Buzz Stocks: DISH Network Corporation, Zulily, Inc., and Endo International plc

Today's stocks to watch in the news include DISH Network Corp (DISH), Zulily Inc (ZU), and Endo International plc - Ordinary Shares (ENDP)

by Alex Eppstein

Published on May 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM
Updated on May 11, 2015 at 9:57 AM

U.S. stocks are perched lower out of the gate, as traders continue to digest Friday's jobs report. Meanwhile, among equities in focus are pay-TV provider DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), e-commerce firm Zulily Inc (NASDAQ:ZU), and health care company Endo International plc - Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:ENDP).

  • DISH is 0.5% lower this morning at $66.51, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings, but also said it lost 0.3 million subscribers on a year-over-year basis. Technically speaking, DISH Network Corp has had an off year, dropping 8.8% year-to-date, and has underperformed the broader S&P 500 Index (SPX) by nearly 15 percentage points over the last three months. As such, traders have been buying to open DISH puts over calls at a faster-than-usual clip of late. During the past two weeks, the stock has racked up an International Securities Exchange (ISE), Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) put/call volume ratio of 0.66, which sits near the top quartile of its annual range.

  • ZU is surging this morning on news that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) has upped its stake in the company to 9.2%. Specifically, ZU shares are 18.5% higher at $15.75 -- though they remain 33% lower in 2015, largely due to last week's guidance-induced sell-off. While shareholders are likely pleased with Zulily Inc's bounceback, short sellers are smarting. Roughly 16% of the equity's float is sold short, and would take close to one week to repurchase, at ZU's typical daily trading levels.

  • ENDP is down 1.1% at $86.12, even after the firm reported stronger-than-projected first-quarter earnings (subscription required) and the purchase of a drug portfolio from a subsidiary of South Africa-based Aspen Holdings. This is a change of pace for the technical overachiever, as the shares have added over 19% year-to-date. Not surprisingly, the brokerage bunch is extremely bullish toward Endo International plc, as 11 analysts rate it a "buy" or better, versus four "holds" and not a single "sell."

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