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August 1, 2014
13:46 EDTPKI, EXPE, GPRO, BYI, CVX, SGMS, PGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a report showed that the economy continued to add jobs last month though the pace of hiring slowed a bit from the recent trend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., non-farm payrolls rose 209K in July, missing the 230K forecast. The unemployment rate rose to 6.2% from 6.1% previously. Personal income rose 0.4% in June, with spending up 04% as well, and both of those matched expectations. The final reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July came in at 81.8, which was in-line with expectations. seen 81.9; previously 81.3. ISM's manufacturing PMI for July rose to 57.1, beating expectations for a more modest rise to 56.0. Construction spending dropped 1.8% in June, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Procter & Gamble (PG) advanced more than 3% to lead the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the company's core earnings per share beat expectations and it said it intends to pare back its portfolio to focus on the 70 to 80 "core" brands that make up about 90% of its revenue... Another member of the Dow, Chevron (CVX), moved in the opposite direction, falling about 1% after its own earnings report. The oil major also lowered its FY14 production view by 1%-2%, citing weather, asset sales and a shutdown at its Angola LNG site as negative production drivers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bally Technologies (BYI), which jumped 30% after the company agreed to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $5.1B, or $83.30 per share. Shares of Scientific Games slipped 1.6% after the news. Also higher following its earnings reports was Expedia (EXPE), which rose 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was GoPro (GPRO), which tumbled 12.5% after the company reported on its earnings per share and revenue for the first time since its initial public offering in June. Also lower following their earnings reports were (WWWW), which fell 25% and was downgraded at SunTrust and BWS Financial, and PerkinElmer (PKI), which fell 4%. INDEXES: A bit before 2:00 pm ET, the Dow was down 60.46, or 0.37%, to 16,502.84, the Nasdaq was down 24.60, or 0.56%, to 4,345.17, and the S&P 500 was down 4.57, or 0.24%, to 1,926.10.
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October 7, 2015
12:20 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened with gains as investors grew optimistic about economic growth as oil prices continued to rally. The market moved to sharply higher gains at the outset and then stalled following the release of the weekly energy inventory report. The larger than expected build of crude oil inventories pushed the price of oil lower and took the broader equity market with it. Each of the major indices has crossed back into the green, but they are all trading close to the flat line near midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the greater than expected build up in crude oil inventories pushed WTI crude back below $48 per barrel. The EIA reported that crude oil inventories rose by 3.07M barrels, versus the consensus forecast for a 2.25M barrel build. A report on consumer credit in August is scheduled for 3 pm EDT. COMPANY NEWS: Yum! Brands (YUM) was the worst performer in the S&P 500, falling 18% after the restaurant brand owner reported worse than expected third quarter financial results and gave weaker than expected guidance amid a slower than expected recovery in its sales in China... Monsanto (MON) shares initially dropped following the company's report of worse than expected quarterly losses, but the stock recovered to be flat near noon. The genomics giant gave ongoing earnings guidance for the new fiscal year that missed expectations, but it also confirmed its five-year plan to more than double ongoing earnings per share along with announcing a new $3B accelerated share repurchase program and saying it sees cutting 2,600 jobs over next 18-24 months as part of its restructuring plans... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) made a third proposal to combine with SABMiller (SBMRY), upping its offer for the rival brewing giant to 42.15 pounds a share. Altria Group (MO), SABMiller's largest shareholder, said it supports a proposal of GBP 42.15, or higher, with a partial share alternative, and would be prepared to elect the partial share alternative. However, SABmiller, said this morning that the new overture still undervalues it "very substantially." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Freeport-McMoran (FCX), which jumped 10% after the company added two Carl Icahn representatives to its board. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which gained 8% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company won't complete its planned $700M purchase of Latin American Power. Among the noteworthy losers was GoPro (GPRO), which dropped 7% after Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on the stock to $35 from $62 due to disappointing Session sales. Also lower was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped 25% after cutting its guidance for the third quarter, citing lower than expected sales of its new cosmetic oils in China during August and September. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 23.38, or 0.14%, to 16,813.57, the Nasdaq was up 0.89, or 0.02%, to 4,749.25, and the S&P 500 was up 3.28, or 0.17%, to 1,983.20.
