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January 30, 2015
16:28 EDTGOOGMarket finishes week lower as earnings, GDP miss drag down stocks
Stocks ended the week lower as several major companies reported weaker than expected results or gave disappointing guidance and a number of U.S. economic data points came in below the consensus outlook. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve reiterated that it would exercise patience in deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank added that economic growth was expanding at a "solid" pace... U.S. economic data was mixed, as Q4 GDP growth, durable goods orders for December, and pending home sales came in below expectations, but weekly jobless claims and new home sales for December beat expectations... In Europe, the annual cost of living in the euro zone currency bloc fell 0.6% in January, versus analysts' forecast for a fall of 0.5%. However, the bloc's unemployment rate inched down to 11.4% in December from 11.5% in November. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Apple's (AAPL) shares rose after the company reported record results, beating analysts' expectations. The company sold 74.5M iPhones last quarter, a figure that also beat the consensus outlook... Visa (V), Boeing (BA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Google (GOOG), and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) were among the companies that rose following their earnings reports. Facebook (FB) reported stronger than expected results but its stock was little changed on the week... Microsoft (MSFT), Caterpillar (CAT), Qualcomm (QCOM), Alibaba (BABA), DuPont (DD), and 3M (MMM) fell after reporting their results... Yahoo (YHOO) announced that it plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba later this year in a tax-free transaction. The announcement led to speculation that Yahoo could become a takeover target... McDonald's (MCD) announced that its CEO, Don Thompson, would step down and be replaced by its current Chief Brand Officer, Steve Easterbrook. Its stock reacted favorably to the executive change... Qualcomm (QCOM) cut its fiscal 2015 guidance and announced that its Snapdragon 810 processor will not be in the upcoming design cycle of a large customer's flagship device. A number of analysts and media outlets said that Samsung was the company to which Qualcomm was referring. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is down 2.83% to 17,164.95, the Nasdaq is down 2.56% to 4,635.24, and the S&P is down 2.77% to 1,994.99.
16:18 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 30, 2015
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14:52 EDTNFLXSony Pictures, Warner Bros, Singtel partner to deliver OTT video to Asia
Singtel, Sony Pictures Television (SNE) and Warner Bros. Entertainment, a subsidiary of Time Warner (TWX), have established HOOQ, a joint venture start-up, to offer a regional over-the-top, or OTT, video service in Asia. HOOQ will deliver both Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programs to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling them to stream and download their favorite shows on their device or platform of choice. HOOQ will be rolled out progressively in the Singtel Group’s Asian footprint, including Indonesia, the Philippines, India and Thailand, from Q1. The venture is designed to compete directly with Netflix (NFLX) as the company has been preparing to launch in Australia and New Zealand this year and into broader Asian market in the near future.
12:45 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:28 EDTGOOGAnalysts upbeat on Google despite earnings miss
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10:18 EDTCMCSAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:45 EDTGOOGGoogle noisy quarter masks solid results, says UBS
UBS said Google posted another solid quarterly performance, but It was masked by noise including foreign exchange, one time operating expenses, Nexus 6 shortages, and real estate purchases. The firm believes investors should focus on solid advertising trends. UBS reiterated its Buy rating but lowered its price target to $630 from $660 on Google shares.
07:44 EDTGOOGGoogle website revenue growth encouraging, sayst JMP Securities
After Google reported weaker than expected Q4 results, JMP Securities was nonetheless encouraged by the 18% revenue growth of the company's owned and operated websites. The firm thinks that YouTube is executing well, while Google's traction in mobile is increasing and the factors that negatively impacted its other revenue growth are fixable. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle results could improve in 2015, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest says that Google's Q4 results were disappointing, but the firm believes that the company hinted that its spending could decelerate this year. Additionally, the firm is more upbeat on YouTube. It continues to recommend buying the stock.
