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August 6, 2014
12:12 EDTNUS, ENPH, SFTBF, S, TWX, FUEL, GRPN, BAC, TMUS, WPX, TAP, WAG, FOXAOn 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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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTBACActive equity options trading
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09:24 EDTENPHEnphase Energy should be bought after pullback, says Roth Capital
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09:15 EDTBACBank of America sees Q4 sales and trading revenue down linked-quarter, y/y
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08:55 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox co-COO says company has 'clear' succession plan
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08:54 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox co-COO says on track for FY15, FY16 guidance
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07:32 EDTTWXUBS to hold a conference
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06:48 EDTTWX, FOXAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:32 EDTTMUSCitigroup calls on DISH to split into two companies
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06:11 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Walgreen to Neutral based on limited EPS upside, sub-par base business organic growth, execution risk with Alliance Boots due to management turnover, international and currency risk, and valuation. Price target is $72.
December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:02 EDTTMUST-Mobile files to sell 17.4M mandatory convertible preferred stock
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:49 EDTNUSNu Skin to host investor day
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14:56 EDTSMDC Partners climbs for third day after making announcement on CRM unit
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14:31 EDTNUSNu Skin December volatility elevated into investor day
Nu Skin December weekly call option implied volatility is at 84, December is at 56, January is at 50, March is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 48 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into company hosted investor day on December 12.
11:30 EDTWAGLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:22 EDTTMUST-Mobile management to meet with Wells Fargo
Meeting with Vice President Paellmann to be held in New York on December 11 hosted by Wells Fargo.
10:00 EDTTWX, FOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:35 EDTBACValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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