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August 14, 2014
12:30 EDTRRGB, NDLS, CSCO, AAP, WMT, OVTIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have edged higher despite worse than expected U.S. jobless claims data, weak economic growth in Germany, and a lowered outlook from retail giant Wal-Mart (WMT). Each of the major indexes is drifting on light volume and the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 are all higher by roughly 0.25%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 311K in the second week of August, versus expectations for 295K claims. Import prices fell 0.2%, while export prices were flat in July. In Europe, growth in the shared currency zone stagnated, with Q2 GDP slipping to unchanged, while the biggest economy in the region, Germany, saw its GDP contract 0.2% in the quarter. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart reported second quarter results that were in-line with expectations, but the world's largest retailer cut its fiscal year earnings outlook citing additional investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. Despite the lowered guidance, the Dow member's shares were virtually unchanged near noon... Another member of the Dow, Cisco Systems (CSCO), was the the blue-chip average's laggard, falling nearly 3% after saying it does not expect emerging markets growth for "several quarters" and that it expects to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce. The move lower comes despite its report of higher than expected sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter and multiple Street research firms raising their price targets for Cisco's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was OmniVision (OVTI), which rose 13% to trade near $28 per share after announcing its board has received a preliminary non-binding proposal from Hua Capital Management to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company for $29.00 per share in cash. Also higher was Advance Auto Parts (AAP), which rose about 6% after the company reported higher than expected second quarter earnings and raised its fiscal year comparable cash EPS view. Among the noteworthy losers were casual dining companies Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), which dropped 21%, and Noodles & Company (NDLS), which fell 20%, after both reported lower than anticipated second quarter results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.74, or 0.23%, to 16,690.54, the Nasdaq was up 10.26, or 0.23%, to 4,444.39, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.27%, to 1,951.96.
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May 13, 2015
10:22 EDTCSCOEZchip sees Q2 revenue $27.5M-$28.5M, consensus $28.3M
Sees Q2 gross margins in the 75% range. Says NP-5 product revenues poised for growth in 2015. EZchip (EZCH) expects revenues from Cisco (CSCO) to continue to grow in 2015, 2016. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. EZchip is down 25.24% to $14.62 in mid-morning trading.
07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
05:58 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Altera (ALTR) 81, Cisco (CSCO) 27 according to iVolatility.
May 12, 2015
10:16 EDTNDLSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NDLS WTW FUEL AOL LC NLNK ZU CYBR ARWR HZNP
09:14 EDTWMT, CSCOApps World to hold a conference
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08:27 EDTWMTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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08:19 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco shares can reach $45, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Cisco's stock can reach $45 if it increases its cash flow, grows its dividend, and repatriates enough cash to massively accelerate its share repurchases. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $33 from $31 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:29 EDTRRGBRed Robin should be bought into Q1 report, says Stephens
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07:04 EDTCSCOCisco Q3 results poised to beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTCSCOOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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10:28 EDTNDLSFMR reports 10.61% passive stake in Noodles & Company
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10:17 EDTNDLSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:37 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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07:22 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform saying improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016. The firm believes the upcoming April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. It set a $36 price target for shares. Cisco closed Friday up 42c to $29.23.
06:34 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:05 EDTCSCOSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
May 10, 2015
14:12 EDTWMTWhole Foods stock unlikely to outperform in near-term, Barron's says
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