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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTSBUX, SODA, CMG, BBRY, MCD, AGN, AMZN, YUM, TRLA, BA, NFLX, FB, IBM, Z, HOG, GM, AAPLS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
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November 10, 2014
07:11 EDTTRLAOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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05:58 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CHK NFLX
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05:29 EDTBABoeing, SMBC Aviation announce order for 80 737 MAXs
Boeing and SMBC Aviation Capital announced an order for 80 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5B at list prices. This is the largest single order for 737 MAXs from a leasing company and will help SMBC Aviation Capital grow its portfolio of high-demand, fuel-efficient airplanes. Boeing's Current Market Outlook forecasts that airlines will need more than 25,600 single-aisle airplanes like the 737 MAX over the next 20 years.
November 9, 2014
17:49 EDTBBRYBlackBerry plans few devices as it focuses on profitability, Reuters says
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13:26 EDTAGNAckman's Allergan court win may prove costly down the road, Bloomberg says
When U.S. District Court Judge David Carter ruled on November 4 that Pershing Square can vote its 9.7% stake in Allergan (AGN) in a shareholder ballot aiming to remove Allergan directors, he also noted that there were “serious questions” regarding insider trading rules in the way Pershing Square acquired Allergan stock while preparing a bid with Valeant (VRX), says Bloomberg. Reference Link
November 8, 2014
14:03 EDTAMZNJefferies software and internet analysts hold a dinner meeting
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November 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZN, FBOptions Update; November 7, 2014
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14:56 EDTAGNAllergan says Valeant offers to date inadequate, would consider increased bid
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14:37 EDTBAU.S. could send significant number of additional troops to Iraq, Reuters says
The U.S. has developed plans to significantly increase the number of American troops in Iraq, according to Reuters, which cited unnamed U.S. officials. America, which currently has about 1,400 soldiers in the country, is looking to reinforce Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State, the news service stated. Publicly traded defense companies include BAE Systems (BAESY), Boeing (BA), General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), Raytheon (RTN) and United Technologies (UTX).Reference Link
11:59 EDTGMSenators ask U.S. DOJ to review Takata as airbag worries increase, Reuters says
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09:49 EDTAGNAckman says Allergan 'tipping scales' in Actavis’ favor, disadvantaging Valeant
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09:36 EDTFB, AAPL, AMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL WFM ABX GILD TSLA ZNGA FB FSLR GOOG AMZN
08:46 EDTAMZN, NFLXCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLMicrosoft begins offering free iPhone Office apps
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06:43 EDTCMGChipotle price target lowered ot $765 from $793 at Citigroup
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06:38 EDTBABoeing 737 hits buffalo during takeoff, Bloomberg says
One of SpiceJet's Boeing 737 planes collided with a buffalo during its takeoff from an airport in western Gujarat, which caused officials to ground the aircraft, according to Bloomberg, citing an e-mailed statement from SpiceJet. The 140 passengers on-board were not harmed, but the plane endured "significant damage." Reference Link
06:35 EDTAAPLApple says shuts down 'WireLurker' malware, Business Insider reports
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