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August 14, 2014
09:36 EDTCSCO, SD, AMZN, FB, GOOG, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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November 12, 2014
16:07 EDTCSCOCisco repurchased approximately 41M shares of common stock in Q1
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16:06 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q1 cash flow from operations $2.5B
Cash flows from operations were $2.5B for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $3.6B for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, and compared with $2.6B for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
16:05 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q1 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 53c
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16:00 EDTAAPL, AMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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15:29 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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15:08 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: Cisco reports amid analyst debate on break-up potential
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
13:07 EDTCSCOPacific Crest remains cautious on Cisco
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13:04 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music Key beta monthly subscription service
Google introduced YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month, discounted from $9.99/month, that will feature ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, which in the coming days will be upgraded to give users the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app. "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube," Google also stated in its blog post related to the launch. Reference Link
12:56 EDTGOOGFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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11:55 EDTCSCOCisco November weekly 25 straddle priced for 4.4% move into Q1
11:51 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
The stock has underperformed the broader averages in the past three months, falling over 1%. That lower performance would have been far worse if not for the recent uptrend off the mid-October lows. That rally helped to overcome the otherwise bearish head and shoulders that had developed on the daily chart and had completed at mid-October. In a long view, the current price action appears to put the shares either at a double top, or poised for a breakout that would results in four-year highs or more. The key level is at $26, not far from where the stock is currently trading. On better news or guidance, a move above $26 would seem highly probable and that would constitute a technical bullish breakout. Next resistance would be at $27.74 and then at $28.40. If the news is not as bullish as current price action suggests, the recent uptrend would probably be broken. It would only take a move below $24.50 for that to happen. Additional downside objectives might be at the following supports at $23.76, $22.43 and $21.94. A move down to or below $22 would confirm a major top was in place, which would have long-term bearish implications for price.
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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10:13 EDTCSCOEZchip expects revenue from Cisco to grow YoY in 2014
Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
09:58 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Cisco November weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, November is at 34, December is at 23, January is at 19, February is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on November 12.
09:37 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading
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06:36 EDTAAPLOrder visibility highest for Apple, Lenovo shipments in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
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