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January 23, 2013
16:30 EDTSTRI, MAPP, HLF, MCP, COH, GOOG, FSLR, AGN, CREE, IBM On The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following better than expected earnings from tech giants IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG). Near midday, the House voted to extend the debt limit until May 19, as expected, and the markets did not react to the news. Eyes on the Street are focused on this evening's report from Nasdaq's largest component, Apple (AAPL)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the light economic calendar included the Home Price Index, which showed prices rose 0.6% in November, versus expectations for an increase of 0.7%. Also of note, the International Monetary Fund lowered its outlook for 2013 global output growth to 3.5% from 3.6%... COMPANY NEWS: IBM shares gained $8.64, or 4.41%, to $204.72 after its earnings report and guidance exceeded expectations. Google similarly reported earnings that beat consensus. A number of firms increased their price targets on shares, including Jefferies taking their target up to $875. Google advanced $38.63, or 5.5%, to $741.50 following its earnings report... Herbalife (HLF) was again in the news as Greenlight Capital's quarterly letter to investors made the rounds this afternoon. There was some speculation that the letter contained a veiled reference to a short position in Herbalife, however, The Wall Street Journal reported that Greenlight's David Einhorn told investors he does not currently have any bet on the stock. However, Einhorn admitted to profiting from a short position in Herbalife held in 2012 that has since been closed. Shares of Herbalife were down $1.13, or 2.56%, to $43.01 on the day... Among notable companies moving after reporting earnings were Cree (CREE), up $7.38, or 22.05%, to $40.85 after beating expectations, and Coach (COH), down $9.93, or 16.36%, to $50.75 after its earnings fell short of expectations and its Q4 SSS fell 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), which rose $9.13, or 58.6%, to $24.71 after it was announced last night that the company had agreed to be acquired by Allergan (AGN) for $25 per share. Allergan shares fell $1.10, or 1.04%, to $104.65 following the announcement. Among notable losers was Molycorp (MCP), which fell 95c, or 10.76%, to $7.88 after disclosing that the company sees Q4 and 1H13 production below expectations and shares were downgraded at Dahlman Rose. Also lower were shares of STR Holdings (STRI), down 79c, or 25.48%, to $2.31 after announcing last night that it expects to lose First Solar (FSLR) as a customer and shares were downgraded to Hold at Craig-Hallum... INDICES: The Dow was up 66.96, or 0.49%, to 13,779.17; the Nasdaq was up 10.49, or 0.33%, to 3,153.67; and the S&P 500 was up 2.22, or 0.15%, to 1,494.78.
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April 4, 2014
07:42 EDTGOOGGoogle pays $1.4 fine regarding StreetView worries in Italy, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTGOOGNew America Foundation to hold a forum
The New America Foundation holds a forum, "Implementing the PCAST Spectrum Sharing Report" with President Obama's Deputy CTO for Telecom Policy, Jason Furman, VP Medin of Google and Craig Mundie of Microsoft in Washington, D.C. on April 4 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
07:25 EDTGOOGNational Press Club holds a meeting
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06:22 EDTGOOGNest Labs halts sales of smart smoke alarms
Nest Labs announced it is stopping sales of its Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm because of a defect that can cause owners to inadvertently turn them off. The company says "At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave -- a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand -- could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire. We identified this problem ourselves and are not aware of any customers who have experienced this. We feel that the best and safest thing to do is to immediately disable the Nest Wave feature to resolve the issue and remove any safety concerns. While we fix Nest Wave, we have also halted sales of all new Nest Protect alarms to ensure no one buys an alarm that needs an immediate update." Google acquired Nest Labs earlier this year. Reference Link
06:04 EDTFSLRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SWY FSLR
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06:01 EDTGOOGAcacia Research resolves action with Motorola Mobility
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April 3, 2014
16:16 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, WSJ says
IBM (IBM) has held talks with Globalfoundries, Intel (INTC) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) regarding its semiconductor manufacturing operations, and Globalfoundries appears to be in the lead as the most likely potential buyer, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. IBM initially asked for more than $2B and bids have come in "north of $1B," the report noted, adding that Intel is still involved, but TSMC has dropped out of the talks. Reference Link
15:49 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, DJ says
IBM (IBM) also held talks with Intel (INTC), according to Dow Jones, citing sources.
15:10 EDTGOOGVIX methodology for Google decreases 9.2% after 2-1 stock split
VIX methodology for Google (VXGOG) is recently down 9.2% to 28.56 after 2-1 stock split
12:42 EDTHLFEnergy drink MLM changes practices amid scrutiny of Herbalife, NY Post says
Vemma, a multilevel marketing company that makes Verve brand energy drinks, said it is changing its business practices as the Federal Trade Commission investigates Herbalife (HLF), which has a similar business model, reported The New York Post. Monster Beverage (MNST), which like Herbalife has drawn a fair amount of scrutiny from lawmakers, markets energy drinks that compete with Vemma's. Reference Link
12:20 EDTGOOGGoogle considers wireless service in Fiber markets, The Information says
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09:30 EDTIBMApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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08:54 EDTGOOGGoogle Class C shares begin trading today
Google (GOOG) is effectively splitting its stock via a dividend distribution of new "Class C" shares, which begin trading today. The price of existing Google A shares, which hold one vote each, is expected to fall by half today as the C shares begin trading. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In January, Google announced that its board approved a dividend of Class C shares to be distributed on April 2 to holders of record as of March 27. The new Class C shares will trade under the ticker "GOOG" and the company's existing Class A shares will trade under a new ticker, "GOOGL." The company has previously said that its Q1 GAAP EPS will be half of what it would otherwise report because its net earnings are divided by twice as many shares. The company also said that its non-GAAP EPS will be similarly affected by the Class C dividend issuance, but will also be impacted by the expected sale of Motorola Mobile to Lenovo (LNVGY). This sale triggers "discontinued operations" accounting treatment, Google noted. Both Google Class A and Class C will be included in the S&P 500 and S&P 100 and there will not be a switch from Class A to Class C. Class A shares will subsequently be removed from Nasdaq indexes when the exchange operator rebalances them on June 23. By introducing non-voting C shares, Google's Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be able to issue stock to compensate workers or make acquisitions without diluting their voting stake, Bloomberg has noted.
07:50 EDTGOOGNew Google shares land in market, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTHLFChanos says 'side with the bears' on multi-level marketers
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06:29 EDTGOOGTaiwan makers: Chromebook shipments in 2014 to reach 4M-5M units, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTFSLRSolarbuzz expects record demand for PV industry in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle could ship up to 11M Chromebooks worldwide by 2019, DigiTimes says
ABI Research believes Google could ship an estimated 11M Chromebooks in 2019 after shipping nearly 2.1M in 2013, reports DigiTimes. Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor said the device is a disruptive force to the portable PC market after finding the ASP to be $338. Reference Link
06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
06:01 EDTFSLRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SWY FSLR
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Safeway (SWY) 11, First Solar (FSLR) 46 according to iVolatility.
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