Author Archive for Insider Scoop Web Services to Acquire Nice; Terms Not Disclosed

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new colleagues at NICE. We have signed an agreement to acquire this leading provider of software and services for high performance and technical computing.

Products for HPC
From their headquarters in Asti, Italy, NICE delivers products and solutions to customers all over the world. These products help customers to optimize and centralize their high performance computing (HPC) and visualization workloads while also providing tools that are a great fit for distributed workforces making use of mobile devices.

For Existing Customers
The NICE brand and team will remain intact and will continue to develop and support the EnginFrame and Desktop Cloud Visualization (DCV) products. Customers will continue to receive world-class support and services, enhanced with the backing of the AWS team. Going forward, NICE and AWS will work together to create even better tools and services.

Still Day 1
As Jeff Bezos often says, it is still day 1 and we don’t have all of the answers yet. However, I did want to share this news with you and let you know that we are looking forward to meeting and working with our new colleagues. We expect the deal to close in Q1 of 2016.

Posted-In: News M&A Press Releases

8 Stocks You Should Be Watching Today

Courtesy of Benzinga.

8 Stocks You Should Be Watching Today

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Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

Pandora Media (NYSE: P) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter. The company has been involved in talks regarding a potential sale of the company, according to sources as reported by New York Times DealBook on Thursday. Pandora shares fell 5.93 percent to $8.57 in the after-hours trading session.

Wall Street expects Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.82 per share on revenue of $294.33 million. Red Robin shares gained 1.24 percent to close at $58.77 yesterday.

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) reported downbeat results for its fourth quarter on Thursday. Activision Blizzard shares dipped 13.99 percent to $26.25 in the after-hours trading session.

Groupon Inc (NASDAQ: GRPN) reported stronger-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Thursday. Groupon shares surged 18.30 percent to $2.65 in the after-hours trading session.

Analysts are expecting American Axle & Manufact. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AXL) to have earned $0.68 per share on revenue of $979.59 million in the recent quarter. American Axle shares fell 0.40 percent to $11.70 in after-hours trading.

FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) reported a narrower-than-expected loss for its fourth quarter, but the company missed analysts’ revenue estimates. The company also issued a weak earnings forecast for the current quarter. FireEye shares rose 0.16 percent to $12.43 in the after-hours trading session.

Analysts expect Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE: IPG) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.62 per share on revenue of $2.19 billion. Interpublic Group shares declined 0.29 percent to close at $20.36 yesterday.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) lifted its quarterly dividend by 10.4 percent to $0.53 per share and added $1 billion to its share buyback plan. Dr. Pepper shares slipped 0.06 percent to $89.59 in after-hours trading.

Posted-In: Stocks To WatchEarnings News Guidance Pre-Market Outlook Markets Trading Ideas

Why Did Deutsche Bank Downgrade Flowers Foods After Earnings?

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Why Did Deutsche Bank Downgrade Flowers Foods After Earnings?

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Deutsche Bank recently issued a report on Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) after a recent selloff of the stock. Analysts at Deutsche Bank downgraded Flower Foods from Buy to Hold, and lowered their price target from $25 to $18.

Eric Katzman and Mario Contreras, analysts and associates at Deutsche Bank, wrote, “[W]e note Flowers has a strong balance sheet with 2.2x net debt/EBITDA, 110 percent FCF efficiency and a relatively attractive 6 percent+ FCF yield. But to remain positive on the shares, such supportive details aren’t sufficient and we don’t see how the landscape improves intermediate term or allows the stock to regain lost ground.”

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Key Takeaways

Analysts at Deutsche Bank gave two key reasons why they downgraded Flowers Foods:

1. Industry Competition
Deutsche Bank noted that the baked foods industry has become increasingly competitive in recent years, which has put pressure on Flower Food’s margins and ability to drive top line growth. Going forward, analysts believe that to grow sufficiently, Flower Foods will have to introduce new products to the market in order to differentiate themselves from other major companies.

2. Input Cost Volatility
Deutsche Bank wrote that Flower Foods is exposed to fluctuations in items such as wheat and energy, which have the ability to negatively affect the company’s bottom line. While company management has made strides in improving operating efficiency, analysts believe that the volatility in input costs has the ability to be a negative headwind in the near term.

