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May 5, 2015
19:08 EDTFBEU to announce investigation of tech companies, Reuters says
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 5, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 64c to 21.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR FB BAC BABA GILD PFE CHK PBR C according to Track Data.
12:23 EDTFBAnalyst says sell AOL as competition from Facebook rises
Goldman Sachs downgraded AOL (AOL) to Sell from Neutral today, saying that the company is facing increased competitive risks and negative trends. WHAT'S NEW: AOL's ad technology business may encounter increased competition from larger players like Facebook (FB) as these websites enhance their ability to reach users even when they are on other platforms, Goldman analyst Debra Schwartz wrote in a note to investors. As a result of this trend, AOL could lose share in the automated Internet ad market, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, a proliferation of news, content and video platforms, many of which are social or video oriented, could cause AOL's websites to continue to lose share, Schwartz believes. Additionally, the analyst expects AOL to report lower than expected first quarter revenue. The sales of AOL's Brand group are likely to come under pressure as the company restructures and consolidates its properties, the analyst believes. On a positive note, Schwartz thinks that AOL can deliver in-line 2015 EPS, but she estimates that its 2016 operating income before depreciation and amortization will miss expectations. WHAT'S NOTABLE: AOL is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market opens on Friday, May 8, with a conference call scheduled for 8:00 am EDT. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, AOL fell 1.8% to $40.10.
12:02 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB AAPL
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11:29 EDTFBFacebook slips lower, levels to watch
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09:39 EDTFBBofA/Merrill software/internet analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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06:19 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with Needham
Meeting to be held in Chicago on May 6 hosted by Needham.
05:58 EDTFBFacebook announces Internet.org Platform
Facebook yesterday introduced the Internet.org Platform, an open program for developers to easily create services that integrate with Internet.org. We’re also giving people more choice over the free basic services they can use. Facebook says, "Our goal with Internet.org is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities. To do this, we’re going to offer services through Internet.org in a way that’s more transparent and inclusive. At the core of our efforts with Internet.org are non-exclusive partnerships with mobile operators to offer free basic internet services to people through Internet.org. This is a set of basic websites and services to introduce people to the value of the internet, and that we hope add value to their lives."
May 4, 2015
19:50 EDTFBMeerkat livestreaming available on Facebook, Re/code says
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16:49 EDTBXPinnacle Foods files to sell 5M shares of common stock for holders
Pinnacle Foods (PF) announced that certain of its stockholders, which are entities affiliated with Blackstone (BX), intend to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering 5M shares of the company's common stock, pursuant to the company shelf registration statement filed with the SEC. Upon successful completion of the offering, Blackstone will no longer beneficially own any of Pinnacle's common stock. BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as bookrunner for the offering.
16:26 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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15:54 EDTFBFacebook tests Nokia 'HERE' map service, TechCrunch says
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13:17 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after having opened in positive territory and showing little movement in the early half of the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders climbed 2.1% in March, which was roughly in-line with expectations. The New York ISM current business conditions index jumped to 58.1 in April from a prior reading of 50. In China, the final Purchasing Managers’ Index from HSBC and Markit for April came in at 48.9, which was below the preliminary reading of 49.2 and missed the consensus forecast of 49.4. In Europe, Markit's purchasing managers index for the eurozone’s manufacturing sector fell to 52.0 in April from 52.2 in March. COMPANY NEWS: Dow Chemical (DOW) announced it will cut approximately 1,500-1,750 positions, or approximately 3% of its global workforce, as part of streamlining the organization ahead of the company’s pending separation of a significant portion of its chlorine value chain... McDonald's shares declined fractionally after the company revealed details about the initial steps of the company's turnaround plan. The company said it will restructure its business into four new segments, accelerate the pace of its refranchising and reach the top end of its 3-year $18B-$20B cash return to shareholders target by the end of 2016... Cisco (CSCO) announced that Chuck Robbins will take over as CEO and that John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman on July 26... Disney (DIS) moved up its second quarter earnings release and conference call following the sudden death of David Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook (FB) COO and Disney Board member Sheryl Sandberg. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Array BioPharma (ARRY), which rose more than 15% after the company reported on its quarterly results and provided pipeline updates for binimetinib and encorafenib. Also higher after its earnings report was BroadSoft (BSFT), which gained almost 15%. Among the noteworthy losers was Spark Therapeutics (ONCE), which fell 4% after the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found gene therapy created by another company that previously helped restore sight in patients with a rare form of childhood blindness peaked one to three years after treatment and had diminished by six years. Also lower were shares of Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), which were down about 3% in afternoon trading after David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital spoke cautiously about the company and the fracking space in general while presenting at the Ira Sohn investor conference. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 64.48, or 0.36%, to 18,088.54, the Nasdaq was up 19.74, or 0.39%, to 5,025.13, and the S&P 500 was up 7.62, or 0.36%, to 2,115.91.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:09 EDTFBInstagram taking bigger role in commercial real estate, WSJ reports
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May 3, 2015
17:47 EDTFBFacebook plans 'Instant Articles' service, offers increased ad revenue, WSJ says
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14:59 EDTFBTwitter, LinkedIn, Yelp likely falling further, Barron's says
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13:06 EDTBXBlackstone shares may return 20% over coming year, Barron's says
Blackstone stock could rise to $47 from $41 in the next 12 months and could "easily" return 20% after dividends, Barron's contends in a feature article. Barron's argues that the stock looks underpriced at just 10 times earnings, and CEO Stephen Schwarzman is confident the firm can handle heavy influxes of capital. Reference Link
12:52 EDTKKRAmerican Airlines, United among companies that may reward traders, Barron's says
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May 1, 2015
10:05 EDTKCGHigh option volume stocks:
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB LNKD ALTR GILD TSLA BAC TWTR MSFT FEYE BIDU
07:08 EDTKCGKCG Holdings reports Q1 GAAP EPS $2.19 vs. 31c last year
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April 30, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 30, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 60c to 21.84. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN CELG VZ KMI according to Track Data.
