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News For SINA;SOHU;BIDU;YUM;COH;SBUX From The Last 14 Days
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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTSBUXStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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12:49 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:33 EDTBIDUThree tech giants likely to enter mobile medical sector, WantChinaTimes says
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09:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks likely to exceed expectations in coming years, says BMO Capital
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09:20 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
07:49 EDTCOHCoach May weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 68, May is at 40, June is at 30, August is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on April 28.
07:24 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $57 from $48 at UBS
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06:52 EDTSBUXStarbucks report bodes well for United Natural Foods, says Piper Jaffray
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April 23, 2015
19:16 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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19:11 EDTSBUXStarbucks 'delighted' with mobile ordering system
Company says it assumed "full ownership" of Starbucks Japan during Q2, and it is now 'in position' to aggressively pursue business across all Japan channels. Regarding China, the company says it transitioning to Tingyi in 2016. The company is rolling out new frappuccino and Teavana iced tea beverages during the upcoming summer months. "My Starbucks Rewards" will continue to be "among our most important business drivers," said Starbucks. The company is "on track" to roll out Mobile Order and Pay nationwide in 2015. Starbucks is "delighted" with the initial results of mobile ordering -- it is now processing over 8M mobile payment transactions each week, equalling nearly 19% of U.S. store tenders. The company has plans to add Mobile Order and Pay to its Android app, as well as launch in U.K. and Canada before the end of the year.
19:09 EDTSBUXStarbucks raises FY15 CAP operating margin guidance to roughly 20%
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16:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks up almost 4% following Q2 results, guidance
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16:10 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees 2015 GAAP operating margin flat vs. FY14
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16:09 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees 2015 total new store openings at 1,650 net new
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16:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks backs FY15 revenue growth 16%-18%, consensus $19.11B
Backs FY15: Global comparable store sales growth of mid-single digits; Consolidated tax rate of approximately 31% on a GAAP basis; Capital expenditures of approximately $1.4B.
16:07 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q2 global comparable store sales increased 7%
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16:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q4 adjusted EPS 42c-43c
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16:05 EDTSBUXStarbucks backs FY15 adjusted EPS view $1.55-$1.57, consensus $1.57
16:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-41c, consensus 40c
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16:03 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 33c
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15:00 EDTSBUXNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:56 EDTSBUXStarbucks April 49.5 weekly straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
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13:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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12:35 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q2 EPS 32c-33c on split-adjusted basis
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report second quarter results after the market close on Thursday, April 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 33c on revenue of $4.53B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 31c-35c on revenue of $4.39B-$4.6B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported first quarter EPS of 80c on revenue of $4.8B, in-line with analysts' estimates, respectively. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 5%, with a 2% increase in traffic. The company said comparable store transactions increased by nearly 9M in the U.S. and nearly 12M globally, year-over-year. In conjunction with its earnings release, Starbucks announced the appointment of Kevin Johnson as president and Chief Operating Officer. NEWS: At the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March, the company announced a two-for-one stock split. On a split-adjusted basis, the company revised its Q2 EPS view to 32c-33c to account for the planned stock split; previous Q2 EPS guidance was 64c-65c. The company also revised its EPS guidance for fiscal year 2015 to $1.55-$1.57, which compares to analysts' estimates of $1.57; the company's pre-split FY15 EPS view was $3.09-$3.13. At the meeting, Starbucks announced two delivery models, including a collaboration with Postmates, which will allow customers to order their food and beverage items via the Starbucks mobile app, and a "Green Apron" barista delivery option enabling customers within specified office-buildings to order food and beverages for delivery. Starbucks also reaffirmed its goal to grow its market capitalization to $100B and announced an agreement with Chinese food and beverage producer Tingyi Holding to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. During the quarter, Evolution Fresh, a unit of Starbucks, and Dannon (DANOY) said they would launch co-branded yogurt products. They said they planned to launch Evolution Fresh Smoothies in 4,300 Starbucks stores in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California and in select Starbucks locations within grocery stores nationwide. Starbucks raised suspicions among European regulators and local governments by reporting losses despite hundreds of millions of dollars in annual sales, The Wall Street Journal reported in early April. STREET RESEARCH: BMO Capital recently initiated Starbucks with an Outperform rating, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. Shares were also recently initiated at Guggenheim with a Buy rating and $56 target and with an Outperform rating and $56 target at Cowen. Goldman said Starbucks is its top pick in the sector and expects an in-line earnings report. Additionally, the firm expects Starbucks to comment on mobile ordering and the potential for traffic acceleration in the back half of the year and into 2016. Piper Jaffray raised its split-adjusted price target for shares of Starbucks to $55 from $53, which implies 16% upside from current levels. Piper's five-year model suggests the company's earnings double. The firm has an Overweight rating on the stock. Bernstein increased its price target on Starbucks as the firm estimates that falling coffee prices will add at least 3c-4c to the company's fiscal 2016 EPS. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are up about 1.2% to $48.93.