At the time of this publication, Flower Foods was trading down 2.14 percent on the day at $16.45.

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Latest Ratings for FLO

Date Firm Action From To
Feb 2016 Deutsche Bank Downgrades Buy Hold
Feb 2016 BMO Capital Downgrades Outperform Market Perform
Feb 2016 SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Downgrades Buy Neutral

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Posted-In: Deutsche BankAnalyst Color Long Ideas Short Ideas Downgrades Price Target Analyst Ratings Trading Ideas

SunTrust: TripAdvisor In A Transitional Year, Story Shifts To Execution

Courtesy of Benzinga.

SunTrust: TripAdvisor In A Transitional Year, Story Shifts To Execution

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  • Shares of Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) have been trending south in 2016, and are down 28 percent since January 4.
  • SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Robert S. Peck maintained a Neutral rating on the company, while lowering the price target from $80 to $75.
  • Peck expects 2016 to be a transition year, with the company’s performance being driven by the roll out of Instant Booking (IB) and the conversion trajectory.

TripAdvisor’s 4Q organic revenues, excluding acquisitions, were up 12 percent year on year, ex FX, as compared to a 21 percent increase in 3Q and 25 percent increase in 2Q. The revenues of the core hotels segment were up 8 percent, ex FX, with the slowdown in growth due to IB transition.

The company’s guidance for 2016 calls for muted hotel growth, with the weakness in 1H16 improving on easing comps and better IB conversions in the second half. The contraction in hotel EBITDA margins witnessed in 2015 is expected to continue in 2016 as well.

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Analyst Robert Peck mentioned that the company expects IB to result in “higher repeat bookings, better mobile monetization and reduced leakage.”

The analyst believes that the combination of improving mobile and IB conversions may provide a tailwind to growth in 2017, in addition to easier 1H16 comps.

The revenue and EBITDA estimates for 2016 have been reduced from $1.673 million to $1.623 million and from $513 million to $469 million, to reflect the impact of accelerated IB roll out and CPC pressures.

Image Credit: Public Domain

Latest Ratings for TRIP

Date Firm Action From To
Feb 2016 Credit Suisse Maintains Outperform
Feb 2016 SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Maintains Neutral
Jan 2016 Raymond James Downgrades Market Perform Underperform

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Posted-In: Bob Peck Robert S. PeckAnalyst Color Price Target Travel Analyst Ratings Trading Ideas General

Benzinga's Volume Movers

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Ellie Mae Inc (NYSE: ELLI) shares rose 14.25 percent to $70.95. The volume of Ellie Mae shares traded was 378 percent higher than normal. Ellie Mae reported stronger-than-expected Q4 results.

Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE: DB) surged 7.67 percent to $16.70. The volume of Deutsche Bank shares traded was 276 percent higher than normal. Deutsche Bank announced a public tender offer to purchase certain series of Euro and U.S. Dollar denominated senior unsecured debt securities.

Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ: COLM) shares climbed 17.98 percent to $56.56. The volume of Columbia Sportswear shares traded was 269 percent higher than normal. Columbia Sportswear reported upbeat Q4 results.

Vocera Communications Inc (NASDAQ: VCRA) shares moved up 10.61 percent to $14.60. The volume of Vocera Communications traded was 251 percent higher than normal. Vocera Communications reported better-than-expected Q4 results.

Posted-In: volume moversNews Intraday Update Markets Movers

Benzinga's M&A Chatter for Wednesday February 10, 2016

Courtesy of Benzinga.

The following are the M&A deals, rumors and chatter circulating on Wall Street for Wednesday February 9, 2016:

Hearing Chatter of Potential Tencent Offer for LinkedIn

The Rumor:
Shares of LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) rose Wednesday, following unconfirmed market chatter of a potential big from China’s Tencent (OTC: TCEHY). The rumored offer, accordidng to “sources” is between $120 and $125 per share.

Spokespersons for LinkedIn and Tencent did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

LinkedIn closed at $101.76 on Wednesday, up $0.78.

