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April 17, 2014
05:38 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
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April 16, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; April 16, 2014
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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April 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 15, 2014
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13:19 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases on sharp sell off into Q1
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13:03 EDTFBFacebook drops sharply on heavy volume, levels to watch
The stock is down 5% to $55.94, heading for a test of support at the $55 area. This was previously a zone of both support and resistance earlier in the year before shares took off to the life high at $72.59. A break below $55 would be bearish, with next major support at $53.55. Resistance is at $56.95.
10:25 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems new pact with Boeing removes a risk, says Wells Fargo
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08:08 EDTFBJDSU appoints Facebook Chief Information Officer Tim Campos to board
JDSU (JDSU) announced that Tim Campos has been appointed to its board, effective April 15. Campos is currently the Chief Information Officer and a member of the senior management team at Facebook (FB).
06:29 EDTBAFuji Heavy Industries o open factory plant for next-gen Boeing jets, Nikkei says
Fuji Heavy Industries (FUJHY) plans to open a new factory next year to produce parts for Boeing's (BA) next-generation 666X passenger jets, reports Nikkei. Fuji Heavy Industries is expected to spend $97.6M for the new plant and will likely build enough parts to equip 100 of the new aircraft next year. Reference Link
April 14, 2014
16:49 EDTBASpirit AeroSystems, Boeing amend supply agreement
Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that on April the company entered an agreement with Boeing (BA) amending Spirit’s long-term supply agreement with Boeing covering products for Boeing’s B737, B747, B767 and B777 commercial aircraft programs. The amended agreement establishes pricing terms for recurring products for the period commencing on April 1 and ending on December 31, 2015. Prices will continue to be adjusted each year based on a quantity-based price adjustment formula described in the agreement, whereby average per-unit prices are higher at lower volumes. Prices continue to be subject to other adjustments provided for under the agreement. The new pricing terms will not be applied to the period prior to April 1. Spirit does not expect the amended agreement to have a material impact on previously announced EPS guidance.
14:06 EDTFBGoogle to acquire Titan Aerospace, WSJ says
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12:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTFBFacebook entering China a matter of when, not if, says Topeka
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10:56 EDTWFCMasterCard, Visa rise after analysts recommend their shares
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09:36 EDTFB, AAActive equity options trading on open
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08:59 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:06 EDTBAU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:35 EDTFBFacebook looks to provide financial services for users, Financial Times reports
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April 11, 2014
17:09 EDTWFCStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
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16:21 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages struggle for direction early before sellers gained control and pushed stocks lower through the second half of the session. With today's losses, the averages each finished the week with losses greater than 2%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq losing 3% to close below 4,000 for the first time since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their quarterly results, and stocks, moving in opposite directions following the news. Dow member JPMorgan fell $2.10, or 3.66%, to $55.30 after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates. Shares of Wells gained 37c, or 0.78%, to $48.08 after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), up $6.02, or 8.09%, to $80.46 near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares fell 78c, or 2.74%, to $27.64. Also higher was Zygo (ZIGO), up $4.75, or 32.36%, to $19.43 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $8.36, or 13.97%, to $51.48 after a report late in the session from the Financial Times said the company is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI regarding its business practices. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, down $3.29, or 20.58%, to $12.70 after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: The Dow was down 143.47, or 0.89%, to 16,026.75; the S&P 500 was down 17.39, or 0.95%, to 1,815.69; the Nasdaq was down 54.37, or 1.34%, to 3,999.73.
16:07 EDTAAAlcoa ratings downgraded to 'BB+' from 'BBB-' by Fitch
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13:01 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
10:44 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees FY NIM growth similar to last year
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09:55 EDTFBFacebook bounces from early low, levels to watch
Shares began at depressed levels this morning, hitting a low of $57.31. That press down was quickly bought, with shares last at $59.62. At that price, next resistance is at $60.39. Support is at $58.51.
09:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo rises after results beat expectations, levels to watch
The shares are trading up following results, last at $47.97. At that price, the next major resistance level is at the 52-week high of $50.49. Support is at $46.72, the low of the session.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 NIM down 7 bps to 3.2%
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09:13 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
08:22 EDTBAAerCap completes 29 aircraft transactions in Q1
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08:15 EDTWFCWells Fargo continues to expect future reserve releases
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08:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 Basel III Advanced Tier 1 ratio 10.04%
Wells said capital continued to strengthen in the first quarter, with Common Equity Tier 1 of $132.7B under the Basel III General Approach, or 11.36% of risk-weighted assets. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III under the Advanced Approach, fully phased-in, was 10.04%.
