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July 14, 2014
18:15 EDTTSO, APOL, MPC, VLO, SAVE, HFC, NURO, PPHMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Peregrine Pharmaceuticals (PPHM), up 2.3% after reports fourth quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spirit Airlines (SAVE), up 1.5% after Lone Pine Capital reported a 6% passive stake. LOWER: Apollo Education (APOL), down 6.2% following an announcement that the Department of Education intends to conduct an ordinary course program review of University of Phoenix... Neurometrix (NURO), down just under 1% after the company files to sell 5.89M shares of common stock for holders. NOTABLE: Valero Energy (VLO), down 3.4% after announcing second quarter guidance below analyst estimates... Tesoro (TSO), down almost 1%, HollyFrontier (HFC), down marginally, and Marathon Petroleum (MPC), down fractionally, are also lower following Valero Energy's announcement.
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February 7, 2016
20:36 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ford (F) plans to build a new assembly plant in Mexico and expand its existing factory near Mexico City, sharply increasing production capacity in the country as it looks to focus its U.S. efforts on trucks and SUVs, the Wall Street Journal reported. 2. GoPro (GPRO) and Microsoft (MSFT) signed a patent licensing agreement late Friday, lifting shares of the action camera maker in after-hours trading. 3. Media reports indicate Twitter (TWTR) could be rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. 4. Apollo Education (APOL) received a second investigative subpoena from California's attorney general related to the marketing, recruiting, accreditation, and other aspects of its for-profit schools. 5. Celgene (CELG), Gilead (GILD), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Vantiv (VNTV) were mentioned positively by Barron's this weekend, while Church & Dwight (CHD) was called overvalued and GoPro was identified as a possible takeover target by Under Armour (UA) or Sony (SNE).
18:51 EDTTSOTesoro reaches $8.08M settlement over unpaid bonuses
The National Labor Relations Board announced Friday that it approved a settlement agreement between Tesoro and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union. Under the bilateral agreement, Tesoro will pay more than $8.08M to 769 employees at their Carson, CA and Anacortes, WA facilities who engaged in the winter 2015 refinery strike. In February 2015, collective bargaining agreements at both facilities expired. Workers at the Carson, Anacortes, and facilities across the country began a strike that stretched into late March when a new contract was reached. On March 6, Tesoro awarded bonuses for the previous year to non-unit and non-striking employees, but withheld such bonuses from striking employees, deeming them ineligible to receive them. The annual incentive bonuses were based upon performance and profits during the previous calendar year. The settlement provides the workers with 100% of the bonuses they were eligible to receive. Reference Link
February 5, 2016
17:11 EDTAPOLApollo Education receives second investigative subpoena
On February 4, we received a Second Investigative Subpoena from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California in the Matter of the Investigation of For-Profit Educational Institutions, following the Investigative Subpoena we received in August 2015. The Second Investigative Subpoena seeks the production of documents and information regarding a broad spectrum of the business and practices of Apollo Education Group, and each of our subsidiaries, including University of Phoenix, Inc., relating to marketing, recruiting, compensation of enrollment advisors, complaints, financial aid, compliance, accreditation, other governmental investigations, private litigation and other matters, as well as additional information relating to marketing and services to members and former members of the U.S. military and California National Guard, for the time period of July 1, 2010 to the present. We are cooperating with the Attorney General in this investigation. We cannot predict the eventual scope, duration or outcome of the investigation at this time.
