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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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January 14, 2015
11:14 EDTGPROGoPro rebounds after analysts downplay Apple patent worries
Shares of action camera maker GoPro (GPRO) are recovering some of the ground they lost yesterday, after two research firms wrote that the stock's decline yesterday on worries about an Apple (AAPL) patent were overdone. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that a report circulated yesterday that Apple received a patent for a wearable camera, Barclays wrote that the 11% decline in GoPro's stock yesterday was an overreaction. Although Apple's patent envisions a product similar to GoPro's camera, and Apple's entrance into the market would be "a headline grabber," there's a big difference between being awarded a patent and entering a market, the firm believes. Apple is often awarded patents for products that it never launches, Barclays explained. Moreover, GoPro has a number of attributes that could enable it to maintain its leadership in the market despite new competitors, Barclays believes. Among these attributes are the company's user base, software functionality, and ability to keep a technological edge, Barclays stated. The firm kept a $60 price target and Neutral rating on the shares. Even more upbeat was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. After reviewing Apple's patent, the analyst thinks the document "hints" that the camera is primarily meant to be installed on smart watches and smartphones. Apple is unlikely to enter the action camera market, the analyst believes. Moreover, many companies are trying to imitate GoPro's cameras, but none have been able to match GoPro's quality in brand energy, performance, range of uses, and/or software and social networking value, Gauna stated. He recommended that investors buy GoPro on weakness and reiterated a $105 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, GoPro rose $2.72, or 5.5%, to $52.59. GoPro shares had declined a bit over 12% yesterday after the Patently Apple blog reported on the Apple's patent.
11:02 EDTGPROGoPro partners with Vislink to develop wireless HD broadcast solution
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10:27 EDTGOOG, FBFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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10:21 EDTBBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTGOOGGoogle initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $575.
09:46 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $100.
09:36 EDTGOOG, NFLXActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTGPROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:27 EDTGPROGoPro sell-off overdone, says JMP Securities
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08:15 EDTGOOGGoogle sentiment may be overly negative, says RW Baird
Baird believes investor sentiment for Google may be overly negative, exacerbated by the accelerating shift to mobile. The firm believes that 50%-60% of Google's revenues are already coming from Mobile, Video, Local Enterprise and other segments, which removes worries about desktop dependence. Baird also noted the company's valuation is at the low end of comparable multiples, suggesting a favorable risk/reward scenario. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $680 price target on Google shares.
07:57 EDTNFLXJPMorgan positive on Netflix into Q4 earnings
JPMorgan reiterates an Overweight rating on shares of Netflix with a $450 price target ahead of the company's Q4 results on January 20. The firm expects a "solid' report driven by the continued shift away from linear TV and positive seasonality. It also expects new content and traction in Western Europe to drive subscriber growth in 2015.
07:41 EDTGOOGGoogle risk/reward compelling, says SunTrust
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07:23 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgrade Netflix to Buy with a $380 price target citing compelling risk/reward given strong content cycles that include a strong slate of originals, lowered expectations, and continued international expansion.
07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $88 at Oppenheimer
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07:13 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $102 on FAN contribution at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Facebook's price target to $102 from $88 to reflect new mobile ad network FAN into its estimates. The analyst expects Premium Video to have a greater impact on 2015 financials and longer-term for new products and yet-to-be monetized properties to continue to drive estimates.
06:57 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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06:44 EDTBCSTop court official backs ECB bond buying, NY Times reports
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06:29 EDTGOOGCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTGOOGMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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