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August 14, 2014
16:54 EDTPSX, GHC, GM, DNOW, STRZA, DTV, V, VZ, CHTR, LMCA, COP, LBTYA, SUBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Charter Communications (CHTR), and Now Inc (DNOW). INCREASED STAKES: Suncor (SU), Verizon (VZ), General Motors (GM), Liberty Global (LBTYA), and Visa (V). DECREASED STAKES: Graham Holdings (GHC), ConocoPhillips (COP), DIRECTV (DTV), Phillips 66 (PSX), and Liberty Media (LMCA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Starz (STRZA).
News For CHTR;DNOW;SU;VZ;GM;LBTYA;V;GHC;COP;DTV;PSX;LMCA;STRZA From The Last 14 Days
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November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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16:23 EDTVVisa initiated with a Hold at Topeka
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05:58 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN V
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November 10, 2014
16:44 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:54 EDTVVisa, MasterCard could be hurt by new Canadian credit card rules, WSJ says
Canada is preparing to announce broad changes to its code of conduct for the credit- and debit-card industry, which could make it the first country to give merchants the right to reject mobile payments through Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) even if the merchants accept their physical cards, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a draft copy of rules that could be announced this week. Reference Link
15:43 EDTPSX, COPAmerican Petroleum Institute to hold a conference
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15:17 EDTVCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
14:09 EDTVZBoehner strongly opposes net neutrality
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13:52 EDTCHTRCharter issues statement regarding White House Title II announcement
Charter Communications released the following statement in response to the White House Title II Announcement: "Charter Communications unambiguously supports an open Internet, which is vital for consumers and central to our continued success. The extraordinary growth of broadband service in the United States, which now reaches more than 70 million households, has largely been the result of the current regulatory environment. For these reasons, we strongly oppose the reclassification of broadband as a Title II service under the Telecommunications Act. Efforts to reclassify broadband ignore the fact that the current rules have encouraged billions of dollars of investment in our broadband infrastructure and Americans' access to open, fast, and reliable service has never been greater. Applying 1930's-era, rotary telephone legislation to a 21st century computer technology comes with significant risks to consumers. It is a solution in search of a problem and threatens to undermine continued investment to improve and expand our nation's broadband infrastructure."
13:26 EDTVZCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:24 EDTCHTR, VZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the marketís drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internetís success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributorís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:06 EDTCHTR, VZVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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10:01 EDTCHTRTWC, Charter, Comcast drop after Obama calls for Internet regulation
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09:45 EDTVZ, CHTRObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTCHTR, VZObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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08:02 EDTCOPConocoPhillips announces second oil discovery offshore Senegal
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07:12 EDTVCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTVZOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
06:15 EDTDNOWOrbis Investment Management reports 10.2% passive stake in NOW Inc.
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