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July 24, 2014
16:38 EDTGSJames Schiro retires from the board of Goldman Sachs due to health reasons
The board of The Goldman Sachs Group announced that James Schiro, lead director and chair of the board’s corporate governance, nominating and public responsibilities committee, has retired from the board in order to undergo treatment after a diagnosis of multiple myeloma.
16:00 EDTFBiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:06 EDTFBFacebook, Uber discuss embedding service into Messenger, Re/code says
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12:32 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. 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 achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, 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 declined more than 3% 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." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
12:14 EDTFBFacebook shares hit double IPO price after results beat expectations
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11:25 EDTFBInstagram could be working on Snapchat competitor called 'Bolt," The Verge says
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11:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to pay $275M in RMBS settlement with SEC
The SEC said it charged three Morgan Stanley entities with "misleading investors in a pair of residential mortgage-backed securities securitizations that the firms underwrote, sponsored, and issued." Morgan Stanley agreed to settle the charges by paying $275M to be returned to harmed investors, the agency said. Reference Link
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:49 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $80 at Topeka
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08:32 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $82 from $71 at RW Baird
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08:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $79 at Oppenheimer
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08:07 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $90 at UBS
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $84 from $75 at Canaccord
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $90 citing the company's "strong" Q2 results. It says Facebook remains a top pick with an Overweight rating.
07:41 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at Jefferies
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07:40 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $83 at JMP Securities
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook margins likely to improve over time, says Cantor
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07:00 EDTJPMJudge dismisses JPMorgan case regarding Madoff scheme, Reuters says
U.S. Federal Judge Paul Crotty made a ruling that dismissed a shareholder's case which claimed JPMorgan board members knew about Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme and didn't acknowledge red flags motioning towards fraud, according to Reuters, citing the lawsuit. Reference Link
06:43 EDTFBFacebook reiterated as a top pick at Barclays
Barclays continues to rate FaceBook an Overweight and a top pick following the strong Q2 report. The firm sees further room for numbers to move higher and believes its ability to drive scale and personalized advertising is unmatched. Price target raised to $83 from $78.
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