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July 28, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 28, 2015
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14:21 EDTVALMasco spikes higher after quarterly results and analyst upgrade
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11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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10:47 EDTFBUBS says YouTube paid service could be $1B business
Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) revenue could increase by about $1B or more if it decides to offer a paid, ad free version of its YouTube website in the U.S., UBS wrote in a note to investors today. The firm made the estimate based on a survey it conducted of U.S. consumers. WHAT'S NEW: YouTube remains well-positioned to benefit from the growth of online video, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan stated. After UBS conducted a survey of U.S. adult consumers, Sheridan reported that the survey found that 27% of U.S. consumers would probably subscribe to a paid, ad free version of YouTube. According to Bloomberg, YouTube has decided to launch such a service in coming months. If only 5% of U.S. YouTube users buy subscriptions to the service, Google's revenue would rise by about $943M, Sheridan estimated. Following the survey, the analyst is more confident that Google will meet his revenue estimates, which exceed consensus levels. Specifically, he predicted that Google's revenue for the second half of 2015 would come in at $32.4B, versus the consensus outlook of $31.8B, while its 2016 revenue would be $72.2B, compared with the consensus estimate of $69.7B. Sheridan kept a $750 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are significantly exposed to online video include Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB) and AOL, which has been acquired by Verizon (VZ). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Google Class A shares were little changed at $657.55.
10:23 EDTKORSBMO Capital says high-end handbag makers to stay weak
High end handbag makers Coach (COH), Kate Spade (KATE) and Michael Kors (KORS) are continuing to struggle and their share prices are likely to remain weak, research firm BMO Capital wrote in a note to investors today. The firm significantly cut its price targets on all three names. WHAT'S NEW: Consumers are spending less on high-end handbags as they increase the amount they allocate to other areas, including travel, leisure and apparel, BMO Capital analyst John Morris stated. Consequently, the North American handbag market was expanding at a 5% rate at the end of June, down from a high single digit rate earlier this year, according to Morris. Meanwhile, competition within the space is mounting and handbag price wars are continuing, the analyst stated. Although handbag stocks have dropped significantly and their valuations appear attractive, they are "falling knives," the analyst warned. Assessing the status of specific companies, Morris says that Kate Spade has avoided implementing major price cuts on its products, though its comparative sales and "mind share" have suffered as a result of that decision and stores are displaying its products less prominently. Coach's stock suggests that investors expect the company's fundamentals to rebound, but Morris thinks that their optimism may be premature. The pace of the company's improvement "remains challenging," and it is likely to be hurt by a decline of U.S. tourism, he believes. Also likely to be hurt by declines in tourism is Michael Kors, the analyst stated. The prices of Michael Kors' products are being reduced by retailers, its gross margins are sinking and its watch business is weak, Morris warned. He reduced his price target on Kate Spade to $19 from $30, on Coach to $28 from $37 and on Michael Kors to $40 from $51. The analyst kept Market Perform ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kate Spade was little changed at $18.75, Coach fell 0.5% to $30.60 and Michael Kors was fractionally higher at $39.17.
