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June 24, 2014
16:23 EDTMU, WWWW, GOOG, ICE, VRTX, WIXOn 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.
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October 14, 2014
08:59 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTGOOGGoogle says YouTube Preferred ads essentially sold out, WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTGOOG'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle may be leading $500M funding round for Magic Leap, Re/code reports
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October 13, 2014
15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms limited test of online medical advice, Washington Post reports
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13:53 EDTGOOGYouTube to open New York video production studio
Google's YouTube announced that it would open a new video production studio in New York next month. YouTube already has video production facilities in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
13:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
10:08 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $131 from $119 at RW Baird
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08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:42 EDTICENYSE gets SEC approval for proposed rule changes
The New York Stock Exchange, on October 9, got final SEC approval for a rule change to amend its Rule 13 to allow an Add Liquidity Only modifier for day limit orders and to allow the day time-in-force condition and ALO modifier for Intermarket Sweep Orders. Analysts say the change allows the exchange to potentially gain ground on rivals that have long had the same deal, according to the New York Post, which quoted Haim Bodek as saying, “This is basically a blessing for exchanges to continue volume growth by accommodating HFT strategies and introducing asymmetry in the marketplace." Reference Link
07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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05:35 EDTVRTXVertex upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Vertex Pharmaceuticals to Overweight citing likely approval of the company's Kalydeco plus lumacaftor combination next year. Piper expects Vertex's Cystic Fibrosis sales to grow to $3.1B in 2016 and raised its price target for shares to $125 from $87.50.
October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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