10:02 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cascade Microtech (CSCD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... GrubHub (GRUB) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Magellan Midstream (MMP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marathon Petroleum (MPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Multi-Fineline (MFLX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... NIC Inc. (EGOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Pixelworks (PXLW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... Qorvo (QRVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TrueBlue (TBI) downgraded on macro concerns at BMO Capital... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
06:27 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 4, 2016
05:15 EDTVLOStocks with implied volatility movement; VLO LOW
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February 3, 2016
16:40 EDTMPCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in positive territory but were unable to hold their early gains. Following larger than expected builds in energy inventories, oil moved lower, taking equities with it. By the noon hour oil prices recovered and moved higher once again, helping to lift equities. While oil prices continued their advance and moved up more than 7%, stocks lagged, especially the Nasdaq, which was down as much as 1.5% this afternoon. That changed in the last hours of trading, which saw the Dow spurt higher and the Nasdaq recover most of its losses heading into another heavy dose of corporate earnings reports after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP estimated that private payrolls grew by 205,000 jobs in January, topping the consensus forecast for 190,000 job additions. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. In Asia, the Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month. Additionally, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. In Europe, Markit's composite purchasing managers index for January declined to 53.6 from 54.3 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined 4.75% to $27.68 after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 2.89% to $461.92 after reporting lower than expected revenue and a 14% plunge in same-store sales for the quarter. Adding to the negative headlines, the restaurant operator also disclosed a subpoena broadening the scope of a criminal investigation that was previously limited to a single Chipotle location in California. Also punished by food safety worries were shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), which slid 4.24% to $143.64 after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. The stock continued to move lower in after-hours trading following the company's earnings report and lower than expected guidance... Merck (MRK) was one of the worst performers on the Dow, dipping to as low as $48.58 before ending the day down 0.7% at $50.04 after its earnings narrowly topped estimates but guidance for the new year fell short of expectations. Among other large cap names reporting earnings this morning, Comcast (CMCSA) rose 5.95% following its report, while General Motors (GM) slid 2.43%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Autodesk (ADSK), which rallied 8% to $49.56 after announcing a restructuring plan that will see its workforce cut by roughly 10%. Also higher was Angie's List (ANGI), which jumped 13.53% to $9.48 after the New York Post reported that InterActiveCorp (IAC) is preparing a "big run" to acquire the company. In addition, Syngenta (SYT) rose 2% to $80.21 after receiving a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Among the noteworthy losers was Lowe's (LOW), which fell 6.2% to $67.42 after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B. Also lower was Barnes & Noble (BKS), which declined 9.6% to $7.32 after mall operator General Growth (GGP) said during a conference call that Amazon (AMZN) plans to open 300-400 physical bookstores. After the closing bell, General Growth CEO Sandeep Mathrani indicated that his previous statement "was not intended to represent Amazon's plans." Meanwhile, Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Match Group (MTCH) lost 7.6%, 6.5% and 12.6%, respectively, following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow rose 183.12, or 1.13%, to 16,336.66, the Nasdaq fell 12.71, or 0.28%, to 4,504.24, and the S&P 500 advanced 9.50, or 0.5%, to 1,912.53.
08:13 EDTTSOTesoro names Kim K.W. Rucker as EVP, General Counsel
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06:43 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum reports Q4 EPS 35c with items, consensus 69c
Reports Q4 revenue $15.68M, consensus $16.35B. Q4 EPS includes a pretax charge of $370M or 44c per share to value inventories at lower of cost or market.
February 2, 2016
14:32 EDTMPCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 1, 2016
18:56 EDTTSOTesoro reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.83, consensus $2.08
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14:32 EDTTSONotable companies reporting after market close
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January 29, 2016
08:49 EDTAPOLApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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January 28, 2016
07:08 EDTNURONeuroMetrix says primary initiative for 2016 is launch of Quell
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07:08 EDTVLOValero reports Q4 Refining adjusted operating income $1.5B
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07:08 EDTVLOValero reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.79, consensus $1.45
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07:07 EDTNURONeuroMetrix reports Q4 revenue $2.74M, one estimate $2.38M
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January 27, 2016
12:28 EDTAPOLFor-profit education names fall after FTC sues DeVry over marketing
DeVry Education (DV) and its peers in the for-profit education space are falling after the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against the company, alleging that DeVry's advertisements "deceived" consumers about the likelihood of finding jobs in their chosen fields of study and earning more than graduates from other universities. In a related action, the Department of Education is also moving against the company for those same practices, requiring it to stop the allegedly deceptive advertisements and take steps to ensure it can verify the truthfulness of its post-graduation employment outcomes, including hiring an independent auditor and informing students of its "unsubstantiated" statistics. The Department's action comes after its investigation of DeVry found the postgraduation employment claims "have not been substantiated to the extent required by law." PRICE ACTION: Shares of DeVry crashed 13.5% to $20.54 following the news, while Apollo Education (APOL), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer Education (STRA) each slid over 2% and Bridgepoint (BPI) fell 1%.
12:07 EDTAPOLDeVry sinks 19% after FTC brings enforcement action
Peers Apollo Education (APOL), Strayer (STRA), Grand Canyon (LOPE) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI) are also moving lower.
January 26, 2016
06:55 EDTAPOLApollo could be worth $17/share if taken private, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Peter Appert says Apollo Education Group could be worth $13-$17 per share in a go-private transaction. The stock has "meaningful" upside potential if the company can overcome the legal, regulatory and financial hurdles to complete a sale transaction, Appert tells investors in a research note. He says there is "considerable uncertainty" as to whether Apollo can overcome such challenges. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on the stock with a $9 price target.
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