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February 7, 2014
17:09 EDTMSFT, KO, GMCR, YUM, DIS, FOXA, NWSA, TWTR, DDDAverages close week with modest gains
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week with modest gains, paring back considering losses suffered in the week's first trading session. Despite a much-anticipated U.S. jobs number that missed expectations, investors were constructive on equities amid a torrent of corporate earnings reports. MACRO NEWS: The week's marquee economic data point, the U.S. employment report for January, showed that the U.S. economy added 113,000 non-farm jobs in the month. Analysts had been expecting the economy to add 180,000 jobs. To start the week, U.S. ISM Manufacturing data reported Monday came in well below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) announced the head of its cloud and enterprise group, Satya Nadella, would replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. The tech giant also announced that Bill Gates would take a new, more active role as the board's technology adviser... Coca-Cola (KO) and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) announced a 10-year strategic collaboration agreement to develop Green Mountain's forthcoming at-home cold drinks maker, Keurig Cold. As part of the agreement, Coke took a 10% equity stake in the K-cup maker for $1.25B, and shares of Green Mountain gained more than 33% for the week... Automakers reported U.S. January sales on Monday of this week, with Ford (F) reporting sales than fell 7% and General Motors (GM) reporting sales that fell 12%... Among notable gainers following their reports were KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell owner Yum! Brands (YUM), Dow member and media giant Disney (DIS), as well as both 21st Century Fox (FOXA) and News Corp. (NWSA), which were formerly bundled under the News Corp. umbrella. Among the notable decliners following their quarterly report were microblogging site Twitter (TWTR), which fell more than 24% after its first quarterly report as a public company. 3D Systems (DDD) also saw its shares decline sharply after its quarterly report, with the 3-D printer manufacturer finishing the week down about 15%. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.6% to close at 15,794.08, the S&P 500 was up 0.8% to close at 1,797.02, and the Nasdaq was up 0.5% to close at 4,125.86.
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August 12, 2014
12:26 EDTTWTRTwitter introducing promoted video beta for advertisers
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12:04 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; PBR TWTR
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08:37 EDTDDD3D Systems adds 200K square foot manufacturing facility in South Carolina
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08:01 EDTDISDisney price target raised to $101 from $96 at Argus
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06:03 EDTTWTRTwitter says paid $134.1M for Gnip
In May, the company completed its acquisition of privately held Gnip, a provider of social data and analytics headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. The acquisition is expected to allow the Company to further enhance its data analytics capabilities. Under the terms of the acquisition, the company agreed to pay $107.3M in cash and issue a total of 0.6M shares of common stock including shares of restricted stock subject to continued employment in consideration of all of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of Gnip. In addition, the Company agreed to issue up to 0.4M shares of the company’s stock as a result of assumed Gnip equity awards held by individuals, who will continue to provide services to the Company. The fair value of total consideration of $134.1M. During the six months ended June 30, the company acquired four other companies, which were accounted for as business combinations. The total purchase price of $55.5M for these acquisitions was preliminarily allocated as follows: $9.2M to developed technologies, $1.4M to net tangible assets acquired based on their estimated fair value on the acquisition date, $1.3M to deferred tax liability, and the excess $46.2M of the purchase price over the fair value of net assets acquired to goodwill. Goodwill resulting from these acquisitions is not expected to be deductible for U.S. income tax purposes.
06:00 EDTTWTRTwitter believes approx. 11% of active users only using third-party apps
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05:58 EDTDISAmazon's Disney dispute about more than pricing, WSJ reports
Amazon's (AMZN) dispute with Disney (DIS) is about more than pricing, according to the Wall Street Journal, and concerns promotion and product placement on Amazon's website. Additionally, the dispute encompasses questions over "who makes up the difference when Amazon loses money to match the prices of competitors," a source says. Reference Link
05:53 EDTDISDisney cuts employees at DisneyToon Studios, Variety reports
Disney is cutting at least 16 employees at its DisneyToon Studios unit, which produced "Planes: Fire & Rescue," Variety reports, citing sources. Reference Link
05:24 EDTDISDisney, PANDORA Jewelry announce strategic alliance
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August 11, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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13:40 EDTTWTRTwitter sees strong demand in China, hopes to enter market, Nikkei says
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09:52 EDTFOXAValueAct owns $1B stake in 21st Century Fox, CNBC reports
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09:48 EDTFOXAValueAct likes 21st Century Fox standalone plan, CNBC reports
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09:47 EDTFOXAValueAct has $1B stake in 21st Century Fox, CNBC's Faber reports
09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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06:46 EDTYUM Yum! Brands shares remain attractive, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Yum! Brands' China comp estimates to recover and does not view the brand as permanently impaired. The believes shares are attractive and sees potential upside from re-franchising or a breakup. The firm rates Yum! an Outperform with an $87 price target.
06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 10, 2014
17:04 EDTDISParamount's 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' tops weekend box office, WSJ says
Paramount Pictures' (VIA,VIAB) "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" edged out Disney's (DIS) "Guardians of the Galaxy," opening to an estimated $65M in the U.S. and Canada, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
15:21 EDTDISAmazon stops preorders of some Disney movie titles, WSJ says
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