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News For FB;ZNGA;YUM;MDRX;BX;CBK;FIVE;NTLS;S;VRSN From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; December 19, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 29.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX according to Track Data.
12:04 EDTFBFacebook rises after Citi nearly doubles Instagram value estimate
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
07:11 EDTBXPátria, Blackstone acquire four office buildings in Rio de Janeiro
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06:23 EDTFBCiti raises valuation of Facebook's Instagram to $35B from $19B
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December 18, 2014
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
08:18 EDTSSprint Chief Network Officer says 2014 network milestones met
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06:13 EDTFBKey PayPal executive leaves for Facebook, WSJ reports
PayPal’s VP of growth and global strategy, Stan Chudnovsky, is leaving the company ahead of its planned spinoff from eBay (EBAY), The Wall Street Journal reports. Chudnovsky is set to join Facebook (FB) as its head of product management for messaging products. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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09:41 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading
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08:54 EDTFBMGT Capital launches fantasy sports platform on Facebook
MGT Capital (MGT ) launched Daily Fantasy Legend, a fantasy sports game based in Facebook (FB) where players create teams of athletes from the rosters of major professional sports, and then compete in tournaments on a daily basis.
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
14:11 EDTSSprint may face $105M FCC fine over billing, Bloomberg reports
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13:31 EDTSSprint to conclude NASCAR partnership after 2016 season
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07:01 EDTFBFacebook engagement metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says Facebook’s share of overall Internet time improved month-over-month to 16.9% from 16.2% in October while its share of mobile time excluding Instagram and Whatsapp increased to 21% versus 20% in October. The firm says Facebook's engagement metrics remain strong and it reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
06:57 EDTFBGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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December 15, 2014
18:35 EDTBXCDL partners with Blackstone to create S$1.5B investment platform
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08:22 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:58 EDTFBWhatsApp rumored to be at work on web version of app, Business Insider says
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus acquires Nimble VR, 13th Lab
Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, announced on its blog last week that it has acquired startup companies Nimble VR and 13th Lab AB. Terms of the deals have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTYUMStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:02 EDTBXKimco Realty to buy Blackstone 66.7% share stake in portfolio for $925M
Kimco Realty (KIM) announced that its subsidiary has executed a contract to acquire the remaining 66.667% interest in the 39-property Kimstone portfolio from its joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII (BX) for a price of $925M, which includes the assumption of approximately $426.7M in mortgage debt. The company will pay approximately $512.3M to acquire BREP’s interest. Kimco will use a combination of proceeds from recently completed and pending property sales in the U.S. and Latin America as well as availability under its existing $1.75B revolving credit facility to fund this transaction which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Upon closing, Kimco will own 100% of the portfolio. The portfolio consists of 39 properties totaling 5.6M square feet and is approximately 97% occupied. The properties in the portfolio are concentrated in the core markets of New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, California, and Maryland. The portfolio has a three-mile average household income level of $92,000 and an average base rent per square foot of $15.83, both of which exceed Kimco’s current portfolio averages.
08:09 EDTBXBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
07:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands KFC guidance looks conservative, says Bernstein
After attending Yum's Investor Day, Bernstein thinks the company's 2015 KFC EBIT guidance is conservative, barring another scandal. The firm believes that the company's Global Brands has strong momentum outside of China, as it expects Pizza hut to rebound in 2015. Bernstein would have liked to see Yum! take more steps to lower its risk, but the firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:06 EDTYUMYum! Brands has multiple long-term opportunities, says RBC Capital
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December 11, 2014
13:57 EDTFBFacebook using contact info to measure ad effectiveness, Wired says
Facebook is measuring how much its ads influence shoppers by comparing phone numbers and e-mails collected in stores with the phone numbers and e-mail addresses on Facebook accounts, Wired quoted Brian Boland, the vice president of ad tech at Facebook,as saying. Reference Link
12:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands spikes as dealReporter says it may be a 3G Capital target
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11:26 EDTYUMYum! Brands spikes as dealReporter says it may be a 3G Capital target
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11:26 EDTYUMYum! higher after dealReporter highlights National Post story
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11:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands calls active on activist chatter report
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10:38 EDTFBFacebook holds a webcast
Facebook holds a live Q&A webcast with Mark Zuckerberg on December 11 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
09:49 EDTYUMYum! Brands: Taco Bell 'making good progress' on becoming $14B brand by 2022
09:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands says it needs more innovation to appease the millennials generation
09:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects December sales to be 'significantly better'
Expects China division to return to growth. Says the turnaround in China to be the company's number 1 priority. Expects $2B system sales in China with at least $600M profit. Does not believe the issues company faces is not a structural issue, but an issue in China which it expects to turnaround. Comments taken from Yum! Brands Investor & Analyst Conference.
08:54 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in London on December 11 hosted by UBS.
08:53 EDTFBBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:49 EDTBXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBXShell starts sale process for Tongyi JV stake, WSJ reports
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has started the sale process for 75% its stake in a Chinese oil lubricants business in a deal that could fetch up to $500M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Blackstone (BX) is in a "strong" position in first round bids for the Tongyi oil lubricants joint venture, the sources say. Reference Link
05:54 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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December 10, 2014
16:44 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:06 EDTYUMAnalysts divided on Yum! following preannouncement
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12:24 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
11:12 EDTFBInstagram announces service now has over 300M users
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10:52 EDTYUMYum! Brands trades off session lows, levels to watch
The stock was last down 4% to $72.20, off the earlier low at $71 which is now support. At current price next resistance would be at $72.93, the session high.
