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October 30, 2014
18:39 EDTC, INTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:32 EDTCCitigroup slips lower after hours
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16:31 EDTCCitigroup down 1.5% after lowering previously reported Q3 results
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16:29 EDTCCitigroup lowers Q3 EPS to 88c from $1.07 due to increase in legal accruals
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16:19 EDTCCitigroup lowers Q3 EPS to 88c from $1.07
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16:19 EDTCCitigroup lowers Q3 results due to $600M increase in legal accruals
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 30, 2014
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15:28 EDTINTCIntersil sees lower sequential computing revenue as PC builds slow
Shares of Intersil (ISIL), which makes analog integrated circuits for the personal computer market, are lower after the company reported Q3 results that missed analysts' expectations. The company also gave Q4 guidance well below the consensus view for both earnings and revenue. On its earnings conference call last night, the company said it sees slowing sequential demand in part due to lower PC builds. Stocks that are leveraged to the PC sector include Intel (INTC), Texas Instruments (TXN), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Microsoft (MSFT). In late day trading, shares of Intersil fell $1.81, or 12.9%, to $12.27.
13:34 EDTAMZNYahoo hires Amazon sales executive as Senior Vice President, Sales, Americas
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10:34 EDTAMZNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTAMZNLowe's, Home Depot rise after Goldman says housing outlook improved
Shares of Lowe's (LOW) and Home Depot (HD) are rising after Goldman Sachs became more upbeat on both companies. The firm said that the housing sector's improved outlook made the stocks more attractive. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Fassler upgraded Lowe's to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target on the shares to $63 from $58. He increased his price target on Home Depot to $103 from $100 but kept a Neutral rating on the stock. Fassler increased his estimates for both companies to reflect his greater optimism about the housing sector in 2015-2016. The analyst said that his upgrade of Lowe's also reflects his more upbeat view of retail stocks linked to housing, given the lack of cyclical challenges facing the housing market. Furthermore, Lowe's can increase its margins significantly, as they are much further below their peak than most of the company's peer, according to Fassler. Meanwhile, the big box, Do-It-Yourself retailers face little competition from Amazon (AMZN), added the analyst. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Lowe's climbed 0.5% to $56.09, while Home Depot rose fractionally to $96.48.
08:54 EDTAMZNWal-Mart considers matching online prices from Amazon for holidays, WSJ says
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07:44 EDTCCitigroup aiming for possible suitors for OneMain, Bloomberg says
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06:34 EDTAMZNHBO sees opportunity to offer streaming option through Apple TV, Xbox, WSJ says
According to sources, HBO, a unit of Time Warner (TWX), is currently examining methods to offer consumers a standalone streaming video service, including as an add-on to broadband packages or through Apple TV (AAPL), Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox, Amazon (AMZN) devices, or Roku, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com opens overseas websites to Chinese consumers, China Daily says
Amazon.com yesterday announced that it would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites, according to China Daily. Reference Link
06:28 EDTAMZNLowe's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Lowe's (LOW) to Buy saying housing is going through a multi-year recovery. Goldman believes the large home improvement retailers have limited risk of disruption by Amazon (AMZN). It raised its price target for Lowe's shares to $63 from $58. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Home Depot (HD) but raised its price target for shares to $103 from $100.
October 29, 2014
11:13 EDTHPQHP unveils Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer, Sprout Immersive Computing platform
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10:04 EDTHPQ3D Systems, Stratasys drop after HP confirms 3D printer launch
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10:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard says 3D printer targeting central production
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ahold (AHONY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alere (ALR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Ambev (ABEV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bayer (BAYRY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... HCC Insurance (HCC) upgraded at Raymond James... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Jamba (JMBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Midway Gold (MDW) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:48 EDTHPQHP confirms plans to launch faster, lower-cost 3D printer system
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09:42 EDTHPQ, CLFActive equity options trading
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08:25 EDTCLFCliffs Natural upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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08:25 EDTCLFCliffs Natural price target raised to $10 from $5 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan doubled its price target for Cliffs Natural shares to $10 after management said on the Q3 earnings call that the company would have no residual liability should the Eastern Canadian Iron Ore segment need to file for credit protection and guided for 2015 cost reductions in the core U.S. Iron Ore operations. The firm believes the comments triggered a short squeeze in the stock. It keeps a Neutral rating on Cliffs. Shares were downgraded this morning to Sell at Brean Capital.
07:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:26 EDTBACSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
The SIFMA Complex Products Forum is being held in New York on October 29.
07:17 EDTAMZNAmazon hires CIOs to pitch AWS to customers, WSJ reports
As it continues to face increasing competition from IBM (IBM), EMC (EMC) and Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN) is hiring chief information officers to pitch its AWS business to customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Amazon recently hired former Dow Jones CIO Stephen Orban to become head of enterprise strategy at Amazon Web Services, while Douglas Menefee, CIO of Schumacher Group from 2005 to 2013, joined AWS as an enterprise CIO advisor earlier this year. Reference Link
06:26 EDTINTCMicrosoft cooperates with Intel to offer subsidies for desktops,, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) will cooperate with Intel (INTC) to offer subsidies to promote Windows 8.1 with Bing for entry-level desktops and 18.5-inch non-touch-screen all-in-one PCs, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Microsoft is hoping the new solutions will held defend its market share with Google (GOOG) aggressively promoting its Chromebox among vendors. Reference Link
05:31 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital
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October 28, 2014
17:01 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory despite two disappointing economic data points and a mixed report from social media giant Twitter (TWTR). The market moved in a narrow range for the opening half hour of trading but gained upside momentum following a much better than expected consumer confidence reading. The market continued to tack on points throughout the afternoon and closed at its highs, led by the Nasdaq, which gained 1.75% for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, significantly undershooting expectations for them to have rise 0.7% in the month. The S&P Case-Shiller home price report showed prices were lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August compared to the prior month. A reading of consumer confidence surged to a seven-year high of 94.5 in October from a revised 89.0 final reading for September. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 6 points to 20 in October, beating expectations for it to have pulled back to 10. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) sunk $4.78, or 9.84%, to $43.78 after the social media company reported in-line profit and higher than expected Q3 revenue, but also reported a slowdown in user growth and provided weaker than expected Q4 guidance. Following last night's report, the stock was downgraded at RBC Capital, Nomura and Bank of America Merill Lynch to "Hold" or equivalent ratings, while Stifel lowered its rating on Twitter shares to Sell from Hold... Shares of Pfizer (PFE) edged up 6c, or 0.21%, to $29.09 after the pharmaceutical giant reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share and revenue that were a bit better than expected and narrowed its fiscal year profit outlook. Of note, Pfizer said during its earnings conference call that while proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, gained 67c, or 0.95%, to $71.43 following Pfizer's comments. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Whirlpool (WHR), which advanced $10.66, or 6.77%, to $168.06, Cummins (CMI), which gained $9.22, or 6.81%, to $144.59, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which jumped $2.05, or 22.19%, to $11.29. Among the noteworthy losers was Kohl’s (KSS), which dropped $3.89, or 6.64%, to $54.66 after the department store operator’s outlook for third quarter same store sales and fiscal 2014 profit missed expectations. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which fell $2.15, or 5.95%, to $34.00 after the luxury handbag and accessory maker reported sales declined 9% on a constant currency basis in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow rose 187.81, or 1.12%, to 17,005.75, the Nasdaq advanced 78.36, or 1.75%, to 4,564.29, and the S&P 500 gained 23.42, or 1.19%, to 1,985.05.
