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March 28, 2014
12:16 EDTCBSO, RHT, CBS, PCG, RH, BBRY, IDRAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the market looks to finish a relatively down week on an up note. The Nasdaq average, which has been down after all but one session this week, is reversing the trend and leading the other averages near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income and consumer spending both rose 0.3% in February, matching expectations. The core PCE price index rose 0.1% in the month, which was also in-line with estimates. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for March came in at 80.0, which was down from February's 81.6 reading and a bit below expectations. In Europe, an index of executive and consumer sentiment rose to 102.4 in March from 101.2 in February, beating the consensus estimate of economists. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY) initially advanced after the company reported quarterly losses that were not as bad as analysts expected, excluding certain adjustments. BlackBerry said about 3.4M of its smartphones were sold through to end customers in the quarter, which included about 2.3M BlackBerry 7 devices. The company also said it continues to look for opportunities to streamline operations and is targeting break even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015. By midday the stock had given up all its early session gains to be down about 2%... CBS (CBS) rose more than 1% after the successful initial public offering of its outdoor advertising subsidiary CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO). After the offering, CBS owns approximately 83% of CBS Outdoor, which plans to convert into a real estate investment trust later this year. The IPO priced at $28.00 per share and the new stock began trading at $30.10 in its debut this morning. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was home furnishing retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), which rose 12% after the company’s first quarter profit view beat estimates. Also higher were shares of Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), which rose 11% after the company's Phase 2 trial of its treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met its primary objective. Among the noteworthy losers was PG&E Corporation (PCG), which dropped 4% after reporting that they expect that the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline accident. Following the announcement the stock was downgraded this morning at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Also lower was open source software provider Red Hat (RHT), which fell over 4% after the company’s profit outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimate. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.94, or 0.77%, to 16,389.17, the Nasdaq was up 40.21, or 0.97%, to 4,191.44, and the S&P 500 was up 15.11, or 0.82%, to 1,864.15.
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March 19, 2015
05:50 EDTBBRYMicrosoft, BlackBerry raises cooperation for software products, DigiTimes says
Microsoft and Blackberry have been increasing their cooperation with other companies to promote sales of software platforms and related services, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the new eefforts come after their global smartphone market edge dropped 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
17:28 EDTPCGPG&E embraces new NTSB safety recommendations for natural gas industry
PG&E is embracing the National Transportation Safety Board’s new safety recommendations for the gas pipeline industry. These recommendations were a result of a recent safety study on integrity management of gas transmission pipelines in urban areas completed by the NTSB. PG&E has already completed or is in the process of implementing many of these new safety recommendations. Additionally PG&E has closed nine out of 12 safety recommendations in response to the 2010 pipeline accident in San Bruno. Of the three remaining safety recommendations, the NTSB considers PG&E's progress "open-acceptable response," which means acceptable progress, pending completion.
12:09 EDTCBSSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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09:23 EDTCBSVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
06:01 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTCBSTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves and Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes had discussions about combining their companies in meetings last year, Bloomberg reports, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
15:56 EDTCBSTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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13:06 EDTCBSBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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11:36 EDTCBSApple may launch standalone TV in 2016, says Piper Jaffray
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10:45 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; X BBRY
U.S. Steel (X) March 24 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 52, BlackBerry (BBRY) September 11 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 50 according to IVolatility.
10:00 EDTPCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTBBRYApple plans to allow trade-ins of Android, BlackBerry devices, Bloomberg says
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07:00 EDTPCGPG&E downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
05:58 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean;
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March 16, 2015
15:26 EDTPCGSpark Energy acquires customer accounts in PG&E Market
Spark Energy (SPKE) announces that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Entrust Energy for the purchase of approximately 33,500 customer contracts in the Pacific Gas and Electric (PCG) natural gas market in Northern California. The purchase price is $2.83M, or approximately $85 per customer. Closing of the transaction is expected in the first two weeks of April.
11:20 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; MNKD BBRY
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07:39 EDTCBSViacom shareholder meeting may question Viacom, CBS control, NY Post says
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06:07 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY CZR
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March 15, 2015
16:14 EDTBBRYBlackBerry collaborates with IBM, Samsung on SecuTABLET
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March 13, 2015
18:16 EDTBBRYBlackBerry wins dismissal of BlackBerry 10 smartphone lawsuit, Reuters reports
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