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July 8, 2014
16:23 EDTLRCX, FB, ABBV, IPCI, NFLX, TXMD, SHPGOn 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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July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook Q2 revenues tracking slight above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research's data analysis indicates Facebook's Q2 North American revenue is tracking to $1.9B, up from a previous estimate of $1.86B, versus consensus of $1.84B due to increased spending per advertiser. Firm estimates total Q2 revenues are tracking to $4.05B versus consensus of $3.98B.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open:
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07:04 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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July 21, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
10:24 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTNFLX, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTFBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:19 EDTFBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTFBPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLX, FBOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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12:40 EDTFBEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:35 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, August is at 38, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
11:29 EDTFBFacebook breakout accelerates, levels to watch
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10:13 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:53 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $117 at BTIG on video opportunity
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Facebook can exceed consensus estimates, citing higher confidence in the company's video advertising opportunity. Greenfield, who raised his revenue estimates for Facebook in this year and next, also points out Instagram's monetization opportunity and the platform potential of WhatsApp and Messenger. The analyst raised his price target on Facebook to $117 from a "stale" target of $80 that had been set in July of last year and reiterates a Buy rating on the social network's stock, which closed at $94.97 on Friday.
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