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August 1, 2014
16:51 EDTTGT, PG, GRMN, SGMS, Z, TWTR, WMT, AMGN, EXPE, GLW, BYI, FDO, S, PEP, ALL, GPRO, UPS, TRLA, DLTR, TMUSMarket finishes week lower as Fed, geopolitical worries weigh
Stocks ended the week lower amid worries about the Fed tightening sooner than expected and continued geopolitical uncertainty. MACRO NEWS: In a statement released following their latest meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee said that "the likelihood of inflation running persistently below 2% has diminished somewhat." Meanwhile, the employment cost index jumped 0.7% in the second quarter, it was reported on Thursday. Wages and salaries rose 0.6% in Q2, according to the report. Following the release of the index and the Fed's statement, investors worried that the central bank could start tightening monetary policy sooner than expected. The Commerce Department estimated that U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0% in the second quarter, easily beating expectations for a growth rate of 3.0%. Non-farm payrolls rose 209K in July, missing the 230K forecast. Other U.S. economic data was largely upbeat, as two consumer confidence indexes for July and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected... In overseas news, China's official purchasing managers' index reached its highest level in 27 months in July, beating expectations by a small amount. Argentina failed to head off its second default in the past 13 years, sending its stock and bond markets sharply lower and causing ripples throughout global debt and equity markets. The U.S. and EU leveled new, tougher sanctions against Russia, leading to concerns that Moscow's struggle with the West could intensify. Meanwhile, Israel continued to battle Hamas. COMPANY NEWS: Among the noteworthy companies that fell after reporting their results were shipping giant UPS (UPS), glass maker Corning (GLW), navigation device specialist Garmin (GRMN) and newly-listed action camera maker GoPro (GPRO). On the other other side of the coin, Twitter (TWTR), Expedia (EXPE), Procter & Gamble (PG), Allstate (ALL), and Amgen (AMGN) were among the companies whose stocks rose in the wake of their earnings reports... The M&A news flow continued to be strong, as Dollar Tree (DLTR) agreed to buy Family Dollar (FDO) and real estate website operator Trulia (TRLA) agreed to be acquired by its peer Zillow (Z) and casino equipment maker Bally Technologies (BYI) agreed to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS). Meanwhile, France's Iliad (ILIAF) confirmed that it had offered $15B in cash for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile US (TMUS) for $33 per share for $83.30 per share, which negatively impacted the stock of Sprint (S), which has been widely viewed as on track to buy T-Mobile as the two seek to grow and better challenge the number one and two mobile carriers in the U.S., Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T)... Target Corporation (TGT) announced that its Board of Directors had named Brian Cornell as the company's next chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods (PEP) where he oversaw Pepsi's global food business. Before joining PepsiCo in 2012, Cornell served as president and CEO of Sam's Club, a division of Wal-Mart (WMT). INDEXES: The Dow dropped 2.75% to 16,493.37, the S&P 500 fell 2.16% to 1,925.15, and the Nasdaq declined 2.69% to 4,352.64.
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August 17, 2015
13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: Wal-Mart down more than 9% over last three months
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12:41 EDTTWTRTop universities sell off Twitter shares, Bloomberg reports
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12:31 EDTGPROGoPro October puts active
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12:19 EDTZZillow trades after payment of Class C stock dividend
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12:16 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; RIG TWTR
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12:11 EDTTWTRTwitter's MoPub says native ad use up 8x, TechCrunch reports
Twitter-owned mobile ad exchange MoPub said that the number of apps in its marketplace that use native ads has increased by eight times between June 2014 and June 2015, TechCrunch reports. eCPMS, the amount that advertisers pay for each thousand impressions, are up 73%, and overall spending on native ads increased 387%, the report says. Reference Link
11:27 EDTTGTTarget promotes Mulligan to COO, names Smith to CFO role
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09:38 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
08:48 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).
08:47 EDTTGTTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
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08:23 EDTAMGNDeutsche Bank biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:22 EDTSSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
07:39 EDTTMUSTMC to hold a conference
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07:29 EDTWMTWal-Mart dividend and valuation provides support, says Baird
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07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart coverage transitioned with an Overweight at Stephens
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07:04 EDTGRMNGarmin expands mutliyear navigation partnership with Honda
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06:38 EDTGRMNApple Watch revenue leader in wearable category, Business Insider reports
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August 16, 2015
18:42 EDTWMTSam's Club to target high-end shoppers, WSJ says
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12:23 EDTPGTrouble ahead for Procter & Gamble, others as Chinese yuan falls, Barron's says
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