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April 17, 2014
08:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 100, May is at 68, June is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
April 16, 2014
13:54 EDTABTDanone slips after fresh dairy volume shrinks
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13:13 EDTLRCXASML trades lower after reducing Q2 sales view
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:35 EDTABTAbbott: We have plenty of cash for M&A activity, not constrained on borrowing
09:15 EDTABTAbbott sees pace of EPS growth and sales to accelerate throughout FY14
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09:14 EDTABTAbbott sees Q2 EPS 50c-52c, consensus 51c
Sees Q2 sales growth in low to mid single digits, consensus $5.54B.
09:13 EDTABTAbbott sees accelerating sales growth in 2H14
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07:49 EDTABTAbbott expects to increase global capacity to meet demand in 2014
Expects three new manufacturing facilities scheduled to come on line in China, India and the U.S. in Q2. Adult Nutrition remains on track to achieve an operating margin ratio of more than 20 percent of sales by 2015.
07:47 EDTABTAbbott completes enrollment in U.S., China, Japan in Absorb regulatory trials
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07:46 EDTABTAbbott backs FY14 adjusted EPS $2.16-$2.26, consensus $2.20
07:46 EDTABTAbbott reports Q1 adjusted EPS 41c, consensus 36c
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07:28 EDTWHFWhiteHorse Finance upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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05:45 EDTWHFWhiteHorse Finance upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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15:19 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:14 EDTABTEarnings Preview: Abbott's established pharmaceuticals sales in focus
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
10:00 EDTWGPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:22 EDTABBVAbbVie initiates Phase III clinical trial of veliparib in lung cancer
AbbVie announced the initiation of a global Phase III clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its investigational compound, veliparib or ABT-888, in patients with previously untreated locally advanced or metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer. The trial will compare patients randomized to receive either the standard chemotherapies of carboplatin and paclitaxel with the addition of veliparib, versus patients receiving carboplatin and paclitaxel with the addition of placebo. The trial will recruit approximately 900 patients.
08:50 EDTWGPWestern Gas Equity downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering
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08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
April 14, 2014
17:31 EDTABBVAbbVie stock could reach $55, Barron's says
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14:06 EDTFBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTABTAbbott announces FDA clearance for test to diagnose diabetes
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:45 EDTABBVAbbVie defended at BMO Capital
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06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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April 12, 2014
19:23 EDTABBVEnanta reports detailed results from Turquoise ll study
Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA) announced that detailed results from AbbVie’s (ABBV) pivotal phase 3 TURQUOISE-II study, will be presented as a late-breaking oral presentation at the International Liver Congress, ILC, which is the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver, EASL. Results from the TURQUOISE-II study were featured in the ILC press conference and were published on-line in the New England Journal of Medicine. The TURQUOISE-II study reports results from AbbVie’s investigational three direct-acting antiviral regimen containing ABT-450, Enanta’s lead protease inhibitor discovered through Enanta’s collaboration with AbbVie. The regimen consists of boosted protease inhibitor ABT-450/ritonavir, NS5A inhibitor ABT-267, and non-nucleoside polymerase inhibitor ABT-333. TURQUOISE-II is a global, multi-center, randomized, open-label study evaluating the efficacy and safety of 12 weeks or 24 weeks of treatment with AbbVie's three direct-acting antiviral regimen with ribavirin, RBV, in adult patients with genotype 1, GT1, chronic hepatitis C virus, HCV, infection with compensated liver cirrhosis. Patients achieved sustained virologic response rates 12 weeks post-treatment, SVR12, of 91.8% and 95.9% in the 12-week and 24-week treatment arms, respectively. Patients in the study were either new to therapy or treatment-experienced, failed previous treatment with pegylated interferon and RBV.
April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTLRCXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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05:27 EDTABBVEnanta announces results for partner AbbVie's HCV studies
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05:24 EDTABBVAbbVie announces 96% sustained virologic response rates in HCV study
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April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:25 EDTLRCXLam Research initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:34 EDTABTAbbott completes enrollment of Absorb clinical trials in U.S., Japan and China
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
April 9, 2014
17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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11:43 EDTABT, ABBVGilead defended by analysts after recent pullback
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
16:21 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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09:00 EDTFBCLSA social media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:52 EDTALJRefiners 2014 EPS estimates raised at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo significantly raised its 2014 EPS estimates for Alon USA (ALJ), PBF Energy (PBF), Valero (VLO), and Western Refining (WNR) . The firm thinks that the sector is benefiting from better crack spreads and refining utilization so far in Q2, while U.S. exports of refined products jumped 21% year-over-year last quarter. Wells keeps Outperform ratings on PBF and Valero, and Market Perform ratings on Alon USA and Western Refining.
07:28 EDTFBFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTFBSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTFBMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
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16:30 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA MU GNK AMZN FB GILD MA NFLX
08:02 EDTFBFacebook met with anonymous app maker Secret but didn't make offer, Re/code says
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06:12 EDTFBFacebook paid researchers $1.5M to fix software bugs
Facebook paid out more than $1.5M to security researchers who helped it find and fix software bugs and security vulnerabilities in its software code, the company said. The company says it has been working to grow its bug bounty program since 2011, and "We received 14,763 submissions in 2013, a 246% increase from 2012. Of these, 687 were valid and eligible to receive rewards. 6% of eligible bugs were categorized as high severity. We've paid over $2M since we got started in 2011, and in 2013 we paid out $1.5M to 330 researchers across the globe. 2014 is looking good so far. The volume of high-severity issues is down, and we're hearing from researchers that it's tougher to find good bugs." Reference Link
April 3, 2014
13:38 EDTFBFacebook retests the $60 area, levels to watch
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06:10 EDTFBGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
06:01 EDTFBInstagram fixing bug that hides users' photos, AP reports
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