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July 24, 2014
16:00 EDTFBiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:06 EDTFBFacebook, Uber discuss embedding service into Messenger, Re/code says
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12:32 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors declined more than 3% after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
12:14 EDTFBFacebook shares hit double IPO price after results beat expectations
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11:25 EDTFBInstagram could be working on Snapchat competitor called 'Bolt," The Verge says
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:49 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $80 at Topeka
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08:32 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $82 from $71 at RW Baird
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08:30 EDTBXCarlyle may be last firm in rigging suit as peers near settlement, NY Post says
Carlyle Group (CG) may soon be the only private equity firm left to settle a suit that accused it and several of its peers of conspiring to hold down deal prices and one source close to the situation said “my expectation is there will be a trial,” according to The New York Post. Bain Capital, Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs (GS) previously settled for a combined $150.5M and KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and TPG Capital are expected to settle for an amount above that "within days," the report said. Reference Link
08:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $79 at Oppenheimer
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08:07 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $90 at UBS
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $84 from $75 at Canaccord
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $90 citing the company's "strong" Q2 results. It says Facebook remains a top pick with an Overweight rating.
07:46 EDTSWells Fargo to hold a symposium
2014 Small Cell Symposium to be held in New York on July 24.
07:41 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at Jefferies
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07:40 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $83 at JMP Securities
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07:22 EDTVRSNVeriSign August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook margins likely to improve over time, says Cantor
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06:51 EDTYUMChina investigates 581 companies, restaurants as scandal broadens, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook reiterated as a top pick at Barclays
Barclays continues to rate FaceBook an Overweight and a top pick following the strong Q2 report. The firm sees further room for numbers to move higher and believes its ability to drive scale and personalized advertising is unmatched. Price target raised to $83 from $78.
06:19 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $76 at Piper Jaffray
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
18:03 EDTFBFacebook CEO says expects to 'invest heavily' in company priorities
17:53 EDTFBFacebook CEO says focused on quality in roll-out of video ads
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17:42 EDTFBFacebook up over 5% as executives speak on Q2 conference call
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17:38 EDTFBFacebook CEO says 'Search is going to be a multi-year voyage'
17:35 EDTFBFacebook says push into 'commerce', payments is supplemental to advertising
Payments plans are mostly through partnerships. Also, the company noted it wants to streamline the process of buying from Facebook's customers, citing testing for "buy button." Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:22 EDTFBFacebook sees increased stock-based compensation expense in FY15
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17:20 EDTFBFacebook says Q2 price per ad up 123%
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17:09 EDTFBFacebook CEO says mobile advertising now 62% of total ad revenue
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16:24 EDTFBFacebook COO says now has 1.5M active advertisers, CNBC reports
16:09 EDTFBFacebook shares drop 1% to $70.60 following Q2 results
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16:09 EDTFBFacebook says mobile ad revenue represented 62% of ad revenue
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16:08 EDTFBFacebook reports mobile daily active users up 31% year-over-year
Facebook reports daily active users 829M on average for June 2014, an increase of 19% year-over-year. Mobile DAUs were 654M on average for June 2014, an increase of 39% year-over-year. Monthly active users were 1.32B as of June 30, 2014, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs were 1.07B as of June 30, 2014, an increase of 31% year-over-year.
16:06 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 EPS 42c, consensus 32c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.9B, consensus $2.81B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
15:30 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:13 EDTYUMYum terminates all buying from scandal linked Chinese supplier, Reuters reports
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13:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 70.5 straddle priced for 7% move into Q2
13:06 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Facebook to beat Q2 estimates
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13:01 EDTSSprint teams with Google to offer Google Apps for business
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12:43 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
The shares have outperformed in the last three months, trading up over 14% in that period to date. The trading range has been wide, with the $55 area at the low and $69 at the high as of yesterday's close. At the current price of $70.99 the stock is trading close to its life high at $72.59. On better news or guidance, that level would be the initial high to test. On a breakout given that there is no resistance overhead, a move to $75 and then to $80 would be possible. A caution for traders is that if news disappoints there is a very small short-base in the name. That could make a downside reaction stronger in the absence of buy-to-cover pressure. Similarly there is little in the way of demand for a short-squeeze either on good news. If news does disappoint a key level on the downside is at $64. This has been both resistance and support over the last three months. The $62 level has had a similar role as big support. It would likely take a major disappointment to break it. If that were to happen, the $60 level would be a next potential objective.
