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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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March 20, 2015
06:16 EDTGOOG2012 antitrust report calls Google harmful to market, WSJ says
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06:04 EDTGOOGGlobal smartphone shipments to reach 1.4B units in 2015, DigiTimes Research says
Global smartphone shipments in 2015 is expected to increase 16.4% to reach 1.40B units, reports DigiTimes Research. The shipment growth is due to higher growth in demand in emerging markets including India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Android (GOOG) will account for 78.5% of 2015 global smartphone shipments, Apple's (AAPL) iOS 16.6%, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 4% and BlackBerry (BBRY) 0.6%.Reference Link
March 19, 2015
15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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09:28 EDTTASRS.D. police data makes 'compelling' case for TASER cameras, says Craig-Hallum
Data released by San Diego's Police Department showed significant reductions in complaints, allegations, and use of force after the department's deployment of TASER body cameras, said Craig-Hallum, which noted this as the first example of the benefits of body cameras from a "major" police force test. The firm thinks the study could have "significant" implications for other police forces testing and considering body cameras and reiterates its Buy rating and $30 price target on TASER shares. Digital Ally (DGLY) is another maker of police body cameras.
09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:53 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO to raise marketing budget, revamp distribution network, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
16:49 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage names Mark Hall as Chief Marketing Officer
On March 12, Monster Energy entered into a letter agreement with Mark Hall. The Hall Agreement confirmed Hallís position change from Chief Brand Officer to Chief Marketing Officer of Monster Energy on a full-time basis, effective as of January 1, 2015.
13:30 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney trades lower after news of executive departures
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10:31 EDTKOPepsiCo's valuation low vs. peers, says Credit Suisse
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09:36 EDTKOActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTTASRComplaints against police fell after body cameras added, Channel 10 says
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08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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