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February 21, 2014
12:21 EDTPCLN, GRPN, HPQ, ESC, BKD, STRA, COG, NEMOn 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.
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July 11, 2014
06:20 EDTESC, BKDBrookdale Senior Living stockholders approve merger with Emeritus
Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) announced that pursuant to Brookdale's previously announced merger agreement with Emeritus (ESC), Brookdale stockholders voted to approve an amendment to its certificate of incorporation and the issuance of Brookdale common stock to Emeritus stockholders in the merger. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.
06:10 EDTPCLNJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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07:57 EDTPCLNPriceline property count suggests Q2 upside, says FBR Capital
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
06:26 EDTHPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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July 9, 2014
18:50 EDTHPQOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:17 EDTHPQHP, Lenovo shares up fractionally following PC shipment data
Shares of HP (HPQ) and Lenovo (LNVGY) are up fractionally after second quarter PC shipment data was released by Gartner and IDC. WHAT'S NEW: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner (IT). Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the second quarter, a 0.1% increase from the second quarter of 2013. According to the International Data Corporation, or IDC, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker, Worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter of, a year-on-year decline of -1.7%. The results reflect the smallest decline in global PC shipments since the second quarter of 2012 when declining shipments of mini notebooks combined with a surge in tablet sales to disrupt the PC market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to IDC, the U.S. market showed strong 6.9% year-on-year growth in the second quarter. Continuing upgrades of Windows XP systems boosted shipments in commercial portables and desktops, helping the commercial segment. At the same time, retail acceptance of emerging product categories such as Chromebooks and ultraslims helped the consumer segment to stabilize. HP continued to hold the lead and gained 2% market share while four of the top 5 vendors experienced double-digit growth for the quarter. Lenovo and Toshiba (TOSBF) took advantage of some consumer interest in Windows 8 and a push to build up their presence in large enterprises. According to Gartner, Lenovo extended its lead as the leader in worldwide PC shipments, as its worldwide market share increased to 19.2%. Lenovo’s PC shipments grew by double-digits in all regions except Asia/Pacific. Lenovo’s shipment growth in Asia/Pacific was still faster than the regional average. OTHERS TO WATCH: Apple (AAPL), down marginally.
18:10 EDTHPQHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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06:36 EDTHPQNotebook vendors shifting more orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
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July 8, 2014
10:40 EDTGRPNGroupon bucks downtrend in tech after firm upgrades shares
Shares of Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm B. Riley upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: About 25% of Groupon's gross billings in Q2 have easy year-over-year comparison and about 25% of its gross billings in Q3 will be in a similar situation, B. Riley stated. Meanwhile, technology upgrades on Groupon's overseas products should increase the company's productivity and its efforts to increase its margins on products it sells are becoming more effective, the firm stated. Groupon's gross billings growth, excluding acquisitions, should accelerate during the rest of the year, B. Riley forecast. Moreover, the margins on its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding certain items, should rise to 15% by Q4 from 5% in Q1, according to B. Riley Along with upgrade of its rating, the firm raised its price target on the stock to $9.50 from $6. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Groupon rose 0.5% to $6.50, while the S&P 500 was down 0.7% and the Nasdaq was down 1.4%.
10:28 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTGRPNGroupon trades higher following upgrade, levels to watch
B. Riley upgraded the shares to Buy and raised its price target to $9.50 earlier today, noting the company is entering a period of easier comps, and is making operational improvements which should drive growth and margin expansion. At the current price of $6.60, the next resistance level is at $6.82 which is the session high. Resistance above the high is at $7.09. Support is at $6.35.
09:15 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:08 EDTPCLNPriceline and OpenTable announce termination of waiting period for acquisition
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08:52 EDTPCLNPriceline granted FTC antitrust clearance for OpenTable acquisition
The early termination notice for the proposed transaction between Priceline (PCLN) and OpenTable (OPEN) was posted to the FTC website. Reference Link
06:34 EDTHPQHP shares attractively valued at current levels, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says shares of HP are not adequately reflecting the company's innovation and increased R&D investment. Deutsche notes HP's new product introductions are up nearly two times versus three years ago. The firm views the stock as attractively valued and reiterates a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
06:05 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
B. Riley upgraded its rating on shares of Groupon (GRPN) to Buy saying the company is entering a period of easier year-over-year comparisons while operational improvements should drive organic growth and margin expansion. The firm raised its price target for shares to $9.50 from $6.
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