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Exclusive: Ritter Pharmaceuticals CEO Talks Stock Scare, Indication Niche

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Exclusive: Ritter Pharmaceuticals CEO Talks Stock Scare, Indication Niche

Andrew Ritter, co-founder and president of Ritter Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: RTTR), has found his niche.

There are currently no FDA-approved treatments or reliable over-the-counter remedies for the 40 million Americans suffering lactose intolerance, and to Ritter’s surprise, no biotech firm except his is focusing in on the space.

“I don’t know [why], to be honest with you,” he told Benzinga. “We think it’s a great opportunity. There is a clear unmet medical need here. We’re happy with where we are. We’re essentially the furthest along product that we are aware of in the clinic right now developing a treatment for lactose intolerance and to come out with the first FDA-approved drug for this condition.”

Lactose intolerance, in which a diminished level of lactase enzymes prevents the effective breakdown of lactose sugars, causes uncomfortable digestive symptoms. Ritter’s RP-G28, a galactooligosaccharide sugar (GOS), reduces symptoms by stimulating growth of lactose-metabolizing bacteria in the colon.

The drug is marketed specifically to a population of 9 million suffering extreme, life-altering sensitivities.

“These individuals are the ones that just avoiding dairy products is not sufficient because so many foods have dairy in [them],” Ritter said. “It’s really hard to avoid everything. From going to a baseball game and having a hot dog and the bun might have milk in it, or going to a restaurant and having cream in soup or in salad. There are hidden dairy foods in a lot of recipes that it is just hard to figure out and identify there is dairy in it.”

Market Performance

His company, which went public in July 2015, enjoyed a 195-percent run in stock value from the fall through early 2017 but recently plunged 78 percent. Shares now rest beneath $1.

“Obviously, no one wants to be below $1, but we’re doing everything we can to stay focused on what we need to achieve, which is bringing our drug ultimately to the market,” Ritter said. “We just recently completed our phase 2B/3 clinical study that we’re very proud of. It gives us a real positive path forward.”

Ritter is meeting with the FDA in the third quarter and hopes the accompanying progress reports catalyze investor confidence.

Plans To Build

Despite the market-related financial concerns, he confirmed that…
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Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Mostly Flat; Amazon Beats Q1 Expectations

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Following the market opening Friday, the Dow traded down 0.06 percent to 20,968.86 while the NASDAQ climbed 0.11 percent to 6,055.76. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.03 percent to 2,388.05.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

Friday morning, the energy sector proved to be a source of strength for the market. Leading the sector was strength from Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) and Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. (NYSE: EEQ).

In trading on Friday, telecommunications services shares slipped by 0.40 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ: VOD), down 2 percent, and BT Group plc (ADR) (NYSE: BT), down 2 percent.

Top Headline

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter on Thursday.

Amazon.com said it earned $1.48 per share in the first quarter on revenue of $35.7 billion; Analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.13 per share on revenue of $35.30 billion.

Equities Trading UP

Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ: TBBK) shares shot up 21 percent to $6.10 after the company reported strong earnings for its fourth quarter.

Shares of Olympic Steel, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZEUS) got a boost, shooting up 18 percent to $22.67. Olympic Steel reported a Q1 net income of $7.7 million, after posting a loss in the year-ago period.

Align Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALGN) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to 144.60 as the company posted better-than-expected quarterly results. Baird upgraded Align Technology from Neutral to Outperform.

Equities Trading DOWN

FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FCEL) shares dropped 33 percent to $1.08. FuelCell Energy priced its $15.4 million underwritten public offering of common stock and warrants.

Shares of athenahealth, Inc (NASDAQ: ATHN) were down around 20 percent to $97.67 after the company reported weaker-than-expected quarterly results.

PCM Inc (NASDAQ: PCMI) was down, falling around 18 percent to $24.80. PCM posted Q1 earnings of $0.26 per share on revenue of $524.4 million. The company projects Q2 earnings of $0.44 to $0.49 per share, and revenue of $580 million to $600 million.

Commodities

In commodity news, oil traded up 1.47 percent to $49.69 while gold traded up 0.06 percent to $1,266.60.

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20% Of Netflix Streaming Content Could Be Self-Produced By Year-End

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20% Of Netflix Streaming Content Could Be Self-Produced By Year-End

Rosenblatt Securities’ Alan Gould maintains a Neutral rating and $155 price target on Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX)’s stock after the company announced its entry into China and raised 1.3 billion euros in a debt raise.

Debt Raise

Netflix raised 1.3 billion euros in a 10-year debt raise at 3.625 percent, which the analyst noted is “very attractive” at just 128 basis higher than treasuries. This is also favorable when factoring in the company’s 10-year debt raise last October at 4.375 percent, which at the time was 260 basis points higher than treasuries.

