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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTTWC, GOOGStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTGOOG, TWCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
14:28 EDTTWCCharter seeks talks with TWC about 'friendly' merger, Bloomberg reports
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14:14 EDTTWCTWC jumps after Bloomberg says Charter made approach
Shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) are moving higher after Bloomberg reported that Charter Communications (CHTR) has already reached out to the cable giant to discuss a potential merger. Shares of TWC are up $7.07 to $155.83 while Charter shares are up $2.48 to $186.06. Comcast (CMCSA) today ended its bid to acquire TWC due to regulatory concerns.
14:10 EDTTWCCharter approaching banks for TWC deal financing, Bloomberg reports
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13:13 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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12:53 EDTGOOGLuxottica says company working on new versions of Google Glass, Engadget says
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12:49 EDTGOOG, TWCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:16 EDTTWCTWC expected to want $170/share or more in deal, CNBC's Faber reports
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11:03 EDTTWCDISH says Comcast, TWC merger termination 'best possible outcome'
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10:00 EDTCVCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded at Raymond James... American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Broadridge (BR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Cablevision (CVC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Core Laboratories (CLB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Encore Wire (WIRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded on improved outlook at RBC Capital... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... TE Connectivity (TEL) upgraded on positive catalysts at SunTrust... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TriState Capital (TSC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Vipshop (VIPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum.
09:48 EDTTWCCharter unlikely to go hostile on Time Warner Cable, CNBC's Faber says
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09:37 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $672 from $632 at FBR Capital
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08:57 EDTTWCAG Holder says Comcast abandoning deal 'best outcome for American consumers'
Comcast (CMCSA) abandoned its plans to acquire Time Warner Cable (TWC) for approximately $45.2B after the Department of Justice informed the companies that it had significant concerns that the merger would make Comcast an unavoidable gatekeeper for Internet-based services that rely on a broadband connection to reach consumers, the DOJ announced. "The companies' decision to abandon this deal is the best outcome for American consumers," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "The Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice has demonstrated, time and again, that it can and will defend the interests of the American consumer no matter the complexity of the issue or the size of the opponent. This is a victory not only for the Department of Justice, but also for providers of content and streaming services who work to bring innovative products to consumers across America and around the world."
08:49 EDTTWCComcast CEO says may be room for more buyback after deal termination
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08:37 EDTTWCComcast up 0.5%, Time Warner Cable down 0.5% after confirming deals terminated
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08:36 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable CEO Marcus says company 'strong and getting stronger'
08:35 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable says company, Comcast 'mutually agreed' to terminate merger
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08:34 EDTTWCComcast CEO Roberts says 'excited for what's next'
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08:34 EDTTWCComcast: Merger with Time Warner Cable, deal with Charter terminated
08:33 EDTTWCComcast says 'structured deal so if government didn't agree, we could walk away'
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08:33 EDTTWCComcast says Time Warner Cable transaction has been terminated
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08:32 EDTTWCComcast says Time Warner Cable transaction has been terminated
07:55 EDTCVCCablevision upgraded to Hold from Sell at Brean Capital
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07:49 EDTGOOGGoogle results 'on balance positive,' says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $625 at Deutsche Bank
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07:18 EDTTWCCharter could buy Time Warner Cable, says RBC Capital
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07:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reported healthy Q1 results, says Cantor
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $650 from $600 JPMorgan
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06:16 EDTGOOGEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTTWCComcast faced intense scrutiny from FCC, DOJ in Time Warner Cable deal, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTTWCCharter's deal to buy Bright House 'off the table,' NY Post reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGHillspire acquires minority stake in D.E. Shaw group from Lehman Brothers
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April 23, 2015
19:41 EDTCVCCablevision announces 'cord cutter package,' includes option for HBO Now
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19:29 EDTGOOGGoogle sees increased viewership, ad views at YouTube
On its Q1 earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said, "Over the past year we've seen YouTube viewership climb dramatically, both in established markets but also due to rapid expansion in emerging markets. And quality improvements in TrueView ads mean that more users are, in fact, choosing not to skip them, increasing the overall ad view. So, this means that there is much higher volume of TrueView ads being seen, which has been a significant driver of year-over-year growth in numbers that you seeing inside clicks... Viewership in YouTube videos and TrueView ads are growing significantly, and YouTube's contribution to our advertising revenue continues to grow at a strong rate year-over-year." During the Q&A portion of the call, Pichette added, "In the last quarter, we've just seen a real acceleration at YouTube and that's why we thought it was important because we saw this change, from the fundamental kind of strong performance of YouTube." In after-hours trading, Google is up more than 3% to $564.00.
