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August 15, 2014
12:39 EDTJCP, TASR, KO, AOL, ACHN, MNST, JWN, GOOG, VRNGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market drifted higher after the bell, but lost all momentum when reports surfaced that the Ukraine army fired on a Russian convoy that crossed the border. The equity averages quickly fell, while oil prices rose and gold recouped some of its early losses. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of beverage company Monster Beverage (MNST) surged 27% higher after Coca-Cola (KO) took a 16.7% stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster. Monster will transfer its non-energy business. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 11% after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Taser (TASR), which gained 8% after Craig-Hallum said in a note to investors that its checks indicate Taser's AXON on-officer body cam will be rolled out to 16K London Met police officers over the next two years. Among the noteworthy losers was Vringo (VRNG), which plunged 75% after confirming that an appeals court reversed a jury's verdict and held that the asserted claims of the patents-in-suit in the company's wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine's litigation against Google (GOOG), AOL (AOL) and others are invalid. Also lower following their earnings reports were two department store operators: J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell nearly 4%, and Nordstrom (JWN), which dropped more than 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 86.25, or 0.52%, to 16,627.33, the Nasdaq was down 11.44, or 0.26%, to 4,441.56, and the S&P 500 was down 6.54, or 0.33%, to 1,948.64.
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April 14, 2015
15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
11:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney business on 'more stable footing,' says Baird
Baird analyst Mark Altschwager says J.C. Penney's business is on "more stable footing" after the retailer reported a quarter-to-date comp of 6% and provided Q1 comp guidance above consensus. Altschwager raised his price target for shares to $10 from $9 but keeps a Neutral rating on Penny. He believes meaningful free cash flow growth will be challenging as investment needs normalize.
11:16 EDTGOOGCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
10:01 EDTKO, MNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
09:28 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna
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08:55 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney sees Q1 SSS up 3.5%-4.5%
J.C. Penney said in a regulatory filing that on April 13, the company became aware that a senior official of the company inadvertently sent an e-mail communication to a securities analyst that contained non-public information regarding the company’s comparable store sales results for Q1 to date, which are approximately 6%. Based on results to date, and taking into account the shift of Easter into the fiscal month of March this year, the company currently expects comparable store sales for Q1 to be in the range of 3.5%-4.5%.
07:33 EDTTASRTASER awarded order for 300 AXON Flex Body cameras from Alabama Police
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07:02 EDTAOLAOL launches ONE by AOL
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06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
April 13, 2015
19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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17:17 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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13:05 EDTKOWintergreen Advisers says plans to vote against Coca-Cola directors
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09:47 EDTKOPepsiCo awarded NBA sponsorship rights, ESPN reports
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08:51 EDTKOCoca-Cola signs partnership with United States Soccer Federation, MLS
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08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:22 EDTJCPGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
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