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July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTLTM, Z, FB, ANGI, SODA, DHI, TRLA, GMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly higher but were unable to gather any upside momentum during the day. The market barely reacted to the much better than expected weekly jobless claims data, as the Labor Department explained that this time of the year is typically volatile for the data. The new home sales report for June had the opposite effect, as sales were worse than expected and the previous month was also revised down. The number put a lid on the averages, which moved throughout the afternoon as if summer doldrums had set in. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) achieved a new all-time high during the session and closed up $3.69, or 5.18%, to $74.98 after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors (GM) declined $1.67, or 4.46%, to $35.74 after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Trulia (TRLA), which surged $13.16, or 32.43%, to $53.74 after Bloomberg said the company is in talks to be acquired by rival real estate website operator Zillow (Z). Zillow shares also gained $19.29, or 15.25%, to $145.76 after the news service said it could tie-up with its peer in a deal that could value Trulia as much as $2B. Also higher was SodaStream (SODA), which jumped $2.73, or 9.45%, to $31.63 after Bloomberg said the home soda machine maker is holding talks with an investment firm about taking itself private at a valuation of about $828M, or $40 per share. However, an analyst at Stifel called that scenario "highly improbable to impossible." Among the noteworthy losers was Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged $1.96, or 19.27%, to $8.21 after reporting second quarter results that were worse than expected, prompting at least seven downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. Also lower were Life Time Fitness (LTM), which lowered its FY14 earnings view and fell $6.00, or 12.7%, to $41.26 and D.R. Horton (DHI), which dropped $2.86, or 11.53%, to $21.94 after its quarterly profits missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 2.83, or 0.02%, to 17,083.80, the Nasdaq dropped 1.59, or 0.04%, to 4,472.11, and the S&P 500 gained 0.97, or 0.05%, to 1,987.98.
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March 17, 2015
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook launches expat targeting feature
To help businesses reach people living abroad, Facebook earlier today announced a new targeting feature that enables advertisers to reach the 92M expats on Facebook, the company announced today. Marketers can now connect with expats living within a given country (like expats living in Brazil) and expats originating from a specific country (like people born in Brazil living abroad), Facebook explained. Reference Link
08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
07:42 EDTFBBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:20 EDTANGIBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
Smid Cap Conference 2015 is being held in Boston on March 17-18.
06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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March 16, 2015
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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12:43 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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10:29 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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10:07 EDTLTMHigh option volume stocks
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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09:22 EDTLTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:18 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness volatility flat into Leonard Green affiliates acquiring
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08:07 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness to be acquired by Leonard Green affiliates in $4B deal
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07:40 EDTZZillow Group impact minimal from ListHub, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes Zillow will see little disruption from ListHub not sending its listings after the company won its legal battle against Trulia. News Corp. (NWSA) owned ListHub will stop sending the listings in April, but Canaccord believes the combined Zillow/Trulia guidance may hold some positive surprises and expects 2016 to be a breakout year for the company. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Zillow shares.
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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