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December 21, 2012
12:21 EDTMU, HLF, RHT, NKE, NOK, ASCA, RIMM, PNKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday after Republicans failed to back Speaker Boehner's "Plan B" fiscal cliff bill, meaning lawmakers will go home for the Christmas holiday with the cliff still looming. Today's volume is heavy, as is typical for options expiration day, but investors seem to care less about the latest economic reports and remain focused on the impact the fiscal cliff may have on the economy next year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Reports showed U.S. personal income rose 0.6% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Consumer spending climbed 0.4% in the month, which matched expectations. Durable goods orders rose 0.7% in November, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. Excluding transportation items, orders jumped 1.6%, versus the expected decline of 0.2%. The final University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for December was revised down to 72.9 from a prior 74.5 reading. Analysts called for it to rise slightly to 75.0... COMPANY NEWS: Research in Motion (RIMM) jumped higher in after-market trading immediately after its report that Q3 revenue beat consensus estimates and its quarterly losses were not as steep as feared. However, shares reversed and the weakness extended into today's trading session after the company said on its conference call that it plans to introduce a lower enterprise service tier, which multiple Wall Street analysts said may cut into one of its highest margin revenue streams. The company also agreed to a patent deal with Nokia (NOK), under which it will make a one-off payment and pay ongoing fees to it smartphone rival. Shares of Research in Motion plunged over 18% in afternoon trade, while Nokia slid nearly 5%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) and Ameristar Casinos (ASCA), which both rose after Pinnacle agreed to purchase its fellow casino operator for $26.50 per share, or $2.8B. Shares of the buyer rose over 18%, while Ameristar jumped nearly 20%. Also higher were shares of Nike (NKE), which rose almost 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), up nearly 4%, after their earnings reports. Among the noteworthy losers were Herbalife (HLF), down more than 14% as the company's public fight with Bill Ackman intensifies, and Micron (MU), down 8% following its worse than expected quarterly results... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 175.99, or 1.32%, to 13,135.73; the Nasdaq was down 45.81, or 1.50%, to 3,004.58; and the S&P 500 was down 19.77, or 1.37%, to 1,423.92.
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July 21, 2015
06:42 EDTNOKNokia close to selling HERE to German auto makers, Bloomberg reports
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July 20, 2015
16:40 EDTHLFHerbalife initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:01 EDTMUOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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13:18 EDTMUOptions with increasing call volume
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13:10 EDTMUMicron calls Tsinghua takeover offer unrealistic, Reuters reports
Micron has told Tsinghua Unigroup that its $23B takeover offer is unrealistic due to U.S. national security concerns, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said Micron believes the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a government task force which Reuters notes has the power to stop mergers that threaten national security, would not approve Tsinghua's proposed deal. Micron has not formally hired an investment bank because it is not seriously considering Tsinghua's offer, the sources added. Reference Link
12:58 EDTMUMicron does not think U.S. would approve deal with Tsinghua, Reuters reports
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12:16 EDTNOKHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
10:17 EDTMUHigh option volume stocks
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09:34 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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07:44 EDTPNKRegional Gaming estimates raised at BofA/Merrill
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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTMUStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
12:12 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; TWTR MU
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05:53 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility movement; IAG MU
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July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
15:34 EDTMUIndustry execs see Micron being able to demand high premium, dealReporter says
Industry executives, speaking at the SEMICON West conference, said Micron is the only option China has to move into DRAM and that is should be able to demand a high premium from Tsinghua Unigroup, reported dealReporter, according to sources.
12:48 EDTMULam Research sell-off on Intel capex cut an overreaction, says Stifel
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11:25 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; CHK MU
Chesapeake (CHK) October 13 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 58, Micron (MU) October 23 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 43 according to IVolatility.
09:43 EDTMUMicron deal would likely get U.S. approval, Forbes contributor says
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08:18 EDTMUSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
05:50 EDTMUTsinghua Unigroup's Micron acquisition faces 'many difficulties', DigiTimes says
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