Gould stated that the debt market is pricing Netflix’s offering at a better rate than its B+ credit rating implies. As such, this makes it “obvious” why Netflix is financing growth initiatives through the credit market as opposed to issuing stock.

In fact, the company is expected to return to the debt market again within the next six to nine months. As such, net debt to adjusted EBITDA of 2.5x at the end of March could max out at 3 to 3.5x by the end of the year, but the ratio will decline afterward, as the company’s adjusted EBITDA will grow at a faster rate versus its debt balance.

Netflix In China

According to Gould, Netflix’s $8 per share surge in response to its entry into the Chinese market is an “over-reaction.” The analyst believes the move will be “helpful for branding.” At the end of the day, the financial impact will be “immaterial” — the amount received will be booked as a contra-expense item instead of revenue.

20% Of Content Could Be Self-Produced

Gould also highlighted a part of Netflix’s 10-Q that may be flying under the radar, under-reported by the Street.

Gould noted 14 percent of Netflix’s $12 billion of net streaming inventory is self-produced (i.e., original content and not licensed), which marks an increase from 8 percent just nine…
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In A Consolidating Space, Acquisition Target Dish Network Could Be The ‘Kingmaker’

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In A Consolidating Space, Acquisition Target Dish Network Could Be The 'Kingmaker'

Barclays said in a note Thursday DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ: DISH) could emerge as the “kingmaker.” Accordingly, the firm upgraded shares of the company.

Analyst Kannan Venkateshwar believes, in the coming days, the differences in relative competitive positioning of various wireless players could be magnified further due to M&A activity. The analyst sees Dish emerging as a preferred partner for most of the carriers, although for different reasons.

“This process is also likely to highlight the strategic value of Dish’s satellite business which, despite challenging trends, is in our view an underappreciated strategic asset,” the analyst said.

Barclays looked at various M&A options that could materialize within the sector.

Sprint–T-Mobile: Providing Entry Into Wireless Business

Barclays believes a Sprint Corp (NYSE: S)–T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS) deal, though helped by the political realities, will still need to offer significant concessions such as making available MVNO arrangement to new players, voluntarily or otherwise.

“With Dish now owning critical component pieces of spectrum required to run a network, an ability to access the combined network of Sprint–TMUS could offer Dish the ability to enter the wireless business, wholesale or retail, without having to invest in infrastructure,” the firm said. This, according to the firm, would explain Dish’s recent low-band spectrum acquisition.

DirecTV–DISH: Interesting Future Option

According to Barclays, a DirecTV (parent company, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T))–Dish not only benefits AT&T strategically, but also financially. The firm believes synergies alone could fund the deal with the scale comparable to the Sprint–T-Mobile combination.

Although believing AT&T might be cautious in discussing this deal, given its…
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Domino’s Keep Slinging

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Domino's Keep Slinging

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ)’s reported first quarter results Thursday morning, which sent shares higher by more than 3 percent.

The pizza chain said it earned $1.26 per share in the quarter on revenue of $624.22 million; analysts were expecting the company to earn $1.16 per share on revenue of $615.48 million.

Here are some highlights from the quarter:

  • Total revenue rose 15.8 percent from a year ago, mostly due to higher supply chain revenues from increased volumes and store growth.
  • Same-store sales rose 10.2 percent in the U.S. which marks the 24th consecutive quarter of positive sales momentum.
  • Same-store sales in the international segment rose 4.3 percent which marks the 93rd consecutive quarter of positive sales momentum.
  • Net income for the quarter rose from $45.5 million a year ago to $62.5 million.
  • Total stores as of March 26, 2017 were 14,000 versus 13,811 as of January 1.
  • Domino’s bought back 80,360 shares of its common stock.

Analyst: ‘Solid’ Report

Stephens’ Will Slabaugh commented in a brief note after the results that Domino’s reported a “solid” quarter, highlighted by its third consecutive quarter of triple-digit same-store sales growth.

Slabaugh argued that the earnings report solidifies his view that Domino’s remains the leader in the pizza space with “substantial” white space to grow. In addition, the company holds a technological advantage versus its peers.

However, most of the positives are already priced into the stock given its 20x EBITDA multiple. As such the analyst maintained an Equal-Weight rating and $185 price target but investors should become “constructive” on any notable pullback.

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Benzinga’s Option Alert Recap From April 27

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Benzinga Pro provides its subscribers with real-time alerts of potentially market-moving options activity.

Here’s a recap of the options alerts from Thursday, April 27, 2017. All time stamps are in Eastern Time.