10:00 EDTBYDNevada reports June statewide gaming win down 8.4% to $830.94M
Reports June Las Vegas Strip gaming win down 16.3% to $445.51M. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
10:00 EDTBYDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ameren (AEE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AutoNation (AN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Bojangles (BOJA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Emerald Oil (EOX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Haemonetics (HAE) upgraded Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Jefferies sees entry point for Aegerion (AEGR), upgrades to Buy... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Triumph Bancorp (TBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Waste Management (WM) upgraded on valuation, rebounding businesses at Argus... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:42 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTKORSHandbag makers estimates, price targets lowered at BMO Capital
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08:16 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook July weekly call option implied volatility is at 109, August is at 52, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
07:55 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:44 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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06:21 EDTFBTwitter, Facebook profitability gap 'vast,' Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) recent stock stumble has created the appearance of a potential bargain compared with Facebook (FB), though in reality the difference in growth and profitability between the two companies is enormous, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts forecast Twitter posting negative $200M in EBITDA this year, with Facebook expected to post positive $8B, the report says. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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11:57 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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10:47 EDTQCOMQualcomm rises in down market after Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
09:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
09:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $125 from $100 at SunTrust
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook August weekly call option implied volatility is at 87, August is at 50, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
08:20 EDTFBFacebook expectations high into results, says BofA/Merrill
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06:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:23 EDTFBInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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05:53 EDTFBBrean calls LinkedIn valuation 'problematic' ahead of Q2 results
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTQCOMStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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15:06 EDTFBEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:04 EDTFBOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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13:52 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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11:18 EDTZIOPZiopharm announces Orphan Drug Designation for Ad-RTS-hIL-12
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10:15 EDTFBFacebook wins litigation against investors over IPO, Reuters reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTZIOPZiopharm granted orphan status for glioma treatment
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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06:13 EDTQCOMAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
19:06 EDTBYDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 17.2%... Marketo (MKTO), up 15.4%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 9.9%... NetGear (NTGR), up 9.2%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.1%... LogMeIn (LOGM), up 9.9%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 7.8%... Proofpoint (PFPT), up 5.1%... Supreme Industries (STS), up 4.7%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 3.6%... IGI Laboratories (IG), up 3.7%... Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), up 4.1%... Boyd Gaming (BYD), up 4.1%... Trinity Industries (TRN), up 5%... Trinity Industries (N), up 3.2%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Qorvo (QRVO), up 2.7% after Skyworks reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: TrueCar (TRUE), down 33.1% after reporting quarterly results and cutting fiscal 2015 revenue guidance... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 9.2%... Align Technology (ALGN), down 7.4%... Capital One (COF), down 4.9%... PMC-Sierra (PMCS), down 9.1%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Sunesis Pharmaceuticals (SNSS), down 59.7% after giving vosaroxin regulatory update... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL), down 5.6% after CEO Thomas Chalberg, Jr., Ph.D. resigns and Hans Hull name interim CEO.
17:32 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming raises FY15 Borgata adjusted EBITDA to $170M
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16:20 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming raises 2015 adjusted EBITDA outlook to $575M-$595M
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16:19 EDTBYDBoyd Gaming reports Q2 adjused EPS 24c, consensus 10c
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13:53 EDTFB“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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12:32 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTBCSBarclays in talks to sell Portuguese banking unit, Bloomberg reports
Barclays is in advanced discussions with a Spanish bidder to sell its Portuguese banking unit, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the plan. The sale would exclude Barclays' Portuguese credit-card business, the report says. Interested parties may include Bankinter, the report says. Reference Link
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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08:37 EDTBCSBarclays announces strategic partnership with Elkhorn Capital
Barclays announced a strategic partnership with Illinois-based investment firm Elkhorn Capital Group. The partnership is designed to extend Barclays’ product availability by bringing together its extensive experience in creating distinctive investment concepts with Elkhorn’s independent product expertise. The partnership will allow Barclays and Elkhorn to collaborate in offering clients access to additional products based on Barclays’ strategies.
08:02 EDTQCOMWilliam Blair 'running out of patience' with Qualcomm
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07:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm split would be positive, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Qualcomm is more open to splitting its business, and the firm says that it would view a split positively. The firm says that splitting the company into two businesses with cross-licensing deals would make its units "more agile and flexible." RBC thinks that the company must split in order to carry out major strategic changes, including "transformational M&A" and TAM expansion. It keeps a $77 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm weakness a buying opportunity, says BofA/Merrill
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06:38 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 40, September is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTFBFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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19:02 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees FY16 QCT margins 'significantly improved'
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17:21 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 total reported device sales to approximately $253B-$259B
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17:17 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 MSM chip shipments 170M-190M
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17:15 EDTQCOMQualcomm says inventory build expected to hurt chip sales in Q4
The company said, "We have reduced our outlook for our semiconductor business, QCT, in the fiscal fourth quarter compared to our prior expectations driven primarily by factors impacting premium-tier demand, including: Increased concentration within the premium tier causing reduced demand for certain OEM devices that include our chipset; Lower demand for our premium-tier chipsets from a vertical customer; and Lower sell through in China of certain handset models using our premium-tier chipsets."
