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January 31, 2014
12:15 EDTMPO, ZNGA, AMZN, GDOT, CMG, GOOG, N, WMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at the outset, but the averages have managed to cut their losses in half from that early low point. The market is approaching correction territory and investors may have tried to take advantage of stocks being beaten up to add to positions. With today's slide the market is putting the finishing touches on its first losing month since August. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income was reported to be flat in December, versus expectations for it to have grown 0.2%, though spending rose 0.4%, which was above the forecast for spending growth of 0.2%. Employment costs rose 0.5% during the fourth quarter, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. The Chicago ISM business barometer dropped to 59.6 in January from 60.8 in December, though that was a little better than analysts forecast for it to slip to 59.5. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell to 81.2 in the final January print, though that was close to expectations. In Europe, reports on the labor market and inflation suggested that the ECB will be under pressure to provide more monetary stimulus. The unemployment rate in the euro zone was 12% in December, unchanged since October after a revision of prior months’ data. The inflation rate came in at 0.7% in January, which is down from 0.8% in December and significantly lower than economists expected. The “core” rate excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco, rose to 0.8% in January from 0.7% in the prior month. COMPANY NEWS: The world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart (WMT), warned that its profits for its Holiday quarter and for the year may come in at or slightly below its prior view. The company said two factors contributed to its lower than expected comparable store sales performance in the U.S., namely a greater than expected impact from the government's changes to its nutrition assistance program and eight named winter storms that forced store closures and hurt traffic throughout the quarter. Despite the downbeat view, shares of the company were fractionally higher near noon... Shares of another retail giant, on-line retailer Amazon.com (AMZN), fell 9% after the company’s fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance fell short of analysts’ expectations. Despite earnings and revenue that came in below forecasts, analyst commentary was mostly positive this morning, as four separate research firms raised their respective price targets on Amazon... Google (GOOG) edged closer to $1,200 per share, rising almost 4% near noon after its quarterly report last night revealed profits that fell a bit short of expectations but revenues that exceeded the consensus estimate. Several firms ratcheted up their price targets on the search leader's shares after the report, with FBN Securities bumping its price target for Google to $1,400, citing the company's strong paid click growth and improving network revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zynga (ZNGA), which advanced 16% after the company reported a narrower-than-expected quarterly loss and said it expects to be profitable in 2014. The mobile game maker also announced a deal to acquire NaturalMotion for $527M and disclosed plans to cut 15% of its workforce. Also higher was Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which rose nearly 14% to be the S&P 500's biggest gainer after the Mexican restaurant chain reported fourth quarter revenue that beat estimates and comparable restaurant sales that increased 9.3%. Among the noteworthy losers following their quarterly reports were software provider NetSuite (N), down more than 7% near noon, and pre-paid debit card provider Green Dot (GDOT), which fell over 16%. Also lower was Midstates Petroleum (MPO), down 14% after analysts at Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Equal Weight from Overweight, citing the company's disappointing production guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 86.04, or 0.54%, to 15,762.57, the Nasdaq was down 9.38, or 0.23%, to 4,113.75, and the S&P 500 was down 5.32, or 0.30%, to 1,788.87.
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April 4, 2014
07:43 EDTGOOGBaidu market leading search share in China rose in March, Marbridge Daily says
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07:42 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $1.4 fine regarding StreetView worries in Italy, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTGOOGNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
07:25 EDTGOOGNational Press Club holds a meeting
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06:22 EDTGOOGNest Labs halts sales of smart smoke alarms
Nest Labs announced it is stopping sales of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a defect that can cause owners to inadvertently turn them off. The company says "At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave -- a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand -- could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this. We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update." Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year. Reference Link
06:01 EDTGOOGAcacia Research resolves action with Motorola Mobility
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April 3, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 3, 2014
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15:10 EDTGOOGVIX methodology for Google decreases 9.2% after 2-1 stock split
VIX methodology for Google (VXGOG) is recently down 9.2% to 28.56 after 2-1 stock split
12:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls through support, selling accelerates
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12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle considers wireless service in Fiber markets, The Information says
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10:38 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls, levels to watch
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle Class C shares begin trading today
Google (GOOG) is effectively splitting its stock via a dividend distribution of new "Class C" shares, which begin trading today. The price of existing Google A shares, which hold one vote each, is expected to fall by half today as the C shares begin trading. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In January, Google announced that its board approved a dividend of Class C shares to be distributed on April 2 to holders of record as of March 27. The new Class C shares will trade under the ticker "GOOG" and the company's existing Class A shares will trade under a new ticker, "GOOGL." The company has previously said that its Q1 GAAP EPS will be half of what it would otherwise report because its net earnings are divided by twice as many shares. The company also said that its non-GAAP EPS will be similarly affected by the Class C dividend issuance, but will also be impacted by the expected sale of Motorola Mobile to Lenovo (LNVGY). This sale triggers "discontinued operations" accounting treatment, Google noted. Both Google Class A and Class C will be included in the S&P 500 and S&P 100 and there will not be a switch from Class A to Class C. Class A shares will subsequently be removed from Nasdaq indexes when the exchange operator rebalances them on June 23. By introducing non-voting C shares, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be able to issue stock to compensate workers or make acquisitions without diluting their voting stake, Bloomberg has noted.
08:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com media revenue to benefit from Fire TV, says JMP Securities
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08:28 EDTWMTChecks indicate GameStop won't be threatened by Wal-Mart, says BB&T
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07:55 EDTAMZNNuance seems to be powering Amazon Fire TV voice search, says Wedbush
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07:50 EDTGOOGNew Google shares land in market, Bloomberg says
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07:25 EDTAMZNAudience voice processor used in FireTV, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says its research indicates the Amazon (AMZN) voice-activated FireTV uses Audience's (ADNC) latest generation voice processor. The company adds that a teardown of the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone reveals that Audience's latest voice processor is in the device as well. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on Audience shares with a $14.50 price target.
06:29 EDTGOOGTaiwan makers: Chromebook shipments in 2014 to reach 4M-5M units, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle could ship up to 11M Chromebooks worldwide by 2019, DigiTimes says
ABI Research believes Google could ship an estimated 11M Chromebooks in 2019 after shipping nearly 2.1M in 2013, reports DigiTimes. Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor said the device is a disruptive force to the portable PC market after finding the ASP to be $338. Reference Link
06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
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