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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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May 26, 2015
08:08 EDTMDRXAllscripts signs agreement to deploy its PAS in the U.K.
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07:19 EDTFBFacebook being scrutinized on several fronts in Europe, NY Times reports
In recent months, several different European regulators have been examining facets of Facebook's (FB) operations and it remains to be seen whether the social network operator has learned from the past mistakes of companies such as Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in terms of navigating Europe’s legal system, said The New York Times. The European Union is looking into whether Facebook unfairly favors its own services, the region’s top court will issue a preliminary decision next month on whether Facebook can continue transferring user data between Europe and the U.S. and a number of EU data protection watchdogs are questioning Facebook’s privacy settings, the report noted. Reference Link
May 22, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 22, 2015
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10:34 EDTYUMYum! Brands management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:33 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Oppenheimer
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09:58 EDTBXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Blackstone (BX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Cellectis (CLLS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Esperion (ESPR) initiated with a Sell at Chardan... H&R Block (HRB) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Horizon Pharma (HZNP) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Micron (MU) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Monster Worldwide (MWW) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... National Storage (NSA) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... ON Semiconductor (ON) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Sharps Compliance (SMED) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... StemCells (STEM) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Synaptics (SYNA) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... TriNet (TNET) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Verifone (PAY) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... uniQure (QURE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BABA AMZN FB MU BIDU SDRL BAC INTC EXPE CHK FEYE
07:02 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
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May 21, 2015
19:44 EDTFBGoogle advertising head remarks that larger phones may help mobile ads, WSJ says
In a Wall Street Journal interview at the San Francisco ad:tech conference, Google (GOOG) advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy commented on the conversation rate from mobile ad viewership to actual mobile sales, stating, "As phones get bigger the [screen] space issue becomes less challenging... [My six-inch phone] is essentially a tablet. People’s ability to navigate sites and fill out forms and such goes up tremendously." Ramaswamy also offered commentary on Facebook's (FB) advertising metrics, asking, "How many of Facebook’s video views are engaged views?" The Journal notes that Google's YouTube waits 30 seconds to register a video view, while Facebook counts a view "more quickly." Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 21, 2015
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTFBDuPont Fabros expands relationship with Facebook at ACC7 data center
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06:33 EDTFIVEFive Below initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
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May 20, 2015
18:51 EDTSSprint names Kevin Crull as Chief Marketing Officer
Kevin Crull will join Sprint as chief marketing officer effective May 31. Crull will report to President and CEO Marcelo Claure. Crull brings to Sprint 30 years of experience leading sales, marketing and operations teams. Most recently, Crull served nearly five years as COO and then president of Bell Media, Canada’s largest media and broadcasting company.
17:46 EDTSStandard General wins RadioShack brand, forced to destroy some customer data
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3c to 19.19. Option volume leaders: AAPL AAL YHOO DAL FB BABA UAL BAC TWTR LUV C TSLA GE MU
14:04 EDTFBFacebook acquires web publisher tool maker Tugboat Yards
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:51 EDTBXBlackstone to sell 25% stake in Eircom to Anchorage Capital, Reuters says
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May 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 19.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC WMT MSFT FB TWTR MNKD NFLX T PBR
09:53 EDTSSprint expects Voice to be 'still important' as Data demands continues to grow
Expects that half of its plans will be financed while a third plus will be through leasing. The company says it has its eye on how those numbers change going forward. Cites successful financing through securitization and vendor financing. The company says it "feels good" about taking expenses and reinvesting on a smaller base for overall operation. Says the company is still working on getting its churn down. Comments made by CFO Joe Euteneuer at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTSAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
May 18, 2015
20:16 EDTFIVEUrban Outfitters down over 16% after disappointing Q1 results
Urban Oufitters (URBN) is down sharply after reporting first quarter earnings per share and revenue that missed analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Urban Oufitters reported Q1 EPS of 25c on revenue of $739.01M, below consensus expectations of 30c and $758.25M, respectively. Urban Outfitters also reported Q1 comparable retail segment net sales up 4%, with Q1 retail segment net sales increasing 17% at Free People, 5% at Urban Outfitters, and 1% at the Anthropologie Group. Wholesale segment net sales rose 18%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its Q1 earnings conference call, Urban Outfitters announced that Urban Outfitters Group CEO Ted Marlow, who oversaw the direction of the namesake brand, would retire at the end of August. While Urban Outfitters did not provide guidance, Urban Outfitters Anthropologie Group CEO David McCreight commented on the Anthropologie brand, "We're expecting we could see Q2 shaping up like Q1 in terms of low single-digit comps. We could also see being in the low-mid-single digit comps. It's hard to tell at this point." ANALYST REACTION: Two analyst firms lowered their respective price targets on Urban Outfitters following the company's earnings report. Sterne Agee, which rates Urban Outfitters a Neutral, lowered its 12-month price target to $34 from $46, noting the company has had trouble getting both its Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie brands to perform at the same time. Cantor, which maintained its Buy rating, lowered its price target to $53 from $54, saying that Anthropologie sales disappointed, but noting that a "later catalog release appears to us to have pushed some sales at Anthropologie into May." PRICE ACTION: Urban Outfitters fell 16.4% to just over $34 in after-hours trading. PEERS: Other publicly traded companies in the space include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), American Eagle (AEO), Five Below (FIVE), Pacific Sunwear (PSUN), and Zumiez (ZUMZ).
