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April 22, 2012
18:21 EDTAAPL, FB, NFLX, LNKD, CRM, GE, AMZN, F, GLW, MSFT, BAC, GRPNAmerica's portfolio managers see more gains for stocks, Barron's reports
Barron's conducted his Spring 2012 Big Money poll. America's money managers were cautiously optimistic about the stock market's prospects in the year ahead. The breakdown of the professional money managers investment outlook through June 2013 was: 4% very bullish, 51% bullish, 31% neutral, 12% bearish and 2% very bearish. That is up modestly from last fall's survey, when 52% of managers were bullish, and down modestly from the spring 2011 poll, when 59% of Big Money pros were bulls. The group expects the DJIA to rise by 6% through year end, to 13,756, and add another 3% thereafter, to arrive at 14,183 by June 2013. In round numbers that's a gain of 10% from Friday's close of 13,029.26. Forty-six percent of Big Money managers say the market is undervalued today, compared with 61% last fall. Another 41% think stocks are fairly valued, vs. 26% who felt that way in October. Among industry sectors, institutional investors are most bullish on the prospects for financials and technology shares, and most bearish on utilities and basic-materials stocks. Banks also will benefit as the economy strengthens and credit quality improves. But a better economy could be a bane for utility shares. Predictions for S&P 500 profit growth for 2012: 9.4%; for 2013: 7.6%. Predictions for oil in 2012: $103.79; for 2013: $103.86. Predictions for gold in 2012 $1,637; for 2013: $1,646. Favorite stocks of those polled for the next six to 12 months: Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Microsoft (MSFT), Corning Glass (GLW), Ford (F), General Electric (GE), Salesforce.com (CRM). Stocks considered overvalued by respondants: Apple, Amazon.com (AMZN), Salesforce.com, LinkedIn, Netflix (NFLX), Facebook (FB)- based on the expected IPO, Bank of America, Groupon (GRPN). Reference Link
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September 2, 2014
11:01 EDTGEGE Intelligent Platforms receives $1.5M order from Sainsel
GE Intelligent Platforms announced that it has received orders from Sainsel Sistemas Navales of Madrid, Spain for a range of GEís rugged embedded computing systems that will be deployed as part of Sainselís aeronautics program. GEís boards will be used in new equipment developed by Sainsel as part of a mission system. Initial value of the order is $1.5M; long term value is expected to be $7M.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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10:02 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
09:41 EDTFB, NFLX, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target raised to $250 from $225 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised LinkedIn's price target to $250 based on expected 2H catalysts that include ongoing new product investments, international expansion, and margin growth. Shares are Buy rated.
07:14 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded at RBC Capital
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07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:34 EDTFBEU sends questionnaire to rivals over Facebook-Whatsapp deal, WSJ says
European Union officials have sent a second wave of questions to competitors and customers of Facebook and Whatsapp, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to a questionnaire, EU officials are trying to understand what separates a social network from the messaging application and get to the heart of the competitive landscape. Reference Link
06:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reduces Surface chassis suppliers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft has reduced the number of chassis suppliers for its Surface tablets and outsourcing all the orders to Ju Teng, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Microsoft stopped placing chassis orders with its China-based supplier in August and may adopt a similar strategy for other components. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPL, AMZNApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGRPNGroupon upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital
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06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
September 1, 2014
12:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft given deadline to answer antitrust questions in China, WSJ says
China officials have given Microsoft 20 days to answer questions on compatibility and bundling issues with its Windows and Office software, says the Wall Street Journal. Microsoft is currently facing an antitrust probe into its business practices in China, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
11:45 EDTCRMStephens to hold a bus trip
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10:52 EDTFBEU regulators begin probe of Facebook deal with WhatsApp, WSJ says
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08:57 EDTGEGE Healthcare announces EU approval of Vizamyl
GE Healthcare announced that Vizamyl has received marketing authorization from the European Commission as a radiopharmaceutical medicinal product indicated for Positron Emission Tomography imaging of beta amyloid neuritic plaque density in the brains of adult patients with cognitive impairment who are being evaluated for Alzheimerís disease and other causes of cognitive impairment. Vizamyl is the only PET imaging tracer for detection of amyloid approved in Europe for visual interpretation of colour images and will be commercially available in selected European countries from early 2015, GE said.
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