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June 20, 2014
16:20 EDTORCL, SHPG, ABBV, FLML, DRI, NGLS, ETE, TRGPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a quiet open and remained that way throughout the session. The averages moved in a narrow range but drifted mostly in positive territory, allowing the Dow and S&P 500 to close the week at all-time highs. The Nasdaq also notched a gain, despite being weighed on by shares of Oracle (ORCL), which slid after reporting earnings below Wall Street estimates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software provider Oracle sunk $1.69, or 3.98%, to $40.82 after the company’s fourth quarter results trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. Citigroup downgraded Oracle to Neutral from Buy citing weak license growth and "relatively aggressive" Q1 targets following the company's Q4 results... Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York rose $31.18, or 16.26%, to $222.89 after the company confirmed it rejected a takeover offer from AbbVie (ABBV). Abbvie, which has tried unsuccessfully three times to strike a deal to buy the Ireland-based drugmaker, is considering raising its offer for Shire a fourth time, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was car retailer CarMax (KMX), which surged $7.47, or 16.5%, to $52.75 after the company reported first quarter results that beat expectations. Also higher were shares of Flamel Technologies (FLML), which rose $2.40, or 18.79%, to $15.17 after the FDA changed its drug shortage website and now lists Flamel's Bloxiverz as the "first and only" approved neostigmine. Analysts at Summer Street believe the change could be a "hugely significant" milestone for Flamel and may mean that the FDA could be taking action to remove unapproved neostigmines offered by other companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), which fell $11.44, or 14.03%, to $70.11 after announcing last night that its takeover talks with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) ended without a deal and the stock was downgraded at Wunderlich following the news. Shares of Targa Resources Partners and its parent, Targa Resources (TRGP), had spiked late in yesterday's session after Bloomberg reported that Energy Transfer was near a deal to buy them. Also lower was restaurant operator Darden (DRI), which dropped $1.94, or 3.92%, to $47.58 after stating that same-store sales at its Olive Garden restaurants had declined 3.5% last quarter and reporting earnings that disappointed. INDEXES: The Dow rose 25.62, or 0.15%, to 16,947.08, the Nasdaq advanced 8.71, or 0.2%, to 4,368.04, and the S&P 500 gained 3.39, or 0.17%, to 1,962.87.
News For ORCL;SHPG;ABBV;FLML;DRI;NGLS;ETE;TRGP From The Last 14 Days
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September 18, 2014
16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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11:15 EDTABBVRepros sinks after panel backs tests for testosterone therapies
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10:27 EDTDRIOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:12 EDTDRIDarden board says shareholders' choice could impact progress, including dividend
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06:10 EDTABBVFDA panel votes 20-1 to study changes to testosterone therapies
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September 17, 2014
09:58 EDTDRIDarden urges shareholders to support independent director nominees
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07:43 EDTSHPGBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity, Energy Transfer Partners to see growth, says UBS
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTSHPGOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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10:30 EDTDRIStarboard urges shareholders to vote for slate of board nominees
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09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
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