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January 29, 2015
09:06 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Flextronics (FLEX), up 6%... Coach (COH), up 6.3%... Autoliv (ALV), up 4.3%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3.5%... Ford (F), up 0.8%. ALSO HIGHER: McDonald's (MCD), up 3% after announcing CEO change...Xencor (XNCR), up 19% after reporting results from two trials... Pluristem Therapeutics (PSTI), up 8% after providing update and outlook on trials and pipeline... Avon Products (AVP), up 2.3% after naming James Scully as CFO... Omeros (OMER), up 6% after 2.996M share spot secondary priced at $20.03. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Alibaba (BABA), down 8%... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 6.8%... Alexion (ALXN), down 1.1% after reporting fourth quarter results, fiscal 2015 guidance, and CEO appointment. ALSO LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 7% following Alibaba earnings report... Venaxis (APPY), down 72% after its APPY1 Test was determined by the FDA to not meet the criteria for substantial equivalence.
08:09 EDTGOOGGoogle, VMware collaborate on enterprise public cloud
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07:51 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:38 EDTYHOOSome see Yahoo as takeover target after Alibaba spinoff, NY Times says
Yahoo's (YHOO) improvement under CEO Marissa Mayer may make it a takeover target after it sells its remaining stake in Alibaba (BABA), some investors and analysts say, according to The New York Times. But others disagree, saying that Yahoo still has more work to do before it will interest potential acquirers, the newspaper added. Reference Link
06:35 EDTYHOOYahoo's U.K. auditors have resigned, Evening Standard reporter says
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06:20 EDTYHOO, GOOGMicrosoft to release Outlook on iOS, Outlook and Office on Android, Re/code says
Microsoft (MSFT) is releasing on Thursday an Apple iOS (AAPL) version of its Outlook email software as well as a preview of an Android version, reports Re/code. The apps will support Microsoft's own email service as well as Google Gmail (GOOG), iCloud, and Yahoo (YHOO) email accounts. The company is also launching full versions of its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Android. Reference Link
05:57 EDTYHOOAlibaba taken by surprise of Yahoo's split decision, Financial Times reports
Alibaba (BABA) was given little warning ahead of Yahoo's (YHOO) decision to spin off its remaining 15% in Alibaba as a separate, publicly traded company, reports the Financial Times. According to a number of people familiar with the situation, Alibaba was only informed of the decision Tuesday night when Yahoo announced it and still has not formulated a plan for how to respond. One source said the company is not in a position to announce anything substantive during its Q3 earnings conference call on Thursday. Reference Link
January 28, 2015
16:55 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; January 28, 2015
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13:51 EDTGOOGAmazon.com will launch WorkMail, an email and calendar service, WSJ reports
Amazon (AMZN) plans to launch WorkMail, an email and electronic calendar service, hoping to compete against Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) in the corporate-email marketplace, Wall Street Journal reports. The company hopes that its sales pitch of "simplicity and security" will pull customers in. Reference Link
13:17 EDTGOOG, YHOOAOL sinks after downgrade, report of no Yahoo interest
Shares of AOL (AOL) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform and CNBC’s David Faber reported that Yahoo has ruled out a potential acquisition of the company. WHAT'S NEW: AOL is likely to encounter increased competition in Internet video advertising, in the wake of acquisitions by Facebook (FB) and Yahoo (YHOO), Wells contended in a note to investors earlier today. Specifically, Facebook's acquisition of Liverail will enable the social network to improve the targeting of its video ads, while Yahoo is using its sales force to find buyers for the video assets of Brightroll, which Yahoo acquired. AOL is also encountering increased competition for internet video ad spending from Google's YouTube, Wells believes. Meanwhile, AOL, along with other Google search partners, may find it more difficult to maintain its current share of queries as more searches are conducted on mobile device, the firm stated. The superior functionality of Google's mobile web and app base search, along with the default search position that Google enjoys on Android devices, create headwinds for AOL and its peers, the firm stated. Wells cut its valuation range on AOL to $49-$51 from $55-$$57. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Starboard Value has called on Yahoo to explore the possibility of combining with AOL. CNBC's David Faber, however, after speaking last night with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, reported that the search giant has ruled out a potential acquisition of AOL. The interview followed Yahoo’s fourth quarter results and announcement that it would carry out a tax free spin-off of its remaining stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AOL fell 8% to $44, while yahoo rose 2% to $49.
12:52 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
12:14 EDTGOOGGoogle January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Google January weekly call option implied volatility is at 79, February is at 29, March is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 29.
11:31 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO AAPL
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10:29 EDTYHOOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:50 EDTYHOOYahoo spin-off of Alibaba will unlock value, says UBS
UBS believes Yahoo's (YHOO) spin-off of Alibaba (BABA) will unlock shareholder value. The firm also viewed the company's growth initiatives and its organic investments to drive growth as positive. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and raised its price target to $62 from $60 on Yahoo shares.
07:31 EDTYHOOAOL downgraded on rising competition at Wells Fargo
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