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April 24, 2012
16:54 EDTNFLX, ALGN, UTX, BIG, IBM, AAPL, AFFY, MMM, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with AT&T (T) supporting the Dow and Apple (AAPL) dragging on the Nasdaq. Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading but the Nasdaq futures moved lower as shares of Apple turned down. The futures action led to a mixed open for the broader market, which is the way it remained for most of the session. Early in the day the new home sales report showed that home sales declined but an upward revision to previous months' figures pushed the annual sales rate above expectations. All three major indices moved higher briefly after that report, but they soon turned mixed again, where they would drift for the rest of the day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new single-family home sales dropped in March but the sales rate beat analysts' expectations as the government upwardly revised its sales figures for prior months, resulting in a seasonally adjusted 328,000-unit annual sales rate. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-city composite home price index fell to its lowest level since the housing market downturn began, but on a seasonally adjusted basis the index gained 0.2% in February. U.S. consumer confidence slipped a bit in April to 69.2, versus expectations of a 69.6 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to 14 from 7 a month ago... COMPANY NEWS: AT&T, United Technologies (UTX) and 3M (MMM) all rose after reporting earnings that beat consensus. Also powering the Dow higher were shares of IBM (IBM), rising 0.69% after the company increased its dividend and share repurchase authorization... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Align Technology (ALGN), up $4.32, or 15.74%, to $31.76, after its earnings and guidance beat the Street's view, and Affymax (AFFY), up $1.36, or 11.73%, to $12.95, after announcing that its OMONTYS Injection is now available only for use in treating anemia due to chronic kidney disease in adult patients on dialysis. Noteworthy losers included Big Lots (BIG), down $11.00, or 24.06%, to $34.71, after the company lowered its same store sales view, and Netflix (NFLX), down $14.16, or 13.90%, to $87.68, following its earnings report... INDICES: The Dow rose 74.39, or 0.58%, to 13,001.56; the Nasdaq dropped 8.85, or 0.30%, to 2,961.60; and the S&P 500 added 5.03, or 0.37%, to 1,371.97.
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08:45 EDTTCogent CEO says considering lawsuit against AT&T, CTFinancialNews reports
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08:28 EDTAAPLApple Watch volume down but mix is up. says UBS
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple China growth underappreciated by investors, says FBR Capital
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07:27 EDTT, IBMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTMMMElectric Products Group to hold a conference
EPG 2015 is being held in Longboat Key, Florida on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 18 at 7:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
May 17, 2015
18:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Coherent Navigation, NYT says
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May 15, 2015
18:40 EDTUTXPratt & Whitney awarded $105M government contract modification
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16:32 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
16:21 EDTNFLXStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
16:17 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:01 EDTAAPL, T, NFLXOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
13:01 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:28 EDTAAPLSpotify to roll out streaming service next week, CNBC reports
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11:08 EDTAAPLOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
10:31 EDTNFLXNetflix volatility at low end of historic range as shares at all-time high
Netflix May weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, June is at 28, July is at 37; compared to its 90-day average of 36; suggesting decreasing near term price movement on reports of talks to enter China's online video market.
10:23 EDTAAPLQuanta says Apple Watch yield rate no longer an issue, DigiTimes reports
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09:37 EDTNFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL TWTR TSLA NFLX FB
09:11 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bsquare (BSQR), up 34.2%... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Trillium Therapeutics (TRIL), up 13% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX), up 7.4% after announcing FDA approval of Treximet for use in pediatric patients... Advaxis (ADXS), up 4.4% after being initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.3% following a Bloomberg report that the company is in talks to enter China's online video market... Inovalon (INOV), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 12.8%... King Digital (KING), down 8.3%. ALSO LOWER: PlasmaTech (PTBI), down 5.4% after filing to sell 1.93M shares for selling stockholders... Paycom Software (PAYC), down 7% after 8M share Spot Secondary priced at $36.25... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), down 5.9% after Keurig Kold investor presentation... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.4% after CFO transition... Celladon (CLDN), down 5.1% after the CEO says that the company is evaluating strategic options.
09:04 EDTNFLXNetflix poised to open at all-time high above $600 per share
Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are up more than 3% in pre-market trading to trade near $606 per share after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media Holding, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba (BABA) Executive Chairman Jack Ma, and other Chinese companies about forming a partnership to bring its content to China.
05:55 EDTNFLXNetflix in talks to enter China's online video market, Bloomberg reports
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