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July 30, 2014
08:02 EDTLVLTLevel 3 downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson
DA Davidson downgraded Level 3 to Neutral citing valuation. Price target remains $50.
07:22 EDTFBFacebook launches Instagram 'one-tap' messaging app overseas, The Verge says
Facebook has quietly launched its new one-tap Instagram messaging app, "Bolt," for iOS and Android, though the app is only available in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa for now, according to The Verge. Reference Link
06:51 EDTFBFacebook to shut down Gifts business, Re/code reports
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06:41 EDTBCSBarclays reduced 5K jobs so far in 2014, Reuters says
Barclays has reduced its staff members by 5K so far in 2014 as part of its strategy to streamline the firm and cut areas that are unprofitable, leaving the bank with fewer employees than at any other point since seven years ago, according to Reuters, citing comments from the bank's finance director Tushar Morzaria on the company's Q2 earnings conference call. Reference Link
06:16 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: TWTR BWLD AXP DWA PNRA AMGN X FB
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05:52 EDTBCSBarclays reports 1H adjusted profit GBP 1.76B vs. GBP 2.06B last year
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05:28 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
RW Baird downgraded Michael Kors to Neutral after its Q3 survey indicated weaker purchase intent across the handbag category. The firm now sees increased risk to the company's revenue and margin performance in North America and lowered its price target for shares to $98 from $114.
July 29, 2014
18:35 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 29, 2014
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14:18 EDTBCSNY regulator seeks monitors in Deutsche Bank, Barclays, WSJ says
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12:13 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YHOO
RT Options Scanner shows Facebook (FB) December 85 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 36, Yahoo (YHOO) January 40 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 37 according to IVolatility.
08:17 EDTKORSCoach Michael Kors shares overvalued, says BMO Capital
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07:53 EDTLVLTtw telecom price target raised to $45 from $35 at Canaccord
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06:58 EDTBCSInvestor sues Barclays regarding 'dark pool' trading, Reuters says
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06:54 EDTKORSMichael Kors pullback a buying opportunity into results, says Piper Jaffray
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06:42 EDTFBFacebook user web browsing surveillance plan sparks worries, Bloomberg says
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05:50 EDTLVLTLevel 3 backs outlook for FY14
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05:46 EDTLVLTLevel 3 reports Q2 EPS ex-items 37c, consensus 30c
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July 28, 2014
17:52 EDTAVPHerbalife plummets after results fall short of estimates
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 28, 2014
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15:47 EDTLVLTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:00 EDTAVPHigh option volume stocks:
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09:50 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTQCOMQualcomm weakness creates opportunity, says Argus
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06:55 EDTBCSBarclays may reval GBP30B reduction in "bad bank," London Times reports
Barclays may reveal on Wednesday with its earnings report that it has reduced the size of its "bad bank" by as much as GBP30B, the London Times reports. Barclays previously said it looked to slash the size of the unit to about GBP80B by the end of the year. Reference Link
July 25, 2014
16:49 EDTFBS&P ends week little changed amid earnings deluge
The S&P 500 finished little changed this week as mixed U.S. economic data and continued geopolitical uncertainty offset strong earnings from a number of major companies and upbeat overseas economic data. MACRO NEWS: U.S. economic data was mixed, as fewer than expected jobless claims were reported and durable goods orders for June were slightly higher than expected, but new home sales for June and a preliminary purchasing managers' index for July came in below expectations... Investors received some positive economic news from overseas, as HSBC's preliminary China purchasing managers' index for July reached an 18-month high. Meanwhile, a preliminary PMI for the euro zone for July came in at 54, versus 52.8 in June... Ongoing conflicts between Israel and Hamas and Russia and Ukraine kept investors on edge, with Friday reports indicating that no truce accord had been reached in Israel and that Russia was building up its troop presence along the Ukrainian border. COMPANY NEWS: Among the notable companies whose stocks rose after they reported quarterly results were Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Allergan (AGN) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG). Notable companies whose stocks sold off following their results included Netflix (NFLX), Harley-Davidson (HOG), General Motors (GM), Boeing (BA), McDonald's (MCD) and Pandora (P)... McDonald's was also hit this week by revelations that its restaurants in China had sold expired meat that was allegedly intentionally supplied by a China-based company. Yum! Brands (YUM) and a provider of products to Starbucks (SBUX) are also believed to have bought and sold expired meat from the supplier... In M&A news, Bloomberg reported that real estate website operator Zillow (Z) held talks about buying its rival, Trulia (TRLA). Both stocks surged. Shares of SodaStream (SODA) also rallied after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks about selling itself to an investment firm that would take the beverage system maker private... On Monday, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman promised on CNBC that his presentation about Herbalife (HLF) would show why the company "is going to collapse." But the shares actually surged higher during and immediately after Ackman's presentation. Ackman has a large short position in the stock and notably alleged it is a pyramid scheme... BlackBerry's (BBRY) CEO told the Financial Times that his company was in early talks about partnering with companies to target the enterprise markets, in order to counter a recently announced partnership between Apple and IBM (IBM). INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 0.83% to 16,960.57, the Nasdaq rose 0.4% to 4,449.56, and the S&P was flat at 1,978.34.
