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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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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
10:38 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Facebook April weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, May is at 39, June 30, September is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:04 EDTFBFacebook Q1 results should beat expectations, says Cantor
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05:51 EDTFBEU calls for 'level playing field' in telecoms market, Financial Times reports
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April 16, 2015
15:39 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:57 EDTBXEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of GE's Q1 report
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12:37 EDTBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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11:22 EDTBXBlackstone says company is 'in no way' at its peak
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09:18 EDTBXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:06 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q1 ENI $1.37, consensus $1.04
Reports Q1 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.04B. Says total AUM was up 14% y/y, with total AUM at $310.5B. Fee-earning AUM was $223.51B.
05:58 EDTFBIndian media groups back out of Facebook's Internet.org, Financial Times reports
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April 15, 2015
10:00 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:18 EDTFBApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTYUMYum! Brands implied volatility of 30 at upper end of index
06:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
Target $81.
April 14, 2015
13:20 EDTNTLSCommerzbank raises passive stake in NTELOS to 7.64% from 6.34%
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13:02 EDTBXFly Watch: Analyst expects strong Q1 results from private equity firms
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11:16 EDTFBCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
10:58 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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10:51 EDTSGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
09:00 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $80 from $72 at BMO Capital
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07:28 EDTFBFacebook remains a top 2015 pick at JPMorgan
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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14:29 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Yum! Brands April call option implied volatility is at 37, April weekly is at 41, May is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
10:00 EDTCBKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:36 EDTMDRXAllscripts to hold a meeting
6th Annual Financial Community Town Hall Meeting is being held in Chicago on April 13 at 7 pm. Webcast Link
07:31 EDTMDRXHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
07:29 EDTMDRXLeerink to hold booth tours at HIMSS
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06:40 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Christopher & Banks to Overweight saying the company's real estate strategy will drive higher sales and EBITDA in 2016. Piper also thinks the retailer's full-year trend is achievable and doubled its price target for shares to $10 from $5.
06:32 EDTBXReal estate is a big part of Blackstone's business, NY Times says
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06:06 EDTSSprint introduces Sprint Direct 2 U service
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06:02 EDTYUMYum! Brands implied volatility of 29 at upper end of index
April 12, 2015
19:21 EDTSSprint introduces free international roaming
In a press release Friday, Sprint introduced "International Value Roaming," giving customers the ability to travel to areas in Latin America, Europe and Japan and roam with up to 2G speeds to read emails and surf the web at no additional charge. Additionally, they can send unlimited text messages for no extra charge, and they can call for 20c per minute. Eligible countries for International Value Roaming are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Russia, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Customers looking for higher data speeds can choose from three "International Speed Data Roaming options" offering up to 3G network speeds for one-day, seven-day and 14-day passes, starting at $15.
April 10, 2015
16:19 EDTBXStocks finish week higher as investors speculate jobs data could delay rate hike
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16:14 EDTBXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:05 EDTZNGA, FBOptions Update; April 10, 2015
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12:46 EDTBXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:13 EDTMDRXLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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08:03 EDTBXExcel Trust to be acquired by Blackstone for $15.85 per share, or about $2B
Excel Trust (EXL) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Blackstone Property Partners, under which Blackstone (BX) will acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of Excel Trust for $15.85 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2B. The transaction has been unanimously approved by Excel Trust's board and represents a premium of nearly 15% over the company's closing stock price on April 9. In addition to the common stock dividend of 18c per share payable on April 15, Excel Trust intends to pay an additional common stock dividend in July, but, under the terms of the agreement, not for any quarter thereafter. Completion of the transaction, which is currently expected to occur in the second half of 2015. The transaction is not contingent on receipt of financing by Blackstone. In connection with the closing of the transaction, the parties intend that Excel Trust L.P.'s $75M of 4.40% Senior Series A Notes due 2020 and its $25M of 5.19% Senior Series B Notes due 2023 will be repaid. Excel Trust L.P.'s $250M of 4.625% Senior Notes due 2024 are intended to remain outstanding following the closing.