07:22 EDTGOOGMarket looks set to open sharply lower
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07:16 EDTGOOGGoogle to change privacy policy after ICO investigation
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle core business grew at healthy rate, says Cantor
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $629 from $652 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google shares to $629 saying currency will remain a significant headwind for the foreseeable future. Citi, however, believes "overly negative sentiment" is priced into shares following Google's weaker than expected Q4 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
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January 29, 2015
19:14 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:43 EDTCVCCablevision suing Verizon for false advertising over Wi-Fi service, WSJ reports
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18:00 EDTGOOGGoogle reverses after-hours decline, now higher by almost 2%
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle says mobile advertising on YouTube is up more than 100%
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17:56 EDTGOOGGoogle says seeing 'great' momentum in mobile advertising on YouTube
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16:08 EDTGOOGGoogle shares drop 2% to $504.78 following Q4 results
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16:07 EDTGOOGGoogle expects 'significant capital expenditures' to continue
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 Sites revenue $12.43B vs. $10.54B last year
Reports Q4 Network revenue $3.72B vs. $3.52B last year. It revenue from outside of the United States totaled $10.23B, representing 56% of total revenues in Q4, compared to 58% in Q3.
16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 average cost-per-click down 3% vs. last year
Google said Q4 average cost-per-click decreased approximately 3% over last year and decreased approximately 3% over Q3. Cost-per-click for Google sites decreased approximately 8% over last year and decreased approximately 8% over Q3. Network cost-per-click increased approximately 6% over last year and increased approximately 10% over Q3.
16:04 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 aggregate paid clicks up 14%
Google said Q4 aggregate paid clicks approximately 14% over last year and increased approximately 11% over Q3. Sites paid clicks increased approximately 25% over last year and increased approximately 18% over Q3. Network paid clicks decreased approximately 11% over last year and decreased approximately 7% over Q3.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q4 EPS $6.88, consensus $7.11
Reports Q4 revenue $18.1B, consensus $18.46B.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 29, 2015
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15:37 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:50 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly 507 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:17 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Amazon sees Q4 revenue $27.3B-$30.3B
Amazon.com (AMZN) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Amazon.com is an online retail company that also provides consumer electronics and cloud computing services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 17c on revenue of $29.67B. The consensus range is (41c)-56c for EPS, and $28.83B-$30.24B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Amazon.com reported third quarter EPS of (96c) against estimates of (74c), on revenue of $20.58B against estimates of $20.84B. The company gave Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B and Q4 operating income guidance of ($570M)-$430M, compared to $510M in the year-ago period. Amazon also reported Q3 operating cash flow up 15% to $5.71B. During its Q3 earnings conference call, Amazon reported Q3 active customer accounts exceeded 260M and said it viewed international as a "big opportunity" for growth. The company also said it was seeing "great growth" in Prime and noted that it was not planning to change the price. NEWS: During the quarter, Amazon's Audible unit acquired online comedy service Rooftop Media for an undisclosed amount and its Twitch platform acquired GoodGame; Amazon also acquired Annapurna Labs, an Israeli startup. The company said it plans to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs with a $75M in investment in Illinois. China Daily said Amazon would enable Chinese consumers to shop on its overseas websites and The Globe and Mail said Amazon would offer same-day shipping in Canada. During the fall, Amazon experimented with utilizing taxi cab services as a delivery method throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles using the mobile app Flywheel, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon's Fire TV Stick started shipping in November for $39 and outfitted several U.S. warehouses with wheeled robots that move stocked shelves to workers and are expected to speed delivery. Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget that the company has a succession plan in place. Amazon also announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items and The Wall Street Journal said the company was practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City. European regulators said Amazon's tax arrangements in Luxembourg could give the company an illegal advantage over competitors and that the method Luxembourg used to calculate taxes payable by Amazon did not comply with international guidelines.U.S. technology giants like Amazon, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and others are "very worried" about the backlash they are now facing in Europe and U.S. companies may now remove services in some European countries because it isn’t worth the trouble and cost to cater to local laws in some of those countries, said The Wall Street Journal. Scott Wapner of CNBC stated on Twitter that sources tell him that Carl Icahn has "no stake at all" in Amazon, which had moved higher earlier amid rumors of Icahn getting involved in the stock. Most recently, Amazon said its Amazon Studios unit will begin to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The company also discontinued its Amazon Elements line of diapers after less than two months. Additionally, Amazon announced Amazon WorkMail, an email and calendar service. STREET RESEARCH: Robert W. Baird believes Amazon WorkMail could lead to software-as-a-service solutions that could produce $10B + in revenue for Amazon. The firm keeps a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon. Piper Jaffray, which has an Overweight rating and $400 price target on the stock, believes Amazon.com shares are pricing in a soft margin outlook ahead of the company's December quarter results. Piper says that while it is unsure about near-term margins, it thinks any upside would be rewarded disproportionately. It also thinks the market is already expecting 2015 revenue to come down by 1%-2% due to currency moves. JPMorgan keeps a Neutral rating on Amazon.com ahead of the company's Q4 results but says it is "warming up" to the stock. The firm believes Prime subscriber growth has been strong worldwide and raised its price target for shares to $323 from $307. PRICE ACTION: Amazon.com shares have increased over 3.7% over the last three months. In Thursday trading ahead of the Q4 report, Amazon.com shares are up fractionally.
