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July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTFB, BACOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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12:22 EDTMS, BAC, JPMBrazil investigates banks for exchange rate manipulation
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12:16 EDTFBTwitter gets a moderate bump on Re/code story of Facebook interest
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11:51 EDTFBFacebook declines comment on Twitter report, Fox Business reports
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11:06 EDTFBFacebook said to be once again mulling Twitter acquisiton, Re/code says
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:20 EDTJPMJP Morgan July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
JP Morgan July call option implied volatility is at 22, August is at 19, October is at 18; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 28, suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 14.
06:44 EDTFBFacebook holds talks with major labels to 'get into music', The Verge reports
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July 1, 2015
19:23 EDTBABoeing raises cost of commercial jets due to wages, materials, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTBAC, FBOptions Update; July 1, 2015
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13:23 EDTFBFacebook to offer revenue split for content creators, Re/code says
As it continues competing with Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Facebook (FB) will begin offering video content creators 55% of the revenue from ads played alongside videos, reports Re/code. In an interview, Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose told Re/code that "a lot of [partners] have said this will be a big motivation to start publishing a lot more video content to Facebook." As part of the revenue-sharing move, Facebook will also be testing a "Suggested Videos" feature, a video-only news feed that uses an algorithm to personalize its content for each user. Reference Link
12:19 EDTJPMBlackstone, JPMorgan among giants interested in Worldpay, Sky News says
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09:33 EDTFB, BAC, JPMActive equity options trading on open
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08:40 EDTFBBofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
07:57 EDTBAC, MS, GS, JPMU.S. banks not facing significant direct losses on Greek default, WSJ says
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07:52 EDTJPMCommerzbank sells portfolios of CRE loans totaling EUR2.9B to JPMorgan, Oaktree
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07:23 EDTBAExport/Import Bank fate won't signficantly impact Boeing, says Wells Fargo
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06:59 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $92 at Cantor
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June 30, 2015
17:28 EDTBABoeing awarded $358.94M government contract
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16:01 EDTJPM, BACOptions Update; June 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 18c to 20.14. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMD TWTR BAC JPM
12:33 EDTGSGoldman Sachs charged by SEC for violating market access rule
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12:32 EDTFBFacebook increases options to video ads payment structure, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTFBFacebook at test of support, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTBABoeing, Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests
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09:35 EDTBAC, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GILD BABA BAC MU WYNN MSFT NFLX
07:08 EDTFBGoogle apps take up nearly as much user time as Facebook’s apps, WSJ says
A study released by Forrester Research suggests that U.S. smartphone users in late 2014 spent roughly 12% of their time in Google (GOOG) apps, just below the 13% spent on Facebook (FB) apps, the Wall Street Journal reports. The time spent on Google apps is likely to be “much higher” since respondents were only asked to list apps they downloaded and the time spent on them, excluding apps pre-loaded on certain Google phones, the report says. The same is true of Apple’s (AAPL) apps, amounting to 3% of users time, the report says. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
16:00 EDTJPM, BAC, FBOptions Update; June 29, 2015
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10:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley looks to expand bond trading unit, WSJ says
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10:09 EDTJPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Assured Guaranty (AGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Capital Bank (CBF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First BanCorp (FBP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Hold at Jefferies following spin-off... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... KYTHERA (KYTH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Macy's (M) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MarketAxess (MKTX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nutrisystem (NTRI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Park Sterling Bank (PSTB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Popular (BPOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho.
09:35 EDTFB, BACActive equity options trading on open
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07:45 EDTJPMJPMorgan downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded JPMorgan based on valuation.
07:13 EDTFBGoogle, Facebook competing heavily in video market, NY Post says
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June 28, 2015
16:42 EDTGSGoldman Sachs will look to other countries if Britain leaves EU, Reuters says
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15:16 EDTBAIncoming Boeing CEO to address 'looming' China challenge, WSJ says
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13:23 EDTBABoeing shares 'will soar' under new CEO, Barron's says
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12:47 EDTFBTech sector earnings 'melt away' when accounting for stock comp, Barron's says
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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTBAStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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16:00 EDTFB, BACOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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13:51 EDTFBFacebook updates iPhone app, making it easier to find, share links
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTMSLittleBits raises $44.2M in funding from group including Morgan Stanley
Hardware startup LittleBits Electronics announced $44.2M in new funding to further fuel its growth. This additional funding round was led by DFJ Growth ­with additional participation from new investors Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners​, Grishin Robotics and Wamda Capital, among others.
