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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.
News For TWX;FOXA;HCA;THC;INTC;YHOO;BABA;BAC;PNC;TXT;AAPL;IBM;LCI;CBS;DIS;VIAB;DISCA From The Last 14 Days
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September 18, 2014
09:36 EDTYHOO, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL YHOO TWTR VVUS RAD PWE WFM TSLA PIR SHLD
09:34 EDTIBMAT&T extends NetBond security services to IBM SoftLayer platform
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08:47 EDTBABAeBay October volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
eBay September call option implied volatility is at 33, October is at 31, November is at 27, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
08:46 EDTAAPLApple patent points to development of bone conducting EarPods, AppleInsider says
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08:44 EDTBABAAmazon.com volatility flat into Alibaba IPO
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08:12 EDTYHOO, BABAYahoo volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
Yahoo (YHOO) September call option implied volatility is at 99, September weekly is at 77, October is at 59, November is at 46, January is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
07:34 EDTDISCADiscovery initiated with a Buy at Argus
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07:29 EDTAAPLApple, U2 collaborate on digital format to up music-buying, Time says
Apple and U2 are collaborating on a new project to develop a digital music format which will increase music purchases and fairly compensate artists, reported Time. Reference Link
07:26 EDTAAPLGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:25 EDTIBMActuate to hold a webinar
Database Trends & Applications Webinar will be held on September 18 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
06:55 EDTAAPLApple launches new iOS 8 phones with 'kill switch'
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon revealed that new iPhones sold with iOS 8 will include Apple’s theft deterrent system, Activation Lock, as a default setting. This marks the first time in the history of the smartphone industry that theft deterrent technology is available by default on new products. In addition to being standard on the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, newly-sold iPhones will also prompt users to upgrade to iOS 8. Additionally, the new operating system can also be installed on most previous models of iPhones. As co-chairs of the Secure Our Smartphone, or S.O.S. Initiative, Attorney General Schneiderman and District Attorney Gascon led the effort to call on the wireless industry to address the global rise in smartphone thefts. The ultimate goal of SOS is for every mobile device to have a “kill switch” on by default. A default solution is imperative because it ensures that the device will be worthless to thieves. Reference Link
06:50 EDTINTCIntel, Spreadtrum may enter partnership to develop x86 products, DigiTimes says
Intel is looking to promote x86 architecture to China chip designers and may enter a partnership with Spreadtrum, reports DigiTimes Research. The cooperation would allow Intel to fill some of its empty capacity while Spreadtrum would gain advantages from Intel's advanced manufacturing processes to reduce costs. Reference Link
06:46 EDTTHC, HCAFTC challenging hospital mergers, NY Times reports
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06:40 EDTAAPLApple wants to sell 50M Apple Watches in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:39 EDTBABAAlibaba IPO allows investors chance to sell shares early, WSJ reports
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06:37 EDTCBSCBS head looks to reduce radio assets within 12 months, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTTWXWarner Bros. could cut up to 1,000 jobs, Variety reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLReport says one iPhone 6 Chinese license approved, Reuters says
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05:58 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; YHOO BWP
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05:40 EDTAAPLApple says will never allow government access to servers
Apple launched a website dedicated to privacy with a message from its CEO Tim Cook. The message stated in part, "We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers. We don’t ‘monetize’ the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple...Finally, I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will."
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