18:26 EDTMDRXAllscripts cuts 250 jobs, Crain's says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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11:16 EDTFBFacebook says move to digital ads from TV and print is 'in early days'
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10:37 EDTZNGA, FBFacebook ramps up interest in games, The Information reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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08:35 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $105 from $90 at Oppenheimer
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08:22 EDTFBVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTFBJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:13 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:07 EDTYUMThird Point reports new stakes in Yum! Brands, FedEx, McKesson
10:01 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
08:46 EDTFBMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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06:55 EDTBXBlackstone takes minority stake in Magnetar Capital, WSJ reports
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06:47 EDTYUMYum! Brands upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Yum! Brands to Overweight saying it believes a spin-off of China and levering up of the franchise business has moved from a "possibility" to a "probability." After attending the Yum China investor conference, the firm thinks the company is now welcome to ideas that can drive short and long term shareholder value. It raised its price target for the stock to $108 from $83.
May 14, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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10:56 EDTMDRXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:31 EDTST-Mobile says porting ratio vs. Sprint is approaching 3.0
In regards to LTE competition and sustainability, T-Mobile said it is in a leadership position where it really matters. Backs operating free cash flow and EBITDA guidance. Reports 11M MetroPCS subscribers. Comments taken from MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTNTLSNTELOS price target raised to $9 from $6.50 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for NTELOS (NTLS) to $9 after the Financial Times in its Alphaville blog discussed rumors of a potential takeover by Shenandoah (SHEN). FBR believes Shentel is a "natural buyer" of NTELOS at the right price. The firm views $9 per share as a fair price for NTELOS and keeps a Market Perform rating on the stock.
06:06 EDTSDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
May 13, 2015
16:23 EDTNTLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:06 EDTFBOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
15:27 EDTSStandard General acquires rights to RadioShack brand, data, WSJ says
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11:00 EDTNTLSReported Shenandoah bid for NTELOS makes sense, says Drexel Hamilton
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10:01 EDTNTLSNTELOS jumps after FT Alphaville notes takeover speculation
Shares of NTELOS are moving higher after FT Alphaville blogged that Shenandoah Telecommunications, also known as Shentel, is rumored to be putting together a $200M offer for the provider of digital wireless communications services. The offer would represent a near 50% premium, FT Alphaville notes. Shares of NTELOS are up $1.14 to $7.34 in early trading. Reference Link
09:57 EDTNTLSNTELOS a rumored target of Shentel, FT Alphaville says
08:21 EDTFBFormer FCC chairman hired by Facebook to manage access efforts, Bloomberg says
Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the FCC who has been consulting for Facebook the past two years, is joining on a permanent basis as the company's VP for mobile and global access policy, reported Bloomberg. Facebook also announced that Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan will start serving a dual role as VP of U.S. Public Policy, the report added. Reference Link
06:22 EDTFBFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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06:04 EDTBXBlackstone in discussions to buy Mega from Alon Group, Globes reports
Blackstone is in discussions to buy Mega, an Israeli supermarket retail chain, from Alon Group, Globes reports, citing sources. Blackstone has no current investments in Israel, the publication notes, adding that it is possible that Blackstone will partner with instead of buying Mega. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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12:02 EDTSVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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10:54 EDTBXBlackstone acquires three shopping centers in Spain, Portugal
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07:00 EDTFBPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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