07:28 EDTMSKKR-backed Coffee Day plans $181M IPO in India, Bloomberg reports
Coffee Day Enterprises, which includes KKR (KKR) among its investors, plans to raise as much as $181M from an initial share sale in India, Bloomberg reports. Kotak Mahindra Capital, Citi (C), and Morgan Stanley (MS) are among the managers to the planned sale, the report says. Reference Link
07:26 EDTBASRA International exploring sale or IPO, Reuters reports
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June 25, 2015
19:34 EDTFBAirbus, Qualcomm, others invest $500M in OneWeb's global internet initiative
OneWeb announced it has raised $500M in funding from a number of companies, including Airbus (EADSY), Bharti, EchoStar's (SATS) Hughes, Intelsat (I), Qualcomm (QCOM), Coca-Cola (KO), Totalplay, and Virgin Group. OneWeb is engaged in developing satellite technologies to "beam" broadband internet to rural and underdeveloped locations, as well as to ships, planes, trains, and oil platforms. Bharti chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal will be joining Airbus Group CEO Tom Enders as well as Virgin's Richard Branson and Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs on the OneWeb board of directors. OneWeb also reiterated its June 15 announcement of its joint venture with Airbus to design and manufacture 900 microsatellites. "We are committed to giving our full industrial and space expertise to this mission," remarked Airbus' Tom Enders. "Intelsat has the world’s largest fleet of Ku Band geostationary satellites and our interoperability will enable pole-to-pole and urban canyon coverage with new services," said Intelsat. Note that both Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) are working on similar projects to facilitate global internet access. Reference Link
16:51 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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16:00 EDTBAC, FBOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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15:04 EDTBACNeuberger Berman buys management of PE fund of funds from BofA
Neuberger Berman announced that it has entered into an agreement with Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments, the alternative investment business of Bank of America whereby Neuberger Berman will acquire the management rights to certain Merrill Lynch traditional non-registered and 40-Act-registered private equity fund of funds. Merrill Lynch selected Neuberger Berman following an extensive due diligence process focused on private equity investment expertise, 40-Act capabilities and dedication to client service. Key private equity professionals from Merrill Lynch will be joining Neuberger Berman concurrent with the transaction. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. The transaction is expected to close in August.
09:34 EDTBAC, FBActive equity options trading on open
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07:56 EDTGSMLB Advanced media considering IPO, NY Post reports
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07:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley disregards Fed guidelines with $1B loan, NY Post reports
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07:17 EDTDELLRed Hat to hold a summit
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan executive Patrick Moore leaves company, Reuters reports
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07:13 EDTGS, JPM, MS, BACFed director says full transparency in stress testing can be 'enormous weakness'
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook hires Yahoo's cybersecurity chief Alex Stamos
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06:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan in settlement talks with SEC to settle product steering probe, WSJ says
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05:53 EDTBABoeing CEO Muilenburg prioritizes cost cutting challenges, Financial Times says
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June 24, 2015
19:31 EDTFBGoogle exec 'very confident' in YouTube's lead over Facebook video, BI says
In a Business Insider interview at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Torrence Boone, Google's (GOOG) VP of global agency sales and services, said the company is "very bullish and confident" that Google's YouTube will maintain its lead over Facebook's (FB) efforts in video. Boone explained that the services serve different functions, with YouTube being a more dedicated video platform. Reference Link
19:20 EDTFBFacebook Messenger app to allow signups without Facebook account
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16:57 EDTBABoeing to slow 747-8 production to one per month in March, Reuters says
Boeing will slow its production of the 747-8 jumbo jet to 1 per month beginning in March, a decrease of 23%, reports Reuters. The decision to slow production was not related to the company's CEO transition, Reuters added, citing the company. Reference Link
16:21 EDTBAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:00 EDTBACActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
14:46 EDTFBHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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14:13 EDTFBApple blocks use of app data to target ads, The Information reports
Apple (AAPL) is "quietly moving" to block companies from accessing data from other, unrelated apps, a practice which was used to target ads, says The Information. The report notes that Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) often analyze information from other apps on a user's phone in order to better target ads. Reference Link
12:30 EDTBAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:27 EDTFBHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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11:16 EDTFBOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: WMB AMZN CMG BIIB VMW QLIK ISRG FB UA FFIV
10:00 EDTGSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:39 EDTFBCLSA media analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:57 EDTJPMJPMorgan price target raised to $77 from $70 at Argus
Argus increased its price target on JPMorgan based on the bank's cost cutting efforts and expectations for rising interest rates., along with what Argus sees as moderating concerns over litigation expenses and a good investment banking/trading environment. The firm expects the stock's multiple to increase, and it reiterates a Buy rating.
07:52 EDTFBFacebook offers South African Cell C users free internet access, Bloomberg says
Facebook will give customers of Cell C access to its free application Internet.org in South Africa, Bloomberg reports, citing an interview with Markku Makelainen, Facebook’s director of global operator partnerships. The service will let Cell C users see Facebook and roughly 30 other websites offering information about healthcare and jobs without being charged for data, the report says. Reference Link
07:32 EDTBANew Boeing CEO Muilenburg to inherit tough decisions, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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06:37 EDTJPM, GS, BACDeutsche downgrades Citi, Goldman after share rallies
Deutsche Bank analyst Matt O'Connor recommends using the strong share performance of both Citi (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as on opportunity to take profits. The analyst this morning downgraded shares of both investment banks to Hold from Buy. Citi is up 21% from the lows on January 30 while Goldman is up 30% since July 1, 2014, the analyst points out. On Citi, O'Connor sees less near term upside with fixed income trading entering a seasonally weak period and core cost reductions largely over. On Goldman, the analyst sees a lack of catalysts to drive the stock meaningfully higher in the near term. His top picks among U.S. Banks are Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan (JPM), M&T Bank (MTB) and SunTrust (STI).
