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October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTBA, AMZNMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
16:20 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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15:57 EDTAMZNRoku planning to file an IPO, CNBC reports
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12:57 EDTAMZNAlibaba advances after BMO starts coverage with Outperform rating
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12:49 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened relatively quietly, with investors cautious given the way the market closed yesterday following the report a NYC doctor had the Ebola virus. As the morning progressed investors became more emboldened and pushed the market higher, leaving the major averages near their highs at midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report on new home sales showed that they inched up 0.2% to a 467K rate in September, but August was revised much lower. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell 7.5% after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Procter & Gamble (PG) rose 3% after the company's Q1 core EPS matched estimates and it announced plans to exit the Duracell personal power business. P&G noted that while no decision has been made on the form of the exit, the company’s current preference is a split-off of the Duracell business into a stand-alone company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was were Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 11% following the company's "beat and raise" report. Also higher was SodaStream (SODA), which jumped 14% after confirming that it has entered into an agreement with PepsiCo (PEP) specifically focused on a small-scale, limited time test to make certain of PepsiCo’s brands available for use on the company’s at-home beverage system. Among the noteworthy losers was Pandora (P), which dropped 15% after reporting quarterly results that included a sequential drop in listener hours. Also lower was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which fell 5.5% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to a Sell rating in a note to investors. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 86.67, or 0.52%, to 16,764.57, the Nasdaq was up 16.36, or 0.37%, to 4,469.15, and the S&P 500 was up 8.86, or 0.45%, to 1,959.68.
11:36 EDTCHKChesapeake Oilfield Services withdraws plans for IPO
Chesapeake Oilfield Services, a unit of Chesapeake Energy, said in a filing that it would withdraw its plans for an IPO. It is unclear why the IPO is being withdrawn.
10:39 EDTAMZNAmazon downgraded at Cowen, Janney after results miss expectations
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10:23 EDTNOCJudge refuses to dismiss Northrop Grumman FCA suit, Law360 says
Northrop Grumman's request to dismiss a $62M False Claims Act suit was partially denied by an Illinois federal judge, reports Law360. Reference Link
10:03 EDTKMP, HNT, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV selection has tripled since launch
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral at Janney Capital
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08:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com guidance 'relatively strong,' says Pacific Crest
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08:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $340 from $400 at RW Baird
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08:54 EDTAMZNUPS declines to comment on Amazon, but says adapting to an evolving market
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08:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $296 from $350 at B. Riley
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08:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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07:50 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Energy downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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07:34 EDTKMPNEB prevents City of Burnaby from blocking Trans Mountain
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07:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $307 from $340 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan lowered its price target for Amazon.com shares to $307 citing the company's "disappointing" Q3 results and outlook, but it says the numbers are not as bad as they seem given the one-time write-down for the Fire Phone. The firm expects shares to remain under pressure and keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
07:30 EDTAMZNEbola and earnings push futures lower
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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sell-off creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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07:00 EDTHNTHealth Net downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Health Net two notches to Sell from Buy citing the stock's 60% year-to-date rally and its belief that 2015 consensus estimates are too high. Citi thinks the company's dual enrollment in California is tracking well short of projections. It raised its price target for shares to $42 from $35.
06:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com still well-positioned to win over long-term, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says recorded charges of $170M for unsold Fire Phones, other costs
Amazon said in a filing that during the three months ended September 30, it recorded charges estimated at $170M primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs. The remaining amount of Fire phone inventory, including inventory on hand, inventory held by resellers, and non-cancellable supplier commitments to purchase additional inventory, was $83M as of September 30.
06:11 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN TLM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Amazon.com (AMZN) 41, Talisman Energy (TLM) 83 according to iVolatility.
05:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $350 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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October 23, 2014
19:35 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman bid to dismiss whistle-blower case denied, Bloomberg says
18:52 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
17:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M
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17:35 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman awarded $207.29M government contract modification
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16:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Q4 guidance includes about $470M for stock-based compensation
Q4 guidance includes approximately $470M for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.
16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down almost 7% following Q3 results, Q4 guidance
16:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B
Operating cash flow increased 15% to $5.71B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.98B for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.08B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $388M for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013 includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4B.
