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July 15, 2014
09:21 EDTOPTT, CDXS, WWW, ALB, LJPC, VOL, ROC, GSK, APOL, PLUG, RAI, JPM, BABA, LO, GPRO, LGF, GSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), up 2.9%... Goldman Sachs (GS), up 1.7%... Wolverine World Wide (WWW), up 2%. HIGHER: Lionsgate (LGF), up 2.5% after forming a strategic collaboration with Alibaba (BABA)... Rockwood (ROC), up 13.5% after Albemarle (ALB) agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of Rockwood in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.2B, or $50.65 in cash and 0.4803 shares of Albemarle common stock for each Rockwood share. Albemarle up 6% after announcing the merger... Codexis (CDXS), up 80% after announcing collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GXK)... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12% after stock initiated with an Outperform rating at FBR Capital... GoPro (GPRO), up 5% after stock initiated with an Outperform rating and $60 price target at JMP Securities... La Jolla Pharma (LJPC), up 25% after announcing pre-clinical data for LJPC-1010 in NASH. LOWER: Lorillard (LO), down 5% after Reynolds American (RAI) confirms deal to acquire the company in transaction valued at $68.88 per share. Reynolds American down 2% following the confirmation of the long speculated merger deal... Apollo Education (APOL), down 1.1% following an announcement that the Department of Education intends to conduct an ordinary course program review of University of Phoenix... Valero Energy (VLO), down 2% after announcing second quarter guidance below analyst estimates... Ocean Power (OPTT), down 25% after saying VWP unit intends to terminate its renewable energy demonstration program funding deed in Australia.
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August 17, 2015
09:38 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports July net credit losses 2.31% vs. 2.34% last month
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06:06 EDTGSGoldman expected to take minority stake in India's Piramal Realty, Reuters says
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05:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette analyst Christopher Mutascio upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform with a $77 price target, suggesting total return potential of 16%. Mutascio views the stock's valuation as attractive and highlights the "high dividend yield in a low-interest-rate environment."
August 16, 2015
18:36 EDTBABAAlibaba offering exclusive deals to lure brands from JD.com, WSJ says
Last April, Alibaba's (BABA) Jack Ma promised Fast Retailing Co. CEO Tadashi Yanai that Alibaba would deliver increased traffic to the company's brands if it reduced its association with JD.com (JD), and the company has only accelerated its use of such exclusivity agreements since then, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the discussions. Haoyu Shen, CEO of JD's JD Mall told the Journal, "We are concerned [about the agreements]... We don't think it's in the brand's interest to do that." Reference Link
August 14, 2015
16:57 EDTBABASoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:37 EDTBABAAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes, takes stake in Apple
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16:16 EDTBABAStocks end week higher after China rattles market with currency moves
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16:13 EDTGSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session with modest losses despite a calm overnight trading session for the Chinese yuan. The U.S. economic data that was released prior to the open were generally in-line with expectations leaving little for investors to key in on during the market hours. As a result, the averages drifted several times across the flat line until finally moving higher in the afternoon. Even the price of crude was fairly stale throughout the session, but it still closed toward its low of the day. The market received a slight boost toward the end of the session when headlines out of Europe said the area's finance ministers agreed to implement the Greek bailout with a couple of additional measures. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report was unchanged from last week at 884 rigs. COMPANY NEWS: Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management disclosed a new 7.08% stake in food distributor Sysco Corporation (SYY), and is engaged in discussions with the company including board representation for Trian. Sysco rose 7.4% to $41.38 after the disclosure of the Trian stake... General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Additionally, Reuters reported that General Electric was expected to win EU antitrust approval for its proposed EUR12.4B acquisition of Alstom's (ALSMY) power unit, according to two people familiar with the matter. GE rose 1.1% to $26.08 on the day. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 4.3% and 5.6%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 6.15%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 20.7% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 20.7% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." INDEXES: The Dow rose 69.15, or 0.4%, to 17,477.40, the Nasdaq gained 14.68, or 0.29%, to 5,048.23, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.15, or 0.39%, to 2,091.54.