13:10 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google down more than 5.7% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, January 29 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $7.11 on revenue of $18.46B. The consensus range is $6.39-$7.97 for EPS, and $17.95B-$18.99B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported third quarter EPS of $6.35 against estimates of $6.53 on revenue of $16.52B against estimates of $16.57B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 17% and Q3 average-cost-per-click down 2%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue $11.25B and Q3 Network revenue $3.43B. NEWS: In the past quarter, Google acquired Firebase, RelativeWave and Revolv, while also developing a business relationship with PwC. Google partnered with PwC to bid for a Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems contract. Google's YouTube launched a Music Key Beta monthly subscription service after negotiating music licensing deals with thousands of independent labels in November. YouTube also said it plans the launch of original content initiative by the end of 2015. Operationally, Google has shut down its news service in Spain and engineering operations in Russia. A Wall Street Journal report said Google was near a $1B investment in SpaceX and a Financial Times report said Chromebooks overtook Apple's (AAPL) iPads for the first time in U.S. schools. STREET RESEARCH: Google was downgraded at BofA/Merrill, Stifel and Atlantic Equities, citing a lack of product catalysts, search maturity, margin pressure from investments, and challenges due to an ongoing shift to mobile. The company's price target was also lowered at JPMorgan, citing slower organic growth, the strength of the U.S. dollar, and the company's ongoing investments. Citigroup, on the other hand, is upbeat on the company. Citi analysts say Google has underperformed its Internet index, but believes the worst case scenario is largely baked into Google shares at current levels. Citi also says Google's total worldwide search revenue is expected to be $51B in 2014 with $12B coming from mobile devices. Bernstein said Google shares are undervalued and concerns for apps that could derail Google's search engine are overdone. SunTrust also said the company's risk/reward is compelling, and Google could potentially create a positive surprise by initiating a dividend. Ahead of earnings, BGC Financial believes Google should be bought. BGC Financial expects Google to report Q4 paid click growth of 17% and a cost-per-click decline of 2%. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have fell more than 5.7% since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. In Thursday afternoon trading ahead of Q4 report, Google shares are down a little over 1%.
12:53 EDTCMCSAFirst Eagle Investment reports 5.69% passive stake in Comcast
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12:46 EDTCMCSA, TWCFCC's broadband standard may be obstacle to Comcast-TWC merger, Bloomberg says
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11:20 EDTVIABViacom kids network Nickelodeon to launch subscription service
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) stated earlier during its earnings conference call that in March its Nickelodeon group will launch a new direct-to-consumer subscription service. "We believe this innovative service, which will have a distinct brand and will target the fast-growing mobile market, will be very attractive for parents and children," the company stated. Nickelodeon will provide more details and announce the brand name at its upfront presentation next month, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman noted.
