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July 30, 2014
12:27 EDTDEST, NQ, HUM, GNW, RT, REGN, TWTROn 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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August 26, 2015
17:03 EDTNQNQ Mobile reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 8c, two estimates 5c
Reports Q2 revenue $102.1M, two estimates $102.00M.
17:00 EDTNQNQ Mobile enters into a binding agreement to sell NationSky
NQ Mobile has entered into legally binding share purchase agreements, which provide for the sale of all of NQ Mobile's interest in the NationSky business, including the entire interest in Beijing NationSky Network Technology, to Hou Shuli, a founder and senior management member of Beijing NationSky, for an aggregate consideration of $80M cash. The NationSky business provides device agnostic managed mobile services, mobile device management services and other mobile SaaS offerings to enterprises. The company's board of directors and audit committee approved the NationSky Agreements and the NationSky Divestment. The NationSky Divestment is expected to close within 60 days.
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.
05:50 EDTGNWStocks with implied volatility movement; NBG GNW
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August 25, 2015
14:50 EDTNQNQ Mobile volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
NQ Mobile August weekly call option implied volatility is at 183, September is at 129, October is at 104; compared to its 52-week range of 64 to 200, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 27.
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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08:21 EDTREGNRegeneron has multiple catalysts, says Leerink
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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
07:23 EDTREGNRegeneron should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTREGNBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTTWTROptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:38 EDTTWTRGoogle says brings tweets to mobile Google search app, desktop
In May, Google announced that it was bringing Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. The company today updated the blog entry to say that it has "extended this to the desktop now, too, and in English everywhere." Reference Link
11:13 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; AMZN TWTR
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10:00 EDTTWTRTwitter volatility increases
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09:59 EDTTWTRTwitter rises, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
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