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February 19, 2014
12:37 EDTZLC, SIG, TIF, NFLX, VZ, GOOG, CMCSA, X, PBPBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after the S&P 500 spent the majority of the morning in positive ground. Significantly worse than expected housing data for January contributed to a lower open for the major averages, but the Dow and S&P had recovered within an hour of the opening bell. The averages hung near the flat line until just about noon, when all three declined in concert. The move lower may be related to cautious comments coming from the International Monetary Fund, but also coincided with new headlines regarding the ongoing political unrest in Ukraine. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the newly revamped producer price index, which now includes the wholesale cost of goods and adds services, construction, government purchases and exports, climbed 0.2% on a seasonally adjusted basis, which was above the forecast for a 0.1% increase. Housing starts dropped 16% from the prior month to an 880K annual rate in January, which was significantly worse than expected. Building permits also fell a worse-than-expected 5.4% from the prior month to a rate of 937K. COMPANY NEWS: Signet Jewelers (SIG) agreed to acquire Zale (ZLC), which operates its namesake brand as well as Kay Jewelers, Jared, and others, for about $1.4B, or $21.00 per share. Signet projected the transaction to be high single-digit percentage accretive to earnings in the first full fiscal year after the deal closes, excluding acquisition accounting adjustments and one-time transaction costs. Shares of Zale jumped 40% to trade just below $21 at midday, while Signet's stock rose more than 16%. Shares of the leading jewelry and watch retailer in terms of market capitalization, Tiffany (TIF), were up fractionally following the deal between its smaller rivals... After courts ruled against the Federal Communications Commission's last two attempts to enforce "Open Internet" rules, otherwise known as "net neutrality," on broadband providers like Verizon (VZ) and Comcast (CMCSA), the regulator said it is going back to the drawing board to craft new rules to prevent ISPs from charging companies like Netflix (NFLX) and Google (GOOG) to provide consumers of their services the highest speeds. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were land drilling contractor Nabors Industries (NBR), which advanced 12%, and GPS maker Garmin (GRMN), which gained 8%. Among the noteworthy losers was U.S. Steel (X), which fell 7% after the U.S. Department of Commerce declined to impose tariffs on oil and natural gas pipe products from South Korea, which is the largest exporter among nine nations targeted in a complaint from the company and others in the industry. Also lower were shares of sandwich shop owner Potbelly (PBPB), which fell nearly 11% after reporting quarterly sales that missed expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 34.00, or 0.21%, to 16,096.40, the Nasdaq was down 21.11, or 0.49%, to 4,251.67, and the S&P 500 was down 4.63, or 0.25%, to 1,836.13.
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September 17, 2014
06:18 EDTXU.S. Steel volatility expected to move after updating Q3 outlook
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September 16, 2014
18:30 EDTXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apogee Enterprises (APOG), up 5.6% after reporting second quarter results and raising fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: InspireMD (NSPR), up 18.5% after reporting positive trial results for CGuard... Boeing (BA), up marginally after NASA awarded the company with a $4.2B contract for commercial spaceflight to the International Space Station... U.S. Steel (X), up 7.9%% after updating third quarter outlook. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Adobe (ADBE), down 4.5% following third quarter results. ALSO LOWER: Rackspace Hosting (RAX), down 16.7% after ending strategic review and deciding to stay independent... Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), down 3.9% after filing to sell 7.7M shares of common stock... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), down 7.8% after filing to sell common stock.
18:20 EDTXU.S. Steel up nearly 8% in after hours following Q3 update, strategic actions
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18:17 EDTXU.S. Steel sees Q3 ex-items EPS 'significantly higher' than current consensus
Consensus for Q3 EPS is 89c.
18:14 EDTXU.S. Steel updates Q3 outlook, sees significant improvement in operating income
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18:09 EDTXU.S. Steel announces decision to not proceed with Keewatin, Gary Works expansion
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 16, 2014
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13:50 EDTCMCSAComcast says will reveal capital plan at close of Time Warner Cable deal
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13:40 EDTCMCSAComcast says still expects Time Warner Cable deal to close in 2015
13:38 EDTCMCSAComcast says 'everything on track' with Time Warner Cable deal
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13:20 EDTNFLXNetflix signs two year commitment to Judd Apatow original comedy series
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11:51 EDTNFLXNetflix breaks support, levels to watch
The stock was last at $451.51, putting price below the 50-day moving average at $453.67. That level is now resistance. On a technical basis the shares have swung from a sideways consolidation phase to bearish, with this break suggesting a pickup in downside momentum. Next support is at $445.85.
11:42 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable sees Comcast deal closing early FY15
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10:52 EDTGOOGGoogle's Nexus 9 tablet may arrive on October 8, PhoneArena.com says
Google's Nexus 9 tablet may be unveiled on October 8, reports PhoneArena.com, citing a Portuguese report from 4G News. According to the source, the Nexus 9 will feature a Tegra K1 processor and may come equipped with 3GB of RAM rather than the previously rumored 4GB. Reference Link
09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX TSLA YHOO FB PBR MU AA TWTR WMT
08:18 EDTNFLX, VZFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:27 EDTCMCSABofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:16 EDTGOOGGoogle called on by Berlin to disclose search engine formula, FT reports
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05:57 EDTNFLXNetflix implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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05:56 EDTCMCSAIAC names NBCU Cable Entertainment Chairman Bonnie Hammer to board
IAC (IACI) yesterday announced the appointment of Bonnie Hammer to the company's Board of Directors, effective September 12. Hammer serves as Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment (CMCSA), where she leads NBCUniversal's entire cable entertainment portfolio including USA, Syfy, E! Entertainment, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire Network, Sprout, Chiller and Cloo, as well as production entities Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.
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