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February 19, 2013
16:38 EDTRRGB, BBY, ODP, YNDX, FNB, HUM, OMX, DGIT, PVFC, SPLSOn 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.
News For OMX;ODP;SPLS;HUM;BBY;PVFC;FNB;RRGB;DGIT;YNDX From The Last 14 Days
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTYNDXCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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10:13 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTODPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:37 EDTSPLS, ODPStaples, Office Depot merger would face FTC contract hurdle, says Janney Capital
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08:17 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:25 EDTSPLS, ODPStarboard may push for Staples, Office Depot merger, WSJ reports
Activist investor Starboard Value LP may push for a merger between Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Starboard this morning reported a new 5.1% stake in Staples while also upping its position in Office Depot to 9.9% from 8.6%. The activist didn't detail any of the changes it seeks in today's filings. Reference Link
06:19 EDTODP, SPLSStarboard raises stake in Office Depot to 9.9% from 8.6%
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06:17 EDTODP, SPLSStarboard reports new Staples stake, ups Office Depot position
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06:12 EDTSPLSStarboard Value reports 5.1% stake in Staples
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05:50 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility movement; SPY ODP
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Standard and Poor's Depository Receipts (SPY) 16, Office Depot (ODP) 67 according to iVolatility.
December 10, 2014
14:45 EDTHUMDeal would block payments to health insurance companies, The Hill says
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10:56 EDTHUMSaint Luke's enters into agreement with Humana
Saint Luke’s Health System and Humana announced an agreement through which Humana will offer a new health insurance plan to Missourians purchasing insurance through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as an exchange.
10:33 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:08 EDTBBYBest Buy field checks show good November, says Jefferies
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05:53 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility movement; SPLS DISH
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December 9, 2014
10:27 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:42 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with UBS
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06:40 EDTYNDXYandex to acquire Sovetnik, terms not disclosed, TechCrunch reports
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December 8, 2014
10:00 EDTYNDXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:42 EDTYNDXYandex downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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