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January 25, 2013
16:30 EDTEGHT, OSK, XOM, PG, SCSS, NUS, MSFT, AAPL, NFLX, HLF, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher with the Nasdaq leading the major averages, despite another down day from its biggest component Apple (AAPL). The S&P 500 spent most of the session near the important psychological level of 1500, eventually finishing just above that level, within reach of its all-time highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., data showed new home sales fell 7.3% to a 369K rate in December, versus expectations for an increase of 2.1%. However, November sales were revised substantially higher. In Europe, the ECB announced that 278 banks will repay over EUR137B of LTRO funds at the end of this month, which was more than expected. Also, German business confidence increased more than economists forecast, as indicated by the Ifo institutes' business climate index climbing to 104.2 from 102.4 in December... COMPANY NEWS: Three Dow components reported earnings last night or this morning and all three advanced after their reports. Procter & Gamble (PG) led the Dow, up $2.83, or 4.02%, to $73.25 after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Microsoft (MSFT) gained 25c, or 0.9%, to $27.88 and AT&T (T) gained 27c, or 0.8%, to $34.02... Apple shares fell $10.65, or 2.36%, to $439.85, bringing the company's market cap to $413.04B, making ExxonMobil (XOM) the world's most valuable company and taking Apple shares to their 52-week low... On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime, Bill Ackman discussed his short position in Herbalife (HLF) again, and responded to attacks by activist investor Carl Icahn. During his interview, Ackman mentioned that he has heard Dan Loeb, who notably took a long position in Herbalife, is short shares of Nu Skin (NUS). Icahn later joined the broadcast and the two hedge fund managers aired their personal grievances in a bizarre half hour of television... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Oshkosh (OSK), up $6.50, or 18.8%, to $41.08 after beating quarterly earnings expectations and raising its FY13 profit view, and Netflix (NFLX), which gained $22.70, or 15.46%, to $169.56 following a 42% gain during yesterday's session. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings reports were Select Comfort (SCSS), down $5.04, or 17.87%, to $23.16 and 8x8 (EGHT), down 86c, or 10.83%, to $7.08... INDICES: The Dow was up 70.65, or 0.51%, to 13,895.98; the Nasdaq was up 19.33, or 0.62%, to 3,149.71; the S&P 500 was up 8.14, or 0.54%, 1,502.96.
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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07:43 EDTXOMLondon bankers see oil slump spurring energy industry consolidation, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
06:01 EDTTTechNet: Combined AT&T/DirecTV will increase broadband development
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December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTAAPL, NFLXOptions Update; December 4, 2014
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12:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
11:57 EDTHLFStocks with call strike movement; CLF HLF
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10:08 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
08:04 EDTPGProcter & Gamble divestiture plan positive, says Bernstein
After Procter & Gamble reiterated its plans to divest 90-100 brands that account for 10% of its sales, Bernstein thinks that the company can reduce its costs and drive efficiency by selling declining growth/low margin brands. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
06:20 EDTPGProcter & Gamble upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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