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April 25, 2014
12:41 EDTPBH, LPNT, DV, AMZN, MSFT, F, CYTK, POn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq being weighed down by shares of Amazon (AMZN), which slid following the e-commerce giant's quarterly report. The market opened lower and picked up downside momentum to extend the slide to triple digit losses for the Dow and a more than 1% loss for the Nasdaq. The weakness comes in spite of a report that showed consumer confidence surged in April to approach the highest level since the recession began in 2007. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash services PMI dipped 1.1 points to 54.2 in April, missing expectations for a rise to 55.5. The final University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for April rose to 84.1, beating expectations for a reading of 83.0. In Europe, S&P cut Russia's sovereign rating to BBB-. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of online retailer Amazon.com fell 9% after the company’s second quarter outlook failed to impress. After the company reported roughly in-line Q1 results and forecast Q2 revenue of $18.1B-$19.8B, compared to consensus of $19.03B, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank all lowered their respective price targets on the stock. Another firm, Raymond James, downgraded Amazon to Outperform from Strong Buy, citing mixed Q1 results, a continued significant investment cycle, and slowing unit growth and media sales. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $391 from $443... Microsoft (MSFT) shares were up nearly 1% after reporting earnings that beat expectations on revenues that were roughly in-line with estimates in the first quarter with new CEO Satya Nadella at the helm. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prestige Brands (PBH), which rose 17% after the company agreed to acquire Insight Pharmaceuticals for $750M. Also higher following their earnings reports were for-profit education company DeVry (DV), which gained 14%, and hospital operator LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), which advanced 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was drugmaker Cytokinetics (CYTK), which plunged more than 60% after a trial of tirasemtiv in ALS did not achieve its primary efficacy endpoint. Also lower following their earnings reports were Internet radio provider Pandora (P), which fell over 15%, and carmaker Ford (F), which slid 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 119.19, or 0.72%, to 16,382.46, the Nasdaq was down 58.29, or 1.41%, to 4,090.05, and the S&P 500 was down 11.91, or 0.63%, to 1,866.70.
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August 21, 2014
06:08 EDTFGM launches new round of discounts for Labor Day weekend, WSJ reports
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06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
August 20, 2014
20:03 EDTFFord planning hybrid to compete with Toyota Prius, Reuters reports
Ford (F) is planning to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018 to compete against the Toyota (TM) Prius, according to Reuters, citing two sources with knowledge of the company's plans. It will be the company's first "dedicated" hybrid, unlike the hybrid Fusion, which is a variation of an existing gasoline model. Reference Link
10:04 EDTPBHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
09:31 EDTPBHPrestige Brands downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:40 EDTAMZNAmazon.com to launch China e-commerce hub, WantChinaTimes says
Amazon will launch an e-commerce hub in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone at the end of September, according to WantChinaTimes, which cited a report in Chinese-language news agency the Paper. The hub will enable Amazon to bring goods from around the world to China, and to sell China's goods to buyers around the world, WantChinaTimes explained. Reference Link
06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:02 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:51 EDTPPandora calls activate on renewed speculation of an activist investor
Pandora August weekly 27.5 and 29 calls are active on total call volume of 5K contracts (1K puts) on renewed speculation of an activist investor. August weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, September is at 58 and December is at 55; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
09:44 EDTPRumor: Pandora moves up on renewed speculation of an activist investor
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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13:12 EDTMSFTMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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13:01 EDTFFord, Chevrolet launching incentives earlier than usual, Autmotive News says
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09:35 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
07:37 EDTFReport says Russia may bar car imports if new sanctions enacted, Reuters says
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