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Swing trading portfolio – week of December 7th, 2015

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Chipotle Shares Continue To Plunge After Hours Amid Boston College E. Coli Scare

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) fell more than $25 in Monday's post-market session following yet another report of an E. coli outbreak.

According to a recent post on a Boston College Eagles community site, BC Interruption, eight Boston College basketball players are now feeling the effects of E. coli-related sickness, seemingly after eating at Chipotle.

See Also: Wall Street Mixed On Chipotle: More Educated Customer Base And Food With Integrity Branding Complicates

Boston College Senior Associate Director of Sports Medicine, Donna Bennett, as shown in the BC Interruption article, quickly sent an "immediate warning" to appropriate parties urging them not to eat at Chipotle. The campus-wide email to all athletes suggested a number of people on campus were struck sick from E. coli after eating at the Chipotle in Cleveland Circle.

After closing Monday down 1.5 percent at $552.79, shares of Chipotle were trading down nearly 5 percent to around $526 in the after-hours session. The stock has lost about a quarter of its value since early October, when E. coli fears were first reported.

Posted-In: BC Interruption Boston CollegeNews Rumors After-Hours Center Movers





BlueBird Bio Unable To Rebound

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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BlueBird Bio Inc (NASDAQ: BLUE) shares are trading lower by $31 at $52.66 in Monday’s session. The catalyst for the decline is mixed sickle cell data from it latest trial. The poor results prompted three different Wall Street firms to lower their ratings, while another lowered its price target.

After a lower open, it rallied to $63.89 before resuming its descent. It reached $51.72 and has rebounded into the $52 handle.

That takes the issue back into a thinly traded level from December 2014. In that month, it rallied from a low of $39.02 and ended the year at $91.72.

Posted-In: Premarekt outlookTechnicals Intraday Update Movers Trading Ideas





Detwiler Fenton Says CDC Still Unable To Identify Chipotle's E. Coli Source, Traffic Will Be Challenged

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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  • Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) continues to suffer from the E. coli outbreak in the US.
  • In a report issued Monday, Detwiler Fenton analyst Jim Sanderson said this will remain a long-term challenge for the company to overcome.

Analysts at Detwiler Fenton think concerns over food security will continue to afflict Chipotle for several quarters, even though recent reports suggest the company has started to resolve the issues around E. coli. Generally, they believe that until the company can prove that its food is really safe and disease free, consumers will avoid dining in its restaurants, especially in the nine states where the outbreak has been reported. These states host more than half of the company’s U.S. locations.

Related Link: Wall Street Mixed On Chipotle: More Educated Customer Base And Food With Integrity Branding Complicates

While bad publicity for Chipotle has proliferated quickly, the truth is that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has yet to confirm the source of the disease. However, the analysts think the company’s strategy "may not have mitigated further spread of the disease from the firm's supply-chain given that there is a several-week delay in reporting disease outbreaks once identified."

Even if no more cases emerge, Sanderson thinks Chipotle "will face a broader build-up of negative consumer sentiment that will take quarters to remediate." As this process unravels, the expert believes the company's traffic will continue to be challenged through at least the first half of 2016.

At this stage, Sanderson believes Chipotle, working with the CDC, "is still trying to understand how the disease occurred and spread. This tells us that going forward, CMG has months of PR work to take-on to effectively explain to consumers how this diseases occurred and why it won't happen again." If effective (and assuming no more E. coli reports in the future), the company's marketing program could take more than a…
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Monday's After-Hours Movers Led By H & R Block, United Natural Foods And DryShips

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Shares of H & R Block Inc (NYSE: HRB) were trading down more than 5 percent in Monday’s after-hours session, following the announcement of the company’s second quarter (fiscal 2016) financial results. The mid-cap accounting services provider reported revenue of $128 million, down 4.6 percent on foreign exchange headwinds, and a net loss of $(0.54) per share. While sales came in ahead of the Street’s expectations, which called for revenue of $127.72 million, the net loss was larger than the anticipated $(0.49) per share.