08:04 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 provision for credit losses $325M
Reports net charge-offs of $825M, down $594M from first quarter 2013. Reports $500M reserve release due to continued strong credit performance and improved economic conditions. Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said, "First quarter 2014 earnings were another record for our Company and capital levels continued to strengthen. Returning more capital to our shareholders has remained a priority for Wells Fargo and we were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2014 CCAR submission." CFO Tim Sloan said, “We are very pleased with Wells Fargo’s performance in the first quarter, particularly in some of the fundamental drivers of long term growth: loans, deposits, investments, capital and credit quality. Revenue remained relatively stable despite the impact of fewer days in the quarter, reflecting contributions from our diversified sources of fee revenue. In addition, we generated revenue more efficiently as we reduced expenses year-over-year and compared with fourth quarter of last year.”
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q1 EPS $1.05, consensus 97c
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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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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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15:25 EDTWFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:04 EDTFBFacebook slips below the $60 area, levels to watch
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13:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo April weekly 50 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
12:36 EDTWFCEarnings Preview: Wells Fargo to report results after dividend hike
Wells Fargo (WFC), a bank holding company, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Friday, April 11, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 97c on revenue of $20.6B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 90c-$1.02 on revenue of $19.5B-$22.41B. LAST QUARTER: Wells Fargo reported higher than expected Q4 EPS and revenue. The company said that it believes it can continue to grow its net interest margin over time. In a statement, CEO John Stumpf said, "Strong earnings power and capital levels, and an improving economic outlook are major reasons why we look ahead to 2014 with optimism." On March 26, Wells Fargo reported that the Federal Reserve had approved the bank’s capital allocation plan. Under the plan, Wells plans to pay a dividend of 35c per share. The dividend, which was increased 16.7% over prior levels, must be approved by the bank’s board of directors at its April 29 meeting. The bank also authorized the repurchase of an additional 350M shares of its own stock. STREET RESEARCH. In a note to investors on April 8, UBS wrote that Q1 may be the first quarter in four years that Wells Fargo’s EPS will not grow versus the previous quarter, as it believes the bank was hit with seasonal costs in Q1 that were not offset by revenue increases. The bank’s EPS will drop to 97c in Q1, down from $1.00 in Q4, but will still be up 5% versus the first quarter of 2013, the firm predicted. On a positive note, UBS contended that Wells Fargo was "a relative winner" of the Fed’s capital plan approval process. Although Wells' board has approved a 350M share increase in the bank’s stock repurchases, it typically doesn’t carry out large share repurchases, UBS stated. Wells should benefit from a continued U.S. economic recovery, but its shares already reflect such an outlook, according to UBS, which kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Oppenheimer was somewhat upbeat about the sector's outlook. In a note to investors on April 3, the firm predicted that bank stocks would outperform the broader market by a few hundred basis points per year. Loan growth "remains sluggish," but reduced credit costs and expenses should enable banks to report results that show slight year-over-year improvements, the firm contended. PRICE ACTION: Wells’ stock is little changed over the last month, but is up 6% so far this year and nearly 29% over the last 12 months.
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 EDTFB, AAActive 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
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.
07:30 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 20 into Q1 and outlook
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:35 EDTWFCMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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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.
