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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTLO, AMZN, PETM, WFC, SHPG, ECOM, SLXP, RAI, ABBV, VZ, AAStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
Stocks finished the week lower as problems experienced by a Portuguese bank and a statement by the Fed worried investors. MACRO NEWS: The shares of Portugal's largest bank, Banco Espirito Santo, plunged yesterday after its parent company reportedly missed a debt payment and was accused of accounting irregularities. The news triggered fresh fears about Europe's financial stability. However, Portugal's central bank today said that Banco Espirito's funds are undoubtedly secure... The Fed was concerned that investors may not be adequately factoring in uncertainty about the outlook for the economy and monetary policy, minutes of the central bank's last meeting indicated. The central bank also indicated that it would likely end the tapering of its asset purchases in October... On a positive note, fewer new jobless claims than expected were filed last week. Additionally, Chinese inflation for June came in slightly below expectations, leading to speculation that Beijing would be able to implement additional stimulus measures. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season kicked off, with Alcoa (AA) reporting stronger than expected results. Wells Fargo (WFC) became the first large bank to report results this earnings season. Its revenue surpassed expectations but its profits were in-line with the consensus estimate... In M&A news, AbbVie (ABBV) raised its takeover bid for U.K.-based Shire by 11% to over $51B in cash and stock. Another drug company, Salix (SLXP), announced that it would merge with its U.K.-based peer, Cosmo Technologies. The deal is expected to lower Salix's effective long-term tax rate from a high 30% level to a low 20% level. In the tobacco sector, Lorillard (LO) and Reynolds American (RAI) confirmed earlier today that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... Longview Asset Management announced that it had obtained a 9% stake in pet supplies and services retailer PetSmart (PETM) and recommended that the retailer engage advisors for the purpose of exploring a potential sale and "other strategic alternatives," as had been suggested by another large investor in the stock, Jana Partners... Verizon (VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company had added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth... Consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that Amazon's (AMZN) same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. INDEXES: This week, the Dow fell 0.73% to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq fell 1.57% to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 fell 0.9% to 1,967.51.
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06:05 EDTVZSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
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