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June 9, 2014
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July 14, 2015
12:28 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite data showing that retail sales unexpectedly fell last month. With a nuclear pact agreed to by Iran and the Greek debt crisis pushed to the back burner for the time being, earnings are set to take center stage, beginning with the reports this morning from two of the country's biggest banks and a bluechip healthcare conglomerate. With stocks working on their fourth consecutive day in positive territory, the Dow has pushed back above the 18,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading was down 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) shares spiked late in the morning after a questionable takeover report appeared on a website that attempted to mimic Bloomberg. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service is a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal in a statement to Reuters... The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan (JPM), earned $1.54 per share in earnings in the second quarter of the year, which was up from the same period of last year and above the $1.44 per share consensus estimate. Peer Wells Fargo (WFC) reported quarterly earnings that were in-line with expectations on a revenue that, like JPMorgan, was a bit below the consensus forecast. Shares of each of the banks rose about 1% near noon following their reports... Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), however, slipped about 1% after reporting better than expected earnings, revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which jumped 11% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher was Matrix Service (MTRX), which gained 18% after the Oil & Gas industry service provider issued guidance for its revenue and earnings in fiscal 2016. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which sunk 19% after the fashion brand owner announced the resignation of its CEO, which follows the resignation of its CFO less than a month ago. Also lower was Navient (NAVI), which fell 10% after the company lowered its outlook to reflect marketplace conditions for private loan portfolio purchases and its cost of funds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.30, or 0.34%, to 18,037.98, the Nasdaq was up 34.68, or 0.68%, to 5,106.20, and the S&P 500 was up 8.21, or 0.39%, to 2,107.81.
12:21 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active on wide price movement
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12:03 EDTTWTRTwitter denies report of possible deal, spokesperson says, Reuters reports
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11:54 EDTTWTRBloomberg spokesman says Twitter takeover story is fake
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11:51 EDTTWTRTwitter off highs as takeover report gets questioned
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11:44 EDTTWTRTwitter spikes following unconfirmed, questionable takeover report
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10:57 EDTTWTRTwitter rises, levels to watch
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10:55 EDTLVSLas Vegas Sands July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Las Vegas Sands July call option implied volatility is at 38, August is at 34, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 41; suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 14.
10:01 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTCScotiabank to acquire Citi's Retail, Commercial Banking ops in Panama, Costa Rica
Scotiabank (BNS) announced that an agreement has been reached to acquire Citigroup's (C) retail and commercial banking businesses in Panama and Costa Rica, subject to regulatory approval. Scotiabank's common equity tier one capital ratio will be impacted by approximately 15 basis points. This transaction will aim to provide a significant lift to the Bank's market share in credit cards to approximately 18% in Panama and 15% in Costa Rica, ranking Scotiabank number two in both countries in this segment. This acquisition will nearly triple Scotiabank's customer base in these two countries from approximately 137,000 to 387,000. Citibank's operations in Costa Rica and Panama include 27 branches which serve more than 250,000 retail and commercial banking customers. The agreement also includes the assumption of Citigroup employees from the retail and commercial banking businesses in Panama and Costa Rica by Scotiabank Panama and Costa Rica, respectively. Until the transaction receives the necessary regulatory approvals, all operations, branches, products and benefits programs will continue to operate as usual. Scotiabank and Citibank will work together to ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees.
09:50 EDTNFLXNetflix slips in early trading, levels to watch
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09:47 EDTAMZNRackspace up 3% after CRN says deal close with Amazon Web Services
09:45 EDTAMZNRackspace preparing deal with Amazon Web Services, CRN reports
In addition to its deal announced yesterday with Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, Rackspace is preparing an alliance with Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, CRN reported last night, citing a source. Reference Link
09:38 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active
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09:35 EDTLVS, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:13 EDTNFLXNetflix July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:00 EDTAMZNAmazon, GoPro advance after analysts up ratings to buy
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07:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:20 EDTAMZNAmazon.Q2, Q3 operating income can beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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05:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst Eric Sheridan upgraded Amazon.com to Buy from Neutral citing the growth of the company's Prime subscriber base. In a research note titled "Completing The Checkout," Sheridan says the "fast growing and higher spending" Prime subscriber base has raised the significance of Prime eligible items, driving greater penetration of the Fulfillment by Amazon business. This will result in increased annual spend per customer and ultimately higher levels of gross merchandise value for Amazon, the analyst writes. He raised his price target for the online retailing giant to $550 from $450. Amazon shares closed Monday up $12.06 to 455.57.
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