The company’s estimated drilling and completion costs in the basin are approaching $8 million per well with 6 million pound completions, representing a decrease of more than 30 percent vs. its average in 2014. The company is now recognizing a blended type curve of approximately 750 Mboe for its wells in the Middle Bakken and Three Forks formations, up 25 percent per well from previous estimates of 600 Mboe. This is based on historical well performance and the success of incremental completion changes WPX performed in late 2014. The company currently has an inventory of 14 Williston wells awaiting completion. This work is scheduled to resume in August, starting with a four-well pad. WPX is scheduled to test 10-million-pound stimulations with more stages, more entry points and a higher pump rate in the second half of 2015 using 100 percent sand on its Williston wells. The company previously used a combination of sand and ceramic proppant. WPX’s completion modifications include moving toward a higher intensity slick-water design targeting the potential to increase initial production rates and EURs even further. The company estimates $9 million drilling and completion costs per well to perform the larger 10-million-pound stimulations. Funding for additional Williston activity primarily is derived by redeploying cost savings the company is incurring and reallocating capital from its Piceance Basin operations to its Williston development. WPX plans to move to a one-rig program in the Piceance during the second half of the year and evaluate the extent of Piceance-related completions based on commodity prices. Total planned capital investments for full-year 2015 remain in line with the company’s previous guidance of staying within its projected operating cash flow.
June 24, 2015
12:06 EDTSYMCU.S. data hack larger than previously disclosed, WSJ reports
Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta said in a statement today to the House Oversight Committee that her agency is investigating whether up to 18M unique Social Security numbers were stolen as part of the previously disclosed cyberattack, Wall Street Journal reports. The hack is being defined as two distinct breaches, and the larger than previously thought numbers are preliminary and not verified, the Journal adds. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:09 EDTNKEOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: NFLX SYY MU MON NKE BBBY LEN NBG GREK
June 23, 2015
08:26 EDTNKENike June weekly volatility increases into Q4 and growth outlook
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07:11 EDTNKENike bar high into Thursday's Q4 results, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that with shares up 11% year-to-date and at all-time highs, the bar is high into Nike's Q4 results on Thursday. The firm raised its Q4 earnings estimate to 84c from 81c and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $115 price target.
06:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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June 22, 2015
10:19 EDTSYMCAnalyst says get more selective on cybersecurity stocks
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10:00 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:16 EDTWPXWPX Energy completes purchase of 14,300 net acres in Gallup oil window for $26M
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05:48 EDTSYMCSymantec downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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05:45 EDTSYMCFireEye downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst Brent Thill downgraded FireEye (FEYE) to Neutral citing the stock's 70% rally year-to-date. Hill, however, raised his price target for name to $55 from $50. Shares of the cybersecurity provider closed Friday down 58c to $53.65. Hill also downgraded Symantec (SYMC) this morning to Sell. In the cybersecurity space, he keeps Buy ratings on Palo Alto Networks (PANW) and Fortinet (FTNT).
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