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January 31, 2013
16:43 EDTSWKS, WMS, BUD, FIO, FTNT, QCOM, STZ, CLSN, SGMS, FBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after the averages moved in a narrow range for much of the session on fairly light volume ahead of tomorrow's non-farm payroll report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly unemployment applications jumped 38K to a seasonally adjusted 368K, versus expectations for a more modest rise to 350K. The Challenger job cuts report showed planned layoffs were down 24.4% from the same period a year ago. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2% in December, which was slightly slower than the 0.4% increase in November, though income jumped 2.6% in December for the biggest monthly gain since the end of 2004. The Chicago Purchasing Managerís Index came in at 55.6, beating an expected reading of 50.5... COMPANY NEWS: The Department of Justice announced it was suing to prevent Anheuser-Busch InBev's (BUD) planned $20.1B deal to buy control of Grupo Modelo (GPMCF). Shares of AB InBev fell sharply after the news broke, settling down $5.54, or 5.88%, at $88.60. Constellation Brands (STZ), whose deal to acquire the remaining 50% in the Crown Import joint venture it runs with Grupo Modelo is in jeopardy from the DoJ action, lost $6.81, or 17.39%, to $32.36 following the news. However, late in the day, Bloomberg cited sources in reporting that AB InBev's talks about the merger are continuing with U.S. regulators... Facebook (FB) opened sharply lower following its quarterly report, but recovered through the day, eventually closing down only 26c, or 0.83%, at $30.98. Despite earnings and revenue that beat consensus, shares were downgraded by at least five firms as the company said it plans to invest heavily in its business in 2013... Qualcomm (QCOM) saw price targets on its shares raised around the Street following the company's Q1 results and increased guidance and closed up $2.49, or 3.92%, at $66.02... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was WMS Industries (WMS), up $8.38, or 51.19%, to $24.75 after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash. Shares of Scientific Games opened sharply higher, but fell through the session to close down 4c, or 0.45%, at $8.89. Also higher following earnings reports that beat Street estimates were Fortinet (FTNT), up $4.24, or 21.91%, to $23.59 and Skyworks (SWKS), up $2.38, or 11.04%, to $23.94. Among the noteworthy losers was Celsion (CLSN), down $6.51, or 81.17%, to $1.51 after its Phase III HEAT study of ThermoDox did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower was Fusion-io (FIO), down $2.61, or 12.99%, to $17.48, after its Q3 revenue view came in well below Street estimates and the stock was downgraded and price targets were cut by at least three firms... INDICES: The Dow was down 49.84, or 0.36%, to 13,860.58; the Nasdaq was down 0.18, or 0.01%, to 3,142.13; and the S&P 500 was down 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,498.11.
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January 26, 2016
13:36 EDTFBFacebook settles shareholder suit over excessive pay allegation, Bloomberg says
Facebook settled an investor lawsuit by agreeing to alter pay schedules and keep a closer look on how company officials are compensated, Bloomberg reports. Shareholders Ernesto Espinoza sued Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming a 2012 pay plan improperly allowed directors to establish their own pay and that Zuckerberg exceeded allowable compensation for certain senior officials, the report says. Reference Link
12:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of earnings news
If there is strong positive news, the shares based on the current price of $48.73 would likely test above initial resistance at $50. A key level for the stock would be a breakout above $53.50. Should price hit that mark, it would break the current downtrend in shares which began in July 2014. If the news continues to be bearish, the downtrend is likely to persist. In that event support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $47.52, $45.82, and the 52-week low at $44.39.
12:32 EDTFBFacebook technical notes ahead of results
The key level on the downside for the stock is at the $90 area. If the news is a negative surprise, a test down to that level may be possible. Should the news be a more severe disappointment, a breakdown below $90 could be possible, which would break the long-term uptrend. Next supports below $90 are at $88.26 and $86.50. If the news is a positive surprise, a move above the resistance band at $100 may be possible. Very strong news might put the shares back to the life high at $110.65.
12:01 EDTFBFANG shares are all trading lower with elevated option implied volatility
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11:53 EDTBUDOptions with increasing put volume: RDN MTG PCP HES CLDX NEM BUD JUNO KITE
11:13 EDTFBActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:52 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTFBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
07:29 EDTSWKSStephens says bottom is in for semiconductor stocks
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05:57 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Imtiaz Koujalgi downgraded Fortinet to Hold saying his Q4 channel checks indicated a slowdown in momentum. The analyst sees downside risk to expectations and cut his price target for the shares to $34 from $49.
January 25, 2016
17:25 EDTQCOMQualcomm Ventures chief heading to Microsoft, Fortune says
Qualcomm (QCOM) Ventures chief Nagraj Kashyap will join the venture capital division of Microsoft (MSFT), reports Fortune, citing a statement from Kashyap. Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:12 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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12:05 EDTFBTwitter growth acceleration less likely in near-term, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena says the likelihood of near-term growth reacceleration at Twitter (TWTR) looks less likely following today's executive departures. The analyst adds in an intraday research note that traffic trends and agency channel checks continue "to point to the worst" for the company. Sena lowered his Q4 estimates to the low-end of the company's guidance and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $22. He continues to prefer Facebook (FB) and keeps a Hold rating on Twitter.
09:32 EDTFBApple Active equity options trading on open
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07:40 EDTFBFBR sees constructive setup into Facebook earnings report
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05:51 EDTFBOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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