09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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09:28 EDTCMCSA, TWCTime Warner Cable, Comcast extend merger deadline to Aug. 15
In a regulatory filing, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Comcast (CMCSA) announced Section 10.01(b)(i) of the Merger Agreement contemplates that the “End Date” of the Merger Agreement may be extended by a period of six months to August 12. Comcast and Time Warner Cable agree that the End Date is hereby extended to August 12, as contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
08:42 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable on track to make $5B in revenues by 2018
08:39 EDTCMCSA, TWCTime Warner Cable will not provide guidance ahead of merger with Comcast
Comments provided during Q4 earnings conference call.
08:27 EDTCBSCBS and Bell Media sign long-term agreement for Showtime in Canada
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08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, VMware collaborate on enterprise public cloud
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07:51 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:53 EDTVIABViacom reports Q1 Media Networks revenue up 4% to $2.65B
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06:52 EDTVIABViacom reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.29, one estimate $1.27
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06:40 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable says it enters 2015 with 'tremendous operating momentum'
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06:35 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports Q4 Business Services revenue up 22.6%
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06:20 EDTGOOGMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
06:07 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports Q4 total customer relationship additions of 67K
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06:06 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reports Q4 adjusted EPS $2.03, consensus $2.08
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January 28, 2015
15:38 EDTTWC, VIABNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Celgene (CELG), consensus 99c... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus 59c... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 67c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus 68c... Colgate-Palmolive (CL), consensus 74c... Ford (F), consensus 23c... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 69c... Alibaba (BABA), consensus 75c... Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.94; Time Warner Cable (TWC), consensus $2.09... Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.34... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.29... Baxter International (BAX), consensus $1.31... Cardinal Health (CAH), consensus $1.10... Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.08... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.25... Viacom (VIAB), consensus $1.28... Valero Energy (VLO), consensus $1.32... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), consensus $1.38... Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.06... Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 88c... Zimmer (ZMH), consensus $1.71... Xcel Energy (XEL), consensus 34c... Royal Caribbean (RCL), consensus 42c... Coach (COH), consensus 66c... Kate Spade (KATE), consensus 24c... Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus 34c... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK), consensus $1.52... L-3 Communications (LLL), consensus $2.27... JetBlue (JBLU), consensus 24c.
13:51 EDTGOOGAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:19 EDTNWSAPzena Investment reports 6.97% passive stake in News Corp.
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13:17 EDTGOOGAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:51 EDTNFLXIcahn says net neutrality 'cloud' went away for Netflix
Carl Icahn on CNBC said he agrees completely with his portfolio managers in regards to Netflix. Icahn believes the net neutrality "cloud" has went away for the streaming movie service. Icahn Capital portfolio manager David Schechter in the same interview said he believes Netflix shares are "significantly undervalued" and that the company's market capitalization will be multiples higher in five years.
12:14 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 79, February is at 29, March is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
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09:19 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility decreases on sharp rally
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January 27, 2015
19:26 EDTGOOGApple Pay service gaining in market share, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTNFLXNetflix, Amazon saw increase of 15%-20% in streams during blizzard, CNBC says
Netflix (NFLX) saw an increase of 15% in streaming video, and Amazon (AMZN) saw a rise of 20% in Amazon Prime video in some New England markets during winter storm Juno, CNBC reports, citing Procera Networks. Numbers do not include mobile streaming or New York City market.
13:16 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms Google Fiber coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, two other cities
Google said in a blog post, "It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. It can give them new platforms for economic development and new ways of using technology to improve life for their citizens. And, around the country, it seems to be catching on... Today, we’re happy to announce that Google Fiber is coming to 18 cities across four new metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. We can’t wait to see what people and businesses across the Southeast U.S. do with gigabit speeds." Google adds, "We’re also continuing to explore bringing fiber to five additional metro areas—Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, and will have updates on these potential Fiber cities later this year." Reference Link
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10:00 EDTNWSAOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:44 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:10 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded on 'potential to awaken' at FBR Capital
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06:34 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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05:53 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to offer Fiber in Atlanta, Nasvhille, two other cities, WSJ says
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January 26, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 26, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.47 to 30.63. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX X MSFT BP GILD according to Track Data.
