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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 16, 2014
10:01 EDTTIF, NFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTNFLXNetflix long-term growth intact, says BTIG
BTIG would not sell Netfix and said issues are short-term and that long-term growth is intact. The analyst said content quality is ramping and the company has an underappreciated technology lead of incumbent media peers and is able to produce content an a far more efficient, global scale, increasing its international expansion opportunities. Shares are Buy rated
09:23 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:21 EDTNFLXNetflix core competitive advantages appear intact, says Pacific Crest
After Netflix reported Q3 results that Pacific Crest views as weak, the firm thinks the company's core competitive advantages appear to be intact. The firm believes that the company has much growth and profit potential remaining. It cut its price target on the name to $490 from $530 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:24 EDTGOOGSchneiderman, Gascon applaud Google for 'kill switch' incorporation
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon issued the following statement on the release of Google’s new version of Android software, which will incorporate theft deterrent technology for the first time. Both Schneiderman and Gascon said, “We applaud Google for including a ‘kill switch’ solution in its new version of Android. The majority of smartphone owners now have access to an theft-deterrent solution. Through the work of the Secure Our Smartphones Initiative in concert with the smartphone industry, we are well on our way to safeguarding our loved ones from opportunistic thieves. But in order for these theft deterrents to effectively end the epidemic, they must be enabled by default so violent criminals lack the incentive to steal any smartphone. We will continue to encourage every actor in the smartphone industry, including Google, to take the necessary, additional step of ensuring this technology is opt-out on all devices.” Reference Link
08:06 EDTGOOGAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:58 EDTNFLXNetflix weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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07:23 EDTNFLXFutures suggest market plunge
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07:19 EDTNFLXNetflix new content can 'reinvigorate' growth, says JPMorgan
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07:16 EDTNFLXNetflix shares should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:04 EDTNFLXNetflix price target lowered to $415 from $500 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Netflix after the company reported lower than expected Q3 subscriber growth and provided lower than expected Q4 subscriber guidance. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares, citing the ongoing shift to Internet TV and Netflix's strong position in that segment.
06:39 EDTNFLXNetflix October volatility elevated into disappointing Q3
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06:26 EDTNFLXNetflix price target lowered to $364 from $453 at Citigroup
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06:20 EDTNFLXNetflix downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
CRT Capital downgraded Netflix to Fair Value and reduced its price target to $375 from $510 following disappointing Q3 results. The analyst said Netflix invests heavily in content and expansion, faces increasing competition, and lack s enough near-term catalysts to move shares.
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle Fiber coming to Austin, TX in December, GigaOM reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded Netflix to Hold with a $300 price target citing a more favorable risk/reward following the post-earnings sell-off.
06:00 EDTGOOGMicrosoft says working with YouTube to reinstate content inadvertently removed
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05:52 EDTNFLXNetflix price target lowered to $345 from $434 at Piper Jaffray
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05:36 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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