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November 30, 2012
12:31 EDTCBK, ENZN, YUM, NTLS, RGC, TLAB, FB, VRSN, FIVE, FIZZ, WFM, ZNGA, SOn 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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November 13, 2014
07:38 EDTFBBloomberg Link to hold a conference
The Year Ahead: 2015 is being held in Washington, D.C. with a pre-conference dinner on November 13 followed by company presentations on November 14,
November 12, 2014
08:46 EDTSSprint in talks to buy FreedomPop, USA Today reports
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07:48 EDTSWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:26 EDTFBYelp continues to gain traction in Local search, says Cowen
Cowen's checks indicate Yelp (YELP) continues to gain traction in Local search through Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB). The firm continues to see Yelp's Local ad revenue growing 60% in 2014 and believes the company will continue to beat numbers.
13:55 EDTZNGAYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
10:00 EDTRGCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
09:37 EDTWFMActive equity options trading
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09:17 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FMSA Holdings (FMSA), up 4.7% following third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 7.6% after entering agreement with Ophthotech (OPHT) to license tivozanib... Ophthotech is 2.1% higher in pre-market trading... Galena Biopharma (GALE), up 3.6% after first patient dosed in NeuVax and Herceptin combination Phase 2 trial... Yamana Gold (AUY), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ambac Financial (AMBC), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... China Finance (JRJC), up 12.4% after announcing a new partnership with Great Wall Securities... Zynga (ZNGA), up 5.7% after being upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 2.2% after being initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI), down 10.7%... Ekso Bionics (EKSO), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: Alibaba Group (BABA), down 1.6% following comments made by vice chairman Joseph Tsai in an interview.
07:36 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies
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06:44 EDTRGCRegal Entertainment downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka
Topeka downgraded Regal to Hold based on valuation. Price target remains $24.
05:49 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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November 10, 2014
12:53 EDTFBFacebook says has over 50M monthly active users for Messenger
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11:35 EDTWFMStocks with call strike movement; WFM KORS
Whole Foods (WFM) February 52.5 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 28, Michael Kors (KORS) May 85 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 31 according to IVolatility.
10:48 EDTFBFacebook enhances users' control over News Feeds
Facebook on Friday announced that News Feed settings will now show a list of the top people, Pages and Groups that users have seen in their News Feeds over the past week. Users can choose to sort by people, Pages or Groups posts, or see an overall summary., the social network said. They can unfollow any friend, Page or Group if they donít want to see their stories in their News Feeds, Facebook added. Users can also see who theyíve unfollowed in the past and can choose to re-follow them at anytime, the company stated. If users see a story they're not interested in or donít want to see, they can tap the arrow in the top right of that story to hide it, Facebook said. Reference Link
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading
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07:36 EDTYUMPizza Hut to unveil major menu expansion, CNBC reports
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07:34 EDTWFMApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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05:54 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM AEO
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