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February 25, 2014
09:24 EDTVVUS, XOMA, VSI, TMUS, KN, LNKD, IMUC, SCTY, TSLA, ODP, BCRX, M, HDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Home Depot (HD), up 1.9%... Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), up 9.6%... ARIAD Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 2.4%. ALSO HIGHER: ImmunoCellular (IMUC), up 26% after granted orphan drug designation for ICT-107 by EMA... XOMA (XOMA), up 6% after confirming FDA orphan designation for gevokizumab ... Tesla (TSLA), up 6.5% after price target raised to $320 at Morgan Stanley... BioCryst (BCRX), up 7% after announcing FDA accepted to review peramivir's NDA... LinkedIn (LNKD), up 3.4% after WSJ says the company will expand in China. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), down 2.4%... T-Mobile (TMUS), down 1%... Macy's (M), down 0.5%... Office Depot (ODP), down 13%... ALSO LOWER: VIVUS (VVUS), down 14.5% after earnings, downgrade at JPMorgan.
News For TSLA;TMUS;HD;SCTY;VSI;M;IMUC;XOMA;BCRX;LNKD;VVUS;ODP;KN From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2015
12:12 EDTTSLATesla's Musk bought 82,645 shares on August 19
Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought 82,645 shares of the electric carmaker at a price of $242.00 on August 19, according to a regulatory filing. He now owns 28.37M shares of the company he founded. Tesla shares are down $4.04 to $238.10 in midday trading.
11:34 EDTSCTYSolarCity volatility increases on pullback
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10:02 EDTHDHome Depot, Honda Power Equipment expand supply partnership
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), and marketer of a comprehensive range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the expansion of its partnership with The Home Depot (HD). Beginning September 1, a number of Honda generator models will be sold at The Home Depot's top 300 U.S. PRO Desk locations, a specialized area of the store dedicated to the product and service needs of the professional contractor.
09:34 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
06:08 EDTIMUCImmunoCellular says ICT-107 advancing to final stage of development
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August 20, 2015
11:54 EDTTMUSInteliquent upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at BWS Financial
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10:22 EDTLNKDAfter meeting with CEO, JPMorgan says buy LinkedIn
After meeting with LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner and CFO Steve Sordello, JPMorgan tells investors to buy the stock. Calling the recent decline in the shares a buying opportunity, the firm is upbeat about the outlook for the company's Talent, Marketing, and Sales Navigation units. WHAT'S NEW: Talent has performed well since the company assigned new sales professionals to most of its accounts in the first quarter, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth quoted LinkedIn as saying. Additionally, the company improved Talent by enabling users to search by key criteria such as hiring volume and overall spending potential, Anmuth believes. Meanwhile, LinkedIn is improving Marketing by replacing display ads with sponsored updates which have higher click through rates and pricing, the analyst added. As a result of this change, Marketing's growth could reaccelerate in 2016, Anmuth contended. Additionally, LinkedIn's recently acquired online learning website, Lynda.com, is "just beginning to ramp," and its Sales Navigation unit is poised to make bigger deals with corporations, Anmuth believes. The analyst kept a $300 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 13, research firm Stifel called LinkedIn its "best emerging large cap idea." The firm expects positive catalysts to emerge for the company in the second half of 2015. It kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, LinkedIn lost 0.7% to $188.
10:00 EDTKNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:43 EDTKNKnowles downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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07:17 EDTKNKnowles downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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06:57 EDTLNKDLinkedIn pullback a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth recommends using the recent pullback in shares of LinkedIn as a buying opportunity. After meeting with management, including CEO Jeff Weiner and CFO Steve Sordello, Anmuth reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Management's tone was upbeat as Talent metrics have improved, the analyst points out. He keeps a $300 price target on the name.
