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February 20, 2014
16:45 EDTFB, JACK, BBRY, CONN, PRAA, TSLA, ONTX, WMTOn 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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11:34 EDTTSLATesla enlists leading battery researcher to drive down costs, WSJ says
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10:36 EDTTSLATesla spikes on Ron Barron comments on CNBC
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09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTTSLABaron sees 'huge opportunity' in Tesla
Ron Baron said while speaking on CNBC that he "loves Tesla" and sees a huge opportunity for the company and the stock. Baron said he expects to make 10 to 20 times his money in 20 years via his investment in Tesla stock.
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05:45 EDTFBBrean ups Facebook target to $108, says own for long haul
Brean Capital analyst Sarah Hindlian raised her price target for Facebook to $108 from $100 while telling investors to own the stock for the long haul. After analyzing the potential of the social networking giant's mobile applications, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, Hindlian's "bear case" analyses demonstrate that Facebook may have an incremental $4.0B in revenue in FY16 from monetization efforts. Only 25%-35% of this potential revenue is included in consensus estimates, the analyst states this morning in a research note. She reiterates a Buy rating on Facebook. The stock closed yesterday up 35c to $81.06.
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19:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart ranks high among millenials, Ad Age says
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15:38 EDTBBRYLenovo executive comments on potential BlackBerry acquisition, BNN says
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14:49 EDTFBFacebook share of Mobile time remains strong at 23% in May, says JPMorgan
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14:47 EDTFBBanking sources say Twitter open to potential sale, Gasparino says
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06:59 EDTTSLATesla management to meet with FBR Capital
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06:56 EDTFBFacebook plans to build EUR200M data center in Meath, TheJournal.ie reports
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06:36 EDTWMTWal-Mart accused of using charity to increase expansion, NYT reports
Several community and labor organizations are accusing Wal-Mart of inappropriately using its nonprofit Wal-Mart Foundation to reduce local opposition to expansion efforts in places such as Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, the New York Times reports. The group of organizations claimed in a complaint with the IRS that the Wal-Mart Foundation violated the terms of its tax-exempt status by targeting millions of dollars in donations that would directly benefit the retailer, the report says. The complaint alleges that the foundation donated over $200,000 to organizations in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, but raised that figure to $1.4M in 2011, right as the company planned to open a store in that area. When the store was opened in 2013, donations fell to roughly $230,000, the report says. In a statement, the New York Times reports, Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner said that the Wal-Mart Foundation took tax code and regulations "very seriously" and that the allegations had no merit. Reference Link
06:31 EDTFBBelgian Privacy Commission adopts first recommendation of principle on Facebook
The Belgian Privacy Commission said in a statement that on May 13 it adopted a first recommendation of principle on Facebook. "It has observed that Facebook 'processes' the personal data of its members, users as well as of all internet users who come into contact with Facebook. Facebook does this secretively: no consent is asked for this 'tracking and tracing' and the use of cookies. No targeted information is provided. The available information is vague and authorizes just about anything. Following the introduction of new worldwide terms of use by Facebook, a number of European privacy commissions queried Facebook, which was particularly sparing with precise answers and also refused to comply with the request to postpone the entry into force of the new terms of use. Facebook did not accept that it was bound by the national privacy legislation of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It rejected the competence of those countries' supervisory authorities for privacy. Facebook only accepts supervision by the Irish privacy commission and the application of Irish law.After months of unsuccessful correspondence and fruitlessly exchanging ideas, the Belgian Privacy Commission has now adopted a first recommendation. This document establishes first of all that the Belgian Privacy Commission is competent and that Belgian law also applies to Facebook, simply because any national supervisory authority is obliged to ensure privacy protection for its citizens. And Belgian law also applies because the Facebook Group has an actual establishment in Brussels, Belgium. At the request of the Belgian Privacy Commission the inter-university research center EMSOC/SPION conducted a detailed study into the way in which Facebook deals with its members' personal data. And that of citizens who do not use Facebook or who explicitly opted out of its service.The research results are disconcerting. Facebook disregards European and Belgian privacy legislation in several ways. In 10 chapters an equal amount of issues have been uncovered. It is the Belgian Privacy Commission's ambition to thoroughly look into these issues. Until today, the eighth chapter - 'tracking trough social plug-ins' - has been the focus of attention, because it does not only impact Facebook users but also virtually every Internet user in Belgium and Europe. Up to this day Facebook refuses to recognize the application of Belgian legislation nor the Belgian Privacy Commission. Until now it has always contested the findings of the EMSOC/SPION research report, but it has not provided concrete facts repudiating them. To the contrary: Facebook recognizes that errors, 'BUGS' have been uncovered." Reference Link
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