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February 27, 2015
16:14 EDTKOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower for the day, but still rose for the week and the month of February. The market moved in a narrow range for most of today's session despite a host of economic reports that were released earlier in the day. In spite of today's modest declines, the market put the finishing touches on one of its best months ever, with the Dow and S&P posting their best monthly rises since October 2011 and the Nasdaq notching its best month since 1998. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the last quarter of 2014, which is weaker than the 2.6% rate first estimated last month, but above the consensus forecast for the GDP growth rate to be cut to 2%. The Chicago PMI fell 13.6 points to 45.8 in February, which was much worse than the expected reading of 58.0. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment final February print came in at 95.4, which is a little better that the 93.6 preliminary February print and above the consensus forecast for a 94.0 reading. The pending home sales index bounced 1.7% to 104.2 in January, versus expectations for it to be up 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Two notable retailers moved in opposite directions following their quarterly reports, as Gap (GPS) rose and J.C. Penney fell. Gap gained $1.23, or 3.05%, to $41.60 after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat expectations. The owner of Old Navy, Banana Republic and its flagship nameplate also announced a $1B share repurchase program and plans to increase its dividend. J.C. Penney, meanwhile, reported earnings that missed expectations and gave a 2015 gross margin outlook that disappointed some analysts and its shares slid 62c, or 6.8%, to $8.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which jumped $16.38, or 13.13%, to $141.12 after the energy drink maker's fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and announced plans to expand distribution with Coca-Cola (KO) bottlers into additional territories. Among the noteworthy losers was Weight Watchers (WTW), which dropped $6.23, or 35.48%, to $11.33 after reporting lower than expected quarterly revenues and issuing a worse than expected profit forecast for its new fiscal year. Also lower were shares of Southwestern Energy (SWN), which fell $1.27, or 4.82%, to $25.08 after becoming the latest oil production company to lower its 2015 capital expenditure forecast. INDEXES: The Dow fell 81.72, or 0.45%, to 18,132.70, the Nasdaq lost 24.36, or 0.49%, to 4,963.53, and the S&P 500 declined 6.24, or 0.3%, to 2,104.50.
15:29 EDTMAMasterCard recommends rejection of 'mini-tender' offer from TRC Capital
MasterCard announced that it has been notified of an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer dated February 25, 2015, made by TRC Capital, a private Canadian investment company, to purchase up to 1.5M shares of MasterCard's common stock, less than one fifth of 1% of the outstanding shares of common stock. TRC Capital's unsolicited "mini-tender" offer price of $88.50 per share is approximately 4.5% below the $92.67 per share closing price of MasterCard's common stock on February 25, the last trading day prior to the commencement of the offer. MasterCard is not affiliated in any way with TRC Capital, the offer, or the offer documentation. MasterCard recommends against shareholders tendering shares in response to this unsolicited offer.
12:54 EDTKOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:01 EDTVVisa to acquire TrialPay, terms not disclosed
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11:47 EDTKOMonster Beverage rallies to 52-week high after Q4 results top estimates
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09:43 EDTTCongressional Internet Caucus to hold a discussion
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09:33 EDTTTechFreedom and Int'l Center for Law & Economics holds a discussion
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09:25 EDTKOMonster Beverage price target raised to $165 from $130 at Stifel
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08:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola makes largest ever Euro bond sale by U.S. company, WSJ says
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07:54 EDTKOMonster Beverage price target raised to $150 from $120 at JPMorgan
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07:53 EDTCLXKraft, Mondelez, others give statements at CAGNY conference, The Deal says
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06:46 EDTTGameStop bids on 163 RadioShack stores, Reuters says
GameStop (GME) bid for 163 RadioShack (RSHCQ) store leases at $15,000 per lease in a Wednesday auction, reports Reuters, citing bankruptcy court filings and spokesperson statements. GameStop has roughly two months to decide whether it will take on the leases or terminate them, and a spokesperson said the locations -- if awarded -- would "primarily be used to expand... Spring Mobile, which is an exclusive AT&T (T) dealer." Reference Link
05:57 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 24 at lower end of index mean range
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February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTIBM, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
16:30 EDTKOMonster Beverage, Coca-Cola expand distribution agreement
In August 2014, Monster Beverage (MNST) and Coca-Cola (KO) entered into definitive agreements for a long-term strategic partnership to accelerate growth for both companies in the global energy drink category. Under the agreements, Coca-Cola will acquire an approximate 16.7% ownership interest in Monster and will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business to Monster, which, in turn, will transfer its non-energy business to Coca-Cola. Monster and Coca-Cola will amend their current distribution coordination agreements to expand distribution with Coca-Cola bottlers into additional territories. Upon closing, Coca-Cola will become Monster's preferred distribution partner globally, and Monster will become Coca-Cola exclusive energy play. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close in Q2.