12:06 EDTSBUXStreet Check: Goldman made good call on Dunkin' Brands
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08:19 EDTBIDUBaidu mulling bid for Nokia maps unit, Bloomberg reports
April 22, 2015
17:23 EDTBIDUNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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14:57 EDTSBUXStarbucks April weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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09:53 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees strong comp sales in China in Q2 vs. Q1
Sees investing $185M in KFC U.S. over the next three years, will invest about $100M this year. Sees Taco Bell commodity costs unchanged in 2015. Sees deflation in Taco Bell cheese prices in 2015.
09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q2 EPS may show steeper decline vs. prior year
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09:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q2 EPS could lag prior year by about 20%
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09:22 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 12.7%... Angie's List (ANGI), up 17.4%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 6.3%... Owens Corning (OC), up 3.8%... Yum! Brands (YUM), up 3.3%... Dolby Laboratories (DLB), up 3.6%... Infinera (INFN), up 2.4%... AutoNation (AN), up 2.5%... Amgen (AMGN), up 3.1%... Coca-Cola (KO), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Procera Networks (PKT) up 10.4% after being acquired by Francisco Partners in deal valued at $240M... Organovo (ONVO), up 19.2% after entering into a collaboration agreement with Merck Sharp and Dohme... Vical (VICL), up 5.8% after being awarded $4M contract to manufacture HIV vaccines for clinical evaluation... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 4.9% after announcing that Phase 3 pacritinib data will be highlighted in a late-breaking oral presentation at ASCO meeting. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), down 5.2%... iRobot (IRBT), down 3.6%... Cree (CREE), down 3.5%... United Rentals (URI), down 4%... Super Micro Computer (SMC), down 2.3%... Thermo Fisher (TMO), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Natural Resource Partners (NRP), down 14% after reducing quarterly distribution 75% to 9c per unit... Trinity Industries (TRN), down 3.5% following a Bloomberg report that the Justice Department has initiated a criminal investigation into Trinity guardrails.
07:42 EDTYUMYum! China margins very impressive, thesis gaining steam, says Oppenheimer
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07:33 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $110 from $100 at Stifel
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06:28 EDTYUMYum! Brands says China business recovering, Reuters reports
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April 21, 2015
19:06 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:17 EDTYUMYum! Brands says Q1 operating profit negatively impacted by $20M from FX
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16:40 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 China Division SSS down 12%
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16:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says on track to open 700 new restaurants in China in 2015
Greg Creed, CEO, said “While EPS declined in the first quarter, I’m pleased with the strong performance from our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, as well as the continued progress we are making in China. I’m confident we will deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10%, with a strong second half in China and solid brand-building initiatives underway at each of our divisions. Our confidence in China is bolstered by improving sales and upward momentum in customer perceptions. China Division restaurant margins were a healthy 19% even though same-store sales declined 12%, reinforcing our belief in significant operating leverage as sales recover. We remain on track to open at least 700 new restaurants in China this year with strong returns, laying the groundwork for future growth."
16:25 EDTYUMYum! Brands up 4% following Q1 results, guidance
16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands maintains FY15 EPS growth view of at least 10%, consensus $3.45
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16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q1 adjusted EPS 80c, consensus 72c
Reports Q1 revenue $2.62B, consensus $2.64B.
15:28 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:01 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:37 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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08:51 EDTCOHCoach Q3 North American estimates remain above consensus at ITG Research
ITG Research's analysis indicates Coach's Q3 North American sales are $530M, above consensus of $512M.
08:49 EDTCOHCoach North American sales remain ahead of consensus, says ITG Research
08:40 EDTCOHCoach competition could impact a margin recovery, says Goldman
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April 20, 2015
16:26 EDTCOHCoach initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor
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16:13 EDTSBUXEvolution Fresh announces new suite of fruit and vegetable juices
Evolution Fresh, a Starbucks company, announced a new suite of fruit and vegetable juices in 11 fl. oz. bottles. Available nationwide on grocery shelves this spring, this new line includes five new cold-pressed juice blends and one current favorite, adding even more variety to Evolution Fresh’s portfolio of 42 cold-pressed juices available in original 15.2 fl. oz. and multi-serve bottles. The new varieties are available for a suggested retail price of $3.99-$4.79 at grocery stores nationwide.