08:00 EDTBXExcel Trust to be acquired by Blackstone for $15.85 per share, or about $2B
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06:38 EDTBXBlackstone and Wells Fargo confirm acquisition of GE real estate assets
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06:35 EDTBXGE releases financial details of GE Capital assets sale
Approximately $16B of after-tax charges are expected to be recorded in the first quarter of 2015 in connection with the plan – of which about $12B are non-cash. The charges include taxes on repatriated earnings, asset impairments due to shortened hold periods, and charges on businesses held for sale, including goodwill allocation. GE expects that the earnings impact of the GE Capital exits will be offset by the buyback over the exit period. GE has amended its income maintenance agreement to guarantee all tradable senior and subordinated debt securities and all commercial paper issued or guaranteed by GECC. The guarantee will replace the current income maintenance covenant. GE will maintain substantial liquidity and capital through the transition and does not expect to issue incremental GE Capital long-term debt for at least five years. Commercial paper will be further reduced to approximately $5 billion by the end of 2015.
06:34 EDTBXGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTBXBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTBXBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTBXGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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05:59 EDTSSprint to pay $15.5M to settle DOJ wiretap overcharging case
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTZNGA, BXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 9, 2015
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13:38 EDTBXGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
13:09 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:14 EDTSSprint store announcement a positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Sprint's announcement of opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores starting tomorrow as a positive. Wells believes the stores are in attractive locations across the country and that Sprint continues to focus on attracting higher credit quality customers. It keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
11:02 EDTSSprint to open 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores tomorrow
Sprint says it will more than double its company-owned retail footprint tomorrow by opening 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores. In last week’s transaction, General Wireless, an affiliate of Standard General LP, acquired 1,743 RadioShack stores. Sprint has agreed with Standard General to be co-tenants in 1,435 of those stores, with Sprint being the primary brand in marketing materials and signage. Sprint will occupy roughly one third of the retail space at these existing RadioShack locations. The phone carrier added, "The expansion of Sprint’s retail stores also means significant opportunities for the company to invest in local communities by adding nearly 3,500 new jobs. In the coming months, Sprint will actively recruit a skilled workforce to fill quality full- and part-time positions, helping to make local communities stronger."
09:36 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 5.8% after earnings beat estimates, dividend boosted, and shares upgraded at Wedbush... Novogen (NVGN) rose after announcing that Australian studies revealed its experimental drug, Anisina, killed melanoma cells irrespective of their mutational status. Shares of small-cap Novogen rose 35% in pre-market trading following the company's report on the studies... TASER (TASR), up 3.8% after announcing UK order from London for 178 AXON body cameras... United Continental (UAL), up 2.8% after narrowing Q1 PRASM forecast... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), up 2.4% after reporting Q2 results. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 12% after announcing last night that current CEO Don Mattrick will depart the company and the board and Mark Pincus, Zynga's founder and chairman, will return to the role of CEO... Alcoa (AA), down 2% after reporting Q1 financial results and giving 2015 guidance... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 4.6% after BMO Capital cut it rating to the equivalent of sell and halved its price target on the stock to $4.
08:27 EDTZNGANeedham sees little to be positive about in Zynga news
Needham thinks "very little" in Zynga's CEO transition can be construed positively. It notes the founder, who was replaced less than two years ago after a poorly executed IPO and subsequent revenue decline, is being brought back to replace a more recent CEO whose turnaround efforts it views as "having been incomplete at best." The firm suspended its rating on Zynga amid uncertainty over the company's fundamental prospects.
07:55 EDTZNGAZynga core thesis remains unchanged, says UBS
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06:26 EDTFBFacebook launches Messenger for Web browsers
Facebook has launched a Web version of Messenger. Users can access the product at Messenger.com. Reference Link
05:57 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ZNGA ALU
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April 8, 2015
19:46 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apogee (APOG), up 6.4%... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 4.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 5.6% after being selected by DARPA to lead $45M Ebola prevention program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Alcoa (AA), down 3.5%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 3.5%. ALSO LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 10.3% after announcing CEO transition... Memorial Production (MEMP), down 2.9% after filing to sell 4.6M common units owned by MRD Holdco... Regulus (RGLS), down 2.2% after filing to sell 3.3M shares for Isis Pharmaceuticals.
