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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTCRAY, SRPT, LOW, REG, LL, HD, PBPB, AMRE, TSCO, VZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
News For VZ;HD;LOW;TSCO;LL;SRPT;AMRE;REG;CRAY;PBPB From The Last 14 Days
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May 12, 2015
08:29 EDTVZVerizon says won't be irrational with price to chase mobile users
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08:18 EDTVZVerizon says no change in financial outlook, debt position
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07:45 EDTVZJefferies to hold a conference
2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference is being held in Miami on May 12-14.
07:36 EDTTSCOTractor Supply price target raised to $100 from $88 at Credit Suisse
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07:20 EDTVZAOL's Armstrong says will stay with company 'for a long period of time'
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07:18 EDTVZAOL CEO says Verizon deal happened 'in natural way,' no auction held
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong continues speaking on CNBC.
07:12 EDTVZAOL CEO expects Verizon to take 'open approach' to content
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07:09 EDTVZAOL CEO says will 'certainly' buy Verizon stock
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07:08 EDTVZAOL CEO says company has 'shared vision' with Verizon
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07:06 EDTVZAOL volatility elevated into Verizon acquiring for $4.4B
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07:03 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B
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06:40 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believes management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates.
06:10 EDTLLLumber Liquidators denied insurance coverage amid suits, CNBC reports
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May 11, 2015
14:24 EDTVZFrontier announces HSR clearance for acquisition of certain Verizon assets
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14:11 EDTLOWLowe's volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Lowe's June and July call option implied volatility is at 25, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 22, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 earnings on May 25.
09:01 EDTLOWLowe's acquires leases of 13 former Target stores in Canada
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08:06 EDTHDHome Depot May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Home Depot May weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, June and August is at 20; compared to its 90-day average of 20, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 19.
06:05 EDTVZSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
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