17:10 EDTQCOMQualcomm says expects to grow businesses in China going forward
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17:00 EDTQCOMQualcomm says will continue to spend over $4B annually on R&D
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16:48 EDTQCOMQualcomm to reduce full-time headcount by 15%
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16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm provides details of Strategic Realignment Plan
The details of the Qualcomm Strategic Realignment Plan are as follows: 1) Aggressively right-sizing the cost structure to deliver profitable growth. Qualcomm is implementing a comprehensive cost reduction action to reduce annual costs from its fiscal 2015 levels of $7.3 billion (adjusted for variable compensation) by approximately $1.1 billion through a series of targeted reductions that will not jeopardize the Company's growth objectives or core technology roadmap. These cost initiatives include reductions in headcount and temporary workforce, streamlining the engineering organization, reducing the number of offices and increasing the mix of resources in lower-cost regions. The Company is also reducing annual share-based compensation grants by approximately $300 million. While these specific cost initiatives are expected to be fully implemented by the end of fiscal year 2016, the Company will continue to examine its cost structure for additional efficiencies that enhance profitability without sacrificing its future growth potential. 2) Initiating new review of financial and structural alternatives available to create stockholder value. In light of recent industry developments and other elements of the Strategic Realignment Plan, Qualcomm's Board and management, with the assistance of outside financial advisors, are conducting a review of the Company's corporate structure (including possible business separation alternatives), capital return opportunities and other potential strategic and financial alternatives available to the Company to create stockholder value. The Company does not expect to publicly comment on this review prior to its completion, which is expected to occur by the end of the calendar year. 3) Reaffirming intent to return significant capital to stockholders. A strong balance sheet and regulatory resolution in China have provided Qualcomm the flexibility to significantly increase its capital returns to stockholders and execute the largest capital returns program in Company history. Qualcomm is committed to continuing to return a minimum of 75% of free cash flow to stockholders through dividends and repurchases going forward, in addition to the previously announced $10 billion stock repurchase program to be completed by March 2016. Changes to the capital return program will be considered as part of the Board and management's review of financial and structural alternatives. 4) Adding new Directors with complementary skill sets while reducing the average tenure of the Board of Directors. Mark McLaughlin and Tony Vinciquerra have been added to the Board and the Company plans to appoint one additional independent director. These directors bring skills and perspectives that will be helpful to the Company as it implements its Strategic Realignment Plan. The Company is also reducing the average tenure of the Board of Directors. General Brent Scowcroft and Duane Nelles have retired from the Board. Sir Donald Cruickshank had previously informed the Company that he will not stand for re-election to the Board in 2016. Raymond Dittamore has advised the Company that, assuming he is re-elected to the Board at the Company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he does not intend to stand for re-election in 2017. 5) Further aligning executive compensation with performance and stockholder return objectives. The Board plans to change Qualcomm's executive compensation program by adding an additional returns-based metric for performance-based equity awards and taking share-based compensation provided to the Company's executives and other employees into account when calculating earnings per share for use in determining executives' annual cash bonuses. 6) Disciplined investment to further leadership positions and drive growth while delivering attractive returns. The Company intends to focus its investments in technologies that scale across core smartphone and adjacent growth opportunities, such as in its leading modem and other differentiated technologies. Qualcomm is reducing its investments outside of QTL and QCT and will focus these investments around the highest-return opportunities, including data centers, small cells and certain IoE verticals.
16:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.50-$4.70 from $4.60-$5.00
FY15 consensus $4.79. Lowers FY15 revenue view to $24.5B-$25.5B from $25B-$27B, consensus $25.95B.
