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November 20, 2014
10:02 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Harsco (HSC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory.
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTGOOGGoogle loss of Mozilla unlikely to have material impact, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Google's (GOOGL) loss of Mozilla as an affiliate to Yahoo (YHOO) will unlikely have a material impact on revenue and said EBITDA will only be impacted by .2%-.5%. Shares are Outperform rated with a $722 price target, down from $723 due to an error in a previous note.
06:58 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded at RBC Capital
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06:58 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded at RBC Capital
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06:48 EDTGOOGNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:28 EDTGOOGBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
06:24 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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November 19, 2014
14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires iOS prototyping tool maker RelativeWave
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11:22 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch app store in China, The Information reports
Google intends to reverse its prior policy and distribute a version of its Google Play app store with phone makers and other potential partners in China, according to The Information, citing several people with knowledge of the company’s plans. Reference Link
10:29 EDTGOOGGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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10:21 EDTFOLDHigh option volume stocks
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09:57 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:38 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
08:54 EDTACNExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a meeting
CIO Murray of Northern Trust and Managing Director Larson of Accenture participate in a speech entitled, "Shifting Gears: Transforming to a Digital Enterprise in a meeting being held in Chicago on November 19 at 6 pm.
08:02 EDTGOOGApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
07:52 EDTGSKInforma Business Information to hold a conference
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07:47 EDTICEKeefe Bruyette to hold a conference
Securities Brokerage & Market Structure Conference is being held in New York on November 19 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 7:45 am. Webcast Link
November 18, 2014
19:21 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics 13.85M share Secondary priced at $6.50
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17:06 EDTARRSConcurrent names Derek Elder as CEO, effective November 21
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's Q4 gross ad revenues tracking slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Google's Q4 gross ad revenue is tracking to $16.35B vs. consensus of $16.29B.
09:20 EDTFOLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:36 EDTJBLUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:20 EDTGSKEuro Organization for Research & Treatment of Cancer co-hosts a symposium
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06:08 EDTGOOGIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 17, 2014
18:32 EDTFOLDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:02 EDTGSKClovis in oncology clinical trial collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline
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16:24 EDTFOLDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were quiet and traded in a fairly narrow range for their sixth straight session, despite a "merger Monday" that saw over $100B in deals announced. The Dow and S&P, which began the week near record levels, passed back and forth across the flat line several times during the day, though the Nasdaq weakened early in the session and never really recovered. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., industrial production fell 0.1% in October, missing expectations for it to have risen 0.2% from the prior month. October capacity utilization came in at 78.9%, which fell short of the expected 79.3% rate. The Empire State manufacturing index, which reflects manufacturing activity in the New York region, rose 4 points to 10.2 in November, which was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. In Asia, Japan's GDP unexpectedly shrank an annualized 1.6% last quarter, missing projections for a 2.2% gain and sinking its economy into a recession. COMPANY NEWS: Actavis (ACT) gained $4.17, or 1.71%, to $247.94 after confirming that it agreed to acquire Allergan (AGN) for a combination of $129.22 in cash and 0.3683 Actavis shares valued at approximately $66B, or $219 per Allergan share. Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), which had been in a contentious fight to buy Allergan, commented that it "cannot justify to its own shareholders" paying a price of $219 or more per share for the Botox maker, whose stock rose $10.55, or 5.31%, to $209.20... Halliburton (HAL), conversely, fell $5.85, or 10.62%, to $49.23 after it agreed to acquire Baker Hughes (BHI) in a stock and cash transaction valued at $78.62 per Baker Hughes share, representing an enterprise value of $38B. When the deal talks were first reported by The Wall Street Journal last week, antitrust concerns were highlighted by analysts, but Halliburton said it had agreed to divest businesses that generate up to $7.5B in revenues, if required by regulators, and agreed to pay a fee of $3.5B if the transaction terminates due to a failure to obtain required approvals. Baker Hughes rose $5.34, or 8.92%, to $65.23 after the deal was announced. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX), which advanced $4.09, or 28.88%, to $18.25 after the company reported it saw a statistically significant overall survival benefit, along with an increase in clinically meaningful tumor shrinkage, in a sub-group of its study of a drug to treat a specific type of brain tumor. Also higher was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $1.01, or 17.75%, to $6.70 after the company announced additional data on secondary endpoints from its second Phase 3 study of its treatment for Fabry disease. Among the noteworthy losers was William Lyon Homes (WLH), which fell $3.52, or 15.53%, to $19.14 after the company announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, 1M tangible equity units, which will consist of a prepaid stock purchase contract and an amortizing note. Also lower were shares of DreamWorks (DWA), which dropped $3.71, or 14.26%, to $22.31 after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. INDEXES: The Dow gained 13.01, or 0.07%, to 17,647.75, the Nasdaq lost 17.54, or 0.37%, to 4,671.00, and the S&P 500 added 1.50, or 0.07%, to 2,041.32.
