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February 16, 2012
12:22 EDTHDY, ITRI, NTAP, SJM, GM, NILE, AMZN, AEA, TRWOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, following some encouraging domestic economic data. The futures began the day below fair value and the market looked as if the selling would continue from yesterday. The futures moved off their lows but still closed in negative territory, even after better than expected data on jobless claims and housing start. The market opened flat but began to drift higher. The averages continued their upward momentum following the better than expected Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing report. The averages now stand at session highs in what has been a slow, methodical recapture of almost all of yesterday’s losses... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 348,000 weekly initial jobless claims were reported, which was below the expected 365,000. The producer price index for January inched up 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. However, "core" PPI, minus food and energy, rose 0.4%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. There were 699,000 housing starts versus the expected 675,000, and 676,000 building permits versus the expected 680,000. The Philadelphia Manufacturing Index was released with a reading of 10.2, beating the expected reading of 9.0. Also of note but largely ignored in today's trading, last night Moody's warned that it may lower the credit ratings of 17 global and 114 European financial institutions, citing the ongoing euro zone debt crisis... MARKET NEWS: Sales and profits at General Motors (GM) missed estimates, as its strong U.S. performance was weighed on by losses in Europe and South America. Still, shares advanced over 6%, as the company expressed confidence in its ability to increase top-line revenue this year... Among others reporting earnings, NetApp (NTAP) and TRW Automotive (TRW) advanced, while Avis Budget (CAR) and Blue Nile (NILE) declined... (AMZN) traded lower following a downgrade at Morgan Stanley... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Itron (ITRI), after receiving at least three upgrades following its earnings, guidance, and acquisition news, and Advance America (AEA), on news it will be acquired by Grupo Elektra for $10.50 per share. Noteworthy losers included J.M. Smucker (SJM), following its weaker than expected results and cautious comments, and Hyperdynamics (HDY), after saying a well offshore Guinea may have had larger volumes of oil previously but the oil reserves formerly present may have since leaked out... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 103.46, or 0.81%, to 12,884.41; the Nasdaq was up 26.56, or 0.91%, to 2,942.39; and the S&P 500 was up 10.65, or 0.79%, to 1,353.88.
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September 29, 2015
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon taps independent drivers for Flex service, WSJ reports
Amazon has recently rolled out a program in Seattle to bring merchandise to customers' homes using a network of independent contractors, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new service, called Amazon Flex, has people signing up for shifts through an app that gives them assignments from mini-warehouses, the report says. Amazon pays its drivers roughly $20 an hour to make deliveries, the report says. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGMFiat Chrysler labor deal faces resistance, NY Times reports
Fiat Chrysler's (FCAU) tentative deal with the United Auto Workers union has seen resistance in early voting, with several plants rejecting the deal outright, the New York Times says. Voting at some of the largest plants will start Tuesday, and that fate of the proposed four-year deal will be determined by the middle of the week, the report says. Opponents to the deal have said that it does not offer any clear path for lower-tier workers to reach the highest levels of hourly play and fails to limit the number of entry-level workers, the report says. Fiat Chrysler's deal with its auto workers is viewed as a template for labor talks that General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) will have with their workers, the report says. Reference Link
September 28, 2015
19:57 EDTAMZNRetailers urge courts to reject Visa, MasterCard settlement, Reuters says
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18:51 EDTGMGM CEO plans increased focus on connectivity, autonomous driving, Reuters says
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09:36 EDTAMZN Active equity options trading on open
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06:22 EDTAMZNAmazon acquires Safaba Translation Systems, TechFlash reports
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September 25, 2015
16:43 EDTSJMKKR no longer holds stake in Smucker, lost right to designate board observer
On September 21, The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) entered into an underwriting agreement, dated as of September 21, with Blue Holdings and Morgan Stanley with respect to a registered underwritten public offering of 8.28M shares of the company's common shares, to be sold by the selling shareholder. The common shares sold by the selling shareholder represent 100% of the ownership interests attributable to affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). The secondary offering was completed on September 25. Upon completion of the secondary offering, KKR ceased to be the beneficial owner of any of the common shares and lost its right to designate a board observer.
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 25, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 25.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB AU NKE PFE INTC AMZN TSLA
14:59 trades off lows, levels to watch
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09:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated
General Motors October weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, October and November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 36, suggesting large near term price movement.
08:30 EDTAMZNInternap downgraded on earnings miss, negative outlook at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer downgraded Internap (INAP) to Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock after the company significantly lowered its guidance. Oppenheimer says that Internap is not benefiting from strong demand for its prices, while Amazoin (AMZN) is poised to reduce its cloud prices significantly next month, hurting Internap in the process. The firm thinks that if Internap sells the company it will probably obtain less than $10 per share, making the stock's risk/reward unattractive at current levels.
