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April 16, 2014
12:47 EDTCSX, DPS, SODA, AUY, ADTN, PEP, YHOO, AEM, SBUX, ZGNX, BACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
News For BAC;YHOO;SODA;ZGNX;PEP;DPS;SBUX;ADTN;CSX;AEM;AUY From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
10:29 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility: YHOO PSEC
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at Bernstein
Bernstein increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) after raising its estimate of Alibaba's valuation to $350B. Bernstein keeps a Market Perform rating on Yahoo.
07:25 EDTCSXCSX management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles/Pasadena on November 18 hosted by UBS.
November 17, 2014
16:38 EDTCSXAmtrak files complaint against CSX, Norfolk Southern, RailwayAge says
According to RailwayAge, Amtrak has filed a complaint with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board against Norfolk Southern (NSC) and CSX (CSX). Amtrak filed the complaint over substandard on-time performance of the Washington D.C.-Chicago Capitol Limited, which operates over right-of-way owned by Norfolk Southern and CSX, added RailwayAge. Reference Link
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:44 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NFX
Yahoo (YHOO) February 60 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Newfield Exploration (NFX) March 38 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 40 according to IVolatility.
10:15 EDTBACBank of America reports October default rate 2.81% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.94% vs. 1.92% last month.
09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
06:16 EDTYHOOInvestors wanting Alibaba should consider Yahoo, says Citigroup
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTYHOOSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:03 EDTYHOOYahoo rises after analysts boost targets
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10:00 EDTAUYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $61 from $49 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) as the firm raised its valuation of Alibaba (BABA) to $324B from $275B. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Yahoo.
08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for Yahoo (YHOO) shares to $60 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) stock appreciation. FBR says Yahoo offers a lower-cost play on Alibaba with the potential for improved core Yahoo performance. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:01 EDTAUYYamana Gold downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC
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06:16 EDTSBUXEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
17:00 EDTPEPTrian Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:01 EDTAEMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:38 EDTYHOOBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
04:19 EDTAEMAgnico-Eagle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
HSBC upgraded Agnico-Eagle to Overweight based on impressive Amaruq drilling results and valuation. Price target lowered to $32 from $33.
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