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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.
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May 19, 2015
08:31 EDTRRGBRed Robin reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.10, consensus 88c
Reports Q1 revenue $394.9M, consensus $395.47M. Comparable restaurant revenue increased 3.1% over the same period a year ago. Restaurant-level operating profit, as a percent of restaurant revenue, increased to 23.0% from 22.4% in the same period a year ago benefiting approximately 80 basis points from lower health care and workers compensation costs
07:18 EDTSPLSStaples May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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May 18, 2015
17:04 EDTFNBF.N.B. files automatic mixed securities shelf
15:00 EDTRRGBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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May 15, 2015
11:08 EDTHUMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTRRGBRed Robin volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Red Robin June call option implied volatility is at 43, June is at 71, September is at 37; compared to its 90-average of 42, suggesting large near term price movement in to the expected release of Q1 results on May 19.
05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 13, 2015
11:22 EDTHUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:18 EDTHUMAnalyst says sell Humana amid 'wishful' takeover speculation
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10:01 EDTHUMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:35 EDTBBYBest Buy May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Best Buy May weekly call option implied volatility is at 54, June is at 34, September is at 33; compared to its 90-day average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 21.
06:12 EDTHUMHumana downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
Sterne Agee CRT analyst Brian Wright downgraded Humana (HUM) to Underperform saying speculation about a takeover is "wishful thinking" at current share levels. The stock rallied 4% yesterday after Leerink told investors that Aetna (AET) may acquire Humana or Cigna (CI) in the near-term. Wright also sees "material" risk to Humana's earnings guidance risk with paid claims outpacing premium growth. He lowered his price target for shares to $150 from $165. Humana shares closed yesterday up $6.76 to $173.38.
05:25 EDTSPLSStaples announces partnerships with Bidvest Waltons, Dacris
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May 12, 2015
15:46 EDTHUMHumana May volatility increases on sharp rally
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11:53 EDTHUMAnalyst predicts large transaction 'imminent' for Aetna
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10:28 EDTHUMOptions with increasing implied volatility: YELP HUM LULU CTRX
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10:04 EDTHUMHigh option volume stocks
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09:53 EDTHUMAetna merger with Cigna or Humana likely 'imminent,' says Leerink
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07:29 EDTRRGBRed Robin should be bought into Q1 report, says Stephens
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