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July 8, 2014
16:23 EDTABBV, SHPG, NFLX, FB, TXMD, IPCI, LRCXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and stayed in negative territory for the entire session. The tech-heavy Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of "momentum" stocks, while the Dow fell below 17,000 after having eclipsed that milestone for the first time to end last week. The declines came as investors prepare for earnings season, which unofficially kicked off when Alcoa (AA) reported after today's closing bell. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Job Openings and Labor Turnover, or JOLTs, report showed a 171K increase in job openings to 4.635M, marking a fourth straight monthly gain. Consumer credit grew $19.6B in May, which was fairly in-line with expectations for it to be up $19.8B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) fell, despite the U.S. drug company raising its takeover bid for its U.K. peer by 11% to over $51B in cash and stock. Shire responded by saying that AbbVie did not make the revised proposal to Shire before the announcement and that its board will meet to consider the revised offer. Following the announcement of the new bid, Shire shares trading in New York fell $4.55, or 1.92%, to $232.92, while AbbVie slipped $1.71, or 2.98%, to $55.69. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was TherapeuticsMD (TXMD), which rose $1.34, or 32.45%, to $5.47 after research firm FBR Capital initiated the stock with an Outperform rating and $34 price target. Also higher was Lam Research (LRCX), which gained $1.06, or 1.54%, to $69.67 after providing updated financial guidance at its analyst and investor meeting. Among the noteworthy losers was Intellipharmaceutics (IPCI), which fell 52c, or 13.33%, to $3.38 after reporting a net loss for its second fiscal quarter. Also lower were shares of a number of prominent technology "momentum" stocks, including Facebook (FB), which slid $2.53, or 3.88%, to $62.76, and Netflix (NFLX), which dropped $15.57, or 3.38%, to $445.05. INDEXES: The Dow lost 117.59, or 0.69%, to 16,906.62, the Nasdaq declined 60.07, or 1.35%, to 4,391.46, and the S&P 500 dropped 13.94, or 0.7%, to 1,963.71.
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August 26, 2014
09:35 EDTNFLXNetflix files formal protest against Comcast merger, Engadget reports
Netflix (NFLX) has filed a petition to the FCC against the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as the streaming company has previously indicated it would, reported Engadget. Netflix claims the deal would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a merged cable giant would have huge leverage over it and rivals like Hulu, which is a joint venture owned by Comcast itself along with partners Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
09:35 EDTFB, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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August 25, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 25, 2014
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15:03 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range
Netflix August 8/29/14 weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, September is at 25, October is at 27, January is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
13:06 EDTFBWhatsApp grows to 600M monthly active users
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09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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August 24, 2014
21:56 EDTLRCXB. Riley to hold a tour
Silicon Valley Tech Tour travels throughout Silicon Valley on August 25-27.
August 22, 2014
11:17 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 22, 2014
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05:58 EDTNFLXComcast launches streaming TV services for college campuses, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2014
15:16 EDTABBVDEA restricts painkiller drug prescriptions to curb abuse, WSJ reports
The Drug Enforcement Agency, or DEA, will reclassify hydrocodone combination painkiller drugs and place them in the category of medical substances that have the highest potential for harm in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of the drugs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rescheduling of the drugs will take effect in 45 days and result in people being able to obtain the drug for only 90 days without obtaining a new prescription. Major manufacturers of these drugs include Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), Mallinckrodt (MNK), AbbVie (ABBV), and Actavis (ACT). Reference Link
12:59 EDTFBPrivacy lawsuit against Facebook draws support from 60,000 users, Reuters says
A class action lawsuit against Facebook Ireland, the division that runs the company's international business activities, has received support from more than 60,000 users and passed its first legal review, Reuters reports, citing the creator of the lawsuit, Australian law student Max Schrems. The lawsuit claims damages of $663 per Facebook user for alleged privacy violations. The Vienna Regional Court has ordered Facebook Ireland to respond to the claims made by the lawsuit within four weeks, Schrems added. Reference Link
10:34 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTABBVGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
August 20, 2014
12:59 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range
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09:36 EDTNFLX, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FOLD TSLA TWTR WHX FB TM NFLX X EOG
06:13 EDTNFLXNetflix signs paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, Gigaom reports
Netflix (NFLX) has signed a direct interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) that would provide Netflix with direct access and faster streams, reports Gigaom. Time Warner Cable confirmed that the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 19, 2014eBay
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 28c to 27.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL C HD PBR GILD AA NFLX TWTR TSLA EBAY according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
08:27 EDTNFLXNetflix international opportunity larger than most realize, says MKM Partners
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