Opera Confirms Buyout Offer from Chinese Group Including Qihuoo 360

The Deal:
Opera Software ASA (OTC: OPESY) announced Wednesday, that it has reached an agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors, Qihoo 360 Software (NYSE> QIHU). The deal is valued at approximately $1.2 billion.

Opera closed at $15.49 on Wednesday, up 40%.

Mylan to Acquire Meda for $9.9B

The Deal:
Mylan N.V. (NASDAQ: MYL) announced Wednesday, a recommended public offer to the shareholders of Meda Aktiebolag (OTC: MDABY) to tender all their shares in Meda to Mylan for SEK 165 per Meda share, for a total value of $9.9 billion. The offer has been unanimously approved by Mylan’s board of directors and unanimously recommended by Meda’s board of directors and is expected to be completed by the end of Q3 of 2016.

Mylan closed at $50.54 on Wednesday, and traded down 9% after-hours.

Posted-In: News Rumors M&A Movers

Investors Shrug Off Restaurant Brands' International Expansion Plans, Shares Hit New 52-Week Lows

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Shares of Restaurant Brands International Inc (NYSE: QSR) lost nearly 2 percent on Thursday and hit a new 52-week low of $29.28.

Investors and traders appear to have shrugged off Restaurant Brands' announcement that it plans on expanding its presence in Europe. The company said that it established a new joint venture between Burger King Europe and BK QMI Spain to expand the Burger King brand in the the country.

BK Spain has signed a long-term master franchise and development agreement, which includes sub-franchise rights for the country. Burger King already boasts more than 650 locations in Spain and has been operating in the country since 1975.

"We are excited to announce the creation of this joint venture in Spain to continue to aggressively expand the BURGER KING® brand and business in this important market," says José Cil, president of BURGER KING®. "Quick Meals and Gregorio Jimenez have been valuable partners to the BURGER KING® system for more than 30 years. Today, Quick Meals is the largest and most profitable franchisee in Spain and one of our largest and most profitable around the globe."

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Oppenheimer: Tesla Worth $340

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) is up almost 8 percent  at $155.02 amid analyst chatter following its Q4 earnings release.

While the results are being viewed as predominately mixed, the general consensus is that despite a few blips in the report, the print and guidance were healthy.

According to analysts at Oppenheimer, the positives from the Q4 print are effectively undoing the bearish sentiments toward Tesla, "We believe much of the bear case is getting dismantled as it is predicated on weakness in demand and manufacturing efficiency."

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Citing investor concerns over the Gigafactory and the remaining cash worries in general, the analysts adjusted opex spending higher:

  • 1Q16 non-GAAP revenue/GM/Non-GAAP EPS of $1.62 billion/25 percent/$0.08
  • Modeling 16,000 unit sales
  • 2016 estimates adjusted up to $7.8 billion/26.6 percent/$2.50
  • Fiscal year 2016 unit sales now at 80,500.

Remaining "constructive on shares," the analysts applauded Tesla's guidance ahead of the Street, commenting, "We think the FY guide should quell some of the skepticism around the ramp in production."

Base Case And Catalysts

The note outlined the base case assumption for Tesla as "modest reception of Model X and stationary storage products" and the company reaching the "low end of 80,000 vehicle shipment guidance for 2016."

Catalysts for the company included: 1) reaching profitability on GAAP basis by the fourth quarter of 2016, 2) early 2016 launch of Model 3 and 3) vehicle production and Gigafactory progress.

Latest Ratings for TSLA

Date Firm Action From To
Feb 2016 Credit Suisse Maintains Outperform
Feb 2016 UBS Maintains Sell
Feb 2016 Barclays Maintains Underweight

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Boeing Plummets 11% Following Reports Co. Facing SEC Probe Over Accounting

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Shares of Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) plunged to a new 52-week low of $102.10 on Thursday and was trading lower by more than 11 percent after Bloomberg reported that the company faces an SEC investigation.

Bloomberg, citing "people with knowledge of the matter," said that the SEC is investigating whether Boeing properly accounted for the costs and sales of its 787 Dreamliner and 747 jumbo aircraft.

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Bloomberg continued that the SEC's review focuses on a financial reporting method known as program accounting that allows the aircraft manufacturer to spread out the upfront costs of its planes over many years. The publication added that the accounting method is "complex" with "few black-and-white rules" and is fully compliant with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Finally, Bloomberg added that a whisteblower has given SEC officials internal documents and data which may allege wrongdoing at Boeing.

