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May 21, 2012
16:16 EDTBCS, WPRT, CBE, FB, BLK, KKD, JPM, LOW, ETN, YHOOOn 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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May 11, 2015
14:11 EDTLOWLowe's volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Lowe's June and July call option implied volatility is at 25, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 25.
10:30 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Pacific Crest
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09:59 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:58 EDTBCS, JPMBarclays expected to pay GBP2B to settle forex rigging charges, FT says
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTLOWLowe's acquires leases of 13 former Target stores in Canada
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08:18 EDTJPMBanks executives seek to push back on 'false, damaging' statements, WSJ reports
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07:46 EDTJPMJPMorgan price traget raised to $73 from $68 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated JPMorgan's price target to $73 following a meeting with Chairman Jamie Dimon. The analyst believes earnings surprises are likely and the market is over-discounting the impact of regulation. BofA/Merrill expects JPMorgan to benefit from its multi-dimensional model, EPS sensitivity to rising interest rates, and a shift in Fed monetary policy which will drive bond market volatility.
07:28 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:12 EDTYHOOYahoo implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
May 10, 2015
20:03 EDTJPMCiti, JPMorgan, UBS consider exiting U.K., Financial Times says
Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), and UBS (UBS) are considering exiting their London operations due to the U.K.'s bank levy, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the matter. There is particular focus among the banks to reduce repurchase agreements, said three senior industry figures. The Financial Times notes that the recent Conservative win could see political maneuvers to reduce or renegotiate the levy, potentially persuading the banks to stay. Reference Link
May 8, 2015
13:09 EDTFBCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open:
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09:31 EDTWPRTWestport upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lake Street
Lake Street upgraded Westport Innovations to Buy with a $9 price target citing improving trends following the company's Q1 results.
08:49 EDTFBAOL CEO sees doing 'more and more things' with messaging, social platforms
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08:35 EDTYHOOAOL CEO says feels 'very good' about choices when renewing search contract
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong says he feels "very good" about where the company is in search and about the options and position the company has heading into its search contract renewal conversations with incumbent Yahoo (YHOO) and others.
07:38 EDTYHOO, FBJefferies puts Google atop list of potential Yelp buyers
Jefferies laid out potential buyers for Yelp (YELP) after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company hired bankers to explore a sale. A Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Yelp (YELP) combination makes the most sense, the firm believes. It points out Google unsuccessfully tried to buy Yelp for $550M in 2009. Other potential buyers include Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), GrubHub (GRUB) and Yahoo (YHOO), the firm notes. Jefferies views Yelp as a highly valuable asset and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $79 price target. Deutsche Bank today pegged the chances of a Yelp buyout at 60% and estimates a takeout price between $59 and $85 per share. The stock closed yesterday up $8.79 to $47.01 following the Journal's report.
06:48 EDTJPMBanks to erase debt of bankrupt consumers from reports, NY Times says
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06:22 EDTFBCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
06:14 EDTYHOOYahoo acquired unnamed company for $23M in Q1
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