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February 4, 2013
10:17 EDTBUD, EXPE, WMS, YOKU, LF, CVX, NYT, WSFS, BKR, HSY, SCHW, CMA, CLWR, WCC, MRK, GOOG, TIF, WMT, VODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Charles Schwab (SCHW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Chevron (CVX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Comfort Systems USA (FIX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Google (GOOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Hershey (HSY) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... LeapFrog (LF) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Ascendiant Capital... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Baker (BKR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... WSFS Financial (WSFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Clearwire (CLWR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... New York Times (NYT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Lazard Capital... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Expedia (EXPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Guess (GES) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Buckingham... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Maxim... WMS Industries (WMS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
News For SCHW;CVX;GOOG;HSY;LF;MRK;BKR;VOD;WCC;WSFS;WMT;CLWR;NYT;TIF;CMA;EXPE;YOKU;WMS;BUD From The Last 14 Days
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March 19, 2015
18:58 EDTYOKUOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Mattress Firm (MFRM), up 5.2%... New York & Company (NWY), up 3.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 1.4%... Nike (NKE), up 4.2%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 39.3% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... SeaWorld (SEAS), up 1% after naming Joel Manby as president and CEO. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 9.1%.
18:05 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou sees Q1 revenue RMB1.01B-RMB1.03B, consensus RMB996.47M
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18:04 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou reports Q4 adjusted EPS RMB (1.18), consensus RMB (1.00)
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15:35 EDTGOOGKey FTC staff wanted to sue Google on antitrust charges, WSJ says
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15:27 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou March 15 straddle priced for 6.5% movement into Q4
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15:19 EDTTIFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:43 EDTYOKUYouku Tudou technical comments ahead of earnings
Shares are trading close to the 52-week low at $14.88 ahead of earnings. That low is not just a 52-week low, but is close to the life low area of the shares at $13.76. Sentiment is negative, with 10.5% of the float short. On a positive surprise this could add significant buy-to-cover demand that could help push shares higher. The first significant test of resistance would come at the 50-day moving average at $16.73. A breakout above that downtrend resistance line proxy could help turn the short-term trend to bullish. Resistance levels above the 50-day as potential upside objectives would be at $17.76 and then at $18.50. It would likely take a move above the $20 area to turn the longer-term trend to bullish. If the news is as or even more negative than current expectations, the life lows would be the first significant support. Below $13.76 there would be not established support, leaving open a drift lower to typical option strike prices at $13, $12.50, and $12.
13:44 EDTTIFTiffany March 85 straddle priced for 5.3% movement into Q3
12:44 EDTVODVodafone signs letter of intent for stake in Metroweb, Bloomberg says
Vodafone has signed a letter of intent to buy a stake in Metroweb from F2i Sgr, reports Bloomberg, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. The letter of intent does not state financial terms but two of the sources say Vodafone may fund a capital increase for as much as $532M in Metroweb's Sviluppo unit. The sources add that Vodafone stipulated that no single phone-service company gains majority control of Metroweb. Reference Link
11:18 EDTGOOGeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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10:23 EDTTIFHigh option volume stocks
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09:37 EDTCVXActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTSCHWAmerican Express, Charles Schwab confirm co-brand relationship
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09:02 EDTGOOGIntel, Google, TAG Heuer announce Swiss smartwatch collaboration
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07:28 EDTSCHWAmerican Express, Charles Schwab reach co-brand agreement, Reuters says
American Express (AXP) stated Thursday it has reached a deal with Charles Schwab (SCHW) to offer cards under both company names, reports Reuters. The deal is a multi-year agreement and will involve two kinds of cards, though precise details will not be announced until near the expected launch date in early 2016. Reference Link
07:19 EDTCVXKuwaiti minister says OPEC can't cut oil production, Bloomberg reports
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
06:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walmex unit to expand more slowly this year, Reuters reports
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05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
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