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September 2, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; September 2, 2014
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12:21 EDTTSLATesla hits 52-week high following Stifel upgrade
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11:08 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatilit
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10:27 EDTTSLATesla hits fresh life high, levels to watch
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10:02 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
09:41 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTTSLATesla upgraded at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Tesla to Buy from Hold. The firm upgraded the stock as it thinks the company has obtained "a defensible" market "niche," while it has a head start in production and demand is unlikely to become a headwind for it until late in the decade at the earliest. Target $400.
06:07 EDTTSLATesla upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
August 31, 2014
18:41 EDTTSLACalifornia lawmakers near adjournment without Tesla incentives, Bloomberg says
Lawmakers in California are set to adjourn for the year without creating incentives to convince Tesla to build a $5B battery plant in the state, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:33 EDTCROXGoldman to hold a conference
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August 29, 2014
16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 29, 2014
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12:28 EDTTSLATesla Motors volatility at historic lows as shares advance to record high
Tesla Motors September weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, September is at 29, December is at 36; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price risk.
11:28 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: ITMN EXPR DSW ARUN ANF SWHC BIG TSL BBY PSEC
09:37 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTTSLATesla, China Unicom sign charging points agreement, Bloomberg says
Tesla (TSLA) and China Unicom signed an agreement to construct 400 charging points in 120 cities at the China's company's outlets, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Tesla spokeswoman Peggy Yang. Reference Link
08:28 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weakness a buying opportunity, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital views Abercrombie weakness as a buying opportunity for the turnaround story and potential 2H upside driven by improved products, easy comps, lower inventories, additional cost cutting, and improved AURs. Shares are Outperform rated.
August 28, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 28, 2014
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12:34 EDTANFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as concern over the Ukraine crisis overshadowed an upward revision to the government's estimate of U.S. economic growth in the second quarter. The major averages began the session in negative territory and picked up downside momentum in early trading, but soon after began to drift off their lows and recapture some of their losses. Volume remains light, as is expected ahead of the upcoming long weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Q2 GDP growth was unexpectedly boosted to 4.2% from the first estimate of 4.0%. Personal consumption rose 2.5% during the second quarter, versus estimates for a 2.4% increase. Initial jobless claims ticked down slightly to 298K in the fourth week of August. Pending home sales index increased 3.3% in July, which was better than the 0.5% month-over-month increase that was expected. In Europe, Ukraine president Poroshenko reportedly accused Russia of a "de facto" invasion and canceled a trip to call an urgent meeting of his security and defense council. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Visa (V) declined 1% after Raymond James lowered its rating on the credit card giant's stock to Market Perform from Outperform. The Dow component faces a number of headwinds, including tougher negotiating tactics by larger international banks looking to win better deals, lower cross-border volume, and loss of processing revenue in Russia, wrote Raymond James analyst Wayne Johnson. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which jumped 20% after the first of two identical pivotal studies comparing Androxal to an FDA approved topical gel and placebo achieved superiority in both co-primary endpoints and Piper Jaffray hiked its price target on the stock to $33 from $26. Also higher was Signet Jewelers (SIG), which rose nearly 7% after reporting Q2 results that analysts at Sterne Agee called "impressive." Among the noteworthy losers were a number of retailers who dropped after reporting results from their most recent fiscal quarters. Shares of home goods retailer William-Sonoma (WSM) dropped 11%, jeans maker Guess (GES) fell 9%, and apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) slipped more than 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.92, or 0.2%, to 17,088.09, the Nasdaq was down 4.52, or 0.1%, to 4,565.11, and the S&P 500 was down 2.04, or 0.1%, to 1,998.08.
12:24 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch shares defended at Jefferies
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12:03 EDTANFGuess hits 52-week low as Q2 results miss estimates, FY15 outlook lowered
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10:34 EDTANFAbercrombie drops as Q2 sales fall below analysts' estimates
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09:41 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch shares defended at Oppenheimer
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09:37 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees margins in 2H14 to improve vs. 1H14
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08:55 EDTANFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Digital Ally (DGLY), up 16% after announcing order from Michigan State Police for over $1.1M... EnteroMedics (ETRM), up 12.4% after reporting three-year data from Maestro RC system... Repros (RPRX), up 0.8% after Androxal achieves superiority in both co-primary endpoints in a study... Synthetic Biologics (SYN), up 2.7% after Pfizer (PFE) was granted FDA Fast Track designation for its investigational Clostridium difficile vaccine candidate. Synthetic Biologics announced earlier this week that SYN-004, the company's lead anti-infective product candidate for the prevention of the effects of C. difficile, will be presented in October... Signet (SIG), up 3.9% after Q2 revenue tops consensus. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 5.7%... Guess (GES), down 8.3%... Frontline (FRO), down 7%. ALSO LOWER: Williams-Sonoma (WSM), down 10.9% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley following the company's Q2 earnings report... GT Advanced (GTAT), down 2% after downgraded at Raymond James... Sungy Mobile (GOMO), down 20.1% following earnings report, CFO resignation, downgrade of stock at Oppenheimer... Genesco (GCO), down 7.7% after cutting fiscal year forecast.