06:34 EDTGMGM CEO again rejects idea of merger with Fiat Chrysler, WSJ reports
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06:07 EDTGMGM CEO says pursuing profit margins, not market share, WSJ reports
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September 24, 2015
20:04 EDTAMZNFacebook virtual reality initiative picks up speed with $99 Samsung device
Thursday's Oculus Connect 2 event saw numerous announcements from Facebook (FB) virtual reality subsidiary Oculus VR, including content deals with major media players as well as a $99 VR headset developed in conjunction with Samsung (SSNLF). CONTENT OFFERINGS: The virtual reality firm will be partnering with Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Lionsgate (LGF) to bring more than 100 films to the Oculus Store at launch. Additionally, Netflix (NFLX), Amazon's (AMZN), TiVo (TIVO), and Hulu -- the joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox, and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBCUniversal -- will be launching apps for the company's virtual reality products, bringing web TV and streaming content to early adopters of the new technology. MAINSTREAM DEVICE: Samsung joined with Oculus to reveal a new $99 "Gear VR" headset on Thursday. Standing in contrast to Oculus' own pricier devices, the Samsung headset will rely on the company's Galaxy line of smartphones to power its virtual reality experiences. Note that a major point of contention regarding the "blockbuster" potential -- or lack thereof -- of VR technology is whether consumers will be willing to pay upwards of $399 for the Oculus gadgets. Samsung's Gear VR tends more towards what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has called "medium immersion" devices, potentially allaying investor concern over adoption rates with its more attractive point of entry. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares closed higher by 0.5% and continued to rise in after-hours trading, up another 0.2%.
13:03 EDTAMZNEU investigates internet firms' online practices, Reuters reports
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11:21 EDTAMZNJury says Pendrell patents not infringed on by Samsung, Google products
Pendrell announced earlier, that on September 23, a jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found that certain claims of five digital rights management patents asserted by Pendrell (PCO) subsidiary, ContentGuard Holdings, against Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Google (GOOG) are valid, but that Samsung products and Google products accused in the lawsuit do not infringe the asserted patents. ContentGuard is assessing the jury's findings and evaluating its options to challenge the verdict. ContentGuard's claims against Samsung and Google are part of a larger lawsuit filed by ContentGuard against several companies that have not paid for a license to use ContentGuard's patented digital rights management solutions, including Apple (AAPL), DirecTV, HTC, Huawei and Motorola Mobility. The jury verdict does not impact ContentGuard's August 2015 settlement and license agreement with (AMZN); nor does ContentGuard believe the jury verdict will impact or delay ContentGuard's upcoming November trial against Apple. Shares of Pendrell are down 35.34% in morning trading.
09:03 EDTGMAlcoa completes expansion of Tennessee facility
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08:51 EDTAMZNCiti cuts Twitter estimates below consensus, drops target to $30
Citi analyst Mark May says his analysis indicates the consensus estimates for Twitter (TWTR) may be too high as they assume "meaningful increases" in monetization which he believes may prove difficult to realize. May cut his 2015, 2016 and 2017 earnings per share estimates for Twitter to 30c, 34c and 58c, respectively, well below the consensus estimates of 34c, 63c, and $1.03. He also cut his 2016 revenue estimate to 3% below the consensus. It will be difficult for the stock to achieve sustained multiple expansion until user growth accelerates and/or revenue growth stabilizes, May tells investors in a research note. He moved the stock to Citi's "High Risk" designation given Twitter's recent user trends and his belief that his estimates are unlikely to move up in the near-term. He keeps a Neutral rating on the name. May's top picks among U.S. Internet stocks remain Facebook (FB), (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY).
07:55 EDTGMVW scandal strengthens Marchionne's quest for consolidation, Bloomberg says
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06:59 EDTAMZNFacebook and Google more 'Yelp-like' than ever, says Northland
Northland analyst Darren Aftahi says Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and (AMZN) have recently added new features that focus on improved local search as well as tools enabling easier business-consumer communication. Facebook and Google are now more "Yelp-like" than ever, Aftahi tells investors in a research note. And while Apple's (AAPL) new "swipe right" feature could drive a near-term surge in Yelp (YELP) app downloads, it may translate into lower engagement on the Yelp app over longer term, the analyst argues. He remains cautious on Yelp's growth prospects and cut his price target for the stock to $17.75 from $21.50. Shares of the local business review site closed yesterday down 25c to $23.10. Aftahi has an Underperform rating on the stock, his firm's equivalent of a sell.
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