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December 19, 2012
06:49 EDTFB, PSO, BX, KCG, KKROn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The board of Knight Capital (KCG) will pursue a merger with Getco, with Getco planning to pay $3.75 per share for half of Knight's outstanding stock, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites sources...Penguin Group, part of Pearson (PSO), has reached a settlement with the U.S. DOJ over allegations that it and other publishers conspired to raise e-book prices for consumers, reports the Wall Street Journal...FINANCIAL TIMES: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York was warned as early as mid-2008 in emails that banks may have been misreporting their Libor borrowing rate, reports the Financial Times...NY POST: A federal judge yesterday questioned whether shareholders accusing private-equity firms including KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital, of bid-rigging had enough evidence to proceed with most of their lawsuit, the New York Post reports...BLOOMBERG: Facebook's (FB) terms of use policy changes to its Instagram site has drawn criticism and blacklash from consumers and privacy advocates, reports Bloomberg.
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August 18, 2015
06:53 EDTKKR, BXPrivate equity firms dominate bidding for Airbus defense assets, Bloomberg says
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August 17, 2015
19:54 EDTFBComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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19:29 EDTFBFacebook tests expanded blog capabilities, CNET says
Facebook (FB) is testing an expanded version of its "notes" feature, allowing users to include large background photos in the blog-like service, reports CNET. The new look puts the service more in line with Yahoo's (YHOO) Tumblr blogging platform, said the report, and a Facebook spokesperson remarked that the test aims to "make it easier for people to create and read longer-form stories on Facebook." Reference Link
16:53 EDTKKROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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13:30 EDTKKROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTKKROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: AVEO (AVEO), up 119.7% after announcing licensing agreement with Novartis (NVS)... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 24.9% after Soros reports new stake in company in 13F filing... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 4.6% after saying patient death unrelated to KTE-C19... Tesla (TSLA), up 5.5% after price target raised to $465 from $280 at Morgan Stanley... Mobileye (MBLY), up 2.7% after price target raised to $80 from $71 at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.5% after being initiated with a Buy at B. Riley and Piper Jaffray raised its price target to $17 from $15. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Estee Lauder (EL), down 2.1% after reporting quarterly results and giving guidance for first quarter and fiscal 2016. ALSO LOWER: KKR (KKR), down 3.3% after Samson enters restructuring deal and expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days... Aquinox (AQXP), down 4.7% after Lloyd Mackenzie, vice president - Technical Operations and Planning, disclosed late Friday the sale of 35,887 shares worth over $670,000 in a sale related to the exercise of options.
07:11 EDTKKRSoftwareONE partners with KKR to accelerate growth
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August 16, 2015
15:38 EDTKKRKKR's Samson enters restructuring deal, sees bankruptcy filing within 30 days
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August 14, 2015
17:31 EDTKKRKKR's Samson Resources likely to file Chapter 11 by mid-September, WSJ says
KKR & Co.'s Samson Resources Corp. intends to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by mid-September after finalizing a restructuring plan with key creditors, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:57 EDTFBSoros 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).
16:00 EDTFBOptions 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
12:29 EDTFBComcast to launch online video platform called Watachable, Business Insider says
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12:29 EDTFBKing Digital sinks after posting weaker than expected network metrics
Shares of King Digital (KING), an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, are sinking after the company reported weaker than expected network metrics in the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, King Digital reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 49c and revenue of $500M, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of 43c and $490.03M, respectively. King reported Q2 total gross bookings of $529M, above the high end of its previously provided guidance range, but down 12% sequentially and 13% year over year. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, King said gross bookings would have decreased by approximately 11% sequentially, and by approximately 6% y/y. King noted that 81%, or $430M, of gross bookings were derived from the mobile audience. The company said "Candy Crush Saga," "Candy Crush Soda Saga" and "Farm Heroes Saga" ranked within the top 10 grossing games in App Store and Play Store in the U.S. during Q2. King said its monthly unique users fell 1% to 340M in Q2, down from 345M last year, while monthly active users were 501M vs. 485M last year; daily active users were 142M in Q2 vs. 138M last year. The company said year-over-year increases in monthly active users and daily active users were primarily due to the introduction of new games, particularly "Candy Crush Soda Saga," partially offset by decline in "Candy Crush Saga" and other more mature games. It said increases also reflect growth in activity from mobile players, partially offset by continued decrease in activity from Facebook (FB) players. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, King Digital said it expects gross bookings in the third quarter of $460M-$485M based on the timing of game releases and recent trends. The company sees fourth quarter bookings "fairly consistent sequentially." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded King Digital Entertainment to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the company's Q2 results. King's network metrics were weaker than expected while a key component of the company's pipeline, the upcoming mid-core game, is pushed to 2016, Anmuth said. He cut the price target for shares to $17 from $20. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, King Digital fell $1.81, or 11.84%, to $13.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 3% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the mobile gaming space include Glu Mobile (GLUU), Zynga (ZNGA), Shanda Games (GAME), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
11:24 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; AAL FB
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10:13 EDTFBAnalyst says Twitter CEO decision could come next week
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports 3.7M U.S. equities trades per day in July in Market Making
KCG Holdings released trade volumes for the month of July. In Market Making, KCG averaged $28.8B dollar volume traded, 5.1B shares traded, and 3.7M trades per day in U.S. equities. In Global Execution Services: KCG electronic execution averaged 301.5M shares traded per day in U.S. equities; KCG BondPoint averaged $121.5M per day in fixed income par value. As for the overall market conditions in July, consolidated U.S. equity volume averaged $274.3B in dollar volume and 6.7B shares traded per day. The realized volatility for the S&P 500 was 11.9. In July, there were 22 trading days in U.S. equities and fixed income.
06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Parse open-sources all software development kits
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