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News For TGT;YHOO;ARO;HOGS;DWA;FB;M;APO;MHP;ANAD;WMT From The Last 14 Days
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August 25, 2015
07:46 EDTMMacy's upgraded on valuation at Deutsche Bank
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07:30 EDTFBFacebook VR potential still being misunderstood, says Piper Jaffray
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07:11 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Hold from Sell at Topeka
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07:07 EDTAROAeropostale August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:21 EDTMMacy's upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank
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06:13 EDTYHOOThird Point, FTC settle over antitrust filings for 2011 Yahoo stake
Three affiliated hedge fund companies and their management company, Third Point LLC, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated premerger reporting laws in connection with their 2011 acquisitions of stock in Yahoo! Inc. The complaint alleges that Third Point Partners Qualified L.P., Third Point Ultra, LTD, and Third Point Offshore Fund, LTD failed to observe the filing and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act before purchasing shares in Yahoo. According to the complaint, the three defendant funds claimed that they were exempt from reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities because the purchases were made solely for investment purposes. At the time of the stock purchases, however, defendant Third Point LLC, which made investment decisions on behalf of the funds, was taking actions inconsistent with an investment-only intent, such as communicating with third parties to determine their interest in becoming the CEO or a board candidate of Yahoo. Under the terms of the proposed stipulated five-year federal court order, the defendants are prohibited from relying on the investment-only exemption if they have contacted third parties to gauge their interest in joining the board of the target company, communicated with the target company about proposed candidates for its board, or engaged in other specified conduct in the four months prior to acquiring voting securities above the HSR Act threshold. In this case, the agencies determined not to seek civil penalties based on several factors, including that the violation was inadvertent and short-lived, and this was the defendants' first violation of the HSR Act.
August 24, 2015
19:17 EDTFBTwitter adds new direct message notifications, Engadget says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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15:01 EDTTGTWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
11:05 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB AAPL
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10:24 EDTMMacy's initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research
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09:49 EDTMFitbit being sold at Macy's seen as near-term catalyst
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09:45 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX
08:30 EDTFBFacebook volatility elevated
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook Netflix TubeMogul best Internet pullback opportunities,says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer sees Facebook (FB) Netflix (NFLX) and TubeMogul (TUBE) as providing the best buying opportunities among Internet stocks. The firm notes that the growth of Facebook's usage minutes fell to 17% year-over-year in July from a 20% increase in June and a 21% increase in May. However, the firm notes that the company maintained its 21% share of time on mobile devices. The firm thinks that the company's earnings could be boosted in the near-term by the launch of performance-based ads on Instagram. Oppenheimer notes that Netflix has risks from U.S. dollar appreciation and investors' skepticism towards stocks whose value is based on expected long-term growth. TubeMogul could be hurt by perceived risks to global macro growth, according to the firm.Despite these risks, the firm thinks that Facebook's stock could rise 27% above its $110 price target. It believes that Netflix's stock could jump 15% above its $125 price target and it thinks that TubeMogul could surpass its $19 price target by 83%.
07:27 EDTMFitbit entry at Macy's a significant near-term catalyst, says Piper Jaffray
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06:14 EDTDWADreamWorks upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley
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August 23, 2015
16:57 EDTFBGoogle Express workers join Teamsters union in face of 'constant harassment'
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