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January 31, 2014
12:15 EDTZNGA, AMZN, GDOT, CMG, GOOG, N, WMT, MPOOn 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.
News For GOOG;AMZN;WMT;CMG;ZNGA;N;GDOT;MPO From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
06:16 EDTCMGFast food chains making new push with more fresh ingredients, WSJ says
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06:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 23 at upper end of index
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06:02 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 17, 2015
19:54 EDTGOOGComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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19:00 EDTGOOGGoogle targets 2016 U.S. launch for modular smartphone project
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16:53 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:14 EDTGOOGParkway Properties signs deal to bring Google Fiber to certain properties
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15:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart August 72 straddle priced for 3.6% movement into Q2
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14:48 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Wal-Mart August call option implied volatility is at 41, September is at 23, October is at 20; compared to its 52-week range of 10 to 21 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 18.
12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart down more than 9% over last three months
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle says testing Project Sunroof
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11:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's Jay Carney defends company, CBS News reports
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09:56 EDTAMZNLiberty Interactive CEO says to stay 'far away' from Amazon's business model
07:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart dividend and valuation provides support, says Baird
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart coverage transitioned with an Overweight at Stephens
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06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon's Bezos "doesn't recognize" NYT's Amazon, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's uses harsh workplace practices to reach creative goals, NYT says
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06:09 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO hails U.K.'s approach to drones, FT reports
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06:03 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 38, Google (GOOG) 23 according to iVolatility.
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