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February 19, 2014
12:37 EDTCMCSA, NFLX, ZLC, PBPB, GOOG, TIF, X, VZ, SIGOn 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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March 19, 2015
07:04 EDTCMCSAAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:55 EDTGOOGCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGSafety standards for self-driving cars remain in flux, WSJ says
A 2012 California proposal to create safety standards for self-driving cars has yet to materialize because lawmakers, regulators, researchers, and government agencies do not know how to fully assess the technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Google and other auto makers want to verify safety themselves, but law firm TroyGould and advocacy group Auto Reliability and Safety say third party testing is necessary, while a UC Berkeley transportation expert called the issue an "open question." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to test the technology "as it emerges... to inform future federal regulation," while the California DMV stated last week it's working quickly but doesn't want to release a premature ruling. Reference Link
05:57 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:42 EDTGOOGeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
March 18, 2015
13:59 EDTVZT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
13:23 EDTNFLXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTCMCSASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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10:26 EDTVZVerizon agrees to settle 911 outage probe for $3.4M
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09:23 EDTCMCSA, VZVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
08:05 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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08:04 EDTGOOGAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a discussion
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07:54 EDTCMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTCMCSAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's initial drone design failed, company working on new drone, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; BBRY NFLX
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05:59 EDTGOOGGoogle sees self-driving car on market within five years, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTGOOGApple has small team working on augmented reality, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that following talks with industry contacts, he believes Apple (AAPL) has a small team working and exploring the augmented reality space. Munster believes augmented reality has the potential to "be as profound a technology platform as the smartphone today," but admits broader consumer adoption is likely 10 years away. He views Apple's involvement in the space as an indication the company is preparing for the next evolution of computing. Munster has an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. He describes augmented reality as the "overlay of digital information on the physical world," with Google (GOOG) Glass given as an example.
05:43 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces new app approval process
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