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April 24, 2015
16:31 EDTGOOGStocks finish week higher following strong tech earnings
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16:19 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:00 EDTGOOGOptions Update; April 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 21c to 20.89. Option volume leaders: AAPL AMZN PBR RIG GOOG TWTR TSLA MSFT ALTR according to Track Data.
12:53 EDTGOOGLuxottica says company working on new versions of Google Glass, Engadget says
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12:49 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:37 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eHealth (EHTH), up 24.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 4.2%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 5.2%... Google (GOOG, GOOGL), up 3.2% and up 3.7%, respectively... Amazon (AMZN), up 12% after reporting quarterly results and announcing shopping app for Apple Watch... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16.5%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Molycorp (MCP), up 10.2% following a Bloomberg report that China's export tax decision may boost rare earth demand... Mattel (MAT), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Innocoll (INNL), up 13.1% after 3.3M share Secondary priced at $9.00... Cytosorbents (CTSO), up 9.7% after CEO comments on CytoSorb in letter to shareholders. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), down 4.7%... Altera (ALTR), down 1.7%... Pandora (P), down 4%... ResMed (RMD), down 8.7%... Xerox (XRX), down 4.7%... HomeAway (AWAY), down 3.6% after reporting quarterly results and departure of officers. ALSO LOWER: Ubiquiti (UBNT), down 14.4% following CFO resignation and preliminary third quarter results... 3D Systems (DDD), down 10.4% after reporting preliminary first quarter results... StemCells (STEM), down 23.2% after filing to sell common stock... Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI), down 54.7% after Rhopressa Phase 3 trial did not meet primary endpoint.
08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $672 from $632 at FBR Capital
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07:49 EDTGOOGGoogle results 'on balance positive,' says Bernstein
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07:35 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $670 from $625 at Deutsche Bank
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07:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reported healthy Q1 results, says Cantor
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle price target raised to $650 from $600 JPMorgan
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06:16 EDTGOOGEU considers new regulator to oversee internet companies, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTGOOGHillspire acquires minority stake in D.E. Shaw group from Lehman Brothers
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05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GE NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; General Electric (GE) 16, Netflix (NFLX) 27 according to iVolatility.
April 23, 2015
19:41 EDTTWXCablevision announces 'cord cutter package,' includes option for HBO Now
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19:29 EDTGOOGGoogle sees increased viewership, ad views at YouTube
On its Q1 earnings call, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said, "Over the past year we've seen YouTube viewership climb dramatically, both in established markets but also due to rapid expansion in emerging markets. And quality improvements in TrueView ads mean that more users are, in fact, choosing not to skip them, increasing the overall ad view. So, this means that there is much higher volume of TrueView ads being seen, which has been a significant driver of year-over-year growth in numbers that you seeing inside clicks... Viewership in YouTube videos and TrueView ads are growing significantly, and YouTube's contribution to our advertising revenue continues to grow at a strong rate year-over-year." During the Q&A portion of the call, Pichette added, "In the last quarter, we've just seen a real acceleration at YouTube and that's why we thought it was important because we saw this change, from the fundamental kind of strong performance of YouTube." In after-hours trading, Google is up more than 3% to $564.00.
19:16 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTGOOGGoogle shares up $3.52 to $551.42 after Q1 results
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16:06 EDTGOOGGoogle says Q1 revenue $795M higher at constant exchange rates
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16:05 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 websites up 14% revenue $11.93B
Reports Q1 Google Network Members' websites revenue up 1% to $3.58B. Total advertising revenues were up 11% to $15.51B.
16:03 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 Aggregate paid clicks up 13%
Reports Q1 Paid clicks on Google websites up 25% vs. last year, Paid clicks on Google Network Members' websites down 12%, Aggregate cost-per-click down 7%, Cost-per-click on Google websites down 13% and Cost-per-click on Google Network Members' websites up 2%.
