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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
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
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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07:32 EDTCAGConAgra sees FY15 adjusted EPS up MSD over FY14
The company continues to expect fiscal 2015 diluted EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to show a mid-single digit rate of growth over the comparable diluted EPS of $2.17 earned in fiscal 2014. Consensus is $2.25. For the full fiscal year, a continuation of good performance from Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods, as well as the benefit of productivity and efficiency initiatives, are expected to offset a profit decline in the Private Brands segment. The company continues to expect operating cash flow to be in the range of $1.6 billion-$1.7 billion, and to reduce debt by a total of $1 billion in fiscal 2015, thereby reaching its broader debt reduction goals for the fiscal 2013-2015 period.
07:31 EDTCAGConAgra reports Q2 comparable EPS 61c, consensus 61c
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07:30 EDTORCLOracle price target raised to $50 from $48 at Canaccord
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07:04 EDTORCLOracle execution solid, results strong, says Cantor
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07:04 EDTRADRite Aid raises FY15 EPS view to 31c-37c, consensus 31c
Raises FY15 revenue view to $26.25B-$26.4B, consensus $26.43B. Raises FY15 SSS view to up 3.75%-4.25% over FY14. Previous FY15 EPS view was 22c-33c, FY15 revenue view was $26B-$26.3B. Sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $1.275B-$1.305B, CapEx $525M.
07:02 EDTRADRite Aid reports Q3 EPS 10c, consensus 5c
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06:57 EDTORCLOracle consensus estimates to be revised lower, says JPMorgan
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06:17 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange wants to revamp U.S. stock market, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CX RAD
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06:00 EDTORCLOracle guidance in-line with factoring in currency, says Jefferies
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December 17, 2014
18:34 EDTORCL, JBLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:08 EDTORCLOracle up almost 5% to $43.18 after Q2 results and guidance
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17:49 EDTORCLOracle sees currency volatility affecting Q3 EPS by 4c, revenue by 4%
Comment made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:15 EDTORCLOracle sees Q3 EPS in constant currency 69c-74c, consensus 73c
Sees Q3 constant currency revenue growth up 4%-8%, consensus $9.69B.
16:32 EDTDFSDiscover initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
Target $75.
16:13 EDTJBLJabil Circuit near 52-week high after results
The stock is up over 8.3% in the extended session following earnings news, to $21.74. That is just shy of the 52-week high at $21.87. Resistance above the 52-week high would be at $22.68. Support is at $21.28.
16:11 EDTJBLJabil Circuit up 8.4% after reporting Q1 results, guidance for Q2, FY15
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16:09 EDTJBLJabil Circuit raises FY15 core EPS view to $1.85-$2.15, consensus $1.79
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16:08 EDTJBLJabil Circuit sees Q2 core EPS 39c-50c, consensus 38c
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16:07 EDTORCLOracle trades higher after results, first look
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16:07 EDTJBLJabil Circuit reports Q1 core EPS 55c, consensus 48c
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16:05 EDTORCLOracle total Q2 new cloud bookings grew at a rate of more than 140%
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16:03 EDTORCLOracle says Q2 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 5% to $7.3B
Software and Cloud Revenues was up 5% to $7.3 billion. Cloud software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service revenue was up 45% to $516M Hardware Systems revenues were up 1% to $1.3B. GAAP operating income was up 4% to $3.5B, and the GAAP operating margin was 37%. Non-GAAP operating income was up 3% to $4.4B, and the non-GAAP operating margin was 46%. GAAP net income was down 2% to $2.5 billion while non-GAAP net income was down 1% to $3.1B.
16:01 EDTORCLOracle reports Q2 EPS 69c, consensus 68c
Reports Q2 revenue $9.6B, consensus $9.52B.
15:30 EDTJBLJabil Circuit December 20 straddle priced for 6% movement into Q2
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15:28 EDTORCLOracle December 41 straddle priced for 4.3% movement into Q2
15:18 EDTCAG, RADNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Accenture (ACN), consensus $1.20; ConAgra (CAG), consensus 61c; Rite Aid (RAD), consensus 5c; Sanderson Farms (SAFM), consensus $4.01; Actuant (ATU), consensus 42c.
