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January 31, 2013
16:43 EDTSTZ, CLSN, SWKS, FTNT, SGMS, WMS, QCOM, FB, BUD, FIOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after the averages moved in a narrow range for much of the session on fairly light volume ahead of tomorrow's non-farm payroll report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly unemployment applications jumped 38K to a seasonally adjusted 368K, versus expectations for a more modest rise to 350K. The Challenger job cuts report showed planned layoffs were down 24.4% from the same period a year ago. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2% in December, which was slightly slower than the 0.4% increase in November, though income jumped 2.6% in December for the biggest monthly gain since the end of 2004. The Chicago Purchasing Managerís Index came in at 55.6, beating an expected reading of 50.5... COMPANY NEWS: The Department of Justice announced it was suing to prevent Anheuser-Busch InBev's (BUD) planned $20.1B deal to buy control of Grupo Modelo (GPMCF). Shares of AB InBev fell sharply after the news broke, settling down $5.54, or 5.88%, at $88.60. Constellation Brands (STZ), whose deal to acquire the remaining 50% in the Crown Import joint venture it runs with Grupo Modelo is in jeopardy from the DoJ action, lost $6.81, or 17.39%, to $32.36 following the news. However, late in the day, Bloomberg cited sources in reporting that AB InBev's talks about the merger are continuing with U.S. regulators... Facebook (FB) opened sharply lower following its quarterly report, but recovered through the day, eventually closing down only 26c, or 0.83%, at $30.98. Despite earnings and revenue that beat consensus, shares were downgraded by at least five firms as the company said it plans to invest heavily in its business in 2013... Qualcomm (QCOM) saw price targets on its shares raised around the Street following the company's Q1 results and increased guidance and closed up $2.49, or 3.92%, at $66.02... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was WMS Industries (WMS), up $8.38, or 51.19%, to $24.75 after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash. Shares of Scientific Games opened sharply higher, but fell through the session to close down 4c, or 0.45%, at $8.89. Also higher following earnings reports that beat Street estimates were Fortinet (FTNT), up $4.24, or 21.91%, to $23.59 and Skyworks (SWKS), up $2.38, or 11.04%, to $23.94. Among the noteworthy losers was Celsion (CLSN), down $6.51, or 81.17%, to $1.51 after its Phase III HEAT study of ThermoDox did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower was Fusion-io (FIO), down $2.61, or 12.99%, to $17.48, after its Q3 revenue view came in well below Street estimates and the stock was downgraded and price targets were cut by at least three firms... INDICES: The Dow was down 49.84, or 0.36%, to 13,860.58; the Nasdaq was down 0.18, or 0.01%, to 3,142.13; and the S&P 500 was down 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,498.11.
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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTFIOEarnings Preview: Stifel sees SanDisk results, guidance topping expectations
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13:06 EDTFTNTIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
11:29 EDTQCOMIntel hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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10:24 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks:
High option volume stocks: AMSC FTNT LYG TSEM FOXA HCA BKE XON LCI ASML
10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
08:03 EDTFIOSanDisk announces expiration of HSR waiting period for Fusion-io purchase
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05:47 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTFBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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10:15 EDTSWKSSkyworks expect Q3 guidance of $622M vs. consensus of $606M, says Rosenblatt
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
08:06 EDTSWKSSkyworks Q4 guidance poised to beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm estimates adjusted to reflect inventory transition, says Canaccord
Canaccord adjusted its estimates for Qualcomm to reflect an ongoing inventory transition in China from 3G to 4G devices. The firm continues to expect strong growth of smartphones, the upgrade to new air interface technologies, and strong market share gains to drive sales and earnings growth. Qualcomm shares are Buy rated with a $95 price target.
07:23 EDTFBFortune to hold a conference
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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06:11 EDTQCOMSamsung, HiSilicon to sell more handset solutions to vendors, DigiTimes says
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