16:01 EDTGOOGGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
15:00 EDTGOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:20 EDTGOOGEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SNDK NFLX
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April 22, 2015
17:31 EDTNFLXNetflix renews 'Daredevil' for season two, Hollywood Reporter says
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16:27 EDTTWXMattel, Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment announce partnership
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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10:53 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:17 EDTGOOGAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2015
14:00 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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05:58 EDTGOOGEU's Vestager says has 'no grudge' against Google, Re/code reports
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading an antitrust lawsuit against Google, says she is not holding a grudge against the search giant, Re/code reports, citing comments made during a speech at the NYU School of Law. She commented that "We have made a statement of objection lining out our preliminary view on a certain conduct... This, as we see it, is a pretty straightforward case of consumer domination." Reference Link
April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
12:08 EDTNFLXTiming of Rovi renewal with Charter a plus, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the timing of the closing of Rovi's (ROVI) renewal of its IP and programming guide agreement with Charter (CHTR) is advantageous given Rovi's other impending renewals and should give some confidence that large service provider renewals don't hinge on the outcome of the company's court case with Netflix (NFLX). However, the firm added that it would not be surprised to see more volatility in Rovi shares if court rulings favor Netflix and it kept a Neutral rating on the stock.
10:11 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:52 EDTNFLXRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:21 EDTGOOGTesla almost sold to Google while near bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg says
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08:15 EDTTWXIMAX and Warner Bros. announce multi-picture agreement
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 26, June is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:04 EDTGOOGTesla CEO held talks to sell company to Google in 2013, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a new book due out May 19, entitled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle concerns bring buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle EU regulatory worries don't warrant a sell off, WSJ says
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April 19, 2015
14:23 EDTNFLXNetflix stock may see pressure as content costs rise, Barron's says
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April 17, 2015
16:31 EDTNFLX, GOOGStocks end week lower amid earnings reports, fear about Greece, China
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16:11 EDTNFLXOptions Update; April 17, 2015
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11:20 EDTGOOGGoogle deal possible after Yahoo amends search pact with Microsoft, analyst says
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10:14 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTNFLXNetflix continues its post-earnings pop, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:58 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, May is at 26, June is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
07:15 EDTGOOGYahoo search deal with Google could add $10/share, says Jefferies
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06:28 EDTNFLXNetflix receives better treatment from international service providers, WSJ says
International broadband providers open their networks to Netflix and integrate the app into their boxes, as opposed to U.S. providers, which are battling with the streaming video service over internet regulations, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle looking to improve how users view mobile search results
Google announced in a blog post that it is rolling out a fix to improve how people view mobile search results. The company said it is updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results "to better reflect the names of websites, using the real-world name of the site instead of the domain name, and the URL structure of the sites in a breadcrumbs-like format." Reference Link
06:04 EDTGOOGEconomists warn of uphill battle in case against Google, Financial Times says
Economists believe that the European Commission will have an uphill battle in proving that Google's practices have harmed consumers, reports the Financial Times. Although the antitrust case is enjoying broad political support across Europe and among Google's rivals, economics professors have said “proving a company has engaged in exclusionary practices is not an easy task. This is an area of competition where it is difficult to adopt simple rules and where each case is often a special one.” Reference Link
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NFLX SNDK
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April 16, 2015
19:37 EDTGOOGGoogle plans $1B investment in Iowa data center, Des Moines Register says
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16:21 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:02 EDTNFLXOptions Update; April 16, 2015
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12:37 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:23 EDTNFLXStreet Check: Citi, UBS upgraded Netflix in week before earnings rally
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10:15 EDTNFLXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:53 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $625 from $509 at JPMorgan
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07:47 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $610 from $483 at Oppenheimer
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07:46 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $600 from $565 at UBS
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07:38 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $600 from $515 at Nomura
Nomura raised Buy rated Netflix's price target to $600 based on accelerating core subscriber growth.
