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August 1, 2014
12:02 EDTFBFacebook website is down, Business Insider reports
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11:52 EDTFBLinkedIn rallies after results, outlook beat estimates
Shares of social media company LinkedIn (LNKD) are rallying after the company’s second quarter results, and its outlook for both the third quarter and full year, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, LinkedIn reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 51c and revenue of $534M, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 39c and $510.98M, respectively. Q2 premium subscription revenue came in at $105M, up 44% year over year, and represented 20% of total revenue in the second quarter. Cumulative members grew 32% in Q2 to 313M. Q2 adjusted EBITDA came in at $145M, or 27% of revenue. WHAT’S NOTABLE: For the third quarter, LinkedIn expects Q3 adjusted EPS of approximately 44c and revenue of $543M-$547M, compared to estimates of 40c and $540.86M, respectively. Q3 adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $134M-$136M. For fiscal 2014, adjusted EPS is forecast at approximately $1.80 and revenue of $2.14B-$2.15B, versus estimates of $1.64 and $2.13B, respectively. FY14 adjusted EBITDA is expected to range between $545M-$550M. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm Pacific Crest raised its price target on LinkedIn to $250 from $220 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares due to strong Q2 results. The firm said user metrics were “shaky” and still a “big question,” however they were optimistic about the company’s new initiatives such as job listings, international, CRM, and advertising. They felt LinkedIn was the least expensive of the fast-growing internet names. Another firm, JP Morgan, also raised their price target to $241 from $235, and kept an Overweight rating on the shares. They were impressed with the company’s better than expected Q2 results, its marketing reacceleration, and the re-launch of its sales navigator product. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LinkedIn rose $17.63, or almost 10%, to $198.27 on nearly triple its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s advance, the stock has lost approximately 7% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the social media space include Facebook (FB), down 0.5%, Twitter (TWTR), down 1.3%, and MeetMe (MEET), down 4.6%.
05:59 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
July 31, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 31, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up $2.52 to 31.61 Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR TSLA WFM AMZN NFLX FB GILD according to Track Data.
12:33 EDTBBRYBlackBerry down 9% to $8.82
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09:22 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces BBM now available on Windows
BlackBerry announced a collaboration with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring BBM to Windows Phone 8 and higher.
09:04 EDTBBRYBlackBerry downplays loss of Ford business to Apple, WSJ says
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July 30, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 30, 2014
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11:57 EDTBBRYNew COO Beard says BlackBerry will 'prove' people incorrect, WSJ says
Even though BlackBerry (BBRY) is up against obstacles from rivals such as Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Android smartphones, the company's new COO Marty Beard says that the firm is positioned to "prove people wrong" and take advantage of an emerging market for internet-connected devices, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from Beard. Reference Link
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook launches Instagram 'one-tap' messaging app overseas, The Verge says
Facebook has quietly launched its new one-tap Instagram messaging app, "Bolt," for iOS and Android, though the app is only available in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now, according to The Verge. Reference Link
06:51 EDTFBFacebook to shut down Gifts business, Re/code reports
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06:16 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: TWTR BWLD AXP DWA PNRA AMGN X FB
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July 29, 2014
18:35 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 29, 2014
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12:39 EDTBBRYFord replacing employees' BlackBerry phones with iPhones, Bloomberg reports
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12:13 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YHOO
RT Options Scanner shows Facebook (FB) December 85 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 36, Yahoo (YHOO) January 40 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 37 according to IVolatility.
12:05 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
BlackBerry (BBRY) December 11 call option implied volatility decreased 7% to 53, Twitter (TWTR) November 44 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 54 according to IVolatility.
09:02 EDTBBRYBlackBerry acquires Secusmart
BlackBerry has entered into an agreement to acquire Secusmart GmbH. The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.
08:53 EDTBBRYBlackBerry estimates raised after management meeting at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo raised its estimates for BlackBerry to reflect higher hardware selling prices after meeting with management. The firm raised its FY15 estimate to (58c) from (88c) and FY16 estimate to (27c) from (82c). Wells also upped its price target range for shares to $9.50-$10.50 from $8.50-$9.50 while keeping a Market Perform rating on the stock. It adds that based on its talks with management, BlackBerry has several levers to drive cash flow.
06:42 EDTFBFacebook user web browsing surveillance plan sparks worries, Bloomberg says
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July 28, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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09:50 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says no buyout offers on table amid revamp, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTBBRYBlackBerry, Dell play-down risk of Apple-IBM partnership, Reuters says
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July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTFB, BBRYS&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.
