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News For AAPL;PG;T;MSFT;XOM;HLF;NUS;OSK;NFLX;SCSS;EGHT From The Last 14 Days
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February 2, 2016
12:03 EDTXOM, AAPLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Wall Street began the session in negative territory and the averages have remained there throughout the day as oil once again weighs on stocks. The price of oil has slid another 4%, giving the commodity a roughly 10% loss over the past two trading sessions. The market's late day rally yesterday gave hope for a decoupling between equities and oil prices, but that appears to be a one day reprieve as the stocks are back in lock-step with crude prices. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet. In Europe, statistics agency Eurostat reported that unemployment across the eurozone decreased by 49,000 to a total of 16.75M in December dropping the unemployment rate to its lowest since September 2011 at 10.4%. In central bank news, the Reserve Bank of Australia and Reserve Bank of India both held their benchmark interest rates steady, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Alphabet (GOOGL) advanced 5% in the wake of its report of better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, pushing Google's parent company to overtake Apple (AAPL) as the world's most valuable publicly-traded company in the process... Exxon Mobil (XOM) reported better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2.5% amid the renewed weakness in oil prices. Shares of fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged 8% in New York trading after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring... Pfizer (PFE) reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but forecast 2016 revenue and earnings below analysts' estimates, pushing its shares down fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Syngenta (SYT), which rallied 4.5% after Bloomberg reported that ChemChina was close to a deal to buy the company for nearly $43B. Also higher were Mattel (MAT), Michael Kors (KORS), and Fabrinet (FN), which gained 12%, 22%, and 12.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Twitter (TWTR), which fell 8% after it was downgraded to Sell at Stifel and following a report claimed that tweets on the service are down 50% from their peak. Also lower were AGCO (AGCO), Harris (HRS), and Pitney Bowes (PBI), which were down 10%, 9.5%, and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, Ford (F) and General Motors (GM) lost 4% and 3.6%, respectively, after reporting U.S. sales for the month of January. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 239.86, or 1.46%, to 16,209.32, the Nasdaq was down 64.83, or 1.4%, to 4,555.54, and the S&P 500 was down 27.87, or 1.44%, to 1,911.51.
11:42 EDTAAPLPiper's Munster questions smaller iPhone announcement in March
Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster offered his thoughts on 9to5Mac's report that Apple will hold an event in March to announce a new Apple Watch, iPad Air 3 and four inch iPhone. While the timing for a new Watch and iPad Air 3 make sense, it does not for the smaller iPhone, Munster tells investors in an intraday research note. A smaller phone in the spring would be quickly outdated when the redesigned iPhone 7 comes out in six months, the analyst argues. He maintains an Overweight rating on Apple with a $172 price target.
11:28 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Yahoo set to unveil cost reduction plan following Q4 report
Yahoo (YHOO) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 2 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Yahoo is a digital media company that provides properties and services such as Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! News. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 13c on revenue of $1.19B. The consensus range is 6c-18c for EPS, and $1.17B-$1.22B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Yahoo reported third quarter EPS 15c against estimates of 17c on revenue of $1.23B against estimates of $1.26B. The company reported Q3 Gross Search revenue down 2% to $870M, Display revenue down 14% to $509M, price-per-ad up 8%, and price-per-click down 2%. Looking ahead, Yahoo guided Q4 revenue of $1.16B-$1.20B, net income of $10M-$50M, and adjusted EBITDA of $160M-$200M. CEO Marissa Mayer commented that the Q4 guidance is "not indicative of the performance we want." Mayer added that the company will be disciplined on its headcount and will work differentiate search product over the next few quarters. In its Q3 earnings report, Yahoo also announced a services agreement with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) that runs through 2018. Google will provide Yahoo with search advertisements through Google's AdSense for Search service web algorithmic search services through Google's Websearch Service, and image search services. CEO Marissa Mayer said the partnership will be nonexclusive and will remain supplementary to the existing Microsoft (MSFT) relationship. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Yahoo announced that it suspended work on its plan to spin off remaining holdings in Alibaba (BABA). The company said it will evaluate alternative transaction structures to separate Alibaba stake following concerns about the market's perception of tax risk. Yahoo added that a reverse spin of the Alibaba stake may take a year or more to conclude. In a call to discuss the decision, Yahoo said it was "prudent" to explore options given the tax uncertainty while an Alibaba spin would take too long to get clarity. On an interview with CNBC, Mayer said the core business sale is on a "board level consideration," but no determination was made to sell the company or part of it. Following the announcement, SunTrust said Yahoo made a "great" decision given the tax risks of selling the Alibaba stake. The firm added that a sale of Yahoo's core or the entire company is the most likely outcome after reasoning that investors will not want to undergo "a year long spin process." Analysts at Sterne Agee CRT say the investors should begin to apply tax discounts to the Yahoo Japan stake and the Yahoo core, instead of Alibaba stake. Different reports from the NY Times and the NY Post said staffers and shareholders were beginning to lose faith in CEO Marissa Mayer. In January, Starboard sent a letter to Yahoo's board, expressing its belief that shareholders have lost confidence in the ability of current management. It added, "Despite over three years of effort and billions spent on acquisitions, the management team that was hired to turn around the Core Business has failed to produce acceptable results, in turn, causing massive declines in profitability and cash flow." In response, Yahoo said it will maintain "regular, open dialogue" with all its shareholders. A few days later, a Bloomberg report stated that Yahoo is considering an outright sale of the company. According to sources in a Reuters report, the company will wait to decide on its future strategic steps until it releases the Q4 report. The company wants to gauge shareholder reaction after outlining its "strategic vision" during the conference call. Mayer is expected to announce plans to slash costs and shift the focus away from an improving market share. She is also expected to unveil a plan to cut the company's costs, including several business unit closures, and lashing up to 15% of the company's workforce. Ahead of the earnings report, Re/code's Kara Swisher said investors are looking at how Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman may lay out plans to spin off core assets and other detailed cost reductions. Swisher notes that what may be essential is whether there are "explicit" signs from the CEO and whether the company is open for a buyout. PRICE ACTION: Yahoo shares have dropped more than 11.5%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday afternoon trading ahead of the Q4 report, Yahoo shares are trading down over 2.5%.
