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January 31, 2013
12:33 EDTCLSN, SGMS, SWKS, STZ, RDEN, IGT, WMS, QCOM, BUD, LQDT, BYI, FIO, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday after jobless claims jumped last week and consumer spending grew a bit less than expected last month. However, a regional purchasing managers' index came in better than expected and the averages have moved in a narrow range following the mixed data and a slew of earnings reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly unemployment applications jumped 38K to a seasonally adjusted 368K, versus expectations for a more modest rise to 350K. The Challenger job cuts report showed planned layoffs were down 24.4% from the same period a year ago. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2% in December, which was slightly slower than the 0.4% increase in November, though income jumped 2.6% in December for the biggest monthly gain since December 2004. The Chicago Purchasing Manager’s report, which is available early to some market participants, came in at 55.6, beating an expected reading of 50.5... COMPANY NEWS: U.S. listed shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) fell over 7% after the Justice Department sued to block the company‘s proposed $20.1B deal to buy control of Mexico's Grupo Modelo. Falling even further on the news were shares of Constellation Brands (STZ), which had agreed to purchase the remaining 50% interest in the Crown Imports joint venture that it runs with Grupo Modelo in conjunction with AB InBev completing its own acquisition of Modelo. Both AB InBev and Constellation said they were disappointed by and opposed the DOJ's action, but added that given the move they no longer see their transactions closing in Q1. Near noon, Constellation shares were down over 20%... Facebook (FB) was downgraded by at least five firms after its earnings and revenue beat expectations but the company also said it plans to invest heavily in its business in 2013. Shares, which were down sharply at the open, recovered throughout the morning to be down about 1% near noon... Qualcomm (QCOM) surged almost 5% and price targets on shares were raised around the Street following its Q1 results and increased guidance. Among other tech component makers that reported, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) advanced over 13%, while Fusion-io (FIO) slid nearly 16%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was WMS Industries (WMS), which rose 52% after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash. Shares of Scientific Games also advanced over 11%. Other casino and gaming suppliers moved higher following the news, as Bally Technologies (BYI) rose nearly 5% and International Games (IGT) gained about 1.5%... Among the noteworthy losers was Celsion (CLSN), which plunged 81% after its Phase III HEAT study of ThermoDox did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 24%, and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which fell 14% after their earnings reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 26.54, or 0.19%, to 13,883.88; the Nasdaq was up 0.40, or 0.01%, to 3,142.71; and the S&P 500 was down 2.80, or 0.19%, to 1,499.16.
News For BUD;STZ;FB;QCOM;SWKS;FIO;WMS;SGMS;BYI;IGT;CLSN;LQDT;RDEN From The Last 14 Days
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November 17, 2014
13:57 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility flat into analyst meeting
Qualcomm November call option implied volatility is at 22, December and January is at 20, February is at 21; compared to its 26-week average of 21 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into a company sponsored analyst meeting on November 19
12:42 EDTFBProfessional network operators slide following report on 'Facebook at Work'
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
08:48 EDTSWKSSkyworks, Avago, and RF Micro Devices recommended at BofA/Merrill
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06:30 EDTFBFacebook says reducing 'overly promotional' page posts in news feed
Facebook said on Friday that "Our goal with News Feed has always been to show people the things they want to see. That’s why we often look to people on Facebook to tell us how we can improve. As part of an ongoing survey we asked hundreds of thousands of people how they feel about the content in their News Feeds. People told us they wanted to see more stories from friends and Pages they care about, and less promotional content. What we discovered is that a lot of the content people see as too promotional is posts from Pages they like, rather than ads. This may seem counterintuitive but it actually makes sense: News Feed has controls for the number of ads a person sees and for the quality of those ads, but those same controls haven’t been as closely monitored for promotional Page posts. Now we’re bringing new volume and content controls for promotional posts, so people see more of what they want from Pages.... Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their News Feeds. This change will not increase the number of ads people see in their News Feeds. The idea is to increase the relevance and quality of the overall stories – including Page posts – people see in their News Feeds. This change is about giving people the best Facebook experience possible and being responsive to what they have told us. While Pages that post a lot of the content we mention above will see a significant decrease in distribution, the majority of Pages will not be impacted by this change." Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTFBSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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13:13 EDTSGMSScientific Games volatility increases on wide price movement
Scientific Games November call option implied volatility is at 99, December is at 96, January is at 92, April is at 77; compared to its 26-week average of 81 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
12:53 EDTQCOMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
07:47 EDTBUDAB InBev CEO says willing to deal but only at right price, Bloomberg reports
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07:32 EDTFBHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:24 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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11:22 EDTFBDan Niles says looking to short more of Twitter
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10:05 EDTFBFacebook quietly launches Yelp rival, TNW reports
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07:38 EDTFBBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
November 12, 2014
13:05 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage initiates quarterly dividend of 4c
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12:55 EDTQCOMNVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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09:37 EDTCLSNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
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