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February 6, 2013
12:24 EDTMSFT, ELN, BIOL, GME, RS, CFX, BIIB, MUSA, CHRW, AFL, RL, SFLY, TWX, ZNGA, DISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The Wall Street averages were nearly unchanged at midday in a session of relative calm and consolidation following three straight days in which the Dow experienced triple digit moves... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S. the economic calendar was light, though the Department of Energy did report that crude supplies grew by 2.62M barrels, roughly in-line with forecasts. In Japan, the governor of its central bank offered to step down three weeks before the end of his term, fueling speculation that accelerated and more aggressive stimulus measures may follow and sparking a 3.8% run-up in the Nikkei average. In Europe, German industrial orders climbed 0.8% in December as demand from the euro zone rebounded... COMPANY NEWS: Dow component Walt Disney (DIS) rose 1% after reporting quarterly earnings and revenue that beat analyst estimates. Among others reporting last night and this morning, Time Warner (TWX), Ralph Lauren (RL), Zynga (ZNGA) and Shutterfly (SFLY) advanced, while Aflac (AFL), C.H. Robinson (CHRW) and Colfax (CFX) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were BIOLASE (BIOL), which rose 31% after receiving FDA clearance for a soft tissue laser device, and Metals USA (MUSA), which gained 13% after agreeing to be acquired by Reliance Steel (RS) for $20.65 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Elan (ELN), which fell 9% after agreeing to sell its 50% interest in the Tysabri MS drug to Biogen (BIIB) for $3.25B in cash and future royalty payments. Also lower were shares of GameStop (GME), which slid nearly 7% following a report suggesting the next version of Microsoft's (MSFT) Xbox system will not allow used games to be resold... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 2.26, or 0.02%, to 13,977.04; the Nasdaq was up 2.39, or 0.08%, to 3,173.97; and the S&P 500 was up 0.92, or 0.06%, to 1,512.21.
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May 12, 2015
08:31 EDTDISApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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08:04 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $120 from $105 at Deutsche Bank
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07:37 EDTCHRWOppenheimer to hold a conference
10th Annual Industrial Growth Conference is being held in New York on May 12-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 12 at 8:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:41 EDTDISTV networks touting digital, targeting technologies to marketers, NY Times says
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May 11, 2015
14:11 EDTSFLYMarathon files proxy materials seeking election to Shutterfly board
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13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTSFLYBaird sees risk of pullback in Yelp with no deal
Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors this morning that shares of Yelp are at risk of a pullback if a takeover is not consummated "within the relatively near future." Sebastian, while stating Yelp's content and review database could make an attractive acquisition candidate for a "number of platform companies," writes that the risk/reward is "roughly balanced" following last week's rally amid reports of a potential buyout. The analyst cautions that a sales process, as the Wall Street Journal reported Yelp is undertaking, does not guarantee a transaction, as Shutterfly (SFLY) recently showed. With a deal not consummating in the near term, Sebastian sees "increasing risks" in owning Yelp shares above the $50 level. The stock closed Friday at $49.93. Sebastian has a Neutral rating on Yelp with a $46 price target.
06:33 EDTDISTV networks worried amid tough competition from digital outlets, NY Times says
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
May 10, 2015
18:05 EDTTWX, DISFCC contract ruling may speed review of AT&T-DirecTV merger, WSJ says
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17:35 EDTTWX, DISDisney's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' leads U.S. weekend box office with $77.2M
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May 8, 2015
16:36 EDTMSFTStocks end week higher as jobs data, M&A boosts shares
Stocks finished the week higher as favorable U.S. jobs data and significant M&A news boosted the major averages. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims and nonfarm payrolls for April both beat expectations. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.4% from 5.5%. Other U.S. economic data points were mixed, as a services sector index for April beat expectations, while factory orders for March were in-line with the consensus estimate... Fed Chairman Janet Yellen said that high equity valuations could pose potential dangers... In China, exports fell 6.2% and imports slid 16.1% in April, according to government data... In Europe, the Conservative party succeeded in a surprise election victory in the U.K. and David Cameron will return as prime minister. Elsewhere in the region, a report showed that industrial production in Germany unexpectedly declined 0.5% in March. COMPANY NEWS: Yelp (YELP) rallied after Dow Jones reported that the company is looking to sell itself... Bloomberg reported early in the week that Microsoft (MSFT) was considering a bid for software as a service provider Salesforce (CRM). However, Reuters reported today that Microsoft isn't currently interested in buying the cloud company... Agricultural products maker Monsanto (MON) confirmed that it had made a bid to acquire Syngenta (SYT) for 449.00 CHF per share. Switzerland based Syngenta, which develops crop protection and seed products, turned down the offer, which it believes undervalues the company... McDonald's (MCD) said it would restructure its business into four segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its three year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins would take over as CEO and that John Chambers would assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Among the companies whose stocks fell following their earnings reports were organic foods supermarket chains Whole Foods (WFM) and Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) and accessories designer Kate Spade (KATE). Conversely, the shares of Herbalife (HLF) and data analytics tool provider Tableau (DATA) advanced after their quarterly reports. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.9% to 18,191.11, the Nasdaq fell 0.05% to 5,003.55, and the S&P 500 gained 0.36% to 2,116.10.
11:18 EDTRLRalph Lauren May volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Ralph Lauren May call option implied volatility is at 52, June is at 29, October is at 26; compared to its 90-week average of 27, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on May 13.
10:27 EDTDISBill Simmons to leave ESPN, NYT's Sandomir reports
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09:36 EDTMSFT, DISActive equity options trading on open:
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA FB DIS MSFT TSLA NFLX AMZN BAC
08:32 EDTMSFTUBS software analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Software Analyst Thill, along with Mary Jo Foley, author, blogger and Microsoft expert, discuss Microsoft's product line and provide an update on the Microsoft Build Developer and Ignite Conferences on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 8 at 1 pm.
06:56 EDTDISDisney names Leslie Ferraro as president, Disney Consumer Products
Leslie Ferraro has been named President, Disney Consumer Products, effective immediately. Ferraro most recently served as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ Executive Vice President, Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations, where she was responsible for leading the marketing and sales teams in developing numerous highly successful consumer campaigns worldwide. As President of Disney Consumer Products, Ferraro will oversee a global operation that delivers innovative and engaging products, from toys and apparel to books and fine art, through its Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store businesses. Ms. Ferraro assumes the role formerly held by Bob Chapek, who became Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in February.
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft not weighing bid for Salesforce, Reuters says
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to release server orders in Q2 or Q3, DigiTimes reports
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