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December 28, 2012
16:28 EDTHPQ, BKS, PSO, FB, CALL, AEZS, OMEROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower on the day after news out of Washington late in the session said that President Obama did not make a new offer in fiscal cliff talks. The averages opened the session lower, and briefly ticked higher following reports that Obama would offer a scaled-back budget package, but the markets then drifted lower through the session before a late session selloff that saw the averages close at their lows... ECONOMIC NEWS: In the U.S., the December Chicago PMI came in at 51.6 vs. expectations for a 51.0 reading. November Pending Home Sales were up 1.7% against the previous month, against expectations for a 1.8% rise. Crude Oil Inventories came in at a 586k draw vs. expectations for a 1.75M draw, and gasoline inventories increased 3.78M barrels vs. expectations for an 850k barrel increase. The weekly EIA natural gas report was in-line with expectations for a 72Bcf draw... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) disclosed in its 10k filing last night that the Department of Justice has begun an investgiation into the company's acquisition of Autonomy, and shares of HP lost 36c, or 2.56%, to $13.68... Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that Pearson (PSO) had signed an agreement with its NOOK unit to invest $89.5M in cash in the unit. Barnes & Noble also said that its holiday sales results would fall short of expectations, but shares of the bookseller opened higher and gained 62c, or 4.32%, to $14.97... Facebook (FB) opened sharply lower after a report by data analytics firm AppData said that the company-owned app Instagram lost 25% of its users following a change in its terms of service. An Instagram spokesperson later said the report's data was inaccurate, and shares of Facebook pared most of their losses to close down 14c, or 0.54%, to $25.91... MOVERS: Among notable gainers was magicJack (CALL), up $1.67, or 10.26%, to $17.95 after naming a new CEO and saying that it expects its FY12 results to exceed expectations. Also higher were shares of Aeterna Zentaris (AEZS), up 30c, or 13.82%, to $2.47 after it announced an agreement with the FDA regarding a Special Protocol Assessment for an upcoming phase 3 trial. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Omeros Corporation (OMER), down 52c, or 8.9%, to $5.32 after the company reported last night that a phase 3 clinical trial did not meet all endpoints, though shares were defended at Wedbush... INDICES: The Dow was down 158.2, or 1.21%, to 12,938.11; the Nasdaq was down 25.60, or 0.86%, to 2,960.31; the S&P was down 15.67, or 1.1%, to 1,402.43.
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July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTFBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
08:09 EDTHPQRalph Whitworth taking leave of absence at Relational INvestors
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08:05 EDTHPQHP announces interim chairman Whitworth resigns for health reasons
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08:02 EDTHPQHP announces resignation of chairman Ralph Whitworth
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07:23 EDTFBFortune to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTHPQHP looks to crack tablet market in India with phablets, India Times reports
HP has aggressive plans to crack the tablet market in India by breaking into the phablet space, reports the India Times. The company's VP Ivy Liang said the company wants to "crack the right products in the phablet market" as it looks to expand its wings in the Indian market following the moderate success of HP Slate Voice Tabs. HP will now also explore telecom channels for the phablet go-to-market route. Reference Link
06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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06:06 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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11:21 EDTHPQHP added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTFBGoogle looked to Page, Brin to woo Facebook workers, WSJ says
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08:34 EDTHPQPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook poised to report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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