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February 16, 2012
12:22 EDTNTAP, SJM, GM, NILE, AMZN, AEA, TRW, HDY, ITRIOn 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... Amazon.com (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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March 23, 2015
16:33 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker completes acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands
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16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
16:00 EDTAMZNAmazon adds Pandora-like stations to Prime Music app, The Verge reports
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11:11 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 74, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:11 EDTAMZNAmazon 'Unlocked' to give away paid apps, TechCrunch says
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08:53 EDTAMZNAmazon VP and General Manager of Payments departs, TechCrunch says
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08:13 EDTAMZNPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:37 EDTGMVolkswagen to cut at least 150 workers at Russian plant, Reuters reports
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06:40 EDTNTAPEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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05:55 EDTAMZNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN CELG
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:01 EDTGMStifel says evidence supports Apple moving into electric vehicles
Analysts at Stifel say they see enough evidence to suggest that Apple is internally working on the development of a battery electric vehicle to be sold over the next five-to-ten years. The analysts are "intrigued" by Apple CFO Luca Maestri's background at General Motors (GM). They believe Apple's investments in manufacturing should be a key consideration for investors and point out the $40B spent by the iPhone maker over the past five years, with 80%-plus invested in manufacturing, is similar to GM, Ford (F) and Daimler-Benz and well above Tesla's $1.8B cumulative capex. The analysts say there is a "lot to think about" regarding Apple's move into the car space, including the regulatory environment. They keep a Buy rating on the tech giant with a $150 price target. Shares of Apple closed yesterday down 97c to $127.50.
06:22 EDTGMGM CEO to be questioned October 8 over ignition failures, AP says
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March 19, 2015
16:31 EDTAMZNAmazon Logistics UAS gets experimental airworthiness certificate
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05:53 EDTAMZNAmazon plans to shut down Shopify rival Amazon Webstore, Re/code reports
Amazon is planning to shut down Amazon Webstore, its competitor to Shopify and Bigcommerce, Re/code reports, citing sources. The company will allow its Webstore customers over a year to find a new vendor before the service is fully shut down, the sources say. Reference Link
05:30 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands Prime Now delivery to Baltimore and Miami
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March 18, 2015
08:37 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to change business model in Russia
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08:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors says to idle auto plant in St. Petersburg
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