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February 23, 2011
12:15 EDTUAL, PCLNStocks with large percentage call strike moves: PCLN UAL
Priceline.com (PCLN) February 470 weekly call volatility increased 9%, United Continental (UAL) March 23 call volatility increased 12% according to iVolatility.
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July 1, 2015
16:28 EDTUALOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher amid hopes for a resolution to the Greek debt crisis. The market also received help from positive reports from the ISM on manufacturing and ADP on the labor market. The averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then gradually drifted off those highs, while moving in a fairly narrow range. Investors will now be looking to the release of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report, which will be out a day earlier than normal due to the Independence Day holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the private sector added 237,000 jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly above the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMIs came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6, while the government's official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund last night. Reports then indicated that Greece's government was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that he sees no need for further talks on Greece at this point and that he awaits the result of this Sunday's scheduled referendum. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a cash and stock transaction valued in excess of $28B that will create the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advanced 77c, or 0.76%, to $102.45 following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged $25.63, or 26.94%, to $120.77... U.S. airline stocks dropped after the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department is investigating potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) all closed lower by between 1.4% to 3.4% following the report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which advanced 13.45% to $19.82 after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7.87% to $63.48 following a fourth quarter guidance hike, an announcement of a $40M repurchase plan and an upgrade to Buy at DA Davidson. Among the noteworthy losers was Baxter (BAX), which fell 44.43% to $38.86 after its spin-off of Baxalta (BXLT), whose shares fell 1.38% to $31.50. Baxter was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse after the research firm updated its valuation of Baxter to reflect the split. Also lower was Graham Holdings (GHC), which fell 35.48% to $693.63 after the company completed its spin-off of Cable ONE (CABO), whose shares lost 6.23% to $399. Additionally, shares of General Motors (GM) fell 0.87% to $33.04 after the company halted production at its Russian plant and reported June U.S. sales dropped 3%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 138.40, or 0.79%, to 17,757.91, the Nasdaq gained 26.26, or 0.53%, to 5,013.12, and the S&P 500 advanced 14.31, or 0.69%, to 2,077.42.
14:50 EDTPCLNPriceline, OnStar partner on hotel booking service for drivers
OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM (GM), and priceline.com, a part of The Priceline Group (PCLN), have partnered to offer drivers the service of booking hotels while traveling. OnStar Guidance plan subscribers in the U.S. and Canada can now secure a stay via OnStar's new AtYourService feature. Advisors can verbally provide information on hotel availability, cost, amenities and ratings and then book a hotel reservation for the subscriber through priceline.com and download those directions to the vehicle's navigation system.
14:28 EDTUALAirlines fall after Justice Department said to probe possible collusion
Major U.S. airline stocks are dropping precipitously in intraday trading following a report of a Justice Department investigation into potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. WHAT'S NEW: The Associated Press has obtained a document showing that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether major airlines might be colluding to slow their growth in order to maintain high airfares. A spokesperson for the Department confirmed that it is probing airlines over possible "unlawful coordination," though she did not name specific companies in the sector. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's report of possible collusion within the industry follows a period of volatility among airline stocks in late May and early June on concerns over undisciplined capacity growth and price competition. Following some recovery in the stocks, a Barron's cover story on June 20 predicated a potential 15%-50% upside in airlines and specifically cited high fares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) are all down over 4.5% in afternoon trading and continue to drop.
13:57 EDTUALDOJ investigating whether airlines colluding on fares, AP reports
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June 30, 2015
11:07 EDTPCLNPriceline rises after analysts highlight positive travel trends
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08:12 EDTUALUnited Airlines announces $30M equity investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy
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08:05 EDTPCLNPriceline July volatility increases as shares pullback
Priceline July weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, July is at 25, August is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:41 EDTPCLNOnline travel trends point to solid Q2, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson said analysis of travel industry trends through May point to a "solid" second quarter for online travel, noting his belief that Priceline (PCLN) has the most favorable risk/reward in the space given the stock's underperformance so far this year. In addition to an Overweight rating on Priceline, Olson keeps an Overweight on HomeAway (AWAY) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), but has a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE), citing its relative valuation.
07:07 EDTPCLNPriceline checks positive, says Cantor
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June 29, 2015
10:08 EDTUALUnited Continental management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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June 26, 2015
12:03 EDTUALUnited Airlines and Azul Brazilian form long-term strategic partnership
United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire an approximate 5% stake in Azul, paving the way for the carriers to cooperate on a range of customer benefits including codesharing of flights, expanded connection opportunities on routes between the United States and Brazil, in addition to other points in North and South America, and joint loyalty-program participation. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100M for its economic stake in Azul, which includes one seat on Azul's board of directors. As a result of the partnership, United and Azul will expand their frequent flyer loyalty agreement.
June 23, 2015
07:11 EDTUALUnited Continental coverage assumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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June 22, 2015
11:43 EDTUALStocks with call strike movement; AAL UAL
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10:46 EDTPCLNAirbnb to hurt Priceline more than Expedia, Deutsche Bank says
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10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:19 EDTPCLNExpedia upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Expedia (EXPE) to Buy citing an improving core business and cost synergies from acquisitions. The firm sees a path for Expedia to reach $200 per share over the next five year. It raised its price target for the stock to $130 from $95. Deutsche coupled the upgrade with a downgrade of Priceline (PCLN).
07:19 EDTUALAirlines focusing on upgraded in-flight web services, WSJ reports
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07:17 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
June 21, 2015
13:03 EDTUALU.S. airline stocks may rise 15%-50% in one year, Barron's says
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