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July 23, 2014
11:43 EDTRFMD, NI, TLM, ALTR, UUPOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: UUP TLM RFMD ALTR NI
News For UUP;TLM;RFMD;ALTR;NI From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
16:23 EDTALTROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks opened slightly higher but were unable to gather any upside momentum. They quickly crossed into negative territory but never really picked up speed to the downside. After the slightly better than expected consumer confidence reading, the averages moved back into positive ground where they spent most of the session hovering near the flat line. Near the close, comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen that an interest rate hike "may be warranted later this year," lifted the averages into positive territory. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., real GDP growth was steady at 2.2% in Q4, falling below consensus forecasts for 2.4% growth. GDP price index grew 0.1% on a linked quarter basis, matching expectations. U.S. consumer sentiment fell to 93.0 against consensus of 92.1. The current conditions index dipped to 105.0 from February's 106.9, while the consumer expectations index dropped to 85.3 from 88.0. COMPANY NEWS: Dow Chemical (DOW) and Olin (OLN) were up 3% and 14%, respectively, after announcing that Dow will separate much of its chlorine value chain and merge the entity with Olin in a $5B deal. Additionally, the companies announced a 20-year arrangement in which Dow will supply Olin with ethylene. Late in the session, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel (INTC) was in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR), sending both stocks higher by 6% and 28%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Carnival (CCL), which rose over 6% after beating earnings expectations and raising FY15 revenue yield guidance. Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), jumping 11% after speculation of a Shire (SHPG) takeover deal. Among the noteworthy losers was Southern Cooper (SCCO), which fell nearly 4% after the company cancelled its Tia Maria mining project. Also lower was OvaScience (OVAS), down 10% after Oppenheimer reported pushback from academics during the company's presentation of early Augment data. Opco cautioned, however, that criticism of non-trial data is "inevitable" and JMP Securities called the results encouraging. INDEXES: The Dow rose 34.43, or 0.19%, to 17,712.66, the Nasdaq gained 27.86, or 0.57%, to 4,891.22, and the S&P 500 added 4.87, or 0.24%, to 2,061.02.
16:01 EDTALTROptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
15:48 EDTALTR Altera calls active on Intel in talks to buy report
Altera (ALTR) April 36 and 37 calls are active after DJ reported Intel (INTC) is in acquisition talks. April call option implied volatility is at 55, May is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
15:47 EDTALTRAltera up 22% after WSJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:44 EDTALTRIntel in talks to buy Altera, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR) in what would be Intel's largest deal ever, according to the Wall Street Journal, which added that terms of the deal and timing couldn't be learned. Reference Link
15:38 EDTALTRAltera up 12.5% after DJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:36 EDTALTRIntel in talks to buy Altera, DJ reports
March 20, 2015
06:24 EDTALTRChina Mobile capex outlook negative for Xilinx, Altera, says Citigroup
Citigroup says the lower 2015 capital expenditure guidance from China Mobile (CHL) is negative for Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR) since it offsets the higher spending at China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU). Citi sees downside to consensus estimates for both Xilinx and Altera and keeps Neutral ratings on the stocks.
March 18, 2015
12:15 EDTTLMTalisman Energy to cut 150-200 employees, WSJ reports
Talisman Energy (TLM) will cut its workforce by 150-200 employees, or about 10%-15%, in response to lower oil prices, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing a company spokesperson. In addition, Talisman, which is in the process of being acquired by Repsol (REPYY), is cutting its 2015 capital program to $2.1B, a 30% reduction from 2014 spending and lower than its prior 2015 forecast of $2.7B. The job cuts are mainly at Talisman's head office in Calgary and are not related to the Repsol takeover. Reference Link
10:00 EDTNIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Columbia Pipeline (CPPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... DBV Technologies (DBVT) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... NiSource (NI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... On Deck Capital (ONDK) initiated with a Sell at Compass Point... Rexel (RXEEY) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Shutterfly (SFLY) initiated with a Buy at Axiom... Virgin America (VA) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse.
06:32 EDTNINiSource reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:28 EDTNINiSource initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
Target $46.
March 16, 2015
06:10 EDTUUPPowerShares DB US Dollar Index Up implied volatility of 11 at upper end of index
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