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April 3, 2014
09:30 EDTIBM, F, GE, PFE, MSFT, DD, AAPLApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
U.S. firms including Ford (F), Apple (AAPL), DuPont (DD), GE (GE), IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT) and Pfizer (PFE) have created a lobbying group looking to push back at some changes to the patent system members of Congress have proposed, saying these measures would prevent protection of valuable inventions, reported Reuters. Reference Link
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February 1, 2016
13:25 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares down approximately 12% since last earnings report
Pfizer (PFE) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 2, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Pfizer, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. Its product portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as various consumer healthcare products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.57B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 49c-54c on revenue of $13.08B-$13.99B. LAST QUARTER: After completing its Hospira acquisition in early September, Pfizer reported third quarter EPS of 60c, which beat consensus estimates of 51c, on revenue of $12.1B, which was also higher than consensus estimates of $11.56B. In Q3 Operational revenue growth in in developed markets was driven primarily by the performance of several key products, including Prevnar 13 in adults, Ibrance and Eliquis -- all products that are early in their life cycles as well as from Lyrica primarily in the U.S., and the inclusion of one month of legacy Hospira U.S. operations. In emerging markets, revenues increased 5% operationally, reflecting continued strong operational growth, primarily from the Innovative Products business. Operational revenue growth was partially offset primarily by the loss of exclusivity and associated generic competition for Celebrex in the U.S., Zyvox in the U.S. and Lyrica in certain developed Europe markets. With its Q3 earnings announcement the company raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view to $2.16-$2.20 from $2.04-$2.10 against a raised revenue view of $47.5B-$48.5B from $46.5B-$47.5B. Commenting on the improved yearly view, the company CFO said "We raised our 2015 financial guidance for reported revenues and adjusted diluted EPS to reflect the strong performance to date of Pfizer-standalone, excluding legacy Hospira operations coupled with an improved business outlook for Pfizer-standalone for the remainder of the year.PFIZER-ALLERGAN DEAL. On November 23, Pfizer and Allergan (AGN) announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved, and the companies have entered into, a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan. Pfizer at the time said it anticipates the Allergan transaction will deliver more than $2B in operational synergies over the first three years after closing. Pfizer anticipates that the combined company will have a pro forma Adjusted Effective Tax Rate of approximately 17%-18% by the first full year after the closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to be neutral to Pfizer's Adjusted Diluted EPS in 2017, modestly accretive beginning in calendar year 2018, more than 10% accretive in 2019 with high-teens percentage accretion in 2020. STREET RESEARCH: On December 1, Barclays analyst Geoff Meacham kept an Equal Weight rating on Pfizer after assuming coverage of the name. The analyst maintained a $34 price target for shares.On November 25, SunTrust upgraded Pfizer to Neutral and increased its price target to $37 from $34 on shares. Analyst John Boris said the Allergan deal makes strategic sense, providing much needed growth from earlier life cycle assets with limited therapeutic overlap. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Pfizer are lower by approximately 12% since its last earnings report on October 27. Pfizer shares are trading over 1% lower to $29.97 in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday morning's earnings.
13:24 EDTFTesla bull cuts target as competition ramps more quickly than new models
Shares of Tesla (TSLA) dipped significantly in early trading before later rebounding after Morgan Stanley cut its price target on the automaker to $333 from its previous $450, with the research firm citing a slow production ramp for its new car models, potentially weakened consumer demand amid cheap oil, and clearly heightening competition in the electric and autonomous vehicle space. LOW DEMAND, MORE COMPETITION: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones cut his price target on Tesla to $333 from $450, arguing Monday that the carmaker is facing a slow production ramp for the Model X as well as the Model 3, which Jones said may launch in late 2018, missing the company's internal target by at least one year. It is reasonable to assume, Jones said, that Tesla is taking a deliberate, quality-conscious pace for Model X production while also shuffling personnel to help with the car's early rollout, impacting the launch of the mass-market Model 3 even as the company grapples with potentially reduced consumer demand in today's cheap oil environment. Given his assumption of lower volumes, the analyst's revised his 2020 forecast for complete vehicle deliveries to less than half of Tesla's own 500,000 target. For 2016, the analyst cut his total delivery forecast 2% to roughly 70,000 units, including a revision of Model X expectations to 15,000 from 18,500. Contributing to Tesla's headwinds, its consumer energy storage solution looks to be more expensive than previously thought, while competition in the shared and autonomous mobility arena has increased markedly. Indeed, competing efforts from Ford (F), Volkswagen (VLKAY), Alphabet (GOOG) and many others appear "genuine" and are likely to see significant investment follow-through, potentially pressuring Tesla's margins as it increases R&D spend to keep pace, Jones argued. That said, the analyst keeps an Overweight rating on the shares, explaining that while Tesla remains a high risk name that burns plenty of cash to fuel its ambitious plans, it may still be the best positioned company in the ongoing "Auto 2.0" transition. PRICE ACTION: After quickly dropping as low as $182.75 in early trading, shares of Tesla are now up 2.6% to $196.14 in afternoon trading.