16:37 EDTZNGAZynga down 8% after announcing CEO transition
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16:17 EDTZNGAZynga CEO Mark Pincus statement regarding return
"Don joined us in a very important time in our evolution. I sincerely thank him for his leadership in better serving our players in a mobile first world and for delivering world class quality and value to our consumers," said Mark Pincus. "The team's hard work for our mobile players has resulted in bookings growing from 27% mobile bookings when Don joined to 60% by the end of last year. Further, to deliver unique and differentiated value to our mobile players, Don and the team acquired NaturalMotion. NaturalMotion has surprised and delighted the world with Clumsy Ninja and CSR Racing resulting in more than 160 million installs to date. I am inspired by our upcoming products – it is the most exciting slate of mobile games in Zynga's history with titles like Empires & Allies, Dawn of Titans and FarmVille: Harvest Swap. These games are coming on the heels of one of the most successful mobile launches in our history with Wizard of Oz Slots, which was launched this past November by our Spooky Cool team in Chicago." Pincus continued, "Now that we are a mobile first company, it's time to renew our focus on our founding mission to connect the world through games and our vision to make play and social games a mass market activity. I am returning to the company that I love in order to accelerate innovation in the most popular categories like Action Strategy and strengthen our focus on our core areas like Invest and Express. I look forward to partnering with our leaders to intensify our focus on social experiences for the millions of consumers who play our games." At his request, Pincus will receive an annual salary of $1 in connection with his appointment to CEO.
16:14 EDTZNGAZynga to resume trading at 4:35pm ET
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16:12 EDTZNGAZynga CFO says Q1 was a 'strong quarter'
"Q1 was a strong quarter and we are confident in the outlook we gave during our Q4 2014 earnings call on February 12, 2015. Our teams are heads down and focused on our mobile-first product slate and we will be sharing details related to our product progress and financial performance during our Q1 earnings call on May 7, 2015," said David Lee, CFO, Zynga.
16:05 EDTZNGAZynga CEO Don Mattrick to depart; Mark Pinus to return to CEO role
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16:05 EDTZNGAZynga CEO Don Mattrick to depart; Mark Pinus to return to CEO role
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16:00 EDTZNGAZynga trading halted, pending news
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12:36 EDTFBGoogle, Facebook not discussing Twitter buyout, Re/code reports
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10:58 EDTBXBlackstone inactivity may lend credibility to Hilton report, says Wells Fargo
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08:57 EDTBXBlackstone talks to buy Colombia mines blocked by arbitrator, Reuters reports
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08:42 EDTFBLivePerson should benefit from Facebook move, says Roth Capital
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08:02 EDTBXChinese investors rumored to ask Blackstone about Hilton stake, Daily Mail says
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone, Corsair could take stake in First Eagle, Reuters reports
Blackstone and Corsair, two private equity firms, are in talks to buy a stake in First Eagle Investment Management, sources tell Reuters. The negotiations, which could value First Eagle at about $4B including debt, are ongoing and expected to continue "for weeks," the sources say. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSSoftbank downsizing Silicon Valley presence, WSJ reports
SoftBank (SFTBF) has reduced its presence in Silicon Valley, relocating some employees to Japan and subsidiary Sprint's (S) headquarters in Kansas, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move to downsize comes after Sprint's failed bid to acquire T-Mobile US (TMUS) last year. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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10:05 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:34 EDTMDRXCerner, Allscripts not pricing in DoD contract win, says Deutsche Bank
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06:00 EDTFBTurkey restores access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, FT reports
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April 6, 2015
20:07 EDTFBFacebook sued for facial biometric data collection, BI says
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16:19 EDTMDRXAllscripts initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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10:01 EDTBXWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
06:45 EDTSQualcomm downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded Qualcomm (QCOM) to Market Perform, removed the stock from its Top Picks list and dropped its price target for shares to $72 from $80. FBR said the moves were prompted by a posting on AT&T's (T) website which said the carrier’s version of the GS6 smarphone is powered by the Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with a Shannon 333 modem as opposed to Qualcomm's Snapdragon platform. FBR still expects the Verizon (VZ) and Sprint (S) GS6 versions to sport Qualcomm modems, but it believes the change at AT&T signals Samsung’s "clear intent to utilize proprietary baseband whenever and wherever possible." Shares of chip maker Qualcomm closed Thursday down $1.46 to $67.97.
06:03 EDTFBUber hires Facebook's Joe Sullivan as Chief Security Officer
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