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January 31, 2014
12:15 EDTGOOG, AMZN, WMT, CMG, ZNGA, N, GDOT, 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.
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August 21, 2014
12:24 EDTAMZNAmazon.com hired workers for drone delivery program, TechCrunch says
Amazon has hired several technical workers for its Amazon Prime Air project, which involves attempting to set up a program to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less using drones, according to TechCrunch. Among the employees that Amazon has hired for the project are former aerospace engineers, a NASA astronaut, a number of Microsoft researchers and Bing engineers, and the co-founder of Keyhole, the original developer of Google Earth, TechCrunch stated. Reference Link
10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:03 EDTCMGChipotle Q3 comps accelerating, says Cleveland Research
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06:21 EDTGOOGGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle unit leads $100M infusion in Thumbtack, WSJ reports
Google's Google Capital unit is leading a $100M funding round in Thumbtack, a services marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment, which also includes Tiger Global Management and Sequoia Capital, values Thumbtack at over $800M. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
August 20, 2014
13:46 EDTGOOGVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
09:24 EDTGOOGVringo intends to seek en banc review of decision in I/P Engine case
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. intends to file a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seeking en banc review of the split appellate decision in its case against AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG) et al. that issued on August 15 and reversed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Under the Federal Circuit's rules, I/P Engine's petition for en banc review is due on September 15. I/P Engine has filed an unopposed motion seeking a 30-day extension, which would make its petition due October 15. Upon receiving the requested extension, I/P Engine may file the petition on or anytime prior to October 15.
08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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07:01 EDTGOOGGarmin introduces first Android-based fleet navigators
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06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:36 EDTGOOGIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
15:54 EDTMPOEnerCom to hold a conference
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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05:52 EDTZNGAStocks with implied volatility movement; GTAT ZNGA
Stocks with implied volatility movement; GT Advanced (GTAT) 76, Zynga (ZNGA) 52 according to iVolatility.
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