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November 21, 2014
16:36 EDTTGTMarket ends week higher as domestic data, foreign central banks boost shares
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13:45 EDTGOOGEuropean parliament poised to call for Google break-up, FT reports
Germany’s Günther Oettinger has raised significant concerns about Google's power since his nomination to be the EU’s digital commissioner, and a new European parliament draft motion says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
12:49 EDTGOOGGoogle to let users pay to avoid web ads
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06:08 EDTGOOGFacebook working to expand drone team, Re/code reports
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November 20, 2014
10:02 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Harsco (HSC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory.
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTGOOGGoogle loss of Mozilla unlikely to have material impact, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said Google's (GOOGL) loss of Mozilla as an affiliate to Yahoo (YHOO) will unlikely have a material impact on revenue and said EBITDA will only be impacted by .2%-.5%. Shares are Outperform rated with a $722 price target, down from $723 due to an error in a previous note.
07:25 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI downgraded Target based on balanced risk/reward and notes competition is unlikely to abate. Price target remains $71.
06:48 EDTGOOGNetflix's Kelly Merryman to join YouTube, TechCrunch reports
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06:28 EDTGOOGBillboard 200 chart to include on-demand streaming in rankings
The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboard.com, the chart, which currently tracks the top 200 albums of the week by sales alone, will be the first to include on-demand streaming and digital track sales -- as measured by Nielsen Entertainment (NLSN) -- by way of a new algorithm. It is the most substantial methodology update since May 1991, when Billboard first used Nielsen's point-of-sale data -- SoundScan -- to measure album sales. The updated Billboard 200 will utilize accepted industry benchmarks for digital and streaming data, equating 10 digital track sales from an album to one equivalent album sale, and 1,500 song streams from an album to one equivalent album sale. All of the major on-demand audio subscription services are considered, including Spotify, Beats Music (AAPL), Google Play (GOOG) and Xbox Music (MSFT). Reference Link
November 19, 2014
17:38 EDTTGTTarget looks 'poised for more gains', Barron's says
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16:31 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires iOS prototyping tool maker RelativeWave
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12:46 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:21 EDTTGTTarget CEO says 'not happy' with Target Canada performance
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11:22 EDTGOOGGoogle to launch app store in China, The Information reports
Google intends to reverse its prior policy and distribute a version of its Google Play app store with phone makers and other potential partners in China, according to The Information, citing several people with knowledge of the company’s plans. Reference Link
11:08 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 as 'notable infelction point'
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season
Says saw positive comps in all three months of quarter. Says saw strong start to back to school, back to college season. Says sales slowed entering October, but recovered at the end of the month. Says omnichanel, flexible fulfillment capabilities "key" to long-term success. Says smaller format stores present "exciting" opportunity for company. Says company must continue to find cost savings opportunities in years to come. Says traffic trend has improved in every quarter this year. Confident in plans for upcoming holiday season. Doesn't anticipate share repurchase in Q4. Says "feels good" about current U.S. inventory levels. Expects competitive environment to remain highly promotional this holiday season. Sees Q4 gross margin improving y/y. Says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season. Sees Q4 U.S. SSS up about 2%. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call. Target shares are up 5.64% to $71.38 in morning trading.
10:29 EDTGOOGGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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09:57 EDTGOOGGoogle management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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09:38 EDTGOOGCCS Insight predicts Netflix to be acquired next year, FT reports
CCS Insight, a U.K.-based technology research firm, is predicting that a major internet player such as Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA) or Google (GOOG) will buy Netflix (NFLX) next year, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
09:16 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.15-$3.25, consensus $3.19
Full-year 2014 GAAP EPS is expected to be (45) cents below Adjusted EPS, reflecting: Pre-tax early debt retirement losses, recognized in interest expense, of $285 million, or (27) cents per share; Year-to-date net pre-tax data breach expenses of $140 million, or (14) cents per share; Pre-tax impairment losses of $31 million, or (3) cents per share; Pre-tax expense of $13 million, or (1) cent per share, related to Target’s decision to convert existing co-branded cards to MasterCard chip-enabled cards in 2015, and; A (5)-cent per share impact related to the expected reduction of the beneficial interest asset, partially offset by; A benefit of 5 cents per share from the favorable resolution of various income tax matters. GAAP EPS guidance does not include an estimate of future data breach-related expenses, which are not expected to be material in any individual period.
