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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTYUM, SNDK, DRI, SCSS, OWW, LVS, IEP, PLXS, KMP, MU, HLF, URIOn 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.
News For SCSS;URI;PLXS;DRI;HLF;IEP;SNDK;MU;LVS;YUM;KMP;OWW From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
07:52 EDTSNDKUBS to hold a tour
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August 25, 2015
11:23 EDTOWWAnalyst says Priceline undervalued, looks poised to outperform
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08:34 EDTPLXSPlexus announces $30M share repurchase program
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08:00 EDTHLFTwitter wants to move Herbalife suit to California, NY Post reports
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August 24, 2015
09:03 EDTIEPCheniere appoints Icahn Enterprises managing directors to board
Cheniere Energy (LNG) announced the appointment of Jonathan Christodoro and Samuel Merksamer to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. With these additions, the Cheniere Board now comprises eleven directors. Christodoro and Merksamer are Managing Directors of Icahn Capital LP, a subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises (IEP).
August 23, 2015
14:23 EDTMUApple, Micron shares look like bargains, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTLVSOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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10:02 EDTURIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:23 EDTURIUnited Rentals initiated with a Sell at Axiom
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07:17 EDTLVSMacau developments negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that its checks on Macau for August indicate that the region's revenues are trending flat to down this month. According to Wells, in August the region's revenues are historically up 4% versus July. The firm adds that comments by Macau casino owner Galaxy suggest that the market has not yet bottomed. Wells believes that the market has not yet stabilized and remains neutral on Macau stocks, although it remains upbeat on their long-term outlook. Publicly traded companies in the Macau gaming space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Melco Crown (MPEL) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
August 20, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
11:12 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU TWTR
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTMUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:28 EDTMUBaird downgraded Micron to Neutral on falling DRAM prices
Baird analyst Tristan Gerra downgraded Micron to Neutral from Outperform and lowered his price target to $15 from $36 on DRAM price concerns. Gerra believes blended DRAM pricing could fall 20%+ between now and next year, down to fully loaded costs before capacity cuts take place. The analyst said continued PC unit weakness, soft enterprise server, mobile DRAM weakness, and excess channel inventories are causing the current downturn. Gerra expects Micron's gross margin and earnings to bottom in the February quarter and sees little upside potential until then.
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:23 EDTYUMOptions with increasing call volume
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10:23 EDTYUMYum! gets a boost from China CEO change, sales commentary
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09:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands leadership change positive, says Bernstein
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07:36 EDTSCSSSelect Comfort shares 'grossly undervalued,' says Stifel
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