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April 9, 2012
16:14 EDTAET, MOH, SNE, AOL, WCG, GOLD, FB, UNH, CNC, CALL, MSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as investors got their chance to react to Friday’s worse than expected jobs report. Stock futures were sharply lower in pre-market trading, leading to a lower open for the market. The move was broad based, as evidenced by the fact that at one point 99% of the stocks in the S&P 500 index were in negative territory. Investors came back from the holiday weekend ready to sell, but a drift higher throughout the day limited the losses. Big question marks hang in front of the earnings season, which unofficially kicks off tomorrow with Alcoa's (AA) report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: A report Friday, while the U.S. stock markets were closed, showed that the U.S. added 120K net new jobs in March. That total missed expectations and the prevailing rate of growth in recent months. Today's economic calendar had little of note to distract investors from Friday's disappointment... COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to pay $1.06B to AOL (AOL) to buy many of it patents and license others, sending AOL's shares soaring $7.98, or 43.32%, to $26.40. Microsoft's stock declined with the broader market following the announcement of the deal, falling 42c, or 1.33%, to $31.10. In another $1B tech deal, Facebook (FB) agreed to purchase Instagram, a photo-sharing app for mobile devices. Shares of photo site Shutterfly (SFLY) fell $1.26, or 4.28%, to $28.21 after the deal was announced... Sony (SNE) plans to cut 10,000 jobs, or 6% of its workforce, over the next two years, according to reports... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were magicJack VocalTec (CALL), up $2.26, or 10.86%, to $23.07, as it provided guidance above the Street's view and said it will look to increase its stock buyback program, and Randgold Resources (GOLD), up $7.46, or 9.16%, to $88.90, after the company said its 2012 gold production would not be affected by a coup in Mali. Noteworthy losers included Molina Healthcare (MOH), down $9.36, or 26.74%, to $25.65, Centene (CNC), down $7.83, or 15.41%, to $42.97, WellCare Health Plans (WCG), down $5.46, or 7.35%, to $68.78, and Amerigroup (AGP), down $3.27, or 4.85%, to $64.18, after the companies lost their contracts to administer the state of Ohio’s Medicaid program. Ohio instead chose to go with Aetna (AET), United Health Group (UNH), and three others... INDICES: The Dow fell 130.55, or 1.00%, to 12,929.59; the Nasdaq dropped 33.42, or 1.08%, to 3,047.08; and the S&P 500 lost 15.88, or 1.14%, to 1,382.20.
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06:46 EDTFBFeds warn Facebook on WhatsApp privacy, The Hill reports
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday warned Facebook not to change WhatsApp's privacy policies, according to The Hill. WhatsApp, which agreed to sell itself to Facebook earlier this year, does not collect information about its users, The Hill stated. Reference Link
06:15 EDTFBFacebook, WhatsApp deal cleared by FTC with caveat
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06:12 EDTSNEDreamWorks Animation may look to take a piece of Vevo, Re/code reports
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April 10, 2014
17:59 EDTFBFacebook cracks down on News Feed spam
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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15:56 EDTWCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
Wellcare (WCG) which has previously been speculated as a takeover target by analysts, is being studied as a target by Wellpoint (WLP), according to the Betaville blog, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Shares of WellCare, which have been lower throughout the session, briefly spiked following the blog post, but have returned to negative territory in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:52 EDTWCGWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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12:11 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTSNE, MSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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