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March 28, 2014
12:16 EDTBBRY, CBS, CBSO, RH, RHT, IDRA, PCGOn 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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July 28, 2014
06:13 EDTPCGPG&E downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTBBRYS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
July 24, 2014
10:37 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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10:15 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on renewed takeover speculation
Blackberry July weekly 10 and 10.5 calls are active on total call volume of 27K contracts (2K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. July weekly call option implied volatility is at 70, August is at 50, September is at 49, October is at 51; compared to its 26-week average of 52 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement
09:58 EDTBBRYBlackBerry spikes higher, levels to watch
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09:46 EDTBBRYRumor: BlackBerry moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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July 23, 2014
17:45 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor COO Kelly departs
CBS Outdoor Americas has announced that Wally Kelly, president and COO since 2013, will be leaving the organization. He will stay at the company for an advisory period until the end of this year.
11:55 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
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July 21, 2014
12:05 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
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10:02 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:16 EDTRHRestoration Hardware downgraded at BB&T
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09:01 EDTRHRestoration Hardware downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
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07:31 EDTBBRYBlackBerry appoints Marty Beard as COO
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07:15 EDTRHTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor acquires outdoor assets from Van Wagner Communications
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTBBRYMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:21 EDTCBSCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:47 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY MNKD
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08:21 EDTCBSTime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:05 EDTCBSCBS CEO says will examine CNN if Time Warner puts up for sale, Reuters says
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