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February 12, 2013
16:29 EDTLVLT, BCS, STEM, KO, CRK, AVPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address. The Nasdaq lost ground on the session, while the Dow closed above 14K, putting it back within shouting distance of its all-time high... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was fairly light for a second straight day. The Labor Department reported job openings fell by 173K in December to 3.62M from a more than four-year high set in the prior month... COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO) was the Dow's laggard, losing $1.05, or 2.72%, to $37.56 after reporting earnings that just beat consensus on revenue that just missed analyst forecasts. The company said global unit case volume rose 3% during the quarter and that it expects economic volatility to extend through 2013... Barclays (BCS) announced its Q4 results and said it would reduce its headcount by 3,700 employees in 2013. Shares gained $1.72, or 9.13%, to $20.55 following the news... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avon Product (AVP), up $3.51, or 20.31%, to $20.79 following Q4 earnings that beat consensus estimates. Also higher were shares of StemCells (STEM), up 35c, or 20.97%, to $1.99 after the company announced the first patient cohort completed its phase I/II clinical trial of neural stem cells for chronic spinal cord injury. Among the noteworthy losers were Level 3 (LVLT), down $3.35, or 13.58%, to $21.31 after its Q4 report, and Comstock Resources (CRK), down $1.12, or 7.89%, to $13.07 after the company reported Q4 results and restated its results from the first three quarters of FY12... INDICES: The Dow was up 47.46, or 0.34%, to 14,018.70; the Nasdaq was down 5.51, or 0.17%, to 3,186.49; and the S&P 500 was up 2.42, or 0.16%, to 1,519.43.
News For KO;BCS;AVP;STEM;LVLT;CRK From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
11:47 EDTKOMonster Beverage rallies to 52-week high after Q4 results top estimates
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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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06:18 EDTBCSBarclays likely to delay forex settlement, FT says
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February 26, 2015
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.
14:01 EDTBCSBarclays to double provision for forex rigging fines, Sky News says
Barclays (BCS), which previously excluded itself from a broader settlement between several banking peers and regulators over alleged manipulation of foreign exchange rates as it worked to secure a binding agreement with all relevant authorities, will more than double its existing provision for forex fines next week, which may indicate that a settlement deal could be announced soon, said Sky News. Barclay took a GBP500M charge during the course of last year in advance of expected forex issue costs, the report noted. Other banks that previously agreed to a settlement included Bank of America (BAC), Citibank (C), HSBC (HSBC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). The report indicates that U.S. regulators have stepped up talks with banks including Barclays and the others involved. Reference Link
13:00 EDTLVLTFCC 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 EDTLVLTFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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09:11 EDTLVLTAlteva and Level 3 partnered in communications overhaul for Focus Pointe
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February 25, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; February 25, 2015
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February 24, 2015
16:24 EDTCRKComstock Resources revises Q4 for lower income tax benefit
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16:06 EDTKOOptions Update; February 24, 2015
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13:07 EDTBCSEU official: Euro banks shouldn't also go through Fed's stress test, WSJ says
Jonathan Hill, the European Unionís new financial markets chief, told The Wall Street Journal that he does not see a need for the U.S. to give stress tests to European banks that have already received health checks in Europe. Hill says banks across Europe are "properly and sensibly capitalized." The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. units of two European banks, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander (SAN), are set to fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, though they passed ECB stress tests last year. Reference Link
06:15 EDTBCSBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
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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February 20, 2015
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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04:50 EDTKOStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM KO
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