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July 30, 2014
12:27 EDTHUM, GNW, RT, REGN, TWTR, DEST, NQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq leading and the Dow lagging, after a much better than expected reading on second quarter economic growth in the U.S. and ahead of a statement from the Federal Reserve following its latest policy meeting. With a solid earnings season and the economic data showing growth, investors are now on Fed watch, with the move in the averages potentially illustrating fear that the central bank may begin to get more hawkish. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department estimated that 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%. Payroll company ADP reported private payrolls climbed 218K in July, which was a bit below the 238K forecast. The Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting today and the accompanying rate decision and statement is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) surged 20% higher 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 to Outperform from Sector Perform at FBN Securities, to Neutral from Sell at UBS and to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NQ Mobile (NQ), which jumped 15% to trade near $8 per share after the company reported it has received a non-binding proposal from Bison Capital to acquire all of NQ's outstanding American depositary shares for $9.80 each. Also higher was Regeneron (REGN), which rose 6% after the company announced that nine new Phase 3 Odyssey trials of alirocumab in people with hypercholesterolemia met their primary efficacy endpoint. Among the noteworthy losers was Genworth Financial (GNW), which dropped 13% and was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie after its second quarter earnings report. Also lower following their earnings reports were Humana (HUM), which slid 5%, Ruby Tuesday (RT), which fell over 16%, and Destination Maternity (DEST), which dropped more than 19%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 57.70, or 0.34%, to 16,854.41, the Nasdaq was up 9.01, or 0.2%, to 4,451.71, and the S&P 500 was down 3.87, or 0.2%, to 1,966.08.
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16:11 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 17, 2015
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10:17 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; PBR TWTR
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09:34 EDTTWTRTwitter Q1 U.S. ad spending to moderate, says OTR Global
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08:34 EDTTWTRTwitter May volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 16, 2015
16:02 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 16, 2015
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April 15, 2015
16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 49c to 21.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX C PBR KMI RIG MCP TWTR GILD BAC according to Track Data.
13:35 EDTTWTRTwitter introduces new twitter.com on desktop to U.S
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10:36 EDTGNWBofA/Merrill U.S. credit analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:35 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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08:02 EDTTWTRTwitter Periscope may be next big thing in social media, says Baird
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April 14, 2015
19:05 EDTTWTRTwitter to launch redesigned homepage in coming days, Slate says
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16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 14, 2015
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06:30 EDTTWTRTwitter threatens Periscope users who illegally streamed 'GoT,' Mashable says
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April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; April 13, 2015
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12:05 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; TWTR FXI
Twitter (TWTR) September 60 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 43, Twitter iShares Trust FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Fund (FXI) July 57 call option implied volatility decreased 11% to 33 according to IVolatility.
10:58 EDTHUMCigna, Humana seen as potential takeover targets in Managed Care space
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07:33 EDTHUMJefferies sees low probability of WellCare, Centene buyouts
After running several acquisition scenarios for the Managed Care space, Jefferies says potential takeovers of WellCare (WCG) and Centene (CNC) are "hard to justify." The firm estimates acquirers will only be able to generate 1%-3% accretion from buying either company at a 20% premium to current share prices. The deal that makes the most financial sense is Aetna (AET) buying Cigna (CI), Jefferies says today in a note to investors. Also financially attractive would be a buyout of Humana (HUM) by either Anthem (ANTM) or Aetna, the firm adds. After analyzing the Managed Care space, it upgraded this morning shares of UnitedHealth (UNH) to Buy from Hold with a $141 price target. Jefferies also has Buy ratings on Aetna, Anthem, Health Net (HNT) and Molina Healthcare (MOH).
April 12, 2015
19:33 EDTTWTRTwitter tries to sway media companies, celebrities to Periscope, TechCrunch says
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15:28 EDTTWTRTwitter to expand direct data relationships with its data customers
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14:23 EDTGNWPE firm JC Flowers said to eye Genworth division, Sky News says
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