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March 28, 2014
17:13 EDTFB, C, MSFT, AAPL, VRTX, BIIB, ALXNMarket ends week mixed as Nasdaq continues to lag
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week mixed as the tech-heavy Nasdaq continued to lag the S&P 500 and Dow, while the situation in Ukraine appeared to impact trade in U.S. markets less than in previous weeks. MACRO NEWS: U.S. durable goods orders for February and weekly jobless claims beat expectations, while fourth quarter GDP, new home sales for February, and an index of consumer confidence were roughly in-line with expectations... The world continued to keep an eye on the situation in Ukraine, with Western leaders saying this week that they will look to intensify economic sanctions against Russia. However, for this week at least, the geopolitical situation did not seem to move markets as much as it had in recent weeks... Investors also continued to monitor the apparent the economic slowdown in China, with Manufacturing PMI data coming out of that country to start this week missing expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) again made headlines for a major acquisition, with the social network on Tuesday night announcing it acquired virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR for about $2B in cash and stock. Shares of the social network, which have had a tough month amid broad weakness in the Nasdaq, finished the week down about 10% at $60.01... Citigroup (C) shares fell about 6% after the bank's 2014 capital plan was rejected by the Federal Reserve, which spurred downgrades from a number of analyst firms. Citigroup had been seeking to raise its dividend to 5c from 1c per share, as well as repurchase $6.4B of its common stock. The bank will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions through the first quarter of 2015, which include a 1c dividend and a $1.2B share repurchase program... New Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella made his first public appearance as the company's CEO, announcing the launch of its Microsoft Office suite for Apple's (AAPL) iPad at an event... A number of biotech stocks, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 8%, Biogen (BIIB), down 7.5%, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), down 6.5%, were notably weak as the sector, and the broader tech-heavy Nasdaq, continued to underperform. INDEXES: The Dow gained 0.1% to close at 16,323.06, the S&P 500 lost 0.5% to close at 1,857.62, and the Nasdaq fell 2.8% to close at 4,155.76.
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October 13, 2014
16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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16:02 EDTC, AAPLOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
15:24 EDTCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:33 EDTCEarnings Preview: Citigroup to report with shares up 11% over last six months
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13:48 EDTCCitigroup October volatility increases into Q3 and revenue outlook
Citigroup October call option implied volatility is at 39, November is at 25, December is at 25, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 14.
13:10 EDTMSFT, FBGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
10:08 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $131 from $119 at RW Baird
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:31 EDTAAPLApple says iPhone 6, 6 Plus to arrive in 36 more countries this month
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07:19 EDTCAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTCRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:41 EDTAAPLWalgreens to roll out Apple Pay on October 18, MacRumors reports
Walgreens (WAG) will begin rolling out Apple Pay (AAPL) on Saturday, October 18, according to a memo obtained by MacRumors. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple iPhone 6 pre-orders in China reach 20M, Digitimes says
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05:35 EDTVRTXVertex upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Overweight citing likely approval of the company's Kalydeco plus lumacaftor combination next year. Piper expects Vertex's Cystic Fibrosis sales to grow to $3.1B in 2016 and raised its price target for shares to $125 from $87.50.
05:15 EDTFBFacebook, Ericsson, XL Axiata innovate to improve Indonesia network performance
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00:04 EDTCBanking regulators want more disclosure on auto loans, Reuters says
Banking regulators are requesting that banks provide more details on their auto loan portfolios, says Reuters. Balances remaining on auto loans are rising and about a fifth of the loans are subprime, added Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTCBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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