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June 7, 2013
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher after a better-than-expected jobs report pushed the averages higher at the open. The averages were higher throughout the session, moving towards their highs into the close, as each of the major equity indices logged gains for the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department reported employers added 175K jobs in May, beating expectations for 163K added jobs. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.6% in May from 7.5% in April, with the uptick attributed to more people entering the workforce. COMPANY NEWS: TiVo (TIVO) confirmed it had settled a patent lawsuit with Google's (GOOG) Motorola unit, Cisco (CSCO) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as reported by media outlets yesterday. The company also doubled its stock buyback authorization, but TiVo shares, which had been higher yesterday on the initial reports, fell $2.61, or 19.04%, to $11.10 as the amount of money the company received in the deal fell short of analyst expectations... Dow member Wal-Mart (WMT) advanced 70c, or 0.93%, to $76.33 after announcing a $15B share repurchase program, replacing the company's previous program announced two years ago. MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was Boulder Brands (BDBD), up $1.39, or 13.55%, to $11.65 after Imperial Capital initiated coverage on the stock with an Outperform rating and a $16 price target. Also higher was Thor Industries (THO), up $4.92, or 11.93%, to $46.16 after the company's first quarter earnings beat expectations. Among the losers were a number of companies that had hoped to convert to real estate investment trusts after the IRS formed a group to study issues relating to REIT conversions. Notable losers after this news were, Iron Mountain (IRM) which fell $5.45 or 15.84%, to $28.95, Lamar Advertising (LAMR), down $1.92, or 4.22%, to $43.62, and Equinix (EQIX) down $11.30, or 5.54%, to $192.57. INDICES: The Dow was up 207.50, or 1.38%, to 15,248.12; the S&P 500 was up 20.82, or 1.28%, to 1,643.38; the Nasdaq was up 45.17, or 1.32%, to 3,469.22.
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November 12, 2015
10:58 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:08 EDTTWCCharter CEO says confident in getting approval for Time Warner Cable deal
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge is speaking on CNBC.
09:19 EDTGOOGPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
08:01 EDTWMTJuniper names Kevin Walker as Security Chief Technology Officer
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06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart starts Black Friday earlier on Thanksgiving day, WSJ says
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November 11, 2015
18:45 EDTGOOGGoogle may face competitive hurdles in China, WSJ says
Google (GOOG) could face intense competition in China even as it looks to secure government approval to launch its Google Play mobile app store in the country, reports the Wall Street Journal. After pulling its services from China roughly five years ago over censorship issues, local rivals Baidu (BIDU), Xiaomi, and others have gained significant footholds. Sources in the Chinese internet industry told the Journal it "shouldn't be too difficult" for Google to obtain regulatory approval for Play, and the app store may in fact be Google's best chance of penetrating the region, given the high fragmentation and security issues of local offerings. Reference Link
14:31 EDTGOOGAlphabet Inc volatility near historic low as shares trend to record high
Alphabet Inc (GOOG) November weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, November and December is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 42, suggesting decreasing price risk as shares trend to record high.
10:00 EDTTWCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Albemarle (ALB) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Ares Management (ARES) reinstated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Canadian Solar (CSIQ) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Carriage Services (CSV) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... CubeSmart (CUBE) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... IPG Photonics (IPGP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... NeuroDerm (NDRM) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Perceptron (PRCP) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Proteon Therapeutics (PRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Service Corp. (SCI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust.
08:59 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:25 EDTGOOGFederal claims dismissal in Google browser tracking suit upheld, Reuters reports
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07:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:19 EDTGOOGAppNexus talks to Goldman, other banks about IPO plans, Business Insider reports
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November 10, 2015
16:41 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
Target $202.
15:59 EDTGOOGGoogle considering producing Android phone, The Information says
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13:26 EDTWMTBritish retailers scale back Black Friday offers, FT reports
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12:00 EDTWMT, GOOGAb InBev, HSBC, Google, among firms to testify at EU tax hearing, Reuters says
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11:06 EDTWMTBattleground: Wayfair pits noted short sellers against Wall Street analysts
Shares of Wayfair (W), which describes itself as "one of the world's largest online destinations for home furnishings and decor," are sharply lower following its report last night of its third quarter results. The company posted a loss that was not as bad as forecast, reported better than expected revenues and guided to higher than expected sales in its upcoming quarter, but its stock is falling as bears and bulls debate its prospects for future profitability. BEARS: Whitney Tilson of Kase Capital Management, who previously accused Lumber Liquidators (LL) of selling wood with dangerous levels of formaldehyde, is making the same claims against Ark Floors, a California importer that has sold its products via Wayfair and through (WMT), reported The New York Times. Jane Carpenter, a spokeswoman for Wayfair, said the company had previously removed all of Ark's laminate from its website and said it had sold just 10 orders for Ark products since December 2014, including one order through, the report noted. According to a letter that Tilson sent to investors last night, published on Seeking Alpha, he stated that Wayfair is currently his largest short position "by far." Tilson noted that Wayfair competes head-to-head versus Amazon (AMZN), Home Depot (HD), Target (TGT), and Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and he believes the company's chances of "ever reaching breakeven, much less earning a profit, much less earning enough of a profit to justify a $4B market cap are close to zero," he wrote. Tilson predicts the stock will be below $10 within a year. Short-selling blog Citron Research, which has also previously disclosed a short position in Wayfair, linked to a Wall Street Journal article in an October 20 tweet, saying UPS (UPS) "destroys" Wayfair's core model of free shipping on oversized items. The Journal article detailed the shipping giant's plans to charge websites that share "generous shipping discounts with vendors." BULLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price target for Wayfair to $73 from $60 this morning, saying the company posted "exceptional" growth in Q3 amid an otherwise "lackluster" retail environment. After the New York Times article citing Wayfair's association with a vendor viewed as at-risk given a short-seller's testing of laminate flooring, Tamminga points out that all laminate flooring accounts for 0.2% of the company's sales. She continues to recommend Wayfair as a top pick for 2015. Analysts at Wells Fargo previously said in September that reports on Wayfair by short sellers included many inaccuracies. For example, Wells said that shorts' view that Wayfair loses money on every transaction relies on a "flawed view" of the company's customer acquisition costs and payback. Shorts compare Wayfair with Overstock (OSTK), but Wayfair is growing much more quickly that the latter company, Wells stated. According to the firm, which kept an Outperform rating on the shares, Wayfair has by far the highest organic revenue growth rate among U.S. consumer companies. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Wayfair fell $5.08, or 11.2%, to $40.50 per share.
10:34 EDTWMTWayfair flooring vendor accused of selling tainted products, NY Times reports
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08:50 EDTCSCOEricsson deal disappointing, says Bernstein
Bernstein says it's disappointed that Ericsson (ERIC) decided to sign a partnership deal with Cisco (CSCO) instead of acquiring Juniper (JNPR). According to Bernstein, the latter transaction would have provided Ericsson with more near-term financial benefits, more favorable capital deployment, and a better long-term outlook. Bernstein is "skeptical" about Ericsson's ability to obtain the long-term strategic benefits it foresees from the Cisco deal. Nonetheless Bernstein keeps a $14.46 price target and Outperform rating on Ericsson.
07:12 EDTCSCOCisco partnership positive, says SunTrust
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