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May 21, 2012
16:16 EDTFB, BLK, LOW, WPRT, KKD, ETN, CBE, JPM, YHOO, BCSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in spite of Facebook (FB) breaking its IPO pricing. Stock futures were higher throughout the premarket trading session as the market got ready to bounce from its two week tailspin. There was little reaction to the better than expected Chicago Fed National Activity Index but the futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The averages began the day slightly higher but moved firmly into the green shortly after midmorning. The market then moved in a narrow range for most of the session, but with an upward trend, as the market finally broke its losing streak... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to +0.11 for the month of April from -0.29 in March... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook shares fell below their $38 issue price in premarket trading and continued to slide as much as 13.7% before finding a level near $33. In its second day of trading the stock closed down $4.20, or 10.99%, at $34.03... Yahoo! (YHOO) agreed to sell half of its 40% stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about $7.1B and laid out a joint agreement for a plan to dispose of the remainder of its stake over time. Yahoo did not give exact plans for what it will do with the proceeds, expected to be about $4.2B after taxes, but did increase its share repurchase authorization by $5B concurrently with the transaction... JP Morgan (JPM) slid close to another 3% as the company's CEO Jamie Dimon announced at an investor conference that the bank is suspending its share repurchase program for the time being as it works to strengthen its capitalization ahead of new regulations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Cooper Industries (CBE), up $14.04, or 25.14%, to $69.88, after agreeing to be acquired by Eaton Corporation (ETN) in a cash and stock deal valued at $72.00 per share, and Krispy Kreme (KKD), up 61c, or 10.15%, to $6.62, following its report of better than expected earnings. Also higher were shares of Westport Innovations (WPRT), up $2.83, or 11.93%, to $26.56, as Craig-Hallum said in a note to investors that the firm sees more catalysts heading into Westport's analyst day later this week and continues to recommend the stock as the shift towards natural gas in trucking is hitting a tipping point. Noteworthy losers included Lowe's (LOW), down $2.88, or 10.11%, to $25.60, after its sales and profits beat estimates but its yearly earnings guidance came in below consensus, and BlackRock (BLK), down $4.18, or 2.43%, to $167.73, as Barclays (BCS) announced plans to sell its entire 19.6% stake in the alternative investment manager... INDICES: The Dow gained 135.10, or 1.09%, to 12,504.48; the Nasdaq rose 68.42, or 2.46%, to 2,847.21; and the S&P 500 added 20.77, or 1.60%, to 1,315.99.
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October 7, 2014
06:51 EDTJPM, BCSJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:49 EDTJPMBNP seeks assistance from banks as ban approaches, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTWPRTWestport volatility increases as shares pullback to six-year low
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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
October 6, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:47 EDTFBFacebook acquisition cost of WhatsApp increased to $22B from $19B, Reuters says
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13:18 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms compromised servers
In an email to cyber security expert Jonathan Hall, Yahoo confirmed that Hall had discovered the process that a group of Romanian hackers used to infiltrate the website. Hall had also found the hackers' methods for their breach of the websites of WinZip and Lycos. The email written by Yahoo's Ricky Connell who is involved with the company's paranoids, threat response, intelligence said, "We've found the tracks mentioned in your email and are working through our IR process." Reference Link
12:34 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms breach, says hack didn't disclose customer data, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites an emailed statement from Yahoo about a breach of its servers related to the "shellshock" bug.
12:22 EDTJPMFireEye risk/reward compelling, says UBS
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle bus drivers look to join union, NY Times reports
Facebook shuttle bus drivers, complaining of grueling 15-hour workdays, are seeking representation by the Teamsters union, the New York Times reports. Reference Link
08:48 EDTJPMIberdrola hires JPMorgan to sell assets to fund US acquisition, Reuters reports
Iberdrola (IBDRY) has hired JPMorgan (JPM) to sell foreign renewable assets which could raise up to EUR 2B to help fund an acqusition in the U.S., reports Reuters, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. One financial source said "Iberdrola is not going to sell anything unless they have an adequate acquisition target." Reference Link
07:51 EDTBCSBofA/Merrill European banks analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:35 EDTETNEaton price target lowered to $70-$73 from $80-$83 at Wells Fargo
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07:29 EDTJPMHead of NYDFS reaching out to banks in wake of JPMorgan breach, FT says
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook has obtained $2B in legal judgments against spammers
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06:40 EDTFBHackers discover Facebook experimenting with Messenger payments, TechCrunch says
Hackers have discovered that Facebook is experimenting with payments in its Messenger app, TechCrunch reports. It is unclear whether Facebook will monetize Messenger by charging a small fee for money transfers, or would offer the functionality for free to drive usage of the standalone Messenger app. Reference Link
06:37 EDTYHOOYahoo planning big brand marketing push, AdAge says
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06:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan hackers hit about nine other firms, NY Times says
The group of hackers that infiltrated JPMorgan (JPM) also penetrated about nine other financial institutions, according to The New York Times. Washington intelligence officials and policy makers are much more concerned about the attacks than they have disclosed, the newspaper added. Other publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to invest in Snapchat, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is reportedly in talks to invest in Snapchat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The deal discussions come on the heels of Alibaba’s (BABA) IPO, the Journal says. According to sources, Yahoo has committed to an investment in Snapchat at a $10B valuation, and one source says Yahoo could invest around $20M. Reference Link
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