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November 30, 2012
12:31 EDTFIZZ, WFM, ZNGA, S, CBK, ENZN, YUM, NTLS, RGC, TLAB, FB, VRSN, FIVEOn 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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August 17, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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10:55 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTSSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
August 14, 2015
16:57 EDTFBSoros gives quarterly update on stakes, increases Facebook position
NEW STAKES: Time Warner Cable (TWC), Schwab (SCHW), Alcoa (AA), NRG Energy (NRG), and Pacira (PCRX). INCREASED STAKES: Facebook (FB), Monsanto (MON), Nextera (NEE), Qunar (QUNR), and Rovi (ROVI). DECREASED STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), General Motors (GM), Motorola Solutions (MSI), EQT Corp (EQT), and Noble Energy (NBL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Cenovus (CVE), Kite Pharma (KITE), Tempur Sealy (TPX), CF Industries (CF), and Suncor Energy (SU).
16:44 EDTYUMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Baxter (BAX), T-Mobile (TMUS), Sealed Air (SEE), Devon (DVN), and Perrigo (PRGO). INCREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Dow Chemical (DOW), Mohawk (MHK), Yum! Brands (YUM), and IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Sensata (ST), Masco (MAS), and Delta (DAL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Dollar General (DG), McKesson (MCK), Edgewell Personal Care (EPC), Maxim (MXIM), and FleetCor (FLT).
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; August 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 4c to 16 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT RAD CSCO JCP AMZN SUNE
12:29 EDTFBComcast to launch online video platform called Watachable, Business Insider says
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12:29 EDTZNGA, FBKing Digital sinks after posting weaker than expected network metrics
Shares of King Digital (KING), an interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, are sinking after the company reported weaker than expected network metrics in the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, King Digital reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 49c and revenue of $500M, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of 43c and $490.03M, respectively. King reported Q2 total gross bookings of $529M, above the high end of its previously provided guidance range, but down 12% sequentially and 13% year over year. Excluding the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates, King said gross bookings would have decreased by approximately 11% sequentially, and by approximately 6% y/y. King noted that 81%, or $430M, of gross bookings were derived from the mobile audience. The company said "Candy Crush Saga," "Candy Crush Soda Saga" and "Farm Heroes Saga" ranked within the top 10 grossing games in App Store and Play Store in the U.S. during Q2. King said its monthly unique users fell 1% to 340M in Q2, down from 345M last year, while monthly active users were 501M vs. 485M last year; daily active users were 142M in Q2 vs. 138M last year. The company said year-over-year increases in monthly active users and daily active users were primarily due to the introduction of new games, particularly "Candy Crush Soda Saga," partially offset by decline in "Candy Crush Saga" and other more mature games. It said increases also reflect growth in activity from mobile players, partially offset by continued decrease in activity from Facebook (FB) players. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, King Digital said it expects gross bookings in the third quarter of $460M-$485M based on the timing of game releases and recent trends. The company sees fourth quarter bookings "fairly consistent sequentially." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded King Digital Entertainment to Neutral from Overweight citing an elevated risk profile following the company's Q2 results. King's network metrics were weaker than expected while a key component of the company's pipeline, the upcoming mid-core game, is pushed to 2016, Anmuth said. He cut the price target for shares to $17 from $20. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, King Digital fell $1.81, or 11.84%, to $13.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 3% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the mobile gaming space include Glu Mobile (GLUU), Zynga (ZNGA), Shanda Games (GAME), Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
11:24 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; AAL FB
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10:15 EDTWFMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:13 EDTFBAnalyst says Twitter CEO decision could come next week
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10:02 EDTCBKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty
07:37 EDTYUMJANA reports new stakes in Allergan, TWC, sells Applied Materials
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06:54 EDTWFMWhole Foods initiated with a Sell at Pivotal Research
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06:21 EDTFBFacebook's Parse open-sources all software development kits
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06:05 EDTCBKChristopher & Banks downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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