13:17 EDTCMCSA, TWCLetters supporting Comcast-TWC merger ghostwritten by Comcast, The Verge says
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12:56 EDTGOOGGoogle shares should be bought ahead of earnings, says BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis expects Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to report Q4 Paid Click growth of 17% and a Cost Per Click decline of 2%, resulting in revenue of $18.9B and adjusted EPS of $7.22, both of which are above the consensus forecasts. Gillis recommends investors buy Google shares ahead of Thursday's earnings report and maintains a Buy rating and $650 price target on the stock.
10:51 EDTGOOGNFL highlights content coming to YouTube, Google Search results
Earlier today, The National Football League and YouTube announced a partnership that will deliver NFL content to fans around the world, combining the world’s most popular sports league with the world’s largest video platform. Through a newly launched official NFL channel on YouTube, and video directly viewable for Google Search users, this partnership will enable fans to engage with NFL video content on PCs, tablets, and mobile phones. This deal represents the latest in a series of partnerships that the NFL has struck with leading digital platforms to continue to increase the accessibility and consumption of some of the most "valuable" content in the entertainment business. Reference Link
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07:01 EDTCVCCablevision announces upcoming launch of WiFi phone service Freewheel
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06:31 EDTCVCCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
06:21 EDTGOOGGoogle's Ludwig comments on vulnerabilities in versions of Webkit
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January 25, 2015
20:32 EDTGOOGTwitter still has problems, Barron's says
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January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTNFLXMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:12 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast lobbyists challenged by dual fights in Washington, WSJ says
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08:07 EDTGOOGU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTGOOGGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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14:57 EDTGOOGRKG data read through for Google a positive, says Morgan Stanley
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14:00 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
Target $60.
13:59 EDTVIABViacom initiated with a Hold at Societe Generale
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
Target $615.
13:55 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
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10:29 EDTGOOGRumor: Twitter strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:03 EDTNFLXOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:11 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and capital allocation outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
07:20 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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05:55 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
January 21, 2015
18:10 EDTGOOG, VIABGoogle, Viacom win dismissal of suit on children's web privacy, Re/code reports
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16:35 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:28 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
12:24 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTGOOGAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:47 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:32 EDTNFLXNetflix rallies amid slew of target raises, but one analyst bucks trend
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10:01 EDTNFLXOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:47 EDTNFLXNetflix fades from initial gap high, levels to watch
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09:17 EDTNFLXNetflix gaps up sharply following earnings surprise, levels to watch
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09:16 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:39 EDTDISDisney reports five employees affected by California measles outbreak, AP says
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08:32 EDTNFLXNetflix earnings only in-line when excluding items, says FBR Capital
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08:31 EDTTWC, CMCSAAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
08:15 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $465 from $382 at Cowen
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08:07 EDTGOOGUSPTO Examiner reconfirms patentability of Netlist's LRDIMM patent claims
Netlist (NLST) announced that the Examiner in the consolidated reexamination of U.S. Pat. No. 7,619,912 issued an Answer maintaining the patentability of 92 claims related to LRDIMM. The reexaminations were brought in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Google (GOOG), Inphi Corporation, and SMART Modular Technologies. The 92 patentable claims are generally directed to the fundamental concept of rank multiplication which is integral to the design of the LRDIMM. The Examiner issued the Answer on January 14, 2015, in response to voluminous appeal briefs filed by Google, Inphi, and SMART Modular. The Examiner considered arguments from all parties and ultimately maintained his conclusions as to the patentability of these claims, while maintaining the rejection of 11 other claims. The parties will now have the opportunity to file rebuttal briefs before the reexamination proceeds to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board for oral arguments, likely later this year or early next. The '912 Patent is also the subject of litigation between Netlist and Google in the Northern District of California and Netlist and Inphi in the Central District of California. Both sets of litigation have been stayed pending the outcome of this and other reexamination proceedings.
