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March 27, 2015
19:00 EDTYHOOMicrosoft, Yahoo extend search partnership discussions for 30 days
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16:43 EDTINTCMarket finishes week lower as Yemen conflict, data weigh on shares
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16:23 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks opened slightly higher but were unable to gather any upside momentum. They quickly crossed into negative territory but never really picked up speed to the downside. After the slightly better than expected consumer confidence reading, the averages moved back into positive ground where they spent most of the session hovering near the flat line. Near the close, comments by Fed Chair Janet Yellen that an interest rate hike "may be warranted later this year," lifted the averages into positive territory. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., real GDP growth was steady at 2.2% in Q4, falling below consensus forecasts for 2.4% growth. GDP price index grew 0.1% on a linked quarter basis, matching expectations. U.S. consumer sentiment fell to 93.0 against consensus of 92.1. The current conditions index dipped to 105.0 from February's 106.9, while the consumer expectations index dropped to 85.3 from 88.0. COMPANY NEWS: Dow Chemical (DOW) and Olin (OLN) were up 3% and 14%, respectively, after announcing that Dow will separate much of its chlorine value chain and merge the entity with Olin in a $5B deal. Additionally, the companies announced a 20-year arrangement in which Dow will supply Olin with ethylene. Late in the session, the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel (INTC) was in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR), sending both stocks higher by 6% and 28%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Carnival (CCL), which rose over 6% after beating earnings expectations and raising FY15 revenue yield guidance. Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), jumping 11% after speculation of a Shire (SHPG) takeover deal. Among the noteworthy losers was Southern Cooper (SCCO), which fell nearly 4% after the company cancelled its Tia Maria mining project. Also lower was OvaScience (OVAS), down 10% after Oppenheimer reported pushback from academics during the company's presentation of early Augment data. Opco cautioned, however, that criticism of non-trial data is "inevitable" and JMP Securities called the results encouraging. INDEXES: The Dow rose 34.43, or 0.19%, to 17,712.66, the Nasdaq gained 27.86, or 0.57%, to 4,891.22, and the S&P 500 added 4.87, or 0.24%, to 2,061.02.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 27, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 31c to 25.74 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR RAD FB PBR AMZN DOW VLO AMAT ALTR according to Track Data.
15:48 EDTINTC Altera calls active on Intel in talks to buy report
Altera (ALTR) April 36 and 37 calls are active after DJ reported Intel (INTC) is in acquisition talks. April call option implied volatility is at 55, May is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
15:47 EDTINTCAltera up 22% after WSJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:44 EDTINTCIntel in talks to buy Altera, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is in talks to acquire Altera (ALTR) in what would be Intel's largest deal ever, according to the Wall Street Journal, which added that terms of the deal and timing couldn't be learned. Reference Link
15:38 EDTINTCAltera up 12.5% after DJ reports Intel in acquisition talks
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15:36 EDTINTCIntel in talks to buy Altera, DJ reports
11:09 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
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11:02 EDTMA, VVisa to miss Russian payment system deadline, CNBC reports
Visa (V) will need one to two months to move its credit card transaction processing in Russia to a local payment system, but MasterCard (MA) will make the April 1 deadline, according to CNBC. Russia ordered foreign card companies to move their transaction processing in Russia to a new local payment system after Russia was sanctioned due to its role in the Ukraine crisis. Reference Link
10:03 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:07 EDTFBFacebook positioned as dominant mobile and social platform, says RW Baird
Baird attended a developers conference which reinforced their view that Facebook was well positioned as a dominant mobile and social platform. The firm noted its new Messenger strategy, the expansion of LiveRail's mobile display support, and the potential to capitalize on the evolution of online consumer behavior. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and raised its price target to $96 from $93 on Facebook.
08:06 EDTYHOOFollow-up: Yahoo initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:43 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $98 from $89 at Barclays
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07:16 EDTTAT&T management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Hong Kong on March 27 hosted by UBS.