11:33 EDTGPROGoPro drops to 52-week low after Morgan Stanley slashes price target
GoPro (GPRO) shares, which are down over 50% year-to-date, fell to a new 52-week low in morning trading after an analyst from Morgan Stanley lowered the action camera maker's price target as a result of disappointing sales of its Session device. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley analyst James Faucette maintained an Equal Weight rating on GoPro's shares but slashed his price target on the stock to $35 from $62, saying that "disappointing" HERO4 Session sales indicate future disappointments, absent marked improvements in usability. Faucette said that recent checks were "decidedly more negative" since customers prefer the HERO4 Silver's screen and video quality over the Session's smaller form factor. Disappointing demand for the Session resulted in the company deciding to reduce the price to $299 a week ago, down $100 lower than the $399 price tag in July, the analyst noted. Faucette added that mobile software improvements and editing are still lagging behind apps available on Google's (GOOG) Android and Apple's (AAPL) iOS systems. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On September 23, Cowen also lowered its price target on GoPro shares to $60 from $76, saying that the slower than expected sales for the HERO4 Session now seem well discounted. Separately, on September 19, Alexander Eule argued in a Barron's article that GoPro's share price may drop to as low as $25, calling the company's cameras a "one-product wonder" akin to BlackBerry (BBRY) smartphones and Palm digital organizers. Three days later, GoPro chief executive officer Nick Woodman said in an interview with CNBC that it was "short-sighted" to refer to his company as a "one trick pony." Woodman added that the Session was selling against incumbents and that it was unreasonable to believe it would immediately become a top seller. RISING COMPETITION: In the same CNBC interview, GoPro's head said that companies such as Sony (SNE), which is viewed as a major competitor in the market for cameras, have actually helped GoPro expand total reach and that its market share has grown since Sony entered the market. In addition, on September 22, Woodman said that he does not believe Apple (AAPL), which was granted patents for action cameras in January, is "investing and exploring GoPro-like devices," Fortune reported. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GoPro shares dropped 9.7% to $27.69. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week low of $27.52. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Ambarella (AMBA), which supplies chips to GoPro, fell 2.5% to $60.15.
08:22 EDTGPROGoPro price target lowered to $35 from $62 at Morgan Stanley
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October 6, 2015
16:01 EDTCVXOptions Update; October 6, 2015
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08:02 EDTCVXVisa, Chevron announce mobile payment partnership
Visa (V) and Chevron (CVX) U.S.A. announced they will launch a mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations, accepting any NFC payment service. The program, launching later this fall at select Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, will offer consumers a simple and more secure way to pay at the pump with a range of mobile payment services. Already, an estimated 80% of Chevron customers in the U.S. pay for gas at the pump using a credit or debit card.
07:24 EDTEXPEbloomberg to hold a summit
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October 5, 2015
14:16 EDTGPROAnalyst argues Fitbit shares overvalued, GoPro headed for sales rebound
GoPro's (GPRO) current product cycle will likely yield near-term revenue slowdown but also positions the company nicely for a 2016 sales rebound, Sterne Agee analyst Rob Cihra reminded investors in a research note this morning. The company chose not to refresh its flagship cameras and instead launched the smaller Session device, which Cihra says has "disappointed" so far. However, that same sales dip makes the company's user base ripe for the eventual release of the HERO5 as well as GoPro's planned quad-copter, argues Cihra, who keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst maintained his Neutral rating on Fitbit (FIT) shares, explaining that while the fitness wearables maker looks "very strong" heading into the holidays, current valuations appear to price the stock as if Fitbit has already won the wearables market. However, Cihra thinks the race is "only just getting going." PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, GoPro slid 2.6% to $29.64, while Fitbit gained 2.7% to $38.32.
