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July 31, 2014
09:26 EDTAKAM, SFY, ARII, HK, BMRN, LPSN, OTEX, AMRN, MA, YUM, YELP, WFMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Amarin (AMRN), up 12% after positive mention by Adam Feuerstein of TheStreet. UP AFTER EARNINGS: MasterCard (MA), up 1%... Open Text (OTEX), up 11.5%... LivePerson (LPSN), up 14%... BioMarin (BMRN), up 6.4%... Halcon Resources (HK), up 2.3%... American Railcar (ARII), up 2.5%... Swift Energy (SFY), up 2%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Akamai (AKAM), down 5.2%. LOWER: Whole Foods (WFM), down 5.8% after downgraded at UBS, JPMorgan following the company's lower than expected quarterly earnings results... Yelp (YELP), down 6%, downgraded at Raymond James after the company reported its Q2 results, which included a decline in its newly added businesses... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 6.5% after saying OSI scandal hurt China sales.
News For WFM;YELP;YUM;MA;AMRN;OTEX;LPSN;BMRN;HK;ARII;SFY;AKAM From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
11:18 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
October 9, 2014
16:30 EDTYELPYelp initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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10:41 EDTYELPYelp calls activity attributed to takeover speculation
Yelp October weekly 74.5 and October 94 calls are active on total call volume of 6K contracts (1K puts) on takeover speculation. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 92, October is at 54, November is at 66, January is at 51; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggesting traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:30 EDTYELPRumor: Yelp strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:00 EDTLPSNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands China business still poised to recover, says RBC Capital
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07:19 EDTLPSNLivePerson upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded LivePerson to Outperform from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on expectations revenue growth will accelerate following positive checks for its new product platform, LiveEngage 2.0. Price target raised to $17 from $13.
06:36 EDTLPSNLivePerson upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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October 8, 2014
10:46 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands says commodity costs will be up 3% in Q4
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10:06 EDTARIIStephens transportation analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:48 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees Q4 SSS to be negative
Expects margins in China to improve as sales improve, but notes that the China sales guidance is still "very difficult" to predict. Says generated $2B of EBITDA so far this year.
09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects China business to 'fully recover'
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09:20 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:05 EDTWFMLionsgate partners with Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market for new film
Lionsgate (LGF) announced that PepsiCo's (PEP) Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market's (WFM) Whole Planet Foundation will partner with the studio for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 which opens in theaters worldwide on November 21.
07:29 EDTYUMYum! comp weakness in China has bottomed, says UBS
UBS believes Yum! Brands' recovery in China is under way, but that visibility remains limited following yesterday's Q3 results. The firm still has many questions about company strategy, but believes China comp weakness has bottomed. UBS maintains its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands outlook still positive, says Stifel
After Yum! reported weaker than expected results ex-items, Stifel continues to expect the company to eventually carry out a significant restructuring that could include a partial listing of its China unit in Hong Kong and/or a $15 per share debt recapitalization. The firm continues to believe that Yum! China is one of the best retail businesses in the world. It cut its price target on Yum! to $105 from $110 but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:15 EDTLPSNLivePerson to hold a user conference
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05:11 EDTAKAMAkamai, China Telecom establish strategic cloud services partnership
Akamai Technologies (AKAM) announced a strategic partnership agreement with China Telecom Corporation (CHA) cloud division, CT Cloud. CT Cloud is one of the largest cloud computing service providers in China, offering quality cloud services to customers. As part of the strategic partnership, CT Cloud has agreed to offer an integrated solution incorporating Akamai's full suite of media delivery, Web performance, and cloud security offerings with its own Cloud services to Chinese businesses looking to grow their global Web presence. In addition, the partnership is designed to enable close cooperation between the two companies in the areas of technology and network access, thus strengthening Akamai's China CDN offering for accelerating content from global customers to Chinese consumers. Under the partnership, CT Cloud plans to leverage Akamai for content delivery network technology that will be available for the delivery of its Cloud services.
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