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:19 EDTBXBlackstone invests $250M in Stornoway Diamond
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08:14 EDTBXBlackstone affiliate invests in Stornoway Diamond
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April 29, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; April 29, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 47c to 21.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMZN C MCD BAC CRM BIDU WYNN according to Track Data.
09:40 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook official: European regulation would pose 'serious' obstacles, FT says
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April 28, 2015
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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April 27, 2015
14:44 EDTFBFacebook introduces video calling in Messenger
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13:36 EDTFBFacebook engineering director to leave company, TechCrunch reports
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09:59 EDTBXBlackstone acquires 16 UK logistics assets
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April 24, 2015
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:16 EDTFBEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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05:58 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
05:46 EDTPSOPearson announces Chairman Glen Moreno intends to step down
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05:44 EDTPSOPearson proposes final dividend of 34p, giving a total dividend of 51p
The company is proposing a final dividend of 34p, giving a total dividend for 2014 of 51p, up 6%.
05:44 EDTPSOPearson: North America revenue declines modestly with growth in VUE
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05:42 EDTPSOPearson backs FY15 adjusted EPS 75p-80p
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April 23, 2015
14:29 EDTFBFacebook launches video ad partnership featuring Vice, The Onion, Funny or Die
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10:55 EDTFBPac Crest an outlier with bearish note on Facebook following Q1 report
After Facebook last night reported higher than expected first quarter profits but lower than expected revenue. several analysts reacted positively to the company's results, raising their price targets on the social network operator's stock. However, Pacific Crest went against the mostly bullish trend by recommending that investors avoid the stock. WHAT'S NEW: Facebook last night reported first quarter earnings per share of 42c, versus the consensus outlook of 40c. The social network operator's revenue came in below expectations, and the company said that foreign exchange trends negatively impacted its first quarter results. Facebook forecast that foreign exchange headwinds would increase this quarter. Facebook reported that it had 936M daily active users on average last month, an increase of 17% versus the same period a year earlier. Its monthly active users climbed 13% year-over-year to 1.44B in Q1. BULLISH TAKE: Adjusting for currency, Facebook's Q1 revenue would have been 3% higher than the Street's consensus outlook, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster stated. The online network's "story is firmly intact" as its results are likely to be boosted by the ramping of Instagram in 2016, WhatsApp in 2017 and Oculus in 2018, the analyst stated. He kept a $92 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Also upbeat was Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler, who raised his price target on the stock to $100 from $90, saying that its currency headwinds "masked" strong Q1 results. The stock will "grind higher" on new revenue streams and product announcements, predicted Sandler, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth raised his price target on the stock to $100 from $85, saying that the company reported strong Q1 results and that it is the best positioned Internet company over the next five years. Moreover, its video ads appear to be hitting a positive turning point, added Anmuth, who kept an Overweight rating on the name. BEARISH TAKE: Facebook's price per ad appears to have declined sequentially last quarter for the first time since early 2013, wrote Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. If that trend continues, its price per ad growth will decelerate significantly this year, according to the analyst. Additionally, the company's margins are contracting and its new products are unlikely to make much of an impact this year, according to Wilson, who recommended that investors choose other stocks over Facebook. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Facebook slid 0.7% to $84 per share.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL FB PBR TWTR AA COST TSLA AMZN TXN BAC
08:27 EDTFBFacebook growth slowing, margins contracting, says Pacific Crest
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook reported solid results, says Brean Capital
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08:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $84 at FBR Capital
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08:07 EDTKKRKKR reports Q1 adjusted ENI 62c, consensus 53c
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07:45 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $100 saying the company posted strong Q1 results despite a challenging currency environment. The firm highlights Facebook's growth in organic and promoted video views as well as its better ad targeting and measurement tools. JPMorgan continues to view Facebook as the best positioned company in the internet space over the next five years. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
07:28 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $105 from $88 at RBC Capital
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07:22 EDTFBFacebook thesis strengthened, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Facebook remains a top pick for 2015 and that its in-line quarter strengthened the firm's Outperform thesis. The firm said the quarter reaffirmed its conviction that Facebook will be able to drive revenue growth without a material increase in ad loads, consensus estimates underestimate long-term monetization potential of new products, and upward bias to estimates from Offers/Local, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus, and others. Credit Suisse's price target on Facebook remains $106.