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; July 25, 2014
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15:21 EDTLVLTLevel 3 volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTBYDNevada reports June statewide gaming win up 14.4% to $906.9M
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06:40 EDTBCSLoan write down standards changed for non-U.S. banks, NY Times says
A new accounting rule will enable banks outside of the U.S. to write down the value of loans earlier but could cause loans to become less attractive for those banks, according to The New York Times. The rule was issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, whose guidelines are followed in more than 100 countries but not in America, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).Reference Link
July 24, 2014
17:05 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTFBiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 10c to 28.08
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15:06 EDTFBFacebook, Uber discuss embedding service into Messenger, Re/code says
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13:16 EDTLVLTAkamai advances following Macquarie upgrade
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12:32 EDTQCOM, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday amid another wave of earnings reports, headlined by Facebook (FB), Caterpillar (CAT), General Motors (GM) and Ford (F). The market has moved in a narrow range as investors try to digest the bevy of earnings reports that were released last night and this morning. The market has also had to battle a negative economic report on new home sales, which not only disappointed in June but saw the prior month revised lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 19K to 284K in the week ended July 19. While the BLS said there were no special factors in the claims data, they also reminded that the numbers can be very volatile at this time of year due in part to auto shutdowns. Markit's flash U.S. PMI for July dipped 1 point to 56.3 from 57.3 in June. June new home sales fell 8.1% to a 406K rate, which was worse than expected, and May's data was downwardly revised. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 52 in July from 50.7 a month earlier. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook achieved a new all-time high and its share price eclipsed $76, a level that was more than double the price of its initial public offering, after its revenue and profits beat expectations. After the report a number of Wall Street analysts hiked their price targets on the stock, with Jefferies and Topeka both raising their targets on the social network operator's stock to $100... Shares of General Motors declined more than 3% after its earnings per share, excluding special items, missed consensus expectations and its revenue also fell short of the analysts' forecast. The company took a $400M special charge related to its ignition switch compensation program, but cautioned that there is no cap on this program and it is possible the total cost could increase by another $200M. Also, GM recorded a non-cash pre-tax special charge of about $900M in the second quarter for the estimated costs of future possible recalls for "up to the next 10 years on 30M GM vehicles on the road today." In contrast, Ford reported earnings per share, excluding special items, and revenue that beat expectations and its stock rose 1%... Caterpillar dropped over 3% after its quarterly revenue missed expectations and it narrowed its outlook for full-year revenue. However, the heavy machine maker's earnings did beat the consensus forecast and it raised it fiscal year profit outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sodastream (SODA), which jumped nearly 20% after Bloomberg said the home beverage system maker is in talks with an investment firm on deal that would make it a private company and value it at about $828M, or $40 per share. Also higher following their earnings reports were Under Armour (UA), which rose 15%, and Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), which gained 5%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were homebuilder DR Horton (DHI), which fell 10%, online travel company TripAdvisor (TRIP), which dropped 9%, and semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which slid 6%. Also lower was review service operator Angie's List (ANGI), which plunged 19% after reporting second quarter losses per share and revenue that were worse than expected, prompting a number of downgrades of its stock by Wall Street analysts. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 8.25, or 0.05%, to 17,094.88, the Nasdaq was up 6.10, or 0.14%, to 4,479.80, and the S&P 500 was up 2.98, or 0.15%, to 1,989.99.
