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July 28, 2014
14:19 EDTSBUXStarbucks reported strong Q3 results, says Argus
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13:15 EDTBIDUBaidu mirrors Google with self-driving vehicle, FT says
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10:02 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:50 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTSOHUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:42 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Buy from Reduce at BNP Paribas
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06:23 EDTYUM, SBUXHusi Shanghai withdraws products from marketplace
OSI Group, the parent company of Husi Shanghai issued a statement on its website saying that it is withdrawing all products manufactured by Husi from the marketplace. The company said, "To help rebuild the trust of our customers and consumers, as well as to cooperate with the official investigatory process, we are compelled to withdraw all products manufactured by Shanghai Husi from the marketplace. We are also conducting a thorough internal investigation into any possible failures on the part of current and former senior management. Should any misconduct be uncovered, we will take swift and decisive action against those responsible, including all relevant disciplinary and/or legal measures. In addition, a new management team has been brought in to China to ensure that operations run effectively. OSI will conduct a full, fair, and comprehensive investigation on managers at all levels for evidence of management failures. In the meantime, our local operations will be managed by global management in accordance with global standards of quality management. We remain committed to our presence in China and have sent our best team of global experts to ensure we resolve this. We are very proud of our team members and our operations in other parts of China. It reinforces our confidence and commitment to China. We have a great deal yet to deliver to China. World-wide brands such as Yum! Brands' (YUM) KFC, McDonald's (MCD) and Starbucks (SBUX) were affected by the food scandal in the country after allegations arose speculating that Husi Shanghai supplied expired meat to the companies. Reference Link
06:16 EDTSBUX, YUMOSI Group CEO says China food scandal 'completely unacceptable'
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05:16 EDTSOHUSohu.com sees Q3 EPS (85c)-(75c), consensus (97c)
Sees Q3 revenue $427M-$442M, consensus $451.35M. Sees Q3 brand advertising revenues to be $148M-$153M; this implies a sequential increase of 11%-15% and an annual increase of 19%-23%. Sees Q3 Sogou revenues to be between $100M-$105M; this implies a sequential increase of 10%-15% and an annual growth of 76%-84%. Sees Q3 online game revenues to be between $158M-$163M; this implies a sequential increase of 3%-6 % and an annual decrease of 2% to an annual increase of 1%.
05:11 EDTSOHUSohu.com reports Q2 adjusted EPS (88c), consensus ($1.38)
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTSBUX, YUMS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
10:27 EDTSOHUSohu.com technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:52 EDTSBUXStarbucks CEO says China business in 'infant' stages
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09:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks CEO says no change 'whatsoever' to guidance due to coffee prices
Schultz says he cannot understand why concerns over coffee prices continue to be pointed to as an issue for the company. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is speaking on CNBC.
09:37 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTBIDUBaidu price target raised to $260 from $220 at Pacific Crest
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08:06 EDTBIDUBaidu price target raised to $275 from $220 at Brean Capital
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07:46 EDTBIDUBaidu price target raised to $250 from $215 at Stifel
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07:40 EDTSBUXStarbucks weakness would be buying opportunity, says UBS
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05:53 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $88 from $84 at Jefferies
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July 24, 2014
18:45 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:10 EDTSBUXStarbucks says China now approaching 1,300 stores
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16:51 EDTBIDUBaidu up 7% to $218.34 after Q2 report
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16:37 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q3 revenue $2.163B-$2.221B
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16:35 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.73, consensus $1.40
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16:15 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q4 adjusted EPS 73c-75c, consensus 74c
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16:13 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees FY14 operating margin up 200 bps over FY13
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16:12 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q3 operating margin up 200bps to 18.5%
Primarily driven by sales leverage. The company opened 344 net new stores globally, ending the quarter with 20,863 stores across 64 countries.
16:11 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees FY15 adjusted EPS growth of 15%-20% over FY14
FY15 consensus $3.16. Sees FY15 revenue growth of 10% or greater, consensus $18.25B. Sees FY15 Global comparable store sales growth in the mid single digits. Sees FY15 additional 1,600 net new stores globally.
16:09 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees FY14 net new stores approximately 1,550
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16:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees FY14 EPS $2.70-$2.72, consensus $2.67
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16:08 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees Q4 EPS 76c-78c, consensus 74c
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16:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks reports Q3 EPS 67c, consensus 66c
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15:29 EDTSBUX, BIDUNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:53 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly 80 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
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13:33 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly 202 straddle priced for 6.7% move into Q2
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12:56 EDTSBUXEarnings Preview: Starbucks sees FY14 EPS up 20%-22%
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12:30 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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11:57 EDTBIDUBaidu technical commentary ahead of results
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11:24 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Starbucks July weekly call option implied volatility is at 85, August is at 23, October and January is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today after the market close.
10:54 EDTSOHUChina's Weibo, Jumei advance after Citi starts coverage with Buy ratings
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10:51 EDTCOHStocks with call strike movement; COH GILD
Coach (COH) November 39 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 30, Gilead (GILD) January 110 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 30 according to IVolatility.