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B, consensus $30.89B
Q4 operating income (loss) is expected to be between ($570M)-$430M, consensus 67c.
16:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 EPS (95c), consensus (74c)
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com October weekly 312 straddle priced for 7.5% move into Q3
13:36 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B
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10:01 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Avalon Rare Metals (AVL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded at Cowen... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Boeing (BA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Boulder Brands (BDBD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... ClickSoftware (CKSW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GulfMark Offshore (GLF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... ICON plc (ICLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... IPC The Hospitalist Co. (IPCM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Mercer (MERC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Regency Energy Partners (RGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Union Bankshares (UBSH) downgraded at RW Baird... VOC Energy Trust (VOC) downgraded at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon: AWS cloud computing platform available to German datacenter customers
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08:36 EDTBAAtlas Air announces placement of two additional Boeing 747s in ACMI Service
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08:13 EDTCHKCabot among Marcellus producers hardest hit by glut, WSJ says
The rapid growth of production from the Marcellus Shale has caused gas prices to drop and forced drillers to re-evaluate operations, with Cabot Oil and Gas (COG) among the hardest hit, said The Wall Street Journal. Other companies mentioned as being impacted and having responded in the report include Ultra Petroleum (UPL), Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO). Reference Link
07:45 EDTBABoeing price target lowered to $150 from $160 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Boeing to $150 from $160, as the firm sees concerns surrounding free cash flow that its Q3 results did nothing to dispel. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Boeing shares.
07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 171, November is at 43, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
06:33 EDTBABoeing downgraded at Credit Suisse
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06:06 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
06:05 EDTAMZNApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:33 EDTBAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments before earnings
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13:14 EDTAMZNMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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12:09 EDTBAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:59 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; MYL AMZN
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11:34 EDTBABoeing says re-evaluates 747 production rate every quarter
11:24 EDTBABoeing says making progress on reducing 787-8 unit costs
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10:55 EDTBABoeing sees operating cash flow growth in 2015
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10:49 EDTBABoeing sees completing repurchase program over next 1-2 years
Plans to increase 737 production rate from 42 per month to 47 in 2017. Says production increases supported by strong jet demand. Says will increase 767 production rate to 2 per month from 1 by 2016. Sees demand for 777 remaining "healthy" through end of this decade. Says has 45 commitments for 777 YTD. Says production bridge from 737 to MAX "solid," says 1st MAX delivery expected in 2017. Says smooth transition from 777 to 777x a priority. Says working to reduce defense operating costs by $2B. Says expects to complete repurchase program over approximately next 1-2 years. returning cash to shareholders remains a priority. Cuts FY14 CapEx view to $2.3B. Says "confident" in long term cash generation potential. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
10:29 EDTBABoeing says global economic growth continues at moderate pace
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10:09 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
08:14 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded at UBS
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08:05 EDTBAFly Leasing purchases three new Boeing 737-800s
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07:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 131, November is at 40, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
07:39 EDTBABoeing backs FY14 commercial airplane deliveries view of 715-725
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07:37 EDTBABoeing reports Q3 Commercial deliveries up 9% to 186 airplanes
07:37 EDTBABoeing reports Commercial Airplanes booked 501 net orders in Q3
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07:34 EDTBABoeing raises FY14 core EPS view to $8.10-$8.30, consensus $8.28
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07:32 EDTBABoeing reports Q3 core EPS $2.14, consensus $1.98
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07:05 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman raises FY14 EPS view to $9.40-$9.50, consensus $9.35
Prior FY14 EPS view $9.15-$9.35. Sees FY14 sales about $23.8B, versus prior view of $23.5B-$23.8B, consensus $23.71B. Backs FY14 free cash flow $1.7B-$2B.
