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August 1, 2014
16:51 EDTPEP, ALL, GPRO, UPS, TRLA, DLTR, TMUS, TGT, PG, GRMN, SGMS, Z, TWTR, WMT, AMGN, EXPE, GLW, BYI, FDO, SMarket 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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June 17, 2015
17:40 EDTTMUSComcast 'isn't interested' in T-Mobile, Washington Post says
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14:42 EDTTWTROption volume leaders
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14:23 EDTTWTRFacebook rises after Brean hikes target on app monetization potential
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12:06 EDTTWTRTwitter says acquires Whetlab, terms not disclosed
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11:47 EDTTWTRTwitter falls to session lows, levels to watch
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11:32 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active
Twitter June 35 and July 40 calls are active on total call volume of 61K contracts (13K puts). June call option implied volatility is at 48, July is at 37, September is at 46; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 74. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement.
11:08 EDTTWTROptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:57 EDTTWTRRumor: Twitter spikes on renewed takeover chatter
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10:22 EDTALLAllstate announces FAA ruling clears way for company to fly drones
Allstate announced that a new FAA ruling will allow the consortium it works with to fly drones for property claims research on behalf of customers. The Property Drone Consortium has been granted an exemption by the FAA to put drones in flight for further research, which could lead to using drones in areas hit hard by catastrophe and other situations. The FAA approval paves the way for the collection and processing of intelligent images for research using drones, which can help expedite the assessment of exterior property.
10:22 EDTTMUSComcast not interested in pursuing T-Mobile, DJ says
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10:13 EDTTMUSDeutsche Telekom shopping T-Mobile to Comcast, FT reports
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09:55 EDTTMUST-Mobile rises, levels to watch
The stock is up 3% to $40.02 at time of writing after reports that Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) are in talks with Comcast (CMCSA) over a possible sale of the company. At current price resistance is at $40.31, the high of the day, and then at the 52-week high at $40.77. Support is at $39.19.
09:40 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMD ADBE TWTR BABA QIHU NFLX BAC
07:26 EDTTMUSDeutsche Telekom, Comcast in talks over possible T-Mobile sale, Reuters says
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07:02 EDTSGMSScientific Games to provide electronic gaming machines to Oregon Lottery
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06:39 EDTPGCoty downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
Citi downgraded Coty (COTY) to Neutral after shares rallied on a New York Post report saying the company is in talks to acquire Procter & Gamble's (PG) beauty business for $12B. Citi sees potential challenges with the deal and notes the stock is up 65% since its upgrade in January. The firm raised its price target for shares to $32 from $29.
06:17 EDTTWTRCostolo: Twitter 'legitimately' searching for new CEO, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTTWTRInterim Twitter CEO Dorsey not leaving role as Square CEO, Re/code reports
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05:56 EDTTWTRStocks with implied volatility movement; TWTR NBG
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