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June 19, 2014
16:36 EDTBBRY, PIR, CMGE, TRGP, ETE, NGLSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day mixed after moving in a narrow range for the entire session. There were several passes back and forth across the flat line throughout the day as the market consolidated its gains from yesterday. Investors seemed content to sit on the sidelines ahead of what could be a volatile session tomorrow in what is called "quadruple witching," when various stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expire. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 6K to 312K last week, which was nearly in-line with expectations. The Philly Fed manufacturing index rose 2.4 points to 17.8 in June, which was better than expected. The leading economic indicator index for May rose 0.5%, which was slightly below the consensus forecast for it to have grown 0.6%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) climbed 80c, or 9.65%, to $9.09 after the company reported losses that weren't as steep as expected for the first quarter and said that it had recognized revenue on more handsets in Q1 than in the previous quarter. Moreover, it said that it was close to reaching the breakeven point on hardware sales and that it expects to be profitable "sometime in fiscal 2016." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Targa Resources (TRGP), which surged $25.57, or 20.45%, to $150.62, and its operating unit Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), which gained $12.29, or 17.74%, to $81.55, after Bloomberg reported late in the day that both could potentially be acquired shortly by Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). Energy Transfer Equity closed the session down fractionally but was up more than 5% in after-hours trading following Bloomberg's report. Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR), which dropped $2.40, or 13.14%, to $15.86 after the company's first quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates and it cut its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. Also lower were shares of China Mobile Games (CMGE), which fell $4.25, or 22.47%, to $14.65 before eventually being halted by Nasdaq after the company reportedly removed a total of nine executives, according to a Chinese-language report quoted by Bloomberg. INDEXES: The Dow was up 14.84, or 0.09%, to 16,921.46, the Nasdaq was up 3.51, or 0.08%, to 4,359.33, and the S&P 500 was up 2.50, or 0.13%, to 1,959.48.
News For BBRY;PIR;CMGE;TRGP;ETE;NGLS From The Last 14 Days
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October 28, 2014
08:31 EDTETEPhillips 66 becomes JV partner with Energy Transfer for Bakken crude pipelines
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE), Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Phillips 66 (PSX) announced that they have formed two joint ventures to develop the previously announced Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline projects. Energy Transfer holds a 75% interest in each joint venture and will operate both pipeline systems. Phillips 66 owns the remaining 25% interests and will fund its proportionate share of the construction costs. The DAPL and ETCOP projects are expected to begin commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2016. Based on contractual commitments to date, DAPL is expected to deliver in excess of 450,000 barrels per day of crude oil from the Bakken/Three Forks production area in North Dakota to market centers in the Midwest. DAPL will provide shippers with access to Midwestern refineries, unit-train rail loading facilities to facilitate deliveries to East Coast refineries, and the Gulf Coast market through an interconnection in Patoka, Illinois, with ETCOP. ETCOP will provide crude oil transportation service from the Midwest to the Sunoco Logistics Partners and Phillips 66 storage terminals located in Nederland, Texas.
October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTNGLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTTRGPTarga Resources upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter
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06:18 EDTNGLSTarga Resources Partners upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Targa Resources to Buy based on well positioned assets that should lease to strong cash flow and distribution growth. Price target remains $76.
October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTBBRYMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
October 23, 2014
17:35 EDTTRGPTarga Resources increases quarterly dividend 6% to 73.25c
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17:34 EDTNGLSTarga Resources Partners increases quarterly dividend 2% to 79.75c
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10:53 EDTBBRYBlackBerry rises 3.5% to $10.23 as takeover rumors re-circulated
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06:05 EDTBBRYApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
06:09 EDTCMGEChina Mobile Games granted 12 character licenses
China Mobile Games has been authorized to develop mobile games based on twelve famous Sanrio characters including Hello Kitty.
October 21, 2014
16:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity raises quarterly distribution to 41.5c per unit
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11:30 EDTETEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:51 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; TLM BBRY
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October 20, 2014
11:59 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on Lenovo may make bid report
Blackberry October weekly 10 and 11 calls are active 38K contracts (8K puts) on Lenovo may make $15 per share BlackBerry bid shortly, Benzinga says. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 75, November is at 63, December is at 61; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
11:10 EDTBBRYLenovo may make $15 per share BlackBerry bid shortly, Benzinga says
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06:04 EDTBBRYAcacia Research subsidiary enters into agreement with BlackBerry
Acacia Research announced that its Cell and Network Selection subsidiary entered into an agreement with Blackberry Corporation and Blackberry Limited (BBRY). The agreement resolved litigation that was pending between Cell and Network Selection and Blackberry in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
06:03 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 51 at lower end of index mean range
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