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October 20, 2014
08:58 EDTHTZJana Partners reports 7% stake in Hertz, says may engage in talks
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06:01 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EBAY NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 27, Netflix (NFLX) 40 according to iVolatility.
05:27 EDTEBAYeBay announces resignation of Marc Andreessen from board
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTEBAYStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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12:11 EDTEBAYeBay announces launch of domestic selling in Russia
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October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:26 EDTEBAYStubHub announces integration with Apple Pay
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14:42 EDTEBAYeBay appears done with same-day delivery 'experiment,' Re/Code says
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12:29 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
12:11 EDTEBAYeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
10:06 EDTEBAYThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to hold a conference
7th Annual Federal Trade Commision Microeconomics Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on October 16-17.
10:01 EDTLULU, EBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:23 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:41 EDTEBAY, EBAYeBay downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform to reflect ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages, and potential M& barriers. Price target lowered to $52 from $66.
07:50 EDTEBAYeBay shares approaching compelling levels, says Stifel
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07:06 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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07:01 EDTEBAYeBay price target lowered to $60 from $63 at Cantor
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05:39 EDTLULUlululemon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded lululemon to Underperform after assuming coverage of the stock saying the company's expansion into Asia and Europe will drive a meaningful increase in spending. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $34 from $40.
October 15, 2014
18:26 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY14 EPS at low end of $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.97
Lowers FY14 revenue view to $17.85B-$17.95B from prior view $18B-$18.3B, consensus $18.15B.
17:38 EDTEBAYeBay sees PayPal separation complete in 2H15
17:16 EDTEBAYeBay says biggest driver to increased operating expenses was sales/marketing
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17:12 EDTEBAYeBay cites slower Marketplace growth, FX headwinds for reduced guidance
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17:09 EDTEBAYeBay says PayPal on pace to process 1B mobile transaction this year
Comment from company Q3 earnings call.
16:30 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY14 EPS at low end of $2.95-$3.00, consensus $2.97
16:28 EDTEBAYeBay sees FY14 EPS at the lower end of guidance
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16:19 EDTEBAYeBay lower by almost 5% to $48 after reporting Q3 results and guidance
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16:18 EDTEBAYeBay lowers FY14 revenue view to $17.85 - $17.95, consensus $18.15B
16:17 EDTEBAYeBay sees Q4 EPS 88c-91c, consensus 91c
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16:16 EDTEBAYeBay reports Q3 EPS 68c, consensus 67c
Reports Q3 revenue $4.35B, consensus $4.37B.
15:28 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.36; eBay (EBAY), consensus 67c; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), consensus 64c; Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), consensus 58c; El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB), consensus 39c; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 93c; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.08; Navient (NAVI), consensus 52c; Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 58c; Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ), consensus 29c; Astoria Financial (AF), consensus 16c; Rambus (RMBS), consensus 5c.
14:17 EDTEBAYeBay technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:09 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay to report Q3 earnings after PayPal spin-off announcement
eBay (EBAY) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. eBay is a technology company that enables commerce through Marketplaces, Payments, and GSI. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 67c on revenue of $4.37B. The consensus range is 65c-72c for EPS, and $4.33B-$4.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: eBay reported second quarter EPS of 69c against estimates of 68c on revenue of $4.37B against estimates of $4.38B. The company gave Q3 EPS guidance of 65c-67c and Q3 revenue guidance of $4.3B-$4.4B as well as FY14 EPS guidance of $2.95-$3.00. It narrowed FY14 revenue guidance to $18B-$18.3B from $18B-$18.5B. eBay said Google search algorithm change slowed traffic in June. The company confirmed the Q3 guidance during a conference call in September. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: eBay announced in late September that it will separate eBay and PayPal into two independent publicly traded companies, set to be completed in the second half of 2015. eBay Marketplaces President Devin Wenig will be the CEO of the new eBay company and Dan Schulman will become CEO of the new PayPal company. The cost of the transaction has yet to be determined, and the split is not designed to position either business for sale. During its conference call to discuss the split, the company said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile payments this year and added that Apple (AAPL) could help speed NFC adoption and would be good for PayPal. eBay adds that it has "never been more bullish" on PayPal's prospects. Following the announcement, there were rumors that Google (GOOG) was looking to acquire eBay. Piper Jaffray said the press reports of the talks between the two companies are "largely unsubstantiated." The company was downgraded at JPMorgan, JMP Securities, Jeffries, and Wedbush after the announcement of a split due to increased uncertainty. Investors say the benefit of the spin-off plans are not as clear, unsure if a standalone PayPal is in a better position to compete in the quickly changing digital payments space. Wedbush analysts say a spin-off will not boost the payment processor's business and may have negative consequences for both companies. Investors were also split on how Apple's mobile payments platform will affect eBay and PayPal. RW Baird said Apple iWallet will pose a threat to PayPal, particularly to its opportunities at point-of-sale and Piper Jaffray said the new payments system will further weigh on eBay's multiple over the next six months. JPMorgan, however, said iWallet will be a net positive for payment networks and Citigroup believes the risks from Apple are likely overstated. PRICE ACTION: eBay shares have dropped more 2.21% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday midday trading ahead of its earnings report, eBay shares are trading down 2%.
