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February 21, 2014
12:21 EDTCOG, ESC, PCLN, STRA, HPQ, NEM, BKD, GRPNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the day's primary economic report, on existing homes sales, coming in below expectations. Stocks began the session moderately higher as traders rolled out positions ahead of options expiration. The market seemed to lack direction in the opening moments but the buyers emerged following the housing data, as investors may have been cheered that sales fell only slightly more than expected. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales fell 5.1% from the prior month to a rate of 4.62M in January, which was only slightly worse that projected by economists. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of online travel agency priceline.com (PCLN) climbed 3% to trade near $1,325 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results last night. Many research firms reacted to priceline's results and guidance by raising their price targets on the shares, with more than one hiking their targets above $1,500 per share... Groupon (GRPN) reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 4c, excluding certain items, and revenue of $768.4M, beating expectations. However, the company forecast first quarter losses per share 2c-4c, which was far below expectations of 6c per share in earnings. Groupon said it expects one-time costs related to the integration of its recent acquisitions, specifically as it consolidates Ticket Monster with its Korean business, and anticipates approximately $25M of additional investment in marketing and other growth initiatives to drive adoption of the marketplace. Shares of the local e-commerce marketplace owner were down 18% near noon after the report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emeritus (ESC), which rose almost 37% after agreeing to a $2.8B deal to merge with Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) in a stock exchange transaction. Also higher was following its earnings report was for-profit education company Strayer Education (STRA), which jumped about 26%. Among the noteworthy losers was Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which fell 1% after its first quarter results beat expectations but its earnings forecast for the new quarter came in generally below expectations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), which fell 7%, and Newmont Mining (NEM), which dropped 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 28.90, or 0.18%, to 16,162.13, the Nasdaq was up 12.40, or 0.29%, to 4,279.94, and the S&P 500 was up 3.94, or 0.21%, to 1,843.72.
News For PCLN;GRPN;HPQ;ESC;BKD;STRA;COG;NEM From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2015
07:58 EDTHPQBrean Capital maintains Buy on EMC due to activist, merger potential
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July 22, 2015
16:27 EDTNEMNewmont Mining raises FY15 attributable gold production to 4.7M-5.1M ounces
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16:23 EDTNEMNewmont Mining reports Q2 adjusted EPS 26c, consensus 26c
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July 21, 2015
14:24 EDTHPQEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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10:31 EDTNEMOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: DUST JNUG LINE CHK CNX INSY ABX GG GDX NEM
10:01 EDTCOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:29 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,435 from $1,380 at Oppenheimer
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07:52 EDTHPQHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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06:19 EDTHPQSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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06:05 EDTCOGCabot Oil & Gas initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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05:48 EDTNEMStocks with implied volatility movement; NEM XME
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Newmont Mining (NEM) 50, SPDR Metals & Mining ETF (XME) 50 according to iVolatility.
July 20, 2015
12:08 EDTNEMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
08:38 EDTNEMNewmont Mining July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 17, 2015
12:05 EDTPCLNEtsy surges after Google says 'deep links' driving traffic boost
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July 16, 2015
15:12 EDTGRPNGroupon acquires OrderUp
Groupon announced the acquisition of OrderUp, an on-demand online and mobile food ordering and delivery marketplace operating in nearly 40 markets across the United States. "Online food ordering and delivery represents an untapped opportunity for Groupon and serves as a natural extension of our local marketplace," said Groupon CEO Eric Lefkofsky. "The potential in delivery and takeout is apparent -- especially with the growth of mobile -- and OrderUpís operational ability, coupled with Grouponís engaged customer and merchant base, bring tremendous scale to the space."
06:31 EDTGRPNBlue Calypso announces favorable 'Markman' rulings at District Court
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July 14, 2015
10:01 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:07 EDTHPQSeagate extends ClusterStor alliance with HP
Seagate (STX) said it has extended its alliance agreement with computing leader HP (HPQ) to equip its high performance computing solutions with ClusterStor scale-out storage capabilities.
08:02 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Hold at Maxim
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06:33 EDTGRPNBlue Calypso completes hearing in case against Groupon and Yelp
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that on July 8, it completed its Claim Construction Hearing, or "Markman hearing" for its patent infringement lawsuits against Groupon (GRPN), Foursquare, Yelp (YELP) and IZEA in the Eastern District Court of Texas. Judge Rodney Gilstrap presided. As is typical in Markman hearings, no ruling was issued from the bench. It is anticipated that the District Court's ruling will be announced in the next several weeks. The PTAB review which successfully concluded in December required a similar process of defining the terms of the patents. While the District Court has the ability to take reference from the PTABs construction, they are not required to adopt the PTAB's definition.
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