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March 12, 2012
12:08 EDTXOM, TZYM, MTU, PCBC, ZOLL, DANG, KUTV, RENN, YOKU, TUDO, DISOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at mid-day, with the Dow higher and the Nasdaq lower, but neither by a wide margin. The Dow is being led by the shares of Exxon Mobil (XOM), which are up more than 1.3% despite oil being down more than $1.00 a barrel. The averages have moved in a narrow range in a low-volatility, low-volume session. Investors are looking to tomorrow's FOMC meeting for clues as to any change in the Fed's strategy... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light today, but will be heavier the rest of the week, with reports due on retail sales, consumer sentiment and small business optimism along with a rate meeting for the FOMC. With little domestic data, investors focused on international news, most notably China's February trade deficit of $31.5B, which was its largest in over 20 years... MARKET NEWS: Disney's (DIS) expensive sci-fi film "John Carter" opened to disappointing domestic grosses, as widely expected... Tudou Holdings (TUDO) jumped almost 150% following its acquisition by Youku.com (YOKU), which also saw its shares rise about 18%. Other Chinese media and tech names also traded higher following the news, with Renren (RENN), Ku6 Media (KUTV), and Dangdang (DANG) among those advancing... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were ZOLL Medical (ZOLL), after agreeing to a $93 per share buyout offer from Asahi Kasei, and Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC), which agreed to be acquired for $46 per share by UnionBanCal, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial (MTU). Noteworthy losers included Tranzyme (TZYM), after saying a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs failed to meet its endpoints, and Anthera Pharmaceuticals (ANTH), following downgrades at Citigroup and Cowen after one of its trials was halted due to the lack of the drug's efficacy... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 14.15, or 0.11%, to 12,936.17; the Nasdaq was down 11.15, or 0.37%, to 2,977.19; and the S&P 500 was down 3.34, or 0.24%, to 1,367.53.
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September 16, 2014
09:31 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
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07:27 EDTDISBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTXOM, DISCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
07:29 EDTDISSony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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September 12, 2014
14:50 EDTDISDisney confirms plans for 'Frozen' attraction at Disney World
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07:28 EDTXOMExxon Mobil at risk from sanctions on Russia, WSJ says
New sanctions enacted by the U.S. and the EU against Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine threaten one of Exxon Mobil's best chances to find and tap significant amounts of crude oil via its partnership with Russia's state-owned oil company OAO Rosneft, said The Wall Street Journal. A U.S. official said the new sanctions would affect Exxon's current drilling in the Kara Sea with Rosneft, though the extent of the impact was unclear, the Journal added. Reference Link
06:25 EDTMTUCiti Diners Club attracts attention of banks in Japan, Bloomberg says
Citigroup's (C)’s Diners Club card is among some of the firm's resources in Japan that is attracting attention from lenders as the company looks for offers for its retail division in the country, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources said that Sumitomo Mitsui (SMFG), Mizuho Financial Group (MFG), Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU), Sumitomo Mitsui Trust and Shinsei Bank are some of the banks that are poised to propose preliminary offers. Reference Link
September 10, 2014
13:48 EDTDISDisney CFO says digital ads growing 'much faster' than tv advertising
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13:11 EDTDISDisney CFO says Maker integration going well
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08:22 EDTXOMBofA/Merrill oil and gas analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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September 9, 2014
14:54 EDTDISApple announces Apple Pay
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13:58 EDTDISStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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September 8, 2014
07:29 EDTMTUMitsubishi UFJ mulls spending $8B on U.S., Asia deals, FT says
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September 5, 2014
14:22 EDTMTUMitsubishi UFJ confident in U.S. growth, unlikely to buy Citizens, Reuters says
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09:18 EDTDISDISH debuts ESPN Fantasy Football app
As the NFL kicks off its 2014 season, DISH (DISH) is adding an ESPN Fantasy Football app that delivers fantasy stats directly to customers’ TV screens. ESPN is owned by Disney (DIS).
07:47 EDTYOKU, KUTVNew foreign content limits placed on Chinese video sites, Marbridge Daily says
China's General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued new regulations requiring online video sites to apply for licenses for each foreign produced program they carry and limiting the percentage of licensed foreign content compared to domestic content, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Operators of Internet television services in China include Youku Tudou (YOKU), YOU On Demand (YOD), Ku6 Media (KUTV), Phoenix New Media (FENG), and Baidu's (BIDU) IQiyi. Reference Link
06:01 EDTDISESPN head doesn't see people using Google for big sports events, Re/code reports
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September 3, 2014
17:19 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces Slagen Refinery project to upgrade fuel oil
ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS announced plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil.
16:20 EDTDISChesapeake Lodging to acquire JW Marriott property and sell Courtyard Anaheim
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06:03 EDTDISDISH plans to call upcoming internet TV service Nutv, GigaOM reports
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