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Facebook (NSDQ:FB) Inc. reported a strong set of Q3 numbers a week ago. However, theFacebook stock price has fallen by nearly 10% in 7 trading sessions following the announcement, as some analysts claimed ‘peak Facebook’ was now behind us. In an unexpected twist, the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections has become the latest ‘thorn in the flesh’ for Facebook, as reports are surfacing that Facebook created insulated ‘echo chambers’ which affect the news FB users see. As a result, various sections of the media have criticized the social networking giant for the way news is disseminated, which could have impacted the US presidential election. (See also: Should Warren Buffett Buy Facebook Inc. Stock?)

Donald Trump: Facebook, Twitter Helped Me Win

The ‘idea’ of Facebook impacting the election results was accentuated by president-elect Donald Trump’s claims that Facebook and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR)helped him win the US presidential election without having to spend as much as the Clinton campaign on other traditional advertisements. On CBS’s 60 minutes, in his first extensive post-election interview, Trump said:

live stock quotes: United Parcel Service Inc.(UPS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    The 200 companies in the study include most major industries, including energy, banking, technology, healthcare, entertainment, and consumer goods. Many are household names, such as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD), United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS), and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT).

  • [By Chad Tracy]

    Unlike transportation industry titans FedEx (NYSE: FDX) or UPS (NYSE: UPS), C.H. Robinson does not own a fleet of trucks that transport goods. Instead, it specializes in logistics. Other companies hire C.H. Robinson to make their transportation services more efficient.

  • [By Reuters]

    Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images NEW YORK — Walgreen is moving 120,000 employees to a private health insurance exchange from coverage provided directly from carriers, the company will announce Wednesday. The pharmacy chain will join 17 other large employers on the Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange as part of a growing movement to offer employees fixed dollar amounts to purchase their own plans on such exchanges. The end-cost to employees depends on the plan chosen, but they typically get more options than under traditional arrangements. Private exchanges mimic the coverage mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment in the public exchanges starts Oct. 1. “What happens to employer contributions over time? Will they put in as much as they put in the past? These are unanswered questions but potential negatives,” says Paul Fronstin, a senior research associate with the Employee Benefit Research Institute. The benefit to Walgreen and other employers is unknown at this point, as their cost-savings aren’t clear. Of the 180,000 Walgreen (WAG) employees eligible for health care insurance, 120,000 opted for coverage for themselves and 40,000 family members. Another 60,000 employees, many of them working part-time, weren’t eligible for health insurance. Aon Hewitt (AON) says other participants in its program include retailer Sears Holding (SHLD) and Darden Restaurants (DRI). These new additions raise enrollment to 330,000 from 100,000 last year, and Aon Hewitt estimates enrollment will jump to 600,000 next year, a fivefold increase from 2012. By 2017, nearly 20 percent of employees nationwide could get their health insurance through a private exchange, according to Accenture Research (ACN). A recent report by the National Business Group on Health said that 30 percent of large employers are considering moving active employees to exchanges by 2015. Other major providers of private exchanges include Mercer, a division of Marsh & Mc

live stock quotes: Xerox Corporation(XRX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Xerox Corp. (NYSE: XRX) dropped about 23% on Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $6.46 after closing at $8.73 on Friday. The dip was the result of the company’s completed separation into two firms this morning. After the early drop shares had gained around 17% by late afternoon, probably on the strength of a cash payment of $1.8 billion.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Wall Street expects Xerox Corp (NYSE: XRX) to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $4.24 billion. Xerox shares closed at $11.16 on Friday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Lee offers 22 stocks that could benefit from the correlation trade: Western Digital (WDC), Xerox (XRX), First Solar, Ford Motor, Best Buy (BBY), PulteGroup (PHM), AutoNation (AN), Textron (TXT), Jacobs Engineering Group (JEC), Mosaic, BB&T (BBT), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB),Loews (L), Regions Financial (RF), KeyCorp (KEY), Comerica (CMA), Leucadia National (LUK), Zions Bancorp (ZION), Valero Energy (VLO), Marathon Oil, Cardinal Health (CAH), and Pepco Holdings (POM).

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Breaking news

    Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOGL) reported stronger-than-expected results for its third quarter. The company also announced a $7 billion stock buyback plan. To read the full news, click here. Xerox Corp (NYSE: XRX) reported mixed results for the third quarter. While earnings came in line with the estimates, revenue fell shy. The company offered a soft outlook for the fourth quarter. To read the full news, click here., Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) reported weaker-than-expected earnings for its third quarter on Thursday. To read the full news, click here. Hershey Co (NYSE: HSY) delivered better than expected earnings for the third quarter while sales came in line with estimates. The company boosted its EPS forecast for the full year. To read the full news, click here.