Also falling on its earnings call was United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI), down almost 6 percent. For the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the small-cap organic and natural foods distributor delivered earnings of $0.63 per share on revenue of $2.018 billion, missing the Street’s consensus estimate of $0.69 per share and $2.094 billion.

Opposite was the case of DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS), which gained more than 12.4 percent after the bell rang on its earnings report. This micro-cap transportation company retrieved a net loss of $(0.03) per share on revenue of $50.766 million.

Central Garden & Pet Co (NASDAQ: CENT) rose more than 2.2 percent in Monday’s after-hours session. The small-cap company reported fourth quarter earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $386.37 million, well above the Street’s consensus, which called for a net loss of $(0.09) per share on revenue of $384.8 million.

Disclosure: Javier Hasse holds no positions in any of the securities mentioned above.

Posted-In: Earnings News After-Hours Center Movers





Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Open Lower; Keurig Green Mountain Agrees To Be Taken Private For $92/Share

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Following the market opening Monday, the Dow traded down 0.50 percent to 17,758.81 while the NASDAQ dipped 0.54 percent to 5,114.64. The S&P also fell, dropping 0.57 percent to 2,079.74.

Leading and Lagging Sectors

In trading on Monday, non-cyclical consumer goods & services shares surged by 0.41 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Keurig Green Mountain Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR), up 73 percent, and Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA), up 8 percent.

Energy shares tumbled by 3.02 percent in the US market on Monday. Top losers in the sector included Vanguard Natural Resources, LLC (NASDAQ: VNR), Willbros Group Inc (NYSE: WG), and Legacy Reserves LP (NASDAQ: LGCY).

Top Headline

Keurig Green Mountain Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) agreed to be acquired for $13.9 billion by an investor group led by JAB Holding Company.

The cash offer of $92.00 per share represents a 78 percent premium over Keurig’s closing price on Friday.

Equities Trading UP

Keurig Green Mountain Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) shares shot up 73 percent to $89.61 after the company agreed to be acquired for $13.9 billion.

Shares of XBiotech Inc (NASDAQ: XBIT) got a boost, shooting up 20 percent to $10.33 after the company reported positive results in its European Phase III study for its breakthrough therapy for colorectal cancer.

Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $15.26 on Keurig Green Mountain Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR)…
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Big Lots Hammered By Piper Jaffray, Firm Warns Of Uncertainty In 2016

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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  • The share price of Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) has dipped 18.65 percent over the past month, opening Monday at a low of $39.24.
  • Piper Jaffray’s Peter J. Keith has downgraded the rating on the company from Overweight to Neutral, while lowering the price target from $61 to $43.
  • Although there continues to be consistent improvement in the company’s stores, Keith expressed concern regarding Big Lots being able to move to positive traction comp in 2016.

Analyst Peter Keith said that the downgrade was also due to the ongoing ecommerce rollout representing “a notable drag on profitability and has execution risk.”

Keith also mentioned that management had “established overly aggressive guidance targets which gives the turnaround a negative slant when these targets aren't met.”

In addition, while the company's initiatives with the Store Revolution and a private label credit card test continue to be “intriguing,” they are still unproven.

Big Lots has to date invested capex worth $40 million in its ecommerce platform, while building to a run rate of $10 million in expenses to support the platform. The company expects additional expenses in 2016, although it has not quantified the amount.

Keith expressed concern regarding “execution risk on the roll-out and support of e-com,” saying that the ecommerce expenses have been limiting EBIT margin and pressuring the stock valuation.

In addition, with the ongoing changed in Big Lots’ merchant mix towards slower turning items, as well as limited visibility into the store operating initiatives, Keith expressed skepticism regarding the company’s transactional comp turning positive in 2016.

According to the Piper Jaffray report, management and the company’s board need to establish more realistic long-term goals.

Latest Ratings for BIG

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2015 Piper Jaffray Downgrades Overweight Neutral
Sep 2015 Deutsche Bank Maintains Buy
Aug 2015 Barclays Maintains Overweight

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Crude Oil Crashes Below $40 And Beyond

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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January Crude Oil futures are trading lower by $$2.10 at $37.87 in Monday’s session. Early in the session, the contract breached $40 and has been on a decline. Once it breached Friday’s low ($39.60), the pace of selling accelerated. It has reached $37.80 and has not been able rebound back over $38.

