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July 30, 2014
17:12 EDTGT, HSP, PWE, GNW, EW, GRMN, AMGN, TWTROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory following a better than expected GDP growth estimate for the second quarter, but were unable to hold their initial gains. The averages reversed early in the session and eventually crossed into negative territory, as investors chose to wait for the Fedís rate decision and to listen to the accompanying statements. The Fed kept rates the same, said inflation was tracking towards their goals, and continued to reduce their planned purchases of bonds, which was all generally in keeping with expectations. The market initially revived, but then settled back into the range it was in before the Fed's release and limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: 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%. ADP reported private payrolls climbed 218K in July, which was a bit below the 238K forecast. The Federal Reserve wrapped up its two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting and, as expected, decided to reduce its monthly asset purchases by $10B next month. The Fed will buy $10B of mortgage-backed securities in August, down from $15B in July, and will buy $15B of longer-term Treasury securities next month, down from $20B previously. The committee reaffirmed its view that highly accommodative monetary policies are still appropriate and maintained its 0% to 0.25% target range for the federal funds rate. Additionally, the leaders of the G-7 issued a joint statement that they "remain ready to further intensify the costs" to Russia if it does not change its course regarding Ukraine. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) surged $7.71, or 19.98%, to $46.30 after the social network operator's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates and it raised its fiscal year 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA forecasts. Following last night's report, Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Twitter to Buy from Neutral, while the stock was also upgraded at FBN Securities, UBS and Cowen. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which gained $8.44, or 10.0%, to $92.88, Hospira (HSP), which rose $4.31, or 8.3%, to $56.21, and Amgen (AMGN), which advanced $6.70, or 5.43%, to $130.01. Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Genworth Financial (GNW), which fell $2.28, or 14.02%, to $13.98, Goodyear Tire (GT), which declined $2.14, or 7.76%, to $25.45, and Garmin (GRMN), which dropped $3.17, or 5.51%, to $54.41. Also lower was Penn West Petroleum (PWE), which fell $1.30, or 14.21%, to $7.85 after it announced that the Audit Committee of the company's Board of Directors is conducting a voluntary, internal review of certain of the company's accounting practices. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 31.75, or 0.19%, to 16,880.36, the Nasdaq gained 20.20, or 0.45%, to 4,462.90, and the S&P 500 added 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,970.07.
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January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; January 14, 2015
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10:00 EDTGRMNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:10 EDTGRMNGarmin acquires assets of iKubu, terms not disclosed
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06:39 EDTGRMNGarmin upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded Garmin to Sector Perform citing a more reasonable valuation following the recent pullback. The firm sees fair value around $50 per share.
January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
13:12 EDTTWTRTwitter February volatility elevated at 63
Twitter January call option implied volatility is at 49, January weekly is at 48, February is at 63; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
12:55 EDTAMGNAmgen repeats FY15 adjusted EPS view $9.05-$9.40, consensus $9.29
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12:40 EDTAMGNAmgen off highs after Express Scripts CEO talks PCSK9 costs
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10:25 EDTGTGoodyear Tire falls, levels to watch
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09:07 EDTHSPHospira says plans to close Clayton, North Carolina facility in 2H15
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08:43 EDTGTGoodyear Tire reaffirms 10%-15% SOI growth target for 2015
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07:42 EDTAMGNJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:30 EDTGTDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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January 12, 2015
16:10 EDTAMGNAmgen, MD Anderson announce agreement to develop BiTE
Amgen and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced a research collaborative agreement focusing on Amgen's bispecific T cell engager, or BiTE, antibody constructs, an immunotherapy that serves as a "bridge" between T cells and cancer cells. The research agreement will identify targets for this therapy in myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, a bone marrow disorder in which the body does not produce sufficient healthy blood cells. MDS affects primarily older adults over age 60 and can cause severe anemia, potentially leading to development of acute myelogenous leukemia, a blood cell cancer.
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
15:43 EDTTWTRTwitter in talks to acquire ZipDial of India, TechCrunch reports
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14:01 EDTGTGoodyear Tire names John Lucas as Chief Human Resources Officer
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09:34 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTHSPHospira submits Biologics License Application to FDA for Retacrit
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07:17 EDTAMGNJPMorgan to hold a conference
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