19:28 EDTTWCComcast to make statement about merger withdrawal Friday, Financial Times says
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19:16 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:49 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares up $3.52 to $551.42 after Q1 results
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle says Q1 revenue $795M higher at constant exchange rates
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16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 websites up 14% revenue $11.93B
Reports Q1 Google Network Members' websites revenue up 1% to $3.58B. Total advertising revenues were up 11% to $15.51B.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 Aggregate paid clicks up 13%
Reports Q1 Paid clicks on Google websites up 25% vs. last year, Paid clicks on Google Network Members' websites down 12%, Aggregate cost-per-click down 7%, Cost-per-click on Google websites down 13% and Cost-per-click on Google Network Members' websites up 2%.
16:01 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
15:41 EDTTWCFaber says Comcast to drop deal for Time Warner Cable, CNBC reports
CNBC's David Faber is confirming a similar report from Bloomberg earlier that said Comcast (CMCSA) plans to drop its plans to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC).
15:13 EDTCVCCablevision May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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15:12 EDTTWCComcast plans to give up on Time Warner Cable deal, Bloomberg reports
Comcast (CMCSA) plans to scrap its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) amid indications that the deal is unlikely to be approved by regulators, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. An announcement regarding the deal may come as soon as tomorrow, one of the people reportedly told Bloomberg. In afternoon trading, Comcast shares are up 2.4% to $60.15, Time Warner Cable shares are up 0.6% and shares of Charter (CHTR), which has expressed interest in buying TWC if the deal gets scrapped, are up 0.4% to $185.65. Reference Link
15:02 EDTTWCComcast said to plan final decision today on TWC deal, Blooomberg says
15:01 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable down 1% after Bloomberg says Comcast plans to drop deal
15:00 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTTWCComcast said to plan to give up on Time Warner Cable deal, Bloomberg says
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:20 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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13:01 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid another deluge of earnings reports. Stocks began the session in negative territory and have remained there through the morning before crossing into positive ground right near noon. The averages gapped up after making it back to the green, putting the Nasdaq back above the all-time closing record it achieved in 2000. A question for the afternoon will be whether the average can hold on to set a new all-time closing high fifteen years later. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims inched up 1K to 295K in the week ended April 18, versus the expected 287K first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell 1.5 points to 54.2 in April, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 55.7. New home sales dropped 11.4% to a 481K rate in March, versus expectations for a less severe 4.5% drop to a 515K rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) slid about 1% after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast (CMCSA). However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable shares, upgrading the stock this morning and saying that Charter (CHTR) would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast deal... Among members of the Dow that issued earnings reports this morning, Caterpillar (CAT) slid fractionally while 3M (MMM) and Procter & Gamble (PG) each fell about 2%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ARRIS (ARRS), which jumped 21% after the company agreed to acquire its competitor Pace for aggregate stock and cash consideration of $2.1B. Also higher following their earnings reports were Skechers (SKX), which rose nearly 13%, and Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), which gained 8.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was MobileIron (MOBL), which plunged 22% after the company warned of a Q1 revenue miss and announced the resignation of its CFO. Also lower following their earnings reports were Texas Instruments (TXN), which fell 7%, and General Motors (GM), which declined nearly 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 81.31, or 0.45%, to 18,119.58, the Nasdaq was up 22.69, or 0.45%, to 5,057.86, and the S&P 500 was up 10.32, or 0.49%, to 2,118.28.
10:12 EDTTWCCharter seen as white knight for Time Warner Cable if Comcast deal blocked
The shares of Time Warner Cable (TWC) are declining after The Wall Street Journal reported that the FCC's staff recommended a course of action that could derail the company's merger with Comcast (CMCSA). However, research firm Jefferies remained upbeat on Time Warner Cable shares, saying that Charter (CHTR) would probably buy the company if the government nixes the Comcast deal. WHAT'S NEW: The FCC's staff yesterday recommended that the agency allow an administrative law judge to decide whether Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable should be allowed to proceed, according to The Wall Street Journal. Such a move by the FCC would be seen as a strong sign that the agency does not believe that the takeover is in the public interest, the newspaper stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack upgraded time Warner Cable to Buy from Hold. Assuming the Comcast deal is going to close, Time Warner Cable's stock is worth $193, McCormack wrote. But, even in the unlikely event that the deal is not approved, Charter Communications is likely to step in and buy Time Warner Cable at a similar valuation as that which Comcast agreed to, McCormack predicted. An acquisition by Charter would face less regulatory risk than the Comcast deal, he added. Moreover, if the Comcast deal,is vetoed, Time Warner Cable could return up to $7B of cash to shareholders before holding talks with Charter, wrote the analyst, who set a $193 price target on Time Warner Cable. WHAT'S NOTABLE: John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Time Warner Cable slipped fractionally to $149.30, Comcast rose 2% to $60 and Charter gained 0.4% to $185.70.
