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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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January 13, 2015
07:41 EDTMNSTWells downgrades Monster Beverage on valuation
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07:13 EDTMNST, KOMonster Beverage price target raised to $130 from $115 at Stifel
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06:10 EDTACHNAchillion implied volatility of 98 at lower end of index mean range
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05:51 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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January 12, 2015
16:58 EDTKOCoca-Cola shares look expensive, Barron's says
Coca-Cola shares look expensive, trading at over 21 times forward earnings, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
13:14 EDTGOOGAnalysts take opposite sides in regards to Google shares
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11:19 EDTGOOGGoogle set to provide real-time translation via Translate app, NY Times reports
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10:34 EDTKOFood makers slip as Citi highlights headwinds with downgrades in space
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10:15 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTGOOG, AOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTGOOGGoogle no longer fixing older Android security flaws, WSJ reports
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09:22 EDTGOOG23andMe announces collaboration with Pfizer
Google (GOOG)-backed 23andMe announced an agreement with Pfizer (PFE) that will provide Pfizer with access to 23andMe’s research platform, including services and Research Portal analysis of 23andMe’s genotyped population of over 800,000 individuals, of which more than 80 percent have consented to participate in research. 23andMe’s Research Portal enables qualified and approved scientists outside of 23andMe the opportunity to leverage the company’s unique research model while still protecting the privacy and security of 23andMe’s customers. As a part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate on certain genome-wide association studies, surveys, and clinical trial recruitment. One of these collaborations will be a longitudinal study to better understand the genetics of lupus. This study will entail enrollment and genotyping of 5,000 people into a new lupus research community, and include the integration of medical records, targeted bio-sampling along with genetic information for all participants. This announcement follows a collaboration between 23andMe and Pfizer to enroll 10,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a research initiative designed to explore the genetic factors associated with the onset, progression, severity and response to treatments for IBD. Nearly 4,000 patients have been enrolled in the community since August 2014.
08:21 EDTGOOGApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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08:02 EDTGOOGGoogle shares undervalued, says Bernstein
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07:59 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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07:38 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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07:35 EDTJCPNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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06:45 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
06:35 EDTJWN, JCPObama to press for law requiring disclosure of hacking, NY Times says
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