13:25 EDTFBGerman watchdog issues cease-and-desist letter to Facebook, WSJ says
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13:00 EDTTFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTTFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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12:39 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:12 EDTFBFacebook climbs after analyst says Oculus could be used for NBA, NHL games
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11:03 EDTINTCSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
10:41 EDTFBFacebook retakes the $80 level, runs higher, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:12 EDTIBMIBM shifting $4B into 'strategic initiatives'
The strategic imperatives identified by IBM include Data, Cloud and Engagement.
09:07 EDTIBMIBM backs FY15 EPS view $15.75-$16.50, consensus $16.02
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09:02 EDTIBMIBM sees EPS to grow high single-digits over longer term
IBM sees revenue to grow low single-digits over longer term. See longer term Free Cash Flow realization in the 90%'s. Longer term view given in slides for analyst day meeting.
06:57 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into investor day
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06:46 EDTV, MADeutsche sees American Express as undervalued, upgrades to Buy
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06:30 EDTINTCARM Holdings looking to expand to Internet of Things, servers, WSJ reports
ARM Holdings (ARMH) is trying to break into the nascent Internet of Things market and the server segment, according to The Wall Street Journal. In the server market, ARM is looking to take share from Intel (INTC), the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:26 EDTINTCCiti sees downside risk to consensus estimates for Intel
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06:22 EDTYHOOYahoo paying very high salaries, Business Insider says
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February 25, 2015
19:46 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus a significant long term opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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15:03 EDTYHOOYahoo paying very high salaries, Business Insider says
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10:34 EDTINTCHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
10:29 EDTYHOOYahoo management 'seems open' to Yahoo Japan options, dealReporter says
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09:25 EDTINTCCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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07:27 EDTIBM, INTCThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
07:25 EDTJAHJPMorgan to hold a conference
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05:56 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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February 24, 2015
16:06 EDTKOOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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09:40 EDTFBFacebook says over 2M advertisers now active, launches Ads Manager app
There are now more than 2 million active advertisers on Facebook, the company announced. Facebook also announced the launch of Ads Manager, a new mobile app that gives marketers more power to manage ads from anywhere. Reference Link
07:25 EDTMARW Baird to hold a conference
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06:41 EDTYHOOYahoo executive questions NSA director over spying, WSJ says
Yahoo Chief Information-Security Officer Alex Stamos questioned NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers at a Washington summit about the extent of U.S. government spying, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing transcripts of the event. Stamos stated "It sounds like [the NSA and FBI want a backdoor into] our products," to which Admiral Rogers did not directly respond. Rogers stated he believes it is legally feasible to allow the NSA to access encrypted information from U.S. companies. Reference Link
06:39 EDTV, MAVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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06:08 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 23, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; February 23, 2015
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14:24 EDTIBMIBM signs strategic teaming agreement with Tech Mahindra
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12:28 EDTTGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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10:17 EDTKOCoca-Cola calls active amid speculation of potential management changes
Coca-Cola February 42 and 42.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 7K contracts (1K puts) amid speculation of potential management changes. February weekly call option implied volatility is at 21, March and April is at 16, May is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:01 EDTKORumor: Coca-Cola active amid speculation of potential management changes
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09:59 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:48 EDTFBFacebook experiencing likely service disruption, downrightnow says
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTFBBelgian commissioned study finds Facebook privacy policy violates European law
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09:04 EDTKMBKimberly Clark signs agreements to purchase pension annuity contracts
Kimberly-Clark announced it has entered into purchase agreements with The Prudential Insurance Company of America and Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company for group annuity contracts that will transfer payment responsibility for retirement pension benefits owed to approximately 21,000 Kimberly-Clark retirees in the U.S. to the two insurers. By transferring the obligations to Prudential and MassMutual, Kimberly-Clark will reduce its pension projected benefit obligation by approximately $2.5B. Kimberly-Clark expects to make a $400M to $475M contribution to its U.S. pension plan to support this transaction. This contribution will be funded by debt financing and is incremental to the company's previous assumption for 2015 global defined benefit pension plan contributions of up to $100M. As a result of the annuity purchases, Kimberly-Clark expects to recognize a non-cash pension settlement charge of $0.8 billion after tax ($1.3 billion before-tax) in the second quarter of 2015. This charge will be excluded from the company's 2015 adjusted results.
