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January 2, 2013
12:46 EDTSKUL, CAT, JNJ, CAR, HPQ, MRK, LNKD, ZIP, UNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher at midday after U.S. lawmakers agreed on a deal to avoid some of the tax hikes associated with the fiscal cliff, but many of the issues remaining were simply pushed off by the last-second agreement. The stop-gap measure puts off the drastic spending cuts that were due to take effect, but it did not eliminate them, and it failed to raise the debt limit, meaning another political showdown is coming. The day’s economic data points went largely unnoticed as most investors breathed a sigh of relief and sent the averages soaring right at the opening bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final reading for December's purchasing managers' index came in at 54.0, which was up from 52.8 a month ago and beat expectations for a downward revision to 53.6. The ISM's December manufacturing PMI had a reading of 50.7, versus the expected 50.5, while the prices paid index came in at 55.5, versus the expected 50.8. A separate report showed construction spending fell 0.3% in November, versus an expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Markit's zone-wide PMI edged down to 46.1 in December, compared with its 46.3 preliminary reading and down from 46.2 in November... COMPANY NEWS: Every member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average was higher at midday, with only Merck (MRK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH) logging gains of less than 1%. Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Caterpillar (CAT) paced the blue chip index, as each rose over 4%... Reflecting a trend similar to the one seen on the Dow, every S&P sector except for Healthcare was significantly higher... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zipcar (ZIP), which rose 48% following its agreement to be acquired for $12.25 per share in cash by Avis Budget (CAR), which also had its shares rise nearly 5%. Among the noteworthy losers were Skullcandy (SKUL), down 14% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Underperform from Buy, and LinkedIn (LNKD) which fell almost 4% after being downgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 224.78, or 1.72%, to 13,328.92; the Nasdaq was up 67.24, or 2.23%, to 3,086.75; and the S&P 500 was up 24.81, or 1.74%, to 1,451.00.
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August 20, 2015
10:22 EDTLNKDAfter meeting with CEO, JPMorgan says buy LinkedIn
After meeting with LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner and CFO Steve Sordello, JPMorgan tells investors to buy the stock. Calling the recent decline in the shares a buying opportunity, the firm is upbeat about the outlook for the company's Talent, Marketing, and Sales Navigation units. WHAT'S NEW: Talent has performed well since the company assigned new sales professionals to most of its accounts in the first quarter, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth quoted LinkedIn as saying. Additionally, the company improved Talent by enabling users to search by key criteria such as hiring volume and overall spending potential, Anmuth believes. Meanwhile, LinkedIn is improving Marketing by replacing display ads with sponsored updates which have higher click through rates and pricing, the analyst added. As a result of this change, Marketing's growth could reaccelerate in 2016, Anmuth contended. Additionally, LinkedIn's recently acquired online learning website, Lynda.com, is "just beginning to ramp," and its Sales Navigation unit is poised to make bigger deals with corporations, Anmuth believes. The analyst kept a $300 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 13, research firm Stifel called LinkedIn its "best emerging large cap idea." The firm expects positive catalysts to emerge for the company in the second half of 2015. It kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, LinkedIn lost 0.7% to $188.
09:36 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTHPQHP August volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
HP August call option implied volatility is at 95, September is at 43, January is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 37 , suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results today after the market close.
08:38 EDTMRKMerck says to present new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study
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06:57 EDTLNKDLinkedIn pullback a buying opportunity, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth recommends using the recent pullback in shares of LinkedIn as a buying opportunity. After meeting with management, including CEO Jeff Weiner and CFO Steve Sordello, Anmuth reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. Management's tone was upbeat as Talent metrics have improved, the analyst points out. He keeps a $300 price target on the name.
August 19, 2015
16:13 EDTSKULASTRO Gaming partners with Activision and Treyarch on Black Ops lll
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13:23 EDTHPQOptions with increasing call volume
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07:54 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on August 25 hosted by Pacific Crest.
07:02 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Hewlett-Packard August call option implied volatility is at 86, September is at 38, January is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 37 , suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on August 20.
05:57 EDTHPQ HP implied volatility of 37 at upper end of index
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August 18, 2015
12:13 EDTMRKMerck recalls Temodar, Temozolomide bottles with cracked caps
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08:03 EDTMRKMerck says FDA accepts sBLA for Keytruda
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07:57 EDTUNHMagellan Iowa loss largely priced into shares, says Jefferies
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August 17, 2015
16:12 EDTUNHMagellan drops after Iowa picks four others for Medicaid
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15:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth up 2.4% after being awarded Iowa healthcare contract
15:55 EDTUNHWellCare, Amerigroup, UnitedHealth, AmeriHealth awarded Iowa healthcare contract
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09:14 EDTHPQHP Q3 results have modest expectations at UBS
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07:56 EDTHPQHP Q3 results have modest expectations at UBS
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07:40 EDTCATUBS to hold a tour
Midwest Construction & Farm Tour travels throughout Illinois and Iowa on August 17-18.
06:52 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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