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June 13, 2014
12:34 EDTC, FNSR, LVLT, TWTC, YELP, OPEN, EXPR, INTC, GRUB, PCLNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly higher but quickly gave up their opening gains. An early report on producer prices unexpectedly showed slight deflation, not price inflation as was expected, which was followed by a worse than expected reading on consumer confidence. The averages dropped into negative territory, but by mid-morning the market had reversed and moved back onto positive ground, where the averages remained near the lunch hour. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department's producer price index for final demand slipped 0.2% in May, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1% in the month. The first release of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for June dropped to 81.2 from the final May reading of 81.9. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of restaurant review and reservation company OpenTable (OPEN) were the day's big winner after travel site operator Priceline Group (PCLN) agreed to buy the company for $2.6B, or $103 per share. OpenTable advanced 47% to trade at $103.50 near noon, while shares of a number of companies that provide local services and deals via the Internet and mobile devices jumped as well, including Yelp (YELP), which was up 13%, and GrubHub (GRUB), which rose 8.5%... Shares of chip making giant Intel (INTC) rose more than 7% after its raised its guidance for the second quarter, citing strong demand for business PCs, and said that it now expects some revenue growth this fiscal year, versus its previous guidance for "mostly flat" revenue growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Express (EXPR), which jumped 20% after confirming that Sycamore Partners, which owns approximately 9.9% of its shares, has expressed interested in acquiring the company. Also higher was TW Telecom (TWTC), which rose nearly 12% after a financial news service BrightWire said the company and Level 3 (LVLT) are in merger talks. Among the noteworthy losers was telecommunication equipment maker Finisar (FNSR), which sunk 23% after the company’s profit and gross margin outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimates and its stock was downgraded at Craig-Hallum. Also lower was Citigroup (C), which fell 1.5% after Bloomberg reported that the U.S. is seeking over $10B in its mortgage probe related to the bank. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 34.84, or 0.21%, to 16,769.03, the Nasdaq was up 12.03, or 0.28%, to 4,309.66, and the S&P 500 was up 5.06, or 0.26%, to 1,935.17.
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July 22, 2015
12:53 EDTCFDIC announces $140M civil penalty against Citi's Banamex USA unit
The FDIC announced the assessment of a civil money penalty of $140M against Banamex USA, Century City, California, for violations of the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. In a concurrent action, the California Department of Business Oversight assessed a civil money penalty of $40M. The FDIC's penalty of $140M will be satisfied in part by the CDBO's penalty. The FDIC's penalty will be paid to the United States Department of the Treasury. In taking this action, the FDIC determined that the bank failed to implement an effective BSA/AML Compliance Program over an extended period of time. The institution failed to retain a qualified and knowledgeable BSA officer and sufficient staff, maintain adequate internal controls reasonably designed to detect and report illicit financial transactions and other suspicious activities, provide sufficient BSA training, and conduct effective independent testing.
06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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July 21, 2015
10:58 EDTCCiti fined $70M, ordered by CFPB to provide $700M in relief
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08:29 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,435 from $1,380 at Oppenheimer
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08:09 EDTYELPYelp ending efforts to find buyer a positive, says Brean Capital
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07:48 EDTGRUBGrubHub weakness a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:18 EDTLVLTOptions with increasing call volume
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13:03 EDTCFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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10:43 EDTYELPZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTYELPYelp August volatility elevated as shares trend lower
Yelp July weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, August is at 69; compared to its 52-week range of 38 to 81, suggesting large August price movement.
09:42 EDTYELPYelp hits a new 52-week low, levels to watch
Shares are down over 3.8% to $33.62 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $33.35, the new low, and then at $32.88. Resistance is at $34.62. Barclays downgraded the stock to Equal Weight and cut its price target to $36.
09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:44 EDTYELPZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
05:37 EDTYELPYelp downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTCFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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15:54 EDTINTCTSMC confirms 10nm mass production in 1Q17, DigiTimes says
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14:09 EDTINTCIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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