August 19, 2015
18:40 EDTTSLAAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
11:50 EDTTSLATesla mentioned cautiously by Seeking Alpha contributor
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10:57 EDTTMUST-Mobile promotion gives Netflix analyst greater confidence
UBS raised its price target on Netflix (NFLX) to $143 from $116, saying that its confidence in the company's outlook has improved following a promotion undertaken by T-Mobile (TMUS). WHAT'S NEW: T-Mobile recently began offering one free year of Netflix to consumers who switch to its wireless service, UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson wrote in a note to investors today. Mitchelson said that the promotion increases his confidence in the outlook for Netflix's U.S. business. Moreover, he believes that Netflix could "become a standard promotional tool" for wired and wireless broadband providers going forward. Although Netflix's stock "looks very expensive" in the near-term, the company's long-term opportunity is "extraordinary," given the potential size of the global streaming market, the analyst stated. Mitchelson's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. He raised his price target on the name to $143 from $116 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 10, research firm Stifel raised its price target on Netflix to $143 from $128, saying that the company's U.S. subscriber base can reach 80M by 2024, above the midpoint of its guidance. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix fell 1% to $122.
10:26 EDTHDLowe's advances as Q2 revenue increases 4.5% from prior year
Shares of Lowe's (LOW) are advancing after the company reported second quarter revenue that increased 4.5% and a comparable store increase of 4.3%. WHAT'S NEW: Lowe's reported Q2 earnings per share of $1.20, missing analysts' estimates of $1.24, on revenue of $17.35B, slightly beating estimates of $17.27B and an increase of 4.5% from the prior year. Comparable store sales for the quarter rose 4.3%, the company said. Regarding the quarter, Robert Niblock, the company's chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said that the company was able to capitalize on big-ticket market share opportunities with "strong" growth in categories including outdoor power equipment and appliances. Looking ahead, the company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29, above analysts' consensus estimates of $3.28, and revenue for the year up 4.5%-5% year over year. This guidance is in line with previously provided guidance. Lowe's added that it sees FY15 SSS rising 4%-4.5% over last year and it expects to add 15-20 stores in FY15. Additionally, the company sees FY15 operating margin up 80-100 basis points and expects the effective income tax rate will be approximately 38.1%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Lowe's noted that recovery within the housing market continues and that drivers for the improvement include disposable personal income, home prices and housing turnover. Lowe's said it expects to repurchase $3.8B of stock in 2015, in line with prior forecasts. The company said it is planning to open 70 stores in Canada by 2017. The Fly notes that Lowe's announced earlier this month plans to open its first Manhattan store "in the coming weeks." STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of the company's earnings, Baird said that it views weakness in Lowe's shares as a buying opportunity and that the company's confidence in their unchanged FY15 guidance implies significant flow-through improvement and 30%+ EPS growth over the second half of the year. Baird added that upgraded online/project management functionality and installation/delivery optimization capabilities coming in 2015 show that progress on providing a seamless shopping experience for consumers should continue. In addition, Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterated its Buy rating on the Lowe's shares due its view of the company as a beneficiary of the consumer shift into bigger ticket purchases, which should sustain comp growth. OTHERS TO WATCH: Lowe's peer Home Depot (HD) yesterday reported Q2 adjusted EPS of $1.71, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $1.71, on revenue of $24.83B, relatively in line with the consensus estimate of $24.69B. Home Depot said SSS rose 4.2%, with U.S. SSS up 5.7%. The company also raised its FY15 EPS growth view to 13% from 11%-12%, with analysts expecting $5.27, and its FY15 sales growth view to 5.2%-6% from 4%-4.6%, with analysts expecting $87.02B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares in Lowe's are up 0.63% to $73.50. Meanwhile, Home Depot is up 0.14% to $122.96.
10:20 EDTTMUSBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:17 EDTTMUST-Mobile should be bought at current levels, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest says that T-Mobile's sales remain high, while its decision to cut back on discounts on unlimited plans should boost its ARPU. The firm continues to identify the stock as its top pick in the sector and keeps an Overweight rating on the shares.
07:54 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on August 25 hosted by Pacific Crest.
07:17 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $138 from $129 at UBS
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06:01 EDTTMUSNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
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