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August 6, 2014
12:12 EDTTWX, FUEL, WPX, ENPH, GRPN, TAP, SFTBF, BAC, WAG, S, TMUS, FOXA, NUSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory in what appeared to be a continuation of yesterday’s sell-off. However, by mid-morning the averages crossed into positive territory where they have remained into the lunch hour. Events from abroad continue to move U.S. markets, as European stock markets responded unfavorably to weaker than expected economic data in Italy and Germany, and investors keep an eye on the unfolding stand-offs in Russia and Israel. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed to $41.5B in June from a revised $44.7B in May. In Europe, Italian GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2% in Q2, putting the country into a technical recession, while German manufacturing orders surprised with a 3.2% June drop. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Time Warner (TWX) declined nearly 12% despite the company reporting quarterly earnings that surpassed the consensus expectation, as its results were overshadowed by other news, namely 21st Century Fox (FOXA) withdrawing its offer to buy the company. Fox Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said Time Warner management and its board refused to engage and that the reaction in its own share price since its initial proposal was made "undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders." Meanwhile, class A shares of 21st Century Fox, which also authorized the repurchase of an additional $6B of its stock, rose 5%... Another deal being abandoned drove shares of another prominent company lower, as Sprint (S) dropped 18% after replacing CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure and reportedly gave up on its plans to try to combine with the fourth largest U.S. mobile carrier, T-Mobile (TMUS). Shares of T-Mobile also sunk nearly 7%, though The Wall Street Journal, citing a source, said that Iliad (ILIAF) will continue to pursue its bid for T-Mobile, though the French company sees no immediate need to boost its own offer after Sprint and parent Softbank (SFTBF) appear to have walked away... Bank of America (BAC) increased its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share, marking the bank’s first quarterly common stock dividend increase in seven years. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was brewer Molson Coors (TAP), which rose 6% after the company's second quarter profits topped expectations. Also higher following their earnings reports were Enphase Energy (ENPH), which gained 20%, and WPX Energy (WPX), which advanced 12%. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which dropped 12% after the company exercised its option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots that it does not already own but said its purchase of the rest of Boots will not be a "tax inversion" deal, as many had been expecting. Walgreen also authorized a $3B share repurchase program and raised its dividend by 7.1%, though the capital return plans did not appear to be enough to offset investor disappointment over the lack of an inversion pursuit. Also lower following their earnings reports were Groupon (GRPN), which fell 16%, Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which plunged 27%, and Nu Skin (NUS), which declined 24%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.37, or 0.32%, to 16,482.84, the Nasdaq was up 25.50, or 0.59%, to 4,378.34, and the S&P 500 was up 6.91, or 0.36%, to 1,927.12.
News For TWX;FOXA;TMUS;S;WAG;BAC;SFTBF;TAP;GRPN;ENPH;WPX;FUEL;NUS From The Last 14 Days
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September 22, 2014
06:44 EDTTWX, FOXA'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTTWXTime Warner's Warner Bros. struggling, NY Times says
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05:55 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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September 21, 2014
14:34 EDTSFTBFSoftbank gains approximately $4.6B on Alibaba IPO, Reuters says
Japan's Softbank (SFTBF) said it will gain approximately $4.6B from the Alibaba (BABA) IPO, says Reuters. Speaking on CNBC, the CEO of Softbank Masayoshi Son said he would like to own more of Alibaba but is satisfied with the 32% stake that Softbank already owns, added Reuters. Reference Link
September 20, 2014
21:29 EDTTMUSIliad faces obstacles in T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg says
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19:48 EDTBACBank of America could climb over 50%, Barron's says
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September 19, 2014
18:40 EDTTMUSIliad sets mid-October deadline for T-Mobile bid, Reuters reports
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 19, 2014
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12:20 EDTTMUSIliad financing talks yet to yield higher T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg reports
Iliad talks with potential partners for additional financing have not yet resulted in a higher bid for T-Mobile (TMUS), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Iliad is facing hurdles while Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) reconsiders plans for its U.S. unit, Bloomberg adds. Reference Link
11:28 EDTTMUSIliad seeking additional financing for T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg reports
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09:22 EDTGRPNGroupon has several upcoming catalysts, says Sterne Agee
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07:36 EDTSSprint price target cut to $8-$10 from $11-$11.75 at Wells Fargo
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07:25 EDTSFTBFSoftbank to spend some of Alibaba windfall in Hollywood, NY Post says
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06:15 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $89 from $76.69 at Citigroup
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06:03 EDTTAPStocks with implied volatility movement; TAP RSH
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Molson Coors (TAP) 31, RadioShack (RSH) 247 according to iVolatility.
September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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14:08 EDTBACBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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11:55 EDTWAGRite Aid falls as drugstore chain trims FY15 view
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06:36 EDTTWXWarner Bros. could cut up to 1,000 jobs, Variety reports
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05:59 EDTTAPMolson Coors implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
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