08:46 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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07:38 EDTTComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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06:21 EDTYHOO, FBFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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05:33 EDTTDirecTV downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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February 20, 2015
16:03 EDTFBOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:56 EDTTAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks – not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
11:37 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into host investor day
IBM February weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, March is at 15, July is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing movement into a company hosted investor day to be held in New York on February 26.
10:02 EDTKOCoca-Cola says has a 'lot of heavy lifting to do'
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09:47 EDTKOCoca-Cola says long term growth targets include high single digit EPS growth
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTVVisa shifting to local payment systems in Russia, WSJ says
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05:21 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
04:50 EDTKOStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM KO
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTFB, KOOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
15:32 EDTIBMIBM to host investor day
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14:46 EDTYHOOcomScore announces global integration with Flurry from Yahoo
comScore (SCOR announced an integration with Flurry through Yahoo's (YHOO) Flurry Pulse solution, which will enable Flurry clients to streamline application tagging required for unified measurement in comScore Mobile Metrix and Media Metrix Multi-Platform. The beta period for this integration is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.
14:43 EDTYHOOYahoo announces new Mobile Developer Suite
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14:38 EDTYHOOYahoo says now has 575M monthly active app users
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14:22 EDTYHOOYahoo says now has access to 1.6B devices through Flurry
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14:06 EDTTDirecTV says on track to close deal with AT&T before end of 1H
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13:57 EDTYHOOYahoo now third largest mobile ad company with 2014 mobile revenue of $1.2B
Comment was made by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference.
12:45 EDTMA, VOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:09 EDTV, MAAmerican Express confirms intent to appeal federal court ruling
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11:47 EDTFBFacebook breaks above its 50-day moving average
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11:40 EDTFBFacebook rises after analyst pegs Instagram value at $33B
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11:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola board increases quarterly dividend 8% to 33c per share
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11:00 EDTMA, VAmerican Express plans to appeal antitrust ruling, CNBC reports
American Express stated to CNBC that the company is "disappointed" with a court decision in an antitrust matter and plans to file an appeal. "The court's ruling will not provide any benefit to consumers and will, in fact, harm competition by further entrenching the two dominant networks. We continue to believe that the Department of Justice's arguments are flawed and believe we should prevail on appeal," American Express stated. Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
09:03 EDTKMBKimberly Clark increases dividend 4.8% to 88cc
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08:54 EDTTAT&T fiber-optic internet charges users $29 to avoid tracking, WSJ says
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08:04 EDTVVisa to extend Visa Checkout service, totaling 16 markets by late 2015
Visa announced that Visa Checkout will become available in a total of 16 markets in 2015. Currently, consumers from 10 countries can sign up for Visa Checkout. By the end of 2015 Visa Checkout will be available in the following 16 markets: U.S., Australia, and Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Consumers in newly-enabled markets will first be able to use Visa Checkout to buy from merchants in the U.S., Australia and Canada that accept Visa Checkout and ship internationally. As the rollout continues, select markets will begin to incorporate issuer, merchant, acquirer, and channel partnerships to support local commerce with Visa Checkout. Visa will also launch localized Visa Checkout websites for many of these markets.
