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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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October 14, 2014
07:11 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated at 97 into Q3 and outlook
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06:36 EDTGOOG'Double Irish' tax arrangement poised to halt, itnews says
Ireland is positioned to enact legal revisions soon that will slowly cease its "Double Irish" tax agreement, which has allowed companies like Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to not spend billions of dollars worth of taxes, according to itnews, citing, two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle expands Express delivery service, to charge membership fee
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06:02 EDTGOOGGoogle may be leading $500M funding round for Magic Leap, Re/code reports
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05:45 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG
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October 13, 2014
16:14 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle confirms limited test of online medical advice, Washington Post reports
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13:53 EDTGOOGYouTube to open New York video production studio
Google's YouTube announced that it would open a new video production studio in New York next month. YouTube already has video production facilities in London, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
13:10 EDTGOOGGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
09:06 EDTNFLXNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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08:50 EDTNFLXNetflix charging extra for 4K Ultra HD content, Variety reports
Netflix will require subscribers to pay its most expensive service tier for 4K Ultra HD content, reports Variety. Subscribers must sign up for the "family" plan at $11.99 monthly, which allows for simultaneous streaming of up to four programs. The reason for the change was that producing and acquiring 4K content costs more that conventional HD, so it has repositioned Ultra HD as a premium offering. Reference Link
08:06 EDTGOOGQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:57 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $650 from $685 at Cowen
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07:53 EDTGOOGYouTube changes have diffused much of tension with copyright holders, FT says
YouTube, which implemented Content ID in 2007 to help producers manage their rights and generate revenues from copyright-infringing content, has hit $1B in payments to companies that participate in the program and Fred von Lohmann, legal director for copyright at Google, credits the program for diffusing much of the tension the site previously had with copyright holders, reported Financial Times. Via Content ID, copyright owners can “monetize” their content by allowing ads to be sold against it or have the video blocked and taken down and von Lohmann told Financial Times that the "vast majority" choose to monetize. Reference Link
07:43 EDTNFLXNetflix Q3 results expected to be inline, says Canaccord
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07:22 EDTGOOGSony/ATV could ditch licensing firms due to streaming dollars, NY Post reports
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (SNE) is considering no longer dealing with performance rights groups BMI and ASCP, and instead negotiating directly with online music services like Pandora (P), YouTube (GOOG) and Spotify due to outdated rules and low royalties, the New York Post reports. Reference Link
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
06:32 EDTCMCSAUniversal receives approval to open $3.27B theme park in Beijing, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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