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October 30, 2014
10:29 EDTFBFacebook post-earnings weakness continues, levels to watch
Shares are down 2.8% to $73.70, continuing the downtrend in place since earnings. At current price next support is at $72.63 and then at $71.33. Resistance is at $74.18.
09:21 EDTFBInstagram website, mobile app experienced outages this morning, BI says
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08:30 EDTBCSBarclays accused in suit of bribing Saudi royalty, NY Post reports
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07:20 EDTAVPAvon Products reports Q3 Latin America revenue $1.07B
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07:19 EDTAVPAvon Products reports Q3 adjusted EPS 23c, consensus 17c
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06:31 EDTFBFacebook files to sell 162.7M shares for WhatsApp stockholders
05:38 EDTBCSBarclays reports Q3 adjusted profit GBP 1.59B vs. GBP 1.39B last year
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October 29, 2014
18:01 EDTLVLTLevel 3 set to join S&P 500, Jabil Circuit set to join S&P MidCap 400 as of 11/4
Level 3 Communications (LVLT) will replace Jabil Circuit (JBL) in the S&P 500, and Jabil Circuit will replace TW Telecom (TWTC) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, November 4. Level 3 Communications is acquiring TW Telecom in a deal expected to be completed soon pending final conditions. Level 3 Communications operates as a facilities-based provider of a range of integrated communications services. Headquartered in Broomfield, CO, the company will be added to the S&P 500 GICS Alternative Carriers Sub-Industry index. Jabil Circuit provides electronic manufacturing services and solutions. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, FL, the company will be added to the S&P MidCap 400 GICS Electronic Manufacturing Services Sub-Industry index.
17:19 EDTLVLTLevel 3 to replace Jabil Circuit in S&P 500 as of 11/4 close
17:05 EDTFBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:11 EDTFBFacebook files automatic mixed securities shelf
16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; October 29, 2014
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15:41 EDTAVPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:23 EDTAVPAvon Products volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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14:54 EDTLVLTEarnings Preview: Akamai reports following recent downgrade at Wells Fargo
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12:58 EDTFBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:20 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB EA
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11:09 EDTFBFacebook sinks after unveiling 2015 spending plans
Shares of Facebook (FB) are retreating after the company announced stronger than expected results but said its expenses would jump 50%-70% in 2015 compared to this year. A number of analysts remained upbeat on the company's outlook following its results and guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Facebook's third quarter earnings per share came in at 43c, above the consensus estimate of 40c. The company's revenue came in slightly above expectations. The social networking giant said that its monthly active users had risen 14% in Q3 versus the same period a year earlier to 1.35B. But the company added that its expenses would surge 50%-70% in fiscal 2015, compared with fiscal 2014. Facebook reported that it plans to invest in various new technologies, including artificial intelligence and virtual reality. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali wrote that the stock and the company's margins would likely be pressured in the near-term by its spending plans. But Facebook's outlook is still strong and its valuation is compelling, the analyst stated. Moreover, Facebook's margins should remain healthy, and its results were "excellent," he wrote. Squali cut his price target on the name to $80 from $82, but kept a Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs analyst Heather Bellini wrote that Facebook's spending next year is likely to come in below its guidance, as in the past, while the company's ad platform continues to have strong momentum. Facebook's ability to attract users across multiple devices and platforms is unparalleled and should enable the company to attract more ad dollars, the analyst wrote. She believes that the weakness in the stock today has created a buying opportunity. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Facebook fell 6% to $76.
10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:42 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:23 EDTFBFacebook should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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09:19 EDTFBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Goodyear Tire (GT), up 10%... Electronic Arts (EA), up 3.7%... ZELTIQ (ZLTQ), up 9%... Eaton (ETN), up 2.3%... Anadarko (APC), up 2%... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.7%... IAC (IACI), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 12% after reporting quarterly results, announcing plan to spin off Ferrari... Cara Therapeutics (CARA), up 17.8% after HAL trial of IV formulation of CR845 met primary endpoint... Jamba (JMBA), up 4% after upgraded at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Facebook (FB), down 5.7%... Gilead (GILD), down 3.2%... Ralph Lauren (RL), down 2.3%... SodaStream (SODA), down 3%... Garmin (GRMN), down 5%... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC), down 9.9%... STMicroelectronics (STM), down 10%... Ballard Power (BLDP), down 8.7%... Hershey (HSY), down 3.3%... Deutsche Bank (DB), down 2.3%... McKesson (MCK), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Sanofi (SNY), down 5.7% after downgraded at various firms including Barclays and BofA/Merrill after the company's board removed Christopher Viehbacher as CEO... InvenSense (INVN), down 22%, downgraded at Pacific Crest, Northland and Piper Jaffray following the company's Q2 earnings results... CareTrust REIT (CTRE), down 3.6% after acquiring Cross Healthcare Seniors housing portfolio... Orbital (ORB), down 16% after Orb-3 launch mishap... American Realty (ARCP), down 22% after announcing resignations of CFO, CAO.
