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March 20, 2014
05:59 EDTATVI, TWTRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWTR ATVI
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Twitter (TWTR) 42, Activision Blizzard (ATVI) 23 according to iVolatility.
News For TWTR;ATVI From The Last 14 Days
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August 31, 2015
07:52 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility at upper end of range
Twitter September weekly call option implied volatility is at 67, September is at 64; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 74 suggesting large price movement.
07:05 EDTTWTRTwitter upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Robert Peck upgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Buy from Neutral ahead of a "series" of catalysts that he says are coming and may move the stock higher. Among the new initiatives and partnerships that could increase users and engagement for 2016, Peck lists Twitter's deal with Google (GOOG), its Project Lightning initiative and its potential for more business development deals similar to Flipboard. With Twitter shares down about 50% since the end of Q1, Peck believes sentiment on the microblog operator's shares has "washed out," he tells investors in his research note. Peck keeps a $38 price target on shares of Twitter, which closed Friday at $26.84.
August 28, 2015
16:17 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks slipped at the open as the futures once again were influenced by the volatile overnight trading session in China. The averages began to recover shortly after the open and turned mixed by midday. Comments from Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fisher about the central bank being open to a possible rate hike in September took some momentum out of the market. As the volume slowed and the news flow went silent, the volatility increased and the averages headed lower only to rebound before the close, but the trading was still remarkably calm when compared to the wide swings seen in the market in the earlier sessions of this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.4% in July, as expected, with consumer spending up 0.3%, which was below the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for August was revised down to 91.9 from the 92.9 preliminary reading, versus expectations for it to be bumped up to 93.0. Baker Hughes reported the U.S. rig count is down 8 rigs from last week to 877. WTI crude oil prices added another 6% today to yesterday's 10% rally, closing at $45.22 a barrel on Friday. U.S. crude closed with a weekly gain of 11.8%, marking its first advance in 10 weeks and best week in six years. The Federal Reserve may still raise its benchmark interest rate in September, Fed vice chairman Stanley Fischer said in an interview with CNBC, noting that Fed committee members "haven't made a decision yet" and have "time to wait and see," because the next policy-making meeting won't happen until the middle of next month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of cancer drug maker ARIAD (ARIA) surged $2.91, or 41.69%, to $9.89 after Bloomberg reported that industry peer Baxalta (BXLT) is in takeover talks with the smaller company to boost its oncology pipeline. Baxalta, which had recently turned down a merger offer from Shire (SHPG), fell $1.18, or 3.24%, to $35.25 following the report... In other pharmaceutical industry M&A news, Mylan (MYL) shareholders voted to approve the company's proposed acquisition of Perrigo (PRGO) and the related issuance of Mylan ordinary shares. Afterward, Perrigo CEO Joseph Papa said he was confident that most of his company's shareholders believe that Mylan's offer substantially undervalues Perrigo and would dilute its "growth profile and superior valuation"... Video game maker Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and airline owner United Continental (UAL) both advanced sharply, rising 4.62% and 6.93%, respectively, after each had their shares selected to join the S&P 500. Activision will replace Pall Corp. (PLL) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading tonight, while United will replace Hospira (HSP) in the index after the close of trading on Wednesday, September 2. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Big Lots (BIG), which advanced $6.58, or 15.67%, to $48.58 after the discount retailer reported better than expected quarterly results and lifted its fiscal year guidance. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were video game retailer GameStop (GME), which slid $3.71, or 8.03%, to $42.49, and design software and services company Autodesk (ADSK), which fell $2.48, or 4.96%, to $47.52. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.76, or 0.07%, to 16,643.01, the Nasdaq gained 15.62, or 0.32%, to 4,828.33, and the S&P 500 advanced 1.21, or 0.06%, to 1,988.87.
12:50 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:27 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard volatility flat on addition to S&P 500
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12:05 EDTTWTRNoto: Twitter close to hiring Chief Marketing Officer, Adage reports
Twitter may be close to hiring a Chief Marketing Officer, reports Adage. In an interview, CFO Anthony Noto, who has overseen most of the company's marketing in the past few months, said that Twitter is "excited about the candidates" and it is "still in that process." Noto added, "We are talking to a wide spectrum of people with different backgrounds. The things that we're focused on is: number one, a proven leader. Number two is someone that's really grounded in marketing strategy. Number three is someone that's really taken a situation that's similar to ours in some cases and really used and developed a marketing strategy to drive business results." Reference Link
11:16 EDTATVIBattleground: Benchmark says sell GameStop, Piper says bears misguided
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09:23 EDTATVIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Big Lots (BIG), up 11.1%... Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 4.8%... Splunk (SPLK), up 3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 14.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 8.46% stake in the company... United Continental (UAL), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... Activision Blizzard (ATVI), up 5.8% after being added to S&P 500... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Violin Memory (VMEM), down 23.9%... bebe stores (BEBE), down 19.8%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 4.2%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Peabody Energy (BTU), down 6.6% after Moody's downgraded the company to Caa1.
07:43 EDTATVIGameStop bear thesis not playing out, says Piper Jaffray
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August 27, 2015
17:38 EDTATVIS&P announces changes to S&P 500 index
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17:30 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard up 7% to $29.99 after being added to S&P 500
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17:16 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard to replace Pall Corp. in S&P 500 as of 8/28 close
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15:19 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 27, 2015
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August 26, 2015
11:08 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR SUNE
Twitter (TWTR) December 29 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 64, SunEdison (SUNE) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 104 according to iVolatility.
August 25, 2015
14:20 EDTTWTRMagister sees Twitter as potentially attractive target, MarketWatch reports
M&A advisory firm Magister Advisors believe Twitter (TWTR) could be an attractive acquisition target for Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG) or a news organization, according to MarketWatch's Caitlin Huston. Reference Link
09:13 EDTTWTRTrends still positive for Google, Amazon, Facebook ahead of holidays, says Baird
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08:00 EDTTWTRTwitter wants to move Herbalife suit to California, NY Post reports
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06:15 EDTTWTRJeep hacker steps down as Twitter engineer, Re/code reports
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August 24, 2015
19:17 EDTTWTRTwitter adds new direct message notifications, Engadget says
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18:07 EDTTWTRSEC asked Twitter for details on user trend metrics
According to SEC correspondence released earlier, the Commission asked former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to "describe the alternative metric(s) you anticipate presenting in future filings to explain trends in user engagement and advertising services revenue." The letter to Costolo is dated April 13, and was followed by a response from the company saying that it included two metrics -- changes in ad engagements and changes in cost per ad engagement -- on its quarterly report for the period ended March 31. "These metrics are intended to serve as a measure of user engagement and demand, respectively," explained Twitter in its May 11 response letter. Reference Link
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