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October 4, 2012
12:24 EDTINFA, VRNG, BKE, APP, COST, NUVA, FB, ROST, GPS, CX, GOOG, KSS, TGTOn 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 analystsí 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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05:42 EDTCXHolcim, Lafarge confirm intention to combine via merger of equals
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April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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14:38 EDTCXEuropean cement makers Lafarge, Holcim approve $50B merger, WSJ says
Two of the world's largest cement makers, France's Lafarge (LFRGY) and Switzerland's Holcim agreed to a $50B merger, says the Wall Street Journal. The cement companies' boards met separately on Saturday and approved the deal, added the Wall Street Journal. Other names in the cement and buildings materials space include Vulcan Materials (VMC), Martin Marietta (MLM), Texas Industries (TXI), Eagle Materials (EXP) and CEMEX (CX). Reference Link
April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTFBMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
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16:38 EDTGOOGGoogle files automatic mixed securities shelf
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16:30 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:44 EDTAPPFiveT Capital reports 11.54% stake in American Apparel
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10:23 EDTCXCement names rise after report of industry giants exploring merger
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10:11 EDTCXCEMEX, Martin Marietta, Vulcan rally after Bloomberg report of cement deal
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10:01 EDTCXLafarge, Holcim in talks to explore merger, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTFBFacebook met with anonymous app maker Secret but didn't make offer, Re/code says
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07:43 EDTGOOGBaidu market leading search share in China rose in March, Marbridge Daily says
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07:42 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $1.4 fine regarding StreetView worries in Italy, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTGOOGNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
07:25 EDTGOOGNational Press Club holds a meeting
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06:22 EDTGOOGNest Labs halts sales of smart smoke alarms
Nest Labs announced it is stopping sales of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a defect that can cause owners to inadvertently turn them off. The company says "At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave -- a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand -- could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this. We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update." Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year. Reference Link
06:12 EDTFBFacebook paid researchers $1.5M to fix software bugs
Facebook paid out more than $1.5M to security researchers who helped it find and fix software bugs and security vulnerabilities in its software code, the company said. The company says it has been working to grow its bug bounty program since 2011, and "We received 14,763 submissions in 2013, a 246% increase from 2012. Of these, 687 were valid and eligible to receive rewards. 6% of eligible bugs were categorized as high severity. We've paid over $2M since we got started in 2011, and in 2013 we paid out $1.5M to 330 researchers across the globe. 2014 is looking good so far. The volume of high-severity issues is down, and we're hearing from researchers that it's tougher to find good bugs." Reference Link
06:01 EDTGOOGAcacia Research resolves action with Motorola Mobility
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