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July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTDHI, TRLA, GM, LTM, Z, FB, ANGI, SODAOn 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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November 12, 2014
08:42 EDTGMGeneral Motors' Ammann leading push for change, WSJ says
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08:06 EDTZPacific Crest to hold a conference
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07:37 EDTDHID.R. Horton price target raised to $26 from $22 at RBC Capital
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06:59 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
November 11, 2014
17:17 EDTGMGM scales back workers, production at small car plant, WSJ says
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:26 EDTFBYelp continues to gain traction in Local search, says Cowen
Cowen's checks indicate Yelp (YELP) continues to gain traction in Local search through Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). The firm continues to see Yelp's Local ad revenue growing 60% in 2014 and believes the company will continue to beat numbers.
10:45 EDTDHID.R. Horton CEO says should have 'great three to five year run'
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10:41 EDTDHID.R. Horton expects to close between 34,500-37,500 homes in 2015
10:33 EDTDHID.R. Horton sees average gross margin down in 2015
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07:02 EDTDHID.R. Horton reports Q4 EPS 45c, consensus 48c
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November 10, 2014
15:26 EDTDHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings DR Horton (DHI), consensus 48c; Sabre (SABR), consensus 26c; AECOM Technology (ACM), consensus 82c; CST Brands (CST), consensus 57c; Qiwi plc (QIWI), consensus 36c; INSYS Therapeutics (INSY), consensus 29c.
14:22 EDTDHID.R. Horton volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:59 EDTDHID.R. Horton technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed, trading up over 15%. Over the prior year the shares have traded in a range largely contained by $20 at the low and $25 at the high. Ahead of earnings, the stock is trading closer to the top of the range. When looking at a long-term chart, 10-year basis, the price action from March 2013 until now appears to be a symmetrical triangle in formation. That pattern would be a bullish continuation pattern given the uptrend that preceded its formation. On strong news and outlook, a move above $25 would trigger that pattern. Upside objectives could be at resistance at $25.97, $27.75, and $29.22. If the news disappoints, the lower bound of the triangle could be tested at the $20 area. A breakdown below $20 would void the pattern. Support levels that could become downside objectives would be at $18.99, $17.60, and $16.32.
12:53 EDTFBFacebook says has over 50M monthly active users for Messenger
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10:48 EDTFBFacebook enhances users' control over News Feeds
Facebook on Friday announced that News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that users have seen in their News Feeds over the past week. Users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary., the social network said. They can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they donít want to see their stories in their News Feeds, Facebook added. Users can also see who theyíve unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at anytime, the company stated. If users see a story they're not interested in or donít want to see, they can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it, Facebook said. Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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07:23 EDTANGIRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTTRLAOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:41 EDTGMGM ordered new switches months before recall, WSJ reports
Half a million replacement ignition switches were ordered by General Motors (GM) almost two months before it alerted federal safety regulators of the issues that led to a recall of millions of vehicles, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing email exchanges between the automaker and Delphi Automotive (DLPH). The email exchanges, which took place in mid-December 2013 between a GM contract worker and Delphi, indicate GM placed an "urgent" order for 500,000 replacement switches on December 18, a day after a meeting of senior executives. Reference Link
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