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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.
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November 17, 2014
07:19 EDTBKDBrookdale Senior Living should be bought at current levels, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities believes that worries over Brookdale's 70 basis point, year-over-year drop in Q3 same-store occupancy were overdone. The firm thinks the company''s Q3 results were solid overall, and it reiterates a $46 price target on the shares.
07:16 EDTCOGTopeka to hold a bus tour
Houston Bus Tour travels throughout Houston, Texas on November 17-18.
November 14, 2014
17:13 EDTPCLNAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Lorillard (LO), Alibaba (BABA), and Shire (SHPG). INCREASED STAKES: Whirlpool (WHR), Priceline (PCLN), Delta (DAL), CBS (CBS), and General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: American Airlines (AAL), Disney (DIS), Apple (AAPL), MGM Resorts (MGM), and Eastman Chemical (EMN). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Expedia (EXPE), AIG (AIG), Prudential (PRU), Celanese (CE), and ASML Holding (ASML).
12:53 EDTCOG, GRPNOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
09:38 EDTGRPNJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
06:19 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN NFLX
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November 13, 2014
07:01 EDTBKDBrookdale Senior Living removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:05 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 12, 2014
15:08 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: Cisco reports amid analyst debate on break-up potential
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12:41 EDTSTRAFor-profit education stocks look appealing, analyst says
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07:42 EDTGRPNGroupon price target raised to $10 from $8 at Brean Capital
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07:31 EDTCOGBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTSTRAPiper says time to increase exposure to Education sector
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05:58 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Visa (V) 18 according to iVolatility.
November 11, 2014
12:38 EDTGRPNGroupon reports 53M total customers, sold 88M Groupons in the last quarter
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10:02 EDTGRPNGroupon sets target for 20%+ revenue growth by 2017
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10:00 EDTGRPNGroupon sees FY15 revenue growth 15%+, consensus $3.61B
Groupon sees FY15 AEBITDA growth of 25%. 2015 growth targets in slides for analyst day presentation.
09:59 EDTGRPNGroupon repeats view of Q4 EPS ex-items 2c-4c, consensus 4c
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06:03 EDTHPQQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:58 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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