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January 25, 2013
16:30 EDTNUS, MSFT, AAPL, NFLX, HLF, T, EGHT, OSK, XOM, PG, SCSSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher with the Nasdaq leading the major averages, despite another down day from its biggest component Apple (AAPL). The S&P 500 spent most of the session near the important psychological level of 1500, eventually finishing just above that level, within reach of its all-time highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., data showed new home sales fell 7.3% to a 369K rate in December, versus expectations for an increase of 2.1%. However, November sales were revised substantially higher. In Europe, the ECB announced that 278 banks will repay over EUR137B of LTRO funds at the end of this month, which was more than expected. Also, German business confidence increased more than economists forecast, as indicated by the Ifo institutes' business climate index climbing to 104.2 from 102.4 in December... COMPANY NEWS: Three Dow components reported earnings last night or this morning and all three advanced after their reports. Procter & Gamble (PG) led the Dow, up $2.83, or 4.02%, to $73.25 after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Microsoft (MSFT) gained 25c, or 0.9%, to $27.88 and AT&T (T) gained 27c, or 0.8%, to $34.02... Apple shares fell $10.65, or 2.36%, to $439.85, bringing the company's market cap to $413.04B, making ExxonMobil (XOM) the world's most valuable company and taking Apple shares to their 52-week low... On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime, Bill Ackman discussed his short position in Herbalife (HLF) again, and responded to attacks by activist investor Carl Icahn. During his interview, Ackman mentioned that he has heard Dan Loeb, who notably took a long position in Herbalife, is short shares of Nu Skin (NUS). Icahn later joined the broadcast and the two hedge fund managers aired their personal grievances in a bizarre half hour of television... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Oshkosh (OSK), up $6.50, or 18.8%, to $41.08 after beating quarterly earnings expectations and raising its FY13 profit view, and Netflix (NFLX), which gained $22.70, or 15.46%, to $169.56 following a 42% gain during yesterday's session. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings reports were Select Comfort (SCSS), down $5.04, or 17.87%, to $23.16 and 8x8 (EGHT), down 86c, or 10.83%, to $7.08... INDICES: The Dow was up 70.65, or 0.51%, to 13,895.98; the Nasdaq was up 19.33, or 0.62%, to 3,149.71; the S&P 500 was up 8.14, or 0.54%, 1,502.96.
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18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
16:21 EDTNFLXStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:17 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTNFLX, AAPL, MSFT, TOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
13:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:31 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range as shares at all-time high
Netflix May weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, June is at 28, July is at 37; compared to its 90-day average of 36; suggesting decreasing near term price movement on reports of talks to enter China's online video market.
10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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09:37 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
09:11 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bsquare (BSQR), up 34.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL), up 13% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX), up 7.4% after announcing FDA approval of Treximet for use in pediatric patients... Advaxis (ADXS), up 4.4% after being initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.3% following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks to enter China's online video market... Inovalon (INOV), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 12.8%... King Digital (KING), down 8.3%. ALSO LOWER: PlasmaTech (PTBI), down 5.4% after filing to sell 1.93M shares for selling stockholders... Paycom Software (PAYC), down 7% after 8M share Spot Secondary priced at $36.25... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 5.9% after Keurig Kold investor presentation... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.4% after CFO transition... Celladon (CLDN), down 5.1% after the CEO says that the company is evaluating strategic options.
09:04 EDTNFLXNetflix poised to open at all-time high above $600 per share
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are up more than 3% in pre-market trading to trade near $606 per share after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media Holding, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and other Chinese companies about forming a partnership to bring its content to China.
08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:38 EDTPGP&G fighting lawsuits over laundry-pod poisonings, WSJ reports
Procter & Gamble (PG), which has a commanding spot in the laundry-pod market and has put the products at the center of its laundry strategy, is defending itself against several lawsuits alleging injuries from the products, reported The Wall Street Journal. The Journal noted it reviewed data showing that at least seven people, including four last year and one earlier this year, have died after biting into laundry-pods. A P&G spokesman said there are indications that the rate of accidents relative to the number of pods sold is declining since 2012, when the products were first introduced in the U.S. Reference Link
06:44 EDTXOMEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
05:55 EDTNFLXNetflix in talks to enter China's online video market, Bloomberg reports
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