08:52 EDTANFAbercrombie continues to expect 'another strong year' of growth in FY14
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08:42 EDTANFAbercrombie says continuing to operate in 'challenging' U.S. enviornment
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08:14 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch sees FY14 tax rate in mid-30s
Sees weighted average share count of approximately 73.6M shares in FY14. Comments taken from slides found in company's Q2 earnings conference call presentation
07:43 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch CEO says Q2 sales were 'somewhat below plan'
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07:38 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch backs FY14 EPS view of $2.15-$2.35, consensus $2.36
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07:35 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch reports Q2 EPS ex-items 19c, consensus 11c
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August 27, 2014
15:27 EDTANFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:19 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch technical commentary ahead of earnings
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13:22 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch August weekly 45 straddle priced for 7.1% move into Q2
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12:51 EDTANFEarnings Preview: Abercrombie guides FY15 EPS $2.15-$2.35
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10:02 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:16 EDTTSLATesla's warranty modestly lowers gross margins, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest said Tesla's drivetrain warranty modestly lowers gross margins, but strengthens share gain potential. As a result of the the warranty reserve change, the firm lowered 2014 EPS to $1.17 from $1.30, 2015 to $3.08 from $3.18, and 2016 to $7.80 from $7.99. The analyst continues to recommends shares given solid execution, new product optimism, and new projects such as the Gigafactory and Model III. Shares are Outperform rated with a $316 price target.
August 26, 2014
16:02 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 26, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 27c to 27.69. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD JNS NFLX according to Track Data.
09:35 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTTSLAChina mulls providing $16B to build more EV charging facilities, Bloomberg says
China is contemplating whether or not to provide $16B in government funding to construct charging establishments and boost demand for electric automobiles, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the matter. The sources said that the policy will be revealed shortly. Kandi Technologies (KNDI) develops electric cars in China, while Tesla (TSLA) is selling its electric vehicles there. Reference Link
August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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13:44 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 48, October is at 44, December is at 38; compared to its 26-week average of 45 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
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August 22, 2014
12:08 EDTANFGap hits 52-week high following beat and raise quarter
Shares of specialty apparel retailer The Gap (GPS) are advancing after the company posted better than expected second quarter results, and raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Gap reported Q2 earnings per share of 75c and revenue of $3.98B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 69c and $3.96B, respectively. Q2 same store sales were flat versus the prior year period. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For FY14, Gap raised its EPS view to $2.95-$3.00 from $2.90-$2.95, versus consensus of $2.95. The company updated its guidance for FY14 diluted EPS to reflect the 5c related to the gain on asset sale. For FY14, the company continues to expect capital spending to be approximately $750M in support of its outlined strategies. Gap also announced it will enter India through franchise-operated Gap brand stores in 2015. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brand Limited, a subsidiary of Arvind Limited, which is one of India’s largest textile companies. The first stores are expected to open in India’s two largest cities – Mumbai and Delhi – starting with Gap’s Summer 2015 collection for adults, kids and babies. The brand plans to open about 40 franchise-operated Gap stores in India. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was decidedly positive. Research firm Janney Capital upgraded Gap to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on the overall improving Softlines sector due to an inventory correction, Old Navy strength, global opportunities, potential improved gross margin returns on inventory investment, and best-in-class management. Their price target on the shares is $51. Another firm, UBS, said Gap is well positioned for second half upside citing its Omni-channel advantage, shift to higher margin businesses, increased square footage, and modestly positive comps driven by ecommerce. UBS has a Buy rating and a $50 price target on the stock. Sterne Agee says Gap’s valuation is very attractive. The firm believes that Gap's fundamentals are improving, while the setup for the stock over the next 12-18 months is favorable. It adds that the company's gross margins should be boosted by several factors going forward, and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Gap rose $2.04, or 4.7%, to $45.22 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, it reached a new 52-week high of $45.47. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained over 7.5% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty apparel companies include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), Guess (GES), and The Buckle (BKE).
11:17 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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August 21, 2014
10:34 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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10:14 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AllianceBernstein (AB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Federated Investors (FII) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... MDC Partners (MDCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... PNM Resources (PNM) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Perficient (PRFT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at CLSA... Tyler Technologies (TYL) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... US Ecology (ECOL) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Vertex Energy (VTNR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
10:02 EDTSPPISpectrum weakness attributed to FDA comment on Fusilev generics
The move lower in shares of Spectrum is being attributed to circulation of a Department of Health and Human Services document which states the FDA will be able to approve abbreviated new drug applications for levoleucovorin calcium, the trade name of Spectrum's Fusilev. Shares of Spectrum are down 4%, or 33c, to $7.42. Reference Link
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August 20, 2014
16:15 EDTTSLA, TSLATesla initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
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