10:39 EDTCOHCoach view changed to Mixed from Negative at OTR Global (pre-open)
09:30 EDTSOHUSohu.com initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Target $66.
07:49 EDTSOHUSohu.com August volatility elevated at 50 into Q2
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06:51 EDTYUM, SBUXChina investigates 581 companies, restaurants as scandal broadens, Reuters says
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July 23, 2014
18:25 EDTSBUXStarbucks launches first of three stores in Hanoi
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15:13 EDTYUMYum terminates all buying from scandal linked Chinese supplier, Reuters reports
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09:23 EDTBIDUBaidu volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Baidu July weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, August is at 45, September is at 39, December is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
06:48 EDTSBUX, YUMFive people detained regarding China meat scandal investigation, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
18:02 EDTSBUXStarbucks plans 260 store openings in Japan, Nikkei says
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06:43 EDTSBUXChina food scandal expands, ropes-in Starbucks, others, Reuters says
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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
12:17 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands trades lower, levels to watch
The shares are trading close to session lows at $74.60 following news of a tainted meat scandal for KFC operations in China. Dragon TV of Shanghai reported that Husi Food Co. sold the company expired chicken repackaged with altered expiration dates. The $74 area is an important one technically for the shares. A breakdown below $74 would be bearish for future price. Holding price at $74 would put the stock back at the lows of the range since mid-February of this year.
11:00 EDTSBUX, YUMStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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10:49 EDTBIDU, SOHU, SINABaidu advances following Morgan Stanley upgrade
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09:10 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
07:42 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:26 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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05:59 EDTYUMMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTYUMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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11:45 EDTCOHJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
07:08 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward attractive after decline, says Bernstein
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06:37 EDTSBUXStarbucks to test mobile phone ordering, Re/code reports
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05:21 EDTBIDUChangyou.com appoints Rucia Ren as acting CFO
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:14 EDTCOHMichael Kors rises after analyst sees less discounting than peers
Shares of accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) are slightly higher in a down market after Credit Suisse said that the company's brands are less likely to be on sale than those of its competitors. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss wrote that Michael Kors' products are "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments." At mid-tier department stores, 25% of Michael Kors' products are on sale with an average markdown of 27%, Buss reported. On average, 35% of the products of the company's peers are on sale, at an average discount of 27%, the analyst stated. Additionally, Michael Kors' channel strategy provides it with multiple advantages, including brand integrity and limits on markdowns, Buss believes. Buss wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent drop in the stock, and reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Michael Kors today was research firm Canaccord. Markdowns of the company's products are not any larger than last year, and concerns about large discounts on its products have created a buying opportunity, the firm contended. Canaccord continues to believe that the accessories maker has strong long-term growth opportunities, and it kept a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors gained 2% to $83. Two of the company's competitors, Coach (COH) and Kate Spade (KATE), rose fractionally.
12:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands sinks after miss but analyst still upbeat
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10:01 EDTYUMYum! Brands falls after earnings, levels to watch
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09:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands: China to achieve 40% operating profit growth in FY14
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09:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 EPS growth of 20%, consnesus $3.73
The company expects to sustain double digit EPS growth in 2015 and beyond
09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands Taco Bell breakfast option off to a 'great start'
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09:15 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
07:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands shares should be bought after mixed Q2 results, says Stifel
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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:06 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 2.5% after reporting Q2 results below analyst estimates
17:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands falls after results, levels to watch
The shares are down 2.4% in the extended session following earnings. At the current price of $80.69 the stock has slipped below support at the 30-day moving average. Next support below is at the 50-day moving average, last at $78.71. Resistance is at $81.20.
16:12 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q2 EPS 73c, consensus 74c
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15:28 EDTYUMYum! Brands (YUM) July 82 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q2
05:59 EDTSOHUSohu online game subsidiary Changyou to invest in MoboTap
Sohu.com (SOHU) announced that its online game subsidiary, Changyou.com (CYOU) and MoboTap, a Cayman Islands company that is the mobile technology developer behind the Dolphin Browser, have entered into a definitive investment agreement pursuant to which Changyou will purchase 51% of the equity interests in MoboTap on a fully-diluted basis, for cash consideration of $91M. In addition, Changyou will provide $30M in funding to MoboTap by purchasing a zero-coupon convertible bond due in five years. Changyou will have the option, exercisable at any time when the bond is outstanding, to convert all or any part of the unpaid principal into shares of MoboTap at a conversion price that would result in Changyou's equity interest in MoboTap increasing to 60% on a fully-diluted basis, measured as of the closing under the Investment Agreement, if the option is exercised in full. The transaction is expected to close in August.
July 15, 2014
12:31 EDTCOHMichael Kors sinks after analysts issue bearish notes
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07:46 EDTBIDUBaidu looking to strike game partnerships in Canada, Globe & Mail says
Baidu is meeting with game developers in Vancouver and Toronto to see if it can strike relationships as the Chinese search giant looks to build on the 40% shares of China's games market on the Android platform that it currently holds, reported The Globe & Mail. Reference Link
07:23 EDTSBUXFortune to hold a conference
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06:00 EDTSINAStocks with implied volatility movement; KGC SINA
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