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February 21, 2013
09:19 EDTVDSI, WLT, BHP, PEGA, LNCO, QCOM, WMT, PAY, LCC, LINE, PRKR, TSLA, IMAX, GRPN, BRY, WHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: WSP Holdings (WH), up 75.6% after agreeing to "going private" transaction... ParkerVision (PRKR), up 35.4% after saying it received favorable "markman order" in patent infringement suit against Qualcomm (QCOM)... Berry Petroleum (BRY), up 22% agreeing to stock-for-stock merger with LINN Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO) for total consideration of $4.3B, including the assumption of debt... Groupon (GRPN), up 3.4% following upgrade to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... US Airways (LCC), up 2.6% following upgrade to Overweight at JPMorgan... UP AFTER EARNINGS: Pegasystems (PEGA), up 17.3%... Imax (IMAX), up 4.8%... Wal-Mart (WMT), up 1.3%... LOWER: VeriFone (PAY), down 35.9% after the company issues preliminary Q1 results and preliminary Q2 guidance below expectations, downgraded by at least five firms... BHP Billiton (BHP), down 2.2% following downgrade to Neutral at Citigroup... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tesla (TSLA), down 5.6%... Walter Energy (WLT), down 4.8%... VASCO Data Security (VDSI), down 3%.
News For WMT;WH;PRKR;QCOM;BRY;LINE;LNCO;GRPN;LCC;PEGA;IMAX;PAY;BHP;TSLA;WLT;VDSI From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
06:22 EDTQCOMTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
August 23, 2015
19:03 EDTTSLAApple hires Tesla engineer for 'special projects' division
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:41 EDTQCOMAmbarella sinks after supremacy in drone technology challenged by Qualcomm
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12:53 EDTQCOMAmbarella competition in drones not a surprise, says Canaccord
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12:16 EDTTSLAMusk purchase of Tesla shares part of last week's offering
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12:12 EDTTSLATesla's Musk bought 82,645 shares on August 19
Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought 82,645 shares of the electric carmaker at a price of $242.00 on August 19, according to a regulatory filing. He now owns 28.37M shares of the company he founded. Tesla shares are down $4.04 to $238.10 in midday trading.
11:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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10:50 EDTQCOMCitron says next stop $70 for shares of Ambarella
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09:34 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
09:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm to enter consumer drone market, Re/code reports
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August 20, 2015
07:33 EDTIMAXIMAX and Shanghai Film Corp. sign five-theater expansion in China
IMAX announced an agreement with Shanghai Film Corporation and its subsidiary, Shanghai United Circuit Co., for five additional IMAX theatres in China. Four of the theatres will be located in existing multiplexes in Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Chengdu, with another to be added to a new development in Changzhou. Over the past year, the parties have signed agreements for 26 theatres.
05:36 EDTLINE, LNCOLegacy Reserves downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Legacy Reserve (LGCY) to Neutral after after stress testing upstream MLPs to reflect scenarios in which oil remains depressed and recovery is limited. The firm expects MLPs that are better capitalized, well hedged and less levered to crude oil to outperform. It lowered its price target for shares to $5.50 from $14. UBS coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Mid-Con Energy (MCEP) to Buy. Other Buy-rated upstream MLPs at the firm are Vanguard Natural (VNR), Memorial Production (MEMP) and Eagle Rock Energy (EROC). Sell-rated names are LINN Energy (LINE) and LinnCo (LNCO).
August 19, 2015
18:40 EDTTSLAAudi electric SUV entering production in 2018 with 310 mile range
Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF) released additional details on its forthcoming "e-tron Quattro" electric SUV. The company said "the latest battery technology" will provide a range of more than 310 miles, adding that the SUV will be "in series production from 2018." In an August 13 press release, the company said it will be partnering with LG Chem and Samsung (SSNLF) SDI on batteries for the vehicle. Note that on August 5, Tesla (TSLA) stated that its Model X crossover utility vehicle remains on track for a late Q3 launch. Reference Link
11:50 EDTTSLATesla mentioned cautiously by Seeking Alpha contributor
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11:42 EDTWMTPlug Power calls Wal-Mart 'satisfied customer' in blog post
In a blog post titled "GenKey Success with Walmart," Plug Power wrote, "Since GenKey's inception in early 2014, its value proposition has been proven for many of our material handling customers, including Walmart. Plug Power's GenKey solution packages all elements of a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell implementation together in one bundle for easy adoption: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, and GenCare service...On paper, the solution is great. But it's really when we see a satisfied customer like Walmart make ongoing investments to convert its material handling fleets to GenKey hydrogen and fuel cells, at one distribution center after another, that we fully understand the successful impact our product is having on North America's leading retailer...We value our opportunity to provide Walmart warehouse facilities with viable hydrogen and fuel cell solutions that are helping to improve business operations, increase production efficiencies, and bring sustainable power to the industry. Walmart's continual GenKey adoption is not only a validation of our value proposition, but a validation of our technology." Reference Link
09:33 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
06:18 EDTQCOMQualcomm exec among casualties in midair plane crash, AP reports
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