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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTITMN, PBR, C, HPQ, BAC, NFLX, GILD, AAPL, X, TSLA, TWTROptions Update; August 25, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 29c to 27.40. Option volume leaders: AAPL HPQ TWTR GILD C TSLA NFLX PBR X BAC ITMN according to Track Data.
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November 10, 2014
06:46 EDTPBRPetrobras downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:46 EDTBAC, CRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:37 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui in lead for Citigroup's Japan retail operations, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTCUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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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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November 9, 2014
19:12 EDTPBRPetrobras being probed by U.S. authorities, FT says
The US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into Petrobras, says the Financial Times. U.S. authorities are looking at whether Petrobras or its employees, middlemen or contractors, violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, added the Financial Times. Reference Link
13:00 EDTBACBofA looks for additional SEC sanctions to be waved, Bloomberg says
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November 7, 2014
17:00 EDTTSLAMarket ends week higher after upbeat U.S. data, hint at ECB easing
Stocks finished the week higher and near record levels as several better than expected U.S. economic data points boosted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims, a manufacturing index for October, and factory orders for September all beat expectations. The nonfarm payrolls report showed fewer than expected jobs were added last month, but the figures from the prior two months were upwardly revised... European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the ECB Governing Council was unanimous in its commitment to use unconventional instruments if needed to boost the euro zone's economy. Meanwhile, some possible "green shoots" emerged in Europe, as France reported that its manufacturing output had risen 0.6% in September versus August. Furthermore, Western European car sales surged 5.5% in October versus the same period a year earlier, Reuters reported, citing industry data. There was, however, some negative news out of Europe, as Germany said that its factory orders had increased just 0.8% in September, following a revised 4.2% slump in August. Economists had expected the orders to jump 2.3%. Also, the European Commission cut its 2014 GDP growth forecast for the EU to 0.8% from its previous forecast for a 1.2% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Tesla (TSLA), Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), International Paper (IP), Whole Foods (WFM), and upscale accessories and apparel maker Kate Spade (KATE) were among the stocks that climbed following their results. Conversely, multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF), Priceline (PCLN), Michael Kors (KORS), IT security company FireEye (FEYE), and chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM) fell following their quarterly reports... In takeover news, clinical laboratory company LabCorp (LH) said it would buy drug development services company Covance (CVD) for $105.12 per share in cash and stock, and marketing services company Sapient (SAPE) agreed to be acquired by French advertising giant Publicis (PUBGY) for $25.00 per share in cash... Shares of a number of hospital owners, including Tenet Healthcare (THC), Community Health (CYH), and HCA Holdings (HCA) fell after Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans have promised to seek to repeal most parts of the Affordable Care Act, which benefits hospitals by reducing the number of uninsured patients that use their services. Additionally, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the federal government's right to subsidize the health insurance premiums of Americans who buy health insurance through the federal exchange set up by the Act... The Justice Department sued to block the acquisition of Screenvision, which provides solutions related to cinema advertising, by movie theater ad network National CineMedia (NCMI), sending its stock lower. Movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas (CKEC), which owns a 19% “profits interest" in the holding company for Screenvision, also slid following the news. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is up 1.04% to 17,573.93, the Nasdaq is up 0.03% to 4,632.53, and the S&P 500 is up 0.66% to 2,031.92.
16:00 EDTTSLA, AAPL, PBROptions Update; November 7, 2014
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09:36 EDTTSLA, AAPL, GILDActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL WFM ABX GILD TSLA ZNGA FB FSLR GOOG AMZN
08:46 EDTNFLXCord 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
08:11 EDTPBROptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active @ CBOE: DIS FSLR RIG RMTI SLXP ZNGA PBR SHLD CP CSX NSC NVDA FSLR
07:43 EDTGILDGilead Harvoni prescriptions trending well above Sovaldi, says RBC Capital
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06:57 EDTPBRPetrobras volatility elevated as shares trade near eight-month low
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06:46 EDTAAPLMicrosoft begins offering free iPhone Office apps
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple says shuts down 'WireLurker' malware, Business Insider reports
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06:21 EDTTWTRTwitter CEO sending 'mixed messages' to investors, WSJ reports
A year after its IPO, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has confused investors with mixed messages as well as several executive changes. The Wall Street Journal says that Costolo is popular with employees, but according to research firm Morningstar, some big investors are frustrated and have sold out of their stock or cut their positions over the past several quarters. Reference Link
06:18 EDTTWTRTwitter to open Hong Kong office early next year, WSJ reports
In a move to serve greater China, Twitter will open an office in Hong Kong in 1Q15, the Wall Street Journal reports. The office will mainly house sales staff, Shailesh Rao, Twitter’s VP for Asia Pacific, the Americas and emerging markets, says. Twitter has been blocked in China since 2009 over concerns by the government it could be used to organize protests. Reference Link
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