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January 4, 2013
14:33 EDTZIP, BP, CAR, RIG, GOOGMarket 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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December 5, 2014
06:03 EDTGOOGiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
December 4, 2014
11:38 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG GPRO
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11:10 EDTGOOGNetwork-1 Technologies initiates 2nd patent litigation against Google, YouTube
Network-1 Technologies (NTIP) announced it has initiated its second patent litigation against Google (GOOG) and YouTube in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York for infringement of its newly issued patent relating to the identification and tagging of media content. The patent being asserted is U.S. Patent No. 8,904,464. The lawsuit alleges that Google and YouTube have infringed and continue to infringe by making, using, selling and offering to sell unlicensed systems and products and services related thereto, which include YouTube's Content ID system.
10:08 EDTCAROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:07 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTGOOGProposed U.K. tax hike would hit tech companies, NY Times says
The British government has proposed a 25% tax on the U.K. profits of international companies, according to The New York Times. The tax would hit tech giants like Google (GOOG) which use complex loopholes to reduce their taxes, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:27 EDTCARAvis Budget initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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December 3, 2014
19:41 EDTGOOGGoogle to challenge Microsoft in workplace software, WSJ reports
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16:11 EDTGOOGChannelAdvisor customers SSS up 20.6% over Thanksgiving weekend
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16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; December 3, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 45c to 26.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX C GILD RIG ABX according to Track Data.
12:33 EDTBPOil producers to push agenda in DC next year, Politico says
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10:00 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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08:04 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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08:03 EDTRIGCAMAC announces additional drilling rig for Offshore Nigeria
CAMAC Energy (CAK) announced that it has signed a contract with a subsidiary of Transocean (RIG) for the provision of the semi-submersible drilling unit Sedco Express for drilling and completion activities offshore Nigeria. The contract allows for the drilling or completion of up to three wells, and CAMAC intends to use the rig to accelerate timing of the tie-in of production from the Oyo-7 and Oyo-8 development wells. With the ability to drill a third well, and an option to extend the contract, the company is also considering using the rig to accelerate its 2015 exploration drilling program. The Sedco Express is an ultra deepwater, semi-submersible drilling rig built in 2000, and is already within close proximity of the Oyo Field in OML 120. The Company’s other rig, the drillship Energy Searcher, will continue the plugging and abandonment operations on the Oyo-5 and Oyo-6 wells.
07:35 EDTRIGTransocean assumed with a Hold at Jefferies
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07:27 EDTBPBP volatility at upper end of 30-month range
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06:04 EDTBPAnalysts cynical of BP, Shell merger rumor, CNBC reports
Rumors of a Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) takeover of BP (BP) surfaced yesterday amid the low oil price environment, but several analysts are "extremely cynical" about the prospects of a deal, CNBC reports. Reference Link
05:28 EDTGOOGTarget announces partnership with Google
Target (TGT) announced it is partnering with Google (GOOG) on the latest Art, Copy & Code project – an interactive, in-store mobile experience designed to delight Target guests of all ages this holiday season. Bullseye’s Playground is a mobile game experience that features Target’s bull terrier mascot Bullseye and other characters. In select Target stores, guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Bullseye’s Playground using Google’s new Project Tango Development Tablet that will transform the store into a 3D winter playground.
05:14 EDTBPBP upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays upgraded BP to Overweight saying the company has an opportunity to lower its cost base and should benefit in 2015 from upstream start-ups and a full Whiting contribution.
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