16:01 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics files to sell $75M in common stock
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as sole book-running manager for the proposed offering. Cowen and Company, LLC and Leerink Partners are acting as lead managers and Janney Montgomery Scott is acting as co-manager for the offering. The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the offering for investment in the global commercialization infrastructure for migalastat monotherapy for Fabry disease, the continued clinical development of its product candidates and for other general corporate purposes.
09:22 EDTFOLDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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05:32 EDTGSKMedidata announces collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline
Medidata (MDSO) announced the completion of a method development project conducted in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to evaluate the impact of unifying mobile health, or mHealth, devices with cloud-based technologies in a clinical trial setting. The joint initiative assessed the capabilities of mHealth tools and evaluated how they could be used to enable a new model for clinical trial conduct that aligns site and patient needs with faster study execution and reduced costs. The collaborative project, which took place at GSK’s Human Performance Lab, demonstrated that mHealth technologies have the power to comprehensively collect large volumes of objective data that is reliable, secure and analysis-ready, and provides real-time, continuous insight into the well being of patients. All of the data collected was audited and is compliant with FDA regulations. Additionally, the effort indicated that mobile devices can support the long-term goal of lessening the burden on patients participating in studies by streamlining routine procedures, eliminating unnecessary ones and reducing visits to clinical trial sites.
November 16, 2014
14:53 EDTFOLDAmicus announces positive data from Fabry monotherapy study
Amicus Therapeutics announced additional positive data on important secondary endpoints from its second Phase 3 study of the oral small molecule chaperone migalastat HCl for Fabry disease. In a poster1 at the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2014, results were presented from Fabry patients with amenable mutations in Study 012 who switched from standard of care enzyme replacement therapy, ERT, to migalastat as their only therapy for Fabry disease. Data from the Fabry Registry indicate that the leading cause of death in patients is from cardiac complications2. In Study 012, patients who switched from ERT to migalastat showed a statistically significant decrease from baseline to month 18 in left ventricular mass index-LVMi. LVMi is a measure of cardiac hypertrophy, an increase in the size of the heart that has been associated with an increased risk of cardiac events in Fabry patients."Cardiac disease represents a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Fabry patients that is not adequately addressed with currently available treatment," said Professor Ales Linhart, MD, PhD, a leading expert in the cardiac manifestations of Fabry disease from Charles University of Prague. "The data showing further regression of left ventricular mass in patients switched from ERT to migalastat in this study are very promising since in other cardiac conditions a reduction of cardiac mass typically translates to significant improvements in long term outcomes."
November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTBBBYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
14:53 EDTGSKCVS Express Scripts implementing drug price controls, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research believes that CVS (CVS) and Express scripts are implementing rebates and price controls on drug. The firm expects the companies to increase their focus on controlling durg prices next year, and adds that they have already itnroduced prior authorization criteria for hepatitis drug. Publicly traded drug companies include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Makers of hepatits c drugs include AbbVie (ABBV) and Gilead (GILD),
12:53 EDTSDOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
07:14 EDTGSKAmerican College of Rheumatology is holding a meeting
2014 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting is being held in Boston on November 14-19.