12:34 EDTCLFCliffs Natural calls active as shares trade up
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11:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO says dividend built into projections
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11:09 EDTCLFCliffs Natural rises amid discussion about Bloom Lake project options
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11:02 EDTCLFCliffs Natural jumps 13.9% as earnings conference call continues
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09:37 EDTC, AMZNActive equity options trading
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09:02 EDTAMZNPandora names Chris Phillips as Chief Product Officer
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon to buy stake in Indian start-up QwikCilver, Economic Times reports
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07:47 EDTAMZNYahoo CEO attempts to poach Amazon's Utzschneider, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has been aggressively seeking some high-level help aid her turnaround, Re/code reports. According to sources, Mayer including has been attempting to poach Lisa Utzschneider, Amazon’s (AMZN) head of global advertising sales. Other sources say Utzschneider is likely to make the switch to Yahoo, and an announcement could be made this week. Reference Link
07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded $116M contract extension by CDCR
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07:20 EDTHPQTechAmerica Foundation to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTBACSEC undecided on Bank of America business curbs, WSJ reports
An international disagreement within the SEC is threatening potentially lucrative revenue streams at Bank of America, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people close to the situation, the SEC is deadlocked on whether to allow the bank to continue selling share sin hedge funds and startups to wealthy investors. The deadlock is also over the company's ability to quickly issue stocks and bonds without the speed bump of an SEC review. Reference Link
06:25 EDTHPQLenovo, Dell, Asustek eye Chromebook market, DigiTimes reports
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06:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to invest $75M and create 1,000 jobs in first Illinois facility
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05:57 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility movement; SLB HPQ
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October 27, 2014
16:37 EDTCLFCliffs Natural expects FY15 U.S. iron ore sales 22M tons
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16:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reaffirms FY14 U.S. iron ore sales of 22M tons
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16:33 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q3 adjusted EPS 21c, may not compare to consensus (3c)
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16:00 EDTAMZN, CLFOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:34 EDTCLFNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.11; General Growth Properties (GGP), consensus 31c; Avalonbay (AVB), consensus $2.00; Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 83c; Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.36; XL Group (XL), consensus 63c; Masco (MAS), consensus 32c; Plum Creek Timber (PCL), consensus 30c; T-Mobile US (TMUS), consensus 2c; Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (3c); Twitter (TWTR), consensus 1c; American Capital Agency (AGNC), consensus 73c; DDR Corp. (DDR), consensus 30c; PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $3.66; Owens & Minor (OMI), consensus 47c; Manitowoc (MTW), consensus 42c; Compass Minerals (CMP), consensus 78c; Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 30c; Regal Entertainment (RGC), consensus 17c.
13:38 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires online comedy service Rooftop Media, Retuers reports
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13:12 EDTAMZNWayfair rises after analysts roll out coverage with upbeat notes
Shares of e-commerce home goods retailer Wayfair (W) are rising after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with a "Buy" or an equivalent rating. WHAT'S NEW: Wayfair gives investors a rare chance to invest in a pure play e-commerce retailer that generates high growth and has an attractive valuation, Wells Fargo contended. Wayfair appears to have few of the same products as Amazon (AMZN) and does not charge much more than the e-commerce giant, Wells stated. Moreover, as far as home products are concerned, Wayfair offers customers the best online experience, Wells contended, after evaluating Wayfair and 14 other retailers. Wayfair is in the best position to capitalize on the home products market, according to the firm, which started coverage of the stock with an Outperform rating and a $33-$34 price target. Also enthusiastic about Wayfair was Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley. Wayfair is growing quickly and it should generate revenue growth of about 25%-29% in 2015 and 2016, Bartley estimated. However, the company is generating losses as it increases its investments in ads, products and technology, the analyst stated. Although this strategy will likely cause Wayfair to lose money through 2016, the company should generate positive earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization over the longer term, the analyst predicted. Moreover, Wayfair's revenue is growing more quickly than its peer average, but its valuation is below the average of its peers, according to Bartley, who expects this gap to narrow. He placed a $39 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Wayfair rose 3.5% to $26.03. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Wayfair priced 11M shares at $29 and opened trading at $36 in its initial public offering on October 2.
13:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:41 EDTINTCMicrosoft developing software to run on ARM based servers, Bloomberg reports
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11:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural turnaround hampered by low iron ore prices, Bloomberg says
Lower iron ore prices are derailing Cliffs Natural's turnaround plans, says Bloomberg. Activist investor Casablanca Capital has been urging Cliffs Natural Resources to spin off or sell foreign mines and return more cash to investors but with iron ore prices at such a low level it may be difficult to sell mines at a satisfactory price or even maintain its current payout, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
11:07 EDTBACFINRA fines Merrill $6M for Reg SHO violations, supervisory violations
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, announced that it has censured and fined Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. $3.5M for violating Regulation SHO, an SEC rule that established a regulatory framework to govern short sales and prevent abusive naked short selling. FINRA also censured and fined its affiliated broker-dealer, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, $2.5M for failing to establish, maintain and enforce supervisory systems and procedures related to Regulation SHO and other areas. Reference Link
10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTC, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR TWTR AMZN M NQ GILD C FB NFLX
09:13 EDTAMZNAmazon.com initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces Fire TV Stick
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07:38 EDTINTC, CCyber security start-ups hot with investors, including banks, FT says
Corporate venture arms have more than doubled their investment in cyber security start-ups over the last two years, according to Financial Times, citing data from CB Insights. While technology companies such as Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC) and Cisco (CSCO) are leading, the report notes that the venture capital units of Citibank (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and General Electric (GE) have also been active investors in security start-ups. Reference Link
07:30 EDTCInternational Economic Forum of the Americas to hold a forum
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07:19 EDTAMZNAdvertisers slow to warm to Amazon's Twitch despite big audience, WSJ says
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07:14 EDTCCitigroup's Banamex unit shakes up management, WSJ reports
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06:33 EDTC, BACRoku preparing IPO, NY Times says
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06:24 EDTAMZNUSPS approved to continue grocery delivery test, WSJ reports
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06:20 EDTINTCIntel to release Haswell-EX/EP4S in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:12 EDTINTCIntel to see strong shipment growth for Education Tablets, DigiTimes reports
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October 26, 2014
13:19 EDTAMZNAmazon.com doesn't look like a bargain, Barron's says
Investors looking for a bargain might not want to buy Amazon.com on the dip, as the company could trade with fundamentals this year, Barron's contends in a feature article. Shares could continue lower, creating a better bargain, the paper adds. Reference Link
October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTAMZNMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
16:25 EDTHPQHP seeks buyer for Chinese networking business, WSJ reports
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16:20 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:08 EDTHPQHP seeks buyer for Chinese networking business, DJ reports
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16:02 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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15:57 EDTAMZNRoku planning to file an IPO, CNBC reports
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12:57 EDTAMZNAlibaba advances after BMO starts coverage with Outperform rating
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12:49 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened relatively quietly, with investors cautious given the way the market closed yesterday following the report a NYC doctor had the Ebola virus. As the morning progressed investors became more emboldened and pushed the market higher, leaving the major averages near their highs at midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report on new home sales showed that they inched up 0.2% to a 467K rate in September, but August was revised much lower. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell 7.5% after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Procter & Gamble (PG) rose 3% after the company's Q1 core EPS matched estimates and it announced plans to exit the Duracell personal power business. P&G noted that while no decision has been made on the form of the exit, the company’s current preference is a split-off of the Duracell business into a stand-alone company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was were Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 11% following the company's "beat and raise" report. Also higher was SodaStream (SODA), which jumped 14% after confirming that it has entered into an agreement with PepsiCo (PEP) specifically focused on a small-scale, limited time test to make certain of PepsiCo’s brands available for use on the company’s at-home beverage system. Among the noteworthy losers was Pandora (P), which dropped 15% after reporting quarterly results that included a sequential drop in listener hours. Also lower was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which fell 5.5% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to a Sell rating in a note to investors. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 86.67, or 0.52%, to 16,764.57, the Nasdaq was up 16.36, or 0.37%, to 4,469.15, and the S&P 500 was up 8.86, or 0.45%, to 1,959.68.
