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October 4, 2012
12:24 EDTFB, ROST, GPS, CX, GOOG, KSS, TGT, INFA, VRNG, BKE, APP, COST, NUVAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after initial jobless claims stayed below 370K for another week. The market opened slightly higher and drifted in positive territory during the early hours of trading. The market reached its highs near the time the headline number for factory orders showed a decline of more than 5% for the month. When transportation items were removed from the data, orders managed to show a slight increase. The market briefly reached new five year highs but then backed off and the averages have been drifting near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims rose 4,000 to 367,000 in the week ended September 29, versus expectations for 370,000 claims. The Challenger job cuts report showed job cuts were roughly 70% lower than in the same period a year ago. Factory orders were down 5.2% in August, versus expectations for a decrease of 5.9%. In Europe, the Bank of England left its interest rates and stimulus unchanged and the European Central Bank left its benchmark rate unchanged as well. In his post announcement press conference, ECB president Mario Draghi refused to comment directly on the chances Spain was on the verge of a bailout, but said the ECB's Outright Monetary Transactions bond buying program could act quickly if a country asks for help... COMPANY NEWS: Numerous retailers reported September same-store sales figures, with a number of discount and specialty-apparel chains topping analysts’ estimates and some department stores trailing projections. Stocks advancing after the reports included Costco (COST), Target (TGT), Gap (GPS) and American Apparel (APP), while decliners included Kohl's (KSS), Ross Stores (ROST) and The Buckle (BKE)... Google (GOOG) said it is expanding its plan to cut jobs from its Motorola Mobility unit and will take $340M in related charges in Q3... Facebook (FB) now has 1B active users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a statement on its Web site... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vringo (VRNG), which extended yesterday's gains to rise another 20% the day after a federal judge ordered the company and Google to engage in patent litigation settlement talks. Also higher were shares of CEMEX (CX), which rose nearly 5% after it said that it expects its Q3 net sales to grow about 3% when adjusted for currency fluctuations. Among the noteworthy losers was NuVasive (NUVA), which fell over 32% following at least seven downgrades of its stock after the company lowered its outlook for Q3. Also lower was Informatica (INFA), down 26% following downgrades at Oppenheimer and Evercore after the company's Q3 outlook missed expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 84.98, or 0.63%, to 13,579.59; the Nasdaq was up 7.33, or 0.23%, to 3,142.56; and the S&P 500 was up 8.98, or 0.62%, to 1,459.97.
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December 9, 2014
07:06 EDTBKEThe Buckle announces special cash dividend, increased quarterly dividend
The Buckle, Inc. announced that at its quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors, held on December 8, the Board authorized a $2.77 per share special cash dividend to be paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 15, 2015. The Board also authorized a 23c per share quarterly dividend to be paid to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 15, 2015. This represents an increase of 1c per share, or 4.5%, in the company’s regular quarterly dividend rate. Both the $2.77 per share special cash dividend and the 23c per share regular quarterly dividend are payable on January 27, 2015 and will be paid together.
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
07:32 EDTINFARaymond James to hold a conference
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December 7, 2014
13:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could reach $634 in a year, Barron's says
Google shares look attractive at current levels and shares could reach $634.00 in a year, driven by stabilizing ad pricing, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
18:01 EDTGPSGap shares look cheap, should continue to rise, Barron's reports
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12:50 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTGOOG, FBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:55 EDTGOOG, FBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility low into being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:38 EDTGOOGFollow-up: Google downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The firm lowered estimates slightly below the Street due to lack of product catalysts, search maturity, and margin pressure from investments. BofA/Merrill is also cautious on online advertising growth given increased regulatory risk in the EU, potential Facebook (FB) competition, share loss from social growth, and a strong Apple (AAPL) product cycle. Price target lowered to $580 from $600.
07:29 EDTCOSTCostco December weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Costco December weekly call option implied volatility is at 22, December is at 16, January is at 15, April is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on December 10.
07:28 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle revamps incentive program for firms that sell productivity apps, services
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06:03 EDTGOOGiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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