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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%.
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April 11, 2014
05:41 EDTTSLASQM upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded SQM (SQM) to Neutral citing the bottoming of potash prices and improving demand for lithium after Tesla (TSLA) announced plans to build a factory to produce batteries for electric cars. The firm raised its price target for shares to $34 from $25.
April 10, 2014
16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $90.
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
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09:34 EDTGRPNGroupon adds in-store coupons to Freebies category
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08:12 EDTTSLATesla's Musk to kick-off China debut this month, Bloomberg says
Tesla Motors is planning to begin offering its luxury sedans in China this month and said the company’s co-founder, Elon Musk, will be in the country to kick-off the debut, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Tesla's vice president of marketing and communications. Reference Link
07:38 EDTTSLATesla has some potential volume upside for Model X, says Goldman
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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April 9, 2014
16:23 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTWLT, TSLAOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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12:18 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:00 EDTWLTWalter Energy falls 7.2%
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11:18 EDTPEGAPegasystems accredited with Authority to Operate by USDA
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10:06 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:33 EDTBHPBofA/Merrill's industrial/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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07:46 EDTIMAXIMAX China unit poised for IPO, says MKM Partners
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06:40 EDTWLTWalter Energy downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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