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 adjusted EPS 75c-95c, consensus $1.08
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16:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces strategic realignment plan
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus 95c
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15:26 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
15:02 EDTFBOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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14:51 EDTQCOMEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:37 EDTVALHome improvement stocks rally after Owens Corning results, home sales data
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10:45 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of results
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook Q2 revenues tracking slight above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research's data analysis indicates Facebook's Q2 North American revenue is tracking to $1.9B, up from a previous estimate of $1.86B, versus consensus of $1.84B due to increased spending per advertiser. Firm estimates total Q2 revenues are tracking to $4.05B versus consensus of $3.98B.
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06:15 EDTBCSBarclays close to SFO settlement over Qatar bribes, Daily Mail reports
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cooperate with Microsoft, Allwinner in mobile market, DigiTimes says
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to ramp up its penetration in the entry-level mobile device market by cooperating with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch low-cost Windows Mobile 10 products, reports DigiTimes Research. Qualcomm is also expected to cooperate with Allwinner Technology to launch 3G/4G solutions for connected tablets. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTQCOMApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
10:01 EDTAVPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:15 EDTQCOMQualcomm split would likely destroy value, says Bernstein
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and report of possible breakup
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 27, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 22 and WSJ report of possible breakup.
07:45 EDTFBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:19 EDTFBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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06:13 EDTZIOPZiopharm implied volatility of 71 at lower end of index mean range
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06:08 EDTBCSU.K. watchdog visited Barclays 186 times in 2014, Bloomberg reports
The FCA's supervisory team made 186 visits to Barclays (BCS) in 2014, more than any other British bank that year, Bloomberg reports. HSBC (HSBC) was next highest with 85 visits, with RBS (RBS) and Lloyds (LYG) following with 65 and 58 encounters, respectively, the report says. Reference Link
05:34 EDTFBPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm plans strategic review including possibility of breakup, WSJ says
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19:40 EDTQCOMQualcomm may consider breakup, WSJ says
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16:36 EDTAVPAvon Products initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cut 'several thousand' jobs, The Information says
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16:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm may cut 'several thousand jobs' according to report, CNBC says
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:18 EDTLVLTOptions with increasing call volume
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12:40 EDTFBEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:35 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, August is at 38, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
11:29 EDTFBFacebook breakout accelerates, levels to watch
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $117 at BTIG on video opportunity
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Facebook can exceed consensus estimates, citing higher confidence in the company's video advertising opportunity. Greenfield, who raised his revenue estimates for Facebook in this year and next, also points out Instagram's monetization opportunity and the platform potential of WhatsApp and Messenger. The analyst raised his price target on Facebook to $117 from a "stale" target of $80 that had been set in July of last year and reiterates a Buy rating on the social network's stock, which closed at $94.97 on Friday.
07:44 EDTBYDRegional Gaming estimates raised at BofA/Merrill
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06:24 EDTBCSBarclays has no new target for layoffs, Reuters reports
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06:22 EDTZIOPZiopharm implied volatility of 76 at lower end of index mean range
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July 19, 2015
17:32 EDTBCSBarclays to cut 30,000 jobs in two years, The Times says
Barclays plan to cut 30,000 jobs within two years as it considers accelerating its cost-cutting program, reports The Times, citing senior sources. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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12:38 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:34 EDTFBGoogle price targets hiked after 'thesis-changing' quarter
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10:32 EDTFOSLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTFBInstagram picks Eva Chen as head of fashion partnerships, Mashable reports
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10:01 EDTFBFacebook July volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, August is at 31, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX TSLA GOOG FB GOOGL SLB
09:35 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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06:46 EDTFBJPMorgan puts $800 target on Google after 'thesis-changing' Q2
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06:25 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $780 from $670 at Deutsche Bank
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05:49 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $723 from $631 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Google shares to $723 saying the search giant's Q2 earnings report and corresponding commentary leave him more confident in the stock over the next two quarters. In addition to talking about a focus on costs, Google noted that mobile cost-per-clicks were up and continued to close the gap on desktop and also highlighted accelerating YouTube usage despite recent media coverage on Facebook (FB) Video, Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on Google. The stock is $62.95 to $642.80 in pre-market trading following last night's earnings report.
