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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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February 18, 2015
15:35 EDTWMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
15:15 EDTGOOGAngie's List could be more attractive to buyers given traction, says Barrington
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14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:55 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q4 EPS $1.46-$1.56, U.S. SSS flat to up 1%
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11:49 EDTGOOGFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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09:02 EDTAMZNAmazon says has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series
Amazon announced it has greenlit five new Amazon Original Series, including The Man in the High Castle, which is based on the Philip K. Dick alternative history novel; an hour-long dark comedy Mad Dogs; docu-series The New Yorker Presents; along with kids shows Just Add Magic, and The Stinky & Dirty Show.
08:43 EDTAMZNIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
Website holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), and e-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) are all see by analysts as potential candidates for breakups or spin-offs, according to Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
07:48 EDTGOOGYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital hiring for India expansion, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTGOOGApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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03:20 EDTNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 17, 2015
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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12:12 EDTGOOGAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
10:31 EDTGOOGApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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10:00 EDTNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Box, Inc. (BOX) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Omega Healthcare (OHI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Pattern Energy (PEGI) coverage resumed with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Trovagene (TROV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen.
09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTWMTDocument Security files patent infringement claims against Intel, others
DSS Technology Management, a subsidiary of Document Security (DSS), announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against the Intel (INTC); Dell; GameStop (GME); Conn's Inc. (CONN) and Conn Appliances; NEC Corporation of America; Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Wal-Mart Stores Texas, and AT&T (T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Intel, Dell, GameStop (GME), Conn's, NEC, Wal-Mart, and AT&T of US Patents 5,965,924 and 6,784,552, which relate to semiconductor manufacturing.
08:50 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Chinese YouTube channel for app developers, TechCrunch says
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05:35 EDTNNetSuite initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas
Target $87.
February 15, 2015
16:45 EDTAMZNFAA proposes new rules for commercial operation of drones in U.S
The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS, under 55 pounds, conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Publicly traded companies in the space include General Dynamics (GD), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), AeroVironment (AVAV), SAIC (SAIC), Textron (TXT), Amazon.com (AMZN) and GoPro (GPRO). Reference Link
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