Posted-In: Premarket outlookTechnicals Intraday Update Movers Trading Ideas





Homeinns Enters into Definitive Merger Agreement for $35.80/ADS

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Homeinns Hotel Group (NASDAQ: HMIN) today announced that it has entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with BTG Hotels Group (HONGKONG) Holdings Co., Limited (“Holdco”), a wholly owned subsidiary of BTG Hotels (Group) Co., Ltd., a PRC joint stock company that is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and principally engaged in the management of hotels and tourism destinations (SHA: 600258) (“BTG Hotels”), BTG Hotels Group (CAYMAN) Holding Co., Ltd (“Merger Sub”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Holdco, and solely for the purposes of certain sections of the Merger Agreement, BTG Hotels.

Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, Holdco will acquire the Company (other than Rollover Shares as defined below) for cash consideration of US$17.90 in cash per ordinary share of the Company (each, a ”Share”) or US$35.80 in cash per American depositary share of the Company (each, an ”ADS”), each of which represents two Shares.  This represents an 18.7% premium over the closing price of US$30.17 per ADS as quoted by the NASDAQ Global Market on June 10, 2015, and a premium of 29.4% and 36.6%, respectively, over the

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Wedbush Likes Voyager's Gene Therapy Pipeline, Initiates At Outperform

Courtesy of Benzinga.

Wedbush Likes Voyager's Gene Therapy Pipeline, Initiates At Outperform

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  • Shares of Voyager Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: VYGR) have appreciated 64.79 percent over the past month, with the share price almost at the 52-week high on December 4.
  • Wedbush’s David M. Nierengarten initiated coverage of the company with an Outperform rating and price target of $36.
  • The company is pioneering in AAV-based gene therapy for serious disorders of the central nervous system, which Nierengarten believes is an “ideal site” for gene therapy.
  • Analyst David Nierengarten explained that Voyager Therapeutics has selected various Central Nervous System (CNS) diseases, “with validated, specific gene targets that are amenable to AAV gene therapy.”

    The CNS is an “ideal site for gene therapy due to its “immune privilege” status and terminally-differentiated cells that allow long-term transgene expression,” Nierengarten went on to say.

    VY-AADC01 And Parkinson’s

    The company’s lead program, VY-AADC01, is currently being development for the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease. The drug aims to restore the expression of an enzyme, AADC, which is responsible for converting L-Dopa to Dopamine, but is progressively lost due to Parkinson’s.

    Therefore, by restoring AADC levels, the drug is expected to help with significant improvement in motor skills, as well as L-Dopa responsiveness.

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    VY-SOD101 And ALS

    The second pipeline drug is VY-SOD101, which is gene therapy for the treatment of ALS or monogenic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. “VYGR’s other preclinical programs target Friedreich’s ataxia, Huntington’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy,” Nierengarten added.

    According to the Wedbush report, Voyager Therapeutics’ pipeline products are backed by robust preclinical data.

    Partnerships Boost Benefits

    In addition, the company’s strategic partnership with Genzyme not only “validates VYGR’s product development platform,” but also “allows leverage of the combined expertise, and provides substantial financial support for VYGR to develop its pipeline,” the report said.

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    Latest Ratings for VYGR

    Date Firm Action From To
    Dec 2015 Piper Jaffray Initiates Coverage on Overweight
    Dec 2015 Cowen &amp; Company Initiates Coverage on Outperform
    Dec 2015 Wedbush Initiates Coverage on Outperform

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    The media used to invest a lot of time denying they had a bias and an agenda, but the only people who believed them were on the Left, which had the odd effect of confirming they had a bias and an agenda.

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    Gold since the lows in 2016 has created a series of higher lows, while Silver may have created a double bottom.

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    Russia Prepares To Buy Up To $10 Billion In Bitcoin To Evade US Sanctions

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    In last week’s recap we asked:  “Has the Fed solved all the market’s problems in 1 speech?”

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    Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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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).

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