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June 15, 2012
12:21 EDTNAV, IIVI, YPF, TTWO, NOKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday in spite of some disappointing domestic economic data, with the market's expectations for more quantitative easing possibly making bad news seem like good news. The averages opened quietly but almost immediately began to move higher. Whenever options are set to expire it can lead to higher volatility and heavier volume. With today being “quadruple witching,” when options, stock index options, single stock futures and stock index futures are all due to expire, the moves can be more extreme. Although the move today was orderly it came on heavier than normal volume, which is a sure sign that options were involved. The market has ignored the poor economic data points, including the industrial production and Empire manufacturing reports, and has added to its gains from earlier in the week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire state manufacturing report for June reported a drop in the general business conditions index to 2.29, versus expectations of a reading of 13.0. Industrial production fell 0.1% in May, versus expectations that it would remain flat, while manufacturing production declined 0.4%, versus forecasts it would fall 0.3% month-over-month. The University of Michigan consumer confidence reading was 74.1, versus expectations of 77.5. Internationally, this weekend will see the highly anticipated elections in Greece, as well as the second round of France's legislature elections and voting in Egypt that will influence U.S. policy in the Middle East... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nokia (NOK) rebounded a bit from yesterday's steep sell-off, gaining back about 6%. The troubled phone maker's shares were upgraded at both Citigroup and Oppenheimer, though the stock was also downgraded at Credit Suisse... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were YPF SA (YPF), up 20%, after Carlos Slim reported an 8.4% stake in the company, and Navistar (NAV), up almost 8%, after hedge fund MHR Fund Management disclosed a 13.6% stake. Noteworthy losers included II-VI (IIVI), down 11%, after giving a near-term and longer-term earnings view below consensus estimates, and Take-Two (TTWO), down more than 3%, as one of a number of video game makers falling after research firm NPD reported that U.S. video game sales plunged a greater than expected 28% in May... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 62.32, or 0.49%, to 12,714.23; the Nasdaq was up 18.71, or 0.66%, to 2,855.04; and the S&P 500 was up 7.37, or 0.55%, to 1,336.47.
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February 3, 2016
14:48 EDTTTWONotable companies reporting after market close
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12:54 EDTTTWOTake-Two volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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February 2, 2016
10:01 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Alere (ALR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Carbylan (CBYL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Copa Holdings (CPA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Duke Energy (DUK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Integrated Device (IDTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Logitech (LOGI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Merus Labs (MSLI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Desjardins... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Plantronics (PLT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James... Pool Corp. (POOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Praxair (PX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stifel cuts Twitter (TWTR) to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Sysco (SYY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Telenor (TELNY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Valeo (VLEEY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:19 EDTNOK, NOKNokia downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Nokia to Underperform citing the very disappointing Samsung arbitration award and reduced high-margin licensing revenue estimates. The firm's price target was lowered to $6.60 from $9 on Nokia shares.
February 1, 2016
16:01 EDTNOKOptions Update; February 1, 2016
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12:48 EDTNOKOptions with increasing call volume
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12:13 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but off their worst levels of the day, as oil is once again being weighed on by worries of slower growth in China. Several M&A announcements helped fuel speculation that deal-making may be set to pick up, but the headwinds of lower oil prices and weak economic data are outweighing that potential boost and keeping stocks in the red to start the month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.3% in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, while spending was flat, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and the below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Construction spending rose 0.1% in December, which was weaker than the 0.6% increase that was forecast. In China, the statistics bureau's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) advanced 9% after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. Lessin noted in the report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal talks are "active" now between Andreessen, Silver Lake and Twitter... Alere (ALR) surged 45% to $54 per share near midday after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. In other Monday M&A news, Questar (STR) rose 22% after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B, and assume Questar's outstanding debt. Meanwhile, Stryker (SYK) announced a deal to acquire Sage Products for $2.775B in cash. The buyers' shares did not fare as well in the wake of the deal announcements, as Abbott slipped 0.5%, Dominion dipped 1% and Stryker fell 1%. Also lower were shares of Smith & Nephew (SNN), which slid fractionally as investors may have been concerned that Stryker's deal decreases the likelihood that it will come after S&N. Additionally, Smith & Nephew announced that its CEO Olivier Bohuon has been diagnosed with a "highly treatable" form of cancer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which gained 8.5% after a judge accepted the company's $10M plea deal to settle timber source crime charges, according to media reports. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rose 5.5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to formally declare the end to its E.coli outbreak as soon as today. In addition, Sysco (SYY) and Aetna (AET) were up 7% and 2%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Nokia (NOK), which fell 12% after it forecasted how much revenue it expects to gain from its IP portfolio after its patent deal with Samsung (SSNLF) and its shares were downgraded at Canaccord and BofA Merrill Lynch. Also lower was GoPro (GPRO), which was slid 5% after analysts from Piper Jaffray and Citi predicted that the company's guidance to be issued this week will disappoint investors. In addition, Roper Technologies (ROP) and ImmunoGen (IMGN) were down 6.5% and 5.7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 56.40, or 0.34%, to 16,409.90, the Nasdaq was down 12.25, or 0.27%, to 4,601.70, and the S&P 500 was down 6.51, or 0.34%, to 1,933.73.
10:08 EDTNOKHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: NOK HLT NCLH DF GALE VMW DPS SYY SYMC PGR
10:02 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:08 EDTNOKNokia downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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08:57 EDTNOKNokia drops sharply in pre-market trading
The stock is down over 11.9% to $6.34 at time of writing on heavy volume. At that price next support is at $6.06. Resistance is at $6.51. Investors are expressing disappointment with the terms of the patent license arbitration settlement with Samsung (SSNLF). BofA/Merrill downgraded the stock to Neutral.
06:27 EDTNOKNokia downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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05:15 EDTNOKNokia receives decision in patent license arbitration with Samsung
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January 28, 2016
08:07 EDTTTWO2K, WWE announce multi-year extension for WWE video game properties
2K (TTWO) and WWE (WWE) announced that the companies have extended their partnership with a new multi-year exclusive agreement granting 2K the worldwide rights to develop and publish WWE video game properties across all major platforms and distribution channels. WW 2K, the simulation-based flagship series developed by 2K's Visual Concepts studio and Yuke's, will continue an 18-year tradition established by past WWE titles, including the recently released WWE 2K16. In addition, 2K will continue to invest in WWE SuperCard, the breakout hit card-battling game developed by its Cat Daddy Games studio, which has been downloaded more than nine million times since its initial release. Financial terms of the new agreement were not disclosed.
January 26, 2016
09:37 EDTYPFYPF upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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06:57 EDTIIVIII-VI sees Q3 EPS 25c-29c, consensus 27c
Sees Q3 revenue $185M-$195M vs. $182.7M in 3Q14.
06:56 EDTIIVIII-VI reports Q2 adjusted EPS 30c, consensus 26c
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05:12 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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January 25, 2016
08:15 EDTIIVIANADIGICS says competing bidder made unsolicited amended offer of 76c per share
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05:23 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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