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November 14, 2012
16:34 EDTSNE, ANF, SBUX, IAG, APO, TEA, FB, MWWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after a brief pop at the open quickly reversed into a day long sell-off that saw the averages close at their lows. With concerns about the fiscal cliff lingering, President Obama's news conference during the afternoon did little to help the market. Oil prices spiked as Israel launched a Gaza offensive and killed a Hamas commander, though stocks did not follow the commodity's path higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales fell 0.3% in October, versus expectations for a decline of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% in the month, versus forecasts for them to have increased 0.2%. Excluding food and energy, the core reading fell 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Business inventories rose 0.7% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Minutes from the October meeting of the Federal Reserve showed many Fed members see the adoption of quantitative thresholds as helping, though the committee said a number of practical issues would need to be overcome before the thresholds could be instituted... COMPANY NEWS: Starbucks (SBUX) announced it was purchasing Teavana (TEA) for $620M, or $15.50 per share, in an all-cash transaction. Shares of Teavana, which were halted ahead of the announcement after the Atlanta Business Chronicle broke the news, advanced $5.32, or 52.52%, to $15.45. Shares of Starbucks settled down $1.47, or 2.92%, at $48.84... Bloomberg reported that Monster Worldwide (MWW) still has no bidders as TPG and Apollo Global (APO) passed on the company, and shares of Monster traded lower after the news, settling down 31c, or 4.97%, at $5.93... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), up $10.74, or 34.45%, to $41.92 after the company reported better than expected earnings, raised its full year EPS view, and the stock received at least five analyst upgrades. Also higher were shares of Facebook (FB), up $2.50, or 12.59%, to $22.36 in spite of the expiration of a lockup that permitted many investors and employees to sell their shares for the first time since the company's IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was IAMGOLD (IAG), down $2.89, or 19.45%, to $11.97 after the company reported quarterly results and production guidance that disappointed. Also lower were shares of Sony (SNE), down 95c, or 8.82%, to $9.82 after the company issued a large amount of bonds that may convert to stock under certain conditions... INDICES: The Dow lost 185.23, or 1.45%, to 12,570.95; the Nasdaq fell 37.08, or 1.29%, to 2,846.81; and the S&P 500 dropped 19.04, or 1.39%, to 1,355.49.
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11:58 EDTAPOApollo Global to host investor day
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10:20 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:21 EDTSNESony Pictures called the cyberattack 'unprecedented in nature', Re/code reports
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07:52 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $97 from $88 at Jefferies
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06:47 EDTSBUXStarbucks coverage resumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
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06:24 EDTSNENorth Korea denies role in recent Sony hacking, WSJ reports
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06:17 EDTSNESony PlayStation store may have suffered possible cyberattack, AP reports
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTSBUXDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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12:13 EDTSBUXStarbucks hits 52-week high after analysts applaud five-year plan
Shares of Starbucks (SBUX) are climbing after a number of analysts were upbeat about the company's long-term guidance, which it announced yesterday. WHAT'S NEW: After Starbucks yesterday estimated that its revenue would approach $30B in fiscal 2019, up from $16B in fiscal 2014, research firm Piper Jaffray analyst Nicole Regan wrote in a note to investors today that the stock could more than double within four years. The depth and breadth of the plan that Starbucks unveiled yesterday in conjunction with its guidance is "particularly impressive," she contended. Regan was upbeat about the company's plans to double its U.S. food business, launch new technology initiatives, and significantly grow its store count. Following Starbucks' update, the analyst has increased confidence about its ability to generate continued top-line momentum. Regan now believes her previous forecast for the stock to double within five years could be conservative. The analyst reiterated a $100 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Meanwhile, JPMorgan analyst John Ivankoe was impressed by the company's store expansion plans, sales driving initiatives, and margin enhancing measures, he wrote in a note to investors today. The company looks poised to increase its profits 15%-20% through 2016, and arguably through 2019 as well, Ivankoe stated. Starbucks is a classic, long-term core growth stock, added the analyst, who raised his price target on the name to $89 from $82 and kept an Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Starbucks gained nearly 3% to $83.58. Earlier, the stock set a new 52-week high of $83.92.
11:23 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTFBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
08:55 EDTFBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:32 EDTSBUXStarbucks price target raised to $89 from $82 at JPMorgan
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06:53 EDTSBUXPiper sees Starbucks shares doubling within four years
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06:44 EDTSNESony likely to reduce employee pay in 2015, Reuters reports
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06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
06:19 EDTSNESony security breach exposed personal data of Hollywood employees, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTSNESymantec: Malware in Sony attack linked to South Korean incidents
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