Shares traded recently at $103.71, down 10.8 percent on the day.

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MRC Global to Sell Oil Country Tubular Goods Business for $48M

Courtesy of Benzinga.

MRC Global Inc. (NYSE: MRC) announced Wednesday, that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its U.S. OCTG business to Sooner Pipe, LLC, a subsidiary of Marubeni-Itochu Tubulars America, Inc., for $48 million, subject to certain adjustments. MRC Global’s U.S. OCTG sales were approximately $305 million in 2015. As a result of the expected sale, a pre-tax charge of approximately $5.0 million is expected to be recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.

Andrew R. Lane, MRC Global’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, stated, “The divestiture of our OCTG product line is the culmination of our strategy to reduce our exposure to upstream drilling volatility and to focus on growing our higher margin product lines, particularly our valve, valve automation and instrumentation business. We remain committed to our line pipe business as it has applications across each of the upstream, midstream and downstream end markets. This transaction benefits our

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Should You Be 100% Long Stocks?


Should You Be 100% Long Stocks?

Courtesy of Joshua Brown

The New York Times is out with an investing column that posits the following: You should be 100% stocks in your portfolio because, given enough time, they should outperform everything else you can possibly own in an investment account.

And here is the data that “proves” it – as long as you’re willing to bet that the future will look precisely like the past:

I’m troubled by this idea, although I do agree that there are select cases where this could make sense. The author is David A. Levine, a former chief economist at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. And, to his credit, he does pay lip service to the...

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Central Banks Are "Malicious Tools Of Wholesale Cultural Destruction"

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Originally posted at The Daily Bell,

Stock markets suspect Federal Reserve has interest rate jitters ... Hints that the Fed won't raise interest rates in March are proving to be good news for miners and oil producers' share prices The Federal Reserve's William Dudley said further strengthening in the dollar could have 'significant consequences' for the health of the US economy. – UK Guardian

Blame it on the dollar!

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Power of Mean Reversion

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The power of reverting to the mean. Life time buys, or miserable bust! The rubber band does smack back eventually!

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In May of last year, the S&P hit a key level and stopped on a dime. We applied Fibonacci tools to the highs in 2007 and the lows in 2009, to the chart above. The 161% Fibonacci extension level came into play in the 2,150 zone last year and when hit at (1), the markets stopped on a dime.

If your tools or adviser has suggested to be long and strong since May of 2015, that advice has been costly.

Our take, “Free advice that is wrong, is expensive!!!”

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

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Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market


Why Most Investors Fail in the Stock Market

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Throughout the past 30 days of wild volatility, here’s what I didn’t do.

Panic. Worry. Sell.

In fact, the best I did was add to a couple of positions yesterday. The world was already in an uncertain state for the past 3+ years. It’s just that with the market rising, we pushed the issue to the back of our  mind and ignored it.

If you read Howard Marks latest memo, ...

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2016 Theme #3: The Rise Of Independent (Non-State) Crypto-Currencies

Courtesy of Charles Hugh-Smith at Of Two Minds

A number of systemic, structural forces are intersecting in 2016. One is the rise of non-state, non-central-bank-issued crypto-currencies.

We all know money is created and distributed by governments and central banks. The reason is simple: control the money and you control everything.

The invention of the blockchain and crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin have opened the door to non-state, non-central-bank currencies--money that is global and independent of any state or central bank, or indeed, any bank, as crypto-currencies are structurally peer-to-peer, meaning they don't require a bank to function: people can exchange crypto-currencies to pay for goods and services without a bank acting as a clearinghouse for all these transactions.

This doesn't just open t...

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Sector Detector: New Year brings new hope after bulls lose traction to close 2015

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Last year, the S&P 500 large caps closed 2015 essentially flat on a total return basis, while the NASDAQ 100 showed a little better performance at +8.3% and the Russell 2000 small caps fell -5.9%. Overall, stocks disappointed even in the face of modest expectations, especially the small caps as market leadership was mostly limited to a handful of large and mega-cap darlings.

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

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Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 


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