10:39 EDTAMZNAmazon downgraded at Cowen, Janney after results miss expectations
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10:09 EDTHPQHP calls amid speculation Icahn has taken a stake
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10:03 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:48 EDTHPQRumor: HP moves up amid spculation Icahn has taken a stake
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says Fire TV selection has tripled since launch
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09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral at Janney Capital
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08:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com guidance 'relatively strong,' says Pacific Crest
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08:55 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $340 from $400 at RW Baird
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08:54 EDTAMZNUPS declines to comment on Amazon, but says adapting to an evolving market
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08:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $296 from $350 at B. Riley
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08:21 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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07:33 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $307 from $340 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan lowered its price target for Amazon.com shares to $307 citing the company's "disappointing" Q3 results and outlook, but it says the numbers are not as bad as they seem given the one-time write-down for the Fire Phone. The firm expects shares to remain under pressure and keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
07:30 EDTAMZNEbola and earnings push futures lower
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07:11 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sell-off creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:51 EDTAMZNAmazon.com still well-positioned to win over long-term, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:28 EDTAMZNAmazon says recorded charges of $170M for unsold Fire Phones, other costs
Amazon said in a filing that during the three months ended September 30, it recorded charges estimated at $170M primarily related to Fire phone inventory valuation and supplier commitment costs. The remaining amount of Fire phone inventory, including inventory on hand, inventory held by resellers, and non-cancellable supplier commitments to purchase additional inventory, was $83M as of September 30.
06:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural implied volatility of 106 at upper end of index mean range
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06:11 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMZN TLM
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Amazon.com (AMZN) 41, Talisman Energy (TLM) 83 according to iVolatility.
05:36 EDTAMZNAmazon.com price target lowered to $350 from $420 at Piper Jaffray
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October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
17:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M
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16:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Q4 guidance includes about $470M for stock-based compensation
Q4 guidance includes approximately $470M for stock-based compensation and amortization of intangible assets, and it assumes, among other things, that no additional business acquisitions, investments, restructurings, or legal settlements are concluded and that there are no further revisions to stock-based compensation estimates.
16:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com down almost 7% following Q3 results, Q4 guidance
16:04 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B
Operating cash flow increased 15% to $5.71B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $4.98B for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow increased to $1.08B for the trailing twelve months, compared with $388M for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013. Free cash flow for the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2013 includes cash outflows for purchases of corporate office space and property in Seattle, Washington, of $1.4B.
16:03 EDTAMZNAmazon.com sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B, consensus $30.89B
Q4 operating income (loss) is expected to be between ($570M)-$430M, consensus 67c.
16:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com reports Q3 EPS (95c), consensus (74c)
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTAMZNNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:28 EDTAMZNAmazon.com October weekly 312 straddle priced for 7.5% move into Q3
13:36 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q3 revenue $19.7B-$21.5B
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10:21 EDTCCitigropu returns to court on Dec. 2 over Argentine bond payments, Reuters says
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09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon: AWS cloud computing platform available to German datacenter customers
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07:25 EDTCCitigroup, others careful of Ergen amid possible T-Mobile offer, Bloomberg says
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07:08 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 171, November is at 43, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
06:32 EDTBAC, CGovernment relaxing mortgage regulations, NY Times says
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06:05 EDTAMZNApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTC, CLF, AMZNOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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15:19 EDTBACBank of America Apple Pay glitch should be fixed today, Re/code reports
The Apple (AAPL) Pay glitch that some Bank of America (BAC) customers experienced, where they would be charged twice for a single transaction, should be fixed by today, Re/code reports, citing a person familiar with the error. Reference Link
15:06 EDTAMZNAmazon.com technical comments before earnings
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14:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement into Q3 and outlook
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13:14 EDTAMZNMarathon Patent Group files patent fringement lawsuits against Apple, Amazon
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13:11 EDTHPQFirm says Chromebook shipments surged 67% in Q2
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12:53 EDTBACSome BofA customers charged twice by Apple Pay, CNN Money reports
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11:59 EDTAMZNStocks with call strike movement; MYL AMZN
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09:38 EDTBAC, CActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR YHOO BAC GILD FB THRX DOW CAR
09:15 EDTHPQEMC says will not comment on 'speculation, rumors' of talks with Hewlett-Packard
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08:18 EDTINTCVCE to become an EMC company
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08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural short side risks have increased, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said risks to the short trade in Cliffs Natural have increased. The analyst rates shares an Underperform with a $10 price target but is bullish into next weeks earnings report given the size of cost cutting efforts, that could be worth $300M in EBITDA, and likely to surprise investors. Longer-term, the Credit Suisse remains cautious on shares.
