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News For KMB;JAH;V;CLX;ACTV;IBM;DELL;FB;T;INTC;KO;MA;YHOO From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; December 19, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 27c to 29.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX according to Track Data.
13:27 EDTTAT&T increases dividend 2.2% to 47c from 46c
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12:04 EDTFBFacebook rises after Citi nearly doubles Instagram value estimate
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA BBRY AMZN CELG GILD JCP AMAT FB
07:42 EDTINTC, JAHEPAM, WisdomTree added to Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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06:23 EDTFBCiti raises valuation of Facebook's Instagram to $35B from $19B
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December 18, 2014
16:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling announces agreement with Coca-Cola to expand franchise
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10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL FB TSLA PBR RAD AMAT NFLX GILD KMI TWTR
06:16 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:13 EDTFBKey PayPal executive leaves for Facebook, WSJ reports
PayPal’s VP of growth and global strategy, Stan Chudnovsky, is leaving the company ahead of its planned spinoff from eBay (EBAY), The Wall Street Journal reports. Chudnovsky is set to join Facebook (FB) as its head of product management for messaging products. Reference Link
December 17, 2014
16:03 EDTIBMIBM adds Cloud Centers in Europe, Asia and the Americas
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16:00 EDTKO, FBOptions Update; December 17, 2014
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15:12 EDTIBMIBM, Lufthansa get approval for IT services deal from EU Commission
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of parts of Lufthansa Systems Aktiengesellschaft of Germany, a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa (DLAKY), by a subsidiary of International Business Machines (IBM). The Lufthansa business to be acquired by IBM Central Holding provides certain IT services to the Lufthansa group. The European Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the very limited overlaps between the parties' activities and the presence of several strong alternative players that would remain active after the merger.
13:44 EDTYHOOYahoo holders continue push for AOL merger, NY Times reports
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08:55 EDTINTCJD.com signs partnership pact with Intel on shopping tech, Marbridge Daily says
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08:54 EDTFBMGT Capital launches fantasy sports platform on Facebook
MGT Capital (MGT ) launched Daily Fantasy Legend, a fantasy sports game based in Facebook (FB) where players create teams of athletes from the rosters of major professional sports, and then compete in tournaments on a daily basis.
08:31 EDTV, MAVisa MasterCard shares undervalued, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that the current valuations of Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) suggests that their payments volumes growth will decelerate to 6%-7% by 2017. The firm disagrees with this view, as it expects the companies to generate double digit volume growth for five to ten more years, Bernstein keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
December 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.55 to 34.60. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C GILD BAC NFLX AA MGM MCD according to Track Data.
11:31 EDTINTC, IBMRackspace looks to reduce reliance on Intel chips, Bloomberg says
Rackspace Hosting (RAX), which has been testing server computers based on IBM (IBM) Power chip designs, is looking to reduce its reliance on Intel (INTC) chips as it shifting to some server computers based on modified International Business Machine processors, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:31 EDTKOCoca-Cola names Julie Hamilton as Chief Customer & Commercial Leadership Officer
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09:03 EDTIBMBernstein U.S. IT hardware analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
U.S. IT Hardware Analyst Sacconaghi discusses the key drivers of IBM's financial model and provides an analyst's perspective on the stock on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 19 at 11 am.
07:01 EDTFBFacebook engagement metrics remain strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says Facebook’s share of overall Internet time improved month-over-month to 16.9% from 16.2% in October while its share of mobile time excluding Instagram and Whatsapp increased to 21% versus 20% in October. The firm says Facebook's engagement metrics remain strong and it reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target.
06:57 EDTFBGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at JPMorgan
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December 15, 2014
17:16 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY15 comparable currency neutral EPS growth similar to FY14
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16:27 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 2015 net share repurchases of $2B-$3B
As previously indicated, the company does not expect comparable currency neutral EPS growth in 2015 to be significantly different from 2014. Longer term, the company intends to return to delivering against its stated growth targets. Based on current spot rates, existing hedge positions, and the cycling of 2014 rates, the company now expects a 5 to 6 point currency headwind on profit before tax in 2015. The underlying effective annual tax rate on operations in 2015 is currently expected to be 22.5%. In 2015, the company is targeting net share repurchases of $2B to $3B.
16:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees 9 point currency headwind on Q4 EPS
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16:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY14 comparable currency neutral EPS growth of 4%-5%
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; December 15, 2014
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13:52 EDTKOWintergreen says Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent 'incapable' of leading turnaround
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07:58 EDTFBWhatsApp rumored to be at work on web version of app, Business Insider says
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus acquires Nimble VR, 13th Lab
Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook earlier this year, announced on its blog last week that it has acquired startup companies Nimble VR and 13th Lab AB. Terms of the deals have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:10 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 30 at lower end of index mean range
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06:06 EDTFBFacebook stops including results from Bing on site, Reuters reports
A Facebook (FB) spokesperson has confirmed that the company has stopped including results from Microsoft’s (MSFT) Bing search engine on its site as it has revamped its own search offerings, Reuters reported on Friday. Facebook recently introduced a tool that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on the social networking site. The spokesperson comments that "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Reference Link
05:55 EDTIBMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM XOM
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December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTTStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 12, 2014
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:08 EDTIBMHatch to look to push tech worker bill, Reuters reports
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December 11, 2014
13:57 EDTFBFacebook using contact info to measure ad effectiveness, Wired says
Facebook is measuring how much its ads influence shoppers by comparing phone numbers and e-mails collected in stores with the phone numbers and e-mail addresses on Facebook accounts, Wired quoted Brian Boland, the vice president of ad tech at Facebook,as saying. Reference Link
10:38 EDTFBFacebook holds a webcast
Facebook holds a live Q&A webcast with Mark Zuckerberg on December 11 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
10:17 EDTYHOOCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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10:13 EDTCLX, JAHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:54 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in London on December 11 hosted by UBS.
08:53 EDTFBBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTYHOOGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:49 EDTJAHJarden initiated with a Strong Buy at Raymond James
Target $53.
07:48 EDTCLXClorox initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James
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December 10, 2014
11:12 EDTFBInstagram announces service now has over 300M users
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10:24 EDTTSprint retreats after Oppenheimer cuts rating to Underperform amid price war
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10:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola to host conference call
Conference call to address financial and modeling-related questions will be held on December 15 at 4:30 pm. Webcast Link
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:12 EDTTRadioShack threatens bankruptcy if cell phone deals not reworked, NY Post says
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08:36 EDTIBMApple, IBM deliver first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps
Apple (AAPL) and IBM (IBM) have delivered the first wave of IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions in a new class of made-for-business apps and supporting cloud services that bring IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad users in the enterprise. IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions are now available to enterprise customers in banking, retail, insurance, financial services, telecommunications and for governments and airlines, thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between Apple and IBM. IBM clients today announcing support for IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions include: Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte.
08:16 EDTT, IBMBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
08:09 EDTFBFacebook management to meet with UBS
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07:30 EDTTAT&T price target lowered to $36-$38 from $42-$44 at Wells Fargo
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06:32 EDTTAT&T shares have near-term downside risk to $30, says Citigroup
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05:51 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; CBST T
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05:15 EDTTAT&T rebrands Alltel in Georgia
AT&T has upgraded the former Alltel retail locations in Georgia and opened them under the AT&T brand. AT&T has also upgraded the former Alltel network in Georgia to combine the strength of Alltel's local coverage with AT&T's 4G LTE network. In early 2015, more than 100,000 former Alltel wireless customers in Georgia will begin using new devices that work on AT&T's network.
December 9, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; December 9, 2014
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12:48 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range
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10:28 EDTTVerizon drops after warning about promotional impact on profits
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07:32 EDTTUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling in pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
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14:50 EDTMA, VVisa price target raised to $295 from $260 at Argus
Argus raised its FY15 and FY16 adjusted EPS estimates for Visa (V) and correspondingly increased its price target on the stock to $295 from $260. The firm, which keeps a Buy rating on Visa, expects rising transaction volume to lead to higher consensus earnings estimates and believes the stock should trade at a higher multiple than peer MasterCard (MA), given its faster EPS growth rate and more consistent earnings performance.
09:09 EDTCLXClorox management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:04 EDTMAMasterCard, Dynamics announce joint commercial initiative
In conjunction with the Series C funding announcement issued earlier, MasterCard and Dynamics Inc. also announced a joint commercial initiative to drive innovation in the interactive payment card market. The collaboration enables MasterCard to offer exclusive Dynamics products to its issuers globally, providing consumers with added choice, flexibility and security at the point of sale.
06:13 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
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December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMADow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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16:36 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:47 EDTCLXClorox price target raised to $120 from $105 at Argus
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12:50 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTFBOption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTFB, YHOOYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading
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08:55 EDTYHOO, FBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:43 EDTYHOOFollow-up: Yahoo upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on increased optimism for a Alibaba (BABA) tax solution and a slight improvement in the core business outlook. Price target raised to $62 from $55.
07:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
06:30 EDTIBMIBM CFO defends investment strategy in piece on CNBC
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06:25 EDTVStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Whole Foods (WFM) 20, Visa (V) 16 according to iVolatility.
06:01 EDTTTechNet: Combined AT&T/DirecTV will increase broadband development
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