12:03 EDTINFYInfosys says no investments made in Ooyala, Clique Intelligence.
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11:27 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:34 EDTHTZHertz subsidiary Hertz Equipment Rental launches In Panama
Hertz' wholly owned subsidiary Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation has announced its launch in Panama City, Panama to deliver specialty equipment rental solutions for the construction, industrial, and government sectors.
08:29 EDTASMLASML affirms FY14 sales view of at least EUR5.6B
ASML President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Wennink said, "We are on track to meet our full-year 2014 forecast of at least EUR 5.6B of net sales. In the third quarter, we delivered a good profit margin on net sales that fell just short of our previous guidance due to a couple of system shipments shifting into Q4, which does not impact our full-year guidance. Looking ahead, we see a solid start to 2015. In memory, we expect higher sales in H1 driven by the strong backlog. In logic, the ramp of 20/16/14 nanometer nodes is expected to continue, but the timing and volume depends on the business allocations by our customers' customers." As part of ASML's policy to return excess cash to shareholders through dividend and regularly timed share buybacks, ASML has announced its intention to purchase up to EUR 1.0B of its shares in 2013-2014. Through September 28, ASML has acquired 11.8M shares under this program for a total consideration of EUR 776M.
08:28 EDTASMLASML sees Q4 net sales around EUR 1.3B
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08:27 EDTASMLASML reports Q3 EPS EUR0.56 vs. EUR0.91 in prior quarter
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06:06 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 14, 2014
12:48 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
eBay October call option implied volatility is at 52, November is at 30, January is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
12:46 EDTEBAYSquare CEO Dorsey says not in talks with PayPal
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12:31 EDTEBAYeBay PayPal unit in talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations reports
PayPal, which is spinning off from eBay in 2015, is exploring several potential acquisitions, including the purchase of Square, according to Bank Innovation, citing sources close to both companies. The acquisition talks are in the “early stages,” but are described as "serious" and "intense" by the sources, the report stated. Bank Innovation said it had "no word yet" on an acquisition price, but assumes it would be above the $6B valuation ascribed to Square in a recent fundraising effort. Shares of eBay are up a bit over 1% in afternoon trading. Reference Link
12:26 EDTEBAYPayPal in 'early' but serious talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations says
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11:17 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:01 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
05:58 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ SD
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October 13, 2014
14:02 EDTLULUlululemon's Q3 sales tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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12:37 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Sector Perform at Portales
12:01 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:26 EDTINFYHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:51 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:12 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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06:11 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
06:03 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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October 10, 2014
13:29 EDTINFYInfosys price target raised to $56-$58 from $52-$54 at Wells Fargo
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11:40 EDTHTZStocks with call strike movement; HTZ AAL
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11:18 EDTINFYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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11:13 EDTASMLMicrochip not relevant to DRAM, NAND, says Summit Research
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10:04 EDTEBAYXoom could be a acquisition of target of PayPal, says Monness Crespi
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08:32 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q2 EPS 89c, consensus 81c
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06:00 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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05:40 EDTINFYInfosys board approves bonus issue of one share for every share held
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05:36 EDTINFYInfosys maintains FY15 reveneue growth outlook 7%-9%
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05:35 EDTINFYInfosys reports Q2 EPS 89c, consensus 81c
Reports Q2 revenue $2.2B, consensus $2.2B. Infosys and its subsidiaries added 49 clients and 14,255 employees during the quarter.
October 9, 2014
14:56 EDTINFYInfosys technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed in the past three months, with a decidedly bullish trend. At the current price of $59.45 the stock is not terribly far from its 52-week high at $63.20. This would likely be a level to be tested on better than expected results. If the news is sufficiently positive, it could lead to an additional breakout above the high with resistance at $65.04. If the news disappoints significantly, there is only a moderate percentage of the float short so there would be less buy-to-cover benefit. Over the past three years the $60 area has been tough resistance and disappointing results have lead to significant drops from that level. On an increasing band of negative surprises, support below would be at $57, $55.17, and $51.43 on an extreme move. The 52-week low is at $50.06.
14:28 EDTEBAYIcahn says Andreesen should be removed from eBay board
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14:09 EDTINFYInfosys October 60 straddle priced for 6.1% move into Q2
09:38 EDTEBAYActive equity options trading on open
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06:10 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NKE LULU
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October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:41 EDTEBAYeBay ChannelAdvisor data confirms company guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted ChannelAdvisor reported eBay's same-store sales grew 8.9% in September, which confirms the company's reiterated guidance when it announced its planned PayPal spin-off. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on eBay.
11:38 EDTHTZStocks with call strike movement; GPRO HTZ
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09:42 EDTEBAYeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:10 EDTEBAYeBay survey suggests upswing in growth, says RW Baird
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06:00 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ADHD LULU
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Alcobra (ADHD) 123, lululemon (LULU) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTHTZOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
10:56 EDTHTZOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:37 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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08:12 EDTHTZHertz Portugal to offer combined car and gold equipment rental package
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October 6, 2014
06:07 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU NKE
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