07:03 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman reports Q3 adjusted EPS $2.26, consensus $2.14
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06:55 EDTBAAirbus aims to replace Boeing 757 with long-haul A321neo, Reuters says
In an effort to replace with Boeing's (BA) discontinued 757 jetliner, Airbus (EADSY) has started offering carriers a long-haul model of its A321neo aircraft, according to Reuters, citing comments from an Airbus representative. Reference Link
06:49 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
05:14 EDTBABoeing, COMAC open demonstration facility
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October 21, 2014
15:35 EDTBA, NOCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:19 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Boeing shares flat since Q2 earnings report
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14:01 EDTBABoeing technical comments ahead of results
The stock has performed in line with returns from the broader averages over the last three months. The trend has been range bound with the bulk of the range contained at $118 at the low and $128.50 at the high. These two bounds become the defining markers for post-earnings reactions. A breakout above $128.50 would see first resistance at $130.31 and then at $132.99 and $133.97. The latter is a prior pivot high. If the news disappoints, it isn't likely that shares would reach the low of the range unless the news was an extreme disappointment. First support of significance would be at $124.10 and then at $122.16 and $120.29.
13:31 EDTBABoeing invests over $1B in Everett site
Boeing announced the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Washington campus. Permitting for the new 1M-square-foot facility was completed approximately seven weeks earlier than anticipated, allowing for an accelerated start to construction. Boeing is investing more than $1B in the Everett site for construction and outfitting of the new building. Completion of the new building, which is expected in May 2016, will require approximately 3.5M hours of work. At its peak, there will be approximately 1.2K contract employees working on the project. First delivery of the 777X is targeted for 2020.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR CVX VZ MCD GILD TXN
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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08:06 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman by Airbus Helicopters
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07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
07:26 EDTKMPKinder Morgan pipeline faces opposition from native tribes, Reuters says
Kinder Morgan's plans for a Canadian pipeline expansion worth $4.8B is now up against lawsuits from indigenous communities who are aiming to use the courts to hinder the proposed oil pipeline, according to Reuters, citing comments from Grand Chief of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Stewart Phillip. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
14:29 EDTCODEEarnings Preview: Texas Instruments down 9% over last three months
Semiconductor maker Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Monday, October 20, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $3.46B. The consensus range is 66c-74c for EPS on revenue of $3.44B-$3.5B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, Texas Instruments guided to Q3 EPS of 66c-76c on revenue of $3.31B-$3.59B. LAST QUARTER: On July 21, Texas Instruments reported second quarter EPS of 62c, which was higher than analysts' consensus of 59c. The company's revenue of $3.29B exceeded analysts' expectation of $3.27B. Texas Instruments noted that the restructuring changes which occurred in Q2 are positioned to be nil in Q3 and noted that it anticipated utilization in Q3 to remain consistent with Q2 levels. NEWS: On September 18, Texas Instruments increased its quarterly dividend by 13% to 34c. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After the close on October 9, Microchip (MCHP), which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future." STREET RESEARCH: Analysts were fairly quiet on Texas Instruments during the quarter. The day after the company issued its Q2 earnings report, Sterne Agee believed that Texas Instruments' commentary on 4G telecom, auto and industrial strength should be positive for Spansion (CODE). RBC Capital noted on the same day that Texas Instruments had "strong" Q2 results, particularly in its execution, while its operating margin leverage was "impressive. The firm maintained a $57 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. On July 24, Tigress Financial upgraded Texas Instruments to Neutral from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Texas Instruments' shares are down about 9%. Since October 10, the day after Microchip's warning on the industry correction it believes has begun, Texas Instruments shares are down over 3%. In afternoon trading before tonight's report, Texas Instruments was up 1.7% to $44.41.
13:01 EDTBABoeing partners with Kenya Airways
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12:01 EDTAMZNNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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06:10 EDTBALufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 17, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
11:58 EDTBATextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:32 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTBAEMC volatility elevated into Q3 results and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, November is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
06:22 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GT AMZN
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh now available in select areas in New York
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October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 16, 2014
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14:42 EDTAMZNeBay appears done with same-day delivery 'experiment,' Re/Code says
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13:03 EDTBABoeing reports one new 747 order in weekly update
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12:29 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
12:11 EDTAMZNeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
12:05 EDTCHKChesapeake rises, Southwestern Energy slips after shale asset deal
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10:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com breaks below $300, levels to watch
Shares have broken psychologically important support at $300, last at $299.59. At that price, next support is at $296.76. Resistance is at $305.01.
