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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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April 8, 2014
08:44 EDTFFord says China sales cross 100,000 mark in March, March sales up 28% y/y
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07:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com May volatility elevated at 43, shares near five-month low
Amazon.com April call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 43, June is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results in late April.
06:46 EDTGSGoldman expects Orban risk as Hungary bonds suffer, Bloomberg says
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06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon Fire TV takes top spot on Amazon's best sellers list, TechCrunch reports
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06:38 EDTFFord's March China sales up 28% y/y, Reuters reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNAmazon believes Fire TV will fill gap in mid-market games, Re/code reports
Amazon Games VP Mike Frazzini said the company's Fire TV will provide an outlet for mid-market games made by teams of five to 30 people, reports Re/code. In an interview with Re/code, Frazzini believes it can fill a "gap in the middle" and several of its games can be seen as "complex games in their own right." Reference Link
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTBAC, GSFederal Reserve announces extension on some CLOs
The Federal Reserve Board announced that it intends to exercise its authority to give banking entities two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of certain collateralized loan obligations, or CLOs, covered by section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Volcker rule. Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Act directed the board to adopt rules for the conformance period and the board previously extended the conformance period for all activities and investments by one year to July 21, 2015. To ensure effective compliance, the board intends to grant banking entities two additional one-year extensions, which together would extend until July 21, 2017, to conform their ownership interests in and sponsorship of CLOs to the statute. Publicly traded companies that may be impacted by the announcement include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
18:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Japan to sell alcoholic beverages, Nikkei reports
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 7, 2014
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14:18 EDTEXPEGoogle licenses booking software from Expedia-backed startup, Bloomberg says
Tech giant Google (GOOG), which has been bolstering its investments in travel, is now licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77, a startup backed by Expedia (EXPE), reported Bloomberg, citing a letter sent to Room 77 shareholders that was obtained by the news service. Other online travel agencies include Priceline Group (PCLN) and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW). Reference Link
12:47 EDTFFord recalls 434,000 vehicles in two unrelated recalls, Detroit News reports
Ford is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls announced Monday, reports Detroit News. The company is recalling 385,750 Escape compact SUVs due to a rusty subframe. it also will recall 48,950 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles to replace seatback frames that don't comply to the NHTSA standard. Reference Link
12:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests Friday's session lows, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTMRKAlnylam's McSwiggen patent upheld in European opposition proceedings
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07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces launch of Amazon Dash
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07:27 EDTMRKAmerican Association of Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:04 EDTPGProcter & Gamble increases quarterly dividend 7% to 64.36c per share
The Procter & Gamble Company announced that its Board of Directors declared an increase in the quarterly dividend from 60.15c to 64.36c per share on its Common Stock and on the Series A and Series B ESOP Convertible Class A Preferred Stock of the company, payable on or after May 15, to Common Stock shareholders of record at the close of business on April 25, and to Series A and Series B Preferred Stock shareholders of record at the start of business on April 25. This represents a 7% increase compared to the prior quarterly dividend.
06:41 EDTAMZNMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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06:28 EDTGSGoldman sees opportunity to slice China junk debt after gains, Bloomberg says
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05:25 EDTFFord Transit Connect awarded five star safety rating by NHTSA
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