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June 13, 2014
12:59 EDTPCLN, OPEN, GRUB, YELP, AWAYAnalyst sees Priceline expanding in more areas after OpenTable buy
After Priceline Group (PCLN) agreed to buy OpenTable (OPEN), which operates an online restaurant reservation network, research firm Piper Jaffray predicted that Priceline would probably expand into additional areas. WHAT'S NEW: Priceline can move into additional categories, including events, ride sharing, and attractions, Piper analyst Michael Olson wrote. The company's decision to buy OpenTable shows that it is poised to move into new business areas, Olson contended. As for the OpenTable deal, the analyst thinks that there are obvious synergies between online travel and online restaurant reservations, and that the two companies will be able to promote their respective offerings to each other's customers. Additionally, Priceline's expertise in overseas operations will enable OpenTable to expand to perform more effectively in that area, the analyst contended. He kept an Overweight rating and $1,485 price target on Priceline. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yelp (YELP) allows its users to review local businesses, including restaurants, and its platform provides local businesses with a range of services, including its newly launched reservation system. GrubHub (GRUB) is an online and mobile platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders that similarly connects local restaurants with diners. Shares of HomeAway (AWAY), which operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, are also higher, with the move potentially related to investor belief that it could be targeted for an acquisition by one of the larger players in the space. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Priceline fell 2.4% to $1,196, while OpenTable soared 47% to $103.50.
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August 26, 2014
06:16 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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August 25, 2014
16:13 EDTGRUBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory and proceeded to tack on gains throughout the morning. Despite a disappointing report on new home sales in July, the S&P surpassed the 2,000 level for the first time before noon. The market pared its gains shortly after the milestone was reached and drifted for the remainder of the session on light volume, as trading activity may be restrained all week ahead of the Labor Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged $19.05, or 35.41%, to $72.85 after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharma peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including bigger names like Gilead (GILD) and Celgene (CELG) and smaller ones such as Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN) and Receptos (RCPT)... Burger King (BKW) shares rose $5.29, or 19.51%, to $32.40 after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained $11.88, or 18.91%, to $74.72 following the confirmation of news first reported by The Wall Street Journal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers was Advaxis (ADXS), which advanced 75c, or 23.08%, to $4.00 after announcing it has entered into a clinical trial collaboration agreement with Merck (MRK). Also rising were shares of Comtech (CMTL), which jumped $1.70, or 4.84%, to $36.81 after Reuters said the company is working with Citigroup to explore a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Chinese internet and software company Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU), which fell $7.88, or 7.74%, to $93.87 despite reporting second quarter earnings and revenue that beat analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of GrubHub (GRUB), which fell $3.60, or 8.42%, to $39.16 after filing to sell 10M shares of common stock. INDEXES: The Dow gained 75.65, or 0.44%, to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq rose 18.80, or 0.41%, to 4,557.35, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.54, or 0.48%, to 1,997.94.
12:19 EDTGRUBGrubHub falls on share offering, levels to watch
The stock is down 5.8% to $40.28 after the company filed to sell 10M shares in a follow-on offering. At current price next support is at $39.36. Resistance is at $41.11.
10:45 EDTGRUBGrubHub resumes, down 6% after filing for 10M share offering
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10:32 EDTGRUBGrubHub files to sell 10M shares of common stock
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10:30 EDTYELP, GRUBYelp at high of day, up 2% after GrubHub halted for pending news
10:26 EDTGRUBGrubHub trading halted, pending news
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August 24, 2014
21:56 EDTYELPB. Riley to hold a tour
Silicon Valley Tech Tour travels throughout Silicon Valley on August 25-27.
August 22, 2014
08:38 EDTPCLNTripAdvisor cut metasearch inventory in half, says FBR Capital
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August 15, 2014
05:16 EDTPCLNPriceline prices $1B senior notes offering
Priceline announced the pricing of $1B principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2021 through a private offering to qualified institutional buyers. The notes will pay interest semiannually at a rate of 0.90% per annum. In certain circumstances, the notes may be converted into cash up to their principal amount, and into shares of Priceline common stock and/or cash at Priceline's election for the conversion value above the principal amount based on a conversion rate of 0.4865 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of the notes. Priceline estimates that the net proceeds from the offering of notes will be approximately $990M, after deducting estimated fees and expenses. Priceline plans to use the net proceeds from the offering of the notes to repurchase approximately $147M of its outstanding common stock in privately negotiated, off-market transactions, which may be effected through the initial purchasers of the notes or their affiliates, concurrently with the consummation of the offering. Any remaining net proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include repaying outstanding debt, repurchasing additional shares of the company's common stock and corporate acquisitions.

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