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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTICPT, NDLS, RRGB, SEAS, EPB, KMR, KMP, EBAY, AMZN, KATE, CSCO, KMI, JCP, M, WMTStocks end week slightly higher despite flare-up in Russian tensions
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the week as earnings season wound down and geopolitical events, primarily in Russia, took center stage once again. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the NFIB's small business confidence index rose 0.7% to 95.7 in July, though that was below the expectation for a 96.0 reading. Retail sales were flat in July, versus an expected 0.2% increase. Initial jobless claims rose to 311K in the second week of August, versus expectations for 295K claims. Import prices fell 0.2%, while export prices were flat in July. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. In Europe, growth in the shared currency zone stagnated, with Q2 GDP slipping to unchanged. The biggest economy in the region, Germany, saw its GDP contract 0.2% in the quarter. In Asia, a measure of new credit in China came in at $44.3B in July, marking its lowest monthly total since October 2008. China's industrial production grew 9.0% year-over-year in the month, versus expectations for 9.2% growth. Japan's second quarter GDP fell an annualized 6.8%, which was slightly better than the expectation for a 7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) reported second quarter results that were in-line with expectations, but the world's largest retailer cut its fiscal year earnings outlook citing additional investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. Despite the lowered guidance, Wal-Mart shares finished the day that it reported up about 0.5%, but the stock lost about 1% for the week. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Macy's (M), J.C. Penney (JCP), Kate Spade (KATE), SeaWorld (SEAS), King Digital (KING), Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), and Noodles & Company (NDLS)... Cisco Systems (CSCO) reported higher than expected sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. However, the Dow Jones Industrial Average component declined on the day after its report after saying it does not expect emerging markets growth for "several quarters" and that it expects to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce... Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced after the company announced plans to consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Amazon.com (AMZN) advanced after the company launched "Amazon Local Register," a credit-card device and mobile app to help small business owners accept payments that will go head-to-head with competing systems from Square and eBay's (EBAY) PayPal unit... Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) rose after data from a trial of its liver disease drug OCA showed improved safety as well as a statistical benefit in reversing liver fibrosis. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 0.66% to close at 16,62.91; the S&P 500 rose about 1.21% to close at 1,955.06; the Nasdaq advanced about 2.14% to close at 4,464.93.
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September 10, 2014
05:51 EDTNDLSNoodles & Company upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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September 9, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 74c to 28.25
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15:05 EDTAMZNAmazon.com falls to session lows, levels to watch
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14:54 EDTMApple announces Apple Pay
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13:55 EDTEBAYeBay down 1.2% as Apple continues discussing mobile payment system at event
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10:18 EDTAMZNBarnes & Noble says won't launch new bn.com in time for holiday season
Says "extremely happy" with Retail's Q1 performance, sees moderation of physical booksales decline. Says sees sales lift due to dispute between Amazon (AMZN) and Hachette. Regarding the launch of bn.com says making progress on development, but completion taking longer than expected. The company plans to launch the new site later this FY, but not in time for holiday season. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call.
10:10 EDTKMPOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) initiated with a Hold at Topek... AMRI (AMRI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Alumina (AWC) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Catalent (CTLT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Delta Air Lines (DAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Enbridge Energy (EEP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Endocyte (ECYT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... EnerNOC (ENOC) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Good Times Restaurants (GTIM) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... JetBlue (JBLU) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... ONEOK Partners (OKS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TC PipeLines (TCP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... United Continental (UAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at T.H. Capital... Williams Partners (WPZ) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital.
09:31 EDTKMIKinder Morgan initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:16 EDTJCPSterne Agee to hold a field trip
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07:08 EDTKMPKinder Morgan Energy initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:22 EDTEBAYPayPal may let merchants accept bitcoin, FT reports
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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12:47 EDTEBAYeBay's Braintree unit to let customers accept bitcoin, Re/code reports
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11:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility at 27-month low
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11:12 EDTAMZNAmazon offering Fire Phone for 99c with two-year contract
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08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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08:21 EDTEBAYeBay marketplace trends could put estimates at risk, says RW Baird
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07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
September 7, 2014
14:29 EDTAMZNAmazon.com secures $2B credit arrangement
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