10:52 EDTAAPLActive puts; AAPL SPY TWTR MU UVXY
Active puts @ CBOE: SPY 2/19/16 192, TWTR 2/12/16 15, UVXY 3/18/16 33, AAPL 2/19/16 91, MU 2/5/16 9.50
10:49 EDTPFEPfizer technical comments before earnings
On the downside, an important support level to watch is at the $28 area. This level has been an important support since early 2013. If the news is a negative surprise, the $28 zone is likely to be tested from current levels. A breakdown below $28 would resolve the range bearishly. Next downside objectives may be at the following support levels: $27.30, $26.42. If the news is a bullish surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $30.95, $31.78, and $32.91. A move above $32.50 would end the current longer-term downtrend.
09:44 EDTAAPLForbes contributor suggests Apple should buy Netflix
Forbes contributor Jay Somaney noted that Apple (AAPL) has recently been reported to be talking to TV producers and Hollywood studios about investing and developing original TV shows and he contends that "one way to circumvent the tedious and lengthy negotiations process with Hollywood and the networks" is for Apple to offer to buy out Netflix (NFLX). Reference Link
09:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
09:07 EDTGEGE to stop making coiled compact fluorescent lamps for U.S. market
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08:32 EDTGEGE Hitachi Nuclear Energy completes services outage at PWR facility
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy announced the successful completion of its first services outage at a Pressurized Water Reactor, or PWR, facility. The outage, completed in partnership with Exelon Generation at the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York, was completed under budget and ahead of schedule with no safety-related or human performance issues. GEH is a part of a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry.
08:09 EDTPFEOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GOOGL GOOG YHOO UPS KORS UPS BAX RCL CCL PFE AET D STR DWA CMG ABT SYK.
07:24 EDTAAPLEU's Vestager dismisses U.S. criticism of tax cases, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTPFEPortola Pharma licensed right to andexanet alfa to Bristol-Myers and Pfizer
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06:57 EDTPFEBristol-Myers and Pfizer sign collaboration with Portola Pharmaceuticals
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple's iPad Air 3 may come with SMart Connector support, 9to5Mac reports
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft testing underwater data center, NY Times reports
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05:46 EDTGEGE Oil & Gas reports over $700M of customer agreements
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05:44 EDTGEGE Oil & Gas announces investments in Italy worth $600M
GE Oil & Gas announced a new Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to the investment of $600M over the next five years in Italy. The MoU was signed today in Florence by GE Oil & Gas at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi, the President of Tuscany Region Enrico Rossi, GE's Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, the President and CEO of GE Italia Sandro De Poli, the President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas Lorenzo Simonelli and the President of Nuovo Pignone Massimo Messeri. The investment in significant research, development and technological innovation in the country reaffirms GE Oil & Gas' commitment to the Italian market, and reinforces its cooperation with universities, SMEs and the regional economy where it operates. Tuscany is the home to Oil & Gas' Turbomachinery Solutions division and is also present in Lombardy, Calabria and Apulia. Another Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in the last weeks between Avio Aero - a GE Aviation business - and the Italian Minister of Economic Development, consisting of EUR200M over the next four years and involving Piedmont, Apulia and Campania, the geographical areas in which Avio Aero employs about 4,000 people. The MoU announced today will see GE Oil & Gas operations invest $600M over the next five years establishing a centre of global excellence in Tuscany for the oil and gas sector that will involve 500 highly qualified people coming from GE, universities, research labs, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The project aims at increasing Italian production by 50% and increase company revenue by $1.7B in five years. The program, named Galileo, supports the development of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors with a 5-65MW power range and innovative digital technologies covering their entire life cycle with aim of optimising the performance and operative life of the products.
January 31, 2016
19:04 EDTMSFT, AAPLApple acquires Flyby, assembles 'secret' virtual reality team, FT says
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14:12 EDTMSFT, AAPLApple should avoid 'dubious' M&A, focus on cloud, AI development, Barron's says
"Impatient" investors encouraging Apple (AAPL) to become a mere dividend payer or make "dubious" acquisitions are not making much sense, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Apple continues to innovate and its iPhone franchise "will endure," though the one area where Apple lags behind peers and "can and should" make progress is cloud computing, according to the publication. Alphabet (GOOG), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) are making large strides in cloud and artificial intelligence, but the company still has "plenty of opportunity" to catch up given its product install base, Barron's says. Reference Link
11:39 EDTDD, AAPL, MSFTS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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