07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $90 at Deutsche Bank
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06:48 EDTFBFacebook reported strong Q1 results, says Cantor
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05:49 EDTFBFacebook Q1 sales a 3% beat ex-currency, says Piper Jaffray
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April 22, 2015
19:14 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 3.3%... Alliance Fiber Optic (AFOP), up 6.9%... eBay (EBAY), up 6.2%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), up 5.6%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.8%... Corelogic (CLGX), up 3.2%... Skechers (SKX), up 2.5%... AT&T (T), up 1.3%. ALSO HIGHER: ARRIS Group (ARRS), up 24.9% after acquiring Pace plc. for $2.1B in cash and stock... Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR), up 2.5% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Uniqure (QURE), up 3.7% after being initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Texas Instruments (TXN), down 6.7%... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), down 4.2%... Oceaneering International (OII), down 3.7%... F5 Networks (FFIV), down 2.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 3.3%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 3%... Facebook (FB), down 2.2%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 3.1%. ALSO LOWER: Noble Corp (NE), down 1.2% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
17:32 EDTFBFacebook sees total payments and other fees revenue to decline
Facebook sees total payments and other fees revenue to decline on a year-over year basis for the remainder of the year. Sees FY15 CapEx $2.7B-$$3.2B.
17:23 EDTFBNokia approaches Apple, Amazon, Facebook in sale of maps unit, Bloomberg says
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17:22 EDTFBFacebook says FX headwinds in Q2 will be greater than Q1
17:20 EDTFBFacebook says Q1 Non-Gaap expense increased 57%
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17:18 EDTFBFacebook says FX headwinds impacted Q1 revenue
17:14 EDTFBFacebook sees videos attracting marketers to mobile
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17:11 EDTFBFacebook says Instagram has more than 200M daily users
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook down $1.20 to $83.43 after Q1 results
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 daily active users up 17%
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16:01 EDTFBFacebook reports Q1 EPS 42c, consensus 40c
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 22c to 21.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD FB PBR AMZN KMI MYL C according to Track Data.
15:50 EDTKKRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:30 EDTFBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include eBay (EBAY), consensus 70c... Facebook (FB), consensus 40c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 62c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 72c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus $1.33... AT&T (T), consensus 62c... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.50... Plexus (PLXS), consensus 69c... Skechers (SKX), consensus $1.01... Select Comfort (SCSS), consensus 41c... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 41c... Covanta (CVA), consensus (8c)... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.09... Torchmark (TMK), consensus $1.05... Ameriprise (AMP), consensus $2.33... Polycom (PLCM), consensus 21c... Citrix (CTXS), consensus 65c... Core Laboratories (CLB), consensus 85c... Graco (GGG), consensus 78c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 48c... Equifax (EFX), consensus $1.02... SLM (SLM), consensus 7c... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 50c... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.94... Susquehanna (SUSQ), consensus 18c... Raymond James (RJF), consensus 83c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.49... CoreLogic (CLGX), consensus 31c... Oceaneering (OII), consensus 62c... Valmont (VMI), consensus $1.49... Brandywine Realty (BDN), consensus 32c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus 1c.
13:51 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts expect Facebook to beat Q1 expectations
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13:28 EDTFBFacebook April weekly 84 straddle priced for 5.4% movement into Q1
13:01 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
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07:10 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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06:06 EDTFBGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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April 21, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
10:01 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
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09:17 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research
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09:06 EDTBXHilton price target raised to $33 from $30 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Hilton (HLT) to $33 from $30 ahead of its Q1 earnings report. The firm cited in-line peer valuation despite better growth expectations, additional asset monetization initiatives, and the potential for Blackstone (BX) to sell its shares, which would remove an overhang and boost liquidity. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Hilton.
09:02 EDTBXBlackstone, Wells Fargo in talks on more GE financial assets, Bloomberg says
General Electric (GE), which has announced plans to divest the majority of its GE Capital businesses, is in talks about the potential sale of its $74B U.S. commercial-lending unit, reported Bloomberg, echoing a similar report from The Wall Street Journal. Potential buyers include Blackstone (BX), Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) Wells Fargo (WFC) and Apollo Global (APO), according to people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
07:51 EDTBXBlackstone, Brookfield bid for A$9B of office properties, Globe and Mail says
Investa Property Group, Australia’s third-biggest owner of city center offices, is seeing interest from Blackstone (BX) and Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), as well as LaSalle Investment Management and China’s Fosun, for the A$9B portfolio of Australian office properties that Morgan Stanley (MS) is marketing on the company's behalf, said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
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