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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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May 18, 2015
14:15 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:57 EDTCOGTopeka highlights potential E&P takeover targets
Topeka continues to believe that the E&P companies most likely to be acquired are situated in the core areas in the Permian, Eagle Ford, Bakken, Niobrara and Marcellus/Utica. The firm highlights Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Energen (EGN), Diamondback Energy (FANG), Gulfport Energy (GPOR), Laredo Petroleum (LPI), Magnum Hunter (MHR) and Oasis Petroleum (OAS) as potential takeout targets. It keeps Buy ratings on all the stocks named.
May 15, 2015
11:08 EDTCOGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
11:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:55 EDTBKDJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
May 14, 2015
09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
May 13, 2015
12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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May 12, 2015
12:37 EDTSTRAFor-profit education stocks slide after SEC charges ITT with fraud
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08:04 EDTCOGCitigroup to hold a conference
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May 11, 2015
10:17 EDTGRPNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:21 EDTCOGMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
Energy Tour travels throughout Houston and San Antonio, Texas to meet with various energy companies on May 11.
07:50 EDTHPQHP awarded IT services contract by California WCDS
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May 10, 2015
13:48 EDTHPQ3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
14:18 EDTCOGCapital Research raises passive stake in Cabot Oil & Gas to 10.9% from 8.2%
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10:25 EDTGRPNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:02 EDTPCLNPriceline acquires PriceMatch
Priceline acquired PriceMatch, a cloud-based data and analytics solution for hotels. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. PriceMatch will be integrated into BookingSuite, a recently-launched division of Booking.com.
07:38 EDTPCLNJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
07:19 EDTPCLNDeutsche Bank sees 60% probability of Yelp takeover
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