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November 28, 2014
11:08 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; NFX RIG
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09:40 EDTRIGActive equity options trading
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07:36 EDTBPExxon Mobil volatility increase into OPEC meeting
Exxon Mobil overall option implied volatility of 19 is above its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement.
06:23 EDTBPOPEC maintains production level to restore 'market equilibrium'
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a press release following its meeting yesterday, "Recording its concern over the rapid decline in oil prices in recent months, the Conference concurred that stable oil prices – at a level which did not affect global economic growth but which, at the same time, allowed producers to receive a decent income and to invest to meet future demand – were vital for world economic wellbeing. Accordingly, in the interest of restoring market equilibrium, the Conference decided to maintain the production level of 30.0 mb/d, as was agreed in December 2011. As always, in taking this decision, Member Countries confirmed their readiness to respond to developments which could have an adverse impact on the maintenance of an orderly and balanced oil market." Publicly traded companies in the refining space include Delek US (DK), HollyFrontier (HFC), Marathon Petroleum (MPC), Phillips 66 (PSX), Tesoro (TSO), Valero (VLO) and Western Refining (WNR). Publicly traded companies in the oil space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Stocks globally are trading lower Friday following OPEC's decision.
06:18 EDTGOOGEuropean Parliament vote calls on regulators to consider Google break-up
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06:06 EDTRIGStocks with implied volatility movement; RIG BRCM
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November 27, 2014
10:25 EDTBPOPEC decided not to cut oil production, CNBC reports
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November 26, 2014
16:01 EDTRIGOptions Update; November 26, 2014
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12:34 EDTGOOGApple Pay competitor to reportedly launch in China, WantChinaTimes says
China UnionPay, the largest issuer of credit and debit cards in China, is promoting a mobile payment system for smartphones that use Google's (GOOG) Android operating system, China Business News reported, according to WantChinaTimes. The service will use NFC technology like Apple;'s (AAPL) Apple Pay, and launch in the third quarter of 2015, WantChina Times quoted the China Business News article as saying. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Broadcom (BRCM) manufacture NFC chips. Reference Link
11:33 EDTRIGTransocean falls to multi-year lows, levels to watch
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10:52 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG NOV
Transocean (RIG) May 30 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 44, National Oilwell (NOV) November 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 80 according to IVolatility.
06:42 EDTBPSaudis unlikely to seek oil output changes, Reuters reports
Saudi Arabia indicated today that it probably won't seek major changes in OPEC's oil output during the group's meeting this week, according to Reuters. The oil market should "stabilize itself" eventually, the news service quoted Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi. as saying OPEC members Venezuela and Iraq have called for output cuts, while non-OPEC member Russia said it would not reduce production, the news service stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT).Reference Link
November 25, 2014
14:29 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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13:16 EDTGOOGAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
13:01 EDTBPOPEC leans toward compromise to cut supplies, WSJ says
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11:10 EDTGOOGWorldwide tablet growth expected to slow to 7.2% in 2014, IDC says
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device lifecycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones. "The tablet market continues to be impacted by a few major trends happening in relevant markets," said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Device Trackers. "In the early stages of the tablet market, device lifecycles were expected to resemble those of smartphones, with replacement occurring every 2-3 years. What has played out instead is that many tablet owners are holding onto their devices for more than 3 years and in some instances more than 4 years. We believe the two major drivers for longer than expected tablet lifecycles are legacy software support for older products, especially within iOS, and the increased use of smartphones for a variety of computing tasks." Publicly traded companies in the space include Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (BKS). Reference Link
10:16 EDTGOOGYahoo seeks to replace Google when Apple deal ends next year, Information says
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November 24, 2014
13:53 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Google will buy GoPro in 2015, Wareable reports
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08:53 EDTGOOGEU lawmakers to vote Thursday on motion proposing Google breakup, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle may plan to shut down Glass Basecamps, 9to5Google reports
Google may plan to shut down its Glass Basecamps, reports 9to5Google. Citing a post on Google+ by Glass Exporer Spencer Kleyweg, the company is no longer accepting scheduled appointments to Glass support hubs. The shudown apparently affects all four of its basecamps, located in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London. Reference Link
November 23, 2014
19:12 EDTBPIran may suggest 1M barrel a day cut at OPEC meeting, Bloomberg says
According to media reports in Iran, the Iranian oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh may speak with Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi on the sidelines of the OPEC meeting in Vienna this week to propose that OPEC cut its output target by as much as 1 million barrels a day, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
November 21, 2014
13:45 EDTGOOGEuropean parliament poised to call for Google break-up, FT reports
Germany’s Günther Oettinger has raised significant concerns about Google's power since his nomination to be the EU’s digital commissioner, and a new European parliament draft motion says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
12:49 EDTGOOGGoogle to let users pay to avoid web ads
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06:08 EDTGOOGFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTGOOGGoogle loss of Mozilla unlikely to have material impact, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Google's (GOOGL) loss of Mozilla as an affiliate to Yahoo (YHOO) will unlikely have a material impact on revenue and said EBITDA will only be impacted by .2%-.5%. Shares are Outperform rated with a $722 price target, down from $723 due to an error in a previous note.
06:48 EDTGOOGNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:28 EDTGOOGBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
November 19, 2014
14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires iOS prototyping tool maker RelativeWave
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11:22 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch app store in China, The Information reports
Google intends to reverse its prior policy and distribute a version of its Google Play app store with phone makers and other potential partners in China, according to The Information, citing several people with knowledge of the company’s plans. Reference Link
10:39 EDTRIGTransocean mentioned as short idea by Parus' Chatin, Bloomberg reports
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10:29 EDTGOOGGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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09:57 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:38 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
08:02 EDTGOOGApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:35 EDTCARBarclays to hold a conference
Global Automotive Conference is being held in New York on November 19-20.
November 18, 2014
18:26 EDTBPKeystone pipeline legislation voted down by U.S. Senate
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16:20 EDTRIGTransocean provides fleet update summary
Transocean issued a monthly Fleet Update Summary which includes new contracts, changes to existing contracts, and changes in estimated planned out-of-service time of 15 or more days since October 15. The total value of new contracts since the October 15, 2014 Fleet Status Report is approximately $83M.
09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's Q4 gross ad revenues tracking slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Google's Q4 gross ad revenue is tracking to $16.35B vs. consensus of $16.29B.
07:29 EDTCARDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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06:08 EDTGOOGIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 17, 2014
11:15 EDTBPBP to invest $200M to upgrade U.S., Belgian petrochemical plants
BP announced that it plans to invest over $200M to upgrade its purified terephthalic acid plants at Cooper River, South Carolina and Geel, Belgium. The investments will position these assets amongst the most efficient PTA manufacturing facilities in the world. Reference Link
09:39 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 19 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:12 EDTRIGBloomberg / Mayer Brown to co-host a conference
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06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:52 EDTBPGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:53 EDTRIGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
11:28 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; RIG GME
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06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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05:58 EDTBPLawsuit accuses BP of overcharging California agencies for natural gas, AP says
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