11:10 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX SPLS
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10:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft recalls AC power cords for Surface Pro Devices due to fire hazard
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Integrated Device (IDTI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Julius Baer (JBAXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Mattel (MAT) upgraded on positive catalysts at Stifel... Mitsubishi sees limited downside for Tableau (DATA), ups to Neutral ... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Realty Income (O) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... TJX (TJX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
09:36 EDTAAPL, XOMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB AAPL BAC GOOGL NFLX GOOG XOM TWTR LVS
09:28 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Michael Kors (KORS), up 17.3%... Mattel (MAT), up 6.9%... Mallinckrodt (MNK), up 4.3%... Alphabet (GOOGL), up 5%... Dow Chemical (DOW), up 3%... UPS (UPS), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Netflix (NFLX), up 1.1% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hansen Medical (HNSN), up 18.8% after announcing FDA clearance of Magellan Robotic Catheter eKit. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 20%... BP (BP), down 8.5%... Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 7%... Waddell & Reed (WDR), down 5.5%... Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... American Campus (ACC), down 1.1% after 15.6M share Spot Secondary priced at $41.25... Horsehead (ZINC), down 47.6% after filing for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware.
08:55 EDTAAPLApple may unveil new 4-inch iPhone, next iPad Air, on March 15, 9to5Mac says
Apple is currently targeting March 15 as the date for an event where it will unveil its new 4-inch iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options, said 9to5Mac, citing sources. The date could "conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement," the report noted. Reference Link
08:08 EDTXOMExxon Mobil does not see reducing shares outstanding in Q1
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08:07 EDTXOMExxon Mobil reports Q4 petroleum product sales of 5.7M barrels per day
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08:06 EDTXOMExxon Mobil reports Q4 oil-equivalent production up 4.8%
Upstream earnings were $857M, down $4.6B from the fourth quarter of 2014. Lower liquids and gas realizations decreased earnings by $3.7B, while volume and mix effects increased earnings by $100M, benefiting from new developments. All other items, including the absence of both the prior year U.S. deferred income tax effects and recognition of a favorable arbitration ruling for expropriated Venezuela assets, decreased earnings by $960M. On an oil-equivalent basis, production increased 4.8% from the fourth quarter of 2014. Liquids production totaled 2.5M barrels per day, up 299,000 barrels per day. Project ramp-up, work programs and entitlement effects were partly offset by field decline.
08:04 EDTXOMExxon Mobil CEO says scale, diversity provide confidence to invest
"While our financial results reflect the challenging environment, we remain focused on the business fundamentals, including project execution and effective cost management. The scale and diversity of our cash flows, along with our financial strength, provide us with the confidence to invest through the cycle to create long-term shareholder value," said chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson. ExxonMobil completed six major Upstream projects during the year and achieved its full-year plan to produce 4.1M oil-equivalent barrels per day. These new developments in Canada, Indonesia, Norway, the United States and West Africa added 300,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day of working interest production capacity.
08:04 EDTTForum Global to hold a conference
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08:01 EDTXOMExxon Mobil reports Q4 EPS 67c, consensus 63c
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07:17 EDTXOMIran still struggling to finalize oil drilling contract terms, WSJ says
Iran is still having difficulty finalizing terms under which foreign energy companies can drill for oil there, the Wall Street Journal reports. Iranian oil officials canceled a conference scheduled for this month in London where new contracts for Western companies were supposed to be presented, with official blaming the cancellations on the inability to secure enough U.K. visas for the event, the report says. Another reason for the cancellation are conservative factions thinking that the contracts drawn up by president Hassan Rouhani's oil ministry are too generous to foreign entities, the report says, citing people familiar with the matter. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
06:58 EDTAAPLiPad Air 3 may include quad speakers, LED flash, engadget reports
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06:48 EDTAAPLTablet market continued to decline in Q4, VentureBeat says
The tablet market continues to see a decline, with 4Q15 representing the fifth straight quarter to see a year-over-year decrease in shipments, VentureBeat reports, citing market research firm IDC. 65.9M tablet units shipped in Q4, a decline of 13.7% from 76.4M units in the same period last year, the report says. Shipments for FY15 were down 10.1% year over year to 206.8M, the report says. In Q4, top five vendors Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN), Lenovo (LNVGY), and Huawei accounted for 54.2% of the market, up from 51% last year, though only Amazon and Huawei grew their own market share year over year, the report says. Reference Link
06:24 EDTXOMOptions expected to be active
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06:20 EDTTYahoo investors waiting on explicit sale signals, Re/code says
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