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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.
News For ZLC;SIG;TIF;NFLX;VZ;GOOG;CMCSA;X;PBPB From The Last 14 Days
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February 19, 2015
16:01 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 70c to 30.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMAT PBR KO FB AXP NFLX according to Track Data.
09:59 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:35 EDTPBPBPotbelly downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:30 EDTCMCSANBC 'Nightly News' sees drop in ratings post-Brian Williams, WSJ says
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06:34 EDTGOOGYouTube to unveil paid music service soon, Reuters reports
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06:33 EDTPBPBPotbelly downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:24 EDTVZVerizon names John Stratton as head of wireless and wireline operations
Verizon said in a filing that on February 17, the company reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, formerly Verizonís EVP and President Ė Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizonís wireless and wireline businesses. Stratton will continue to report to Lowell C. McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Daniel S. Mead, formerly Verizonís EVP and President and CEOĖ Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizonís wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead will continue to report to McAdam. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.
February 18, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; February 18, 2015
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15:15 EDTGOOGAngie's List could be more attractive to buyers given traction, says Barrington
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12:31 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:49 EDTGOOGFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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10:21 EDTPBPBHigh option volume stocks
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10:07 EDTPBPBPotbelly gaps up sharply on earnings beat, outlook, levels to watch
Shares are up over 11.6% to $15.85 at time of writing, off the earlier high at $16.25 which is currently resistance. Resistance above that high of the day is at $16.50. Support is at $15.66. The breakout today has filled the bearish gap down in price from July of last year, which is bullish for future price.
09:37 EDTNFLXOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:10 EDTPBPBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:48 EDTGOOGYandex requests anti-trust investigation against Google, TechCrunch says
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07:13 EDTCMCSA, VZNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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07:06 EDTGOOGGoogle Capital hiring for India expansion, WSJ says
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06:33 EDTCMCSAJAKKS Pacific signs licensing agreement for Universal Pictures franchise
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06:20 EDTGOOGApple awarded patent for wireless head-mounted display, Financial Times reports
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