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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November 13, 2014
14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
12:59 EDTGSKApollo plans bid for GSK mature drugs business, Reuters reports
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10:01 EDTJBLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Adeptus Health (ADPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Baxano Surgical (BAXS) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Summer Street... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Centene (CNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Cherry Hill Mortgage (CHMI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fleetmatics (FLTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Gazprom (OGZPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Jabil Circuit (JBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LabCorp (LH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded at BMO Capital... Macy's (M) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Meritor (MTOR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Swedbank (SWDBY) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TransGlobe (TGA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... UIL Holdings (UIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Verint Systems (VRNT) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
08:19 EDTMDRXAllscripts and MaineGeneral health Systems renew and expand relationship
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06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTGOOGAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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05:35 EDTJBLJabil Circuit downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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November 12, 2014
13:04 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music Key beta monthly subscription service
Google introduced YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month, discounted from $9.99/month, that will feature ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, which in the coming days will be upgraded to give users the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app. "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube," Google also stated in its blog post related to the launch. Reference Link
12:56 EDTGOOGFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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09:16 EDTGSKLigand reports GlaxoSmithKline EU regulatory submission for Revolade
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08:53 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
After GlaxoSmithKline cut its near-term EPS guidance, Argus still believes that the company's deals with Novartis (NVS) should boost its EPS growth in the years ahead, likely as soon as 2015. The firm thinks the stock is a good value for long-term investors, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:18 EDTGSKUBS to hold a conference
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08:12 EDTFOLDSeeThruEquity to hold a conference
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07:47 EDTARRSARRIS sell-off on net neutrality concerns seems overdone, says Stephens
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07:45 EDTARRSARRIS should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
November 11, 2014
15:59 EDTGOOGYouTube strikes music deals, paving way for streaming service, FT says
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13:55 EDTGOOGYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
13:38 EDTGOOGNew European antitrust chief needs time to resolve Google probe, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Google Fiber for small businesses
Google announced that it had launched a high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, for small businesses in select areas of Kansas City. Google will charge $100 per month for the service.
08:14 EDTMDRXAllscripts selected by Catholic Health Initiatives
Allscripts has announced that Catholic Health Initiatives has selected Allscripts Hosting Solution to provide enterprise-wide information technology through 2020.
05:54 EDTSDStocks with implied volatility movement; AUY SD
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November 10, 2014
16:07 EDTGSKUBS to hold a conference
UBS European Conference is being held in London, England on November 11-12.
15:55 EDTARRSNeedham to hold a conference
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15:54 EDTFOLDAmerican Society of Nephrology to hold a conference
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12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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07:08 EDTICECredit Suisse to hold a conference
2014 Boston Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Boston on November 10-11.
06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
05:59 EDTSDSandRidge Energy implied volatility of 96 at upper end of index mean range
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November 7, 2014
11:05 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded earlier to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Earlier, Morgan Stanley downgraded Allscripts to Equal Weight from Overweight following the Q3 miss.
10:11 EDTMDRXHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: CTIC AVG RMTI XLY OLED HON GNW ADP PAYX MDRX
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL WFM ABX GILD TSLA ZNGA FB FSLR GOOG AMZN
07:59 EDTMDRXAllscripts weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
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07:39 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded at Evercore ISI
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06:46 EDTGOOGMicrosoft begins offering free iPhone Office apps
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06:41 EDTMDRXAllscripts downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
06:39 EDTGOOGLenovo to launch low-cost Chromebook in early 2015, DigiTimes reports
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November 6, 2014
18:39 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:12 EDTMDRXAllscripts reports Q3 EPS 6c, consensus 10c
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16:11 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics backs FY14 cash spend of $54M-$59M
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16:10 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics reports Q3 EPS (22c), consensus (21c)
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15:52 EDTGOOGApple appears to be crawling HTML sites with bot, AppleInsider says
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13:04 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Analysts positive on NVIDIA ahead of Q3 earnings report
