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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTKMP, MU, HLF, URI, YUM, SNDK, DRI, SCSS, OWW, LVS, IEP, PLXSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 9.8% after reporting second quarter results and backing fiscal 2014 EPS guidance... United Rentals (URI), up 3.6%... Plexus (PLXS), up 3.3% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO HIGHER: Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 2.5% after Starboard Value announced that it has sent a letter to the board seeking new leadership... Herbalife (HLF), up marginally after Carl Icahn stated that he hasn't sold any shares... Icahn Enterprises (IEP), up just under 1% following Carl Icahn's appearance on CNBC's Delivering Alpha Conference. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SanDisk (SNDK), down 9.8% after reporting second quarter results... Micron Technology (MU), down 1.9% following Sandisk's second quarter results... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 2%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.4%... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP), down 1.9% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 3% after announcing a 20M share secondary offering.
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January 20, 2015
16:23 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
14:09 EDTOWWOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTOWWOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTOWWExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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13:41 EDTOWWOrbitz jumps 11%, halted for circuit breaker after report of sale exploration
13:41 EDTOWWOrbitz exploring potential sale, seeing private equity interest, Bloomberg says
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08:25 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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07:26 EDTDRIJefferies to hold a summit
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07:17 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura
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06:47 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
06:39 EDTIEPIcahn Enterprises initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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06:01 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
January 18, 2015
16:07 EDTLVSMacau junket operator reduces operations, Bloomberg says
As China’s anti-graft drive reduces customer traffic in Macau, David Group, a junket operator that serves higher-spending casino customers, is closing some rooms in the city, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
January 16, 2015
16:36 EDTSNDK, MUMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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14:29 EDTSNDKSanDisk January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:37 EDTMUActive equity options trading
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06:18 EDTLVSSands China CEO Edward Tracy to retire, effective March 6
he board of directors of Sands China Ltd. announces the retirement of Edward Matthew Tracy as President and CEO of the company, a director of the company, a member of the Sands China Capital Expenditure Committee, and a director of various subsidiaries of the company, in each case, with effect from March 6. Tracy has decided to retire. He will be engaged by the company as a consultant from March 7. Tracy will continue to work with the senior management team during the transition and consultancy. Tracy has confirmed that he has no disagreement with the Board, and there are no matters that need to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the company in respect of his retirement. It is proposed that the Nomination Committee of the Board will meet on January 23 and, in accordance with its terms of reference, consider candidates and make recommendations to the Board on the appointment of a new CEO.
06:08 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 15, 2015
09:29 EDTSNDKNetlist claim against Diablo controller chips upheld
Netlist (NLST) announced that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion filed by Diablo Technologies on January 13 requesting the Court to stay the Preliminary Injunction against controller chips used by SanDisk (SNDK) in its high-speed ULLtraDIMM SSD product line. The Preliminary Injunction will therefore remain in place. The Court in a separate ruling rejected SanDisk's request that it be allowed to sell existing inventory of the enjoined products. This order made clear that Diablo and SanDisk are working in concert and are now prohibited from manufacturing and selling the Diablo controller chipset used in the ULLtraDIMM and as a result, from further sale or distribution by SanDisk of the ULLtraDIMM itself.
05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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