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March 18, 2014
19:03 EDTORCL, ADBE, COCO, EXAS, PSUN, CWH, NUS, HLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: Oracle (ORCL), down 3.6% after reporting third earnings and revenue that missed expectations, though the company's fourth quarter profit outlook was in-line with expectations... Adobe Systems (ADBE) shares were little-changed after hours after the company's first quarter results were posted on a company website before the market close, initially sending shares higher. Adobe confirmed the results after the close and beat on both the top and bottom lines, and on its conference call, the company said second quarter profit will be in-line with expectations while revenue is expected top estimates. HIGHER: Corinthian Colleges (COCO), up 14.2% after Shah Capital, which holds a 5.64% stake in the company, sent a letter to its board outlining strategic initiatives the company should undertake, including evaluating possible sale of non-core assets and a headcount reduction... Exact Sciences (EXAS), up 8% after a clinical trial of its Cologuard test, which it co-developed with the Mayo Clinic, showed unprecedented rates of precancer and cancer detection by a noninvasive test... Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), up 9.7% after reporting earnings and revenue that were better than expected... CommonWealth REIT (CWH), up 4.8% after activist funds Corvex and Related said 81% of CommonWealth holders approve of their proposal to remove the entire board of the company. LOWER: Nu Skin (NUS), down 4.8% after disclosing in a filing with the SEC that it has received inquiries from regulators in China, which it said may result in sanctions against the company. Shares of multi-level-marketing peer Herbalife (HLF) were down 0.4% following the disclosure.
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October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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11:13 EDTNUSNu Skin volatility elevated
Nu Skin October weekly call option implied volatility is at 95, November is at 73, December is at 72; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
11:00 EDTHLFHerbalife volatility increases
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08:48 EDTHLFHerbalife initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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08:30 EDTNUSNu Skin initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
Target $75.
05:54 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLD SD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 109, SandRidge Energy (SD) 97 according to iVolatility.
October 16, 2014
17:30 EDTCOCOCorinthian Colleges enters into Forbearance and Consent Agreement
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11:21 EDTEXASOptions with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS ATLS LOCO MAT
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07:02 EDTEXASExact Sciences CEO Conroy to be interviewed
CEO Conroy discusses the development of Cologuard, the first and only FDA approved, noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer in an interview on The Traders Network to be held on October 16 at 7:30 am. Webcast Link
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
11:47 EDTADBEPublicis acquires 3 Share, financial terms not disclosed
After recently forming a partnership with Adobe (ADBE), Publicis (PUBGY) announces the acquisition of 3 SHARE. Based in San Diego, 3 SHARE is a partner in Adobe's Business Plus Level Solutions. 3 SHARE will operate as part of DigitasLBi.
11:27 EDTNUSNu Skin falls after announcing debt deal, related restrictions
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11:27 EDTEXASOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INO ATLS LOCO OPK INFY EUO FDO
11:23 EDTNUSNu Skin not restricted from making dividend payments, says Deutsche Bank
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11:11 EDTNUSNu Skin shares defended at Deutsche Bank
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07:07 EDTCOCOFor profit education positive catalysts outweigh negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects for-profit education stocks to benefit from improved hiring trends and a sale by Corinthian of its assets that, according t othe firm ,would set a valuation floor for the sector. The firm continues to believe that the final gainful employment rule will be neutral to positive for the group. Wells favors the option value on the long side for the sector. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
October 14, 2014
11:17 EDTEXASOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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October 13, 2014
12:01 EDTEXASOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INFY YUM FDO HSY
09:01 EDTHLFHerbalife moving distributor websites to central control, NY Post reports
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07:31 EDTEXASExact Sciences price target raised to $42 from $25 at Benchmark Co.
Benchmark Co. raised its price target for Exact Sciences shares to $42 citing the Medicare coverage decision and reimbursement rate of $502 for the company's test. The firm had previously modeled a price of $300 for Cologuard. It reiterates a Buy rating on the name.
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