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April 22, 2014
04:55 EDTAOL, AOL, DISH, DISH, VIA, VIA, IBM, IBM, NLSN, NLSN, GE, GE, UL, UL, TWC, TWC, RCI, RCI, CBS, CBS, CVS, CVS, SPLS, SPLS, TWX, TWXNatural E Creative Group to hold a summit
2nd Annual Chief Digital Officer Summit is being held in New York on April 22-23.
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May 15, 2015
18:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $105M government contract modification
General Electric - Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a $105M modification to previously awarded contract FA8650-09-D-2922 to cover the potential award of the Adaptive Engine Technology Development order. This additional research and the resulting data will further mature aircraft engine technologies and decrease risk to achieve a system level preliminary design review and subsequent Adaptive Engine Research Design compatibility review. Work will be performed at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 3, 2016. Funds will be obligated if additional in-scope work is awarded. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
16:32 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
16:21 EDTAOLStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
10:20 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NLNK ARWR CTRP RAX KING AOL WPZ RL Z MBI
08:46 EDTAOLMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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08:09 EDTSPLSStaples June volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:03 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
05:52 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; KORS SPLS
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May 14, 2015
10:56 EDTAOLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:47 EDTNLSN, TWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says has seen ratings erosion at TNT, TBS
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10:43 EDTNLSN, TWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says 'bullish' time for Turner
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10:43 EDTDISHDISH CEO says 'not sure' how spectrum will be used in wireless
Charlie Ergen is speaking on CNBC.
10:39 EDTDISHDISH CEO says may release Sling TV numbers next quarter
Charlie Ergen is speaking on CNBC.
10:37 EDTDISHDISH CEO says AT&T, DirecTV merger will bring tougher competitor
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10:00 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:37 EDTDISHDISH, Cogent ask FCC to set conditions for AT&T acquisition, Reuters says
DISH (DISH) and Cogent Communications (CCOI) asked the FCC to force AT&T (T) to sell Internet service as a standalone service, as a condition of the telecom giant's proposed acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), according to Reuters. DISH and Cogent also asked the agency to make AT&T sell standalone Internet service at a reasonable price and at the same speeds it provides in package deals, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:07 EDTAOLAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTDISHDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
06:01 EDTVIAMTV Networks COO Rich Eigendorff leaving company, NY Post reports
MTV Networks COO Rich Eigendorff is leaving the company, sources tell The New York Post. MTV parent Viacom began letting senior executives go several months ago as part of a restructuring effort. Eigendorff is said to be retiring from the company, one source says. Reference Link
05:34 EDTAOLAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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