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May 16, 2014
13:18 EDTEMC, JWN, CSCO, RHT, GOOG, JCP, AMZN, VMW, CHK, DRI, RAX, ARCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday as the market looks set to end the week on a low note and extend its two day losing streak. The major averages opened relatively quietly with options ready to expire and have remained in a narrow range throughout the morning part of the session. The market barely reacted to the day’s economic data, which included housing starts and permits that were well above expectations. The first readout of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for the month, however, was below expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 13.2% to a 1.07M unit pace in April, which was well above expectations. The number of building permits issued also beat the consensus forecast, rising 8% to a pace of 1.08M. The University of Michigan consumer confidence index fell to 81.8 in the first May release, falling short of expectations for a modest rise to 84.3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Rackspace (RAX) surged 20% higher after the cloud computing company disclosed last night that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships and that it had hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to help evaluate the proposals and explore its options. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse wrote that Rackspace's cloud offerings would be attractive to multiple companies, including Cisco (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dell. Piper Jaffray said in its own note that the list of potential buyers for Rackspace is "extensive," also listing Cisco, but adding Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMware (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT) as other potential suitors. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nordstrom (JWN), which was up nearly 13% after the company reported first quarter earnings per share that exceeded expectations and said it will seek a partner for credit card receivables. Also rising following its better than expected quarterly sales report was another retailer, J.C. Penney (JCP), whose shares rose 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which fell almost 5% after announcing that it will spin off its Oilfield Services business, among other asset moves, and lowered its FY14 production, operating cash flow and dividend payments outlooks. Also lower were shares of restaurant operator Darden (DRI), which slipped 4% after agreeing to sell its Red Lobster business and certain other assets, such as real estate, to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1B in cash. American Realty (ARCP) then announced an approximate $1.5B sale-leaseback transaction for over 500 Red Lobster restaurant properties to be completed in conjunction with Golden Gate Capital's acquisition. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 17.40, or 0.11%, to 16,429.41, the Nasdaq was down 13.31, or 0.33%, to 4,055.99, and the S&P 500 was down 1.85, or 0.1%, to 1,869.00.
News For RAX;AMZN;CSCO;DRI;JCP;JWN;CHK;GOOG;EMC;VMW;RHT;ARCP From The Last 14 Days
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August 17, 2015
16:14 EDTGOOGParkway Properties signs deal to bring Google Fiber to certain properties
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle says testing Project Sunroof
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12:23 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; Netflix J.C. Penney
Netflix (NFLX) January 150 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 48, J.C. Penney (JCP) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 40 according to IVolatility.
11:18 EDTCSCOEZchip to supply chips to cloud data centers, Bloomberg says
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11:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's Jay Carney defends company, CBS News reports
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10:24 EDTJCPAnalyst notes give J.C. Penney shares a boost
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10:21 EDTJCP, RAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:09 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:09 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:56 EDTAMZNLiberty Interactive CEO says to stay 'far away' from Amazon's business model
09:26 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: AVEO (AVEO), up 119.7% after announcing licensing agreement with Novartis (NVS)... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 24.9% after Soros reports new stake in company in 13F filing... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 4.6% after saying patient death unrelated to KTE-C19... Tesla (TSLA), up 5.5% after price target raised to $465 from $280 at Morgan Stanley... Mobileye (MBLY), up 2.7% after price target raised to $80 from $71 at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.5% after being initiated with a Buy at B. Riley and Piper Jaffray raised its price target to $17 from $15. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Estee Lauder (EL), down 2.1% after reporting quarterly results and giving guidance for first quarter and fiscal 2016. ALSO LOWER: KKR (KKR), down 3.3% after Samson enters restructuring deal and expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days... Aquinox (AQXP), down 4.7% after Lloyd Mackenzie, vice president - Technical Operations and Planning, disclosed late Friday the sale of 35,887 shares worth over $670,000 in a sale related to the exercise of options.
07:39 EDTCSCO, RHTTMC to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney initiated with a Buy at B. Riley
B. Riley initiated J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and $12.50 price target. The firm sees positive business trends, despite industry headwinds, and numerous opportunities for margin recovery.
06:51 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target raised to $17 from $15 at Piper Jaffray
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06:45 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:21 EDTAMZNAmazon's Bezos "doesn't recognize" NYT's Amazon, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAMZNAmazon's uses harsh workplace practices to reach creative goals, NYT says
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06:09 EDTAMZNAmazon CEO hails U.K.'s approach to drones, FT reports
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06:03 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 38, Google (GOOG) 23 according to iVolatility.
05:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney initiated with a Buy at B. Riley
B. Riley analyst Jeff Van Sinderen started shares of J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and $12.50 price target. The retailer closed Friday at $8.52. Sinderen views Penny as a "speculative turnaround" story and believes the company's "substantial" real estate assets partially offset its heavy debt load.
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