12:14 EDTFBFacebook shares hit double IPO price after results beat expectations
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11:25 EDTFBInstagram could be working on Snapchat competitor called 'Bolt," The Verge says
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11:01 EDTAVPAvon Products August volatility elevated into Q2 and growth outlook
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10:46 EDTBCSBarclays files motion to dismiss lawsuit over dark pool, NY Times reports
Barclays filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from the NY State attorney general that accused the bank of lying to customers on its private stock market, reports the New York Times. The bank said its customers were sophisticated enough to understand that "glossy marketing brochures" do not reflect its actual composition. Reference Link
10:03 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTQCOM, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:16 EDTQCOM, FBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming announces senior executive appointments
Boyd Gaming announced several senior executive appointments. Chris Gibase has been appointed to the newly created position of CMO. Gibase previously served as Senior VP, Operations, for 10 years. Boyd Gaming also has named two executives Steve Schutte and Vince Schwartz to the position of Senior VP, Operations. Additionally, Boyd Gaming has expanded the responsibilities of Ted Bogich, Senior VP, Operations of Midwest properties. In his new role, Bogich will be responsible for Blue Chip, Par-A-Dice, Kansas Star, Delta Downs and Evangeline Downs. Gibase, Bogich, Schwartz and Schutte will report directly to Paul Chakmak, Executive VP and COO.
09:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm China royalty problem likely to keep lid on multiple, says BMO Capital
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08:49 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $80 at Topeka
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08:32 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $82 from $71 at RW Baird
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08:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $79 at Oppenheimer
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08:07 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $94 from $90 at UBS
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07:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm price target lowered to $90 from $95 at Canaccord
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $84 from $75 at Canaccord
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07:53 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $80 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan raised its price target for Facebook shares to $90 citing the company's "strong" Q2 results. It says Facebook remains a top pick with an Overweight rating.
07:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm fundamentals remain intact, says Deutsche Bank
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07:41 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $85 at Jefferies
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07:40 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $83 at JMP Securities
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook margins likely to improve over time, says Cantor
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook reiterated as a top pick at Barclays
Barclays continues to rate FaceBook an Overweight and a top pick following the strong Q2 report. The firm sees further room for numbers to move higher and believes its ability to drive scale and personalized advertising is unmatched. Price target raised to $83 from $78.
06:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore
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06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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06:19 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $90 from $76 at Piper Jaffray
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06:17 EDTKORS, FOSLMichael Kors watch momentum moderating, says Citigroup
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06:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm confirmed in China as having monopoly, China Daily reports
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05:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits up to $150M to strategic venture fund in China
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
18:03 EDTFBFacebook CEO says expects to 'invest heavily' in company priorities
17:53 EDTFBFacebook CEO says focused on quality in roll-out of video ads
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17:42 EDTFBFacebook up over 5% as executives speak on Q2 conference call
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17:38 EDTFBFacebook CEO says 'Search is going to be a multi-year voyage'
17:35 EDTFBFacebook says push into 'commerce', payments is supplemental to advertising
Payments plans are mostly through partnerships. Also, the company noted it wants to streamline the process of buying from Facebook's customers, citing testing for "buy button." Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
17:22 EDTFBFacebook sees increased stock-based compensation expense in FY15
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17:20 EDTFBFacebook says Q2 price per ad up 123%
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17:09 EDTFBFacebook CEO says mobile advertising now 62% of total ad revenue
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16:24 EDTFBFacebook COO says now has 1.5M active advertisers, CNBC reports
16:10 EDTQCOMQualcomm says China continues to present significant challenges, opportunities
The company said, "China continues to present significant opportunities for us, particularly with the rollout of 4G LTE, but also presents significant challenges, as our business practices continue to be the subject of an investigation by the China National Development and Reform Commission. Please refer to our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter ended June 29, 2014 filed with the SEC for our most recent disclosures regarding the NDRC investigation. We also believe that certain licensees in China currently are not fully complying with their contractual obligations to report their sales of licensed products to us (which includes certain licensees underreporting a portion of their 3G/4G device sales and a dispute with a licensee) and that unlicensed companies may seek to delay execution of new licenses while the NDRC investigation is ongoing. We expect calendar year 2014 3G/4G device shipments to be approximately 1.3 billion globally. However, our estimate of calendar year 2014 3G/4G device shipments that we currently expect to be reported to us is approximately 1.04 billion to 1.13 billion, which is adjusted for units that we believe may not be reported to us, are in dispute or are currently unlicensed. We are taking steps to address these issues, although the timing of any resolution is uncertain."