July 16, 2015
18:37 EDTBCSFINRA fines Barclays $800,000 over data reporting errors, Reuters says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:36 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram says some users having trouble logging in
Instagram said in a tweet, "We're currently experiencing an issue that may have caused some users to have trouble logging in. We’re working hard to fix it." Reference Link
13:02 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Google long-term outlook ahead of Q2 report
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11:49 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus confirms acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces
Oculus announced on its blog that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pebbles Interfaces, "one of the leading teams in depth sensing technology and computer vision. Based in Israel, Pebbles Interfaces has spent the past five years developing technology that uses custom optics, sensor systems and algorithms to detect and track hand movement. Over time, technology breakthroughs in sensors will unlock new human interaction methods in VR and revolutionize the way people communicate in virtual worlds. Pebbles Interfaces will be joining the hardware engineering and computer vision teams at Oculus to help advance virtual reality, tracking, and human-computer interactions." Reference Link
10:18 EDTFOSLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTKORSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTKORSMichael Kors downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
OTR Global downgraded Michael Kors to Mixed following checks that indicate U.S. Department Store sales are below goals and feedback that popularity is waning due to over distribution.
08:53 EDTFBFacebook to buy Pebbles for about $60M, WSJ reports
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08:18 EDTQCOMSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
08:14 EDTFBFacebook faces foreign exchange headwinds in Q2, says Brean Capital
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06:03 EDTAVPAvon recalls 27,000 nut choppers due to metal fragment risk
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05:51 EDTQCOMEuropean Commission confirms two investigations against Qualcomm
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05:22 EDTQCOMQualcomm issues statement on European Commission announcement
Qualcomm provided the following statement: "We were informed that the European Commission has taken the procedural step of 'initiating proceedings' against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing investigations into Qualcomm's sale of chipsets for mobile devices. This step allows investigators to gather additional facts, but it represents neither an expression by the Commission on the merits of the case nor an accusation against the company. While we were disappointed to hear this, we have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the Commission, and we continue to believe that any concerns are without merit."
July 15, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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11:24 EDTKORSStocks with call strike movement; AAL KORS
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10:33 EDTFOSLOptions with increasing implied volatility: KING FOSL
10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTZIOPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bank of America (BAC), up 2.9%... CSX (CSX), up 2.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Hertz (HTZ), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. NOTABLE: Receptos (RCPT), up 10.5% following deal to be acquired by Celgene (CELG)... Celgene is up 7.9% after announcing acquisition of Receptos... UP AFTER RECEPTOS/CELGENE DEAL: ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), up 1.7%... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 6.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Delta Air Lines (DAL), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Mead Johnson (MJN), down 4.8% after reducing fiscal 2015 EPS guidance... Columbia Pipeline Partners (CPPL), down 5.6% after 4.64M share Block Trade priced at $24.15... SINA (SINA), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MacroGenics (MGNX), down 2.8% after 3.25M share Secondary priced at $37.00.
09:18 EDTFBAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:33 EDTFBFacebook target raised to $110 at Morgan Stanley on mobile ad strength
Morgan Stanley raised 2015 and 2016 revenue estimates for Facebook and increased its price target on the shares to $110 due to scale and improving products. The firm's mobile ad checks indicate Facebook is still the mobile industry leader, has low pricing and high ad ROI, and continues to pull in a larger share of ad budgets and ad dollars per MAU. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating on shares of the social network owner, which closed yesterday at $89.68.
08:27 EDTFBAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
07:44 EDTBCSBarclays' Rake to step down from board to join WorldPay, Bloomberg reports
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06:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to push inexpensive mobile device market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTQCOMTSMC cuts 28nm and 20nm prices by 5%-10%, DigiTimes reports
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