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June 18, 2014
16:52 EDTT, HTZ, AMZN, ANGOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The averages opened lower, but soon drifted back across the flat line as investors awaited the conclusion of the two-day FOMC meeting. The market had little else to key in on and as a result drifted throughout most of the session. By the time the FOMC rate statement was released the averages were in negative territory and showed little reaction to the rate decision and accompanying statement. The rate announcement was followed by a press conference by Fed Chair Janet Yellen who clarified statements about the Fed’s bond tapering strategy and the current monetary policies. The Chairwoman stated she hoped the Fed would have better visibility of an exit strategy by the end of the year. The averages drifted higher, however without much conviction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Fed lowered monthly bond buying by $10B, and kept rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN) announced the Fire Phone, an AT&T (T) exclusive smart phone with a 4.7 inch screen and 'dynamic perspective' 3-D interface, at a live event this afternoon. MAJOR MOVERS: AngioDynamics (ANGO) rose 6.7% after receiving FDA clearance for its Celerity tip location system... Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) gained 4.8% after Reuters reported that Hertz may allow car rentals through Uber. INDEXES: The Dow was up 98.13, or 0.58%, to 16,906.62; the Nasdaq was up 25.60, or 0.59%, to 4,362.84; and the S&P 500 was up 14.99, or 0.77%, to 1,956.98.
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January 20, 2015
09:38 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:17 EDTAMZNPattern Energy to supply power to Amazon Web Services
Pattern Energy Group (PEGI) announced it has entered into a 13-year power purchase agreement, or PPA, to supply power to Amazon Web Services, or AWS, an Amazon.com (AMZN) company. AWS will acquire the production from the 150 megawatt Fowler Ridge IV Wind project, to be renamed Amazon Web Services Wind Farm.
08:01 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to use wind farm power to supply datacenters with power
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06:24 EDTTT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 19, 2015
11:14 EDTAMZNAmazon to produce original movies for theaters, Prime Instant Video
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTTGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTTCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:06 EDTHTZWalgreens Boots Alliance says Thomas Sabatino to join Hertz as general counsel
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) announced that Thomas Sabatino Jr., EVP, global chief legal and administrative officer, will be leaving the company to join Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) as senior executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, effective February 9. Sabatino will remain in his current role with Walgreens Boots Alliance through the end of January to ensure a smooth transition of his current responsibilities. The company expects to announce his successor at that time.
09:03 EDTHTZHertz appoints Tom Sabatino Senior EVP, Chief Administrative Officer
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06:11 EDTAMZNEU says Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg may violate laws, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility movement; GLD HTZ
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January 15, 2015
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
12:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's Twitch unit to allow users to stream music
In a blog post Amazon.com's Twitch unit said it will allow users to stream music on its online gaming platform. The company said: "Today we’re announcing two important music initiatives: the Twitch Music Library and the beta Music category.The Twitch Music Library, is a library of songs pre-cleared for Twitch broadcasters to use live and with VODs. As you may recall, we implemented an audio recognition system last year out of respect for copyright holders and to protect both our broadcasters and our brand. We knew it was equally important to ensure broadcasters had music options. Thus, the Twitch Music Library was born to offer safe passage through the less-than-clear legal landscape when it comes to audio rights. The Twitch Music Library features more than 500 songs provided by established and burgeoning labels, including Mad Decent, Dim Mak, Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA, Monstercat, Fool’s Gold, and many more. We are also announcing an experiment with music content creators: our beta Music category. The Music category—listed among the game titles you can designate for a broadcast—is for musicians to use for creating, performing, and presenting original music." Reference Link
09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says first pilot season of 2015 available on Instant Video
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08:30 EDTAMZNEU to publish details of Amazon's tax deal with Luxembourg, Reuters reports
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06:27 EDTTIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
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