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February 20, 2014
08:46 EDTAAPL, TWC, BAESY, MRK, BBRY, NWSA, WYNN, AMX, JNPR, NVS, CMCSA, CBS, INTC, MGM, WMT, NOK, BAYRY, DIS, LVS, NYTOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Broadcasters (CBS, NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) get first victory over Aereo in Utah federal court...BlackBerry's (BBRY) BBM app gets renewed attention...REUTERS: Bayer (BAYRY), Novartis (NVS) explore bids for Merck's (MRK) consumer unit...Nokia (NOK) reportedly considering buying Juniper (JNPR), combining it with NSN... BAE Systems (BAESY): U.S. unit close to 'bottoming out' this year...BLOOMBERG: Wal-Mart (WMT) weighs support for minimum wage increase...Slim (AMX) to exercise NY Times Co. (NYT) warrants this year...OTHER NEWS: Macau casino license renewals (MGM, WYNN, LVS) seen going smoothly, South China Morning Post reports... Intel (INTC) CEO says relationship with Apple (AAPL) getting 'closer,' Apple Insider reports...Comcast (CMCSA) confident of Time Warner Cable (TWC) acquisition approval, FT reports.
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August 17, 2015
14:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Wal-Mart August call option implied volatility is at 41, September is at 23, October is at 20; compared to its 52-week range of 10 to 21 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 18.
13:30 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart down more than 9% over last three months
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10:10 EDTNWSAHigh option volume stocks
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10:05 EDTAAPLApple preparing first Kangaroo bond, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
08:22 EDTAAPLSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
07:59 EDTDISDisney plans for Star Wars should ease investor concern, says FBR Capital
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07:54 EDTAAPLApple iPhone sales likely to fall in start of fiscal 2016, says Pacific Crest
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07:39 EDTBBRYTMC to hold a conference
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07:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart dividend and valuation provides support, says Baird
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart coverage transitioned with an Overweight at Stephens
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06:38 EDTAAPLApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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06:26 EDTAMXAmerica Movil removes charges on U.S. calls for Mexican clients, Reuters says
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06:01 EDTNVSAVEO Oncology announces license agreement with Novartis
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August 16, 2015
19:34 EDTAAPLApple inquires about automotive testing facility, AP says
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18:42 EDTWMTSam's Club to target high-end shoppers, WSJ says
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16:59 EDTCMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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15:33 EDTNYTNew York Times CEO says no hint of selling company, NYT reports
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14:41 EDTDISDisney announces 'Star Wars' theme park expansion
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