16:09 EDTFBFacebook shares drop 1% to $70.60 following Q2 results
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16:09 EDTFBFacebook says mobile ad revenue represented 62% of ad revenue
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16:08 EDTFBFacebook reports mobile daily active users up 31% year-over-year
Facebook reports daily active users 829M on average for June 2014, an increase of 19% year-over-year. Mobile DAUs were 654M on average for June 2014, an increase of 39% year-over-year. Monthly active users were 1.32B as of June 30, 2014, an increase of 14% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs were 1.07B as of June 30, 2014, an increase of 31% year-over-year.
16:08 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 MSM chip shipments 230M-245M, up 21%-29% YoY
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16:06 EDTFBFacebook reports Q2 EPS 42c, consensus 32c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.9B, consensus $2.81B.
16:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm expects to complete minimum of $1B in share repurchases in Q4
16:05 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 MSM chip shipments 225M units, up 31% YoY
Up 20% sequentially.
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.21-$5.36 from $5.05-$5.25
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16:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.20-$1.35, consensus $1.39
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm raises FY14 EPS outlook
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.44, consensus $1.22
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
15:30 EDTQCOM, FBNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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14:35 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly 81 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
13:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical commentary ahead of results
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13:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly 70.5 straddle priced for 7% move into Q2
13:06 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Facebook to beat Q2 estimates
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12:43 EDTFBFacebook technical comments ahead of results
The shares have outperformed in the last three months, trading up over 14% in that period to date. The trading range has been wide, with the $55 area at the low and $69 at the high as of yesterday's close. At the current price of $70.99 the stock is trading close to its life high at $72.59. On better news or guidance, that level would be the initial high to test. On a breakout given that there is no resistance overhead, a move to $75 and then to $80 would be possible. A caution for traders is that if news disappoints there is a very small short-base in the name. That could make a downside reaction stronger in the absence of buy-to-cover pressure. Similarly there is little in the way of demand for a short-squeeze either on good news. If news does disappoint a key level on the downside is at $64. This has been both resistance and support over the last three months. The $62 level has had a similar role as big support. It would likely take a major disappointment to break it. If that were to happen, the $60 level would be a next potential objective.
