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June 26, 2014
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.
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November 17, 2015
10:56 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; BABA NFLX
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10:55 EDTNFLXNetflix management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:02 EDTBCSAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:34 EDTBCSNAREIT to hold a conference
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07:50 EDTBCSClearing House to hold a conference
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06:35 EDTGOOGGoogle's Project Aura working on three new wearables, the Information says
Google's revamped Google Glass project, known as Project Aura, is developing a wearable with a screen and at least one without, the Information reports. Three versions of the head-mounted device are currently in development, though three may be consolidated into two, the report says. The two without a screen rely on bone conduction, much like the original Google Glass, the report says. Reference Link
November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTNFLXPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:00 EDTTWTR, FB, NFLXOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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12:58 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; VXX TWTR
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12:49 EDTGPROStocks with call strike movement; FIT GPRO
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11:24 EDTBCSClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTNFLX, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
09:33 EDTGOOGeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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07:17 EDTNBRSeaport Global to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTGOOGYandex extends Google antitrust battle to EU, Bloomberg reports
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06:19 EDTNFLXTV programmers negotiate promotional deals with Netflix, WSJ says
Television programmers are negotiating with Netflix (NFLX) over promotional content and branding opportunities, the Wall Street Journal reports. For example, Disney's (DIS) ABC negotiated a deal where Netflix subscribers watching the ABC program "How to Get Away with Murder" will first watch a four second shot of star Viola Davis alongside an ABC logo right before watching the show, the report says. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
16:17 EDTBCSLaw firm says Barclays reaches $120M settlement in LIBOR litigation
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