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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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16:18 EDTPBPBPotbelly lowers FY14 outlook
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16:17 EDTPBPBPotbelly sees Q2 adjusted EPS approximately 6c, consensus 12c
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16:13 EDTGOOGZynga appoints Google executive Dugan to board
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16:01 EDTPBPBPotbelly trading halted, pending news
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16:01 EDTGOOGOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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15:54 EDTCMCSADISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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15:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Canon, SAP among members of new cooperative patent-licensing group
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14:45 EDTGOOGTime Warner says no truth to rumor of M&A talks with Google, WSJ reporter says
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13:44 EDTNFLXNetflix wins video on demand rights to 'Zoo' series, Variety reports
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12:52 EDTGOOGGasparino says hearing 'buzz' of Google buying Time Warner
Charles Gasparino of Fox Business tweeted ahead of the Sun Valley conference, "I'm now hearing more Google buying time warner buzz than any other company will advise once I get to #sunvalley." Shares of Time Warner are at their highs of the day, up 81c to $71.56.
11:02 EDTCMCSAComcast Business announces agreement with Choice Hotels
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11:00 EDTGOOGWells says VMware growth could slow, downgrades shares
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10:02 EDTSIGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTGOOGVMware CEO sees EMC helping it remain independent, WSJ reports
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07:32 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers resumed with an Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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06:59 EDTGOOGYelp formally opposed the EU's antitrust settlement with Google, NY Times says
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06:34 EDTGOOGFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTGOOGFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:24 EDTGOOGGoogle Cloud Storage offering 2 TB of free storage through partner, WSJ reports
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