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February 20, 2014
16:45 EDTONTX, WMT, FB, JACK, BBRY, CONN, PRAA, TSLAOn 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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February 17, 2015
16:13 EDTJACKJack in the Box reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 87c
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16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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15:32 EDTJACKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Devon Energy (DVN), consensus $1.05... Vornado Realty (VNO), consensus $1.23... Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 61c... FirstEnergy (FE), consensus 75c... CF Industries (CF), consensus $5.08... Agilent Technologies (A), consensus 41c... Cimarex Energy (XEC), consensus 82c... Flowserve (FLS), consensus $1.13... Fossil (FOSL), consensus $3.07... Rackspace (RAX), consensus 19c... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), consensus 37c... Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 87c... Cloud Peak Energy (CLD), consensus 7c... La-Z-Boy (LZB), consensus 38c... KAR Auction Services (KAR), consensus 29c... Owens & Minor (OMI), consensus 50c... Valmont Industries (VMI), consensus $1.65... Realty Income (O), consensus 66c.
15:05 EDTFBFacebook announces official launch of Marketing Partner program
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15:00 EDTJACKJack in the Box volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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14:51 EDTJACKJack in the Box technical remarks before earnings
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13:14 EDTFBFacebook introduces customizable product ads solution
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10:31 EDTTSLAApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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10:29 EDTJACKHigh option volume stocks
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10:04 EDTFBFacebook receives patent for identifying, marketing to "influencers"
Facebook has received a patent allowing it to identify "influencers" within its social network - those whose recommendations results in a significant increase of word-of-mouth and re-sharing. The patent describes a process for identifying which users are most influential, and then advertising to those specific people in order to capitalize on any potential recommendations they may make.
09:40 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTCONN, WMTDocument Security files patent infringement claims against Intel, others
DSS Technology Management, a subsidiary of Document Security (DSS), announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against the Intel (INTC); Dell; GameStop (GME); Conn's Inc. (CONN) and Conn Appliances; NEC Corporation of America; Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Wal-Mart Stores Texas, and AT&T (T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Intel, Dell, GameStop (GME), Conn's, NEC, Wal-Mart, and AT&T of US Patents 5,965,924 and 6,784,552, which relate to semiconductor manufacturing.
08:39 EDTFBMarathon Patent Group subsidiary files patent infringement suit against Facebook
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (FB) and Facebook Ireland Limited in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. TLI Communications is asserting infringement of the German part of European patent 0 814 611 B1 by the social media platform "Facebook" operated by the defendants, as well as the associated application software for smartphones and tablet computers.
07:22 EDTFBMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTFBAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:58 EDTTSLATesla to have battery 'gigafactory' running sooner than thought, Nikkei says
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09:35 EDTBBRYBlackBerry mentioned positively at Cleveland Research
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09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart shares remain overvalued, says Wolfe Research
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07:31 EDTWMTMexico forms alliance with Wal-Mart to improve farmworker lives, LA Times says
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06:37 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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