April 9, 2014
17:53 EDTAAAlcoa has room to run, Barron's says
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17:48 EDTFBFacebook removing messaging from main app, TechCrunch says
Facebook is notifying mobile users that it is removing messaging capability in its main Facebook app, instead requiring users to download Facebook Messenger to chat on mobile, reports TechCrunch. Reference Link
16:23 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the minutes of the latest FOMC meeting struck a particularly dovish note. The averages, which were higher for the second straight session ahead of the minutes release, climbed to their highs over the final two hours of trade. Each index posted gains of over 1%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq again the biggest winner. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC showed that some committee members were concerned that its future interest rate projections could be misconstrued by the market as advocating tighter monetary policies. The minutes also showed that committee members expect to continue tapering the Fed's asset purchases if the economy performs as expected going forward. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists' forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Several auto majors were in the news, notably General Motors (GM), which fell 91c, or 2.64%, to $33.62 as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration yesterday announced that it fined the automaker for failing to respond to the administration's inquiry into its recall related to faulty ignition switches in a timely manner. Analysts at Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. U.S.-listed shares of Toyota Motor (TM) fell $1.37, or 1.26%, to $107.73 after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide. A report from Automotive News said that Volkswagen (VLKAY) issued a stop-sale order on some of it newer-model cars, but U.S.-listed shares of the German automaker, which were upgraded earlier in the session by Bernstein to Outperform, were unfazed and gained $2.91, or 5.72%, to $53.78... Two notable initial public offerings took place today, with hotel chain operator La Quinta (LQ) gaining 12c, or 0.71%, to $17.12 and Chinese medical exam and screening center operator iKang Healthcare (KANG) gaining $1.20, or 8.57%, to $15.20, in their first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), up $6.30, or 28.74%, to $28.22 after the company's preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher was social media giant Facebook (FB), up $4.22, or 7.25%, to $62.41 after analysts at Susquehanna and SunTrust published positive commentary on the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down $33.20, or 6.78%, to $456.64 after last night saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in well below expectations, though the stock was defended by no fewer than three analyst firms following the announcement. Also lower were a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR) and Walter Energy (WLT), which each lost more than 6%, and Arch Coal (ACI), which fell over 3%, after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: The Dow was up 181.04, or 1.11%, to 16,437.18, the Nasdaq was up 70.91, or 1.72%, to 4,183.90, and the S&P 500 was up 20.22, or 1.09%, to 1,872.18.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 9, 2014
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14:42 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above resistance, levels to watch
The shares are taking another leg higher in late afternoon trading, last at $61.66. At that price next resistance is at $62.72. Support is at prior resistance from earlier today at $60.78.
13:51 EDTAAAlcoa price target raised to $15 from $13 at Argus
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13:49 EDTBABoeing, Air Canada sign agreement for Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox
Boeing (BA) announced that Air Canada (AIDIF) has signed an agreement to implement the Boeing Maintenance Performance Toolbox to support maintenance operations for its 767, 777, 787 and 737 MAX airplane fleets. The Maintenance Performance Toolbox suite delivers access to information that technicians need to resolve airplane maintenance issues. As part of the Toolbox deployment project, Boeing will also provide services for transition and migration of customized data from maintenance management applications currently used by Air Canada, and will enable integration with existing maintenance resource planning systems.
13:02 EDTFBFacebook COO Sandberg says not running for office, Business Insider reports
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12:18 EDTAAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:57 EDTAAStocks with call strike movement; AA SLV
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11:21 EDTAAOptions with decreasing implied volatility: YONG STZ AA
10:48 EDTFBFacebook climbs after upbeat notes from two analysts
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10:39 EDTFBFacebook breaks out above recent downtrend, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAA, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTAAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:59 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought into Q1 results, says SunTrust
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08:58 EDTFBFacebook ad-driven beat story should continue, says Susquehanna
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07:37 EDTFBFacebook partner says ad prices up 10% in Q1, Adweek says
Despite the recent outcry over diminished “organic reach,” Facebook ad prices have increased from Q4 to Q1, with the SVP of marketing at Facebook partner Nanigans saying pricing was "up 10% across the board” from quarter to quarter, reported Adweek. Reference Link
07:29 EDTAAAlcoa to continue to have positive catalysts, says Stifel
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07:24 EDTAAFutures trading above fair value
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07:15 EDTFBJPMorgan sees opportunities in Internet stocks after pullback
JPMorgan believes the recent sell-off in Internet stocks has created opportunities in companies it feels has strong fundamentals, namely Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), Netflix (NFLX) and Pandora (P).
