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December 18, 2012
16:24 EDTNLSN, SWHC, GTAT, ARB, ORCL, HEB, RGROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with the buying spurred on by optimism surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations. After surging higher during the first half of the trading session, the averages moved in a narrow range through the afternoon, though held onto gains and closed right near their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders index of builder confidence increased to 47, as was forecast. Also, the current-account deficit in the U.S. narrowed in the third quarter to $107.5B from a $118.1B shortfall in the prior quarter. Economists expected the deficit would narrow to about $103B... COMPANY NEWS: After the bell, Oracle (ORCL) reported earnings and revenues that beat Street expectations. Shares, which had been up 1.67% during the trading session, moved up another 1.5% in after hours trading following the report... Gunmakers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR) continued their recent weakness as private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management's decision to put gunmaker Freedom Group up for sale added new pressure on those stocks. Shares of Smith & Wesson lost 86c, or 9.99%, to close at $7.79, while shares of Sturm, Ruger fell $3.40, or 7.73%, to close at $40.60... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arbitron (ARB), up $8.99, or 23.63%, to $47.03 after agreeing to be bought by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Shares of acquirer Nielsen also gained $1.30, or 4.39%, to $30.92. Among the noteworthy losers was GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), which was downgraded at Raymond James and Stifel Nicolaus and saw shares fall 39c, or 11.27%, to $3.07 after issuing guidance well below consensus. Also lower was Hemispherex Biopharma (HEB), down 27.6c, or 42.86%, to 36.8c, after the FDA posted documents in advance of a review of the company's Ampligen drug, noting that the agency had concerns with the drug's efficacy and safety data... INDICES: The Dow was up 115.57, or 0.87%, to 13,350.96; the Nasdaq was up 43.93, or 1.46%, to 3,054.53; and the S&P 500 was up 16.43, or 1.15%, to 1,446.79.
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December 16, 2014
12:55 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:47 EDTHEBHemispherx Ampligen provides anti-tumor activity
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08:03 EDTORCLUnisys names Peter Altabef as new CEOOracle
Unisys Corporation (UIS) announced that it has named Peter Altabef as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2015. At that time Altabef also will join the company's board of directors. Altabef was most recently President and CEO of MICROS Systems from January 2013 until the completion in September 2014 of its acquisition by Oracle (ORCL). Paul Weaver, currently interim Chairman of the Unisys board, will become Chairman, effective January 1, 2015.
06:16 EDTGTATGT Advanced's settlement with Apple approved by bankruptcy court, WSJ reports
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December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
09:03 EDTORCLOracle achieves FedRAMP provisional authority to operate
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07:33 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Oracle to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm's surveys indicate improving Cloud Apps growth in 2015 against low expectations and weak sentiment, favorable adoption of the new 12c database options next year, and improved perception value in Engineered Systems. Price target is $50.
06:34 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:24 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Oracle December call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 26, March is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on December 17.
06:40 EDTORCLOracle resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
10:24 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:43 EDTNLSNNielsen 20M share Spot Secondary priced at $43.00
The deal range was $43.00-$43.25. Citigroup acted as sole book running manager for the offering.
December 10, 2014
18:31 EDTNLSNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), up 5.9%... Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Walgreen (WAG), up 1.7% after CEO Greg Wasson announces intention to retire after Alliance merger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 38.9%... Lakeland Industries (LAKE), down 8.2%... Men's Wearhouse (MW), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Burlington Stores (BURL), down 1.4% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock for holders... Nielsen (NLSN), down 1.9% after filing to sell 20M shares of common stock for holders.
16:50 EDTNLSNNielsen files to sell 20M shares of common stock for holders
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10:20 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:26 EDTHEBNational Investment Banking Association to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
09:53 EDTHEBHemispherx announces data showing inhibition of Ebola by Ampligen
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December 8, 2014
10:20 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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