07:19 EDTEXPEOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:03 EDTSGMSScientific Games awarded eight-year lottery retail tech contract in Germany
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October 2, 2015
09:18 EDTPGFutureFuel upgraded to Buy on raised 2016 visibility at Roth Capital
Roth Capital analyst Craig Irwin upgraded FutureFuel (FF) to Buy saying the renewal of a bleach activator supply agreement with Procter & Gamble (PG) raises visibility for 2016. He raised his price target for shares to $13 from $12.
October 1, 2015
16:05 EDTPGFutureFuel extends supply agreement with Procter & Gamble
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09:12 EDTEXPEUBS internet and leisure analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Internet Analyst Sheridan and Leisure Analyst Farley, along with Max Starkov, the CEO of HeBS Digital, discuss the mechanics of instant booking on Google and TripAdvisor, the pros and cons of these programs from a hotelier's perspective and what impact Google and TripAdvisor's instant booking programs will have on Expedia and on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 1 at 10:30 am.
08:08 EDTCVXKosmos Energy says ended Q3 with roughly $1.9B of liquidity
Kosmos Energy (KOS) announced two developments that together strengthen the company's liquidity and better position Kosmos for continued success in a lower commodity price environment. In addition, the company provided an update on its exploration drilling program. Kosmos announced that the borrowing base under its reserves-based lending facility remains unchanged at $1.5B following its lenders' semi-annual redetermination process which concluded on September 30, 2015. Kosmos ended the third quarter with approximately $1.9B of liquidity and net debt of $500M as of September 30, 2015, which is flat with the second quarter of 2015. Kosmos' second exploration well offshore Mauritania, Marsouin-1, was spud on August 28, 2015, with results anticipated in the middle of the fourth quarter. Marsouin-1 is located in Block C8 approximately 60 kilometers north of the basin-opening Tortue-1 well in a water depth of approximately 2,400 meters. The well is designed to test a four-way trap with multiple stacked targets, including Lower Cenomanian, Albian, and Aptian formations. As operator of the well, Kosmos currently holds a 60% working interest with its partners Chevron Mauritania Exploration Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (CVX), and Societe Mauritanienne Des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier holding 30% and 10%, respectively.
06:03 EDTEXPEPriceline has best risk/reward in online travel, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says Priceline (PCLN) has the most favorable risk/reward in the online travel space given its "attractive" valuation and exposure to broad strength in Europe. Travel industry trends in Europe during Q3 indicate a solid quarter while U.S. trends showed mixed results, Olson tells investors in a research note. He believes the recent selloff in Priceline presents an attractive entry point. The analyst reiterates Overweight ratings on Priceline, HomeAway (AWAY) and TripAdvisor (TRIP). Olson keeps a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE) saying the valuation "appears full" compared to peers.
September 30, 2015
14:10 EDTCVXChevron amends bylaws to implement proxy access
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10:30 EDTGPROGoPro spike attributed to Google stake speculation
The move higher in shares of GoPro (GPRO) is being attributed to speculation that Google (GOOG, GOOGL) may take a stake in the name. Shares of GoPro are up 5%, or $1.46, to $31.32 in morning trading.
September 29, 2015
12:35 EDTPGPerrigo shareholders pressure company to explore sale, Reuters says
Certain Perrigo (PRGO) shareholders have requested that company explore a sale, hoping for an alternative to Mylan's (MYL) approximately $25B hostile bid, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The pressure represents a challenge to Perrigo's defense strategy, the report says. Some of the company's shareholders view Novartis (NVS), Sanofi (SNY), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Colgate-Palmolive (CL) as potential suitors, the report says. Reference Link
11:09 EDTGPROGoPro announces launch of channel on Comcast Watchable
GoPro (GPRO) announced it's bringing the GoPro Channel to Watchable, Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) new, cross-platform video service. GoPro's first Multichannel Video Programming Distributor agreement will deliver GoPro content to users on iOS,, and X1. Launching in beta, all Watchable content is free, the company stated.
10:00 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:02 EDTSGMSScientific Games and 21st Century Fox to launch Simpsons slot machine
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