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April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTIBKR, SCHW, NFLX, GM, ETFC, FB, TROX, AMTD, AMZN, APCMarket 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.
News For GM;APC;TROX;NFLX;AMZN;FB;SCHW;AMTD;ETFC;IBKR From The Last 14 Days
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January 25, 2016
20:03 EDTGMTesla CEO: 'Probably' three years until local production in China
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16:00 EDTFB, AMZN, NFLXOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:12 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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14:59 EDTAMZNVIX methodology for Amazon VXAZN +3% to 49.27 into Q4
14:54 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime grew 35% to 54M U.S. members in 2015, CIRP says
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12:05 EDTFBTwitter growth acceleration less likely in near-term, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena says the likelihood of near-term growth reacceleration at Twitter (TWTR) looks less likely following today's executive departures. The analyst adds in an intraday research note that traffic trends and agency channel checks continue "to point to the worst" for the company. Sena lowered his Q4 estimates to the low-end of the company's guidance and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $22. He continues to prefer Facebook (FB) and keeps a Hold rating on Twitter.
10:44 EDTAMZNAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
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10:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's email 'share' function deemed unlawful by German court, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTSCHWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:43 EDTAPCAnadarko upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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09:32 EDTFB, NFLXApple Active equity options trading on open
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07:40 EDTFBFBR sees constructive setup into Facebook earnings report
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com revenue should beat expectations, says Stifel
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07:03 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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05:51 EDTAMZN, FBOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNPiper's Munster sees attractive entry point for Amazon shares
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is bullish on Amazon.com shares into the company's December quarter results. Concerns over a potential margin reinvestment phase are overblown, Munster tells investors in a research note. He believes Street estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and thinks the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. He views current share levels as an attractive entry point for investors and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with an $800 price target. The stock closed Friday up $21.36 to $596.38.
January 24, 2016
14:40 EDTAMZN, FBCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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11:02 EDTNFLXStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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