06:27 EDTGSGoldman Sachs downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:00 EDTFBGoogle held 29 high-level meetings in Brussels in 6 months, Financial Times says
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June 23, 2015
19:03 EDTBAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER PROVIDING GUIDANCE: MeetMe (MEET), up 18.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), up 4.3% after being added to S&P 600... Quidel (QDEL), up 5% after receiving FDA clearance for new Solana molecular system and assay... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA), up 4.6% after announcing positive results from REPRIEVE study... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after announcing seven-for-one stock split. LOWER: Alcobra (ADHD), down 2.5% after announcing that it will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast presentation to present results from the Phase II clinical trial of MDX... Sysco (SYY), down 2.6% after bid for U.S. foods blocked was blocked by a federal judge... Boeing (BA), down marginally after announcing CEO transition.
17:40 EDTBABoeing incoming CEO Muilenburg says must deliver on 777 bridge program
Regarding the appointment of Dennis Muilenburg as Boeing CEO, outgoing CEO James McNerney says, "in many ways, there's not going to be a change." Muilenburg noted that the current defense market is more "challenging," and that the company needs to deliver on its 777 bridge program. Muilenburg added that the company's backlog remains "solid." Both executives are speaking on CNBC.
16:32 EDTBABoeing names Dennis Muilenburg CEO
The Boeing board has elected Dennis Muilenburg as the company's CEO, succeeding W. James McNerney, Jr., who held the position for the past 10 years. Muilenburg, who has served as Boeing president and COO since 2013, becomes president and CEO on July 1. McNerney, who joined Boeing's board in 2001, continues as its chairman. To ensure a smooth transition of his CEO responsibilities to Muilenburg, he will continue working as a company employee until retiring at the end of February 2016.
16:00 EDTBAC, FBOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
13:15 EDTBABoeing sued over claims of toxic airplane cabin air, Chicago Tribune says
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12:42 EDTFBInstagram announces new updates to be source for real-time news
Instagram announced two updates that will aim at helping connect the community with "the world as it happens." The company introduced its Explore page, with trending Tags and Places, and a more powerful search. Instagram commented, We’ve completely reimagined the Explore page to make discovery on Instagram immediate and effortless. The new Explore now surfaces trends as they emerge in real-time, connecting you to events and conversations both near you and around the globe.... For everyone on Instagram, we’ve dramatically improved the ability to find what you’re looking for. With the new Places Search, you can now peer in at just about any location on earth, allowing you to scout out your next vacation spot in the South Pacific, get a look inside that hot new restaurant or experience your favorite music festival — even if you couldn’t make it this year. The new Top Search also lets you search across people, places and tags all at once." Reference Link
09:51 EDTFBFacebook near test of life high, levels to watch
The stock has been trading in a range largely defined by a low at $77 and a high at $85 since February of this year. That is a slightly more bullish range than the previous several months characterized by a low at $75 and a high at $82. The life high for the shares is at $86.07, with the stock breaking the range high and last at $85.65. This move could be another oscillation in the range, or it might presage a genuine breakout in price. With the range having built for so long a period, a breakout could see a more rapid increase in price with a probe to the $90 to $95 area quite possible. A move back below $85 would mean this was another excursion testing the bounds of the range, with next support below at $82.
09:36 EDTBAC, FBActive equity options trading on open
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08:03 EDTFBMondelez renews global strategic partnership with Facebook
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07:41 EDTDELLRed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:53 EDTGS, MSPSAV prepares for IPO that could raise roughly $300M, Bloomberg says
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06:25 EDTBACBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, BAC, JPMOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
14:42 EDTFBOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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10:52 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Smith Barney, Scottrade fined $950,000 by FINRA
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09:40 EDTFB, BACActive equity options trading on open
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07:31 EDTFBFacebook catching up to YouTube in video ads, Reuters says
Facebook (FB) is gaining market share on Google's (GOOG) YouTube in online video advertising, reports Reuters, citing a published Ampere Analysis report. Reference Link
06:25 EDTFBFacebook's CPO to outline new format for mobile advertising, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTBASuppliers worried about Airbus, Boeing production rate hike, Reuters reports
Major engine suppliers, including General Electric (GE) and Safran, are becoming worried that they may lose out if they invest to meet higher commercial jet production targets from Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) that may prove unsustainable, Reuters reports. Airbus and Boeing have plans to raise production rates of their best selling single aisle planes by 25% to 50-52 a month in 2017-2018, the report says. Suppliers have said that they need to secure the start of a steep rise in output before making a commitment to even loftier targets, the report says. Reference Link
06:03 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $120 from $92 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for shares of Facebook to $120 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name. Facebook is the best play on the "next computer paradigm of virtual reality," Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. Oculus, the company's virtual reality technology, is an "insurance policy on the relevance of Facebook's social portfolio as technology shifts,” Munster writes. He believes the long-term value of technology is not reflected in the current share price. The social networking giant closed Friday down 39c to $82.51.
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