07:56 EDTFBFacebook shares should be bought on weakness, says Oppenheimer
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07:55 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $88 from $84 at Canaccord
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07:38 EDTFBFacebook weakness an excellent buying opportunity, says Goldman
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07:36 EDTFBFacebook reports WhatsApp net loss ($232M) in 1H
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07:29 EDTFBFacebook price target lowered to $85 from $90 at JPMorgan
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07:13 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded at Janney Capital
As previously reported, Janney Capital downgraded Michael Kors to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on valuation, macro concerns, merchandising margin pressure, investment cycle, and maturation of North America.
06:49 EDTFBFacebook to be well-positioned over long-term, says Cantor
After Facebook unexpectedly said that it would make aggressive investments next year, Cantor thinks the investments position the company to improve ihe engagement and monetization of its major websites over the long-term. The firm says the decision will pressure the stock and margins over the short-term, but it expects the company's margins to remain healthy and finds the stock's valuation compelling. It keeps a Buy rating.
06:39 EDTBCSECB says loan demand expected to rise, Reuters reports
Demand for loans from euro zone banks is expected to rise sharply this quarter, the European Central Bank stated in a report, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, the bloc's banks are expected to ease credit standards in Q4, after credit standards in France and Germany eased in Q3, the news service quoted the ECB as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space 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
06:31 EDTFBFacebook 10% sell-off 'seems appropriate,' says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says the 10% pullback in shares of Facebook following the company's Q3 results "seems appropriate" given reduced earnings expectations for all high multiple internet companies in the quarter and the upcoming 180M shares available for sale from the WhatsApp deal. Deutsche recommends adding to positions on weakness over the next several days as it continues to view Facebook as one of the best names in the space. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $90 price target.
06:23 EDTFBFacebook thesis intact despite expense guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray attributes the post-earnings sell-off in shares of Facebook to the company's unexpected guidance for Q4 revenue and 2015 expenses. Piper still sees multiple catalysts for Facebook including video, Audience Network, WhatsApp, Atlas, and Instagram. It keeps an Overweight rating on the stock with an $82 price target saying its thesis remains intact.
05:59 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded Michael Kors following the Q2 report citing valuation.
October 28, 2014
18:42 EDTFBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTFBSocial media stocks lower after Facebook reports Q3 results
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18:01 EDTFBFacebook says 'pretty far from being fully deployed' on ad strategy
Says video, news, and celebrity content are priorities. Sees more apps for sharing going forward. Says using FB to cross-promote Instagram. Says relationship with China is "very long-term."
17:39 EDTFBTwitter down over 1% to $43.20 in after hours after Facebook's Q3 results
17:34 EDTFBFacebook down nearly 8% following Q4, FY14, FY15 guidance
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17:31 EDTFBFacebook sees Q4 tax rate 45%-50%
Says Q4 will be more difficult to compare.
17:29 EDTFBFacebook sees FY14 non-GAAP expenses up 30%-35% YoY
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17:26 EDTFBFacebook sees Q4 revenue growth 40%-47% YoY, consensus $3.74B
Guidance from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
16:05 EDTFBFacebook shares down 42c to $80.35 following Q3 results
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16:05 EDTFBFacebook says Q3 Mobile advertising revenue 66% of ad revenue
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16:03 EDTFBFacebook reports Q3 monthly active users up 14% to 1.35B
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16:02 EDTFBFacebook reports Q3 EPS 43c, consensus 40c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.2B, consensus $3.12B.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 28, 2014
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13:51 EDTFBEarnings Preview: Analysts positive on Facebook ahead of Q3 earnings
Facebook (FB) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 28 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Facebook is a social networking service with over 1B active users. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 40c on revenue of $3.12B. The consensus range is 34c-47c for EPS, and $2.94B-$3.23B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Facebook reported second quarter EPS of 42c against estimates of 34c, on revenue of $2.9B against estimates of $2.81B. The company reported daily active users of 829M on average for June, with mobile daily active users up 31% to 654M in March. Facebook said mobile ad revenue represented 62% of ad revenue and the company now has 1.5M active advertisers. Facebook said its Q2 price per ad was up 123% and it will focus on quality in roll-out of video ads. At the Q2 earnings conference call, Facebook said its push into commerce and payments is supplemental to advertising. NEWS: Facebook closed on its previously announced acquisition of WhatsApp for $22B, up $3B from its $19B price point due to the increased value in Facebook's stock over the past few months. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he expects WhatsApp to reach 3B users, although the company does not have any imminent targets to gross any monetary funds from the platform. In the past quarter, Facebook also acquired security start-up PrivateCore and was in talks with major studios for content for Oculus Rift. The company shut down its Gifts business, but launched Atlas ad measuring platform and cross-device reporting for ads. It also announced a new research framework with stricter guidelines with a review panel, a six-week training program, and a research website. STREET RESEARCH: Ahead of Q3 earnings, Deutsche Bank recommended adding to Facebook positions, saying its proprietary checks on the company have been "solid all quarter." Oppenheimer said Facebook will likely beat Q3 expectations based on strong monetization trends. Cowen said Facebook is the premier social advertising platform, believing its numbers will continue to grow, especially on mobile devices. Citigroup said Q3 estimates have potential upside, thinking Facebook is seeing continued positive business momentum. Baird believes Facebook is well positioned to take market share in the display market, which is core to the firm's long-term positive view of the company. Evercore raised Facebook's price target based on the relaunch of the Atlas ad server platform that allows advertisers to better measure ad effectiveness across mobile and desktop in addition to providing new Display buying tools. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares have gained over 13%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report, Facebook shares are up fractionally.