07:59 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $511 from $450 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Netflix shares to $511 saying the company reported strong Q4 results last night. The firm believes Netflix's stronger than expected international subscriber growth and increased efficiency at expanding into new markets provides better profit visibility. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of Netflix are rallying $61.20 to $410.00 in pre-market trading.
07:53 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $500 from $380 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on Netflix after the company reported stronger than expected Q4 results, and Q1 guidance that the firm views as solid. The firm thinks the company is successfully carrying out its plan to become the leading global Internet TV network. Stifel keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:34 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO sees room for competition in video streaming market, CNet says
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07:33 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $483 from $431 at Oppenheimer
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07:00 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $450 from $415 at Cantor
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06:44 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded at Nomura
As previously reported, Nomura upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on more reasonable subscriber expectations, price elasticity, a strong 2015 content cycle, global cost efficiencies, and funding likely from corporate debt and not a capital raise. Price target is $500.
06:30 EDTNFLXNetflix suggested FY15 operating income will decline, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray attributes the upside Netflix reported in Q4 to international momentum. The firm notes, however, that Netflix suggested FY15 operating income will decline year-over-year given continued international expansion into other new countries later in the year. Piper raised its price target for shares to $360 from $345 but keeps a Neutral rating on the name.
06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $409 from $364 at Citigroup
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06:21 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:17 EDTNFLX, DIS, CMCSAOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
05:56 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGSpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
18:30 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:46 EDTCMCSA, DIS, NFLXNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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17:22 EDTNFLXNetflix to begin streaming 'The Interview' in U.S., Canada on Saturday, Jan. 24
Netflix stated in its Q4 investor letter, "We are thrilled to offer exclusively the controversial comedy, The Interview, to our U.S. and Canadian members beginning this Saturday, Jan. 24 - just thirty days after it debuted in theaters and pay-per-view."
16:34 EDTGOOGSpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees FY15 operating income down from FY14
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees continuning to grow spending dedicated to originals
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16:15 EDTNFLXNetflix trades sharply higher after earnings, first look
The stock is up over 12% at time of writing to $393.76 following results in the extended session. At that price resistance is at $395.52. Support is at $386.68.
16:13 EDTNFLXNetflix sees completing global expansion over next two years
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q4 EPS 72c, consensus 45c
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16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix up 11% after reporting better than expected Q4 earnings
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16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 net streaming additions of 4.05M
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q1 EPS 60c, consensus 77c
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16:06 EDTNFLXNetflix reports 4.33M members added in Q4
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
15:21 EDTNFLXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:17 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a sideways consolidation pattern since a sharp downtrend began in October of last year. The approximate range has been a high at $350 and a low at $320. Breaks of either end of this range will be important determinants of the trend following earnings. A breakout above $350 would potentially reverse the current dominant downtrend. With over 8.5% of the trading float short, there could be substantial buy-to-cover pressure in the event of a positive surprise. Upside levels to watch above $350 would be at $357.95, $366.51, and $375.83. On an extreme positive surprise, the $380 area could be tested. If the news is negative, a break below the $320 area would likely lead to a resumption of the dominant downtrend. Support levels to watch would be at $310.25, $299.50, and $290.28. A breakdown below $300 would be long-term bearish for price, confirming a major top.
14:04 EDTNFLXNetflix January weekly 345 straddle priced for 11% movement into Q4
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14:00 EDTCMCSA, DISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
11:25 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Cloudera to bring Cloud Dataflow to Spark
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11:21 EDTGOOGYouTube plans launch of original content initiative by end of 2015, Variety says
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08:11 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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07:37 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:00 EDTGOOGEU official calls on Google to make more concessions, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTGOOGGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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13:25 EDTCBSNFL, CBS renew agreement for Thursday Night Football
The National Football League will continue its partnership with CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2015 season, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CBS for Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell. “The promotion and production by CBS and NFL Network last season made Thursday night a night for NFL football. We look forward to working again next season with CBS. ”The programming relationship between the NFL and CBS will expand to include, among other elements, the development of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms. In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. Reference Link
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