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November 26, 2012
12:10 EDTARO, YHOO, TGT, MHP, HOGS, FB, WMT, DWA, ANAD, M, APOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, giving back some of the 4% advance seen last week by both the S&P and Nasdaq. With earnings season over, a budget agreement in the U.S. or a European deal on Greek aid may be awaited as the next market catalysts, and a lack of progress on either front may bring increased volatility... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing survey for November came in at -2.8, versus forecasts for a +2.5 reading. Also, Mary Schapiro stepped down as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission and President Obama appointed current SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter to take over the position. In Europe, the Bank of England named Mark Carney, who is currently the head of Canada’s central bank, as its next governor... COMPANY NEWS: McGraw-Hill (MHP) confirmed it reached a deal to sell its education business to Apollo Global Management (APO) for $2.5B. McGraw-Hill, which said it will be renamed McGraw Hill Financial after the sale closes, saw its shares rise about 2% after trading resumed following the deal announcement... A number of major retailers, including Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT) and Macy's (M), traded lower in spite of estimates from the National Retail Federation that consumer spending over the Thanksgiving weekend increased 13% from a year ago... Two tech names benefited from some positive analyst commentary as Facebook (FB) shares rose nearly 8% after Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform and BTIG raised its rating on the name to Neutral. Also, Yahoo! (YHOO) was upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman and shares responded by advancing about 1%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Anadigics (ANAD), up 17% following an upgrade to Buy at Needham, and Zhongpin (HOGS), up 15% after after agreeing to "go private" for a $13.50 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Aeropostale (ARO), which slid almost 7% following a downgrade to Neutral at Janney Capital. Also lower were shares of DreamWorks (DWA), down over 5% after the stock was downgraded at Caris and Goldman said its estimates could be at risk due to the box office under-performance of "Rise of the Guardians"... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 87.77, or 0.67%, to 12,921.91; the Nasdaq was down 5.80, or 0.20%, to 2,961.05; and the S&P 500 was down 8.29, or 0.59%, to 1,400.86.
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January 26, 2016
13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:13 EDTFBActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTFBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
January 25, 2016
16:49 EDTWMTMurphy USA announces $500M share buyback, shift in Walmart relationship
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:12 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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12:05 EDTFBTwitter growth acceleration less likely in near-term, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena says the likelihood of near-term growth reacceleration at Twitter (TWTR) looks less likely following today's executive departures. The analyst adds in an intraday research note that traffic trends and agency channel checks continue "to point to the worst" for the company. Sena lowered his Q4 estimates to the low-end of the company's guidance and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $22. He continues to prefer Facebook (FB) and keeps a Hold rating on Twitter.
10:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:32 EDTFBApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
08:15 EDTANADANADIGICS says competing bidder made unsolicited amended offer of 76c per share
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07:40 EDTFBFBR sees constructive setup into Facebook earnings report
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05:51 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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January 24, 2016
19:26 EDTYHOOYahoo using fast-vesting stock options to stop brain drain, BI says
Yahoo is allowing employees to cash out stock options at an accelerated pace in an attempt to stop brain drain and motivate workers, Business Insider reported Friday, citing sources. Starting in January 2015, the company began offering stock options that vest after one month rather than the previous one year period, and the fast-vesting options have become more widespread within the company as valuable employees threaten to leave, said the report. Reference Link
14:40 EDTFBCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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