16:00 EDTBABAOptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
14:49 EDTBABAAlphaOne Capital's Dan Niles says has been 'nibbling' on Baidu, Alibaba
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12:37 EDTGSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with modest losses, despite a stabilization in the Chinese yuan overnight. Relatively in line data on producer prices and industrial production did not hurt the situation, but there was also the lack of a catalyst. As a result, the market has drifted throughout the morning session moving up as much as 0.4% before paring its gains. The market is now struggling to hold onto its meager gains. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., both industrial production and PPI beat estimates, with industrial production increasing 0.6% and PPI increasing 0.2%. Consumer sentiment for August fell to 92.9 in the preliminary report from the University of Michigan survey, after slipping to 93.1 in July from 96.1 in June. Meanwhile, Euro-area GDP rose 0.3% last quarter. Germany's economy grew 0.4%, Italy's 0.2%, while France stagnated. The Baker Hughes North American rig count report is out at 1 p.m. ET. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) announced an agreement to sell GE Capital Bank's U.S. online deposit platform along with all deposits of GE Capital Bank, including online savings accounts, online CDs and brokered CDs, to Goldman Sachs Bank USA (GS). Under this agreement approximately $16B of deposits will be transferred to GS Bank. Separately, Goldman Sachs is selling its Colombia coal mining division to privately held Murray Energy. General Motors (GM) is boosting production of its larger SUVs and trucks, according to Reuters. The automaker could make as many as 60,000 additional vehicles for the 2016 model year to capitalize on rising demand. Meanwhile, GM is recalling 73,424 small cars because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side air bag from deploying after a crash, the Associated Press reported. SunTrust analyst Robert Peck said he believes Twitter (TWTR) could announce a permanent CEO as early as next week. Peck continues to think Twitter is likely to unveil a "Triumvirate of leadership" with Jack Dorsey as CEO, Adam Bain as COO and Evan Williams with more board influence, possibly Chairman. Tesla's (TSLA) secondary offering of 2.7 million common shares was priced at $242 each, according to an SEC filing. That represents an increase from the 2.1 million shares Tesla had previously announced for the offering. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were department store retailers Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), which gained 5.35% and 5.95%, respectively. Also higher was WuXi PharmaTech (WX), up 5.45%, which reported earnings and entered into an agreement to be acquired by a management buyout group for around $3.3B. Cyberark Software (CYBR) also gained 1.8% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Among the noteworthy losers was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which dropped 18% after its Q2 revenue fell short of analysts' estimates. Also lower were shares of King Digital (KING), which declined nearly 12% after reporting quarterly earnings and forecasting gross bookings for the third quarter $460M-$485M, citing "recent trends." The company said fourth quarter gross bookings would be "fairly consistent sequentially." JPMorgan downgraded King Digital this morning to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.43, or 0.24%, to 17,450.68, the Nasdaq was fractionally lower by 2.96, or 0.06%, to 5,030.59, and the S&P 500 was up 3.46, or 0.17%, to 2,086.89.
11:39 EDTBABAAlibaba and Tencent invests in CMC smart-TV company Whaley Tech, Deadline says
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09:37 EDTBABAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR FB NFLX TSLA QIHU JCP BABA BP
08:44 EDTALBAlbemarle shares should be bought on recent weakness, says BB&T
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08:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs sells Colombia Natural Resources to Murray
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07:37 EDTLGFJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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06:48 EDTBABAAlibaba plans to invest $10M in Sina Sports, South China Morning Post reports
Alibaba is planning to invest $10M in Sina Sports, which is expected spun off its parent and listed in Hong Kong.The South China Morning Post reports. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline says NC plant meds safe from Legionnaires' bacteria, AP reports
GlaxoSmithKline said that the medications manufactured at its pharmaceutical plant in Zebulon, North Carolina are safe despite the company's decision to shut down the factory after the discovery of Legionnaires' bacteria, the Associated Press reports, citing an email from company spokeswoman Jenni Brewer Ligday. North Carolina health officials have said that no cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to the Glaxo plant have been reported, the report says. Reference Link
06:12 EDTGSGoldman Sachs sells Colombia Natural Resources to Murray, Reutes reports
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