08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.13-$1.23, consensus $1.22
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08:02 EDTGOOGApple's top competition is Google, says Jefferies
Jefferies calls Google (GOOG) Apple's (AAPL) top competition after its analysis indicated that the search engine giant provides the majority of most popular Consumer Cloud Services, which it believes are expanding penetration through Android, Chrome, iOS, Windows and other devices. By contrast, Apple's iCloud remains focused on iOS devices, Jefferies points out. It keeps a Hold rating on Apple shares, saying Google dominates as provider of the most popular services, including Search, Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. To reflect positive supply chain data points, Jefferies raised its FY15 earnings estimate for Apple to $8.52 to $8.01. It also upped its price target for Apple shares to $120 from $112. The stock closed yesterday up $1.48 to $115.47.
08:02 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 U.S. segment SSS up 1.2%
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 47c
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November 18, 2014
15:41 EDTTGTTarget November 67.5 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q3
15:21 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of results
The stock in the past three months has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 14%. Most of that outperformance has been in recent days leading up to earnings. That move broke the shares out of a very narrow trading range that had persisted for two months. With the shares trading close to the 52-week high at $68.28, strong positive news or an upside surprise could propel the stock through that level and to the lifetime high at $73.50. A failure to break through the $70 area, particularly on a negative surprise, could leave the shares vulnerable to a larger than normal correction. On a long-term basis a failure at $70 would be a third attempt up that failed at resistance. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $64.65, $61.46, and $59.57. The low of the range prior to the recent breakout was at $54.66, which is the 52-week low.
12:44 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees FY14 adjusted EPS view of $3.10-$3.30
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09:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's Q4 gross ad revenues tracking slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Google's Q4 gross ad revenue is tracking to $16.35B vs. consensus of $16.29B.
07:53 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:08 EDTGOOGIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 17, 2014
14:21 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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07:42 EDTTGTTarget looks to put massive breach in rear-view one year later, WSJ says
Encouraging signs are appearing for Target as the company looks to put its massive data breach in the rear view mirror about one year later as it reports earnings this Wednesday, said The Wall Street Journal's "The Week Ahead" column. Target shares are near 2014 highs after analysts have recently reported a pickup in foot traffic at its stores, the article noted. Reference Link
06:23 EDTGOOGFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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06:10 EDTGOOGGoogle partners with Telstra to test Project Loon in Australia, SMH reports
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTGOOGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:01 EDTGCIIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:52 EDTIACIGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:44 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated at 29 into Q3 and outlook
Target November call option implied volatility is at 29, December is at 21, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
06:00 EDTGOOGGoogle to retire Google Wallet for digital goods API on March 2, 2015
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November 13, 2014
14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
07:38 EDTGCIBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTGOOGAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
13:04 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music Key beta monthly subscription service
Google introduced YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month, discounted from $9.99/month, that will feature ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, which in the coming days will be upgraded to give users the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app. "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube," Google also stated in its blog post related to the launch. Reference Link
12:56 EDTGOOGFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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07:37 EDTTGTTarget shares overvalued, says MKM Partners
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:00 EDTAOLYahoo investors met with AOL CEO to push merger, Reuters reports
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November 11, 2014
15:59 EDTGOOGYouTube strikes music deals, paving way for streaming service, FT says
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13:55 EDTGOOGYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
13:38 EDTGOOGNew European antitrust chief needs time to resolve Google probe, Reuters says
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13:36 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Google Fiber for small businesses
Google announced that it had launched a high speed Internet service, Google Fiber, for small businesses in select areas of Kansas City. Google will charge $100 per month for the service.
November 10, 2014
16:40 EDTIACILuxor Capital Group reports 5.2% passive stake in IAC
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12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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10:04 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTTGTTarget upgraded at Stifel
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07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
05:54 EDTTGTTarget upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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