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January 14, 2013
12:23 EDTBIDU, VRNT, QIHU, NICE, HRB, HGG, UPS, CRUS, AZK, QCOM, AAPL, TNTEY, TQNT, CMVTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow clinging to modest gains and Apple's (AAPL) decline weighing on the Nasdaq. The earnings calendar, like the economic calendar, was light today but earnings season will pick up in earnest this week with reports due from some of the biggest names in the financial industry, including JPMorgan (JPM), Citibank (C), Bank of America (BAC), Morgan Stanley (MS), Goldman Sachs (GS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Capital One (COF)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. After the close, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak at the University of Michigan, which will be closely monitored by those on the Street... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple are down about 3% but back above the psychologically and technically important $500 level near noon after a dip below that round number at the open. The weakness has been attributed to a Wall Street Journal report from over the weekend citing sources that claim Apple has cut its orders for iPhone 5 components due to weak demand. The report also dented several of Apple's component suppliers, including Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 8%, TriQuint (TQNT), down 1%, and Qualcomm (QCOM), also down 1%... UPS shares rose over 1% after the company announced it will drop its pursuit of TNT Express (TNTEY) after concluding their proposed merger would not be allowed in the EU. Following the announcement, UPS shares were upgraded to Buy at Deutsche Bank and to Market Perform at Avondale... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aurizon Mines (AZK), which rose 33% after Alamos Gold launched an offer to buy the miner for C$780M. Also higher were shares of Comverse Technology (CMVT), Verint Systems (VRNT) and Nice Systems (NICE) which all rose about 7% following a report from Globes that said Verint and Nice are in tie-up talks. Verint Systems signed a merger agreement with Comverse in August of last year. Among the noteworthy losers were hhgregg (HGG), down nearly 9% after cutting its yearly earnings view, and Qihoo 360 (QIHU), down over 5% after reports that Baidu (BIDU) is making a strategic investment in one of its key competitors. Also lower were shares of H&R Block, which slid 3.7% following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 4.49, or 0.03%, to 13,492.92; the Nasdaq was down 14.84, or 0.47%, to 3,110.79; and the S&P 500 was down 3.72, or 0.25%, to 1,468.33.
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April 7, 2015
16:18 EDTTNTEYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory, extending their gains from yesterday. The economic calendar was relatively quiet and the volume was light as investors moved to the sidelines ahead of the start of the first quarter earnings season, which kicks off tomorrow after the close with Alcoa's (AA) report. A late day slide saw the major averages give up their gains, leaving the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 a bit below where they had started the day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the JOLTs report showed job openings rose 168K to 5.13M in February, topping the consensus forecast for about 5M opening. Consumer credit climbed $15.5B in February, versus the expectation for consumers to have added $12.5B in new credit. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 54.0, which was down slightly from the flash reading of 54.1 but up from 53.3 in February and matched the prior peak seen in April of last year. Elsewhere globally, the central banks of Australia and India left their respective key interest rates unchanged, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of FedEx (FDX) advanced $4.49, or 2.69%, to $171.16 after the shipper announced a conditional deal to acquire TNT Express (TNTEY) for EUR 8.00 per share in a transaction valuing the Netherlands-based express delivery company at an implied equity value of about $4.8B. The company hopes it is more successful in its acquisition attempt than rival UPS (UPS), which had agreed a number of years ago to buy TNT for EUR 9.50 per share. UPS pulled out of its planned purchase after its proposed deal for TNT was blocked by regulators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA), which gained $2.78, or 9.81%, to $31.11 after an affiliate of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to buy 20M of Axalta’s common shares for an aggregate purchase price of $560M, or $28.00 per share, from The Carlyle Group (CG). Also higher was Informatica (INFA), which advanced $1.96, or 4.28%, to $47.79 after agreeing to be acquired by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for approximately $5.3B, or $48.75 in cash per share. The official announcement follows recent stories from Reuters that the company was working on a deal with a private equity buyer. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocular Therapeutix (OCUL), which dropped $7.25, or 18.93%, to $31.05 after reporting that the company’s second of two Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of its lead product candidate, OTX-DP, met only one of the study’s two primary efficacy endpoints. Also lower were shares of Woodward (WWD), which fell $3.06, or 5.95%, to $48.36 after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy and set a $52 price target on the shares, saying FY15 is another transition year for the company. INDEXES: The Dow slipped 5.43, or 0.03%, to 17,875.42, the Nasdaq lost 7.08, or 0.14%, to 4,910.23, and the S&P 500 declined 4.29, or 0.21%, to 2,076.33.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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12:58 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:50 EDTAAPLHBO NOW available to Apple and Optimum Online customers
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11:06 EDTAAPLApple Watch reservations limited to one per customer, MacRumors reports
Apple Watch reservations will be limited to one per customer through the company's Reserve and Pickup service, reports MacRumors. Apple's one-per-customer reservation limit has been confirmed to be in place in the United States and United Kingdom, and likely other launch countries. Reference Link
09:52 EDTAAPLApple retail chief instructs staff to push Apple Store shoppers online, BI says
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts wants staff at Apple Stores to push customers to order the Apple Watch and the new MacBook online instead of buying in physical stores, Business Insider reports, citing a memo. The memo notes that "This is a significant change in mindset" and will help ensure guaranteed delivery of the Apple products. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTTNTEYFedEx says does not see competing offer for TNT Express
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09:05 EDTTNTEYFedEx says thinks TNT Express a 'wonderful fit everywhere'
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08:56 EDTTNTEYFedEx says expects to have 'wonderful' FY16
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08:49 EDTTNTEYFedEx says sees TNT Express 'very accretive' to earnings after FY17
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08:40 EDTTNTEYTNT Express to hold a conference call
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08:29 EDTTNTEYFedEx to hold a conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement on an all-cash public offer for TNT Express shares will be held on April 7 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:18 EDTTNTEYFedEx acquisition of TNT Express a good strategic fit, says UBS
UBS said FedEx's (FDX) proposed acquisition of TNT Express (TNTEY) is a good strategic fit, as it increases FedEx's presence in Europe, adds scale where there are complementary services, and provides for operations synergy potential. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $195 price target on FedEx shares.
06:46 EDTAAPLApple Pay, Google Wallet could see competition from CurrentC, Macworld says
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06:25 EDTUPS, TNTEYTNT Express expects EU to approve FedEx deal, Reuters reports
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06:25 EDTAAPLMicrosoft close to have alternative to Apple Pay, Business Insider reports
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06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm likely to get back into Galaxy phones, says Citigroup
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple quietly acquired Ottocat 'some time ago,' TechCrunch reports
Apple quietly bought Ottocat, a startup that has developed a system to organize apps on its app store based on "nested" categories, TechCrunch reports. Terms of the acquisition, which is said to have closed "some time ago," have not been disclosed. A version of Ottocat's system currently powers the "explore" tab in Apple's App Store, TechCrunch says. Reference Link
05:16 EDTTNTEYFedEx to acquire TNT Express for EUR 8.00 per share
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