13:49 EDTFBFacebook October weekly 80 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q3
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12:55 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The shares have been strong outperformers in the last three months, trading up over 7%. Shares are close to the life high at $81.16 with an expectation that the company will deliver a strong report. Without overhead resistance, a report that exceeds already high expectations could push the stock into the $85 to $90 area depending on the degree of surprise. If there is a disappointment the first key level on a test would be at $70.32, a recent low of the trading range for the last three months. Additional support below would be at $67.56. News that fails to push the shares above the old high or below $70 would leave it range-bound in a neutral trend.
12:18 EDTFBTwitter slumps, downgraded after user growth slows
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12:01 EDTLVLTtw telecom, Level 3 stockholders approve acquisition
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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09:34 EDTBYDNevada reports September statewide gaming win down 5.97% to $901.7M
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07:22 EDTFBIRI Worldwide to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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06:04 EDTBCSBarclays provides strategic update, plans to cut 9,000 jobs
Barclays said, "We will commence a second phase of Simplification and cost efficiency to achieve run-rate savings of 1 billion per annum by the end of 2017, creating value for customers and improving our long-term competitiveness. In order to achieve these savings, we will invest around 1.6 billion over three years on initiatives to simplify processes and increase automation. In particular, we will digitise our key customer journeys to improve customer service and increase the efficiency of end-to-end processing...Within the organisation, we will rebalance roles to reflect the evolving nature of the business and ensure we have the people and capabilities required for the transition to a more digitised, IT enabled business. We anticipate a reduction of approximately 9,000 full time roles across the business while building new capability in digital and IT. We will also further rationalize our legal entities, including our life companies." Barclays issued new medium-term targets for efficiency, risk and returns: Cost:income ratio to exit 2017 at around 45%; Simplification run-rate savings of GBP 1B per annum by the end of 2017; Asset quality ratio of around 40 basis points through the economic cycle, and lower than this over the next three years; Sustainable returns on required equity of around 13.5%-15% by the end of the strategic plan period and through the economic cycle.
October 27, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:13 EDTBCSU.K. banks to raise PPI compensation provisions, Sky News reports
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12:14 EDTZIOPZiopharm management to meet with Maxim
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11:46 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; NBR FB
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10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR TWTR AMZN M NQ GILD C FB NFLX
09:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi
Target $95.
08:48 EDTAVPAvon Products management to meet with B. Riley
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07:50 EDTFBFacebook the premier social advertising platform, says Cowen
Cowen previewed Q3 earnings for Facebook and said they see it as the premier social advertising platform. The firm said Facebook's numbers continue to grow, especially on mobile devices, and they expect further monetization levers there and in other ad formats. Cowen said Facebook is one of their top picks in their universe and reiterates its Outperform rating and $90 price target on the shares.
07:30 EDTBCSInternational Economic Forum of the Americas to hold a forum
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07:21 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Facebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook Facebook October weekly 31 call option implied volatility is at 75, November is at 44, December is at 37, March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 38 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 28. :theflyonthewall.com
07:13 EDTKORSMichael Kors Q2 earnings could beat by 5c-7c, says Piper Jaffray
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October 26, 2014
17:32 EDTBCSEuropean banks may gain after ECB stress tests, Bloomberg says
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13:27 EDTBCSECB releases results of bank stress test
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October 24, 2014
18:05 EDTLVLTFCC clears Level 3's pending acquisition of tw telecom
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16:02 EDTFBOptions Update; October 24, 2014
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11:19 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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08:44 EDTBCSECB draft shows 25 EU banks set to fail stress test, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites a draft ECB document the news service has viewed. Publicly traded EU 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).
