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February 13, 2013
16:43 EDTCUK, CMCSA, GE, DDD, TRLA, GRPN, RATE, CLF, CCLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following last night's State of the Union address and January retail sales that were in-line with expectations, but down from December's reading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in January, which was in-line with expectations though down from a 0.5% gain in December. Import prices rose 0.6% during the month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%, while Export prices were up 0.3% in January, matching the consensus forecast. Business inventories grew 0.1% in December, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase. Additionally, in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined a mix of old and new proposals intended to jump-start the domestic economy as well as urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from the existing $7.25... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) gained $1.16, or 2.98%, to $40.13 after reporting its Q4 results earlier than expected. It also announced it will buy General Electric’s (GE) remaining 49% equity stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7B and would acquire $1.4B in real estate assets from GE. Comcast increased its annual dividend by 20% to 78c per share and said it plans to buy back $2B of its stock in 2013. After the earlier than expected sale of the NBCU interest, GE shares gained 81c, or 3.59%, to $23.39 as the company said it was raising its share repurchase plan to $35B and accelerating its 2013 share buybacks to about $10B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of 3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD), up $2.54, or 4.03%, to $65.61 following comments made by President Obama during last night's State of the Union address. Also higher were shares of Trulia (TRLA), up $5.21, or 21.9%, to $29.00 following better than expected Q4 results, and Groupon (GRPN), up 28c, or 5.39%, to $5.57 after the stock was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. Among the noteworthy losers was Cliffs Natural (CLF), down $7.32, or 19.99%, to $29.29, after the company reported Q4 results, cut its dividend 76% to 15c per share, and the stock was downgraded by at least three analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Bankrate (RATE), down $1.93, or 15.59%, to $10.45, after its Q4 results missed street estimates and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Citigroup. Also sliding was Carnival (CCL), down $1.56, or 4%, to $37.46 as the company's Triumph cruise ship, which has been stranded in the Gulf of Mexico, was towed ashore and the company detailed the impact of voyage disruptions and repair costs on its results in the first half of the year... INDICES: The Dow was down 35.79, or 0.26%, to 13,982.91; the Nasdaq was up 10.39, or 0.33%, to 3,196.88; and the S&P 500 was up 0.90, or 0.06%, to 1,520.33.
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October 10, 2014
07:34 EDTRATEBankrate terminates former CFO for cause over refusal to cooperate with SEC
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07:25 EDTGEGE CEO to continue shedding divisions in FY15, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTGEGE expects data division to exceed $1B in sales this year, Reuters says
GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that the company was en route to gross over $1B in sales from its industrial data-analysis division in FY14, and is looking to broaden the availability of its software platform in FY15, according to Reuters, citing comments from Immelt. Reference Link
07:04 EDTCMCSAAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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October 9, 2014
11:00 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable stockholders approve Comcast merger deal
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10:59 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable stockholders approve Comcast merger deal
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09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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08:18 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable to host special shareholder meeting
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07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
16:01 EDTCLFOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
14:53 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO says hasn't sold shares, no clock on non-core sales, WSJ says
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11:04 EDTCMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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11:03 EDTCMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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09:38 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTDDDFDA to hold a public workshop
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07:13 EDTCMCSAHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
06:01 EDTCLFCliffs Natural implied volatility of 99 at upper end of index mean range
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October 7, 2014
15:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility increases as shares trend lower
Cliffs Natural October weekly call option implied volatility is at 115, October is at 89, November is at 88, December is at 89, January is at 79; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement.
13:46 EDTCCLCarnival finalizes Netherlands land purchase, begin construction in 2015
Carnival Corporation finalized its land purchase in Almere, Netherlands, marking the official start of development for its state-of-the-art training facility that will serve 6,500 deck and technical officers from all nine of its global cruise brands each year. The centerpiece of the new campus will be a new and three-times-larger Center for Simulator Maritime Training, Carnival Corporation's world-class maritime training, professional development and research facility, already operating in Almere. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in 2015.
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