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August 15, 2014
17:02 EDTRRGB, KMR, AMZN, KMI, ICPT, SEAS, KMP, KATE, JCP, NDLS, EPB, EBAY, CSCO, 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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June 17, 2015
20:02 EDTKMIKinder Morgan CEO Kean, chairman Kinder purchased 212K shares, Barron's says
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16:12 EDTCSCOCrossroads Systems updates on patent litigation after Markman hearing
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13:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com says 30-minute delivery by drone on the horizon, AP reports
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12:37 EDTKATEKate Spade management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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09:48 EDTCSCOCisco to invest $10B in China innovation and development
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09:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com introduces new Kindle Paperwhite
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09:08 EDTAMZNFedEx says properly identified delivery people an 'important issue'
FedEx (FDX) executives, responding to a question about "a prominent user of parcel services," likely referring to Amazon.com (AMZN), reportedly exploring its own solutions for delivery, said that "what a lot of people lose in this conversation" is that setting up a transportation network is extremely capital intensive, requires very sophisticated information technology and takes a very long time to build out to scale. FedEx also said that "research has indicated time and time again that a uniformed person with proper identification showing up at your doorstep is an important issue for customers" and that the consistency of customer experience is very critical. FedEx noted that it will continue to monitor these situations, but that it feels "pretty comfortable in terms of our strategy going forward and our ability to serve the e-commerce market and our customers."
08:25 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a tech talk with SunTrust
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07:24 EDTAMZNHouse Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
The Committee holds a hearing entitled, "Drones: The Next Generation of Commerce?" with Michael Whitaker, Deputy Administrator of the FAA, Brian Wynne, CEO of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Paul Misener, Vice President of Amazon on June 17 at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:30 EDTAMZNAmazonís Twitch wants to bring in 'nongaming brands,' CNBC reports
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June 16, 2015
19:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart ranks high among millenials, Ad Age says
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18:08 EDTEBAYeBay to sell enterprise unit by July 1, Bloomberg says
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14:05 EDTEBAYeBay targeting sale of Enterprise unit before split, Bloomberg says
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11:26 EDTAMZNAmazon working on app to crowdsource package delivery, WSJ reports
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11:03 EDTAMZNAmazon working on app to crowdsource package delivery, DJ reports
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10:01 EDTKMIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTKMIKinder Morgan initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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06:36 EDTWMTWal-Mart accused of using charity to increase expansion, NYT reports
Several community and labor organizations are accusing Wal-Mart of inappropriately using its nonprofit Wal-Mart Foundation to reduce local opposition to expansion efforts in places such as Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, the New York Times reports. The group of organizations claimed in a complaint with the IRS that the Wal-Mart Foundation violated the terms of its tax-exempt status by targeting millions of dollars in donations that would directly benefit the retailer, the report says. The complaint alleges that the foundation donated over $200,000 to organizations in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, but raised that figure to $1.4M in 2011, right as the company planned to open a store in that area. When the store was opened in 2013, donations fell to roughly $230,000, the report says. In a statement, the New York Times reports, Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner said that the Wal-Mart Foundation took tax code and regulations "very seriously" and that the allegations had no merit. Reference Link
06:13 EDTEBAYAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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