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February 21, 2013
06:04 EDTIBM, BKW, PHM, TOL, YUM, MCD, DHI, MSFT, DPZ, WFC, KB, GOOGOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fed officials are split over an early retreat from the experimental programs created to revive the U.S. economy as minutes released from the Fed's January policy meeting show officials concerned that the current easy-money policies could lead to excessive risk-taking and instability in financial markets, the Wall Street Journal reports...Google (GOOG) has developed the first touchscreen laptops powered by its Chrome operating system to be sold later this year, sources say, as the company tries to go against Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. builders (TOL, KB, DHI, PHM) broke ground on fewer homes last month but a jump in permits for future construction to a four and a half year high indicated the housing market recovery remains on track. Another report showed wholesale prices increased in January for the first time in four months, Reuters reports...The Volcker Rule is expected to be finalized as soon as this year. Major banks are already pulling back from private equity investments ahead of the rules. But not Wells Fargo (WFC). The bank invests in buyouts and venture capital deals largely on its own, with capital only from Wells Fargo itself and some employees. By avoiding equity from outside investors, the bank is considered to be engaging in "merchant banking," likely to be exempt under the new rule, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Americans are eating less fast food and pizza (MCD, BKW, DPZ, YUM). Adults consumed an average of 11.3% of their daily calories from fast food in 2007-2010, a decline from 12.8% in 2003-2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, Bloomberg reports...IBM (IBM) plans to release a prototype next year of an alternative rechargeable lithium-ion battery it calls “lithium air” that would mark a step forward by packing in more storage capacity. Finding a solution to the shortcomings of batteries has the potential to revolutionize everything from transportation to hand-held gadgets, Bloomberg reports.
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May 15, 2015
17:08 EDTDHI, PHMSoros Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:32 EDTWFC, IBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
16:28 EDTGOOGAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:01 EDTMSFT, MCDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
12:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's call activity attributed to activist speculation
McDonald's May 97.5 and 98 calls are active eon total call volume of 56K (4K puts) on activist speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 18, May weekly is at 17, June is at 18, September is at 19; compared to 90-day average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
12:13 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
12:07 EDTYUMThird Point reports new stakes in Yum! Brands, FedEx, McKesson
11:09 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's move higher attributed to activist speculation
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10:01 EDTTOL, PHMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:50 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Toll Brothers to Outperform and reduced its price target to $41 from $45 citing lack of catalysts to propel shares higher and valuation.
08:46 EDTGOOGMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:35 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTGOOGGoogle's self-driving cars to roll out in California this summer, Re/code says
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06:47 EDTYUMYum! Brands upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Yum! Brands to Overweight saying it believes a spin-off of China and levering up of the franchise business has moved from a "possibility" to a "probability." After attending the Yum China investor conference, the firm thinks the company is now welcome to ideas that can drive short and long term shareholder value. It raised its price target for the stock to $108 from $83.
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass team may be focusing on multiple wearable products, BI reports
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06:03 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
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