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News For NYX;ICE;MDRX;VVUS;ELOQ;ORCL;RAD;JBL;CAG;BBBY;DFS;FOLD From The Last 14 Days
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December 21, 2014
11:37 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond could rise 19%, Barron's says
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December 19, 2014
16:35 EDTORCLMarket ends week higher as Fed reassures, oil stabilizes
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11:54 EDTORCLRed Hat soars to 52-week high after beat and raise quarter
Shares of open source software solutions provider Red Hat (RHT) are rallying after the company’s third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and it raised its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Red Hat reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $455.9M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 40c and $451.39M, respectively. Q3 subscription revenue was $395M, up 15% year-over-year, while operating cash flow of $133M was up 40% year-over-year. CFO Charlie Peters noted that strong performance in the quarter was driven by outstanding sales execution. He said, “performance this quarter with large deals was exceptional, setting new records in number of deals over $5M in a quarter and deals over $10M in a Q3.” Peters also announced his intention to retire in the next twelve months. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Red Hat forecast EPS of 40c-41c and revenue of $456M-$459M, compared to consensus of 41c and $459.39M, respectively. The company raised its outlook for FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58 from $1.53-$1.55, versus consensus of $1.54. It also boosted the bottom end its FY15 revenue outlook to $1.78B-$1.79B from $1.77B-$1.79B, compared to the consensus of $1.78B. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, four research firms - Piper Jaffray, Stifel, UBS, and Oppenheimer - all raised their respective price targets on Red Hat. Each cited the company’s stronger than expected Q3 results. All four maintained a Buy or equivalent rating on the shares and among the four Oppenheimer took its price target up to the highest level, increasing its target on Red Hat to $80 from $74. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Red Hat rose $6.98, or 11.4%, to $68.48 on nearly three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $70.13. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 40% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the software and cloud space include Oracle (ORCL), LogMeIn (LOGM) VMware (VMW), and Microsoft (MSFT).
10:19 EDTRADOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:55 EDTORCLOracle price target raised to $52 from $49 at Bernstein
Bernstein increased its price target on Oracle after the company reported stronger than expected Q2 results. The firm thinks the company's cloud strategy is succeeding, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:12 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM ORCL
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Qualcomm (QCOM) 20, Oracle (ORCL) 19 according to iVolatility.
December 18, 2014
17:58 EDTORCLOracle looks like a 'buy', Barron's says
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16:26 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session sharply higher and remained that way for the entire session. The strength was attributed to investor enthusiasm over statements from the Fed about being patient in their approach to raising interest rates. Over the past couple of weeks the price of oil has often dictated the direction of equities, but that was not the case today as a drop in WTI and Brent crude was not followed by a dip in the equity averages. With year-end approaching, money managers may be chasing performance, but they also may be adjusting portfolio’s ahead of tomorrow’s quadruple witching, when market index futures, market index options, stock options, and stock futures all expire. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 6K to 289K in the week ended December 13, versus expectations for 295K first-time claims. Markit's flash December Services PMI reading came in at 53.6, which was below the consensus 56.3 forecast. The Philadelphia Fed survey of business conditions index drop to 24.5 in December from November's unexpectedly high 40.8 reading, though the steep pullback was in-line with the consensus forecast. The November index of leading economic indicators rose 0.6%, as expected. In Europe, U.K. retail sales including auto fuel increased 1.6% in November, widely topping economists' forecast for a 0.4% gain. Germany's Ifo business climate index advanced to 105.5 in December from 104.7 in the prior month, narrowly topping expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) rallied $4.19, or 10.18%, to $45.35 after the company’s second quarter results surpassed consensus estimates. Analyst commentary was mixed, with research firms Canaccord and FBR Capital raising their price targets on the stock to $50 and $48, respectively, while JPMorgan said it expects consensus estimates for Oracle to be reduced and Oppenheimer said that it thinks the transition to the cloud is increasing pressure on the company's financial model and restraining EPS growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was OvaScience (OVAS), which rose $8.26, or 23.63%, to $43.22 after the company said it has achieved its 2014 corporate goals to advance its three fertility treatment options and its stock was upgraded to Outperform at Wedbush. Also higher was Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (TTPH), which gained $4.81, or 14.49%, to $38.00 after a study of the company's eravacycline antibiotic met its primary endpoint and more than one research firm said the trial results make the company a more likely takeover target. Among the noteworthy losers was Silicon Image (SIMG), which dropped $1.84, or 27.3%, to $4.90 after the company warned it expects a year-over-year revenue decline in 2015 of about 10% due to a reduction in mobile design wins at one of its largest customers. Also lower were shares of RCS Capital (RCAP), which fell $1.81, or 15.39%, to $9.95 after its Executive Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Schorsch, was reportedly accused of directing two executives at American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP), where he was formerly the Chairman, to manipulate quarterly financial results. INDEXES: The Dow gained 421.28, or 2.43%, to 17,778.15, the Nasdaq advanced 104.08, or 2.24%, to 4,748.40, and the S&P 500 rose 48.34, or 2.4%, to 2,061.23.
14:39 EDTBBBYBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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12:26 EDTORCL, CAGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:49 EDTORCLOracle soars to 52-week high after Q2 results beat estimates
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11:04 EDTRAD, JBL, ORCLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:41 EDTRADHigh option volume stocks
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10:24 EDTORCLOracle hits fresh 52-week high after results, levels to watch
The shares were last at $44.85, up over 8.9%. At that price resistance is at the 52-week high set this morning at $44.98 and then at $46.46, the lifetime high from 2000. Support is at $43.81.
10:04 EDTCAGConAgra sees private brands recovery taking longer than originally planned
Expects recovery for private brands segment to take longer than originally planned. Sees private brands "down" for the year, but still expects to meet FY company EPS commitments. Sees FY15 as a year of "foundation building." Expects having FX headwinds "to deal with." Expects inflation in proteins to be "manageable." Says committed to long-term vision for private brands. CEO Gary Rodkin says still intends to retire in May, but will be flexible. Says CEO search ongoing. Says international shipments disrupted by longshoremen labor dispute, says issues may cause further disruption. Sees other units offsetting weakness in private brands. Sees operating margin growing double digit levels over next few years. Says capital allocation priority will be repayment of debt. Intends to maintain current annual dividend rate, will limit share repurchases. Expects limited acquisition activity as company repays debt. Sees good sales, profit growth for commercial foods in FY15. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call. ConAgra shares are down 4.42% to $35.46 in morning trading.
09:35 EDTRADActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTRAD, ORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:37 EDTORCLOracle Q2 solid, guidance 'good enough,' says FBR Capital
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08:25 EDTORCLPressure on Oracle financials increasing, says Oppenheimer
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07:56 EDTICENYSE says raised $182B in 545 transactions in 2014
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