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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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November 26, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 26, 2014
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL HPQ SDRL TASR FB TXN NFLX AMZN TWTR PBR
November 25, 2014
16:02 EDTFBApple Tesla Twitter Facebook Netflix
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13:16 EDTFBAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
08:12 EDTMDRXRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital extends commitement with Allscripts
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, or RWJUH, extended its commitment to Allscripts Sunrise as its core electronic health record, or EHR, until 2020, and will expand its use of Allscripts Sunrise clinical solutions for its newly acquired facility, RWJ Somerset, in Somerville, New Jersey. In addition, the organization has announced that it has selected Allscripts TouchWorks EHR ambulatory solution to support care and patient management efforts for Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise care network.
November 24, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 24, 2014
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07:37 EDTYUMPizza concepts seen as possible targets for DineEquity, Bloomberg says
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November 21, 2014
06:08 EDTFBFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
16:16 EDTYUMYum! Brands authorizes up to $1B in share repurchases
Yum! Brands board authorized the company to repurchase up to $1B in additional shares of common stock. The $1B in additional share repurchases of the company’s outstanding common stock is authorized through May 31, 2016.
16:01 EDTBXBlackstone to puchase GE Japan's residential real estate
Blackstone (BX) announced that funds affiliated with Blackstone Real Estate Partners Asia will make an investment in connection with an agreement to acquire GE Japan's 100% owned residential real estate business for over ¥190B. The business owns and operates more than 200 residential properties, consisting of over 10,000 units primarily in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
10:02 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Harsco (HSC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory.
10:02 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:26 EDTYUMYum! Brands upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital
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06:58 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded at RBC Capital
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06:58 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded at RBC Capital
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06:24 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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06:06 EDTYUMYum! Brands upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
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November 19, 2014
14:25 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTBXHilton working with Jones Lang LaSalle on sale of Sydney hotel, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTBXBlackstone planning conservative fund with long time horizon, Reuters says
Blackstone is looking to launch a new investment vehicle that would last for more than ten years and invest in slower growing, safer companies than most private equity funds, according to Reuters, which cited multiple unnamed sources. The fund would also use less debt and charge lower fees, the news service added. Reference Link
06:38 EDTBXBlackstone to buy Orica's Chemicals business for A$750M
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November 18, 2014
12:54 EDTFBFacebook introduces FB Techwire breaking tech news product
Facebook, in a post to its media blog, announced the launch of FB Techwire, a resource for journalists to discover original content including breaking news, first-person analysis, photos and videos posted to Facebook by technology influencers and organizations. Reference Link
11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; DAL FB
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPLTSLA TWTR FB
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08:44 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
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07:57 EDTFBFacebook At Work unlikely to impact LinkedIn, says Wunderlich
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07:56 EDTBXColumbia Management announces strategic initiative with BAAM
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06:37 EDTBXBlackstone to sell 1095 Ave. of the Americas for $2.25B, WSJ reports
Blackstone Group will Manhattan office tower for about $2.25B to a venture led by Canadian property investor Ivanhoe Cambridge, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. If completed, the sale of the 1.2M square-foot tower at 1095 Ave. of the Americas would be the second most expensive sale of an individual building in U.S. history, the WSJ says. Reference Link
06:27 EDTSSprint's Chief Marketing Officer to leave company, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTSSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprint’s leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelman’s communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
06:08 EDTFBIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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14:56 EDTFBFacebook reports solid October engagement data, says JPMorgan
13:09 EDTZNGAZynga's Pincus, directors must face lawsuit over 'lockup' sales, Reuters says
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12:42 EDTFBProfessional network operators slide following report on 'Facebook at Work'
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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06:30 EDTFBFacebook says reducing 'overly promotional' page posts in news feed
Facebook said on Friday that "Our goal with News Feed has always been to show people the things they want to see. That’s why we often look to people on Facebook to tell us how we can improve. As part of an ongoing survey we asked hundreds of thousands of people how they feel about the content in their News Feeds. People told us they wanted to see more stories from friends and Pages they care about, and less promotional content. What we discovered is that a lot of the content people see as too promotional is posts from Pages they like, rather than ads. This may seem counterintuitive but it actually makes sense: News Feed has controls for the number of ads a person sees and for the quality of those ads, but those same controls haven’t been as closely monitored for promotional Page posts. Now we’re bringing new volume and content controls for promotional posts, so people see more of what they want from Pages.... Beginning in January 2015, people will see less of this type of content in their News Feeds. This change will not increase the number of ads people see in their News Feeds. The idea is to increase the relevance and quality of the overall stories – including Page posts – people see in their News Feeds. This change is about giving people the best Facebook experience possible and being responsive to what they have told us. While Pages that post a lot of the content we mention above will see a significant decrease in distribution, the majority of Pages will not be impacted by this change." Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTFBSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 14, 2014
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12:53 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
08:15 EDTBXBlackstone may urge U.S. probe to speed sale of Waldorf, NY Post says
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07:32 EDTFBHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:24 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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