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March 11, 2014
12:16 EDTS, MW, WDAY, SAP, ORCL, JIVE, MYGN, AEO, URBN, FCEL, BYD, AAPL, T, VZ, TMUS, JOSBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street continued searching for direction near midday, after having spent time about equal time just above and just below the flat-line in the early hours of the session. The averages drifted lower and fell into negative ground near noon, but generally have been range in a band around where they ended yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.6% in January, beating expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The NFIB small business optimism index for February fell to 91.4, which was a worse than expected drop from its prior 94.1 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings rebounded 60K in January to 3.97M. COMPANY NEWS: Softbank (SFTBF) CEO and Sprint (S) Chairman Masayoshi Son confirmed his interest in buying T-Mobile (TMUS) in a number of television interviews, though clearly noted that he has no formal agreement with T-Mobile and that "steps and details" would have to be worked out if a deal were to move forward. Analysts at Wells Fargo think Son is undertaking a "targeted and very purposeful" public relations effort to help make Sprint's case to purchase T-Mobile and believe his comments regarding a "massive price war" if Sprint was given clearance to pursue a merger could pressure shares of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). Shares of both of the incumbent U.S. wireless leaders were down about 1% at midday as Son's public relations tour continues with an event planned in Washington, D.C... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed over 1% after research firm Pacific Crest upgraded the tech giant in a note to investors earlier today, citing the opportunity for a 4.7 inch iPhone 6 to increase Apple's gross profit. A number of media outlets have reported that Apple will release a larger screen iPhone this year, but the company has not confirmed the reports... Another name that spiked near midday was Jive Software (JIVE), which jumped after Re/code said the company has explored a sale in recent months, though the report added that Oracle (ORCL), SAP (SAP) and Workday (WDAY) each passed on making a bid. Shares were off their earlier highs but remained up about 5% near noon... Suit retailers Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) ended their long and public courtship as Men's Wearhouse struck a deal to acquire its peer for $65 per share in cash. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Boyd Gaming (BYD), which jumped more than 16% after activist hedge fund Elliott Associates disclosed a stake in the casino operator. Also higher was alternative energy company FuelCell (FCEL), which rose nearly 15% following its quarterly earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell about 10% after a judge denied the company's motion for preliminary injunctive relief against rival Ambry Genetics. Also lower following their earnings reports and cautious commentary about the current environment were mall-based clothing retailers Urban Outfitters (URBN), which slid over 4%, and American Eagle (AEO), which dropped more than 5%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 37.08, or 0.23%, to 16,381.60, the Nasdaq was down 3.20, or 0.07%, to 4,331.25, and the S&P 500 was down 4.88, or 0.26%, to 1,872.29.
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August 6, 2014
12:12 EDTTMUS, SOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTS, AEOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:06 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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10:53 EDTTMUS, SSprint, T-Mobile dive after merger talks reportedly end
Shares of wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that Sprint has ended its pursuit of buying T-Mobile. Previous reports had suggested that Sprint was interested in acquiring its competitor. In the wake of the news, Wells Fargo remained upbeat on Sprint, while FBR Capital wrote that the deal could still occur. WHAT'S NEW: Sprint has ended its pursuit of T-Mobile due to opposition to the tie-up by regulators multiple news outlets reported last night, citing unnamed sources. Sprint also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son said "While we continue to believe industry consolidation will enhance competitiveness and benefit customers, our focus moving forward will be on making Sprint the most successful carrier." ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche wrote that the news on Sprint should improve going forward, while the company should benefit from new spectrum it has acquired. History suggests that the best time to buy Sprint's stock is when it appears to be capitulating, added the analyst, who believes that the company is still well-positioned to pursue other strategic alternatives. However, Fritzsche thinks that some of T-Mobile's "likely and logical" partners may not be ready to make a deal in the near-term, while the company has "more questions than answers." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on Sprint and a Market Perform rating on T-Mobile. Meanwhile, FBR Capital analyst David Dixon wrote that he was not convinced that Sprint had abandoned its bid for T-Mobile. Rather, the companies are probably not prepared yet to make a deal that is likely to be approved by regulators, the analyst stated. The deal could be approved if the companies demonstrate that their combined network would improve the experience of users, and the companies are taking steps to meet this goal, according to Dixon, who kept a Market Perform rating on Sprint. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the wake of the news that Sprint will apparently drop its pursuit of T-Mobile, French telecom company Iliad (ILIAF), which has made a bid for T-Mobile, sees no immediate need to boost its takeover offer, according to The Wall Street Journal. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Sprint fell 17.9% to $5.98 and T-Mobile sank 6.1% to $31.85.
10:12 EDTTMUST-Mobile falls after Sprint drops bid, levels to watch
Shares were last at $31.02, down 8.6%, after Sprint (S) parent Softbank (SFTBF) dropped its bid for the company. At current price, next support is at $30.01. Resistance is at $31.79.
09:36 EDTVZ, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTS, TMUSIliad continues with T-Mobile bid, won't boost for now, WSJ says
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09:13 EDTS, TMUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
08:44 EDTAAPLApple products excluded from Chinese government procurement list, Bloomberg says
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08:31 EDTSSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
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08:30 EDTSSprint names Marcelo Claure as president and CEO
08:22 EDTS, TMUSSprint news to improve going forward, says Wells Fargo
After multiple news outlets reported that Sprint (S) would abandon its efforts to buyT-Mobile (TMUS), Wells Fargo thinks that the news on Sprint will improve as the company moves beyond many of its network challenges and begins to benefit from its 2.5 GHz spectrum. The firm believes that the company is well-positioned to seek other strategic alternatives and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:09 EDTS, TMUSSoftbank seen as still interested in M&A after dropping T-Mobile plans, WSJ says
Despite the reports that Sprint (S) parent Softbank (SFTBF) is no longer pursuing a deal for T-Mobile (TMUS), some analysts said they doubted that the setback had killed the company's appetite for a big acquisition of a network operator, though they said the company might shift its focus from the U.S. to Europe, according to The Wall Street Journal. An analyst at SMBC Nikko said he thought Softbank might announce another deal shortly, but that rather than aiming to buy another mobile operator that it would try to build up its digital content portfolio, the report added. Reference Link
07:51 EDTS, TMUST-Mobile volatility is expected to move on said to end talks to be purchased
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07:39 EDTTMUS, SFBR not convinced Sprint will abandon T-Mobile bid
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07:30 EDTTMUS, SSprint volatility expected to move on said to end talks to buy T-Mobile
Sprint (S) option implied volatility is expected to move on said to end talks to buy T-Mobile (TMUS). Overall option implied volatility of 49 is near its 26-week average of 50 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:27 EDTSAP, ORCLOracle Saas business needs to improve in FY15, says Citigroup
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06:20 EDTBYDCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple, Samsung to drop all litigation outside U.S., Re/code reports
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06:03 EDTSSprint could name Marcelo Claure as new CEO, Reuters reports
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