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February 25, 2014
08:47 EDTOCN, FB, ICE, JPM, TGT, ORAN, LNKD, CBS, TWC, UL, FOXA, DIS, CVX, MSFT, PG, CMCSAOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Broadcasters (DIS, CBS, CMCSA, FOXA) ask Supreme Court to shut down Aereo...LinkedIn (LNKD) expands in China, dealing with censorship...Procter & Gamble (PG), Unilever (UL) battle over hair care...Orange (ORAN), Microsoft (MSFT) in talks for Dailymotion partnership...REUTERS: Senate committee hearing set on Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal...Target (TGT) expected to reduce buybacks due to data breach costs...BLOOMBERG: Chevron (CVX) looking into options for U.S. midstream business...ICE (ICE) renovates SMX, prepares to list own products...OTHER NEWS: Ocwen Financial (OCN) looks to sell $1B of new debt this year, FT reports...JPMorgan (JPM) planning to cut 'several thousand' jobs in mortgage business, FT reports...WhatsApp (FB) won't generate significant revenue anytime soon, Re/code reports.
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July 21, 2015
16:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined13% to $8.7B
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16:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reports Q4 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 56c
Reports Q4 revenue $22.2B, consensus $22.06B.
16:01 EDTMSFT, FBOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:11 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Microsoft up 5% since announcing Nokia writedown
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15:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly 47 straddle priced for 5% movement into Q4
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15:02 EDTMSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:43 EDTDISEarnings Watch: Analysts expect GoPro to beat expectations in Q2
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11:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
On a long-term basis the stock has a potential double top pattern that would be confirmed on a breakdown below $40. In a shorter time frame the stock is range-bound between $45 at the low and $50 at the high. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $45 would put the shares on a path for a test at that $40 support. A breakdown below $40 would see next support at $39.27 and then at $38.56. The downside target from the double top would be to the $30 area over time. If the news is a bullish surprise, a breakout above $50 would see next resistance at $53.13 and then at $55. Both are levels not seen since the year 2000.
10:01 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTORANOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTMSFTSalesforce rallies amid renewed speculation of Microsoft deal
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
08:35 EDTJPMVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTFBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:38 EDTORANOrange SA downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Orange SA to Hold citing limited upside to its price target following the stock's 72% rally since January 2014. Deutsche, however, believes there could be 16% upside should mobile consolidation succeed in France. It keeps an EU16.20 price target for shares.
06:19 EDTFBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTFBPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
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