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December 28, 2012
16:28 EDTCALL, BKS, OMER, FB, HPQ, AEZS, PSOOn 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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January 27, 2016
05:44 EDTFBTwitter's Kevin Weil to be named Head of Product at Instagram, Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) former VP of product Kevin Weil is expected to be named Head of Product at Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), Re/code reports, citing multiple sources. According to the sources, Weil was recruited by Instagram "for months" before announcing that he would exit Twitter late Sunday night. Reference Link
January 26, 2016
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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13:51 EDTFBApple to make subscription content available in News app, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:13 EDTFBActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:32 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris files international patent application for Zoptrex method
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08:26 EDTFBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:12 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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12:05 EDTFBTwitter growth acceleration less likely in near-term, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena says the likelihood of near-term growth reacceleration at Twitter (TWTR) looks less likely following today's executive departures. The analyst adds in an intraday research note that traffic trends and agency channel checks continue "to point to the worst" for the company. Sena lowered his Q4 estimates to the low-end of the company's guidance and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $22. He continues to prefer Facebook (FB) and keeps a Hold rating on Twitter.
09:32 EDTFBApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris reports additional purchases of shares by executive management
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07:40 EDTFBFBR sees constructive setup into Facebook earnings report
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05:51 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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January 24, 2016
14:40 EDTFBCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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