NVIDIA (NVDA) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, November 6, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. NVIDIA is a semiconductor manufacturer that produces graphics chips used in personal computers as well as mobile processors used in cell phones and tablets. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 29c on revenue of $1.2B. The consensus range is 27c-31c for EPS on revenue of $1.2B-$1.22B, according to First Call. In its last earnings report, NVIDIA said it expects Q3 revenue of $1.2B, plus or minus 2%, which was higher than analysts' consensus of $1.16B at the time. LAST QUARTER: On August 6, NVIDIA reported second quarter EPS of 30c, which beat the consensus forecast of 20c, on revenue of $1.1B, which matched analysts consensus of $1.1B. COMPANY NEWS: On August 26, NVIDIA, VMWare (VMW) and Google (GOOG) announced a collaboration to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphic on Google Chromebooks. The partnership is anticipated to broaden the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops. On September 4, NVIDIA announced that it filed complaints against Samsung (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) at the International Trade Commission and in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, alleging that the companies were both infringing NVIDIA GPU patents covering technology including programmable shading, unified shaders and multithreaded parallel processing. The identified Samsung products included the Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 mobile phones and the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab 2 computer tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On August 8, Needham upgraded NVIDIA to Buy from Hold. The firm believed that the change in the company's strategy reduced its earnings volatility and raised its margins, while the stock's decline has created a good entry point. The firm also noted that the company reported better than expected results and provided stronger than expected guidance. NVIDIA announced that it had filed graphics processing units patent infringement lawsuits against both Samsung and Qualcomm, Stifel said on September 5 that the lawsuits could at a minimum cause other companies to conclude licensing deals with NVIDIA. The firm kept a $22 price target and Buy rating on NVIDIA. After NVIDIA (NVDA) filed lawsuits against Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung, JMP Securities noted that there was a good chance that NVIDIA would obtain a favorable ruling or settlement that is equal or greater to the $1.5B deal it cut with Intel (INTC). The firm thought that other companies, most notably Apple (AAPL), would launch talks with NVIDIA in the wake of the lawsuit. JMP Securities recommended buying NVIDIA ahead of upcoming Apple product refreshes and what it sees as accelerating growth trends for NVIDIA. The firm was upbeat about NVIDIA's new products and reiterated an Outperform rating. Pacific Crest upgraded NVIDIA to Sector Perform from Underperform on November 3. The firm expected the company's share gains in high end desktop GPU and AMD's (AMD) product delays to enable NVIDIA's results to meet or exceed consensus estimates in the near to medium term. PRICE ACTION: Since issuing preliminary earnings on August 6, shares of NVIDIA are up over 12.5%. During late-morning trading, shares of NVIDIA are down fractionally to $20.02.
09:59 EDTICEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ANSYS (ANSS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... AcelRx (ACRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... American Eagle Energy (AMZG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... American Electric (AEP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Blucora (BCOR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... ChemoCentryx (CCXI) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Coeur Mining (CDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Cott Corp. (COT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Duke Energy (DUK) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Fox Factory (FOXF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Hormel Foods (HRL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Ironwood (IRWD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Cantor... Lloyds Banking (LYG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Neenah Paper (NP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... ProAssurance (PRA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Sykes Enterprises (SYKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Tangoe (TNGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Web.com (WWWW) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
08:04 EDTBBBYBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Retail Analysts Hutchinson, Ohmes and Chai hold an October Retail Update Analyst/Industry conference call on November 6 at 1 pm.
06:22 EDTGOOGGlobal companies silent on local impact, transparency report shows
Transparency International issued a report saying that global companies are saying too little regarding their businesses abroad. The agency said, "The world’s biggest companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their home country, a new report from Transparency International reveals. Ninety of the 124 companies assessed do not disclose the taxes they pay in foreign countries, while 54 disclose no information on their revenues in other countries. BHP Billiton (BHP), Eni (E), Statoil (STO) and Vodafone (VOD) scored more than six out of ten. The four companies report on a range of corruption prevention measures and disclose details of subsidiaries. However, only three companies, Statoil, Telefónica (TEF) and Vodafone score above 50% for country-by-country reporting, disclosing tax payments in almost all the countries where they operate, though not all financial data. Forty-four of the firms in the report are American, of which Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and Google (GOOG) performed worst. Only two US companies publish tax payments in foreign countries, ConocoPhilips (COP) in Canada, Walmart (WMT) in Chile. Surprisingly, the sector that makes greater transparency possible is one of the least transparent. U.S. tech giants Amazon, Apple (AAPL), Google and IBM (IBM) all score less than three out of ten." Reference Link
06:18 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded IntercontinentalExchange to Hold citing valuation following the company's Q3 results. The firm raised its price target for shares to $230 from $220.
06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle Maps to integrate OpenTable restaurant reservations
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