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June 26, 2014
12:28 EDTFB, NBR, BBBY, NFLX, MLHR, GOOG, BCS, GPRO, SCS, CJES, IRM, TWTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a report showed that consumer spending in the U.S. rose less than expected in May. Stocks began the day in quiet fashion as the averages opened just below the flat line, but the market began to drift lower and eventually gained momentum to the downside, pushing the Dow to a triple digit loss. The market began to pare its losses by mid-morning but has still not been able to come back entirely from its early weakness. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims in the third week of June came in at 312k, which was a hair above the 310K forecast. Personal income rose 0.4% in May, matching expectations, but consumer spending grew only 0.2%, missing the forecast for 0.4% growth. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barclays (BCS) trading in New York plunged nearly 6% after New York's Attorney General announced a lawsuit against the bank arising from the operation of its dark pool and other aspects of its electronic trading division... Outside of its own news, analysts at the U.K. bank initiated coverage on eight large Internet stocks today, recommending shares of Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) and Twitter (TWTR) while advising against owning Netflix (NFLX). Near noon following the initiations, Netflix fell nearly 1%, Google lost 0.7%, Facebook was little changed, and Twitter advanced 4%... GoPro (GPRO) rose 30% to trade near $31 near noon after the action camera maker priced its initial public offering of stock at $24 a share, which was the high end of its expected range. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Iron Mountain (IRM), which jumped 19% after its board of directors approved the company’s conversion to a real estate investment trust, or REIT, following the receipt of favorable private letter rulings from the IRS. Also higher was Nabors (NBR), which rose 7% and was upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim after agreeing to combine its completion and production services businesses in the U.S. and Canada with C&J Energy Services (CJES). Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which fell 8.5% near noon after the company's first quarter results and second quarter profit outlook missed analysts' consensus estimates. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $54.95. Also lower following their earnings reports were office furnishings providers Steelcase (SCS), which fell 14%, and Herman Miller (MLHR), which dropped nearly 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 77.66, or 0.46%, to 16,789.85, the Nasdaq was down 16.56, or 0.38%, to 4,363.19, and the S&P 500 was down 8.35, or 0.43%, to 1,951.18.
News For NFLX;TWTR;GPRO;BBBY;IRM;BCS;NBR;CJES;GOOG;FB;SCS;MLHR From The Last 14 Days
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March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:25 EDTTWTRTwitter initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
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16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:00 EDTFB, TWTROptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:13 EDTGOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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14:08 EDTBCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
13:56 EDTTWTRChances of Twitter launching fee-based service increasing, analyst says
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10:50 EDTTWTRKing Digital seen benefiting from user base larger than Twitter, LinkedIn
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10:44 EDTNFLXNetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:35 EDTGPROGoPro falls, levels to watch
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10:28 EDTNFLXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTTWTR, NFLX, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:37 EDTTWTRTwitter verified offering becoming more likely, says Pacific Crest
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07:52 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded at Evercore ISI
As previously reported, Evercore ISI downgraded Netflix to Sell from Hold. The firm downgraded shares and reduced its price target to $380 from $450 due to increasing competition among existing and emerging distributors combined with content providers who are becoming increasingly leveraged to new channels through OTT offerings of their own. Evercore ISI believes intensifying competition will necessitate increased investment with uncertain returns and lowered estimates.
06:16 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
06:11 EDTTWTRTwitter blocks Meerkat access to social network data, Buzzfeed says
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06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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