14:10 EDTBIDUBaidu closed down Japan search page, WantChinaTimes says
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13:07 EDTBIDUBaidu closed down Japan search page, WantChinaTimes says
Baidu recently closed down its search page in Japan, Shanghai's China Business News reported, according to WantChinaTimes. Japan was the first market to which Baidu attempted to expand, WantChinaTimes stated. Reference Link
10:00 EDTSOHU, SINA, BIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 58.com (WUBA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Aduro Biotech (ADRO) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Baidu (BIDU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Callaway Golf (ELY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Changyou.com (CYOU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Ctrip.com (CTRP) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... FMC Corporation (FMC) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Granite Construction (GVA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Hershey (HSY) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... McEwen Mining (MUX) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Natural Gas Services (NGS) initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Qihoo 360 (QIHU) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Qunar (QUNR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... SINA (SINA) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sohu.com (SOHU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Team Health (TMH) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... Tuniu (TOUR) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vipshop (VIPS) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... YY Inc. (YY) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Youku Tudou (YOKU) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research... Zhaopin (ZPIN) initiated with a Hold at Summit Research.
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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05:48 EDTSINASINA initiated with a Hold at Summit Research
Target $39.
05:47 EDTSOHUSohu.com initiated with a Hold at Summit Research
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05:45 EDTBIDUBaidu initiated with a Buy at Summit Research
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April 17, 2015
16:11 EDTBIDUOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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April 16, 2015
10:26 EDTSBUXBMO Capital upbeat on Starbucks, lukewarm on Dunkin'
BMO Capital initiated coverage of Starbucks (SBUX) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. The firm was less upbeat on Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), as the firm said that the company faces tougher competition than Starbucks, and advised investors to wait for a more compelling entry point in the stock before buying. WHAT'S NEW: Starbucks' multiple growth opportunities make it somewhat unique among large-cap restaurant stocks, BMO analyst Andrew Streizik contended. The company's U.S. comparative sales have probably bottomed and could begin to reaccelerate, partly due to its innovation, higher food sales, and marketing strength, the analyst believes. Additionally, Starbucks' margin expansion could exceed its long-term guidance, partly due to lower than expected cost of goods and efficiencies from its expansion of food and day parts, according to Streizik. Starbucks could increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders or make accretive acquisitions, given its strong balance sheet, the analyst stated. He set a $56 price target on the stock. Conversely, Streizik said he was worried about the sustainability of Dunkin's U.S. comparative sales, as the company's U.S. comps are two to three times more volatile than those of Starbucks. Dunkin' is more exposed to competition than Starbucks, since Dunkin's drinks are less differentiated than the competition, the analyst stated. Dunkin's need to compete with fast food restaurants, which traditionally offer heavy discounts, makes it more dependent on discounts, added Streizik, who set a $52 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Starbucks added 0.2% to $48.25, while Dunkin gained 0.7% to $48.33.
10:15 EDTCOHCoach May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Coach May weekly call option implied volatility is at 44, May is at 33, August is at 28, November is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results.
10:06 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:55 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joan Payson upgraded Coach to Overweight citing greater confidence in the designer's ability to grow domestic store comps with its turnaround "well underway." She expects Coach's competitive pressures to ease and raised her price target for shares to $50 from $38. The maker of handbags closed yesterday down 28c to $41.76. Payson also lowered her price target for shares of Michael Kors (KORS) to $60 from $70 and keeps an Equal Weight rating on the name. She believes Kors may soon be in need of transformation. The analyst keeps an Equal Weight rating on Tiffany (TIF), calling the company a "work in progress."
05:50 EDTBIDUReport: Baidu to launch online shopping mall platform, DigiTimes says
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April 15, 2015
17:25 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $56.
16:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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10:00 EDTYUM, SBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands implied volatility of 30 at upper end of index
06:05 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $56.
06:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
Target $81.
April 14, 2015
17:02 EDTCOHCrocs appoints Coach International Group president Ian Bickley to board
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10:50 EDTSINAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
08:33 EDTSBUXGoldman recommends buying Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands into earnings
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April 13, 2015
16:21 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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14:29 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Yum! Brands April call option implied volatility is at 37, April weekly is at 41, May is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
13:26 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
09:38 EDTSINASINA trades lower after Beijing warns on insufficient censorship
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09:20 EDTSINAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
06:29 EDTSINAChina may shut down Sina if censorship doesn't improve, Financial Times says
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06:02 EDTYUMYum! Brands implied volatility of 29 at upper end of index
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