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July 7, 2015
11:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan approves Uber for employee work travel
JPMorgan Chase announced that its U.S.-based employees can now expense Uber rides for work travel. The move will give over 100,000 employees from locations across the country access to Uber. "Allowing our employees to use Uber for business travel just makes sense. It's cost efficient for the company, and convenient for our employees,” said Trish Wexler, Chase’s Chief Communications Officer.
11:14 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; BABA FB
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09:33 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:14 EDTJPMJP Morgan volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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07:01 EDTFBAllen & Company to hold a conference
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July 6, 2015
19:34 EDTGSGoldman Sachs forms M&A Shareholder Advisory as activism defense, WSJ says
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18:51 EDTJPMFox Business says JPMorgan not looking at LendingClub, Bloomberg reports
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 6, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 50c to 20.47 Option volume leaders: AAPL MU BAC FB CHK PBR ODP BABA INTC F TSLA DHR CVX AAL FCX ABX.
15:35 EDTJPMJPMorgan has interest in LendingClub, The Deal says
10:34 EDTFBAnalysts differ on Yelp after company said to halt sale process
The shares of Yelp (YELP) have fallen in each of the last two sessions after Bloomberg reported that its CEO had decided not to sell the company at this time. Two research firms were upbeat on the stock after the pullback, but Piper Jaffray's well-known analyst, Gene Munster, was cautious on the stock's near-term outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last Thursday afternoon, Bloomberg reported that Yelp's CEO and founder Jeremy Stoppelman had decided not to sell the company in the near-term. Stoppelman's decision came after Goldman Sachs, which had been hired by Yelp to find potential buyers of the company, identified several interested suitors, the news service stated. BULLISH TAKE: Yelp's stock is significantly undervalued and investors should buy the shares, wrote Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte in a note to investors today. Noting that Bloomberg reported multiple potential suitors for Yelp had been found, Forte contended that many Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO) are all potential acquirers. Moreover, Stoppelman and Yelp's other board members probably decided not to sell Yelp because they believe that it is worth more than the stock indicates, according to Forte, who added that this stance indicates that the company's business has held up well recently. He kept a $58 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. Similarly, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck believes that many companies could still look to buy Yelp. Moreover, the company's valuation is "paltry" versus its peers, while Stoppelman's willingness to consider selling the company should support the stock, the analyst stated. Although Yelp is facing some challenges, its valuation already implies that consensus 2016 estimates for the company will drop by 10%-20%, according to Peck, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: In the wake of Bloomberg's report, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes investors will conclude that Yelp was unable to sell itself. Additionally, comScore data for June indicates that Yelp's unique user metrics for the quarter will be disappointing, the analyst stated. However, he predicted that the company's user growth would reaccelerate in the fall, causing investor sentiment to rebound. Although Munster is upbeat on Yelp's long-term outlook, he cut his price target on the name to $40 from $46 and kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yelp fell 1.4% to $37.65. That follows the 10% decline the stock suffered on Thursday in its last day of trading prior to the long holiday weekend.
09:47 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Stacey Friedman general counsel
JPMorgan Chase announced that Stacey Friedman, General Counsel of the company’s Corporate & Investment Bank, will succeed Steve Cutler as General Counsel of the firm early next year, when Cutler will be appointed vice chairman of the firm. Friedman will report to Cutler and act as his deputy for the rest of this year, and she will join the company’s firm-wide Operating Committee next year when her new role becomes effective. Both Cutler and Friedman will report to chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon next year in their new roles.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:03 EDTFBBrean recommends buying shares of Yelp after selloff
Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte believes shares of Yelp are worth "a lot more than current levels" with or without a company sale. He recommends buying the name after Bloomberg reported Thursday that the company had called off its sale process. He points out the article noted that Yelp had multiple interested buyers. Forte's list of potential buyers for Yelp include Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO). Yelp operates the largest crowd-sourced local business directory globally, the analyst tells investors this morning in a research note. Forte keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $58 price target. Shares closed Thursday down $4.23 to $38.20.
05:51 EDTGS, JPMPhilip Morris to cut stake in Indonesian unit, may raise over $1B, Reuters says
Philip Morris (PM) plans to sell a stake worth at least $1B in its Indonesian unit to comply with free-float rules, reports Reuters. According to two people familiar with the matter, the company short-listed Goldman Sachs (GS), Credit Suisse (CS), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C) and Mandiri Sekuritas to sell down its holding by at least 5.68%. Reference Link
July 5, 2015
19:26 EDTJPMMacquarie, JPMorgan approached to take stake in German airport, Reuters says
Berlin's government has approached Macquarie Group (MQBKY), JPMorgan (JPM), and others in an attempt to lure investment in its new international airport, reports Reuters, citing German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. Reference Link
19:05 EDTJPMUBS said to be whistleblower in Brazil investigation, Reuters reports
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14:16 EDTFBFacebook, Microsoft could see hefty 'goodwill' charges, Barron's says
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July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTFBOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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12:22 EDTJPM, MSBrazil investigates banks for exchange rate manipulation
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12:16 EDTFBTwitter gets a moderate bump on Re/code story of Facebook interest
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11:51 EDTFBFacebook declines comment on Twitter report, Fox Business reports
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11:06 EDTFBFacebook said to be once again mulling Twitter acquisiton, Re/code says
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:20 EDTJPMJP Morgan July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
JP Morgan July call option implied volatility is at 22, August is at 19, October is at 18; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 28, suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 14.
