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August 15, 2014
12:39 EDTJWN, GOOG, VRNG, JCP, TASR, KO, AOL, ACHN, MNSTOn 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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August 19, 2015
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:53 EDTGOOGDeutsche Telekom exec calls for internet firms to subsidize online ads, FT says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) senior vice president of technology strategy, governance, and programs Tomasz Gerszberg has called for internet companies such as Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions due to the new way advertising takes over data allowances, the Financial Times reports, citing an article Gerszberg wrote on LinkedIn. The Deutsche Telekom executive said that consumers need to be protected from rising data charges related to "annoying" online ads, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $825 from $560. The search giant closed yesterday down $5.38 to $688.73. Google's YouTube unit "continues to grow very rapidly," while the revenue growth of Google Websites suggests the company is navigating the mobile transition on search better than expected, Cordwell tells investors in a research note. Further, a greater focus on costs by the new CFO is driving improved profitability, a trend that should continue, the analyst argues. Cordwell expects continued outperformance of Google shares.
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 18, 2015
15:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces OnHub router
In a post to its official blog, Google said "While we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we're streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. So today, with our partner TP-LINK, we're launching OnHub, a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi. Instead of headaches and spotty connections, OnHub gives you Wi-Fi that's fast, secure, and easy to use." Reference Link
10:13 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:02 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 17, 2015
19:54 EDTGOOGComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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19:00 EDTGOOGGoogle targets 2016 U.S. launch for modular smartphone project
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16:14 EDTGOOGParkway Properties signs deal to bring Google Fiber to certain properties
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle says testing Project Sunroof
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12:23 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; Netflix J.C. Penney
Netflix (NFLX) January 150 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 48, J.C. Penney (JCP) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 40 according to IVolatility.
10:24 EDTJCPAnalyst notes give J.C. Penney shares a boost
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10:21 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:26 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: AVEO (AVEO), up 119.7% after announcing licensing agreement with Novartis (NVS)... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 24.9% after Soros reports new stake in company in 13F filing... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 4.6% after saying patient death unrelated to KTE-C19... Tesla (TSLA), up 5.5% after price target raised to $465 from $280 at Morgan Stanley... Mobileye (MBLY), up 2.7% after price target raised to $80 from $71 at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.5% after being initiated with a Buy at B. Riley and Piper Jaffray raised its price target to $17 from $15. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Estee Lauder (EL), down 2.1% after reporting quarterly results and giving guidance for first quarter and fiscal 2016. ALSO LOWER: KKR (KKR), down 3.3% after Samson enters restructuring deal and expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days... Aquinox (AQXP), down 4.7% after Lloyd Mackenzie, vice president - Technical Operations and Planning, disclosed late Friday the sale of 35,887 shares worth over $670,000 in a sale related to the exercise of options.
07:17 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney initiated with a Buy at B. Riley
B. Riley initiated J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and $12.50 price target. The firm sees positive business trends, despite industry headwinds, and numerous opportunities for margin recovery.
06:51 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target raised to $17 from $15 at Piper Jaffray
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06:03 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 38, Google (GOOG) 23 according to iVolatility.
05:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney initiated with a Buy at B. Riley
B. Riley analyst Jeff Van Sinderen started shares of J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and $12.50 price target. The retailer closed Friday at $8.52. Sinderen views Penny as a "speculative turnaround" story and believes the company's "substantial" real estate assets partially offset its heavy debt load.
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