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March 14, 2014
16:43 EDTCALL, PLUG, MW, GM, KKD, AMZN, BA, FCEL, JOSB, HLFMarket finishes week lower as China, Ukraine weigh on shares
Stocks ended the week lower as investors worried about the impact of slowing growth in China and the situation in Ukraine. MACRO NEWS: China reported weaker than expected retail sales and urban fixed asset investment for the two month period ended February 28. The data exacerbated fears about a potential significant Chinese economic slowdown... Also fanning fears on Wall Street was the standoff in Ukraine. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Russia would face consequences if it continued to occupy Ukraine on Monday. Kerry's statement fueled concerns about a potential escalation of the standoff... U.S. economic data was mixed as February retail sales and jobless claims were better than expected, but an index of consumer sentiment missed expectations. COMPANY NEWS: The Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation stated that they would investigate General Motors' (GM) handling of problems with the ignition on some of its vehicles... The government is also probing Herbalife (HLF), as the FTC disclosed that it was launching an investigation of the multi-level marketer... Another American company that found itself facing new difficulties was Boeing (BA), which disclosed that it had found cracks in some wings of its 787 Dreamliner planes. As a result, the delivery of some of the aircraft will be delayed.... Menswear retailers Men's Wearhouse (MW) and Jos. A. Bank (JOSB) ended their long and public courtship as Men's Wearhouse struck a deal to acquire its peer for $65 per share in cash... Amazon.com (AMZN) raised the price of its Prime service by 25% for most of its customer base... In earnings news, VoIP phone service provider magicJack (CALL) rose after reporting stronger than expected results and providing higher than expected revenue guidance, and doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme (KKD) climbed after reporting slightly weaker than expected results but raising its full-year EPS guidance and increasing its share repurchase allocation. On the other hand, fuel cell maker Plug Power (PLUG) finished the week lower after the company reported an in-line EPS loss, but research firms Roth Capital and Cowen downgraded the stock. Another company in the sector, FuelCell (FCEL), also ended the week lower after reporting in-line results. Both stocks had jumped by large amounts in previous weeks.
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June 24, 2015
06:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into downgrade to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
General Motors July call option implied volatility is at 17, August and September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 38, suggesting decreasing price movement into Goldman downgrade to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum.
06:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded General Motors (GM) to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum. The firm's recent dealer visits in China indicate increased promotional activity and net price deterioration to support Shanghai GM JV product sales. Goldman said this, combined with margin pressure, will likely lead to a reduction in China guidance. For North America, the firm said Q1 carryover product pressure has extended into Q2 and could be pressured further with full availability of Ford's (F) F-150 heading into 2H 2015.
06:00 EDTAMZNGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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05:49 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN LNG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 34, Cheniere Energy (LNG) 35 according to iVolatility.
June 23, 2015
19:03 EDTBAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER PROVIDING GUIDANCE: MeetMe (MEET), up 18.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), up 4.3% after being added to S&P 600... Quidel (QDEL), up 5% after receiving FDA clearance for new Solana molecular system and assay... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), up 4.6% after announcing positive results from REPRIEVE study... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after announcing seven-for-one stock split. LOWER: Alcobra (ADHD), down 2.5% after announcing that it will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast presentation to present results from the Phase II clinical trial of MDX... Sysco (SYY), down 2.6% after bid for U.S. foods blocked was blocked by a federal judge... Boeing (BA), down marginally after announcing CEO transition.
18:04 EDTAMZNWal-Mart poaches technology talent from eBay, WSJ says
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17:44 EDTGMGoldman ups Ford to Buy, cuts GM to Neutral
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17:40 EDTBABoeing incoming CEO Muilenburg says must deliver on 777 bridge program
Regarding the appointment of Dennis Muilenburg as Boeing CEO, outgoing CEO James McNerney says, "in many ways, there's not going to be a change." Muilenburg noted that the current defense market is more "challenging," and that the company needs to deliver on its 777 bridge program. Muilenburg added that the company's backlog remains "solid." Both executives are speaking on CNBC.
17:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
16:32 EDTBABoeing names Dennis Muilenburg CEO
The Boeing board has elected Dennis Muilenburg as the company's CEO, succeeding W. James McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and COO since 2013, becomes president and CEO on July 1. McNerney, who joined Boeing's board in 2001, continues as its chairman. To ensure a smooth transition of his CEO responsibilities to Muilenburg, he will continue working as a company employee until retiring at the end of February 2016.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
14:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to remove Confederate flag merchandise from site, Reuters says
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14:42 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to remove Confederate flag merchandise from site, Reuters says
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13:15 EDTBABoeing sued over claims of toxic airplane cabin air, Chicago Tribune says
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11:00 EDTAMZNOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility:TRIP WPZ CMG BIIB WMB AMZN ISRG VMW
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says Amazon Echo now available to all customers
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08:20 EDTAMZNCLSA IT outsourcing analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:46 EDTAMZNPiper Jaffray to hold a field trip
Seattle Field Trip travels throughout Seattle visiting with Costco, Starbucks and Amazon on June 23-24.
06:04 EDTAMZNOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN AMBA
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