06:14 EDTQCOMTSMC to provide chips for LG's 'Nuclun' smartphone microprocessor, WSJ says
According to a source, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) will provide chips for microprocessors to power "Nuclun," a variation of LG's G3 smartphone, the Wall Street Journal reports. So far, LG Electronics has mostly relied on Qualcomm (QCOM) for the chips that run its smartphones. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.04 to 33.48. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR F AMZN FB NFLX PBR P according to Track Data.
13:27 EDTFBFacebook launches Rooms app
Facebook earlier today announced that it would launch an app that will enable users to create chat rooms based on different topics. Reference Link
11:38 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB VALE
Facebook (FB) March 90 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 35, Vale (VALE) March 12 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 33 according to IVolatility.
October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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13:42 EDTFBFacebook October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL PBR AMZN C TWTR YHOO BAC GILD FB THRX DOW CAR
October 21, 2014
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 21, 2014
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14:04 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Broadcom ahead of Q3 report
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08:18 EDTBCSBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU 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
06:14 EDTLVLTLevel 3 to host special shareholder meeting
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06:09 EDTFBTwitter initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:04 EDTFBFacebook sues laywers who represented Ceglia, Re/code reports
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October 20, 2014
13:10 EDTKORSSteve Madden tumbles after providing preliminary Q3 results, FY14 outlook
Shares of shoe and accessory company Steve Madden (SHOO) are tumbling after the company announced preliminary third quarter results that were below analysts' consensus along with a reduction to its fiscal year 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Steve Madden announced that it is anticipating Q3 earnings per share to be approximately 61c-62c and net sales of $392M, below analysts' consensus estimates of 67c and $415.72M, respectively. The company noted that retail comparable store sales for the quarter are anticipated to be down 7.4%. Steve Madden also reduced its FY14 EPS outlook to $1.81-$1.86 from $2.00-$2.10, well below analysts' $2.02 consensus. The company lowered its net sales projection for the year, and now sees net sales up 1%-2% over fiscal year 2013 versus its previous net sales guidance for up 2%-4% over FY13. The new guidance factors in the recent acquisition of Dolce Vita and current expectations for remainder of the year. On August 14, Steve madden acquired Dolce Vita for $60.3M in cash and previously said the deal would be accretive to earnings in FY14 by 2c-3c and be "modestly accretive" in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Steve Madden's Chief Executive Officer Edward Rosenfeld said that the company's Q3 earnings were "disappointing" and were the result of weaker than expected retail segment performance. He believes that retail trends in the footwear space will continue to be difficult through the fourth quarter due to a lack of noteworthy fashion trends in the industry. The CEO said that the company's full-year guidance results from this pattern, along with a lowered reorder outlook in its wholesale segment. Rosenfeld is still confident, however, in the company's business model and believes that its acquisitions of Dolce Vita and its Mexican licensee will fuel the business forward over the long term. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors of Steve Madden include Michael Kors (KORS), Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE), and Vera Bradley. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Steve Madden fell $2.62 or 8.2%, to $29.32. Over the last twelve months, the stock has fallen over 15%.
12:03 EDTFBKing Digital launches Candy Crush Soda Saga worldwide on Facebook
Earlier today, King Digital Entertainment (KING) announced that Candy Crush Soda Saga, the sister title to hit game Candy Crush Saga, has launched worldwide on Facebook (FB). Candy Crush Soda Saga is the next iteration in the Candy Crush franchise, set in the world of the Candy Kingdom. Fans of the original hit can now switch and match their way through new dimensions of gameplay with exciting new graphics and features including game modes, candy combinations, gameplay mechanics and more. Candy Crush Soda Saga is set to launch on mobile in the coming weeks.
11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB DAL
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07:21 EDTBCSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 17, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
October 16, 2014
12:52 EDTLVLTAkamai retreats after Wells cuts rating on traffic trends
Shares of Akamai (AKAM) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform, saying its research indicates the company's traffic has been moderating in recent weeks. Akamai provides services for the delivery of content over the Internet. WHAT'S NEW: The amount of video and audio streaming being handled by Akamai has slowed during the first two weeks of October when compared with the third quarter, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. Although Akamai's revenue growth does not correlate directly with changes in the traffic it handles, traffic trends have provided indications about the direction of the company's revenue growth in the past, the firm stated. Additionally, Akamai is facing tough comparisons this quarter, and its international business will be hurt by the strong dollar, the firm contended. Wells predicted the company's 2014 and 2015 earnings would miss expectations and cut its price target range on the name to $57-$61 from $70-$75. OTHERS TO WATCH: Limelight Networks (LLNW) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) also provide Internet content delivery services. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Akamai fell 3% to $53.
09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTBCSUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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06:50 EDTBCSEuropean regulator rejects bonus loophole, NY Times says
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