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April 14, 2014
16:24 EDTAKBA, EW, RTRX, GDP, TWTR, NQ, MDT, COn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after U.S. retail sales for March surprised to the upside. The averages spent much of the session higher before losing altitude during the afternoon, with the Nasdaq even turning negative near 3:00 pm ET. An aggressive rally took hold in the final 30 minutes of trade, with the indexes closing just off their best levels of the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales climbed 1.1% in March, beating expectations for an increase of 0.8%. Retail sales excluding autos rose 0.7%, which also beat estimates. Business inventories grew 0.4% in February, versus the consensus forecast for a 0.5% gain. In Europe, industrial production across the 18 country shared currency bloc rose by 0.2% in February from the prior month and by 1.7% from the same month of the prior year. COMPANY NEWS: Citigroup (C) gained $1.99, or 4.36%, to $47.67 after its adjusted first quarter earnings easily beat the consensus forecast. CEO Michael Corbat said the company delivered strong results despite a quarter "that was difficult," which included the bank surprisingly having its capital plan rejected by the Federal Reserve and the disclosure of fraud in its Mexican unit... Twitter (TWTR) shares held up better than they have in recent sessions after its co-founders, Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams, along with CEO Richard Costolo, disclosed that they have no plans to sell any of their shares as part of the May 5 lockup expiration... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) gained $8.03, or 11.0%, to $81.00 after being granted a preliminary injunction limiting the sale of Medtronic's (MDT) CoreValve system in the U.S. due to patent infringement. The ruling triggered upgrades of Edwards' shares from at least two analyst firms. Medtronic, which received at least one downgrade following the news, slipped $1.12, or 1.89%, to $58.08. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), which surged $5.56, or 30.22%, to $23.96 after the company reported strong results for a well it drilled in Louisiana. Also higher was Akebia (AKBA), which rose $4.28, or 25.39%, to $21.14 after no fewer than four analyst firms initiated coverage on the shares with a Buy or equivalent rating. Among the noteworthy losers was NQ Mobile (NQ), which fell another $1.65, or 12.99%, to $11.05, adding to the 20% decline it suffered Friday after the company disclosed accounting errors along with its mixed earnings report. Short-seller Muddy Waters, which revealed a public short position on NQ in October, released a report today saying NQ's disappointing quarter was driven by heightened auditor scrutiny. Also lower Retrophin (RTRX), which dropped $2.35, or 15.3%, to $13.01 despite raising its fiscal 2014 revenue view after announcing that the FDA is unwilling to grant expedited access for children to the company's RE-024 treatment. INDEXES: The Dow was up 146.49, or 0.91%, to 16,173.24, the Nasdaq was up 22.96, or 0.57%, to 4,022.69, and the S&P 500 was up 14.92, or 0.82%, to 1,830.61.
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October 1, 2015
09:46 EDTTWTRTwitter underperforms, levels to watch
Shares are down over 3.7% to $25.93 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $25.29. Resistance is at $26.80.
