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June 13, 2014
12:34 EDTFNSR, LVLT, C, EXPR, INTC, GRUB, PCLN, TWTC, YELP, OPENOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly higher but quickly gave up their opening gains. An early report on producer prices unexpectedly showed slight deflation, not price inflation as was expected, which was followed by a worse than expected reading on consumer confidence. The averages dropped into negative territory, but by mid-morning the market had reversed and moved back onto positive ground, where the averages remained near the lunch hour. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department's producer price index for final demand slipped 0.2% in May, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1% in the month. The first release of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for June dropped to 81.2 from the final May reading of 81.9. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of restaurant review and reservation company OpenTable (OPEN) were the day's big winner after travel site operator Priceline Group (PCLN) agreed to buy the company for $2.6B, or $103 per share. OpenTable advanced 47% to trade at $103.50 near noon, while shares of a number of companies that provide local services and deals via the Internet and mobile devices jumped as well, including Yelp (YELP), which was up 13%, and GrubHub (GRUB), which rose 8.5%... Shares of chip making giant Intel (INTC) rose more than 7% after its raised its guidance for the second quarter, citing strong demand for business PCs, and said that it now expects some revenue growth this fiscal year, versus its previous guidance for "mostly flat" revenue growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Express (EXPR), which jumped 20% after confirming that Sycamore Partners, which owns approximately 9.9% of its shares, has expressed interested in acquiring the company. Also higher was TW Telecom (TWTC), which rose nearly 12% after a financial news service BrightWire said the company and Level 3 (LVLT) are in merger talks. Among the noteworthy losers was telecommunication equipment maker Finisar (FNSR), which sunk 23% after the company’s profit and gross margin outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimates and its stock was downgraded at Craig-Hallum. Also lower was Citigroup (C), which fell 1.5% after Bloomberg reported that the U.S. is seeking over $10B in its mortgage probe related to the bank. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 34.84, or 0.21%, to 16,769.03, the Nasdaq was up 12.03, or 0.28%, to 4,309.66, and the S&P 500 was up 5.06, or 0.26%, to 1,935.17.
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February 3, 2016
12:12 EDTFNSROclaro spikes after quarterly results, optical peers follow
Shares of optical networking firm Oclaro (OCLR) are advancing, along with its peers, after Oclaro reported better than expected quarterly results. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Tuesday, Oclaro reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 3c on revenue of $94.1M. Both EPS and revenue were better than consensus estimates of (1c) and $91.5M, respectively. The company's adjusted gross margin rate for the quarter was 28.8%, much better than the 16.5% in the year ago quarter. Oclaro CEO Greg Dougherty pointed out the continuing growth in the company's 100G portfolio and said he expects revenue growth to continue in 2016. According to the CEO, revenue growth in the quarter "drove higher gross margin and net income." The company sees continued "robust" demand for its 100G product portfolio as it expands capacity in Asia. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Along with its Q2 results, Oclaro said it sees Q3 revenue of $97M-$103M, ahead of analyst expectations of $90.7M. On its Q2 earnings call, the company said it sees strong demand from China, with contract awards form China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU ), which have deliveries slated for later in calendar year 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Oclaro are up 10% in early afternoon trading. OPTICAL PEERS: Shares of other companies in the optical networking space are also out performing the market, including Finisar (FNSR), Infinera (INFN), Lumentum Holdings (LITE), NeoPhotonics (NPTN), and Ciena (CIEN).
10:35 EDTYELPYelp losing traffic share, says B. Riley
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10:21 EDTINTCActive puts: IWM INTC WDR EEM SPY
Active puts: IWM 3/18/16 97, INTC 2/19/16 31, WDR 3/18/16 20, EEM 2/19/16 28, SPY 2/19/16 190
10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Badger Meter (BMI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boot Barn (BOOT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Electro Scientific (ESIO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Hyatt (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PGT, Inc. (PGTI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Performance Sports Group (PSG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Syntel (SYNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Willis Towers Watson (WLTW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
08:54 EDTGRUBGrubHub volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:02 EDTLVLTLevel 3 volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Level 3 February call option implied volatility is at 56, March is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 50, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 4.
05:16 EDTCStocks with implied volatility movement; GS C
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February 2, 2016
18:01 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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11:53 EDTCCiti agrees to $23M 'ice breaker' yen Libor settlement, Reuters reports
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February 1, 2016
15:56 EDTGRUBPAR Investment reports 6.4% passive stake in GrubHub
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10:51 EDTINTCActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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09:36 EDTINTC, CActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTCOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:33 EDTCU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
17:26 EDTGRUBLuxor Capital Partners reports 7.1% stake in GrubHub
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16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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07:31 EDTCBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
07:03 EDTINTCProofpoint results suggest demand remains strong, says Piper Jaffray
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January 28, 2016
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
05:31 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
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