10:02 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX FB MSFT CELG TWTR TSLA VALE CNW
08:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires majority stake in Service King Collision Repair Centers
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07:58 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases to 108 into Q2 and outlook
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07:45 EDTBXSEC to approve money fund rules with exemptions for discount brokers, WSJ says
New money-market mutual fund rules that are expected to be approved at a Securities and Exchange Commission meeting on Wednesday will exempt discount brokers like Charles Schwab (SCHW) from some provisions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Under the SEC's planned rules, "prime" money funds that are held by corporations and institutional investors will have to abandon a fixed $1-a-share price and float in value like other mutual funds, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Analysts said Schwab and other large money-fund sponsors, Vanguard and Fidelity, would do well under the plan, according to the report. Blackstone (BX) also offers money-market mutual funds. Reference Link
07:17 EDTMDRXAllscripts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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06:56 EDTFBNY court calls Facebook CEO to testify at forgery trial, Reuters says
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06:48 EDTYUMFive people detained regarding China meat scandal investigation, Reuters says
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05:41 EDTMDRXAllscripts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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July 22, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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15:49 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, WSJ says
Blackstone's (BX) purchase from Carlyle Group (CG) of the majority stake in the repair chain values the company at about $650M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a source. Reference Link
14:25 EDTBXBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, Dow says
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14:05 EDTFBFacebook enhances mobile targeting for developers
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10:00 EDTFIVEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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05:29 EDTFIVEFive Below upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTFBFacebook allowing users to save items
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13:15 EDTFBGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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11:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands trades lower, levels to watch
The shares are trading close to session lows at $74.60 following news of a tainted meat scandal for KFC operations in China. Dragon TV of Shanghai reported that Husi Food Co. sold the company expired chicken repackaged with altered expiration dates. The $74 area is an important one technically for the shares. A breakdown below $74 would be bearish for future price. Holding price at $74 would put the stock back at the lows of the range since mid-February of this year.
11:00 EDTYUMStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
08:55 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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07:45 EDTSSprint consensus estimates 'overly optimistic,' says Jefferies
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07:42 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:15 EDTFBO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook struggles to find director of business operations at Instagram, BI says
Facebook has been struggling to find a new Director of Business Operations for Instagram ever since Emily White left for Snapchat seven months ago, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:57 EDTFBFacebook likely to report modest Q2 upside, says BofA/Merrill
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05:59 EDTYUMMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 20, 2014
14:47 EDTSAfter paring Mexican assets Carlos Slim may look at T-Mobile, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTYUMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:21 EDTFBCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
12:05 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YNDX
Facebook (FB) January 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 36, Yandex (YNDX) January 37 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 36 according to IVolatility.
09:48 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:18 EDTSSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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07:14 EDTBXBlackstone, KKR, TPG discussing deal collusion suit settlement, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are in discussions to settle a U.S. case accusing the firms of conspiring not to outbid one another and other buyout companies on takeovers of firms, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. If all three companies settled, the Carlyle Group (CG) would be the only private equity company still up against a trial among 11 firms originally accused of colluding in agreements before the financial crisis occurred. Reference Link
07:08 EDTSSoftbank, T-Mobile final agreement could come after late August, Kyodo News says
According to Kyodo News, Softbank's (SFTBF) buyout talks with T-Mobile (TMUS) won't be settled until after late August. Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY) is "reluctant" to accept Softbank's business plan and is seeking a new plan, industry sources say. Reference Link
07:08 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward attractive after decline, says Bernstein
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06:48 EDTFBJapan mobile messaging service pursues U.S. IPO, Bloomberg says
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:28 EDTFBFacebook testing new 'Buy Button' feature to facilitate purchases
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12:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands sinks after miss but analyst still upbeat
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10:14 EDTFBFacebook view changed to Positive from Neutral at OTR Global (pre-open)
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10:01 EDTYUMYum! Brands falls after earnings, levels to watch
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09:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands: China to achieve 40% operating profit growth in FY14
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09:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees FY14 EPS growth of 20%, consnesus $3.73
The company expects to sustain double digit EPS growth in 2015 and beyond
09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands Taco Bell breakfast option off to a 'great start'
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09:15 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
07:27 EDTBXBlackstone buys CatalunyaCaixa loan portfolio
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07:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands shares should be bought after mixed Q2 results, says Stifel
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone reports total assets under management of $279B
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q2 EPS $1.15, consensus 71c
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07:11 EDTBXBlackstone buys Catalunya Banc mortgage portfolio for $5B, Reuters says
Blackstone has purchased a large mortgage portfolio from Spain's Catalunya Banc for $5B in an agreement backed by fresh state funds as the government aims to sell the firm, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:50 EDTFBAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:06 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 2.5% after reporting Q2 results below analyst estimates
17:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands falls after results, levels to watch
The shares are down 2.4% in the extended session following earnings. At the current price of $80.69 the stock has slipped below support at the 30-day moving average. Next support below is at the 50-day moving average, last at $78.71. Resistance is at $81.20.
