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January 4, 2013
14:33 EDTBP, CAR, RIG, GOOG, ZIPMarket set for strong weekly gain after lawmakers avoid cliff
Stocks surged this week after Congress passed a law that enabled the country to avert the fiscal cliff for now. The deal increased taxes on dividends and capital gains by relatively small amounts, but pushed off the debate on the debt ceiling and sequestration... MACRO NEWS: Congress passed and the president signed a bill that averted the fiscal cliff for at least a couple of months. The Fed, however, rattled investors a bit after the central bank's minutes revealed that several Fed members want it to slow or stop asset purchases later this year... The U.S. economy added 155,000 non-farm jobs last month, roughly in-line with economists' estimates... HSBC's December purchasing managers' index for China came in at 51.5, a 19 month high. The reading led to increased speculation that the Chinese economy is rebounding... COMPANY NEWS: The FTC concluded its investigation of Google's (GOOG) businesses practices and decided not to force the tech giant to make major changes to its search results. Google, however, will have to make it easier for its customers to advertise on other websites. In addition, companies will be able to prevent some of their content from appearing on Google's websites... Avis (CAR) bought Zipcar (ZIP) for $12.25 per share in cash, or about $500M... Transocean (RIG) announced that it would pay $1.4B as part of a settlement of its liability arising from the 2010 oil spill at BP's (BP) Macondo well.
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November 12, 2014
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
November 11, 2014
15:59 EDTGOOGYouTube strikes music deals, paving way for streaming service, FT says
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13:55 EDTGOOGYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
13:38 EDTGOOGNew European antitrust chief needs time to resolve Google probe, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Google Fiber for small businesses
Google announced that it had launched a high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, for small businesses in select areas of Kansas City. Google will charge $100 per month for the service.
09:00 EDTBPBP, Total exploration efforts undeterred by $80 per barrel oil, Bloomberg says
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07:49 EDTRIGTransocean needs to reduce or end its dividend, says UBS
UBS noted offshore conditions continue to weaken as oil prices dampens rig demand to anemic levels. The firm believes Transocean needs to eliminate or materially reduce its dividend to weather the cyclical downturn, which could last an estimated 1-3 years. UBS maintains its Neutral rating and lowers its price target to $28 from $38 on Transocean shares.
06:13 EDTRIGTransocean says 'market pause' has evolved into 'cyclical downturn'
On its Q3 earnings conference call, Transocean CEO Steve Newman said that the "market pause" has evolved into a "cycnical downturn." He commented that the industry has been through these downturns before and "Transocean is well positioned to managed through this one." Newman also said the decline in oil prices observed over the last three months could "temporarily exacerbate" the offshore rig supply imbalance that has already resulted in day rate and utilization pressures and potentially delay the cyclical recovery. Newman said his long-term bullish view of offshore drilling remains "intact."
November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTBPWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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10:04 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:40 EDTBPBP to invest $240M in two new exploration blocks in Egypt
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09:20 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:25 EDTBPBP downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
05:35 EDTRIGTransocean reports Q3 net ss attributable to controlling interest was $2.22B
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05:25 EDTRIGTransocean reports Q3 adjusted EPS 96c, consensus 83c
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