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November 30, 2012
12:31 EDTZNGA, S, NTLS, FIVE, CBK, RGC, FIZZ, ENZN, TLAB, WFM, YUM, FB, VRSNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as negotiations in Washington to avert automatic spending cuts and tax hikes by the end of the year continue to dominate the headlines and move the market. With President Obama speaking at an event at midday and House Speaker Boehner scheduling a press conference for this afternoon, the volatility that has dominated recent days is likely to continue... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending fell 0.2% in October, versus expectations for a flat reading. Incomes were unchanged last month, versus expectations of a 0.2% gain. The Chicago PMI reading for November came in at 50.4, about in-line with forecasts for a 50.5 reading and indicating expansion after being below 50 last month. In Europe, the annual rate of consumer price growth in the shared currency nations fell to 2.2% in November from 2.5% in October, while unemployment in the euro zone rose to 11.7% from 11.6% in September. Also, German lawmakers approved the new aid deal struck for Greece. In Asia, Japanese industrial production unexpectedly rose 1.8% while unemployment came in as expected at 4.2%... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) and Zynga (ZNGA) disclosed that they have changed the terms of their partnership, meaning Facebook will now be able to develop its own games and Zynga won't have to use Facebook ad units or payments on its outside sites. Zynga shares fell 8% after the changes were publicized... Yum! Brands (YUM) provided guidance, including a softer outlook on China, and was downgraded by at least three firms. Shares fell over 9% following the announcement and the corresponding analyst notes... Several more companies announced special one-time dividends, including Whole Foods (WFM), Tellabs (TLAB), Enzon Pharmaceuticals (ENZN), National Beverage (FIZZ) and Regal Entertainment (RGC)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Christoper & Banks (CBK), up 23%, and Five Below (FIVE), up 15% following their quarterly reports. Among the noteworthy losers was NTELOS (NTLS), which fell 22% after FBR predicted its deal with Sprint (S) will not be renewed. Also lower were shares of VeriSign (VRSN), down 13% after it announced a revised .com agreement that limits its ability to increase prices... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 13.60, or 0.10%, to 13,008.22; the Nasdaq was down 6.88, or 0.23%, to 3,005.15; and the S&P 500 was down 2.06, or 0.15%, to 1,413.89.
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
08:55 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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07:45 EDTSSprint consensus estimates 'overly optimistic,' says Jefferies
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07:42 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:15 EDTFBO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook struggles to find director of business operations at Instagram, BI says
Facebook has been struggling to find a new Director of Business Operations for Instagram ever since Emily White left for Snapchat seven months ago, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:57 EDTFBFacebook likely to report modest Q2 upside, says BofA/Merrill
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06:15 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 43 at upper end of index mean range
05:59 EDTYUMMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 20, 2014
14:47 EDTSAfter paring Mexican assets Carlos Slim may look at T-Mobile, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTYUMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:21 EDTFBCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
12:05 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB YNDX
Facebook (FB) January 80 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 36, Yandex (YNDX) January 37 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 36 according to IVolatility.
09:48 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NQ GOOG GOOGL TSLA KGC TWTR AMZN ELNK AMGN FB
09:18 EDTSSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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07:08 EDTSSoftbank, T-Mobile final agreement could come after late August, Kyodo News says
According to Kyodo News, Softbank's (SFTBF) buyout talks with T-Mobile (TMUS) won't be settled until after late August. Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY) is "reluctant" to accept Softbank's business plan and is seeking a new plan, industry sources say. Reference Link
07:08 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward attractive after decline, says Bernstein
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06:48 EDTFBJapan mobile messaging service pursues U.S. IPO, Bloomberg says
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