06:43 EDTYHOOJon McCormack returns to Amazon two months after leaving for Yahoo, BI says
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06:14 EDTTAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
06:08 EDTINTCMicron, Intel unveil new 3D NAND flash memory
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06:04 EDTFBFacebook to test drone this summer, WSJ says
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05:57 EDTINTCMicrosoft to push 2 inexpensive notebooks in mid-2015, DigiTimes says
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05:49 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; SWKS T
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March 26, 2015
19:16 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:24 EDTYHOOMorgan Stanley says Yahoo attractive way to buy Alibaba
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17:22 EDTYHOOYahoo approves additional share repurchase program of $2B
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17:19 EDTYHOOYahoo approves additional share repurchase program of $2B
16:33 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 26, 2015
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14:08 EDTKOPepsi regains number two spot from Diet Coke in cola wars, AP says
Pepsi (PEP) regained the number two spot from Diet Coke (KO) in the cola wars. Diet Coke had knocked Pepsi off the number two spot back in 2010, AP reports. Reference Link
13:51 EDTYHOOYahoo updates transparency report
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13:03 EDTMA, VSmartMetric wins $3M fee dispute with Visa, MasterCard
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12:17 EDTIBM, TEarnings Preview: Analyst sees BlackBerry's revenue bottoming in Q4
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12:09 EDTFBBattleground stock: Analysts take opposite sides on Twitter
Twitter is emerging as a battleground stock with Rosenblatt today starting coverage with a Buy rating while Stifel kept its Sell rating highlighting what it sees as weak operating metrics. BULLISH TAKE: Twitter's revenue and earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA margin are poised to rebound, Rosenblatt analyst Martin Pyykkonen wrote in a note to investors today. Among the company's positive catalysts are video clip ads which should prove popular with marketers, higher ad load rates, additional products that will increase user growth and the expansion of the company's sales force, which is reaching critical mass, the analyst believes. In general, Twitter can further monetize its ads starting this year by using targeted advertising, contended Pyykkonen. Twitter's ad targeting capabilities are at least as strong as those of Facebook (FB), added the analyst. Meanwhile, the company's recently acquired Periscope product, which enables live video streaming, could significantly affect Twitter's usage trends, he contended. BEARISH TAKE: Twitter's risk/reward ratio is negative, and the company's second quarter guidance may come in below consensus estimates, wrote Stifel analyst Scott Devitt. The company is facing a tough comparison in Q2, as its results in the quarter last year were boosted by the World Cup, Devitt stated. Moreover, Twitter has not significantly improved its core product, and the website may be less popular than investors expect, the analyst contended. Additionally, Facebook has launched a number of initiatives, including trending topics updates and a deal to distribute NFL clips, that compete with Twitter's core competencies, the analyst wrote. He kept a $38 price target and Sell rating on Twitter. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Twitter rose 2% to $50.50.
11:30 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; HAL YHOO
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11:20 EDTFBJudge says Zynga shareholders can pursue claims against company, Reuters says
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TWTR FB KRFT BIDU TSLA CELG NFLX FCAU
09:02 EDTTSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
08:26 EDTINTCSemi stocks less likely to rebound now than in 4Q14, says Goldman
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07:25 EDTIBMThe Economist to hold a forum
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06:59 EDTFBFacebook video outpaces YouTube in recent metrics, BI says
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06:41 EDTFB, YHOOTwitter to outpace Yahoo in display ad revenue, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTFBFacebook expands ad platform to include user data, Re/code says
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel to partner with notebook makers for Chromebook 2-in-1s, DigiTimes says
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March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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14:45 EDTFBFacebook testing new video autoplay feature, Re/code says
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13:43 EDTFBzulily rises after teaming with Facebook on messenger platform
Shares of (ZU) moved higher after Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the social network's new Businesses on Messenger product at today's developer conference. The product's initial partners in the retail vertical are zulily and Everlane, Zuckerberg announced. Zendesk (ZEN) will power Facebook's new messenger product, the company announced in a press release. Shares of zulily are up 38c to $13.40 as Zuckerberg's keynote speech continues.
13:37 EDTFBZendesk announces messenger partnership with Facebook
Zendesk (ZEN) announced a partnership to power Facebook's (FB) new Businesses on Messenger product. "Through an integration of its Zopim chat product with Messenger, Zendesk is allowing businesses to provide scalable and responsive customer service to the more than 600 million people worldwide who use Messenger," the company said. Online retailers zulily (ZU) and Everlane are the first two companies using the integration to support their customers, Zendesk added.
13:33 EDTFBzulily jumps after Facebook says initial partner on messenger platform
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11:09 EDTIBMU.S. government seen as likely to disprove of IBM deal, WantChinaTimes reports
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10:56 EDTFBFacebook amasses 600M users on Messenger service, CNBC reports
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09:35 EDTFB, VActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA KRFT FB BIDU GPRO V GILD NFLX
07:28 EDTV, MAVisa MasterCard should be bought on any weakness caused by currency, says Stifel
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07:26 EDTFBFacebook to hold a conference
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07:25 EDTTAT&T management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Tokyo on March 25 hosted by UBS.
