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April 27, 2012
16:28 EDTMXWL, MDRX, EXPE, CRAY, PG, MRK, CVX, BAC, GS, SBUX, F, AMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures traded around fair value for most of the pre-market trading session, with a bit of a swoon following the disappointing Q1 GDP report. The futures gathered themselves before the close of the pre-market trading session which led to a slightly higher open for the broader market. The averages hung near the flat line until the University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading gave investors a reason to buy. Although the volume was light, the averages achieved gains of roughly 0.5% and then drifted lower for the remainder of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product reportedly grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the first quarter, versus an expected increase of 2.5%. Personal consumption increased 2.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 2.3%. The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence report had a reading of 76.4, versus the expected 75.7. Regarding Europe, S&P cut its credit rating on Spain to BBB+ from A and said its long-term outlook is negative...COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN), Ford (F) and Starbucks (SBUX) all exceeded expectations on the top and bottom lines, but only Amazon was rewarded by investors. Shares of the internet giant advanced more than 15% on the heels of upgrades from Goldman (GS), Merrill Lynch (BAC), Nomura and Sun Trust...The three Dow components reporting earnings, Chevron (CVX), Merck (MRK) and Procter & Gamble (PG), all declined despite each beating consensus earnings expectations. P&G was the Dow's worst performer, sliding 3.9%, after lowering its outlook for next quarter...MAJOR MOVERS: Among the biggest gainers were: Cray (CRAY) which soared 27.9% to $11.38 after forecasting higher than expected Q2 revenue, and Expedia (EXPE) which rallied 23.5% to $40.31 after reporting Q1 EPS that trounced analysts' expectations. The losers included Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX) which tumbled 35.7% to $10.29 after drastically reducing its FY12 EPS forecast, and Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) which fell 39.2% to $9.60 after issuing a disappointing Q2 sales forecast. INDICES: The Dow rose 23.69 to 13,228.31, the S&P gained 3.38 to 1,403.36, and the Nasdaq added 18.59 to 3,069.20.
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October 8, 2014
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:35 EDTGSGoldman Sachs' outlook questioned, NY Times says
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06:13 EDTAMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTAMZN, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTGSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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08:08 EDTAMZNSplunk, AWS to integrate Hunk on Amazon Elastic MapReduce
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07:28 EDTBAC, GSWells Fargo ups price target ranges for capital markets banks
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07:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands seller holiday deals program worldwide
Amazon announced that for the first time, top deals from sellers on Amazon will be featured on holiday deal pages worldwide. The holiday deals from sellers will now appear on the Amazon Today’s Deals page, Black Friday Store, Cyber Monday Store and many other high customer traffic site features. Participating sellers will be offering thousands of deals throughout the holiday season across most product categories. The seller holiday deals program, introduced for the first time last year, is now expanding to be available worldwide on local Amazon sites in the U.S., the EU, China, Japan, India and Canada.
06:51 EDTGS, BACJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:49 EDTBACBNP seeks assistance from banks as ban approaches, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAMZNEC probes transfer pricing arrangements on taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether the decision by Luxembourg's tax authorities with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Amazon in Luxembourg comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties and the Member States concerned an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The tax ruling in favor of Amazon under investigation dates back to 2003 and is still in force. It applies to Amazon's subsidiary Amazon EU Sarl, which is based in Luxembourg and records most of Amazon's European profits. Based on a methodology set by the tax ruling, Amazon EU Sarl pays a tax deductible royalty to a limited liability partnership established in Luxembourg but which is not subject to corporate taxation in Luxembourg. As a result, most European profits of Amazon are recorded in Luxembourg but are not taxed in Luxembourg. At this stage the Commission considers that the amount of this royalty, which lowers the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl each year, might not be in line with market conditions. The Commission has concerns that the ruling could underestimate the taxable profits of Amazon EU Sarl, and thereby grant an economic advantage to Amazon by allowing the group to pay less tax than other companies whose profits are allocated in line with market terms. The Commission will now continue investigating to determine whether its concerns are confirmed. Luxembourg did not fully comply with the Commission's request for information as part of its information gathering exercise in relation to tax ruling practices in some Member States but only provided a limited sample. In June the Commission therefore initiated infringement proceedings against Luxembourg by issuing letters of formal notice. Although the Luxembourgish authorities have still not fully complied with the Commission's information request, in August Luxembourg did provide information on a number of cases requested by the Commission, including Amazon. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
09:40 EDTFNHTSA reviews 938K Ford cars due to steering defect claims, Reuters says
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09:37 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:00 EDTGSBanks cooperating on corporate bond 'shopping mall,' WSJ says
A group of 12 banks, including Credit Suisse (CS), Goldman Sachs (GS), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan (JPM), BNP Paribas (BNPQY), and Societe Generale (SCGLY), are cooperating on a new early-stage initiative, called “Neptune,” that is intended to be a "one-stop destination" for finding buyers and sellers of corporate bonds, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, who said no single bank is leading the project. Reference Link
07:29 EDTBAC, GSHead of NYDFS reaching out to banks in wake of JPMorgan breach, FT says
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07:09 EDTMXWLAmerican Trucking Association to hold a conference
2014 ATA Management Conference is being held in San Diego on October 4-7.
06:27 EDTBAC, GSJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
05:56 EDTCVXChevron announces sale, JV partnership for Duvernay shale assets with KUFPEC
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