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April 11, 2014
17:09 EDTWFC, EBAY, GM, JPMStocks tumble as investors remain skittish
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower in a choppy week of trade that saw sellers take control in the week's final two sessions. The Nasdaq, which has been leading the market lower over the last few weeks of trade, was the week's laggard, with the tech index logging its first close below 4,000 since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., economic data came in a bit better than expected, with initial jobless claims reported at 300,000, less than expectations for 320,000 and lower than the prior month's revised reading of 332,000. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April reading, better than March's 80.0... On Wednesday, the minutes from the FOMC's latest meeting were released, indicating that some Committee members were concerned that its new forward guidance could imply a change in its policy intentions. The Committee also said the severe winter weather in much of the U.S. held down economic activity early in the year, and said international developments, including those in China and Ukraine, bear watching... China's imports fell 11.3% from the prior month, sharply lower than expectations for expansion of 3.9%, with the world's second largest economy also reporting exports that fell 6.5% against estimates for a 4.8% increase. COMPANY NEWS: General Motors (GM) was again in the news this week, with the carmaker on Thursday placing two engineers on paid leave as part of its investigation into the circumstances leading to recall of more than 2.6M vehicles due to ignition defects. Later that same day, the company said it expects to take a $1.3 billion charge in the first quarter on recall-related repairs. Late in the session on Friday, a trove of documents were released by the the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, which indicated, among other things, that CEO Mary Barra knew in 2011 about the company's handling of Saturn and Chevrolet models being probed by the NHTSA related to defects... Banking giants Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan (JPM) reported earnings Friday morning, with Wells' results beating expectations while JPMorgan missed estimates... eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn agreed to settle their proxy fight, with Icahn agreeing to withdraw his proposal for eBay to spin-off its PayPal unit. INDEXES: The Dow lost 2.4% to 16,026.75, the S&P 500 lost 2.6% to 1,815.69, and the Nasdaq lost 3.1% to 3,999.73.
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTGMJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:35 EDTJPMVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:45 EDTEBAYSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:30 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded on valuation at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel downgraded eBay to Hold from Buy. The firm downgraded the stock on valuation.
06:19 EDTEBAYSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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July 20, 2015
19:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:24 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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16:22 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:46 EDTEBAYAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:14 EDTEBAYeBay acquires online clothing resale store Twice, TechCrunch reports
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13:03 EDTWFC, JPMFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:16 EDTGMHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
12:08 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
09:31 EDTEBAYPayPal completes separation from eBay
PayPal Holdings (PYPL) has completed its separation from eBay (EBAY) and is now an independent public company trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol “PYPL.” PayPal is well-positioned to deliver the benefits of digital money to people around the world. In 2014, PayPal processed $235B in total payment volume and generated more than $8B in revenues. Also last year, PayPal processed $46B in mobile payment volume. The company serves more than 169M active customer accounts in 203 markets around the world. Under the terms of the separation, on July 17, 2015, stockholders who held eBay common stock at the close of business on July 8, 2015 received a distribution of one PayPal common share for every one share of eBay common stock held as of the Record Date. No fractional shares of PayPal were distributed.
08:34 EDTEBAYeBay price target adjusted to $33 following PayPal spin-off at Baird
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan boosts Spanish bond holdings amid Greek deal, Bloomberg says
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06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTWFC, JPMFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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18:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan agrees to pay $388M in mortgage-backed securities case, Reuters says
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