06:54 EDTFBIndia Facebook's second top market with over 100M users, FT says
Facebook confirmed that more than 100M people in India now access its services each month, which is up from just 8M in the middle of 2010 and makes the nation the second top market for the social network, trailing only the U.S., reported Financial Times. Reference Link
06:35 EDTWFCRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTWFCBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook making slight changes to privacy settings, Re/code reports
Re/code reports that Facebook is slightly tweaking its privacy settings in a move to minimize "accidental sharing incidents." The company is also testing privacy surveys to see which features users are not comfortable with. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
18:56 EDTAAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: General Motors (GM) was fined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to respond to the agency's inquiry into the company's recall of faulty ignition switches in a timely manner... According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Goldman Sachs (GS) executives have broached the subject of closing its dark pool trading operation, Sigma X. HIGHER: Constant Contact (CTCT), up 13% after giving a preliminary first quarter revenue outlook that beat estimates and raising its fiscal 2014 revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.5% after reporting adjusted profit that beat estimates on revenue that missed expectations. LOWER: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), down 9.5% after giving a first quarter revenue outlook that widely missed expectations and saying it will take a $67M charge in the quarter related to legal settlements.
17:49 EDTAAAlcoa says year to date productivity gains ahead of schedule
On Alcoa's Q1 earnings conference call, management noted that the company's year to date productivity was ahead of schedule. Alcoa achieved $250M of productivity actions during the quarter against its target of $850M for the year. The company had its lowest debt since the third quarter of 2007, and its debt to capital was down to its target range. Management still anticipates generating positive free cash flow for the year. They reaffirmed expectations that aluminum demand will grow globally at 7% this year, or 4% excluding China, and said that supply and demand for both the alumina and aluminum markets are essentially balanced. Additional after-tax restructuring charges of $100M-$125M during FY14 are anticipated from the closing of Australian plants. Approximately 85% of these charges are expected to be non-cash.
16:23 EDTAAAlcoa CEO: Company is growing revenue in 'value added' segments
Says there is "exciting growth" in downstream business. Says automotive has the potential to be a $1B business. Says the company is focusing on Aerospace, Automotive, Packaging segments. Says not concerned about growing revenues. Says China does not have the fundamentals to be competitive in the aluminum business. Klaus Kleinfeld is speaking on CNBC.
16:21 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:07 EDTAAAlcoa CEO says hit record downstream profitability in Q1
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16:06 EDTAAAlcoa raises 2014 global aerospace growth view to 9% from 8%
Alcoa is increasing its 2014 global aerospace growth expectation by one percentage point (8% to 9%, previously 7% to 8%), on strong demand for both large commercial aircraft and regional jets and continued growth in the business jet market. The company also continues to project 2014 growth in automotive (1% to 4%), packaging (2% to 3%), and building and construction (4% to 6%). Alcoa expects a steady commercial transportation market (-1% to 3%) and a decline in the industrial gas turbine market (-8% to -12%) on lower orders for new gas turbines and spare parts.
16:04 EDTAAAlcoa continues to see 2014 global aluminum demand growth of 7%
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16:03 EDTAAAlcoa reports Q1 adjusted EPS 9c, consensus 5c
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16:01 EDTAAApple Netflix Citigroup Tesla Banco Santander Alcoa
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15:12 EDTAANotable companies reporting after market close
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15:03 EDTAAAlcoa technical comments ahead of results
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13:49 EDTAAAlcoa April weekly 13 straddle priced for 6.3% move into Q1
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09:35 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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09:00 EDTFBCLSA social media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:31 EDTAAFutures suggest lower open for broader market
Stock futures are pointing to a moderately lower open as the market will try to reverse its recent downward trend. Investors will receive little help throughout the day, as little economic data is slated to be released. The Nasdaq has led the market lower, as it has seen its biggest three day drop since November 2011. The unofficial kickoff of the earnings season will occur tonight, when Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to release its first quarter results.
07:28 EDTFBFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTFBSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
April 7, 2014
19:57 EDTWFCFederal 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
12:38 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa shares near 52-week high ahead of Q1 report
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12:21 EDTBABoeing now sees completing C-17 production in mid-2015
Boeing adjusted slightly the timing for ending C-17 Globemaster III production and closing its Long Beach, Calif., C-17 final assembly facility after a successful two-decade production run of the world's premier airlifter.Based on current market trends and the timing of expected orders, Boeing anticipates completing C-17 production in mid-2015, an adjustment of approximately three months from an initial estimate of late 2015. The company announced plans to end C-17 production in September 2013. Boeing expects inventory–related charges of approximately $50M, which will be recorded in Q1, as a result of this announcement.
