The "great unwind" is here… After months of speculation, the Federal Reserve formally made the announcement this week. It will begin to "taper" its $4.5 trillion balance sheet in October. As the Wall Street Journal reported…
The Federal Reserve indicated Wednesday… it would begin shrinking its portfolio of bonds next month, starting to close the books on an unprecedented and sometimes controversial policy experiment… Beginning in October, the Fed will end its practice of fully reinvesting the principal payments of maturing into new bonds and instead allow $10 billion in holdings to roll off without reinvestment every month. Those amounts will increase by $10 billion each quarter to a maximum of $50 billion.
list of popular stocks: Oclaro, Inc.(OCLR)
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap fiber-optic networking product Applied Optoelectronics (NASDAQ: AAOI), a potential peer of EMCORE Corporation (NASDAQ: EMKR), Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) and Oclaro Inc (NASDAQ: OCLR), is themostshorted stock on theNASDAQ with short interest of 62.65% according to Highshortnterest.com.
- [By Evan Niu, CFA]
Shares of optical component companies have dropped today, includingOclaro (NASDAQ:OCLR), Acacia (NASDAQ:ACIA), Lumentum (NASDAQ:LITE), and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), whose shares were down 11%, 11%, 6%, and 3%, respectively, as of 3:30 p.m. EDT, after the U.S. broadened its investigation regarding compliance with sanctions programs.
- [By Arie Goren]
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NSDQ:AMD)had been by far the best performer in 2016 among all the 413 Russell 3000 tech stocks. Its stock price appreciation of 295.1% in 2016 was significantly higher than the second ranked tech stock NVIDIA Corporation (NVIDIA (NSDQ:NVDA)which gained 223.8% and the third-ranked stock Oclaro Inc. (NSDQ:OCLR)which was up 157.2% in 2016.
- [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 Friday's regular session.
list of popular stocks: CME Group Inc.(CME)
- [By David Zeiler]
Bitcoin futures trading started at the CBOE Global Markets Inc. (Nasdaq: CBOE) on Dec. 10 and on the much larger CME Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CME) on Dec. 18. Nasdaq Inc. (Nasdaq: NDAQ) plans to begin trading Bitcoin futures in the first half of next year.
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Market Exchanges like the CME Group (Nasdaq: CME) have just started allowing trading in bitcoin futures and could attract an entirely new type of retail user as well as allowing institutional clients access to the bitcoin theme. Exchanges make their money on transactional volume, so a bursting of the bitcoin bubble wouldn’t necessarily mean weakness for shares.
list of popular stocks: CytomX Therapeutics, Inc.(CTMX)
- [By Lisa Levin]
CytomX Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: CTMX) shares were also up, gaining 24 percent to $18.89. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE: BMY) and CytomX Therapeutics disclosed that they have extended worldwide partnership to discover Probody therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and other diseases.
list of popular stocks: Teck Resources Ltd(TCK)
- [By Benzinga News Desk]
Stephens (Equal-Weight) and Citi (Sell) both downgraded Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW).
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Investec downgraded Anheuser-Busch (NYSE: BUD) to Hold.
Deutsche Bank downgraded Freeport McMoRan (NYSE: FCX) to Hold.
Goldman Sachs upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to Buy.
Barclays upgraded Teck Resources (NYSE: TCK) to Overweight.
BTIG started Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) at Neutral.
U.S. oil refiner Tesoro (NYSE: TSO) said it would buy Western Refining (NYSE: WNR) for $4.1 billion to add refineries in Texas, New Mexico and Minnesota. The combined company will have refining capacity of over 1.1 million barrels per day. Tesoro has refineries in California, Washington, Alaska, Utah and North Dakota.