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Xerox Corp (NYSE: XRX) is estimated to report its quarterly earnings at $0.23 per share on revenue of $4.24 billion.

    NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ: NXPI) is expected to post its quarterly earnings at $1.09 per share on revenue of $2.21 billion.

live stock quotes: Navistar International Corporation(NAV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Monday's regular session.

    Navistar International Corp (NYSE: NAV) Jun16 10.0 Puts Sweep: 902 @ ASK $0.35: 15k traded vs 1749 OI: Earnings Today Before Open $12.22 Ref ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) Fri 6/10 44.5 Puts (Wkly): 2000 @ ASK $0.43: 4051 traded vs 80 OI: $44.87 Ref SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) Sep16 17.0 Puts Sweep: 683 @ ASK $1.40: 2749 traded vs 313 OI: $16.52 Ref

    Posted-In: put optionsNews Options Markets

  • [By Roberto Pedone]


    Another industrial player that insiders are snapping up a large amount of stock in here is Navistar International (NAV), which is a manufacturer of commercial and military trucks buses, diesel engines, and recreational vehicles under the Monaco RV family of brands, as well as a provider of service parts for all makes of trucks and trailers. Insiders are buying this stock into big time strength, since shares are up 67% so far in 2013.

    Navistar International has a market cap of $2.9 billion and an enterprise value of $6.4 billion. This stock trades at a premium valuation, with a forward price-to-earnings of 50.50. Its estimated growth rate for this year is 7.2%, and for next year it’s pegged at 107.1%. This is not a cash-rich company, since the total cash position on its balance sheet is $1.09 billion and its total debt is $4.72 billion.

    A director just bought 415,101 shares, or about $14.12 million worth of stock, at $33.90 per share.

    From a technical perspective, NAV is currently trending above both its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, which is bullish. This stock recently started to break out above its sideways consolidation pattern after shares cleared $35 to $35.90 a share. That move is now pushing shares of NAV within range of triggering another near-term breakout trade.

    If you’re in the bull camp on NAV, then look for long-biased trades as long as this stock is trending above $35 to $34, and then once it breaks out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $37 to its 52-week high at $38.81 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 1.21 million shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then NAV will set up to enter new 52-week high territory, which is bullish technical price action. Some possible upside targets off that move are $43 to $48 a share.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Navistar International Corp. (NYSE: NAV) was started with a Buy rating and a $36 price objective at Aegis Capital. That compares with a consensus target of $24.08. The 52-week range is $5.78 to $32.84. The stock closed yesterday at $30.93.

live stock quotes: LinkedIn Corporation(LNKD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Monica Gerson]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Friday's regular session.

    Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ: TXN) Fri 7/1 62.0 Puts (Wkly) Sweep: 1426 @ ASK $1.24: 1426 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 7/27 $61.86 Ref Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: MDRX) Jul16 13.0 Puts Sweep: 500 @ ASK $0.45: 500 traded vs 0 OI: Earnings 8/2 $13.07 Ref Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) Jul16 30.0 Puts: 7500 @ ASK $0.26: 7658 traded vs 47k OI: Earnings 7/20 $32.07 Ref Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) Dec16 16.0 Puts Sweep: 963 @ ASK $2.75: 974 traded vs 18 OI: Earnings 8/2 $14.45 Ref LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) Aug16 115 Puts: 600 @ ASK $4.05: 615 traded vs 386 OI: $132.12 Ref

    Posted-In: Unusual Put OptionsNews Options Markets

  • [By Julianne Pepitone]

    Facebook (FB) and LinkedIn (LNKD) have proven that social media is a viable business. But Twitter’s simplistic “micro-blogging” format carries bigger question marks than its peers.

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Finally, some more popular stocks that saw net selling over July included Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM), Sprint Corp (NYSE: S) and LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD).

live stock quotes: Huaneng Power International, Inc.(HNP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, utilities shares rose by just 0.5 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included TransAlta Corporation (USA) (NYSE: TAC), down 1 percent, and Huaneng Power International Inc (ADR) (NYSE: HNP), down 1 percent.

live stock quotes: L.B. Foster Company(FSTR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Friday, basic materials shares gained by 2.57 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Wednesday afternoon, basic materials shares gained by 1.74 percent. Meanwhile, top gainers in the sector included Intrepid Potash, Inc. (NYSE: IPI), and L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ: FSTR).

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Hittingour 24/7 Wall St. screens for the second week running was L.B. Foster Co. (NASDAQ: FSTR). Another 10% owner thatserves as a director scooped upshares this past week: Legion Partners bought 35,211 shares of the stock at prices that ranged from $11.83 to $12.00. The total for the buy was posted at $400,000.

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