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December 18, 2014
12:25 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
Blackberry December call option implied volatility is at 143, January is at 72, March is at 58; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 19.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
06:13 EDTFBKey PayPal executive leaves for Facebook, WSJ reports
PayPal’s VP of growth and global strategy, Stan Chudnovsky, is leaving the company ahead of its planned spinoff from eBay (EBAY), The Wall Street Journal reports. Chudnovsky is set to join Facebook (FB) as its head of product management for messaging products. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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12:42 EDTBBRYBlackBerry rises after Classic launch, BGC upgrade
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are rising after the company unveiled its new BlackBerry Classic smartphone and research firm BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: Blackberry Classic features a browser that is three times faster than BlackBerry's Bold 9900 device, along with 60% more screen space and 50% more battery life, the company said. The device's QWERTY keyboard enables fast typing by eliminating pressure points and providing carefully calibrated feedback, the company stated. BlackBerry Classic features a new operating system that includes the company's first digital assistant and gives users the ability to access content from the smartphone when they are on other devices. ANALYST UPGRADE: BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded BlackBerry ahead of the company's third quarter results, due to be reported on Friday. BlackBerry is in the early stages of turning itself around, but the company has increased its credibility with investors, partly by reducing its costs, focusing on its core strengths, and launching strategic partnerships, Gillis believes. Meanwhile, the company's Passport phone, a device launched by the company in September that targets business users, has been well-received by that group, Gillis said. The Passport should increase the company's profit margins and may help its Q3 results beat expectations, Gillis stated. Given BlackBerry's relatively low valuation of $5B, any success in the market could significantly boost its share price, added the analyst, who raised his price target on the shares to $12.50 from $11. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, BlackBerry rose 3.7% to $9.86.
11:41 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY VXX
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10:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says Classic has same security as other BlackBerry phones
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10:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry Classic says new OS has battery saving modes
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10:35 EDTBBRYBlackBerry expands enterprise application portfolio
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10:34 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says Web browsing on Classic 3x faster than on Bold
The Classic will support unlimited Web tabs, the company added.
10:33 EDTBBRYBlackBerry launches Classic smartphone with QWERTY keyboard
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10:32 EDTBBRYBlackBerry says Classic has hub to manage communications
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10:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry: Classic keyboard eliminates pressure point, enabling fast typing
The company added that the feedback of the keyboard on the Classic was very carefully calibrated to enable fast typing. BlackBerry added that conventional keyboards reduce mistakes versus virtual keyboards. The company made the comments at the Classic launch earlier today.
10:02 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
09:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
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08:54 EDTFBMGT Capital launches fantasy sports platform on Facebook
MGT Capital (MGT ) launched Daily Fantasy Legend, a fantasy sports game based in Facebook (FB) where players create teams of athletes from the rosters of major professional sports, and then compete in tournaments on a daily basis.
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
07:02 EDTBBRYVodafone to use loan to buy $750M of BlackBerry offerings, Globe and Mail says
Canada has agreed to lend $850M to Vodafone (VOD), which will use $750M of the funds to buy products and services from BlackBerry (BBRY), according to Globe and Mail. Reference Link
07:01 EDTFBFacebook engagement metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says Facebook’s share of overall Internet time improved month-over-month to 16.9% from 16.2% in October while its share of mobile time excluding Instagram and Whatsapp increased to 21% versus 20% in October. The firm says Facebook's engagement metrics remain strong and it reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
06:57 EDTFBGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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December 15, 2014
12:43 EDTBBRYBlackBerry short squeeze possible after launch, earnings, Goldman says
Shares of BlackBerrry (BBRY) could undergo a short squeeze this week, driven by the launch of the company's new BlackBerry Classic smartphone and the company's earnings conference call, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The launch of the Classic on Wednesday, along with BlackBerry's earnings conference call on Friday, could generate a short squeeze in BlackBerry's stock, Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski wrote. BlackBerry's Q3 earnings per share should be "largely in-line" with the consensus outlook, as higher hardware revenues should be more than offset by a decline in legacy service revenues, the analyst stated. However, the company's EPS for its quarter ended in February should beat expectations, driven by the launch of the Classic, Jankowski forecast. Still, she kept a Neutral rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to Jankowski, the short interest in BlackBerry shares has risen to 21%. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, BlackBerry fell 1.7% to $9.67. The stock is off its low for the day of $9.40. BlackBerry shares have dropped about 12% over the last three months.
10:37 EDTBBRYBlackBerry could undergo short squeeze this week, says Goldman
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07:58 EDTFBWhatsApp rumored to be at work on web version of app, Business Insider says
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07:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus acquires Nimble VR, 13th Lab
Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, announced on its blog last week that it has acquired startup companies Nimble VR and 13th Lab AB. Terms of the deals have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
December 12, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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December 11, 2014
13:57 EDTFBFacebook using contact info to measure ad effectiveness, Wired says
Facebook is measuring how much its ads influence shoppers by comparing phone numbers and e-mails collected in stores with the phone numbers and e-mail addresses on Facebook accounts, Wired quoted Brian Boland, the vice president of ad tech at Facebook,as saying. Reference Link
13:19 EDTBBRYMicrosoft dropped by Ford for in-car sync system, Re/code reports
Ford's (F) Sync 3 in-car entertainment and mapping system will use a version of BlackBerry's (BBRY) QNX operating system, replacing Microsoft (MSFT) technology that had been used in the prior two versions, Re/code reports. The QNX-powered system adds more features, including a capacitive touch screen and the ability to get software updates over Wi-Fi. Ford said in a statement that its "hardware and software decisions were based on identifying the technology that would best meet the expectations for performance by our customers." Reference Link
10:38 EDTFBFacebook holds a webcast
Facebook holds a live Q&A webcast with Mark Zuckerberg on December 11 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
09:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry December volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:54 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in London on December 11 hosted by UBS.
08:53 EDTFBBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 10, 2014
11:12 EDTFBInstagram announces service now has over 300M users
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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08:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says China entry won't be rushed, won't include takeover
BlackBerry (BBRY) Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen, in a post to his LinkedIn account entitled "Don't Believe The Hype," stated that he has recently I’ve been advised to capitalize on Kim Kardashian’s pronouncements that BlackBerry phones are her “heart and soul,” or talk up plans to enter the China market, "however preliminary they are today." Chen said BlackBerry's focus right now is on extending its security foundation with new solutions for the enterprise and that it "cannot and will not" chase sensationalism. "As for China, rest assured that we are developing a well-thought out plan that will take into account many factors, including timing and our long-term strategy. It won’t be rushed because it’s exciting or turned away from because of security concerns. And it won’t include a takeover," Chen wrote in his post. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
11:23 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTFBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
09:44 EDTBBRYRumor: BlackBerry moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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08:55 EDTFBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
December 4, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 4, 2014
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13:39 EDTFBTarget executive says tough to choose between TV, Facebook, BI reports
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12:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says Western nations would block China offer, Bloomberg says
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook and ESET announce partnership to fight malware
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