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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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August 21, 2014
11:09 EDTWAGWalgreen upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
10:17 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU HTZ
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10:14 EDTMEETOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AllianceBernstein (AB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Federated Investors (FII) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... MDC Partners (MDCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... PNM Resources (PNM) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Perficient (PRFT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at CLSA... Tyler Technologies (TYL) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... US Ecology (ECOL) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Vertex Energy (VTNR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
06:21 EDTGOOGGM product chief thinks Google might become 'threat,' Bloomberg says
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06:12 EDTMUDRAM prices making downward correction with oversupply concerns, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTGOOGGoogle unit leads $100M infusion in Thumbtack, WSJ reports
Google's Google Capital unit is leading a $100M funding round in Thumbtack, a services marketplace, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment, which also includes Tiger Global Management and Sequoia Capital, values Thumbtack at over $800M. Reference Link
06:00 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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05:24 EDTMEETMeetMe initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities
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August 20, 2014
13:46 EDTGOOGVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
09:24 EDTGOOGVringo intends to seek en banc review of decision in I/P Engine case
Vringo (VRNG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary I/P Engine, Inc. intends to file a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit seeking en banc review of the split appellate decision in its case against AOL (AOL), Google (GOOG) et al. that issued on August 15 and reversed the judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Under the Federal Circuit's rules, I/P Engine's petition for en banc review is due on September 15. I/P Engine has filed an unopposed motion seeking a 30-day extension, which would make its petition due October 15. Upon receiving the requested extension, I/P Engine may file the petition on or anytime prior to October 15.
08:09 EDTWAGWalgreen pressured CFO, pharmacy chief to leave, WSJ reports
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07:01 EDTGOOGGarmin introduces first Android-based fleet navigators
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06:36 EDTGOOGIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
06:00 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SEAS WAG
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August 19, 2014
06:50 EDTGOOGImages show impending Google music subscription service, Android Police says
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06:13 EDTGOOGContinental AG hires Google's Seval Oz to lead new division, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SEAS WAG
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05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTGOOGMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SEAS WAG
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