09:18 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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07:29 EDTTWCJefferies ups Time Warner Cable to Buy, sees Charter as potential bidder
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:58 EDTTWCFCC staff recommends hearing on Comcast-TWC merger, WSJ reports
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05:37 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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April 22, 2015
13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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09:17 EDTGOOGAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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06:39 EDTTWCRegulators evaluating Comcast's track record, NY Times says
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06:25 EDTTWCFCC staff to meet with commissioners today on Comcast deal, Reuters reports
FCC staff is slated to brief the agency's commissioners later today on their review of Comcast's (CMCSA) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Reuters, which cited two unnamed sources. The staff is also slated to discuss its view of a $48B pending deal between AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), the news agency quoted one of the sources as saying. Reference Link
06:23 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable volatility up on uncertainty of completion of Comcast deal
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2015
15:04 EDTTWCHesse as reviewer may be Comcast 'worst-case scenario,' CT Financial says
Cleveland State University Law professor Christopher Sagers said that in some ways having Renata Hesse oversee the DOJ's review of the proposed merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) could be a “worst-case scenario” for the companies, citing her experience and reputation. If Comcast is seen as merging to thwart Time Warner Cable from launching an over-the-top streaming service, then "that’s virtually a horizontal merger" which would be a "very serious theory of harm," according to the professor. Reference Link
13:36 EDTTWCSenators urge rejection of potential Comcast, Time Warner merger, Reuters says
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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05:58 EDTGOOGEU's Vestager says has 'no grudge' against Google, Re/code reports
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading an antitrust lawsuit against Google, says she is not holding a grudge against the search giant, Re/code reports, citing comments made during a speech at the NYU School of Law. She commented that "We have made a statement of objection lining out our preliminary view on a certain conduct... This, as we see it, is a pretty straightforward case of consumer domination." Reference Link
April 20, 2015
11:10 EDTTWCStocks with call strike movement; TWC YAHOO
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10:29 EDTTWCOptions with increasing implied volatility: PNK PSEC TWC
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09:52 EDTTWCRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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08:21 EDTGOOGTesla almost sold to Google while near bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 26, June is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:04 EDTGOOGTesla CEO held talks to sell company to Google in 2013, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a new book due out May 19, entitled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
07:56 EDTTWCCharter would pursue Time Warner if Comcast deal blocked, says UBS
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07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle concerns bring buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle EU regulatory worries don't warrant a sell off, WSJ says
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06:39 EDTTWCDOJ lawyers leaning towards recommending block of Comcast deal, NY Times says
The Justice Department's staff lawyers are leaning towards recommending that Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) be blocked, according to The New York Times, which cited an unnamed source. Reference Link
05:47 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility movement; TWC CSX
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April 19, 2015
12:23 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable, Comcast set to meet with DoJ, WSJ says
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTTWC, GOOGStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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16:24 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The losses were broad based, with the S&P 500 losing 1% and the Dow and Nasdaq each sliding about 1.5%. There was little in the way of buying, as the number of declining stocks dwarfed the number of advancing stocks. Fears about Greece exiting the euro, steps taken by securities regulators in China and inflation data here at home were all pointed to as potential contributors to the down day in the market. The slide also coincided with the expiration of options, which can lead to volatility and heavy volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.2% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The "core" rate, excluding food and energy prices, rose 0.2%, as expected. The leading economic index rose 0.2% to 121.4 in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.3%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index jumped 2.9 points to 95.9 in the preliminary print for April, topping expectations for a 94.0 reading. In China, announcements by Chinese securities regulators, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges, and related bodies raised fears of a selloff in China. The China Securities Regulatory Commission imposed sanctions to try to control margin buying of stocks with borrowed money and the Securities Association of China said it will allow fund managers to lend stocks for short selling to increase the supply of shares. In Europe, strategists reportedly said a lack of progress in negotiations between Greece and its creditors had substantially increased the risk of Greece defaulting on its debt and even exiting the euro. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of both Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) dropped after Bloomberg, citing sources, reported that lawyers at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block the companies' proposed merger. Spokespeople for Comcast and TWC reportedly told Bloomberg they see "no basis" for a lawsuit to block the transaction. Comcast ended the day down $1.25, or 2.09%, to $58.42, while Time Warner Cable shares slid $8.59, or 5.43%, to $149.61... First the Wall Street Journal, then Bloomberg, reported that Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA) is internally discussing a potential takeover bid for Mylan (MYL). Shares of both moved higher following the reports, which Mylan responded to by stating that it is fully committed to its stand-alone strategy, including its proposal to acquire Perrigo (PRGO). Mylan Chairman Robert Coury said that rumors of potential interest from Teva have been "circulating for some time," but that such a combination is "without sound industrial logic or cultural fit" and would be unlikely to receive antitrust regulatory clearances. Coury added that Mylan's board would "carefully consider" a bid if any party makes an "actual offer" to acquire the company. Shares of General Electric (GE) reported a loss of $1.35 per share due to large charges related to its planned exit from the majority of its GE Capital business. Adjusting for special items, GE's operating earnings per share of 31c topped the consensus forecast by 1c. Additionally, GE said it has received "strong inbound interest" in its GE Capital assets following the company's April 10 investor update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Celanese (CE), which rose $9.04, or 15.55%, to $67.18, and Mattel (MAT), which advanced $1.48, or 5.84%, to $26.75. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were SerivceNow (NOW), which fell $9.55, or 11.53%, to $73.29, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped 29c, or 10.28%, to $2.58. INDEXES: The Dow declined 279.47, or 1.54%, to 17,826.30, the Nasdaq fell 75.98, or 1.52%, to 4,931.81, and the S&P 500 dropped 23.81, or 1.13%, to 2,081.18.