15:18 EDTJBL, ORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:59 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Analysts split on Oracle ahead of Q2 report
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13:21 EDTDFSDiscover assumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley (pre-open)
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13:19 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:44 EDTORCLGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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December 16, 2014
12:55 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:49 EDTJBLJabil Circuit December volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Jabil Circuit December call option implied volatility is at 75, January is at 35, March is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on December 17.
09:59 EDTRADOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:03 EDTORCLUnisys names Peter Altabef as new CEOOracle
Unisys Corporation (UIS) announced that it has named Peter Altabef as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2015. At that time Altabef also will join the company's board of directors. Altabef was most recently President and CEO of MICROS Systems from January 2013 until the completion in September 2014 of its acquisition by Oracle (ORCL). Paul Weaver, currently interim Chairman of the Unisys board, will become Chairman, effective January 1, 2015.
06:28 EDTRADRite Aid upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
09:03 EDTORCLOracle achieves FedRAMP provisional authority to operate
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08:15 EDTDFSDiscover reports November net charge-offs 1.87% vs. 1.53% last month
Reports November delinquency rate 1.52% vs. 1.53% last month.
07:35 EDTVVUSApricus Biosciences appoints Barbara Troupin, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer
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07:33 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Oracle to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm's surveys indicate improving Cloud Apps growth in 2015 against low expectations and weak sentiment, favorable adoption of the new 12c database options next year, and improved perception value in Engineered Systems. Price target is $50.
06:34 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
12:33 EDTCAGConAgra volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:01 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:41 EDTJBLJabil Circuit volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:24 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Oracle December call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 26, March is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on December 17.
06:40 EDTORCLOracle resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
07:32 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics to submit EU MAA for migalastat HCl
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07:24 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange not currently planning to sell NYSE, Reuters reports
Intercontinental Exchange CEO Jeffrey Sprecher said there are no immediate plans to sell the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters reports, citing comments made at a Goldman Sachs conference. Sprecher said the NYSE could have the fastest EPS growth of all the businesses ICE operates, and expects it will become more profitable as a result of ongoing restructuring. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
08:24 EDTDFSDiscover sees efficiency ratio modestly above target next year
08:23 EDTDFSDiscover says performance against 2014 priorities good except in mortgages
Discover Financial CEO David Nelms says performance year-to-date against its 2014 priorities has been generally good, with the exception of its goal to expand in mortgages. Aside from mortgages, its efforts to expand direct consumer banking products has been good, the executive indicated.
08:13 EDTDFSDiscover sees over $35M in extra 2015 costs for EMV card issuance
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December 9, 2014
16:19 EDTICEAMD announces move to NASDAQ
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December 8, 2014
15:08 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sees EUR 96.8M proceeds from sale of Euronext stake
Intercontinental Exchange announced the pricing of the placement of 4.2M shares in Euronext, representing approximately 6% of Euronext’s share capital, by way of an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. The gross proceeds to ICE from the sale amount to EUR 96.8M. Following the sale, which is expected to close on December 11, ICE will no longer hold any of Euronext’s shares or voting rights and the transaction marks the final exit from Euronext by ICE initiated in 2014, the company said.
11:41 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange to sell remaining shares in Euronext
Intercontinental Exchange announced its intention to sell approximately 4.2M shares in Euronext N.V., representing approximately 6% of Euronext’s share capital, by way of an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. Following the sale, assuming all shares are sold, ICE will no longer hold any of Euronext’s share capital and voting rights. This transaction marks the final exit from Euronext by ICE, in line with its previously announced strategy. ICE received a waiver of the lock-up agreement entered into at the time of the Euronext initial public offering in June 2014, which was due to expire on December 21. The shares will be offered by way of a private placement to institutional investors. The book-building will commence immediately. ICE reserves the right to close the books at short notice. Pricing and allocations will be determined at the conclusion of the offering and are expected to be announced in a separate press release.
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