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October 25, 2013
17:08 EDTEMN, CECO, NQ, MSFT, ZNGA, AMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, but closed off their best levels, after a session that saw the Nasdaq rally early following strong earnings reports from Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), though the averages later consolidated their gains to trade in a narrow range for much of the session and close with modest gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders climbed 3.7% in September, stronger than the expected 2.5% increase. Durable goods orders excluding transportation orders were down 0.1%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.5% in the month. The final University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for October was 73.2, versus an expected 75.0 reading. Wholesale trade inventories grew 0.5% in August, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4% for the month. COMPANY NEWS: Amazon gained $31.18, or 9.39%, to $363.39 after the company reported third quarter losses that were in-line with forecasts and revenue that beat analysts' consensus expectation. Following its report at least eight firms raised their price targets on Amazon's shares and Raymond James upgraded the stock to Strong Buy... Microsoft reported earnings beat expectations on both the top and the bottom line, and the PC giant saw its shares gain $2.01, or 5.96%, to $35.73. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Career Education (CECO), up $2.18, or 57.37%, to $5.98 after last night announcing a deal to sell its European education properties for $305M. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), up 18c, or 5.52%, to $3.73 after reporting a narrower-than-expected third quarter loss. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of NQ Mobile (NQ), down $1.46, or 12.08%, to $10.63 after the shares, which were halted for much of the session, re-opened for trade following a conference call held by management to address a negative research report released yesterday by noted short seller Muddy Waters. Shares of NQ Mobile fell $12.48, or 54.55% yesterday before being halted for the session. Also lower was Eastman Chemical (EMN), down $4.24, or 5.16%, to $77.94 after cutting its FY13 EPS outlook and being downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman. INDEXES: The Dow was up 61.07, or 0.39%, to 15,570.28; the S&P 500 was up 7.70, or 0.44%, to 1,759.77; the Nasdaq was up 14.40, or 0.37%, to 3,943.36.
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August 17, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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11:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's Jay Carney defends company, CBS News reports
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09:56 EDTAMZNLiberty Interactive CEO says to stay 'far away' from Amazon's business model
09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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07:39 EDTMSFTTMC to hold a conference
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06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon's Bezos "doesn't recognize" NYT's Amazon, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's uses harsh workplace practices to reach creative goals, NYT says
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06:09 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO hails U.K.'s approach to drones, FT reports
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August 14, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFT, AMZNOptions Update; August 14, 2015
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12:29 EDTZNGAKing Digital sinks after posting weaker than expected network metrics
Shares of King Digital (KING), an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, are sinking after the company reported weaker than expected network metrics in the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, King Digital reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 49c and revenue of $500M, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of 43c and $490.03M, respectively. King reported Q2 total gross bookings of $529M, above the high end of its previously provided guidance range, but down 12% sequentially and 13% year over year. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, King said gross bookings would have decreased by approximately 11% sequentially, and by approximately 6% y/y. King noted that 81%, or $430M, of gross bookings were derived from the mobile audience. The company said "Candy Crush Saga," "Candy Crush Soda Saga" and "Farm Heroes Saga" ranked within the top 10 grossing games in App Store and Play Store in the U.S. during Q2. King said its monthly unique users fell 1% to 340M in Q2, down from 345M last year, while monthly active users were 501M vs. 485M last year; daily active users were 142M in Q2 vs. 138M last year. The company said year-over-year increases in monthly active users and daily active users were primarily due to the introduction of new games, particularly "Candy Crush Soda Saga," partially offset by decline in "Candy Crush Saga" and other more mature games. It said increases also reflect growth in activity from mobile players, partially offset by continued decrease in activity from Facebook (FB) players. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, King Digital said it expects gross bookings in the third quarter of $460M-$485M based on the timing of game releases and recent trends. The company sees fourth quarter bookings "fairly consistent sequentially." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded King Digital Entertainment to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the company's Q2 results. King's network metrics were weaker than expected while a key component of the company's pipeline, the upcoming mid-core game, is pushed to 2016, Anmuth said. He cut the price target for shares to $17 from $20. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, King Digital fell $1.81, or 11.84%, to $13.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 3% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the mobile gaming space include Glu Mobile (GLUU), Zynga (ZNGA), Shanda Games (GAME), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
07:12 EDTMSFTSony's Playstation 4 leads in strong July video game sales, VentureBeat reports
Even though July brought few major video game releases, new game hardware, software, and accessories generated $541.9M at U.S. retailers in the month, up 6% year over year, VentureBeat reports, citing data from NPD Group. Sony's (SNE) Playstation 4 console outsold its competitors' consoles, namely Nintendo's (NTDOY) Wii U and Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox One, the report says. Reference Link
06:28 EDTMSFTSamsung makes enterprise push with new phones, improved security, WSJ says
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August 13, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 13, 2015
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13:02 EDTMSFTFitbit announces new Windows 10 app
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10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: A. Schulman (SHLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... American Capital Agency (AGNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Annaly Capital (NLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Aramark (ARMK) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Bernstein upgrades Yahoo (YHOO), says shares pricing in 'almost' worst case scenario... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... CAE (CAE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Capital One (COF) upgraded at Argus... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... EZchip (EZCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Enzymotec (ENZY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded on positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Green Plains (GPRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Merck (MRK) upgraded on improved pipeline outlook at BMO Capital... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... National Research (NRCIB) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTAMZNAmazon leads $8M funding round in Clique Media, Business Insider reports
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07:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com stock could outperform for extended period, says Stifel
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07:40 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded at Stifel
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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