08:00 EDTCSecurity Traders Association to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTTWTRGoogle to unveil 'instant articles' service at event next week, Re/code says
Google (GOOG) plans to show its version of "instant articles" at a company event next Wednesday, Re/code reports. The company's first big platform partner was Twitter (TWTR), though the New York Times (NYT) and the Guardian have also signed on as partners, the report says. Reference Link
September 30, 2015
16:34 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the last day of the third quarter, but not by nearly enough to turn any of the major averages positive on a quarterly basis. The Dow ended the quarter with a loss of about 7.6%, the Nasdaq slid 7.4% and the S&P has lost 7% in the last three months. Investors hope the fourth quarter will be more profitable and the non-farm payrolls report for September and the kickoff of earnings season, which are both on the near-term horizon, will certainly have a say in whether that is the case. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. In China, important data, including manufacturing PMIs and Caixin readings, will be released overnight, but Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 5.69% to $28.50 in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares advanced 13.56% to $118.16... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday. Re/code noted that Dorsey will remain as CEO of Square, the payments company he also founded, and that the company is likely to reconfigure its board of directors, beginning with the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which advanced a respective 24.61% and 11.29% after announcing a stock-for-stock merger agreement. Also higher was Western Digital (WDC), which gained $10.57, or 15.35%, to $79.44 after a subsidiary of China's Tsinghua Holdings agreed to take a 15% stake in the company. Additionally, Synaptics (SYNA) rose 27.31% to $82.46 after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected a $110 per share bid from a state-backed Chinese investment group. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), which crashed $8.01, or 34.01%, to $15.54 after its quarterly results and future guidance both fell short of analyst expectations. Also lower was Mellanox (MLNX), which fell $2.00, or 5.03%, to $37.79 after agreeing to acquire EZchip (EZCH) but failing to reiterate its guidance on a subsequent conference call. Separately, Universal Truckload (UACL) plunged 18.91% to $15.57 after guiding its Q3 results significantly below consensus estimates, after which the stock saw downgrades at research firms BB&T and Citi. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 235.57, or 1.47%, to 16,284.70, the Nasdaq added 102.84, or 2.28%, to 4,620.17, and the S&P 500 rose 35.94, or 1.91%, to 1,920.03.
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 30, 2015
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15:03 EDTTWTRTwitter founder Dorsey reported to be named permanent CEO
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) remain about 3% higher in afternoon trading after Re/code reported that founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is set to be named permanent Chief Executive. DORSEY: Jack Dorsey is expected to be named permanent CEO of Twitter as soon as Thursday, Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported this afternoon, citing sources. The company is also likely to reconfigure its board of directors, beginning with the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo, the report said. DUAL ROLES: Re/code noted that Dorsey will remain as CEO of Square, the payments company he founded in 2009. As recently as September 25, Fortune reported that Square plans to file for an initial public offering within weeks, and in a thinly-veiled reference to Dorsey's commitments to Square, the Twitter board of directors has previously commented that running the micro-blogging site requires a "full-time commitment." PRODUCT CHANGES: Re/code reported on Tuesday that Twitter is looking to break its trademark 140-character limit with new long-form content products. The news comes as Twitter struggles to expand its user base and appeal to advertisers, having launched multiple ad products in recent months while overhauling its front page to capture so-called logged out users. PRICE ACTION: Twitter shares are up about 3% to $26.33 in afternoon trading following Re/code's report.
14:04 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active on report Jack Dorsey to be named permanent CEO
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13:58 EDTTWTRTwitter up 3% after Re/code says Dorsey to be named permanent CEO
13:53 EDTTWTRTwitter to name Jack Dorsey as permanent CEO, Re/code reports
According to sources, Re/code's Kara Swisher reports that Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and interim CEO of Twitter, is likely to be named as the company's permanent CEO. The sources say Dorsey, who will continue to run Square, could be made permanent CEO as early as Thursday morning. There may also be a "shakeup" of Twitter's board as well, sources say, including the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo. Reference Link
09:35 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTMDTMedtronic announces FDA approval of expanded use of Verify Evaluation System
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09:04 EDTTWTRDemandware, Twitter partner to deliver 'Buy Now' capability to retailers
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09:03 EDTTWTRShopify introduces selling on Twitter with Buy Now
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07:46 EDTCFed liftoff may be more turbulent for banks than expected, WSJ says
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07:11 EDTRTRXLeerink to hold a roundtable
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05:10 EDTTWTRStocks with implied volatility movement; TWTR P
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September 29, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; September 29, 2015
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13:23 EDTTWTRTwitter intends to go beyond 140-character limit, Re/code says
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13:07 EDTTWTRTwitter intends to go beyond 140-character limit, Re/code says
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07:27 EDTAKBAAkebia management struck confident tone on partnering, says Brean Capital
After hosting management meetings with Akebia Therapeutics, Brean Capital analyst Jonathan Aschoff noted that management's tone regarding the likelihood of partnering vadadustat in Japan and the EU would best be described as "highly confident." The analyst has a Buy rating and $26 price target on Akebia shares.
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