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February 20, 2014
16:45 EDTFB, TSLA, BBRY, WMT, PRAA, JACK, ONTX, CONNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher despite mixed economic data and continued volatility in the political situations in Ukraine and Venezuela. The averages opened the session mixed and were all in negative ground by an hour into trading. However, the averages moved upward near mid-morning and powered higher throughout the session, closing near session highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 3K to 336K in the week ended February 15, which was generally in-line with expectations. The Consumer Price Index edged up 0.1% in January, as expected, and the core reading excluding food and energy also rose 0.1%. Markit's “flash” Purchasing Managers' Index for February rose to 56.7 from a prior 53.7 reading, beating expectations. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing business outlook for February fell to -6.3, versus expectations for a much smaller pull back to 8.0 from its prior 9.4 reading. The Leading Index for January rose 0.3%, matching the consensus estimate. In China, factory activity appeared to shrink again in February, as the flash Markit/HSBC Purchasing Managers' Index fell to a seven-month low of 48.3 from January's final reading of 49.5. In Europe, Markit’s composite eurozone PMI fell to 52.7 from 52.9 in January. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) last night announced that it had agreed to buy mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $16B in cash and stock, with an additional $3B in restricted stock units to be granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years. Facebook shares, which initially sold off after the deal, closed the session up $1.57, or 2.31%, to $69.63. Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which has its own Blackberry Messenger messaging service, climbed 34c, or 3.77%, to $9.35 as analysts debated BBM's valuation relative to WhatsApp... Tesla Motors (TSLA) gained $16.33, or 8.43%, to a new all-time closing high of $209.97 after the electric car maker's earnings and 2014 delivery guidance of 35K Model S cars topped estimates... Wal-Mart (WMT) was the Dow's laggard, falling $1.33, or 1.78%, to $73.52 after its earnings guidance for the current quarter and new fiscal year trailed expectations. For the just-completed quarter, the retail giant reported in-line earnings and sales that were just below expectations. Also, the company raised its dividend 2% to $1.92 annually. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Portfolio Recovery (PRAA), which added $8.92, or 17.67%, to $59.40 after last night announcing a deal to acquire Aktiv Kapital for $880M, a deal analysts at JMP Securities believe will be immediately accretive. Portfolio Recovery also reported earnings that were roughly in-line with expectations. Also higher following a better-than-expected quarterly report was Jack in the Box (JACK), up $4.26, or 7.97%, to $57.73. Among the noteworthy losers was Onconova (ONTX), which plunged $5.07, or 36.58%, to $8.79 after a Phase 3 trial of its rigosertib drug did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower was Conn's (CONN), which fell $23.91, or 42.85%, to $31.89 after the company issued weaker than expect fourth quarter earnings guidance and lowered its fiscal 2014 and 2015 profit forecasts. INDEXES: The Dow was up 92.67, or 0.58%, to 16,133.23, the Nasdaq was up 29.59, or 0.7%, to 4,267.54, and the S&P 500 was up 11.03, or 0.6%, to 1,839.78.
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October 8, 2014
17:24 EDTONTXOnconova files $100M mixed securities shelf
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16:01 EDTTSLA, FBOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
10:00 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:54 EDTTSLATesla volatility increases into October 9 announcement
Tesla October weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, October is at 45, November is at 54, December is at 48; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into an announcement scheduled for October 9.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:24 EDTFBFacebook feature allows advertisers to find clients via location
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06:07 EDTTSLATesla initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial
Tigress Financial started shares of Tesla with a Neutral rating saying that while it is "extremely enthusiastic" about the company's product offering and growth potential, it has concerns about "inherent industry obstacles" and the current valuation.
06:00 EDTFBInstagram still most used social network for teens, says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
13:53 EDTPRAAPortfolio Recovery's Sell rating removed earlier at Off Wall Street
13:48 EDTFBFacebook to release anonymous chat application, NY Times reports
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13:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to host a meeting
21st Annual Meeting for the Investment Community is being held on October 15 at 8:45 am. Webcast Link
13:33 EDTFBGoogle executive says Google+ here to stay, Re/code reports
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11:15 EDTTSLATesla expected to unveil all-wheel drive Model S, Re/code reports
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10:34 EDTWMTWal-Mart cutting health insurance coverage for most part-time workers, AP says
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10:02 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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07:51 EDTJACKJack in the Box price target raised to $79 from $65 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes consensus expectations for same-store sales at the Jack in the Box flagship brand and for Qdoba appear too low and that the company's Q4 results have upside potential. The firm raised its price target on Jack in the Box to $79 and reiterates its Outperform rating on the stock.
06:43 EDTFBGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
06:35 EDTTSLAPanasonic says Tesla plant stake worth 'tens of billions' of yen, Reuters says
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