07:58 EDTFBFacebook remains a top pick for 2015, says Cowen
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07:12 EDTIBMWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:17 EDTFBFacebook Seattle gets new office, 1500 hires in 2016, TechFlash says
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05:36 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 18, 2015
16:32 EDTKMBKimberly Clark CFO Buthman plans to retire at year end, Maria Henry to succeed
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14:38 EDTCLXClorox sees lower oil prices becoming a tailwind later in year
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14:37 EDTCLXClorox says strength for company is in North America
The CEO of Clorox is speaking in a CNBC interview.
11:49 EDTFBFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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08:27 EDTFBFacebook in talks with media about hosting news content, Re/code says
Facebook is speaking to media publishers about hosting news content "that would otherwise go on a publisher’s own website," reports Re/code, citing statements by Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox at the Code/Media conference. Cox said Facebook could provide a larger audience and improved design, though he noted potential partnerships "aren't coming anytime soon." Additionally, Cox said the company's video efforts have been "a massive success" but the company "isn’t rushing" to pay content creators. Reference Link
06:29 EDTFBFacebook engagement data remains strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes that according to comScore, Facebook’s share of mobile Internet time excluding Instagram and WhatsApp in January was 21%, up from 20% in December, and its share of total Internet time including desktop was 17%. The firm believes the data suggests continued strong engagement for Facebook. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target, calling the stock a favorite idea for 2015.
06:10 EDTFBFacebook is developing virtual reality apps, Re/code says
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February 17, 2015
17:29 EDTIBM, VBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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17:13 EDTFBPoint72 gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:02 EDTINTC, YHOOSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling signs agreement with Coca-Cola affiliate
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15:05 EDTFBFacebook announces official launch of Marketing Partner program
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13:14 EDTFBFacebook introduces customizable product ads solution
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12:26 EDTIBMIBM launches new storage software
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12:12 EDTTAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
10:04 EDTFBFacebook receives patent for identifying, marketing to "influencers"
Facebook has received a patent allowing it to identify "influencers" within its social network - those whose recommendations results in a significant increase of word-of-mouth and re-sharing. The patent describes a process for identifying which users are most influential, and then advertising to those specific people in order to capitalize on any potential recommendations they may make.
09:19 EDTINTC, TDocument Security files patent infringement claims against Intel, others
DSS Technology Management, a subsidiary of Document Security (DSS), announced the filing of a patent infringement lawsuit against the Intel (INTC); Dell; GameStop (GME); Conn's Inc. (CONN) and Conn Appliances; NEC Corporation of America; Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) and Wal-Mart Stores Texas, and AT&T (T) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division. DSS's complaint alleges infringement by Intel, Dell, GameStop (GME), Conn's, NEC, Wal-Mart, and AT&T of US Patents 5,965,924 and 6,784,552, which relate to semiconductor manufacturing.
08:39 EDTFBMarathon Patent Group subsidiary files patent infringement suit against Facebook
Marathon Patent Group (MARA) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary TLI Communications GmbH has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook (FB) and Facebook Ireland Limited in the Regional Court of Munich in Germany. TLI Communications is asserting infringement of the German part of European patent 0 814 611 B1 by the social media platform "Facebook" operated by the defendants, as well as the associated application software for smartphones and tablet computers.
08:11 EDTYHOOSplunk says Yahoo selects Hunk for Hadoop analytics platform
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07:22 EDTV, FB, INTCMitsubishi UFJ to hold a tour
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07:15 EDTCLX, JAH, KOConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel to delay launch of 14nm Skylake desktop CPUs, DigiTimes reports
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February 16, 2015
19:13 EDTTLiberty Global may become takeover target, NY Times says
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17:24 EDTIBMFIS, Oracle among those exploring Monitise bid, Sky News reports
FIS (FIS) is among the U.S. companies considering a takeover bid for Monitise, the UK mobile banking software manufacturer which put itself up for sale last month, Mark Kleinman of Sky News reports. Other possible bidders include Oracle (ORCL) and IBM (IBM), Kleinman added. He pointed out that all of the takeover discussions are said to be at an early stage. Reference Link
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