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June 24, 2014
12:25 EDTWWWW, GOOG, VRTX, MU, WAG, MEET, EIGIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after reports on new home sales and consumer confidence both rose to their best levels in six years. The major averages began the day slightly below the flat-line but crossed into positive ground following the confidence and new home sales reports at 10 am ET, after which they found a level and have barely moved since. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities for April had its smallest 12-month gain in more than a year, rising 10.8% from the same month of last year. However, a separate report showed that new home sales surged 18.6% in May to a 504K annual rate, beating expectations. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to 85.2 in June, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since 2008. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index dipped to 3 in June from 7 in both April and May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of computer memory maker Micron Technology (MU) climbed 5% after the company's third quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' expectations. Following its report and guidance last night, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for shares to $50 from $40, while analysts at Roth Capital, Jefferies, and JPMorgan also raised their price targets on the stock. Conversely, Walgreen (WAG) slipped 1% after its earnings missed expectations and it withdrew the FY16 goals the company had previously announced in 2012. Walgreen cited the consideration its board is making of the second step in its Alliance Boots strategic transaction as the reason for withdrawing the targets and said its expects to provide a new set of goals and metrics by late July or early August. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which was up about 40% after Phase 3 studies of its combination treatment for lung function in certain cystic fibrosis patients achieved their primary endpoint. Also higher was MeetMe (MEET), which rose 18% after the company announced that it set a new daily record for the number of user-to-user chats as more than 15 million chats were sent on a single day for the first time on its service. Among the noteworthy losers was Web.com (WWWW), which dropped 21% after Google (GOOG) entered the domain name market and announced that it would enable individuals and businesses to choose Internet addresses. Also lower following Google's entry into the domain name market was another company in the sector, Endurance (EIGI), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 12.00, or 0.07%, to 16,949.26, the Nasdaq was up 28.52, or 0.65%, to 4,397.19, and the S&P 500 was up 3.54, or 0.18%, to 1,966.15.
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September 10, 2014
05:32 EDTGOOGCray appoints Steve Scott as Chief Technology Officer
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September 9, 2014
11:47 EDTVRTXStocks with call strike movement; FSLR VRTX
First Solar (FSLR) March 80 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42, Vertex (VRTX) January 105 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 41 according to IVolatility.
09:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nest says adds Dropcam to Works with Nest
Nest announced on its blog, "This year at CEDIA, we can announce our success - developers have come pouring in and Nest now works with a whole family of products. Today that family includes Dropcam and, at long last, leading whole-home automation systems. Over the last year, our focus has been connecting Nest Learning Thermostats and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to the rest of your home... Now we’ve added Dropcam to Works with Nest. When your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam records a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and saves it for you, regardless of whether you pay for Cloud Recording. And when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away and walk out the door, Dropcam automatically turns on motion alerts so you’ll know if anyone’s in the house. Our other major announcement at CEDIA is that Nest products now work seamlessly with URC, RTI, Crestron and Control4." Reference Link
08:00 EDTWAGWalgreen price target lowered to $75 from $85 at Leerink
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07:38 EDTWAGWalgreen pushed to boost buyback as Jana secures seats, Bloomberg says
Walgreen will most likely be pushed to increase a to $3B share buyback program that let down investors in August after Jana Partners reached an agreement on three board seats at the company, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Reference Link
07:28 EDTGOOGThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTMURaymond James to hold a conference
North American Equities Conference to be held in London, England on September 9.
07:17 EDTGOOGThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:20 EDTGOOGForrester: Apple could sell 10M iWatches this year, FT reports
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September 8, 2014
11:37 EDTGOOGGoogle rises after Jefferies highlights YouTube growth potential
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11:05 EDTVRTXOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: NPSP GILD VNET AVNR GTAT YHOO RHT VRTX SDRL COV MYL
09:43 EDTGOOGEU authorities seek more concessions from Google in ongoing probe, WSJ says
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06:54 EDTWAGWalgreen appoints JANA's Barry Rosenstein to board of directors
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06:30 EDTGOOGGoogle organizes meetings to talk about privacy rights in EU, Reuters says
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06:21 EDTGOOGSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:07 EDTGOOGGoogle implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle Glass goes on sale in U.S. Google Play store
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05:50 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; DE WAG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Deere (DE) 15, Walgreen (WAG) 30 according to iVolatility.
05:35 EDTGOOGGoogle added to Franchise Picks List at Jefferies
Jefferies added Google to its Franchise Picks List saying the company's YouTube division looks best positioned to benefit from growth in online video advertising, which the firm estimates could be a $17B opportunity by 2017 in the U.S. alone. Jefferies has a Buy rating on Google with a $700 price target.
September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTGOOGApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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