06:44 EDTFBFacebook holds talks with major labels to 'get into music', The Verge reports
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July 1, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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13:23 EDTFBFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
12:19 EDTJPMBlackstone, JPMorgan among giants interested in Worldpay, Sky News says
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09:33 EDTJPM, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTFBBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
07:57 EDTJPM, MS, GSU.S. banks not facing significant direct losses on Greek default, WSJ says
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07:52 EDTJPMCommerzbank sells portfolios of CRE loans totaling EUR2.9B to JPMorgan, Oaktree
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06:59 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $92 at Cantor
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June 30, 2015
16:01 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
12:33 EDTGSGoldman Sachs charged by SEC for violating market access rule
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12:32 EDTFBFacebook increases options to video ads payment structure, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTFBFacebook at test of support, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:08 EDTFBGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, JPMOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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10:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley looks to expand bond trading unit, WSJ says
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10:09 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
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07:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded JPMorgan based on valuation.
07:13 EDTFBGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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June 28, 2015
16:42 EDTGSGoldman Sachs will look to other countries if Britain leaves EU, Reuters says
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12:47 EDTFBTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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13:51 EDTFBFacebook updates iPhone app, making it easier to find, share links
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTMSLittleBits raises $44.2M in funding from group including Morgan Stanley
Hardware startup LittleBits Electronics announced $44.2M in new funding to further fuel its growth. This additional funding round was led by DFJ Growth ­with additional participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners​, Grishin Robotics and Wamda Capital, among others.
07:28 EDTMSKKR-backed Coffee Day plans $181M IPO in India, Bloomberg reports
Coffee Day Enterprises, which includes KKR (KKR) among its investors, plans to raise as much as $181M from an initial share sale in India, Bloomberg reports. Kotak Mahindra Capital, Citi (C), and Morgan Stanley (MS) are among the managers to the planned sale, the report says. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTFBAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
16:51 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTGSMLB Advanced media considering IPO, NY Post reports
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07:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley disregards Fed guidelines with $1B loan, NY Post reports
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan executive Patrick Moore leaves company, Reuters reports
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07:13 EDTJPM, MS, GSFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook hires Yahoo's cybersecurity chief Alex Stamos
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan in settlement talks with SEC to settle product steering probe, WSJ says
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTFBGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
19:20 EDTFBFacebook Messenger app to allow signups without Facebook account
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14:46 EDTFBHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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14:13 EDTFBApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
12:27 EDTFBHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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11:16 EDTFBOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: WMB AMZN CMG BIIB VMW QLIK ISRG FB UA FFIV
10:00 EDTGSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:39 EDTFBCLSA media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan price target raised to $77 from $70 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on JPMorgan based on the bank's cost cutting efforts and expectations for rising interest rates., along with what Argus sees as moderating concerns over litigation expenses and a good investment banking/trading environment. The firm expects the stock's multiple to increase, and it reiterates a Buy rating.
07:52 EDTFBFacebook offers South African Cell C users free internet access, Bloomberg says
Facebook will give customers of Cell C access to its free application Internet.org in South Africa, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with Markku Makelainen, Facebook’s director of global operator partnerships. The service will let Cell C users see Facebook and roughly 30 other websites offering information about healthcare and jobs without being charged for data, the report says. Reference Link
07:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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06:37 EDTJPM, GSDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
06:27 EDTGSGoldman Sachs downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:00 EDTFBGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
12:42 EDTFBInstagram announces new updates to be source for real-time news
Instagram announced two updates that will aim at helping connect the community with "the world as it happens." The company introduced its Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and a more powerful search. Instagram commented, We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless. The new Explore now surfaces trends as they emerge in real-time, connecting you to events and conversations both near you and around the globe.... For everyone on Instagram, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for. With the new Places Search, you can now peer in at just about any location on earth, allowing you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant or experience your favorite music festival — even if you couldn’t make it this year. The new Top Search also lets you search across people, places and tags all at once." Reference Link
09:51 EDTFBFacebook near test of life high, levels to watch
The stock has been trading in a range largely defined by a low at $77 and a high at $85 since February of this year. That is a slightly more bullish range than the previous several months characterized by a low at $75 and a high at $82. The life high for the shares is at $86.07, with the stock breaking the range high and last at $85.65. This move could be another oscillation in the range, or it might presage a genuine breakout in price. With the range having built for so long a period, a breakout could see a more rapid increase in price with a probe to the $90 to $95 area quite possible. A move back below $85 would mean this was another excursion testing the bounds of the range, with next support below at $82.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:03 EDTFBMondelez renews global strategic partnership with Facebook
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06:53 EDTMS, GSPSAV prepares for IPO that could raise roughly $300M, Bloomberg says
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