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April 4, 2014
16:30 EDTAPC, FB, HALO, SNX, AMZN, SYMC, GRUB, NFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower, with the Nasdaq leading the way lower, losing more than 2.5% as a number of momentum stocks in the technology and biotech space continued to see losses as they have over much of the last month of trade. After a quiet open to the session following a slightly better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, selling took hold and did not relent, as the averages finished the session just off their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Department of Labor's monthly jobs report showed nonfarm payrolls increased 192K in March, versus the consensus forecast for 200K job additions. Notably, February's job gain was revised up to 197K from the prior estimate of 175K and January war revised up to 144K from 129K. The unemployment rate in March was steady at 6.7%. COMPANY NEWS: A number of tech names that had been leaders during 2013's rally continued to face selling pressure, as they have for much of the last month or so of trade. Streaming internet video service Netflix (NFLX), which gained more than 300% in 2013, fell $17.38, or 4.90%, to $337.31. Other tech leaders, including Amazon (AMZN), down $10.62, or 3.18%, to $323.00, and Facebook (FB), down $2.74, or 4.61%, to $56.75 also lost ground, with both stock's now down more than 20% from their best levels reached earlier this year... Four new stocks made their debuts on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq this morning, highlighted by the initial public offering of food delivery service GrubHub (GRUB), which gained $8.00, or 30.77%, to close at $34.00 in its first day of trade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SYNNEX (SNX), up $14.52, or 23.26%, to $76.94 after the company's first quarter results and second quarter outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up $2.03, or 2.05%, to $101.05 to add to yesterday's gain after finalizing a settlement related to its case with Tronox (TROX). A number of analyst firms were positive on shares following the settlement, with no fewer than four firms raising their price targets while analysts at JPMorgan upgraded the stock to Overweight from Underweight. Also higher was Symantec (SYMC), up 22c, or 1.10%, to $20.25 after a report from Reuters said the company has been seeking advice from investment banks as it prepares to defend itself against potential involvement from activist investors. Also lower was Halozyme (HALO), down $3.16, or 27.26%, to $8.43 after an independent committee recommended it temporarily halt patient enrollment and dosing of a Phase 2 trial evaluating a drug in patients with pancreatic cancer. INDEXES: The Dow was down 159.84, or 0.96%, to 16,412.71; the S&P 500 was down 23.68, or 1.25%, to 1,865.09; the Nasdaq was down 110.02, or 2.60%, to 4,127.73.
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May 18, 2015
11:47 EDTAMZNAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
11:16 EDTFBFacebook says move to digital ads from TV and print is 'in early days'
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10:37 EDTFBFacebook ramps up interest in games, The Information reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTFBVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTFBJPMorgan to hold a conference
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05:10 EDTAPCAnadarko selects contractor for initial onshore Mozambique LNG development
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May 15, 2015
16:21 EDTNFLXStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:17 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTAMZN, NFLX, FBOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
14:15 EDTAPCChicago Bridge & Iron jumps after reportedly in-line for big Anadarko deal
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13:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:31 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range as shares at all-time high
Netflix May weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, June is at 28, July is at 37; compared to its 90-day average of 36; suggesting decreasing near term price movement on reports of talks to enter China's online video market.
09:37 EDTFB, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
09:11 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bsquare (BSQR), up 34.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL), up 13% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX), up 7.4% after announcing FDA approval of Treximet for use in pediatric patients... Advaxis (ADXS), up 4.4% after being initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.3% following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks to enter China's online video market... Inovalon (INOV), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 12.8%... King Digital (KING), down 8.3%. ALSO LOWER: PlasmaTech (PTBI), down 5.4% after filing to sell 1.93M shares for selling stockholders... Paycom Software (PAYC), down 7% after 8M share Spot Secondary priced at $36.25... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 5.9% after Keurig Kold investor presentation... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.4% after CFO transition... Celladon (CLDN), down 5.1% after the CEO says that the company is evaluating strategic options.
09:04 EDTNFLXNetflix poised to open at all-time high above $600 per share
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are up more than 3% in pre-market trading to trade near $606 per share after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media Holding, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and other Chinese companies about forming a partnership to bring its content to China.
08:46 EDTFBMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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07:26 EDTSYMCSymantec outlook still positive despite earnings miss, says JMP Securities
After Symantec reported lower than expected Q4 EPS, JMP Securities says that after adjusting for foreign currency fluctuations and a true-up of defined-benefit plans, the EPS would have beat expectations by 1c. The firm says the company's headline Q1 EPS guidance also missed expectations but would have beaten after adjusting for currency and an extra selling week in last year's Q1. The firm thinks that the company's profitability is improving ,and it keeps a $30 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:09 EDTAPCHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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05:55 EDTNFLXNetflix in talks to enter China's online video market, Bloomberg reports
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