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March 7, 2014
16:54 EDTSWY, F, SPLS, TM, RSHUkraine, U.S. jobs dominate headlines as markets log gains
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a week that saw instability in Ukraine dominate headlines early, with a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report finishing the week. MACRO NEWS: Global markets started the week lower on concerns regarding the situation in Ukraine, and while the flow of news coming out of the region did not slow during the week, it appeared to weigh less prominently on investors as the week wore on... On Monday, China's final Markit/HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for February fell for the third straight month to a seven-month low of 48.5... The U.S. non-farm jobs report for February showed the economy added 175,000 jobs, exceeding economists' expectations for 150,000. Despite the better-than-expected job gains, the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7% from last month's 6.6% level... The Federal Reserve released its latest Beige Book report of economic activity on Wednesday, which showed that economic activity in eight of the central bank's twelve districts saw modest to moderate improvements since the last survey. The report showed, however, that the severe winter weather has weighed on retail sales. COMPANY NEWS: Auto sales fell for major US and Japanese brands, including Ford, which saw sales slide 6% and Toyota (TM), which saw sales slide 4% for February... Legacy big box retailers RadioShack (RSH) and Staples (SPLS) both reported earnings this week that disappointed and announced plans to close stores. RadioShack announced it would close 1,100 stores and said it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy, while Staples said it would close 225 stores in North America and said it will no longer provide annual sales or earnings guidance. Shares of both retailers fell more than 15% during the week... Safeway (SWY) announced a deal Thursday night to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital, in a deal that values the grocer at about $40 per share. Shares of Safeway lost about 2% after the deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, was formally announced. Shares of Safeway, however, have gained about 60% over the 52-week period ended with today's trade. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.8% to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1% to 1,878.04, and the Nasdaq was up 0.6% to 4,336.22.
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November 24, 2015
05:27 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ACI SPLS
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November 23, 2015
10:37 EDTTM, FFord no longer using Takata air bag inflators in future cars, AP reports
Ford (F) will stop using air bag inflators manufactured by Takata (TKTDY) in future vehicles, the Associated Press reports. The company joins Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM), and Nissan (NSANY) in choosing not to put the inflators in vehicles currently under development, the report says. Reference Link
10:33 EDTFFord recalls roughly 451,000 midsize vehicles in NA for potential fuel leak
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05:54 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CHK SPLS
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November 22, 2015
18:32 EDTFUAW union members ratify Ford agreement
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November 20, 2015
05:32 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG SPLS
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November 19, 2015
08:32 EDTFFord to hold a discussion
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06:19 EDTSPLSFTC looking over Staples, Office Depot transaction, NY Post reports
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06:11 EDTFFord-UAW contract headed for rejection, Reuters says
A proposed four-year labor deal between Ford and the United Auto Workers union seems headed for rejection after Chicago plant workers voted against the deal by a margin of over 2-to-1, Reuters reports. UAW leaders warned other members that rejecting the contract could jeopardize investments that would maintain U.S. factory jobs and believe that the proposed pact with Ford would be the richest in history, the report says. Reference Link
05:20 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NBG SPLS
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; National Bank of Greece (NBG) 601, Staples (SPLS) 59 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTFOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
12:33 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have moved higher throughout the morning. All eyes continue to be fixed on Paris and successful police action in a raid of the dwellings of suspects from the bombing over the weekend may have added to today's positive sentiment. There was little help from the day's economic data, however, as the housing starts report for October came in with the lowest reading in seven months and the energy inventories data showed another buildup in crude. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The day's big economic event may be yet to come, as investors await the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting, which are scheduled for release at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell more than 5% after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in its holiday quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) spiked in the after-hours trading after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it had sent an offer letter proposing a business combination, but failed to outline the details of its proposal. Norfolk Southern then confirmed Canadian Pacific to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk share, calling the indication of interest "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional." CNBC's David Faber, citing sources, subsequently reported that Norfolk Southern has no interest in pursuing a merger, but Norfolk shares remain up more than 6% early this afternoon, while Canadian Pacific is up nearly 6% as well... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed about 3% after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aramark (ARMK), which rallied 8% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and guided for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Fairchild Semicondcutor (FCS), which gained 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired for approximately $2.4B by ON Semiconductor (ON), which fell 8% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which fell nearly 10% after it said that allegations from Korea's FTC that the company did not properly negotiate "aspects" of its licenses are "not supported by the facts." Also lower was Staples (SPLS), which was down 4% after it reported Q3 earnings and provided an earnings outlook for Q4. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 132.98, or 0.76%, to 17,622.48, the Nasdaq was up 43.00, or 0.86%, to 5,029.01, and the S&P 500 was up 15.62, or 0.76%, to 2,066.06.
09:32 EDTTMThe House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
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09:22 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop (VIPS), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL), up 27.5% after announcing preparation of regulatory filings based on guidance from FDA... Universal Insurance (UVE), up 7.7% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM), up 14.9% after submitting an Investigational New Drug application with the FDA for Iomab-B... Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS), up 8.8% after being acquired by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 5% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SouFun (SFUN), down 2.9%... Staples (SPLS), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after price target lowered to $15 from $20 at Piper Jaffray... Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 3.5% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
06:32 EDTTMToyota's Mirai gaining traction in California, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTSPLSStaples sees Q4 non-GAAP EPS 26c-30c, consensus 28c
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06:02 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 35c, consensus 35c
Reports Q3 revenue $5.6B, consensus $5.67B. Closed 18 stores in North America during Q3.
November 17, 2015
15:13 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:00 EDTFFord says launching new Escape
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07:39 EDTSPLSStaples volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Staples November call option implied volatility is at 87, December is at 68, January is at 60; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 78, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
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