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April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTAMTD, AMZN, APC, IBKR, SCHW, NFLX, GM, ETFC, FB, TROXMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
Stocks ended the week mixed as momentum stocks came under heavy selling pressure late in the week as investors continued to rotate out of a number of technology and biotech names. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. employment report for March showed the economy added 192k jobs for the month, slightly less than economists' forecasts. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.7%. Markit's U.S. manufacturing PMI reading earlier in the week also came in a bit below expectations... In China, manufacturing PMI data beat expectations, coming in at a 50.3 reading against expectations for 50.1, with the reading indicating expansion in the world's second largest economy... Headlines continued out of Ukraine, as the U.S. and Europe remain focused on the situation, though U.S. investors have continued to trade less and less, if at all, on news from that region. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) CEO Mary Barra spent two days testifying on Capitol Hill, fielding questions and accusations about the company's defective ignition switches, which have been blamed in at least 13 deaths. Shares of the carmaker were roughly flat for the week... Anadarko Petroleum (APC) surged after announcing a $5.15B settlement related to environmental damage claims sought by the federal government and creditors of bankrupt Tronox (TROX). Shares of the oil company gained more than 15% Thursday after the news, closing the week up 19% to $101.05... A number of momentum stocks saw aggressive selling in the final two sessions of the week, namely Netflix (NFLX), Amazon (AMZN), and Facebook (FB), among several other Nasdaq constituents from the technology and biotech sectors... Michael Lewis released his latest book, "Flash Boys," which highlights high-frequency trading in the stock market, with Lewis starting his numerous media appearances on last Sunday's "60 Minutes," during which he called the markets "rigged." Concerns over potential changes that could be imposed on brokerage firms by regulators put some pressure on stocks in that space, including Charles Schwab (SCHW), TD Ameritrade (AMTD), E-Trade (ETFC), and Interactive Brokers (IBKR). INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.5% to 16,412.71, the S&P 500 was up 0.4% to 1,865.09, and the Nasdaq was down 0.7% to 4,127.73.
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10:50 EDTGMEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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09:37 EDTNFLX, AMZN, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTAMZNChina to let foreign companies fully own e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that, effective immediately, foreign companies will be allowed to have full ownership of some e-commerce businesses, reported Reuters. Players in China's booming e-commerce market include market leader Alibaba Group (BABA) as well as JD.com (JD), Amazon.com (AMZN), Vipshop (VIPS) Wal-Mart (WMT), which holds a stake in shopping site Yihaodian, the report noted. Reference Link
07:51 EDTFBGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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07:30 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $800 from $610 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein raised his 12-18 month price target for shares of Netflix to $800 from $610. The streaming service closed yesterday up $3.30 to $663.20. The new target reflects the company's plans to enter Japan, Cuba, Spain, Italy and Portugal, all in 2015, the analyst tells investors this morning in a research note. Helfstein's revised model assumes global subscribers of 239M in 2020, equaling 32% penetration of broadband homes, which the analyst says is consistent with Netflix's 2015 rates in older markets. He reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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05:52 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 24, Qualcomm (QCOM) 19 according to iVolatility.
June 18, 2015
19:48 EDTFBFacebook Moments not available in Europe due to regulator concerns, WSJ says
Facebook's photo app, Moments, will not be available in Europe due to regulators' concerns over facial recognition technology, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Facebook’s head of policy in Europe, Richard Allan. Reference Link
16:24 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
16:20 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab releases results of 2015 Dodd-Frank Stress Test
Common Equity Tier 1 would be 22.2% in severe adverse scenario and Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio would be 22.2%. Reference Link
13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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12:04 EDTAMZN, FBActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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11:31 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:54 EDTAMZNAmazon says long-term pact struck with publisher Penguin, AP reports
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09:35 EDTFB, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com international EGM revenues poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
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08:04 EDTAMZNGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook continues to take ad share, says JMP Securities
JMP Securities says its checks indicate that Facebook's share of total ad dollars continue to rise. The firm believes that Instagram's engagement and monthly average users continue to grow. It estimates that Instagram could generate about $1,4B in revenue next year, versus its 2015 estimate of about $445M. JMP Securities raised its price target on Facebook to $101 from $98 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:30 EDTFBSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook testing new approach to hiring to diversify employee ranks, WSJ reports
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