11:33 EDTQCOMSamsung Ventures invests in BlueStacks, Business Insider reports
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10:02 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX FB MSFT CELG TWTR TSLA VALE CNW
09:03 EDTLVLTLevel 3 awarded services contract by Department of Homeland Security
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07:58 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases to 108 into Q2 and outlook
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07:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
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06:56 EDTFBNY court calls Facebook CEO to testify at forgery trial, Reuters says
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July 22, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 22, 2014
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15:41 EDTQCOMQualcomm replaces NVIDIA in newest Xiaomi Mi phone, TechInAsia reports
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15:39 EDTQCOMNVIDIA loses another Tegra socket to Qualcomm, says Pacific Crest
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14:05 EDTFBFacebook enhances mobile targeting for developers
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12:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm advances after Cowen sees shares poised to break-out
Shares of Qualcomm (QCOM), which develops mobile device components, are climbing after research firm Cowen wrote that the stock is poised to break-out above its recent range. WHAT'S NEW: Qualcomm's stock is well-positioned to advance above the trading range it has stayed in over the past three months, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The company's Q3 results, due to be announced on July 23, should be in-line with or better than expectations, the analyst predicted. The company's QCT business unit - which provides solutions for smart connected devices - likely exceeded expectations last quarter, driven by gains in LTE technologies, according to Arcuri. Meanwhile, he believes that Qualcomm's technology licensing business should generate results at the high end of the unit's total available market, as its revenue from licensing technology for devices using the CDMA standard appears to have exceeded the high end of its guidance. Qualcomm's Q4 guidance could exceed expectations and the company's revenue growth may accelerate to double digit percentage levels, the analyst forecast. Furthermore, Qualcomm's profits are likely to be boosted by cost cutting and higher margins in its QCT business, Arcuri predicted. He kept an $86 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Qualcomm climbed $2, or 2.5%, to $81.69.
10:00 EDTVALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm poised to break out of trading range, says Cowen
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08:12 EDTLVLTLevel 3 announces planned executive management team
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07:31 EDTBCSSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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07:16 EDTBCSBarclays plunges from 2nd to 12th in U.S. dark pool ranks after suit, FT says
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07:15 EDTZIOPZiopharm announces expansion of oncology programs with Intrexon
Ziopharm (ZIOP) announced the expansion of synthetic immuno-oncology programs in conjunction with Intrexon (XON) to include chimeric antigen receptor T-cell, or CAR-T, therapy. Additionally the company has provided an update on its development efforts with the proprietary RheoSwitch Therapeutic System, or RTS, platform, an inducible regulator for expression of therapeutic molecules through administration of an oral activator ligand, as well as its clinical program with Ad-RTS-IL-12, a novel DNA-based therapeutic candidate for the controlled expression of IL-12. CAR-T cells represent an emerging, high value immunological therapy that can target and destroy cancer cells displaying "personalized" fingerprints, yet current approaches feature challenges associated with toxicity, off-target effects, and uneconomical manufacturing. Intrexon possesses the integrated technology platforms, molecular engineering, systems biology, and cell engineering capabilities required to overcome these challenges and fully realize the potential of CAR]T cell therapies. Most significantly, utilization of the RTS platform will facilitate exquisite regulation of one or more bioeffectors in CAR-T cells enabling physicians to control systemic effects of cell therapies with an appropriate dosing regimen of the oral activator ligand, and eventually bring about improved safety and efficacy of these and related therapeutic strategies. Further preclinical work is underway in this promising area of study, and ZIOPHARM and Intrexon expect to provide a progress update in the second half of 2014.
05:39 EDTVALValspar upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Valspar to Conviction Buy from Neutral citing the valuation discount peers, the recovery in the U.S. housing market and momentum in the company's Australian business. The firm raised its price target for shares to $97 from $83.
05:27 EDTVALValspar upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
July 21, 2014
16:18 EDTLVLTNetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:19 EDTFBFacebook allowing users to save items
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13:15 EDTFBGoogle ranked as top online video content property in June
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09:05 EDTKORSKors calls speculation of analyst 'heads up' false, unfounded, TheStreet says
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09:00 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness overdone, says Morgan Stanley
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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08:11 EDTBCSWarnings sounded over Barclays dark pool months before NY AG, WSJ says
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08:04 EDTKORSMichael Kors weakness a buying opportunity, says Topeka
Topeka said recent checks do not indicate substantial markdown or clearance activity in the Michael Kors brand, contrary to some reports. The firm would use recent weakness as a buying opportunity and reiterates its Buy rating and $117 price target.
07:15 EDTFBO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook struggles to find director of business operations at Instagram, BI says
Facebook has been struggling to find a new Director of Business Operations for Instagram ever since Emily White left for Snapchat seven months ago, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:57 EDTFBFacebook likely to report modest Q2 upside, says BofA/Merrill
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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTFBCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
12:05 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YNDX
Facebook (FB) January 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 36, Yandex (YNDX) January 37 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 36 according to IVolatility.