16:12 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q2 EPS 73c, consensus 74c
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
15:28 EDTYUMYum! Brands (YUM) July 82 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q2
10:01 EDTNTLSNTELOS expansion of DISH program an incremental positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the expansion of NTELOS' (NTLS) fixed wireless broadband program with DISH (DISH) as an incremental positive for NTELOS and the firm believes the company's 2.5GHZ spectrum is an "important hidden asset." Wells thinks NTELOS will keep seeking "out of the box" partnerships in its service areas and keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.
09:58 EDTNTLSNTELOS, DISH expand Internet service pact to Virginia
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07:10 EDTBXBlackstone, Oaktree strive for Catalunya mortgage portfolio, Reuters says
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTSPaulson sees T-Mobile takeover in high $30s, low $40s 'reasonable,' WSJ says
John Paulson, the fourth-largest shareholder in T-Mobile (TMUS) and the third largest stakeholder in Sprint (S), would support a merger of the two, which has been widely reported as being worked on, and said that a takeover price for T-Mobile in the "high $30s to low $40s" per share would be "reasonable," according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an interview with the investor. Reference Link
13:44 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile jointly raising $10B for airwave auction, WSJ says
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTFBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:23 EDTFBFortune to hold a conference
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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July 14, 2014
18:00 EDTSSprint plans for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg reports
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17:44 EDTSSprint said to plan for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg says
Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly planning 18-month drop-dead period for the deal, and Sprint lenders are looking for higher fees to commit longer term. Sprint and T-Mobile also considering a JV to bid for wireless spectrum, Bloomberg added.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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09:25 EDTFBGoogle looked to Page, Brin to woo Facebook workers, WSJ says
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07:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands should be bought ahead of Q2 results, says Stifel
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook poised to report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
15:59 EDTFBOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:10 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile rally following merger report from Nikkei
13:09 EDTSSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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13:05 EDTSSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:42 EDTFBFacebook should move higher on strong quarter, says Deutsche Bank
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06:50 EDTBXFriends Life disposes Lombard division to Blackstone, Reuters says
Friends Life announced that it sold its Lombard division to Blackstone for an initial consideration of $532M and said it will use a portion of the proceeds to buy-back shares, according to Reuters, citing a statement from Friends Life CEO Andy Briggs. The agreement is anticipated to be finalized in 2H14. Reference Link
06:13 EDTYUMTaco Bell to launch new high-end menu, Business Insider reports
Yum! Brands' Taco Bell is launching a high-end menu that's rich in protein and low in calories, reports Business Insider. The menu, called the Cantina Power Menu, will come with all-white-meat chicken or grilled USDA-select steak that could have more than 20 grams of protein or fewer than 500 calories. The menu will launch on July 17. Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
17:02 EDTYUMCosi names Scott Carlock as CFO
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 10, 2014
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13:41 EDTMDRXAllscripts climbs after acquisition, upgrade
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12:53 EDTFBFacebook research practices investigated by Irish watchdog, WSJ says
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11:26 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FB
Twitter (TWTR) July 42 call option implied volatility increased 11% to 54, Facebook (FB) August 72.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 53 according to IVolatility.
10:05 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:50 EDTMDRXAllscripts upgraded at ISI Group
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06:30 EDTMDRXAllscripts upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group
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