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December 19, 2012
06:49 EDTKCG, PSO, KKR, BX, FBOn 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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July 16, 2014
11:28 EDTKKRLeon Cooperman gives 12 stock picks at CNBC conference
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11:16 EDTKKRCooperman lists Actavis, Citigroup, KKR among top-picks, CNBC says
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07:10 EDTBXBlackstone, Oaktree strive for Catalunya mortgage portfolio, Reuters says
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06:50 EDTKKRKKR co-founders could eventually be replaced by Nuttal, Bae, Reuters says
KKR co-founders Henry Kravis and George Roberts have noted they plan to stay at the firm for at least five more years, but Scott Nuttall and Joseph Bae are surfacing as the most likely people to fill those positions eventually, according to Reuters, citing sources. The sources said that both Kravis and Roberts have kept details of the succession plan a secret even within the company. Reference Link
July 15, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 53c to 28.02. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN ABX DIS NFLX TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
12:48 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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11:07 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; MU FB
Micron (MU) October 37 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 39, Facebook (FB) December 75 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 38 according to IVolatility.
10:56 EDTFBFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:33 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTFBFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB JPM TSLA
07:38 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports June average daily market making volume of $23.5B
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07:23 EDTFBFortune to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTKKRKKR, PEP to make joint $1B offer for SAI, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook, Nielsen team up to track TV habits, LA Times reports
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July 14, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 14, 2014
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14:58 EDTKKRKKR mulls sale of German telco Versatel, WSJ says
Private equity firm KKR (KKR) is thinking about selling its German telecommunications company Versatel GmbH, says the Wall Street Journal. If a sale process is initiated it may open the door to bids from UK's Vodafone (VOD) or potentially Telefónica (TEF), added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:25 EDTFBGoogle looked to Page, Brin to woo Facebook workers, WSJ says
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook poised to report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Oppenheimer
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