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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 13, 2014
16:02 EDTTSLAOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTFBGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:39 EDTFB, TSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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07:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry second half hardware estimates lowered at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its second half of 2015 hardware estimates for Blackberry after surveys show limited availability of its new Passport smartphone. The firm, however, expects improving trends and believes Blackberry will achieve its target of reaching break-even cash low levels. Canaccord maintains its Hold rating and $10 price target on Blackberry shares.
07:15 EDTWMTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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05:15 EDTFBFacebook, Ericsson, XL Axiata innovate to improve Indonesia network performance
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October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
17:21 EDTTSLATesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTTSLAMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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16:02 EDTFB, TSLAActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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15:58 EDTTSLATesla breaks support, levels to watch
Shares are ending near session lows, last at $236.76. Support is at the session low at $235.20. Resistance is at previous support at $238.49.
12:52 EDTTSLATesla shares sink after all-wheel drive model unveiling
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) are falling after the company's CEO, Elon Musk, introduced an all-wheel drive model and some autonomous driving features on a number of its vehicles. On October 2, Musk had teased on Twitter that Tesla would "unveil D, something else,' exciting investors. WHAT'S NEW: Musk last night said Tesla would enable consumers to buy an all-wheel drive version of the company's Model S electric vehicle. The all wheel drive feature will increase the speed and efficiency of vehicles, Musk said. It will also enable the cars to drive more effectively in poor driving conditions, the CEO stated. The feature will be offered on the company's new advanced Model S car, the P85D, which will cost $120,000. The feature can be added onto other Tesla vehicles for $4,000. Additionally, Musk announced that all new Model S vehicles will have a number of auto pilot features. Among other capabilities, the new vehicles will be able to change lanes and park on their own, the CEO said. ANALYST REACTION: The updates unveiled by Tesla largely add features already offered by other companies, Merrill Lynch analyst John Lovallo II wrote For example, Mercedes has been offering all wheel drive since 1985, and Subaru offers the technology as a standard feature on almost all of its vehicles, Lovallo stated. Several companies also offer the speed limit reading feature, the analyst reported. Tesla's ability to drive its share price up at will, exhibited by the rise in the stock following Musk's tweet, could create a significant risk for shareholders, the analyst warned. He kept an Underperform rating on the name. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Shares of Mobileye (MBLY), which develops components for automatic driver-assist systems, are falling today. Mobileye investors may be disappointed that Tesla did not offer more advanced autonomous driving features. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Tesla slumped 6% to $242 and Mobileye sank 7% to $50.50.
10:07 EDTFBFacebook, peer-to-peer lending groups in discussions, The Information says
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09:57 EDTTSLATesla drops after 'D' announcement, levels to watch
The shares are down over 6% to $241. At that price next support is at $240.24 and then at $238.49. Resistance is at $245.26.
09:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Gilford Securities
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09:21 EDTTSLATesla's announcement may fail to impress investors, says BofA/Merrill
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09:00 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTFBFacebook, India Telecom Minister discuss expanding in India, Economic Times says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and India's Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met to discuss expanding the reach of internet by using alternate technology, reports The Economic Times. According to sources, Facebook requested Prasad establish single point contact in his ministry for the alternative technology to which the minister immediately agreed. Reference Link
06:14 EDTTSLATesla unveils all-wheel-drive version of Model S
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