06:40 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of range into Developers Conference
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 29, April is at 23, May is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement into today's Developer Conference in San Francisco.
06:05 EDTFBFacebook announces 'On This Day' feature
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook leaks announcements from F8 conference, Business Insider reports
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March 24, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 25.14 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB AMAT GOOG C MRK GILD according to Track Data.
10:50 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB BABA
Facebook (FB) September 95 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 27, Alibaba (BABA) July 92.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
10:50 EDTFBFly Watch: Facebook to unveil tools, products at F8 developer conference
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10:08 EDTFBFacebook in discussions with firms on 'Anthology' videos, The Information says
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10:01 EDTKMBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTINTCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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07:27 EDTMATelsey Advisory to hold a conference
2015 Consumer Conference is being held in New York on March 24-25.
06:34 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:23 EDTFBFacebook in talks about hosting content from media companies, NY Times says
Facebook has been holding talks in recent months about hosting the content of at least six media companies inside Facebook, according to The New York Times. The social network intends to test the new format in the next several months, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:23 EDTFBInstagram announce launch of Layout app
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March 23, 2015
16:35 EDTIBMRambus licenses patents and technology solutions to IBM, terms undisclosed
Rambus (RMBS) announced it has signed both patent and technology license agreements with IBM (IBM). The patent license agreement authorizes IBM to integrate Rambus memory controller and serial link interface technologies. The technology license agreement will have Rambus develop and deliver high-performance memory interface design IP to enhance IBM systems and semiconductor offerings. Specific terms of the agreements are confidential.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 48c to 25.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD CELG FB TSLA AMZN TEVA PBR according to Track Data.
10:17 EDTFBFacebook developing call-screening app, Android Police says
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09:32 EDTFBWedbush social media analysts
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08:29 EDTYHOOYahoo's Tumblr to contribute revenues in 2015, says BofA/Merrill
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook continues to take total ad budget share, says JMP Securities
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07:53 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end historic range
Yahoo March weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, April is at 24, May and July is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:44 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $61 from $66 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill lowered Buy rated Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $61 to reflect a lower valuation for the Alibaba (BABA) stake.
07:20 EDTV, MABarclays to hold a forum
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06:00 EDTIBMAMD's former CEO may join Dell, Re/code reports
According to sources, former AMD (AMD) CEO Rory Read is close to a deal to join Dell, Re/code reports. Read, who also previously worked at Lenovo (LNVGY) and IBM (IBM), could become COO and president for global commercial sales at Dell. An announcement may come as early as today, the sources say. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
16:42 EDTINTCChip equipment slowdown may not be as bad as first thought, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
09:45 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTIBMJefferies Euro offshore IT services analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discusses the market growth in Ofshore IT Services in Continental Europe which is expected to outpace project growth in the U.S., with Cognizant Technology Solutions/EPAM Systems best positioned and IBM/Hewlett Packard disadvantaged on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 10 am.
08:25 EDTFBFacebook to announce new Messenger features next week, Tech Crunch says
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07:24 EDTINTCBroadcom chip renews competition with in-house hardware makers, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTFBFacebook seeking advertising revenue in Brazil's poorest communities, WSJ says
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05:57 EDTFBFacebook's David Recordon as director of White House IT
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March 19, 2015
16:26 EDTTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower but turned mixed early in the day and remained that way for most of the session. The Dow and S&P spent most of the day deep in negative territory, while the Nasdaq managed to stay just above the flat line. Investors had a chance to digest yesterday’s comments from the Fed and may have re-considered whether it latest policy stance was as dovish as originally believed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close last night, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of Apple finished their first day in the blue chip index down 97c, or 0.76%, at $127.50, while AT&T fell 39c, or 1.16%, to $33.20... Coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) rose $1.92, or 2%, to close at $97.76 after hitting a new all-time high of $99.20 earlier. The move follows the company's investor day meeting yesterday, where it unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, reported a partnership to expand the distribution of its ready-to-drink products in China, and announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo were both unphased by the record highs and predicted the rally is not over for Starbucks in upbeat notes on the stock today. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $3.11, or 33.26%, to $12.46 after reporting positive results in meetings with the EMA and FDA. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained $7.19, or 5.85%, to $130.11 after research firm Brean Capital last night initiated coverage of the stock and several casino peers with Buy ratings. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell $1.09, or 7.15%, to $14.16 after saying that it intends to scrap four rigs and noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower after its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $3.50, or 16.36%, to $17.89. INDEXES: The Dow fell 117.16, or 0.65%, to 17,959.03, the Nasdaq gained 9.55, or 0.19%, to 4,992.38, and the S&P 500 declined 10.23, or 0.49%, to 2,089.27.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; March 19, 2015
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13:09 EDTTAT&T to pay $40M after missing appeal deadline, Bloomberg reports
AT&T is required to pay $40M in a patent infringement case because the company's lawyers failed to read a court document, reports Bloomberg. An appeals court ruled that AT&T missed the deadline to appeal a jury verdict for $27.5M, plus interest, won by Two-Way Media LLC. AT&T said its missed deadline was “excusable neglect” because of the incorrect docket entry, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said others were given the information needed and refused to extend the time period for the appeal. Reference Link
13:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:07 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range; shares at fresh life high
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, April is at 23, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement as shares trade at fresh life high.
