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June 24, 2014
16:23 EDTICE, MU, WIX, GOOG, VRTX, WWWWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower despite reports that showed new home sales rose more than anticipated in May and consumer confidence was higher than expected in June. The S&P managed to hit a new intra-day high early in the session and the Dow crept towards 17,000, but by mid-afternoon the averages weakened as headlines told of Syrian jets firing on Iraq. The potential for an escalation in violence in the Middle East pushed the buyers to the sidelines and put the sellers in firm control into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities for April had its smallest 12-month gain in more than a year, rising 10.8% from the same month of last year. However, a separate report showed that new home sales surged 18.6% in May to a 504K annual rate, beating expectations. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to 85.2 in June, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since 2008. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index dipped to 3 in June from 7 in both April and May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of computer memory maker Micron Technology (MU) advanced $1.24, or 3.97%, to $32.50 after the company's third quarter profits and revenue surpassed analysts' expectations. Following its report and guidance last night, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy and raised its price target for shares to $50 from $40, while analysts at Roth Capital, Jefferies, and JPMorgan also raised their price targets on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which surged $26.92, or 40.41%, to $93.53 after its combination of drugs designed to treat cystic fibrosis succeeded in improving lung function in a pair of clinical trials. Also higher was Wix.com (WIX), which rose $2.27, or 12.77%, to $20.04 after Google (GOOG) announced it is testing a new domain service and Wells Fargo noted that the search giant is partnering with providers like Wix and others for hosting services. Among the noteworthy losers was Web.com (WWWW), which plunged $6.90, or 19.94%, to $27.70 after Google's domain name market entry. Web.com shares were defended by no less than four Street research firms, with Piper Jaffray saying it believes that concerns about the impact on Web.com are overblown. Also lower was IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), which fell $8.01, or 4.04%, to $190.18 after Wells Fargo downgraded its stock to Market Perform from Outperform, citing high earnings expectations and a lower assumed growth rate for its core energy business. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.13, or 0.7%, to 16,818.13, the Nasdaq dropped 18.32, or 0.42%, to 4,350.36, and the S&P 500 declined 12.63, or 0.64%, to 1,949.98.
News For MU;WWWW;GOOG;ICE;VRTX;WIX From The Last 14 Days
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December 12, 2014
08:01 EDTVRTXPiper predicts two large-cap biotechs could be acquired in 2015
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07:30 EDTGOOGAmazon forced to remove app from Google Play store, TechCrunch reports
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07:18 EDTGOOGCato Institute holds a conference
2014 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference is being held in Washington, D.C. on December 12 with webcasted presentations to begin at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:13 EDTMUMicron in talks to revise supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut down engineering operations in Russia, The Information reports
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTGOOGCiti upbeat on Google in face of pending Apple decision on Safari
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08:53 EDTGOOGBritain lays out details for proposed 25% 'Google Tax,' WSJ reports
U.S. technology giants such as Google (GOOGL, GOOG), Facebook (FB), Microsoft (MSFT) and Apple (AAPL) have come under fire in Britain for the relatively small corporate taxes they pay there and the U.K. government detailed plans for a new 25% tax on profits of multinational technology and other companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares pricing in loss of Apple search deal, says Citigroup
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07:28 EDTVRTXCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
07:24 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange not currently planning to sell NYSE, Reuters reports
Intercontinental Exchange CEO Jeffrey Sprecher said there are no immediate plans to sell the New York Stock Exchange, Reuters reports, citing comments made at a Goldman Sachs conference. Sprecher said the NYSE could have the fastest EPS growth of all the businesses ICE operates, and expects it will become more profitable as a result of ongoing restructuring. Reference Link
06:17 EDTGOOGGoogle to shut Google News service in Spain
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December 9, 2014
16:19 EDTICEAMD announces move to NASDAQ
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10:39 EDTWWWWWeb.com holder Okumus reports 14.8% stake, changes stance to active
Okumus Fund Management reported a 14.8% stake in Web.com and changed its filing designation to active. Okumus stated in its filing that it may in the future continue to engage in communications with management and the board of the company, engage in discussions with shareholders of Web.com and others about the company, make other proposals to the company concerning changes to the capitalization, ownership structure, board structure or composition or operations of Web.com. Okumus previously identified itself as a passive stakeholder.
06:25 EDTMUMicron attempt to renegotiate supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
17:13 EDTWIXSteadfast Capital reports 6.6% passive stake in Wix.com
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15:08 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sees EUR 96.8M proceeds from sale of Euronext stake
Intercontinental Exchange announced the pricing of the placement of 4.2M shares in Euronext, representing approximately 6% of Euronextís share capital, by way of an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. The gross proceeds to ICE from the sale amount to EUR 96.8M. Following the sale, which is expected to close on December 11, ICE will no longer hold any of Euronextís shares or voting rights and the transaction marks the final exit from Euronext by ICE initiated in 2014, the company said.
11:41 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange to sell remaining shares in Euronext
Intercontinental Exchange announced its intention to sell approximately 4.2M shares in Euronext N.V., representing approximately 6% of Euronextís share capital, by way of an accelerated book-building to institutional investors. Following the sale, assuming all shares are sold, ICE will no longer hold any of Euronextís share capital and voting rights. This transaction marks the final exit from Euronext by ICE, in line with its previously announced strategy. ICE received a waiver of the lock-up agreement entered into at the time of the Euronext initial public offering in June 2014, which was due to expire on December 21. The shares will be offered by way of a private placement to institutional investors. The book-building will commence immediately. ICE reserves the right to close the books at short notice. Pricing and allocations will be determined at the conclusion of the offering and are expected to be announced in a separate press release.
07:36 EDTMUMicron December volatility of 31 at low end of historic range
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