09:23 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTAMZNAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:05 EDTCHKSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.”
06:28 EDTBABoeing mulls potential helicopter deal with Brazilian Army, Reuters says
Boeing said that the Brazilian Army has shown an interest in purchasing a few of the company's CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and explained that it maintains its opinion that Brazil is a noteworthy collaborator for projects in the defense and commercial space, according to Reuters, citing comments from Boeing spokesman Scott Day. Reference Link
05:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to add 80,000 seasonal jobs
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October 15, 2014
18:26 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Energy increases quarterly dividend to $1.40 from $1.39
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16:13 EDTKMPKinder Morgan now sees exceeding published annual budget dividend of $1.72
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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15:28 EDTKMPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
13:21 EDTAMZNAmazon investor sentiment near all-time lows, analyst says
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10:01 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman awarded contract from Lockheed
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09:57 EDTISISLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon reports availability of Cloud Drive on Instant video app
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sentiment nearing all-time lows, says Deutsche Bank
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06:32 EDTAMZNTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon starts same-day deliveries in the U.K., FT reports
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October 14, 2014
16:53 EDTKMPTennessee Gas Pipeline closes open season for South System Flexibility Project
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) announced that KMP’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, or TGP, successfully closed a binding open season for its South System Flexibility Project for 500,000 dekatherms per day of capacity. MexGas Supply, formerly known as MGI Supply, the natural gas supply arm of Petróleos Mexicanos, has been awarded 100% of the project capacity. Anticipated project capital is $187M, with service beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2015. In addition, TGP initiated a binding open season Oct. 9 for its proposed Lone Star expansion project, which includes an incremental 300,000 Dth/d of firm transportation from Tennessee to South Texas for future infrastructure projects. TGP has secured an unnamed foundation shipper for this project and will announce the results and further details upon the close of the open season, which is scheduled for Oct. 31. The volumes committed are sufficient to justify building the project. The general partner of KMP is owned by Kinder Morgan (KMI). KMI owns the general partner interests of KMP and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), along with limited partner interests in KMP, Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and EPB.
15:13 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Energy announces $240M investment in expansion terminals
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:55 EDTCODEBarclays top ideas in U.S. Semiconductors on the pullback
Barclays' top U.S. Semiconductor ideas to buy on the pullback are Avago (AVGO), Cavium (CAVM), Spansion (CODE), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Xilinx (XLNX).
08:35 EDTAMZNAmazon set to open first retail store in San Francisco, GeekWire reports
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06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.in, Future Group enter into a strategic partnership
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06:19 EDTAMZNGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
14:29 EDTBABoeing begins production on first 737 MAX parts
Boeing has started production of the first 737 MAX fuselage stringers at Boeing Fabrication Integrated AeroStructures in Auburn, Wash. Stringers run the length of the fuselage structure giving it stability and strength. After forming, Boeing will send the stringers to Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita, Kan. for incorporation into the first 737 MAX fuselage. From there the fuselage will be shipped to Boeing's Renton, Wash. facility where Boeing employees will build the 737 MAX. The program is on track to begin final assembly of the first 737 MAX in 2015. The airplane will be part of the flight test fleet and is scheduled to fly in 2016. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX will be 14% more fuel-efficient than today's most efficient Next-Generation 737s – and 20% better than the original Next-Generation 737s when they first entered service.
13:10 EDTAMZNGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
11:24 EDTAMZNAmazon to create 1,000 new permanent jobs at UK fulfillment centers
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10:17 EDTBAEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Prime members to get early access to select Lightning Deals
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08:43 EDTBIOCBiocept, Rosetta Genomics collaborate to evaluate microRNAs from CTCs
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon, Future Group in online sales pact, Economic Times reports
India's largest listed retailer, Future Group, has signed a deal to jointly sell items over the Internet with Amazon, reported Economic Times, which noted that Future will begin by selling apparel and then expand to in-house brands in the home, electronics and food categories. Reference Link
07:26 EDTBACommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTISISOligonucleotide Therapeutics Society to hold annual meeting
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October 12, 2014
19:41 EDTBABoeing and Garuda Indonesia announce $4.9B order
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17:20 EDTAMZNGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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