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News For VRNG;GOOG;AOL;IACI;GCI;TGT From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:19 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget says SSS in signature categories grew 3x faster than company average
"We're very pleased with our second quarter financial results, as traffic growth, strong sales in our signature categories and continued expense discipline drove better-than-expected profitability," said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target. "While the momentum in our financial results is encouraging, we have much more to accomplish. Looking ahead, we are focused on making further progress against our strategic priorities and are committed to improving operations as we move through the important back-to-school, back-to-college and holiday seasons." Says comparable sales in signature categories -- Style, Baby, Kids and Wellness -- grew three times faster than the company average, resulting in comparable sales growth of four to five percent in both Home and Apparel.
08:01 EDTTGTTarget raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.60-$4.75 from $4.50-$4.65
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 EPS $1.22, consensus $1.11
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06:53 EDTGOOGDeutsche Telekom exec calls for internet firms to subsidize online ads, FT says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) senior vice president of technology strategy, governance, and programs Tomasz Gerszberg has called for internet companies such as Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) to subsidize users' mobile subscriptions due to the new way advertising takes over data allowances, the Financial Times reports, citing an article Gerszberg wrote on LinkedIn. The Deutsche Telekom executive said that consumers need to be protected from rising data charges related to "annoying" online ads, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTGOOGGoogle upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell upgraded Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to Overweight and raised his price target for shares to $825 from $560. The search giant closed yesterday down $5.38 to $688.73. Google's YouTube unit "continues to grow very rapidly," while the revenue growth of Google Websites suggests the company is navigating the mobile transition on search better than expected, Cordwell tells investors in a research note. Further, a greater focus on costs by the new CFO is driving improved profitability, a trend that should continue, the analyst argues. Cordwell expects continued outperformance of Google shares.
05:56 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 18, 2015
15:25 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces OnHub router
In a post to its official blog, Google said "While we count on Wi-Fi more than ever to be entertained, productive, and stay connected, we're streaming and sharing in new ways our old routers were never built to handle. So today, with our partner TP-LINK, we're launching OnHub, a different kind of router for a new way to Wi-Fi. Instead of headaches and spotty connections, OnHub gives you Wi-Fi that's fast, secure, and easy to use." Reference Link
14:54 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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14:52 EDTTGTTarget August 79.5 straddle priced for 3.2% movement into Q2
14:51 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:01 EDTTGTEarnings Watch: Target to report Q2 results after management changes
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11:36 EDTTGTTarget reaches settlement with Visa over data breach, WSJ reports
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08:20 EDTTGTTarget August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Target August call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 27 suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 19.
06:02 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR GOOG
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August 17, 2015
19:54 EDTGOOGComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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19:00 EDTGOOGGoogle targets 2016 U.S. launch for modular smartphone project
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16:14 EDTGOOGParkway Properties signs deal to bring Google Fiber to certain properties
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13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged 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. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
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