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June 12, 2014
12:31 EDTRH, GERN, TWTR, LULU, HPQ, WAVXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after retail sales rose less than expected in May and first-time unemployment claims increased last week. In addition to the mixed bag of economic data, there has also been increased anxiety about Iraq in recent days amidst a backdrop of an Islamist militant uprising there, as evidenced by a seven month high in the price of crude oil. The market opened in negative territory and has remained there throughout the morning, though the averages have drifted in a fairly narrow range again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose only 0.3% in May, and were up 0.1% excluding autos, as both growth figures missed the consensus forecast. Initial jobless claims rose to 317K in the week ended June 7, which was above the expectation for 310K new claims. Import and export prices both rose 0.1% in May. Business inventories rose 0.6% in April, with sales up 0.7%. In Europe, the euro zone's industrial output rose 0.8% in April, versus expectations for a 0.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) climbed nearly 2% near noon after Goldman Sachs admitted that its negative thesis on the stock was wrong and upgraded the shares to Neutral from Sell. Among 34 research firms tracked by Bloomberg, none now have a "Sell" or equivalent rating on shares of HP following Goldman's upgrade... Twitter (TWTR) shares gained 4% after the company confirmed a report from Re/code that Ali Rowghani has resigned from his position as Chief Operating Officer. Rowghani will continue to be an employee and act as a strategic advisor to the CEO and the company does not intend to hire a replacement for the COO role, Twitter stated. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Geron (GERN), which advanced 26.5% after the FDA removed its partial clinical hold on the company's trial of imetelstat in myelofibrosis. Also higher were shares of home furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), which rose 13% after the company's first quarter quarter results topped analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was yoga wear maker lululemon (LULU), which dropped over 15% and was downgraded at both William Blair and Stifel after the company reported Q1 results, lowered its FY14 guidance and announced the retirement of CFO John Currie. Also lower following was Wave Systems (WAVX), which fell 22% after it announced plans to sell about 5.2M shares of its common stock at a price of $1.90 per share. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 51.99, or 0.31%, to 16,791.89, the Nasdaq was down 10.49, or 0.24%, to 4,321.45, and the S&P 500 was down 5.57, or 0.29%, to 1,938.32.
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August 24, 2015
18:07 EDTTWTRSEC asked Twitter for details on user trend metrics
According to SEC correspondence released earlier, the Commission asked former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to "describe the alternative metric(s) you anticipate presenting in future filings to explain trends in user engagement and advertising services revenue." The letter to Costolo is dated April 13, and was followed by a response from the company saying that it included two metrics -- changes in ad engagements and changes in cost per ad engagement -- on its quarterly report for the period ended March 31. "These metrics are intended to serve as a measure of user engagement and demand, respectively," explained Twitter in its May 11 response letter. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTTWTR, HPQOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:38 EDTTWTRGoogle says brings tweets to mobile Google search app, desktop
In May, Google announced that it was bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The company today updated the blog entry to say that it has "extended this to the desktop now, too, and in English everywhere." Reference Link
12:43 EDTHPQJim Chanos says still long Apple, short HP
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12:43 EDTHPQJim Chanos says still short shares of HP
Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates is speaking on CNBC
12:04 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:13 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TWTR
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10:37 EDTHPQAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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10:00 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility increases
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09:59 EDTTWTRTwitter rises, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
09:22 EDTHPQHP CEO says both companies will have over 50% shareholder return
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07:47 EDTHPQHP should be bought at current levels, says Bernstein
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07:43 EDTHPQHP risk/reward remains favorable, says UBS
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07:32 EDTHPQHP guidance will likely leave stock flattish, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital noted HP beat Q2 earnings estimates but believes its guidance will likely leave the stock flattish. The firm expects ongoing PC consolidation, continued cost savings, and for HP to gain incremental traction in its go-forward Enterprises solutions and Services strategy. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $45 price target on HP shares.
07:26 EDTHPQHP results 'a net positive,' says Stifel
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07:16 EDTHPQHP didn't deliver bad news for first time in several quarters, says Citi
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06:49 EDTHPQHP enterprise portfolio being underappreciated, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner says HP's Q3 results beat expectations while a shift in some earnings into the quarter from Q4 drove "modestly disappointing" guidance. While PCs are weak, HP's Enterprise Group "significantly outperformed expectations," Scribner tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst believes the company's enterprise portfolio is being underappreciated by investors and that the upcoming split should be a positive for shares. She views HP's valuation as compelling and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $45 price target.
06:01 EDTHPQABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:51 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index
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