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March 6, 2014
10:25 EDTDPS, SODA, GGP, NSRGY, NFLX, PEPSodaStream advances after Tilson touts shares
Shares of SodaStream (SODA), which makes at-home soda makers, are climbing after well-known hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson revealed that he had established a position in the stock and wrote an upbeat article about the company. WHAT'S NEW: Tilson wrote in the article dated yesterday that after conducting a survey he does not believe that SodaStream's product is a fad, as short sellers contend. "People love their SodaStreams," he reported. Tilson said that in the past when he has been upbeat about stocks with high short interests the shares have produced some of his biggest winners, noting that SodaStream has a high short interest. Netflix (NFLX) and General Growth Properties (GGP) are two examples of such prior winners, Tilson stated. Furthermore, although SodaStream's operating income sank 67% last quarter, most of its difficulties appear to be "truly short-term, fixable problems," the hedge fund manager contended. Meanwhile, SodaStream dominates its market and competitors will have a difficult time catching up, Tilson added. Moreover, its valuation is "reasonable," he believes. Finally, SodaStream would be "a highly attractive" takeover target for Pepsi (PEP), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), or even Nestle (NSRGY), Tilson contended. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream rallied $1.82, or 4.6%, to $41.50.
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March 18, 2015
06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
13:06 EDTNFLXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:23 EDTNFLXApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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10:26 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:15 EDTGGPMacerich adopts classified board structure, stockholder rights plan
Macerich (MAC) announced that its board unanimously approved two governance changes to ensure that all stockholders have the opportunity to realize the long-term value of their investment in the company and are protected from coercive takeover attempts. As permitted by the Maryland General Corporation Law, the board has adopted a classified board structure pursuant to which directors will be assigned to one of three classes, each serving three-year terms. In order to emphasize that the classified board is solely intended to protect stockholder value and not intended to be a permanent feature of the company's corporate governance, the company has committed to review the continued need for the classified board structure in 2016. In addition, the board has adopted a limited duration stockholder rights plan, effective March 17, and authorized a dividend distribution of one preferred share purchase right on each outstanding share of Macerich's common stock. If not redeemed or otherwise exchanged, the Rights Plan is limited in duration and will expire on the date of the company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Macerich's Board of Directors elected to implement these governance changes in response to the unsolicited takeover proposal announced by Simon Property Group (SPG) on March 9. In its proposal, Simon Property Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell selected Macerich assets to General Growth Properties (GGP). In addition, on March 12, James Barkley, General Counsel of Simon Property, sent a letter to Macerich indicating that Simon was contemplating the nomination of five dissident candidates to stand for election at Macerich's 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The Macerich Board believes this partnership raises serious antitrust concerns as it is a concerted effort by the two largest companies in the industry to acquire the number three company. As a result, the Board believes it is vital that it take proactive measures to protect stockholder value and prevent the accumulation of stock by any group that might seek to force the sale of the company.
08:12 EDTGGPMacerich rejects $91 per share proposal from Simon Property Group
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07:12 EDTNFLXConcerns over Netflix competition overblown, says Stifel
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06:01 EDTPEPPepsiCo implied volatility of 21 at upper end of index
05:50 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility movement; DD NFLX
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March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:02 EDTPEPLive Nation enters multi-year strategic marketing alliance with PepsiCo
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10:44 EDTNFLXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:28 EDTNFLX, PEPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:52 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI downgraded Netflix to Sell from Hold. The firm downgraded shares and reduced its price target to $380 from $450 due to increasing competition among existing and emerging distributors combined with content providers who are becoming increasingly leveraged to new channels through OTT offerings of their own. Evercore ISI believes intensifying competition will necessitate increased investment with uncertain returns and lowered estimates.
06:16 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
March 15, 2015
17:57 EDTPEPPepsiCo to invest $500M in Egypt in 2015, Reuters says
PepsiCo's business unit manager for North East Africa Ahmed El Sheikh told Reuters at an investment conference in Sharm El-Sheikhwill that the company will invest $500M in Egypt this year to expand production. Reference Link
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