07:56 EDTAMZNAmazon.com weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Amazon.com October weekly call option implied volatility is at 131, November is at 40, December is at 33, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
07:52 EDTINTCIntel recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:36 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of New York to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTINTCIntel may face challenges over CPU product line in 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
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06:26 EDTINTCIntel Capital announces investments from China Smart Device Innovation Fund
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06:16 EDTCBNY Mellon's Hong Kong unit to launch wealth management strategy, FT says
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October 21, 2014
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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14:39 EDTHPQHP to unveil 'Sprout' computer with projector, 3D scanner, Re/code reports
HP (HPQ) will unveil a new computing product it is calling "Sprout," which combines a large display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly combining a projector and a 3-D scanner, at an event next week, reported Re/code, citing sources familiar with the plans. Sprout will be one of several products demonstrated at the event, the report added. Microvision (MVIS) develops high-resolution miniature laser display and imaging engines, though the company is not mentioned anywhere within Re/Code's report. Reference Link
14:34 EDTHPQEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
09:37 EDTAMZN, CActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTHPQFlextronics appoints Michael Mendenhall as Chief Marketing Officer
Flextronics (FLEX) announced that Michael Mendenhall has been appointed to lead the Company's worldwide marketing, branding and communications initiatives. Mendenhall most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Fusion-io. In this role, he was responsible for repositioning the Company's brand and products and played a key role in its successful acquisition by SanDisk (SNDK). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for HP (HPQ) and directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally.
09:03 EDTAMZNAmazon says Kindle Voyage starts shipping today
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08:18 EDTC, BACBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
07:45 EDTAMZNMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:52 EDTCCiti purchasea Deutsche energy, metals book, Reuters says
Citigroup (C) acquired Deutsche Bank's (DB) energy and metals book, which is the U.S. company's latest expansion effort in commodities trading as some of its competitors look to exit that sector, according to Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:49 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:15 EDTINTCIntel may stop providing subsidies for mobile solutions, DigiTimes reports
Intel may stop providing subsidies for mobile device solutions to eliminate loses from the business, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from PC players, however, Intel is likely to continue offering subsidies to some of its larger clients, like Asustek Computer, through different methods in order to maintain orders. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:40 EDTAMZNAmazon in new contract with Simon & Schuster, WSJ reports
Amazon.com (AMZN) and CBS’s (CBS) Simon & Schuster unit have reached a new multi-year print and digital contract that replaces an existing one set to expire in two months, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation. Details of the new contract couldn’t be immediately learned, but the report notes that a person close to the talks said that the new deal “is good for both companies” and that Simon & Schuster is “very happy” with the pact. Reference Link
12:09 EDTHPQIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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12:01 EDTAMZNNetflix, Amazon recomended as short ideas by Fred Wilson, Bloomberg reports
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10:25 EDTHPQIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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09:22 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:21 EDTCFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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06:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Cliffs Natural to Sell saying the covenant breach and asset writedowns could force the company to cut or eliminate its dividend and stock buyback program. Citi also believes iron ore prices are unlikely to average well above $80/tonne over the next couple of years. The firm lowered its price target for Cliffs shares to $5 from $16.
05:59 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH AMZN
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTINTC, BAC, CStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAMZN, CLFOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on
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09:22 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:17 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill global steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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06:24 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HP (HPQ) 31, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
06:24 EDTHPQGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:22 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GT AMZN
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06:21 EDTHPQHP dismisses concerns about drop in global notebook market share, DigiTimes says
HP has dismissed concerns from Taiwan supply chain makers that say the company's global notebook market share may drop significantly following the split, reports DigiTimes. According to makers, HP said it will maintain notebook operations with 2015 target shipments of at least 31M units. Reference Link
06:09 EDTCLFCliffs Natural expects to record non-cash impairment of about $6B in Q3
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06:03 EDTAMZNAmazon Fresh now available in select areas in New York
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