3:36:38 pm: CY Cypress Semi May 15.0 Calls Sweep: 5169 @ ASK $0.35: 6510 traded vs 7669 OI: Earnings today After Close $14.32 Ref

3:19:42 pm: GPRO GoPro Jun 9.0 Puts Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.95: 2246 traded vs 77 OI: Earnings today After Close $9.05 Ref

2:37:29 pm: TV Grupo Televisa May 24.0 Puts; 22255 @Bid @ $0.35, 24.35 Ref

2:18:31 pm: MYL Mylan May 38.0 Calls Sweep: 501 @ ASK $1.136: 1575 traded vs 451 OI: Earnings 5/2 Before Open [est] $37.75 Ref

1:54:52 pm: YUM YUM May 5th 64.5 Puts Sweep: 743 @ ASK $0.45: 1755 traded vs 48 OI: Earnings 5/3 Before Open $66.36 Ref

1:39:39 pm: GOOG Alphabet Jul 950 Calls: 1000 @ ASK $7.40: 4015 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings today After Close $872.24 Ref

1:24:06 pm: GNC GNC May 7.5 Puts Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.40: 1333 traded vs 1928 OI: Earnings 7/27 Before Open [est] $8.02 Ref

12:38:16 pm: CY Cypress Semi Sep 15.0 Calls: 2578 @ Above Ask! $1.00: 4340 traded vs 12k OI: Earnings today After Close $14.29 Ref

12:19:02 pm: AUPH Aurinia Pharm Jul 10.0 Calls Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.45: 520 traded vs 4596 OI: Earnings 5/10 After Close [est] $7.22 Ref

12:03:22 pm: ZTS Zoetis May 57.5 Calls Sweep: 731 @ ASK $0.75: 731 traded vs 33 OI: Earnings 5/4 Before Open $56.26 Ref

11:53:16 am: TSRO Tesoro Jun 140 Calls: 711 @ ASK $15.60: 1005 traded vs 116 OI: Earnings 5/9 After Close $144.84 Ref

11:42:44 am: GPRO GoPro Apr 28th 8.5 Puts Sweep: 1300 @ ASK $0.20: 1684 traded vs 11k OI: Earnings today After Close $9.13 Ref

11:16:54 am: VG Vonage Sep 8.0 Calls Sweep: 900 @ ASK $0.40: 900 traded vs 1073 OI:…
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Big Tech Q1 Earnings Roundup: Amazon, Google, Intel, Microsoft

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Big Tech Q1 Earnings Roundup: Amazon, Google, Intel, Microsoft

Several of the biggest tech names released their first quarter earnings after Thursday’s close.

When combining some of the biggest names that reported, the collective value of these four tech giants surpass a remarkable $1.75 trillion in market cap.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN)

  • Amazon reports Q1 EPS $1.48, beats estimates by $0.35
  • Sales came in at $35.7B, beats estimates by $400M
  • Sees Q2 sales of $35.25B-$37.75B VS $36.8B estimate

Shares were up more than 3.5 percent at $952 in after-hours trading.

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG)

  • Alphabet reports Q1 GAAP EPS $7.73, beats estimates by $0.33
  • Sales came in at $24.75B, beats estimates by $530M
  • Q1 Sales Excluding Traffic Acquisition Costs came in at $20.12B

GOOG shares were up more than 3.5 percent at $906.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)

  • Microsoft reports Q1 Adj. EPS $0.73, beats estimates by $0.03
  • Sales came in-line at $23.6B

Shares were down 1.7 percent at $67.25.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC)

  • Intel reports Q1 Adj. EPS $0.66, beats estimates by $0.01
  • Sales came in at $14.8B, missing estimates by $10M
  • Sees Q2 Adj. EPS $0.63-$0.73, FY17 Adj. EPS ~$2.85
  • Q2 GAAP sales ~$14.4B, FY17 GAAP sales ~$60B

Shares were down more than 3.5 percent at $36.10.

Posted-In: Alphabet Amazon GoogleEarnings News After-Hours Center Movers Tech Best of Benzinga





These Stocks Could Feel The Effects Of A Deteriorating Auto Lending Market

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These Stocks Could Feel The Effects Of A Deteriorating Auto Lending Market

Evidence continues to mount that the subprime auto lending market has a bumpy road ahead. New data suggests U.S. dealers are struggling to sell automobiles so far in 2017, and subprime lenders are taking notice.

CNBC’s Phil LeBeau reports that auto dealers are offering record-high incentives for buyers, but new vehicles are still taking longer to sell than at any point since July 2009. Even with an average dealer incentive of $3,499 as of April 16, J.D. Power reports that vehicles are sitting on lots for an average of 70 days before being sold.

