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July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTTWX, VIAB, DIS, CBS, LCI, IBM, AAPL, TXT, PNC, BAC, BABA, YHOO, INTC, THC, HCA, FOXA, DISCAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply higher on the heels of solid earnings reports from a few corporate bellwethers as well as some completed acquisition deals and a high-profile rejected one. The market began to lose some steam during the second hour of trading as Fed Chairwoman Yellen began her second day of testimony in Washington on the economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. The Fed's Beige Book is expected to be released at 2 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO parent Time Warner (TWX) jumped more than 15% after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). According to the report, Fox indicated that it would sell its news channel CNN, which could be sought by CBS (CBS) or Disney's (DIS) ABC, as part of the proposal. Before the opening bell both Time Warner and Fox confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and 21st Century Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Other media stocks were trading higher after the news, with Discovery Communications (DISCA) rising 6.5% and Viacom class B shares (VIAB) gaining 4%... Shares of Intel (INTC) advanced 7.5% after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Among other S&P 500 companies reporting earnings, Textron (TXT) advanced, while Bank of America (BAC) and PNC Financial (PNC) declined... Apple (AAPL) gained 1% and IBM (IBM) advanced more than 2% after the companies announced a deal to partner on mobile products for corporations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied 7% after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose 9% after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Lannett (LCI), which fell 14% after announcing that it has received interrogatories and subpoena from the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General concerning its investigation into pricing of the drug digoxin. Also lower after its earnings report was Yahoo! (YHOO), which fell 4.5%. In addition to reporting results, the company announced last night that it has amended its share repurchase agreement with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (BABA), reducing the number of shares that Yahoo is required to sell at the IPO to 140M shares from 208M. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 64.71, or 0.38%, to 17,125.39, the Nasdaq was up 18.55, or 0.42%, to 4,434.94, and the S&P 500 was up 7.08, or 0.36%, to 1,980.36.
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July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTVIAB, FOXA, TWX, CBS, DISCA, DISCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:42 EDTINTCAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
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11:34 EDTTWXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:25 EDTYHOOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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11:04 EDTDISComcast, ESPN reach agreement on carriage of SEC Network, Reuters says
11:03 EDTAAPLEU says Google adding 'in-app' purchase protections, Apple yet to commit
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10:37 EDTBABAAlibaba details media blackmail attempt, Reuters says
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10:33 EDTAAPLSkyworks price target raised to $62 from $56 at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum increased its price target on Skyworks (SWKS) after the company's Q3 results surpassed its guidance, and the company issued guidance for its September quarter that the firm views as strong. The firm thinks the company's annual EPS is moving towards $5. It expects the company to benefit from the launch of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and the recent popularity of Internet of Things devices. Craig-Hallum thinks the shares look cheap and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:59 EDTIBMIBM downgraded to Sell from Hold at Societe Generale
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08:21 EDTCBS, FOXA, DIS, TWXTime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:56 EDTLCILannett signs agreement with Symplmed
Lannett announced that it has signed an agreement with Symplmed to be the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of an authorized generic version of ACEON in 2 mg, 4 mg and 8 mg dosage strengths. According to IMS, annual total sales of Perindopril Erbumine Tablets, 2 mg, 4 mg and 8 mg, at Average Wholesale Price were approximately $3.5M. The company expects to commence shipping the product shortly.
07:49 EDTIBMIBM concerns remain, says Credit Suisse
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07:49 EDTAAPLEU says Apple should do more to battle in-app purchases issue, Reuters says
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07:05 EDTCBS, TWX, FOXACBS CEO says will examine CNN if Time Warner puts up for sale, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLReport says iPhone 6 begins mass production this month, Reuters says
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06:56 EDTIBMIBM reported solid Q2 results, says Cantor
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06:53 EDTFOXABSkyB aims for European expansion with Fox German, Italian units, Reuters says
In an effort to try to expand in Europe, BSkyB has started discussions with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to purchase Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, according to Reuters, citing comments from one top-ten shareholder in BSkyB. The move would create a European powerhouse with 20M subscribers. Reference Link
06:45 EDTBACDocument reveals SEC examining firms in HFT probe, Reuters says
An internal document from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the regulator has been looking for data on 10 registered broker dealers as part of an ongoing probe into high-frequency trading strategies, according to Reuters, citing the document. The firms in question include Allston Trading, Hudson River Trading, Jump Trading, Latour Trading, which is an affiliate of Tower Trading, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, owned by Bank of America (BAC), Octeg, which has been merged into a unit of KCG (KCG), Tradebot Systems, Two Sigma Investments, Two Sigma Securities and Virtu Financial. Reference Link
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