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June 13, 2014
09:19 EDTETRM, ICLD, YELP, FNSR, EXPR, PCLN, INTC, GRPN, OPENOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Open Table (OPEN), up 47% after Priceline (PCLN) agreed to acquire the company for $103 per share. Shares of Priceline are down about 0.5% after the announcement, while a number of companies in the same space as OpenTable or in related spaces are trading higher, including Yelp (YELP), LiveDeal (LIVE), Groupon (GRPN), and GrubHub (GRUB)... Express (EXPR), up 23% after Sycamore Partners said it has a 10% stake and is seeking to acquire the remaining shares in the company... Intercloud Systems (ICLD), up 24% after being initiated with a Buy at Aegis, announcing that it has become a VMware (VMW) partner... Intel (INTC), up 6.6% after raising its quarterly and fiscal 2014 outlook, being upgraded by at least three Street research firms. LOWER: Finisar (FNSR), down 23% after shares downgraded at Craig-Hallum following its quarterly report and guidance... EnteroMedics (ETRM), down 5% after the FDA posted breifing documents ahead of an upcoming advisory panel review of the company's MAESTRO implantable medical device for weight loss.
News For OPEN;PCLN;YELP;GRPN;EXPR;ICLD;INTC;FNSR;ETRM From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
14:29 EDTGRPNGroupon volatility elevated
Groupon January weekly call option implied volatility is at 75, February is at 77, April is at 60; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data, suggesting large February price movement into the expected release of Q4 results in February.
07:21 EDTPCLNDeutsche cautious on travel stocks into Q4 results
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel may look to form stylus alliance, DigiTimes reports
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance in order to establish a specification standard for stylus, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from IC designers, the alliance's first product is expected to launch in Q3 and will be to make the input device usable across different mobile devices. Reference Link
January 22, 2015
06:32 EDTYELP, GRPNBlue Calypso files motion to lift stay in patent infringement cases and appeal
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that it has filed a motion in the Eastern District of Texas to lift the negotiated stay on the pending patent infringement litigation between the Company and Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Foursquare and IZEA.PK. The Company has also filed notices of appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in each of the Covered Business Method Review cases at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. On January 14, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the litigation in the Eastern District pending the decisions from the PTAB as to validity of the patents. As a part of agreeing to join the stay, the parties jointly agreed to ask the Court to lift the stay and for an expedited litigation schedule if any of the asserted claims were held valid by the PTAB. The PTAB now has confirmed the validity of twenty-eight claims and Blue Calypso, through its counsel, has asked the Court to lift the stay according to the agreement. The defendants refused to participate in the motion to lift the stay as previously agreed, and have instead asked the Court to leave the stay in place in a separate motion.
January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
07:08 EDTEXPR, EXPRExpress downgraded to Sell from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Express to Sell from Buy following the announcement that buyout talks with private-equity firm Sycamore Partners have ended and expectations apparel trends will remain weak into FY16. Price target lowered to $12.
January 20, 2015
14:09 EDTPCLNOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTPCLNOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTPCLNExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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13:08 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
10:33 EDTEXPR1981 Investments reports 9.8% stake in Express, intends to review investment
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10:21 EDTEXPRExpress weakness a buying opportunity, says Mizuho
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09:11 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTEXPRExpress, Sycamore Partners announce termination of discussions
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08:07 EDTEXPRExpress, Sycamore Partners announce termination of discussions
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
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