11:02 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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10:46 EDTINTC, IBMChinese firms using IBM technology in server chips, WSJ says
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTTApple up fractionally in pre-market trade ahead of Dow entry
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09:04 EDTIBMIBM invests in Modernizing Medicine
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09:02 EDTINTCIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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08:45 EDTIBMHouse Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to hold a hearing
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08:40 EDTINTCIntel Capital in talks to invest in Indian streaming service, TechCrunch says
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07:04 EDTTAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:55 EDTFBCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:53 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO to raise marketing budget, revamp distribution network, WSJ says
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05:42 EDTFBeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
17:50 EDTYHOOYahoo exits China operations, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
13:59 EDTTT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
11:24 EDTFBeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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10:31 EDTKOPepsiCo's valuation low vs. peers, says Credit Suisse
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10:06 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Beijing R&D office, SCMP says
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09:36 EDTKO, FBActive equity options trading on open
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07:30 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTTAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
15:45 EDTFBWestern Union, MoneyGram near lows after Facebook reports money transfer plans
Shares of money transfer and payment services companies MoneyGram International (MGI) and Western Union (WU) are both in negative ground and near their session lows after Facebook (FB) announced this afternoon that it is adding a new feature in Messenger that gives people a "more convenient and secure way" to send or receive money between friends.
15:07 EDTFBFacebook adding 'send money' feature in Messenger
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10:00 EDTFB, YHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
09:34 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook launches expat targeting feature
To help businesses reach people living abroad, Facebook earlier today announced a new targeting feature that enables advertisers to reach the 92M expats on Facebook, the company announced today. Marketers can now connect with expats living within a given country (like expats living in Brazil) and expats originating from a specific country (like people born in Brazil living abroad), Facebook explained. Reference Link
08:11 EDTYHOOYahoo initiated with a Hold at Argus
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07:42 EDTFBBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:12 EDTIBMDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
06:37 EDTYHOOAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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March 16, 2015
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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12:56 EDTIBMIBM protest of Army contract an incremental negative for CACI, says Maxim
According to a Washington Technology article, IBM (IBM) successfully protested a $158M Army-payroll contract awarded to CACI (CACI). Maxim expects the contract to be re-evaluated and for CACI to still prevail and win, but the revenue ramp will take longer than previously anticipated. The firm rates CACI a Buy with a $101 price target.
12:54 EDTIBMContract awarded to CACI protested by IBM, Washington Technology reports
A $158M Army payroll and personnel contract that was awarded to CACI (CACI) has been successfully protested by IBM (IBM) and the contract has been dismissed, Washington Technology reports. Reference Link
10:50 EDTMAMasterCard, Itau Unitbanco announce new 20-year agreement
Itaú (ITUB) and MasterCard (MA) announced today the signing of a new 20-year agreement that further strengthens the long-term relationship between the two companies. As part of the agreement, Itaú and MasterCard will establish and operate a new electronic payments network in Brazil. In addition, Itaú will issue payment solutions including credit, debit and pre-paid cards as part of the newly created payments network and focus on enhancing the efficiency of their payment value chain. MasterCard will be responsible for managing the operations of the new network and transaction routing.
10:44 EDTYHOONetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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07:10 EDTMAWEX Inc. to receive MasterCard issuing license in Australia
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06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo developing encrypted email service, WSJ says
Yahoo is developing an encrypted email service and expects to launch by the end of 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos given at the South by Southwest conference. Stamos said the service will scramble the content of the message, though it will not hide the subject line nor data on when and to whom the email was sent. The service will be separate from Yahoo's current email product. Reference Link
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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March 15, 2015
18:04 EDTKODavid Winters says Coca-Cola CEO declined bonus not enough, Reuters says
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16:14 EDTIBMBlackBerry collaborates with IBM, Samsung on SecuTABLET
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