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTFBiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:06 EDTFBFacebook, Uber discuss embedding service into Messenger, Re/code says
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12:32 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors declined more than 3% after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
12:14 EDTFBFacebook shares hit double IPO price after results beat expectations
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11:25 EDTFBInstagram could be working on Snapchat competitor called 'Bolt," The Verge says
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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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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:49 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $80 at Topeka
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08:32 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $82 from $71 at RW Baird
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08:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $79 at Oppenheimer
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08:07 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $90 at UBS
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $84 from $75 at Canaccord
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $90 citing the company's "strong" Q2 results. It says Facebook remains a top pick with an Overweight rating.
07:41 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at Jefferies
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07:40 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $83 at JMP Securities
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook margins likely to improve over time, says Cantor
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook reiterated as a top pick at Barclays
Barclays continues to rate FaceBook an Overweight and a top pick following the strong Q2 report. The firm sees further room for numbers to move higher and believes its ability to drive scale and personalized advertising is unmatched. Price target raised to $83 from $78.
06:19 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $76 at Piper Jaffray
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
18:03 EDTFBFacebook CEO says expects to 'invest heavily' in company priorities
17:53 EDTFBFacebook CEO says focused on quality in roll-out of video ads
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17:42 EDTFBFacebook up over 5% as executives speak on Q2 conference call
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17:38 EDTFBFacebook CEO says 'Search is going to be a multi-year voyage'
17:35 EDTFBFacebook says push into 'commerce', payments is supplemental to advertising
Payments plans are mostly through partnerships. Also, the company noted it wants to streamline the process of buying from Facebook's customers, citing testing for "buy button." Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:22 EDTFBFacebook sees increased stock-based compensation expense in FY15
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17:20 EDTFBFacebook says Q2 price per ad up 123%
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17:09 EDTFBFacebook CEO says mobile advertising now 62% of total ad revenue
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16:24 EDTFBFacebook COO says now has 1.5M active advertisers, CNBC reports
16:09 EDTFBFacebook shares drop 1% to $70.60 following Q2 results
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16:09 EDTFBFacebook says mobile ad revenue represented 62% of ad revenue
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16:08 EDTFBFacebook reports mobile daily active users up 31% year-over-year
Facebook reports daily active users 829M on average for June 2014, an increase of 19% year-over-year. Mobile DAUs were 654M on average for June 2014, an increase of 39% year-over-year. Monthly active users were 1.32B as of June 30, 2014, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs were 1.07B as of June 30, 2014, an increase of 31% year-over-year.
16:06 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 EPS 42c, consensus 32c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.9B, consensus $2.81B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
15:30 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 70.5 straddle priced for 7% move into Q2
13:06 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Facebook to beat Q2 estimates
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12:43 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
The shares have outperformed in the last three months, trading up over 14% in that period to date. The trading range has been wide, with the $55 area at the low and $69 at the high as of yesterday's close. At the current price of $70.99 the stock is trading close to its life high at $72.59. On better news or guidance, that level would be the initial high to test. On a breakout given that there is no resistance overhead, a move to $75 and then to $80 would be possible. A caution for traders is that if news disappoints there is a very small short-base in the name. That could make a downside reaction stronger in the absence of buy-to-cover pressure. Similarly there is little in the way of demand for a short-squeeze either on good news. If news does disappoint a key level on the downside is at $64. This has been both resistance and support over the last three months. The $62 level has had a similar role as big support. It would likely take a major disappointment to break it. If that were to happen, the $60 level would be a next potential objective.
11:55 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
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09:41 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases to 108 into Q2 and outlook
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06:56 EDTFBNY court calls Facebook CEO to testify at forgery trial, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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14:05 EDTFBFacebook enhances mobile targeting for developers
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTFBFacebook allowing users to save items
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13:15 EDTFBGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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12:05 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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07:31 EDTBBRYBlackBerry appoints Marty Beard as COO
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07:15 EDTFBO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook struggles to find director of business operations at Instagram, BI says
Facebook has been struggling to find a new Director of Business Operations for Instagram ever since Emily White left for Snapchat seven months ago, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:57 EDTFBFacebook likely to report modest Q2 upside, says BofA/Merrill
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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 EDTFBCable 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
12:05 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YNDX
Facebook (FB) January 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 36, Yandex (YNDX) January 37 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 36 according to IVolatility.
11:47 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY MNKD
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09:48 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
06:48 EDTFBJapan mobile messaging service pursues U.S. IPO, Bloomberg says
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