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March 15, 2013
11:14 EDTZIOP, EGLE, FSL, IRBT, TSRXHigh option volume stocks: TSRX FSL ZIOP IRBT EGLE
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May 1, 2015
10:50 EDTZIOPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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April 28, 2015
08:14 EDTFSLNXP Semiconductors outlook favorable into results, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest expects NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) to report in-line to better than expected results and guidance. The firm thinks the company's acquisition of Freescale (FSL) will enable it to generate sustainable, outsized earnings growth over the longer term. Pacific Crest keeps a $135 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
April 27, 2015
08:04 EDTZIOPZiopharm announces initiation of Phase 1b/2 study of Ad-RTS-hIL-12 gene therapy
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07:49 EDTFSLNXP Semiconductor price target raised to $130 from $110 at Canaccord
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April 23, 2015
16:23 EDTFSLFreescale sees Q2 EPS to increase sequentially, consensus 54c
Sees Q2 revenue $1.155B-$1.205B, consensus $1.22B.
16:21 EDTFSLFreescale reports Q1 EPS 48c, consensus 44c
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15:00 EDTFSLNotable companies reporting after market close
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April 22, 2015
14:47 EDTFSLEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
09:22 EDTIRBTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CalAmp (CAMP), up 12.7%... Angie's List (ANGI), up 17.4%... Broadcom (BRCM), up 6.3%... Owens Corning (OC), up 3.8%... Yum! Brands (YUM), up 3.3%... Dolby Laboratories (DLB), up 3.6%... Infinera (INFN), up 2.4%... AutoNation (AN), up 2.5%... Amgen (AMGN), up 3.1%... Coca-Cola (KO), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Procera Networks (PKT) up 10.4% after being acquired by Francisco Partners in deal valued at $240M... Organovo (ONVO), up 19.2% after entering into a collaboration agreement with Merck Sharp and Dohme... Vical (VICL), up 5.8% after being awarded $4M contract to manufacture HIV vaccines for clinical evaluation... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 4.9% after announcing that Phase 3 pacritinib data will be highlighted in a late-breaking oral presentation at ASCO meeting. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), down 5.2%... iRobot (IRBT), down 3.6%... Cree (CREE), down 3.5%... United Rentals (URI), down 4%... Super Micro Computer (SMC), down 2.3%... Thermo Fisher (TMO), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Natural Resource Partners (NRP), down 14% after reducing quarterly distribution 75% to 9c per unit... Trinity Industries (TRN), down 3.5% following a Bloomberg report that the Justice Department has initiated a criminal investigation into Trinity guardrails.
April 21, 2015
19:06 EDTIRBTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:13 EDTIRBTiRobot down 8.1% after reporting Q1 results, narrowing Q2, FY15 EPS guidance
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16:11 EDTIRBTiRobot narrows FY15 EPS view to $1.25-$1.435 from $1.25-$1.45, consensus $1.34
Backs FY15 revenue guidance of $625M-$635M, consensus $629.29M. Narrows FY15 adjusted EBITDA guidance to $85M-$90M from $85M-$95M.
16:09 EDTIRBTiRobot sees Q2 EPS 2c-6c, may not compare to consensus 32c
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16:08 EDTIRBTiRobot lowers high-end of FY15 EPS range to $1.25-$1.35, consensus $1.34
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16:06 EDTIRBTiRobot reports Q1 EPS 16c, consensus 10c
Reports Q1 revenue $118M, consensus $115.98M.
April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. China’s central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
15:16 EDTFSLGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
12:31 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after China’s central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
11:57 EDTZIOPMizuho reiterates Buy on Kite Pharma amid selloff
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11:44 EDTZIOPCAR-T therapy stocks fall following cancer research meeting
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