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January 8, 2014
09:45 EDTGOOG, FB, TWTRTwitter falls after firm downgrades shares to Sell
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) are sinking after research firm Cantor Fitzgerald cut its rating on the stock to Sell. WHAT'S NEW: Twitter's valuation is "excessive," Cantor analyst Youssef Squali wrote in a note to investors earlier today. At current levels, the stock is much more likely to drop than rise, the analyst believes. Squali prefers Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) over Twitter. He downgraded Twitter to Sell from Hold, and kept a $32 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Twitter's stock fell $4.80 yesterday. In early trading today, the shares declined another $1.65, or 2.7%, to $59.65.
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July 15, 2015
06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Google July call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 23, September is at 21 compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 16.
06:29 EDTTWTREvan Williams would leave Twitter board if 3 former CEOs not preferred, WSJ says
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July 14, 2015
16:24 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion following the market's last three days of gains. With headwinds such as the Greek debt crisis and the Iran nuclear deal out of the way for the time being, investors are able to turn their attention more fully to the earnings season. Reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were mostly in-line with expectations, if not better than hoped, in several dimensions. The averages began to drift higher, with the Dow surpassing the 18,000 level again and the Nasdaq rising back above 5,100. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading slipped 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, BOE Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked as high as $38.82 late this morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal. Twitter, which has been the frequent subject of takeover speculation, closed up 93c, or 2.6%, at $36.71. The Securities and Exchange Commission will need to add this latest apparent hoax to the list of others it is investigating, including a filing made two months ago by "PTG Capital Partners" purporting to outline its offer to acquire Avon Products (AVP)... JPMorgan (JPM) reported quarterly earnings before the open, beating on both the top and bottom line. Banking peer Wells Fargo (WFC) also reported its results this morning, with earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations. Shares of both banks rose about 1% following their reports. Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slipped about 0.5% to $99.78 despite reporting better than expected earnings, posting revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which rose $2.00, or 11.36%, to $19.61 following a Wall Street Journal report last night that claims China's Tsinghua offered to acquire the company for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher were shares of WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 71c, or 6.38%, to $11.83 after announcing an agreement to buy RKI Exploration & Production for $2.35B plus the assumption of $400M in debt. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $2.24, or 18.73%, to $9.72 after announcing last night that its CEO Jill Granoff has resigned. In the wake of that news, William Blair downgraded the stock today to Market Perform from Outperform. Also lower was Spirit Airlines (SAVE), which dropped $4.73, or 7.44%, to $58.81 after cutting both quarterly and yearly guidance last night, which was followed by a downgrade of the stock at Citi this morning. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 75.90, or 0.42%, to 18,053.58, the Nasdaq rose 33.38, or 0.66%, to 5,104.89, and the S&P 500 gained 9.35, or 0.45%, to 2,108.95.
16:01 EDTTWTR, FBOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
13:01 EDTGOOGFanDuel completes $275M funding round from KKR, Google Capital, Bloomberg says
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12:28 EDTTWTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite data showing that retail sales unexpectedly fell last month. With a nuclear pact agreed to by Iran and the Greek debt crisis pushed to the back burner for the time being, earnings are set to take center stage, beginning with the reports this morning from two of the country's biggest banks and a bluechip healthcare conglomerate. With stocks working on their fourth consecutive day in positive territory, the Dow has pushed back above the 18,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus expectations for growth of 0.3%. If autos and gas are removed from the data, the core reading was down 0.2%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.4%. The import price index fell 0.1% last month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in May, matching the consensus expectation. In Europe, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told U.K. officials that “the point at which interest rates may begin to rise is moving closer.” Additionally, Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) shares spiked late in the morning after a questionable takeover report appeared on a website that attempted to mimic Bloomberg. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service is a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal in a statement to Reuters... The nation's largest bank, JPMorgan (JPM), earned $1.54 per share in earnings in the second quarter of the year, which was up from the same period of last year and above the $1.44 per share consensus estimate. Peer Wells Fargo (WFC) reported quarterly earnings that were in-line with expectations on a revenue that, like JPMorgan, was a bit below the consensus forecast. Shares of each of the banks rose about 1% near noon following their reports... Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), however, slipped about 1% after reporting better than expected earnings, revenue that was in-line with expectations and raising its fiscal year adjusted profit forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Micron (MU), which jumped 11% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share. Also higher was Matrix Service (MTRX), which gained 18% after the Oil & Gas industry service provider issued guidance for its revenue and earnings in fiscal 2016. Among the noteworthy losers was Vince Holding (VNCE), which sunk 19% after the fashion brand owner announced the resignation of its CEO, which follows the resignation of its CFO less than a month ago. Also lower was Navient (NAVI), which fell 10% after the company lowered its outlook to reflect marketplace conditions for private loan portfolio purchases and its cost of funds. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.30, or 0.34%, to 18,037.98, the Nasdaq was up 34.68, or 0.68%, to 5,106.20, and the S&P 500 was up 8.21, or 0.39%, to 2,107.81.
12:21 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active on wide price movement
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12:03 EDTTWTRTwitter denies report of possible deal, spokesperson says, Reuters reports
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11:54 EDTTWTRBloomberg spokesman says Twitter takeover story is fake
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11:51 EDTTWTRTwitter off highs as takeover report gets questioned
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11:44 EDTTWTRTwitter spikes following unconfirmed, questionable takeover report
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11:26 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $744 from $614 at B. Riley
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10:57 EDTTWTRTwitter rises, levels to watch
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09:38 EDTTWTRTwitter calls active
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
09:06 EDTGOOGMerkle announces deal with Google to adopt DoubleClick's marketing solutions
Merkle, a data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing agency, has reached an agreement with Google to adopt the full suite of DoubleClick’s marketing solutions. As part of the agreement, Merkle will be one of the first agencies to use DoubleClick’s cross-device measurement, which was unveiled by Google at the June 17 DoubleClick Leadership Summit.
06:46 EDTFBFacebook Messenger to add 'Moneypenny' feature, The Information reports
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06:20 EDTGOOGQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle seeks ways to operate more efficiently, WSJ reports
Google is slowing down hiring and seeking ways to run more efficiently, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. New CFO Ruth Porat has been active in the company's cost-cutting measures, the report says, having started an internal audit examining costs, revenue, and accounting systems. Google is expected to offer an expenses update on Thursday when it reports its second quarter financial results, the report says. Reference Link
06:14 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram has 14M monthly active users in U.K., Business Insider says
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