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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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July 1, 2015
18:20 EDTCVXShell CEO says Opec production has pressured shale companies, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CEO Ben van Beurden said Opec's decision not to cut production has sent a "powerful signal... to shale oil companies as well as their financiers that they cannot forget the price risk. The industry will remember it for some time." The CEO noted that industry efforts to boost efficiency and cut costs should keep production going for "a while to come... until the sweet spots start running out." Publicly traded companies in the space include Chevron (CVX), Anadarko Petroleum (APC), Exxon Mobil (XOM), BP (BP), Marathon Oil (MRO), BHP Billiton (BHP), ConocoPhillips (COP), Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), EOG Resources (EOG), Concho (CXO), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), and Continental Resources (CLR). Reference Link
10:28 EDTEXPEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTSGMSHigh option volume stocks
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08:09 EDTCVXSynchrony Financial, Chevron announce enhanced credit card loyalty programs
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07:47 EDTEXPEExpedia waiving certain clauses in deals with European hotel partners
The Expedia group announced that it intends to waive certain clauses in its agreements with its European hotel partners.A number of European competition authorities are currently investigating rate, conditions and availability parity clauses in certain online travel agency agreements with hotels. Expedia has worked closely and constructively with these authorities and the European Commission and today announced that it is waiving its rate, conditions and availability parity clauses with its hotel partners for a period of five years in line with Clauses 1.1, 1.2 and 2.1 of the formal commitments offered by Booking.com and accepted by the national competition authorities in France, Italy and Sweden in April 2015. The changes announced today apply to all hotel properties in Europe and affect consumers booking via Expedia’s sites worldwide. Expedia’s waivers will become effective as of August 1 and Expedia will contact its hotel partners in Europe individually to communicate this announcement and how it intends to implement the changes announced today.While Expedia maintains that its current rate, conditions and availability parity clauses are lawful and in compliance with competition law, Expedia considers that today’s announcement is a positive step towards facilitating the closure of the open investigations into such clauses on a harmonised pan-European basis.
07:25 EDTPGConsumer goods makers challenged by surging freight costs, WSJ reports
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June 30, 2015
15:31 EDTPGProcter & Gamble announces change to laundry pacs to improve safety
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12:43 EDTCVXChevron management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Frankfurt on June 30 and in Paris on July 1 hosted by UBS.
11:07 EDTEXPEPriceline rises after analysts highlight positive travel trends
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07:41 EDTEXPEOnline travel trends point to solid Q2, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson said analysis of travel industry trends through May point to a "solid" second quarter for online travel, noting his belief that Priceline (PCLN) has the most favorable risk/reward in the space given the stock's underperformance so far this year. In addition to an Overweight rating on Priceline, Olson keeps an Overweight on HomeAway (AWAY) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), but has a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE), citing its relative valuation.
07:03 EDTPKIPerkinElmer price target raised to $60 from $53 at Stifel
Stifel says that PerkinElmer's recent multiple expansion appears to be sustainable, and the firm thinks that the company's operating margin can increase to about 20.5% in 2018, up from about 17.6% in 2014. The firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
June 29, 2015
11:42 EDTGPROGoPro drifts lower, levels to watch
Shares are down 1.9% to $53.07 at time of writing. At that price initial support is at the low of the day at $52.11, which would place price well below the 50-day moving average. A move below the 50-day would be bearish for future price. Resistance is at $53.71, the high of the day.
11:21 EDTGPROStocks with call strike movement; ASHR GPRO
X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 (ASHR) October 54 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 48, GoPro (GPRO) October 65 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 47 according to IVolatility.
09:13 EDTGPROGoPro sell-through data steady, drone interest encouraging, says Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt noted that Google Trends data for the search term “GoPro” decelerated in June, which would normally be consistent in a slowdown in sales growth, but McCourt attributes the slowdown to an anomaly in the year-over-year data due to GoPro's IPO driving search comps higher last year. The analyst noted that the firm's U.S. survey of intended GoPro ownership keeps rising and that its survey of drone interest was encouraging. McCourt keeps an Outperform rating and $63 price target on GoPro shares, noting that he expects the stock to remain volatile.
June 25, 2015
13:08 EDTCVXPenn Virginia higher after blog speculates on another deal
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12:07 EDTCVXBP said to make $8/share bid for Penn Virginia, Proactive Investors blog says
BP (BP) has made a $8 per share takeover bid for Penn Virginia (PVA), but the latter rejected the bid and is "holding out" for at least $10 per share, UK investor blog Proactive Investors claimed, citing people familiar with the matter. ExxonMobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) may also be interested in buying Penn Virginia, according to Proactive, which identifies itself as a "leading multi-media news organisation, investor portal and events management business." Penn Virginia shares are up 7% in midday trading following the report from the blog, which was previously credited for a report on alleged takeover advances made toward drugmaker Receptos (RCPT). Reference Link
10:23 EDTGPROAmbarella rises after analyst says competitive edge increasing
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09:34 EDTCVXActive equity options trading on open
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07:12 EDTEXPEExpedia Q2 trends positive, says Cantor
After conducting checks, Cantor says that hotel rates in Europe and the U.S. are improving, while Internet metrics look favorable for Expedia. The firm keeps a $120 price target and Buy rating on the stock.
June 24, 2015
07:19 EDTCVXU.K. panel to decide on first fracking in area since 2011, WSJ reports
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