11:45 EDTKORSJefferies sees further risk for Michael Kors despite recent decline
Michael Kors' (KORS) margin pressures and slowing same-store sales growth, along with high expectations for the company, are reasons to be cautious on the stock, research firm Jefferies wrote in a note to investors today. The firm cut its price target on the luxury accessories retailer to $80 from $95. WHAT'S NEW: Michael Kors' same-store sales are slowing, while the company's gross margins are coming under pressure due to increased discounts of its products and its roll out of new stores, Jefferies analyst Randal Konik wrote. Additionally, investors' high expectations for the company will make it difficult for the stock to appreciate even if its results beat expectations, the analyst stated. Even with shares pulling back over the past few days, Konik says risk remains skewed to the downside and kept a Hold rating on the stock. Of note, this is the second time in two weeks that Jefferies cut its estimates for the company. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expressing a very different outlook yesterday on Michael Kors was Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss. Michael Kors is "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments" according to Buss, who wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent decline in the stock. The analyst reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: The company's competitors include Kate Spade (KATE) and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Michael Kors was nearly flat near $82 per share.
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11:21 EDTBCSBritish antitrust regulator to investigate country's banks, NY Times reports
The U.K.'s antitrust authorities said they expected to open a formal investigation into Britain's retail banking industry, reports the New York Times. The regulators cited barriers to competition that include control of a national network of branches by four large banks that control more than three-quarters of the market. Reference Link
10:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, August is at 20, September, October and January is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 23.
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07:32 EDTKORSMichael Kors price target lowered to $80 from $95 at Jefferies
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06:48 EDTFBJapan mobile messaging service pursues U.S. IPO, Bloomberg says
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05:57 EDTLVLTLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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July 17, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.66 to 29.93. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG APA MSFT PBR SUNE AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
14:28 EDTFBFacebook testing new 'Buy Button' feature to facilitate purchases
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13:14 EDTKORSMichael Kors rises after analyst sees less discounting than peers
Shares of accessories designer Michael Kors (KORS) are slightly higher in a down market after Credit Suisse said that the company's brands are less likely to be on sale than those of its competitors. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Credit Suisse analyst Christian Buss wrote that Michael Kors' products are "one of the least discounted brands available during the seasonal clearance period ahead of early fall shipments." At mid-tier department stores, 25% of Michael Kors' products are on sale with an average markdown of 27%, Buss reported. On average, 35% of the products of the company's peers are on sale, at an average discount of 27%, the analyst stated. Additionally, Michael Kors' channel strategy provides it with multiple advantages, including brand integrity and limits on markdowns, Buss believes. Buss wrote that he was "compelled" by the recent drop in the stock, and reiterated a $107 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Also upbeat on Michael Kors today was research firm Canaccord. Markdowns of the company's products are not any larger than last year, and concerns about large discounts on its products have created a buying opportunity, the firm contended. Canaccord continues to believe that the accessories maker has strong long-term growth opportunities, and it kept a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Michael Kors gained 2% to $83. Two of the company's competitors, Coach (COH) and Kate Spade (KATE), rose fractionally.
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10:14 EDTFBFacebook view changed to Positive from Neutral at OTR Global (pre-open)
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07:57 EDTKORSMichael Kors promo concerns creates buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said promotional activity concerns at Michael Kors have created a buying opportunity. The firm said markdowns were no bigger than last year, suggesting a standard seasonal markdown in anticipation of fall deliveries. Canaccord believes long term growth opportunities remain robust at Kors and keeps a Buy rating and $123 price target on the shares.
07:45 EDTKORSMichael Kors discounting well below industry averages, says Credit Suisse
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06:50 EDTFBAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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July 16, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 27.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA C HPQ TWX INTC AMZN according to Track Data.
11:29 EDTQCOMIntel hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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06:51 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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