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August 8, 2014
08:21 EDTSCTY, LULU, CSC, MGA, MELI, CECO, MNSTOptions expected to be active
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News For SCTY;LULU;CSC;MGA;MELI;CECO;MNST From The Last 14 Days
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October 16, 2014
12:11 EDTMELIeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
10:01 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:39 EDTLULUlululemon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded lululemon to Underperform after assuming coverage of the stock saying the company's expansion into Asia and Europe will drive a meaningful increase in spending. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $34 from $40.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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08:23 EDTSCTYSolarCity offers Solar Bonds to investors
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08:07 EDTSCTYSolarCity files automatic mixed securities shelf
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07:07 EDTCECOFor profit education positive catalysts outweigh negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects for-profit education stocks to benefit from improved hiring trends and a sale by Corinthian of its assets that, according t othe firm ,would set a valuation floor for the sector. The firm continues to believe that the final gainful employment rule will be neutral to positive for the group. Wells favors the option value on the long side for the sector. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
October 13, 2014
14:02 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 sales tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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11:32 EDTMELIMercadoLibre to host investor day
Investor Day to be held in New York on October 15 at 9 am. Webcast Link
10:58 EDTSCTYSolarCity volatility elevated on wide price movement
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08:03 EDTSCTYSolarCity lowered pricing in California, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says SolarCity lowered its pricing in California, implementing a fixed price of 15c per watt, down from a prior average of 17c. To reflect the change, SolarCity dropped the NPV of its average new residential deployment to $1.75 per watt from $2.19 historically, the firm notes. JPMorgan cut its Retained Value estimates and dropped its price target for SolarCity shares to $74 from $83. The firm believes the price change could be tied to the proposed compression of rate tiers in 2015, allowing the company to address a larger market. It keeps an Overweight rating on SolarCity.
07:26 EDTMNSTAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
October 9, 2014
08:53 EDTSCTYSolarCity solar loans could be a game changer, says Roth Capital
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06:10 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NKE LULU
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October 8, 2014
10:01 EDTSCTYSolarCity and Honda renew partnership to fund $50M in solar projects
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08:11 EDTSCTYSolarCity launch of MyPower expected but details a positive, says BofA/Merrill
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06:02 EDTSCTYSolarCity adds financing option in move to expand
SolarCity introduced MyPower today, a solar financing option that combines the low upfront cost and immediate utility savings of a power purchase agreement with the benefits of ownership. SolarCity customers pay for their MyPower solar loan similar to the way they pay for a solar PPAóbased on the energy the system produces from the sunóbut they retain ownership of the solar panels. MyPower's unique structure creates America's most affordable solar loanówith a lower cost than PPAs in many locations. MyPower can allow customers to pay as much as 40% less for solar power than utility power, and unlike other loans, MyPower allows customers to prepay their entire balance or prepay a portion of their solar loan to lower their monthly payments at any time, with no fees or penalties. Starting today, SolarCity will offer MyPower to customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, and ultimately plans to expand the product beyond its existing service territory.
06:00 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ADHD LULU
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Alcobra (ADHD) 123, lululemon (LULU) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 7, 2014
14:52 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage sales up 17.6% for four week period, says Goldman
Goldman said Monster's energy drink sales grew 17.6% vs total energy drink sales growth of 12.9% for the same four weeks ending September 27, according to Nielsen data.
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