07:37 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $650 from $535 at Stifel
Stifel increased its price target on Netflix after the company reported higher than expected global streaming subscriber growth for Q1. The firm expects the company's subscriber momentum to continue and keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
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07:13 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Outperform with $900 target at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Netflix to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target for shares to $900 from $400. The stock in premarket trading is up $61.91 to $537.37 after the streaming service reported Q1 results last night. FBR says its survey work with ClearVoice Research revealed that domestic Netflix subscribers "love the service more than TV." The firm now believes Netflix is very likely to move towards 180M global subscribers by 2020. It sees international streaming, with a market opportunity nearly six times the U.S., as supporting its new $900 price target. Netflix price targets are being raised around the Street following the company's Q1 results. Cantor took its target up to $580, Citigroup $584 and Needham $600. FBR at $900 is an outlier.
06:52 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $580 from $500 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Netflix as the firm thinks the company reported "very strong" Q1 results. The firm notes that Netflix's subscriber results and Q2 subscriber guidance exceeded expectations. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:09 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $584 from $525 at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Mark May raised his price target for Netflix shares to $584 saying the company posted "strong" Q1 results with a "favorable" outlook. May says both the streaming service's domestic and international subscriber growth exceeded expectations. Both segments benefited from original programming content that has been well received, May states. He views the Q1 results as evidence that Netflix is disrupting video viewing habits and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of the company are up $57.81 to $533.27 in premarket trading following the last night's earnings report.
06:08 EDTGOOGMicrosoft counceled EC in Google antitrust probe, NY Post says
Microsoft (MSFT) "complained a lot" and "definitely counseled" the European Commission in its antitrust investigation of Google (GOOG), reports the New York Post, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
April 15, 2015
18:56 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:43 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO Hastings backs target of 60M-90M U.S. subscribers
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18:36 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO says company looking for FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner deal
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings reiterated that the FCC should block the Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. Comment provided during Q1 earnings interview.
16:27 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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16:16 EDTNFLXNetflix sees shifting some U.S. marketing budget to international in Q2
Netflix stated in its Q1 investor letter: "In 2015, we expect to run ahead of our US contribution margin growth target of 200 bps/year on average because a greater share of global and original content costs will be absorbed by existing and new international territories as we continue to expand globally, since we allocate global content costs by geography. In addition, starting in Q2 we intend to shift some of our US marketing budget to international to take advantage of the substantial available growth opportunities. This, in the short term, drives down international contribution profits and drives up US contribution profits. We are still targeting 40% contribution margin in the US in 2020."
16:12 EDTNFLXNetflix jumps 12.5% to $534.88 after Q1 member additions top forecast
16:11 EDTNFLXNetflix sees recommending stock split to board
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16:10 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q2 net additions of 2.5M members
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16:08 EDTNFLXNetflix reports adding 2.3M new members in U.S. in Q1
In the U.S., Netflix gained 2.3M new members, "well above" its expectation of 1.8M due to both acquiring and retaining more members than forecast. Internationally, it added 2.6M members versus a forecast of 2.25M due to stronger growth than expected across a number of markets. "We think strong US growth benefited from our ever-improving content, including the launch of the third season of House of Cards and new shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline," the company said.
16:07 EDTNFLXNetflix reports 4.9M members added in Q1
Netflix said it added a record 4.9M new members globally in Q1, against its forecast of 4.1M and prior year of 4.0M, bringing its total global streaming membership to 62.3M.