10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
07:59 EDTAAAlcoa April volatility elevated, shares near 32-month high into Q1
Alcoa April weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, April is at 44, May is 35, June and September is at 32; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into its expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 8.
06:28 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Alcoa to Hold citing its more positive view on aluminum premia due to a delay in LME inventory destocking. The firm raised its price target for shares to $10 from $7.50.
06:14 EDTAAAlcoa may see turnaround due to investment in aluminum cars, WSJ says
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April 6, 2014
18:00 EDTBAU.S. says ending Boeing fighter jet line won't damage suppliers, Reuters says
The Defense Department decided that halting orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, says Reuters. Reference Link
April 4, 2014
17:16 EDTBABoeing gets license to sell spare parts to Iran, Reuters says
Boeing has been granted a license from the U.S. Treasury Department allowing it to sell spare parts for commercial aircraft to Iran, reports Reuters. Reference Link
17:12 EDTFBMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
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16:30 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:43 EDTBABoeing delivers first 787 Dreamliner to Kenya Airways
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA MU GNK AMZN FB GILD MA NFLX
09:13 EDTBAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Mylan (MYL), up 6.8% after report of desire to buy Swedish rival Meda, which confirmed it had been in talks with Mylan but rejected the company's takeover offer. Shares of Mylan were also upgraded to Buy this morning at Citigroup... Mercury Systems (MRCY), up 8.8% after Reuters said Boeing (BA) is considering a takeover bid of the supplier..Micron (MU), up 3% after reporting earnings and revenue that topped expectations... Align (ALGN), up 6% after winning patent case against ClearCorrect... GameStop (GME), up 2.8% following upgrade at BofA Merrill Lynch... Potbelly (PBPB), up 4.6% after upgrade at William Blair.... SYNNEX (SNX), up 18.5% after earnings report. LOWER: CarMax (KMX), down 3.3% after reporting earnings and revenue that fell below expectations... Halozyme (HALO), down 33% after announcing temporary halt of Phase 2 trial enrollment for PEGPH20... Ocean Power (OPTT), down 15% after 3.8M share Spot Secondary priced at $3.10.
08:02 EDTFBFacebook met with anonymous app maker Secret but didn't make offer, Re/code says
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07:18 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated at 19 into Q1 and outlook
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06:43 EDTBADelta looking for offers from Boeing, Airbus for new jets, WSJ reports
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06:40 EDTBASpaceX to compete with Boeing-Lockheed JV for satellite launch, WSJ says
Elon Musk's SpaceX is expected to compete with a joint venture between Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) for a contest to launch a military satellite next year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Defense Department has also put a study into developing a new rocket engine that could reduce reliance on the Russian engine used on a rocket employed by Boeing-Lockheed JV. Reference Link
06:12 EDTFBFacebook paid researchers $1.5M to fix software bugs
Facebook paid out more than $1.5M to security researchers who helped it find and fix software bugs and security vulnerabilities in its software code, the company said. The company says it has been working to grow its bug bounty program since 2011, and "We received 14,763 submissions in 2013, a 246% increase from 2012. Of these, 687 were valid and eligible to receive rewards. 6% of eligible bugs were categorized as high severity. We've paid over $2M since we got started in 2011, and in 2013 we paid out $1.5M to 330 researchers across the globe. 2014 is looking good so far. The volume of high-severity issues is down, and we're hearing from researchers that it's tougher to find good bugs." Reference Link
April 3, 2014
18:56 EDTBAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:34 EDTBABoeing weighs buy of Mercury Systems, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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14:44 EDTBADelta may replace existing Boeing jets with new widebodies, Reuters says
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13:38 EDTFBFacebook retests the $60 area, levels to watch
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11:07 EDTBABoeing reports 161 commercial deliveries in Q1
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06:23 EDTBABoeing, Airbus rivalry moves to tanker market, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTBABoeing to cut as man as 300 Australian contrators, WSJ reports
Boeing plans to cut as many as 300 contractors from its Boeing Aerostructures Australia facility by the end of the year, reports the Wall Street Journal. The company said, "This was always our intention when the company's aircraft programs stabilized at full production rates." Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
06:01 EDTFBInstagram fixing bug that hides users' photos, AP reports
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