10:24 EDTSSprint retreats after Oppenheimer cuts rating to Underperform amid price war
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10:20 EDTFIVEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTS, YUMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:12 EDTSRadioShack threatens bankruptcy if cell phone deals not reworked, NY Post says
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08:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands valuation still attractive, says Bernstein
After Yum! negatively preannounced China sales and issued FY15 EPS guidance, Bernstein thinks the company's FY15 guidance is "appropriately conservative." The firm expects the company;'s China results to accelerate in 2H15, and adds that the company will likely face added pressure to unlock value if the pace of its China recovery is slower than expected. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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07:58 EDTSSprint downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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07:56 EDTYUM, YUMYum! Brands downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
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07:53 EDTNTLSUBS to hold a conference
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07:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands shares defended at Stifel
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07:39 EDTYUMYum! Brands now a 'show me' story, says UBS
UBS noted Yum! Brands revised its forward guidance and was disappointed as it undermined the confidence in the pace of the China recovery. The firm feels the guidance could be conservative, but said Yum! Brands is now a "show me" story with less benefit of the doubt offered ahead of a demonstrated recovery. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:05 EDTYUMYum! Brands guidance could be conservative, says RBC Capital
After Yum! preannounced lower than expected China sales, RBC Capital was surprised by the news, but thinks the company's outlook for at least 10% EPS growth in 2015 could be conservative. The firm trimmed its price target on the name to $82 from $85 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands to allow Chinese consumers to tour KFC kitchens, Reuters reports
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06:33 EDTNTLSNTELOS sees long term consolidated revenue growth to be in low single digits
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06:32 EDTNTLSNTELOS sees FY15 adjusted EBITDA $100M-$108M
Sees FY15 CapEx expected to be modestly less than adjusted EBITDA. The company says 2015 change driven by exit in East and SNA reset. Expected contribution from Western markets is unchanged. Pro Forma for FY15 cost savings run rate adjusted 2015 EBITDA would be $111M-$119M. FY15 inflows expected to exceed outflows.
06:31 EDTNTLSNTELOS sees FY14 adjusted EBITDA of $128M-$132M
Sees FY14 CapEx of approximately $105M
06:30 EDTNTLSNTELOS sees long term adjusted EBITDA margin of 30%-35%
Sees long term adjusted EBITDA less CapEx margin of 20%. Cost rationalization reflecting Eastern Markets wind down will reduce annual expense by $20M. Expects to be achieved on a run rate basis by the end of 2015. Targets material market share improvements in the Western Markets. Comments taken from slides for December Investor Presentation
December 9, 2014
18:21 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 3.1%... Analogic (ALOG), up 2.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 8.5% after reporting quarterly results... Krispy Kreme (KKD), down 4.9%... Broadcom (BRCM), reverses to down just below 1%. ALSO LOWER: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), down 1.9% after filing to sell $175M of common stock... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 4.6% after providing fiscal 2015 operating guidance.
16:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands down over 3% following FY14, FY15 guidance
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 mid-single-digit adjusted EPS growth, consensus $3.24
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands CEO says 'firmly committed to double-digit EPS growth in 2015'
Greg Creed, CEO effective January 1, 2015, said, “We are firmly committed to returning to double-digit EPS growth in 2015, delivering at least 10% growth with the potential to do significantly better. We fully expect to bounce-back in China and benefit from tremendous sales leverage as sales rebound. We have solid plans to drive same-store sales growth and margin improvement in China, while continuing to open new restaurants with confidence in the world’s fastest-growing economy. Further, sustained momentum at our KFC and Taco Bell Divisions, and the recent relaunch of our Pizza Hut U.S. business are also expected to contribute to our double-digit EPS growth. Our brands are the global leaders in their respective categories, and we expect to build on this strength with breakthrough product innovation, insight-driven marketing and digital leadership in the years ahead. Overall, we expect to open over 2,100 new international restaurants next year, further strengthening our lead in emerging markets. We remain focused on the three keys to driving shareholder value: same-store sales growth, new-unit development and generating high returns on invested capital. I’m confident we’ll deliver full-year EPS growth of at least 10% in 2015 and produce consistent double-digit EPS growth over the long term.”
16:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides FY15 operating guidance
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16:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 China division SSS negative mid-single digits
The company said, "As previously reported, China Division sales were significantly impacted by adverse publicity in July regarding improper food handling practices by a former supplier. Sales continue to recover, but at a slower pace than expected. We estimate China Division full-year same-store sales will be negative mid-single digits. With this assumption, we now estimate mid-single-digit full-year EPS growth, excluding Special Items." FY14 EPS consensus $3.24.
16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY15 EPS growth at least 10%, consensus $3.78
Yum! expects to deliver at least 10% EPS growth in 2015, excluding Special Items.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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10:28 EDTSVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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07:45 EDTBXGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
December 8, 2014
14:56 EDTSMDC Partners climbs for third day after making announcement on CRM unit
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10:20 EDTFIVEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:13 EDTYUMYum! Brands to host analyst and investor meeting
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08:54 EDTFIVEFive Below Q4, FY15 guidance conservative, says Janney Capital
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08:05 EDTBXHudson Pacific to acquire EOP portfolio from Blackstone for $3.5B
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone to sell $3.5B of California properties to Hudson Pacific, WSJ says
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06:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands coverage resumed with a Sell at Goldman
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06:15 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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