16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix sees Q2 EPS 26c, consensus 90c
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16:05 EDTNFLXNetflix reports Q1 EPS 38c, consensus 69c
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14:34 EDTNFLXNetflix April 475 straddle priced for 9.4% movement into Q1
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13:53 EDTNFLXNetflix April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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13:18 EDTNFLXNetflix technical commentary ahead of earnings
Ahead of results the stock is trading relatively close, on a percentage basis, to its 52-week high and life high at $489.28. The technical disposition of the stock has always been somewhat problematic given the large number of discontinuities, gaps, on the chart. Despite an extreme valuation, sentiment in the stock has not wavered from strongly bullish, leaving the more than 8.5% of shares short in the float vulnerable to squeezes. That in large measure has been the source of the discontinuities on the chart. In the past few months the stock has largely traded in a wide range of $400 at the low and $480 at the high. Breaks of either end of this range are likely to determine how shares trade post-earnings. On a move above $480 and the life high at $489.29 there is no resistance. If the upward trend from April 2013 until early March 2014 is projected forward in time, a price objective of $560 might be possible on very bullish news or outlook. But the move could be even stronger than that based on previous extreme reactions to earnings news. If the news disappoints with a bearish outlook relative to very high expectations in the name, the low at $400 could easily be tested. Below that support, the next downside objective could be at the $380 to $375 area. This has previously been a zone of support and resistance. A move to these levels would break the long-term uptrend which has paused for the last 13 months. A slow migration down to the $300 area might then be possible over time. That level has previously been important support for the stock. It along with the $480 level constitutes a large scale rectangle of a trading range from March 2014 onward which is best seen on a 5-year chart.
12:39 EDTNFLXEarnings Watch: Netflix shares trading up 35% since last earnings report
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12:38 EDTGOOGAngie's List jumps as analysts weigh in on what's next after CEO resignation
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12:30 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory for the fifth time in the past six sessions. The move came amid lower than expected manufacturing data and industrial production figures in the U.S. and a report on Chinese GDP growth that matched expectations. Although the averages remain higher near midday, the market is well off its highs as investors await the release of the Fed’s Beige Book report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing report had a reading of -1.19, versus expectations for a 7.17 reading. Industrial production fell 0.6% in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% decline. Capacity utilization came in at 78.4% during the month, versus the 78.6% that was forecast. NAHB's homebuilder confidence index climbed to 56 in April, versus expectations for a reading of 55. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release its Beige Book at 2 pm EDT this afternoon. In China, the nation's GDP grew at a 7.0% rate in Q1, which met expectations but was the lowest level of quarterly growth since 2009. A number of March data releases came in below expectations in China, including reports on industrial production, retail sales and fixed investments. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: The European Commission announced it has opened a formal investigation of whether Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) conduct in relation to its Android mobile operating system as well as applications and services for smartphones and tablets has breached EU antitrust rules. The Commission also sent a Statement of objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area by favoring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. For its part, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said the company "respectfully but strongly" disagrees with the need to issue a statement of objections and looks forward to making its case... After Intel (INTC) reported results that were in-line with its preannouncement and estimated that its 2015 revenue would be roughly flat year-over-year, shares rose 4.5%. However, analysts disagreed on the company's ability to meet its revised outlook, with Wedbush upgrading the stock to Outperform from Neutral, but Citi saying that the company's guidance was too bullish and keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Celsion (CLSN), which gained 20% after the company announced interim data from its ongoing open-label Phase 2 DIGNITY Trial of ThermoDox in recurrent chest wall breast cancer. Also higher was gunmaker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which gained 13% after raising its guidance, citing orders throughout its fiscal fourth quarter that have been stronger than originally anticipated. Among the noteworthy losers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which dropped 19% after agreeing to merge with Nokia (NOK) in an all-share transaction that values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis. Also lower were shares of Precision Castparts (PCP), which fell 3% after the company issued fourth quarter guidance, said it was making headcount reductions and the stock was downgraded at DA Davidson. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 56.39, or 0.31%, to 18,093.09, the Nasdaq was up 24.52, or 0.49%, to 5,001.81, and the S&P 500 was up 9.80, or 0.47%, to 2,105.64.
