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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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December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:05 EDTVZVerizon sees Q4 impacts of promotional offers will pressure wireless EBITDA, EPS
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14:36 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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11:29 EDTNFLXNetflix falls to session lows, levels to watch
The shares are down over 2% to $342.44. At that price next support is at $340.05. Resistance is at $345.45.
10:11 EDTSIGHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:42 EDTPBPBPotbelly coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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December 7, 2014
13:47 EDTGOOGGoogle could reach $634 in a year, Barron's says
Google shares look attractive at current levels and shares could reach $634.00 in a year, driven by stabilizing ad pricing, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
16:56 EDTNFLXNetflix initiated with a Neutral at UBS
Target $370.
12:50 EDTGOOG, SIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:23 EDTNFLXOption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTGOOGYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTGOOGYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:14 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility low into being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:38 EDTGOOGFollow-up: Google downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The firm lowered estimates slightly below the Street due to lack of product catalysts, search maturity, and margin pressure from investments. BofA/Merrill is also cautious on online advertising growth given increased regulatory risk in the EU, potential Facebook (FB) competition, share loss from social growth, and a strong Apple (AAPL) product cycle. Price target lowered to $580 from $600.
07:28 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle revamps incentive program for firms that sell productivity apps, services
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06:03 EDTGOOGiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
06:01 EDTSIGFrancesca's names Michael Barnes Chairman, President and CEO
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