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News For WMT;IFX;VNTV;WFC;XRX;BAC;DFS;PAY;TI;AXP;ACN;MA;V From The Last 14 Days
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August 23, 2015
13:58 EDTAXPAmerican Express faces challenging year, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTWMTMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
08:40 EDTBACCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
14:07 EDTVVisa bounces higher after Sky News report of European merger
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13:22 EDTVVisa mulls $21B bid to merge U.S., European units, Sky News reports
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10:00 EDTAXPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTDFSDiscover announces strategic network service agreement with Elo
Discover Financial Services and Elo, a Brazilian credit card brand, announced a strategic agreement that will allow acceptance of Elo Global Cards for international purchases and cash access outside of Brazil on the Discover Global Network, which includes Discover Network, Diners Club International and the PULSE network. The agreement will focus initially on enabling Elo Global Cards to have acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories via the Discover Global Network. Elo and Discover also will collaborate on the integration of Discover's EMV solution, D-PAS, to help ensure safe international transactions and continue to work together on new emerging payment products in the future. Elo will continue to use its own proprietary application for domestic transactions.
08:20 EDTVVisa management to meet with Pacific Crest
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08:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
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05:48 EDTWFCStocks with implied volatility movement; WFC XLI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Wells Fargo (WFC) 16, Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) 18 according to iVolatility.
August 19, 2015
17:37 EDTBACFINRA investigates Merrill Lynch over money laundering employee, Reuters says
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has been investigating Bank of America Merrill Lynch over a former employee who earlier pleaded guilty to an insider-trading and money laundering scheme, reports Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. FINRA could resort to enforcement action against the company, likely citing a breach of money laundering laws, according to the sources. Reference Link
16:08 EDTACNLeidos awarded $4.3B DoD contract
Leidos (LDOS) was awarded a prime contract by the Department of Defense, or DoD, to provide an off-the-shelf electronic health record solution, integration activities and deployment across the Military Health System. The contract, known as the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization, or DHMSM, program, is an initiative designed to modernize the military's healthcare system in a meaningful way, enabling patients and clinicians to capture and share health data that can improve the continuity and quality of care for 9.6M active military, their families, and their beneficiaries. As the prime contractor, Leidos established a team of proven innovators and industry leaders to form the Leidos Partnership for Defense Health. Cerner (CERN), Accenture Federal Services (ACN) and Henry Schein (HSIC) form the core team, complemented with a broad range of large and small business teammates, vendors and suppliers who bring proven experience and expertise specific to both the commercial and DoD healthcare markets.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 19, 2015
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13:30 EDTVOptions with increasing put volume;
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11:42 EDTWMTPlug Power calls Wal-Mart 'satisfied customer' in blog post
In a blog post titled "GenKey Success with Walmart," Plug Power wrote, "Since GenKey's inception in early 2014, its value proposition has been proven for many of our material handling customers, including Walmart. Plug Power's GenKey solution packages all elements of a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell implementation together in one bundle for easy adoption: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, and GenCare service...On paper, the solution is great. But it's really when we see a satisfied customer like Walmart make ongoing investments to convert its material handling fleets to GenKey hydrogen and fuel cells, at one distribution center after another, that we fully understand the successful impact our product is having on North America's leading retailer...We value our opportunity to provide Walmart warehouse facilities with viable hydrogen and fuel cell solutions that are helping to improve business operations, increase production efficiencies, and bring sustainable power to the industry. Walmart's continual GenKey adoption is not only a validation of our value proposition, but a validation of our technology." Reference Link
09:33 EDTBAC, WMTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB BA TWTR NFLX WMT BABA
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