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July 2, 2013
09:23 EDTBRY, S, NVAX, ACHN, LNCO, NLSN, FMS, MSFT, LINE, HDSN, DVA, ZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zynga (ZNGA), up 12% after confirming it hired former Microsoft (MSFT) executive Don Mattrick as CEO... Nielsen Holdings (NLSN), up 4.2% after being selected to replace Sprint (S) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on July 8... Novavax (NVAX), up 3.8% after announcing top-line results from Phase 1 trial of RSV vaccine candidate. LOWER: Hudson Technologies (HDSN), down 30% after warning on earnings, downgrade at Roth Capital... Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 21% after FDA placed clinical hold on development of the company's hepatitis C drug sovaprevir... LINN Energy (LINE), down 11% after disclosing informal SEC inquiry, downgrades at JPMorgan and Raymond James. LinnCo (LNCO) down 10% and Berry Petroleum (BRY) down 6% on news as well... DaVita (DVA), down 6.5%, Fresenius Medical (FMS), down 8.7%, after CMS proposed rules that would lower Medicare dialysis spending... Constellation Brands (STZ), down 2% after Q1 adjusted EPS miss expectations.
News For ZNGA;MSFT;ACHN;DVA;FMS;NVAX;HDSN;NLSN;S;LINE;LNCO;BRY From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
10:34 EDTACHNAchillion March calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Achillion March 14 and April 15 calls are active on total call volume of 1,600 contracts (100 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 82, March and April is at 79, June is at 81; compared to its 10-week average of 81 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:22 EDTACHNRumor: Achillion moves positive on renewed takeover chatter
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07:30 EDTLINEJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:35 EDTSSprint downgraded to Sell from Neutral at BTIG
February 23, 2015
08:05 EDTDVACMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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06:21 EDTZNGAFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
17:03 EDTLNCOLinnCo files to sell common shares, no amount given
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06:51 EDTNLSNNielsen files automatic mixed securities shelf
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February 19, 2015
10:57 EDTSSprint commences $1B senior notes offering
Sprint announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of $1B aggregate principal amount of notes. Sprint intends to use the net proceeds for "general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, working capital requirements, retirement or service requirements of outstanding debt and network expansion and modernization." The joint book-running managers for the offering are Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, .J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho, RBC Capital, Scotia Capital and SMBC Nikko Securities.
10:52 EDTSSprint files automatic mixed securities shelf
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07:22 EDTLINELINN Energy reports FY15 average daily production up 47% to 1,210 MMcfe/d
07:22 EDTLINELINN Energy reports Q4 average daily production up 53% to 1,358 MMcfe/d
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07:06 EDTLINELINN Energy sees FY15 average production 1,090 MMcfe/dľ1,200 MMcfe/d
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07:06 EDTFMSFresenius Medical reports data on DHR pilot, plans expansion
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07:04 EDTLINELINN Energy reports Q4 EPS (47c), consensus 6c
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