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August 1, 2014
13:46 EDTPKI, GPRO, EXPE, 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 Web.com (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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February 22, 2015
13:55 EDTCVXChevron relinquishes Romanian shale-gas interests, WSJ says
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11:59 EDTCVXUSW to expand ULP oil strike
The United Steelworkers, USW, announced that it will expand its unfair labor practice strike, ULP, by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. Capacity at these facilities is 235,000 and 238,000. These refineries are also jointly operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc. of Saudi Arabia. “The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
February 20, 2015
10:03 EDTGPROGoPro February calls active
GoPro February 45, 45.5 and February weekly 47 calls are active in total call volume of 5K contracts (1K puts) amid renewed takeover speculation. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 71, March is at 57, April is at 54; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:48 EDTGPRORumor: GoPro moves higher amid renewed takeover speculation
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07:40 EDTEXPEExpedia price target raised to $102 from $91 at UBS
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05:18 EDTEXPEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EXPE TRIP
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Expedia (EXPE) 28, TripAdvisor (TRIP) 33 according to iVolatility.
February 19, 2015
09:37 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sese core EPS 'meaningfully' improving in 2H
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09:21 EDTPGProcter & Gamble repeats FY15 currency neutral core EPS growth view
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07:17 EDTEXPEMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
06:58 EDTCVXU.S. oil prices tumble after inventory data released, Reuters says
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05:34 EDTEXPEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EXPE BBRY
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February 18, 2015
03:20 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 17, 2015
12:17 EDTGPROGoPro rises as lock-up expires
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are climbing as about 76M shares of the company's stock become available for sale today. WHAT'S NEW: About 76M shares of GoPro's stock became available for sale today as a lock-up related to a recent secondary offering of the company's stock expired. Lock-up agreements, a typical feature of company stock offerings, prevent certain shareholders from selling for a set amount of time after the offering. GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman said in a regulatory filing that the company had carried out the secondary offering partly as a means of facilitating a more gradual, orderly sale of shares when the company's IPO lock-up ended last December 22. A number of larger shareholders agreed to hold onto their shares for another 90 days in order to further that goal, Woodman explained. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors today, research firm Northland Securities initiated coverage of GoPro with an Outperform rating, saying that the company's new HERO4 camera is "demonstrating strong...momentum." Sales of the product are causing the company's gross margins and average selling price to rise, added the firm. GoPro is also poised to benefit significantly from the proliferation of its images on digital media, and from the deployment of its cameras in additional venues such as helmets and drones, according to Northland. The firm set a $70 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, GoPro climbed $4.04, or 8.8%, to $49.24.
12:15 EDTGPROGoPro rallies sharply, levels to watch
The shares were initiated at Outperform at Northland with a $70 price target. This is also another lock-up expiration day, which are often volatile trading days but not necessarily consistent indicators of future performance. At the current price of $48.93, next resistance is at $50.29. Support is at $48.40.
10:00 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Box, Inc. (BOX) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Omega Healthcare (OHI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Pattern Energy (PEGI) coverage resumed with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Trovagene (TROV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen.
07:22 EDTGPROMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTPGConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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07:03 EDTGPROGoPro initiated with an Outperform at Northland
Target $70.
06:58 EDTCVXBrent oil reaches $62 per barrel, Reuters reports
Driven higher by Middle East turbulence, the price of brent crude oil reached $62 per barrel today, close to its 2015 high, according to Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
05:23 EDTEXPEExpedia increases stake in AirAsia-Expedia JV for $86.3M
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