10:48 EDTGOOGGoogle 'strongly' disagrees with EU Statement of Objections
In a blog post from earlier, Google's SVP of Google Search Amit Singhal said, in part: "We’ve seen similar allegations of harm from competitors in other areas. And the European Commission today confirmed that it is sending Google a Statement of Objections,SO, regarding the display and ranking of shopping results...While Google may be the most used search engine, people can now find and access information in numerous different ways -- and allegations of harm, for consumers and competitors, have proved to be wide of the mark. Any economist would say that you typically do not see a ton of innovation, new entrants or investment in sectors where competition is stagnating -- or dominated by one player. Yet that is exactly what’s happening in our world. Zalando, the German shopping site, went public in 2014 in one of Europe’s biggest-ever tech IPOs. Companies like Facebook, Pinterest and Amazon have been investing in their own search services and search engines like Quixey, DuckDuckGo and Qwant have attracted new funding. We’re seeing innovation in voice search and the rise of search assistants -- with even more to come. It’s why we respectfully but strongly disagree with the need to issue a Statement of Objections and look forward to making our case over the weeks ahead." Reference Link
10:27 EDTGOOGEU unlikely to force structural changes to Google Search, says Baird
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09:03 EDTNFLXNetflix collaborates with Silverback Films and WWF for 'Our Planet'
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06:31 EDTGOOGGoogle's wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi,' Android Police says
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU sends statement of objections to Google on comparison shopping service
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06:23 EDTGOOGEU opens formal investigation against Google regarding Android mobile OS
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06:18 EDTGOOGApple, Google, others doubling down on European operations, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
20:00 EDTGOOGGoogle says EU likely to open formal investigation into Android, Re/code says
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18:27 EDTGOOGGoogle in talks to allow advertisers to target pre-existing customers, WSJ says
Google is in talks with advertisers to gain access to their customer information, allowing Google to target ads to pre-existing customers of a given company, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The new ads may be launched later this year or in early 2016, said the sources. Reference Link
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; April 14, 2015
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15:45 EDTGOOGEU decides to charge Google with antitrust violations, WSJ says
European antitrust head Margrethe Vestager has decided to file formal antitrust charges against Google, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Sources said the decision will be announced Wednesday and was made after consulting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Journal notes that fines may theoretically exceed $6B.Reference Link
15:27 EDTGOOGEU decides to file formal charges against Google, Dow Jones says
13:20 EDTGOOGRecord labels lobby for better royalties from YouTube, Dailymotion, FT says
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry alleged Tuesday that certain digital video platforms including Google's (GOOG) YouTube and Orange's (ORAN) Dailymotion are relying too much on "safe harbour" laws to avoid paying royalties to record labels, reports the Financial Times, citing statements by IFPI CEO Frances Moore. The move comes as the European Commission weighs reforming EU copyright law. The IFPI is a recording industry group that counts Sony (SNE) Music Entertainment and Vivendi's (VIVHY) Universal Music Group among its members. Reference Link
11:16 EDTGOOGCredit Suisse's top Internet picks
Credit Suisse's top large-cap Internet picks remain Amazon.com (AMZN) for operating margin expansion and normalizing International growth, Facebook (FB) for underestimated long-term monitization potential from growing new products, and Google (GOOGL) for a slowdown in capex and narrowing of the mobile-desktop monetization gap. The firm's top small-cap picks are LinkedIn (LNKD) for the ramp of Sales Navigator and acceleration of Marketing Solutions and Yelp (YELP) because of reduced churn and increasing mobile traffic growth and ARPU.
11:01 EDTGOOGFrance may push for Google to reveal secret algorithm, Financial Times says
France is considering forcing Google to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites, reports the Financial Times. The French senate will likely pass a law this week that would allow the country's national telecoms regulator to monitor the algorithms. Reference Link
10:51 EDTGOOGGoogle to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, The Information reports
Google (GOOG) is looking to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers while managing their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, reports The Information. According to people with knowledge of the plans, the new service is expected to run on Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) networks. Google expected to reach deals to buy wholesale across to those carriers' networks. A launch this year seems likely. Reference Link
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09:11 EDTNFLXDISH says Netflix now availble to Joey clients
DISH (DISH) announced that it began making Netflix (NFLX) available on Hopper’s accompanying Joey units for second, third and fourth-room viewing. With this update, DISH becomes the first major U.S. pay-TV provider to offer its customers a whole-home Netflix experience, the company said. The Joey launch follows the launch of the Netflix app on its second-generation Hopper DVR in December, DISH noted. DISH also said it became the first pay-TV provider to offer Vevo, which gives customers access to more than 140,000 music videos from their TV. The new Vevo app begins rolling out to DISH’s second-generation Hopper today.
