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May 14, 2013
09:14 EDTTTWO, SCTY, FIO, SNE, TSLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sony (SNE), up 9.5% after NY Times says Dan Loeb's Third Point has amassed a 6.5% stake and is pressing the company to spin off part of its entertainment unit... Fusion-io (FIO), up 5% following upgrade to Buy at UBS. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Take Two (TTWO), up 6.8%. LOWER: SolarCity (SCTY), down 9.9% after earnings, downgrades at Credit Suisse and Roth Capital... Trina Solar (TSL), down 6.6% after lowering outlook for solar module shipments.
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November 25, 2015
08:36 EDTSCTYSolarCity CFO retirement likely stems from strategy change, says Roth Capital
After SolarCity's CFO announced that he would retire in February, Roth Capital says the news "feels sudden." However, the firm thinks the CFO's departure stems from the recent change in the company's strategy. Roth reiterates a $55 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
November 24, 2015
16:18 EDTSCTYSolarCity CFO Brad Buss plans to retire
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November 23, 2015
14:35 EDTSCTYSenators ask Treasury Secretary for update on SolarCity probe, Republic says
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13:32 EDTSNENetwork-1 reports USPTO issues reexamination certificate for patent
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10:18 EDTTTWOGameStop plunges on weaker than expected Q3 earnings
Shares of GameStop (GME) are plunging in morning trading after the company reported downbeat third quarter earnings on lower new software and hardware sales and delays in store openings. The company also provided guidance for the fourth quarter and reiterated its outlook for fiscal year 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Before the market open, GameStop reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $2.02B, below analysts' consensus estimates of 59c and $2.14B, respectively. GameStop added that global same-store sales for the quarter were down 1.1% year over year, with SSS down 1.7% in the United States and up 0.3% internationally. The company said foreign currency negatively impacted EPS by 2c and sales by about $100M and noted that it recorded $1.6M of one-time charges as a result of non-recurring acquisition-related costs. GameStop said new hardware sales declined 20.4%, while new software sales were down 9.3%; pre-owned sales were up 0.6%, the company said. Commenting on the quarter, Chief Executive Officer Paul Raines said that the company's results fell to the low end of its guidance range -- 53c-60c for EPS on SSS up 1% to up 4% -- due to "lower than expected new software and hardware sales and delays in Technology Brands store openings." The company provided an outlook for the fourth quarter, forecasting EPS of $2.12-$2.32, below analysts' estimates of $2.37, and SSS ranging from down 1% to up 6%. Despite the disappointing Q3 earnings and weak Q4 guidance, GameStop affirmed its FY15 EPS view of $3.66-$3.86 and added that it expects full year same store sales to grow 2%-6%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Prior to the retailer's Q3 earnings report, Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the tape said that GameStop was "running out of lives" since it has experienced an increasingly challenging video game retail environment due to a rising number of shoppers buying games digitally. Russolillo noted that GameStop's resale business is still profitable and may pare losses somewhat. In addition, NPD Group reported earlier this month a 3% year over year decline in game software retail sales in the U.S. in October. The loss came even despite the major launch of Microsoft's (MSFT) flagship title "Halo 5: Guardians." STREET RESEARCH: Piper Jaffray analyst Michael J. Olson said that GameStop is "clearly" seeing an impact from increasing digital software sales, but that the firm expects digital expansion to ease during the holiday quarter. Olson added that the video game industry is currently in the "renewed growth phase" and that he expects trends in the sector to be strong heading into 2016. The analyst maintained an Overweight rating and $57 price target on the company's stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GameStop slipped 13.93% to $33.89. The company will hold its earnings conference call at 11am. OTHERS TO WATCH: Video game makers are also lower this morning. Shares of Electronic Arts (EA) are down 2.26%, Take Two Interactive (TTWO) is down 0.84% and Activision Blizzard is down 1.55%.
09:18 EDTTSLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tyson Foods (TSN), up 2.4%... Mallinckrodt (MNK), up 7.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Novocure (NVCR), up 16.8% after announcing new Phase 3 data from Optune study... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 12.7% after the initiation of its rolling new drug application to the FDA for pacritinib... Peabody Energy (BTU), up 14.8% after announcing an asset sale... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 5.2% following a positive mention in Barron's. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Trina Solar (TSL), down 5.6%. ALSO LOWER: Par Pacific (PARR), down 13.2% after pricing its 3.4M registered direct offering at $22.00... Lions Gate (LGF), down 2.9% after the "Hunger Games" finale opens below the series average.
07:40 EDTTSLTrina Solar expects to ship 1,500-1,650 MW of PV modules in Q4
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07:37 EDTTSLTrina Solar raises FY15 total PV module shipments to 5.5GW - 5.6GW
The company raised its guidance for 2015 total PV module shipments to 5.5 GW to 5.6 GW from its original guidance of 4.9 GW to 5.1 GW, of which 4.6 GW to 4.7 GW will be shipped to third party customers. The revised guidance represents an increase of 50.3% to 53.0% from 2014.
07:37 EDTTSLTrina Solar reports Q3 total module shipments 1,703.2 MW
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07:36 EDTTSLTrina Solar reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 21c, consensus 28c
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07:35 EDTTSLTrina Solar delivered over 15GW of solar modules worldwide
Trina Solar announced that its accumulative shipments since 2005 have exceeded 15 GW as of the end of Q3, 2015, marking a significant milestone for the company. Trina Solar's efforts in expanding its presence in key markets across the globe, leveraging on its innovative high-quality solar products, strong sales network and brand recognition, have enabled the company to capture numerous opportunities as solar is becoming one of the world's major sources of electricity. With the support of its worldwide customers, the company has increased its market share from approximately 1% in 2005 to more than 10% anticipated in 2015.
November 22, 2015
16:22 EDTSNE'Hunger Games' finale opens below series average
Though showing clear dominance in the box office rankings, the final film in the "Hunger Games" saga missed analyst estimates in its domestic open. WEEKEND LEADER: Lionsgate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" debuted at $101M domestically for the weekend of November 22, missing expectations for $120M-$127M and coming in markedly below the series' $144M first-weekend average. The final entry in the dystopic science fiction tetralogy also saw a weaker open than last year's $121M launch for "Mockingjay - Part 1," though reviews have been slightly stronger. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Sony's (SNE) latest James Bond outing "Spectre" slipped to second place at the U.S. box office with $14.6M, while Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" took in $12.8M. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Sony's "The Night Before" and STX's "The Secret In Their Eyes," with the two newcomers earning a respective $10.1M and $6.6M.
November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTSNEBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
06:58 EDTTSLTrina Solar volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Trina Solar December call option implied volatility is at 69, January is at 62; compared to its 52-week range of 38 to 91, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on November 23.
06:20 EDTSNESony mulling bringing PS2 games to PS4, WSJ says
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November 18, 2015
08:11 EDTSCTYMusk, Silver Lake investing over $100M in SolarCity, NY Times reports
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05:56 EDTSNESony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
13:29 EDTSCTYSunEdison selloff continues, shares down 23%
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) continue to be weak and are down 23% to $3.49 in afternoon trading. Dan Loeb's Third Point last night disclosed it no longer owns the stock while David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital disclosed a reduced stake. Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah lowered his price target for SunEdison this morning to $16 saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors. SunEdison's solar peers are also weak, with SunPower (SPWR), First Solar (FSLR) and SolarCity (SCTY) all in the red.
10:47 EDTSNEPress Conference to unveil new brain injury technology to be held in New York
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09:02 EDTSNEAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
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