15:28 EDTCVC, TWCCable stocks should be bought on weakness, says FBN Securities
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14:46 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable says no indication from DOJ that lawyer leaning against deal
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14:09 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable options active on report says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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14:06 EDTTWCDOJ lawyers leaning toward suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
Lawyers at the Justice Department’s antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block Comcast’s (CMCSA) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Staff attorneys could submit their review to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, as soon as next week, the report added. John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. Shares of Comcast are down 2.6% to $58.11 in afternoon trading after Bloomberg's report, while Time Warner Cable shares are down 5.6% to $149.30. Reference Link
14:00 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable drops 5.5% after Bloomberg says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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13:57 EDTTWCDOJ close to recommending suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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11:20 EDTGOOGGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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07:58 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, May is at 26, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:15 EDTGOOGYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to improve how users view mobile search results
Google announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a fix to improve how people view mobile search results. The company said it is updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results "to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format." Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGEconomists warn of uphill battle in case against Google, Financial Times says
Economists believe that the European Commission will have an uphill battle in proving that Google's practices have harmed consumers, reports the Financial Times. Although the antitrust case is enjoying broad political support across Europe and among Google's rivals, economics professors have said “proving a company has engaged in exclusionary practices is not an easy task. This is an area of competition where it is difficult to adopt simple rules and where each case is often a special one.” Reference Link
April 16, 2015
19:37 EDTGOOGGoogle plans $1B investment in Iowa data center, Des Moines Register says
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06:08 EDTGOOGMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
18:36 EDTTWCNetflix CEO says company looking for FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner deal
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings reiterated that the FCC should block the Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. Comment provided during Q1 earnings interview.
16:27 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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12:38 EDTGOOGAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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12:30 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:48 EDTGOOGGoogle 'strongly' disagrees with EU Statement of Objections
In a blog post from earlier, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said, in part: "We’ve seen similar allegations of harm from competitors in other areas. And the European Commission today confirmed that it is sending Google a Statement of Objections,SO, regarding the display and ranking of shopping results...While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways -- and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark. Any economist would say that you typically do not see a ton of innovation, new entrants or investment in sectors where competition is stagnating -- or dominated by one player. Yet that is exactly what’s happening in our world. Zalando, the German shopping site, went public in 2014 in one of Europe’s biggest-ever tech IPOs. Companies like Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon have been investing in their own search services and search engines like Quixey, DuckDuckGo and Qwant have attracted new funding. We’re seeing innovation in voice search and the rise of search assistants -- with even more to come. It’s why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead." Reference Link
10:36 EDTTWCBofA/Merrill U.S. credit analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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10:27 EDTGOOGEU unlikely to force structural changes to Google Search, says Baird
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle's wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi,' Android Police says
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU sends statement of objections to Google on comparison shopping service
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06:23 EDTGOOGEU opens formal investigation against Google regarding Android mobile OS
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06:18 EDTGOOGApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
20:00 EDTGOOGGoogle says EU likely to open formal investigation into Android, Re/code says
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18:27 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to allow advertisers to target pre-existing customers, WSJ says
Google is in talks with advertisers to gain access to their customer information, allowing Google to target ads to pre-existing customers of a given company, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The new ads may be launched later this year or in early 2016, said the sources. Reference Link
15:45 EDTGOOGEU decides to charge Google with antitrust violations, WSJ says
European antitrust head Margrethe Vestager has decided to file formal antitrust charges against Google, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the decision will be announced Wednesday and was made after consulting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Journal notes that fines may theoretically exceed $6B.Reference Link
15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
11:16 EDTGOOGCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
April 13, 2015
19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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08:56 EDTTWCCPUC Commissioner asking for Comcast deal to be rejected, CT Financial News says
California Public Utilities Commissioner Mike Florio filed an alternate proposed decision on the planned merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) that, in effect, asks the other four commissioners to reject a preliminary approval of the merger issued by a CPUC administrative law that included 25 conditions that Comcast must agree to in order to secure the pact, said CT Financial News. Reference Link
08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:22 EDTTWCWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
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