08:57 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $530 from $450 at Canaccord
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Netflix April call option implied volatility is at 106, May is at 51, June is at 40; compared to its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting larger price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 15.
06:30 EDTTWXTwitter threatens Periscope users who illegally streamed 'GoT,' Mashable says
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06:08 EDTGOOGAccess to Google's Malaysia website disrupted for some, WSJ reports
Some Google users in Malaysia had their access to the website interrupted on Tuesday, with some redirected to a website saying "Google Malaysia Hacked," The Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokesperson commented that services like Gmail were not affected and said that "We’re aware that some users are having trouble connecting to google.com.my, or are being directed to a different website. We’ve reached out to the organization responsible for managing this domain name and hope to have the issue resolved shortly." Reference Link
06:06 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $487 from $360 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson raised his price target for Netflix shares to $487 from $360 after analyzing the company's total addressable market and potential penetration through 2020. Olson has a "relatively more positive bias" on Netflix after his analysis suggested the company's earnings growth from 2016-2020 will average around 50%. He keeps a Neutral rating on Netflix, however, encouraging investors to take advantage of entry points closer to $400. Olson slightly reduced his 2016 earnings estimates for the company to reflect its continued investments ahead of a "material" earnings growth phase. UBS yesterday upgraded Netflix to Buy from Neutral with a $565 price target. Shares of the streaming service closed yesterday up $20.11 to $474.68.
April 13, 2015
19:52 EDTGOOGLeaked Google app reveals potential cell network features, Android Police says
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16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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11:56 EDTTWXMedia companies look to back away from Nielsen guarantees for ads, Variety says
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Builders FirstSource (BLDR), up 54.35% after acquiring ProBuild in all-cash transaction... Arrowhead (ARWR), up 14.3% after being cleared to proceed with multiple dose Phase 2b study of ARC-520... Oramed Pharmaceuticals (ORMP), up 6.9% after enrolling first patient in glucose clamp study for oral insulin... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), up 8.2% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Quantum (QTM), up 3.2% after announcing go-to-market partnership with Dot Hill Systems (HILL)... Netflix (NFLX), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Apple (AAPL), up just under 1% following reports of Apple Watch orders. LOWER: Sina (SINA), down 3% following a report from the Financial Times that China may shut down the company if censorship doesn't improve... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Allot Communications (ALLT), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham.
09:19 EDTNFLXNetflix rises following upgrade
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08:14 EDTGOOGSolarCity announces partnership with Nest Labs
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06:44 EDTGOOGEU could announce formal charges against Google, NY Times says
The EU's new antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is making her first trip to Washington, causing some to speculate that she could announce formal charges against Google, according to The New York Times. Such an announcement could increase pressure on Google to settle the case, but Vestager could also recommend further study of the case or give the company a last opportunity to settle before filing formal charges, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:40 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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06:24 EDTTWXTime Warner tries to win over TV providers in cord-cutter pitch, WSJ says
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April 12, 2015
15:58 EDTTWXComcast's 'Furious 7' maintains lead at weekend box office with $60.6M
Rentrak announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 12, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Universal's (CMCSA) "Furious 7" topped the domestic weekend box office with $60M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" came in second place at the box office with $19M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Longest Ride" came in third place with with $13.5M; Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Get Hard" came in fourth place with with $8.6M and Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" came in fifth place with $7.2M.
14:34 EDTTWXSeason 5 ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes leaked ahead of premiere, Variety says
Nearly a full day before HBO’s (TWX) scheduled April 12 premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the first four episodes of HBO's popular fantasy series appeared up on piracy networks late Saturday, said Variety. “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’ originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” HBO said. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.” Reference Link
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