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February 19, 2013
16:38 EDTOMX, DGIT, RRGB, FNB, PVFC, BBY, HUM, SPLS, ODP, YNDXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite a home builders confidence reading that fell a bit short of expectations. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles proposed a new plan for deficit reduction via tax codes changes and spending cuts with the "sequester" deadline now less than two weeks away. In spite of the political tension and looming threat, the Dow and S&P remain at multi-year highs and near their all-time highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB Housing Market Index reading of 46.0 fell short of the forecast for a reading of 48.0. In Europe, the ZEW institute's index of German investor optimism rose to 48.2 points from 31.5 in January, beating analysts' expectations... COMPANY NEWS: OfficeMax (OMX) and Office Depot (ODP) both surged after the The Wall Street Journal said the companies are in advanced talks to merge. OfficeMax gained $2.25, or 20.93%, to $13.00, while shares of Office Depot gained 43c, or 9.37%, to $5.02. Their rival Staples (SPLS) also gained $1.70, or 13.13%, to $14.65 after several research firms predicted that the company would benefit significantly if such a merger goes through and as "going private" chatter about the office retailer continues to circulate... Humana (HUM) plunged $4.98, or 6.39%, to $73.01, bearing the brunt of a decline in managed healthcare stocks after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced preliminary 2014 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates. Humana said it believes the preliminary base rates in the notice would result in a mid-single-digit decline in its benchmark payment rates, while the company added that it previously expressed confidence in membership and earnings growth while assuming the Medicare Advantage payment rate would be flat to slightly down... Best Buy (BBY) shares gained 46c, or 2.73%, to $17.33 following upgrades from Stifel Nicolaus and Barclays and a Bloomberg report that said the company would make its holiday price-matching policy permanent, effective March 3... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PVF Capital (PVFC), which rose $1.33, or 52.78%, to $3.85 after agreeing to be acquired by F.N.B Corp (FNB) for $3.98 per share. Also higher was Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), up $6.88, or 18.88%, to $43.33 after its earnings and revenue beat Street expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Digital Generation (DGIT), down $2.52, or 28.06%, to $6.46 after the company reported its quarterly results and said its special committee concluded its review of strategic alternatives without recommending any transaction. Also lower were shares of Russian search engine company Yandex (YNDX), down $2.58, or 10.08%, to $23.01 after the company's Q4 report... INDICES: The Dow was up 53.91, or 0.39%, to 14,035.67; the Nasdaq was up 21.56, or 0.68%, to 3,213.59; and the S&P 500 was up 11.15, or 0.73%, to 1,530.94.
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July 29, 2014
15:53 EDTHUMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:18 EDTYNDXEU to hit Russia with new sanctions, Washington Post says
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09:17 EDTYNDXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTFNBF.N.B. and OBA Financial receive required clearances for merger
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06:11 EDTYNDXYandex reports Q2 EPS RUR$7.37, consensus RUR$10.08
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July 28, 2014
14:13 EDTYNDXYandex August weekly 30 straddle priced for 9.1% move into Q2
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10:44 EDTSPLSAmazon set to launch mobile credit card reader in August, 9to5Mac reports
Amazon (AMZN) could be preparing to launch its mobile cred card reading hardware at $9.99 in the coming weeks, reports 9to5Mac, citing internal Staples (SPLS) documents. Staples stores will stock a product called the "Amazon Card Reader" alongside readers from Square, eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and Staples' own in-house brand. Reference Link
08:17 EDTHUMMCO sell-off provides buying opportunity, says Leerink
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July 25, 2014
13:02 EDTYNDXYandex August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:52 EDTHUMWellCare issues largely company-specific, says UBS
UBS notes that aside from WellCare (WCG), which attributed its lowered guidance to the start-up of its Florida MMA program and other issues, that Centene (CNC), WellPoint (WLP), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Humana (HUM) are the leaders in Medicaid in the state. However, the firm believes a majority of WellCare's issues appear company specific and UBS views any weakness in UnitedHealth, WellPoint, Aetna (AET), or Cigna (CI) as opportunity to buy those four stocks, on all of which it has Buy ratings.
July 24, 2014
06:50 EDTHUMConsumers received $9B in refunds from health insurers, The Hill says
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July 23, 2014
06:36 EDTYNDXEU fails to impose tough sanctions on Russia, NY Times says
EU foreign ministers failed to impose any tough sanctions against Russia during a meeting of the bloc's foreign ministers yesterday, according to The New York Times. Given their dependence on Russia's energy, EU countries have "largely decided" they "have to live with" Russia, the newspaper stated. Significant Russian companies include Gazprom (OGZPY), Lukoil (LUKOY) and Yandex (YNDX), while BP (BP) has a 20% stake in major Russian energy company Rosneft. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
16:37 EDTFNBF.N.B. Corp. reports Q2 EPS 20c, consensus 20c
Reports Q2 revenue $154.3M, consensus $148.80M. Net charge-offs for the Q2 totaled $5.9M, or 0.23% annualized. Loan growth momentum continued, with average organic loan growth on a linked-quarter basis of $257M or 10.5% annualized.
13:46 EDTHUMCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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10:43 EDTHUMAppeals court bars subsidies in health care law
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down part of President Obama's healthcare law by siding today with plaintiffs who argued that the law barred the government from giving subsidies to people in states that chose not to set up their own insurance marketplaces. The appeals court stated, "Because we conclude that the ACA unambiguously restricts the section 36B subsidy to insurance purchased on Exchanges 'established by the State,' we reverse the district court and vacate the IRSís regulation." Twenty-seven states decided against setting up marketplaces, and another nine states partially opted out, according to the Washington Post.
06:29 EDTYNDXEU weighing new sanctions on Russia, NY Times says
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July 21, 2014
10:45 EDTBBYAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Flyís research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
July 18, 2014
12:05 EDTYNDXStocks with call strike movement; FB YNDX
Facebook (FB) January 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 36, Yandex (YNDX) January 37 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 36 according to IVolatility.
July 16, 2014
12:22 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
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10:24 EDTBBYRumor: Best Buy moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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