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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTGOOGStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:24 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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12:38 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:25 EDTGOOGEtsy calls active after mentioned positively by Google
Etsy (ETSY) July 20 and August 17.5 calls are active on total call volume of 21K contracts (7K puts) after the company was mentioned last night by Google (GOOG) as beneficiary of changes the search giant has made. July call option implied volatility is at 283, August is at 99, September is at 87; compared to its 52-week range of 51 to 87. Active call volume suggest trades taking positions for large price movement.
12:05 EDTGOOGEtsy surges after Google says 'deep links' driving traffic boost
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11:34 EDTGOOGGoogle price targets hiked after 'thesis-changing' quarter
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11:06 EDTGOOGOppenheimer predicts Apple high-end dominance to drive 'beat and raise' report
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10:59 EDTGOOGSynchrony Financial sees 'stable' credit trends for balance of year
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10:05 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX TSLA GOOG FB GOOGL SLB
09:07 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTGOOG, GOOGGoogle price target raised to $800 from $670 at CLSA
CLSA raised Buy rated Google's price target to $800 and said it continues to see growth drivers from app advertising, closing the mobile pricing gap, and shifting of TV ad dollars to online.
08:05 EDTMSFTLexmark launches Kofax View for Microsoft Outlook
Lexmark (LXK) announced the availability of Kofax View, the first document viewing, editing and PDF creation application for Microsoft (MSFT) Outlook. “Microsoft Office delivers exceptional workforce productivity and Microsoft Outlook is central to increased productivity through collaboration. Kofax View gives Outlook users—including Outlook for Office 365 users in the cloud—the ability to more easily create, manage and share familiar document types for improved communication that significantly streamlines the workflow process,” said David Caldeira, product marketing executive, Lexmark Enterprise Software.
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $750 from $650 at Canaccord
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07:46 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on July 22 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:33 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $775 from $693 at Cowen
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07:32 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $720 from $625 at JMP Securities
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07:32 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $800 from $700 at Jefferies
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07:04 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $720 from $625 at Cantor
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