According to AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), dealers are now offering incentives of around 10.5 percent of manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

“To me, the red line on incentives is 10 percent of MSRP, where they begin to lose their effectiveness,” AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said.

Subprime Auto Lenders

Major subprime auto lenders are taking notice. Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) just announced plans to reduce its auto lending portfolio by 30 percent. TCB Financial Corporation (NYSE: TCB) also recently pledged to scale back its auto originations by up to 40 percent.

Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC), the single largest U.S. subprime auto loan originator, reported a 29 percent year-over-year decline in auto originations in Q1.

“These three lenders are poised to remove $4-5 billion of credit from the used car market,” Height Securities said in a note to clients on Wednesday. “The reduction in credit places additional pressure on used car prices.”

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Black Book reports used vehicle prices declined by 6.0 percent in 2016. In March, Black Book reported used car prices declined another 7.2 percent in February compared to a year ago. Shares of used…
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Benzinga’s Option Alert Recap From April 26

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Benzinga Pro provides its subscribers with real-time alerts of potentially market-moving options activity.

Here’s a recap of the options alerts from Wednesday, April 26, 2017. All time stamps are in Eastern Time.

3:45:38 pm: VRX Valeant Jul 7.5 Put; 4000 @Bid @$0.54; Ref=$9.28

3:26:31 pm: RFP Resolute For Prod Jul 10.0 Calls: 600 @ ASK $0.45: 606 traded vs 5461 OI: Earnings 5/4 Before Open $6.30 Ref

3:20:44 pm: TPX Tempur Sealy May 55.0 Calls Sweep: 1001 @ ASK $0.70: 1170 traded vs 6674 OI: Earnings 5/4 Before Open $47.39 Ref

3:08:11 pm: KOS Kosmos Energy Oct 7.5 Calls: 650 @ ASK $0.40: 1400 traded vs 89 OI: Earnings 5/8 Before Open $6.15 Ref

2:59:28 pm: GRUB GrubHub May 37.5 Calls Sweep: 1288 @ ASK $1.05: 6913 traded vs 2479 OI: Earnings tmrrw Before Open $34.90 Ref

2:36:53 pm: LL Lumber Liquidators Jun 24.0 Calls Sweep: 1500 @ ASK $1.699: 1500 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 5/2 Before Open $23.64 Ref

2:30:42 pm: CTRP CTrip May 50.5 Puts Sweep: 528 @ ASK $2.30: 528 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 5/10 After Close $49.61 Ref

2:24:04 pm: JONE Jones Energy May 2.5 Calls Sweep: 1149 @ ASK $0.15: 6188 traded vs 11k OI: Earnings 5/3 After Close $2.05 Ref

2:22:49 pm: ZIOP Ziopharm May 8.0 Calls Sweep: 837 @ ASK $0.30: 2002 traded vs 4987 OI: Earnings 5/1 After Close $7.43 Ref

2:22:16 pm: YUMC Yum China May 35.0 Calls Sweep: 803 @ ASK $0.60: 824 traded vs 219 OI: Earnings 7/5 Unspecified [est] $34.45 Ref

2:09:51 pm: FRAC Keane Gp Jul 15.0 Calls: 3000 @ ASK $1.40: 5001 traded vs 223 OI: Earnings 5/2 After Close $14.67 Ref

12:36:46 pm: LPX Louisiana Pac Nov17 22.0 Puts Sweep: 893 @ ASK $0.75: 901 traded vs 18 OI: Earnings 5/5 Before Open $26.63 Ref

12:28:03 pm: ZIOP Ziopharm May 7.0 Calls Sweep: 1010 @ ASK $0.599: 1315 traded vs 6088 OI: Earnings 5/1 After Close $7.23 Ref

12:18:14…
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Earnings Scheduled For April 26, 2017

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Earnings Scheduled For April 26, 2017

Companies Reporting Before The Bell

  • Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.79 billion.
  • PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.91 per share on revenue of $11.23 billion.
  • Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $0.01 per share on revenue of $512.96 million.
  • Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE: PG) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $0.94 per share on revenue of $15.71 billion.
  • Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $1.95 per share on revenue of $21.35 billion.
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.46 per share on revenue of $29.21 billion.
  • Norfolk Southern Corp. (NYSE: NSC) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $1.34 per share on revenue of $2.52 billion.
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (NYSE: DPS) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.96 per share on revenue of $1.55 billion.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is projected to report quarterly earnings at $2.02 per share on revenue of $4.68 billion.
  • Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $3.80 per share on revenue of $21.26 billion.
  • Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH) is expected to report quarterly earnings at $0.66 per share on revenue of $1.53 billion.
  • General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE: GD) is estimated to report quarterly earnings at $2.31


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