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July 2, 2013
09:23 EDTLNCO, NLSN, FMS, MSFT, LINE, HDSN, DVA, ZNGA, BRY, S, NVAX, ACHNOn 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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August 19, 2015
09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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08:22 EDTSSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy Mesophere, The Information reports
Microsoft has made an approach to Mesophere to buy the cloud-computing software startup, The Information reports, citing two sources briefed on the talks. A deal that could be worth about $1B, the report says. Reference Link
06:12 EDTNLSNStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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11:34 EDTSSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
August 17, 2015
18:12 EDTSSprint to move away from two-year contracts, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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10:21 EDTNVAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTSSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
07:39 EDTMSFTTMC to hold a conference
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06:22 EDTNVAXPiper's Tenthoff sees select biotech names outperforming in second half
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects drug launches, clinical data read-outs and potential partnerships to drive outperformance for select biotech names in the second half of 2015. Despite some recent profit-taking, 2015 has been another strong year for biotech stocks, Tenthoff tells investors in a research note. Names with important second half of the year catalysts include Vertex (VRTX), Regeneron (REGN), Seattle Genetics (SGEN), Exelixis (EXEL), Sarepta (SRPT), Novavax (NVAX), Arrowhead (ARWR), Array BioPharma (ARRY), Alnylam (ALNY), Genocea (GNCA), CymaBay (CBAY), Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE).
August 14, 2015
17:17 EDTACHNPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
12:29 EDTZNGAKing Digital sinks after posting weaker than expected network metrics
Shares of King Digital (KING), an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, are sinking after the company reported weaker than expected network metrics in the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, King Digital reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 49c and revenue of $500M, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of 43c and $490.03M, respectively. King reported Q2 total gross bookings of $529M, above the high end of its previously provided guidance range, but down 12% sequentially and 13% year over year. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, King said gross bookings would have decreased by approximately 11% sequentially, and by approximately 6% y/y. King noted that 81%, or $430M, of gross bookings were derived from the mobile audience. The company said "Candy Crush Saga," "Candy Crush Soda Saga" and "Farm Heroes Saga" ranked within the top 10 grossing games in App Store and Play Store in the U.S. during Q2. King said its monthly unique users fell 1% to 340M in Q2, down from 345M last year, while monthly active users were 501M vs. 485M last year; daily active users were 142M in Q2 vs. 138M last year. The company said year-over-year increases in monthly active users and daily active users were primarily due to the introduction of new games, particularly "Candy Crush Soda Saga," partially offset by decline in "Candy Crush Saga" and other more mature games. It said increases also reflect growth in activity from mobile players, partially offset by continued decrease in activity from Facebook (FB) players. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, King Digital said it expects gross bookings in the third quarter of $460M-$485M based on the timing of game releases and recent trends. The company sees fourth quarter bookings "fairly consistent sequentially." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded King Digital Entertainment to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the company's Q2 results. King's network metrics were weaker than expected while a key component of the company's pipeline, the upcoming mid-core game, is pushed to 2016, Anmuth said. He cut the price target for shares to $17 from $20. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, King Digital fell $1.81, or 11.84%, to $13.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 3% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the mobile gaming space include Glu Mobile (GLUU), Zynga (ZNGA), Shanda Games (GAME), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
10:24 EDTNVAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTMSFTSony's Playstation 4 leads in strong July video game sales, VentureBeat reports
Even though July brought few major video game releases, new game hardware, software, and accessories generated $541.9M at U.S. retailers in the month, up 6% year over year, VentureBeat reports, citing data from NPD Group. Sony's (SNE) Playstation 4 console outsold its competitors' consoles, namely Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U and Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One, the report says. Reference Link
07:03 EDTLINECrude price slide has oil firms turning to private equity, Reuters reports
Another drop in crude oil prices has oil companies returning calls from potential buyers, Reuters reports. Oil firms may start relying on capital markets investors betting on a quick recovery in prices, the report says. "It didn't solve people's problems, so now when you roll to 2016 ...there will be an opportunity for private equity-backed companies with plenty of capital in place to go out and start buying," said Carl Tricolo, managing partner at private equity fund Denham Capital, in the report. Publicly traded companies in the space include Chesapeake Energy (CHK), American Electric Power Company (AEP), and Linn Energy (LINE). Reference Link
06:28 EDTMSFTSamsung makes enterprise push with new phones, improved security, WSJ says
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