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April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTAMZN, APC, IBKR, SCHW, NFLX, GM, ETFC, FB, TROX, AMTDMarket 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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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTAMZNChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
19:07 EDTGMStudy shows U.S. cars less safe than EU vehicles, Independent says
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16:00 EDTFB, NFLXOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
13:33 EDTFBFacebook introduces 360 video
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13:10 EDTFBGoPro launches 360-degree videos on Facebook
GoPro (GPRO) announces it is bringing "immersive, spherical videos" to Facebook's (FB) News Feed. Beginning today, people on Facebook can experience GoPro 360-degree video directly through their web browser or Android mobile device, the action camera maker said in a press release. In the coming weeks, GoPro will launch additional 360-degree content on Facebook, it added. Shares of the action camera maker are up 10c to $33.41 in afternoon trading.
11:50 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; EWZ NFLX
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10:24 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SNCR PTCT SRPT AMZN CREE CMG ISRG QLIK SNKD BIIB JNPR
09:18 EDTGM, AMZNPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
06:36 EDTFBFacebook unveils new 'Click to message' ad-type, Business Insider reports
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September 22, 2015
17:13 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram surpasses 400M users
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16:00 EDTFB, NFLXOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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15:52 EDTFBThe Washington Post to send 100% of stories to Facebook Instant Articles
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10:45 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; TWTR NFLX
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10:23 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:07 EDTAMZN, NFLXMedia companies adjust Netflix strategy ahead of OTT growth, Bloomberg says
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09:33 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:46 EDTGMFormer GM exec: Apple will lose money in car business, CNBC says
Apple (AAPL) could lose big money if it enters the electric car business, CNBC reports, citing comments from former General Motors (GM) vice chairman Bob Lutz. "There is absolutely no reason to assume that Apple is going to be financially successful in the electric car business," Lutz told CNBC. Reference Link
07:45 EDTAPCGlobal Hunter Securities to hold a bus tour
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06:45 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade management to meet with JMP Securities
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles on September 23 and in San Francisco on September 24 hosted by JMP Securities.
06:33 EDTFBFacebook user data rules have ripple effects, WSJ reports
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