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July 23, 2014
15:30 EDTSKX, CTXS, NXPI, ETFC, WFT, TSCO, AVB, GILD, T, TRIP, ILMN, QCOM, ORLY, CCI, FBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include AT&T (T), consensus 63c; Facebook (FB), consensus 32c; QUALCOMM (QCOM), consensus $1.22; Gilead (GILD), consensus $1.79; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.01; Illumina (ILMN), consensus 51c; Avalonbay (AVB), consensus $1.66; O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $1.85; TripAdvisor (TRIP), consensus 61c; Citrix (CTXS), consensus 61c; Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus 95c; E*TRADE (ETFC), consensus 23c; Skechers (SKX), consensus 40c; Weatherford International (WFT), consensus 21c; NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), consensus $1.06
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March 19, 2015
13:09 EDTTAT&T to pay $40M after missing appeal deadline, Bloomberg reports
AT&T is required to pay $40M in a patent infringement case because the company's lawyers failed to read a court document, reports Bloomberg. An appeals court ruled that AT&T missed the deadline to appeal a jury verdict for $27.5M, plus interest, won by Two-Way Media LLC. AT&T said its missed deadline was “excusable neglect” because of the incorrect docket entry, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said others were given the information needed and refused to extend the time period for the appeal. Reference Link
13:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:07 EDTFBFacebook volatility at low end of historic range; shares at fresh life high
Facebook March weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, April is at 23, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement as shares trade at fresh life high.
11:02 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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09:55 EDTCCIBrookfield 'strong contender' in Crown Castle telecom auction, Australian says
The auction for Crown Castle's (CCI) Australian telecom tower business saw multiple companies submitting indicative bids this week, reported The Australian yesterday. Brookfield (BAM) is "one of the strongest contenders" partly due to its desire for investment in the sector, notes The Australian, adding that the company is said to have pulled in one or two partners for its Crown Castle bid. Macquarie Group's (MQBKY) Infrastructure and Real Assets has also expressed interest. Reference Link
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:08 EDTGILDNew Gilead HIV drug likely to be approved in mid-2015, says Argus
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09:05 EDTTApple up fractionally in pre-market trade ahead of Dow entry
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07:04 EDTTAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:55 EDTFBCertain 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
05:42 EDTFBeBay 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.
March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
13:59 EDTTT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
11:24 EDTFBeBay falls after Facebook adds friend-to friend payment option
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:33 EDTILMNTrovagene appoints Matthew Posard as Chief Commercial Officer
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07:30 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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07:18 EDTETFCWells Fargo to hold a forum
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06:16 EDTTAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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05:52 EDTQCOMQualcomm to play larger role for China smartphone production, DigiTimes says
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