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April 10, 2013
13:04 EDTCIEN, FAST, ADTN, BRLI, FNSR, KMX, HMA, BIDU, TITNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following the unexpected early release of the minutes from the Fed's last rate setting meeting in March. The move higher has pushed the S&P above its all-time closing high, which was established last week, and has seen it set a new all-time intraday record as well. In addition to the Fed minutes, the President unveiled a budget proposal that calls for tough entitlement cuts, but those come paired with increased revenues, and China unexpectedly reported a trade deficit caused by higher than expected imports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Federal Reserve decided to release the minutes from it last Federal Open Market Committee meeting at 9:00 am ET, which was five hours earlier than scheduled, because they were leaked yesterday to trade groups and some members of Congress. The minutes showed continued discussion over the costs and benefits of the Fed's bond-buying program, with several members saying it would "probably be appropriate to slow purchases later in the year and to stop them by year-end." However, many on the Street noted that the minutes were for a meeting that occurred prior to last Friday's disappointing monthly jobs report. Also, President Obama sent a $3.77T spending plan to Congress in a bid to revive deficit-reduction talks. In China, a rare trade deficit of $880M was reported for March, as imports surged 14.1% from a year earlier, outpacing a 10% rise in exports. Also of note, the World Trade Organization slashed its forecast for global trade growth in 2013 to 3.3% from its prior call for 4.5% growth, and S&P revised its outlook on Cyprus to Stable from Negative... COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season picked up a little bit of steam, with reports from ADTRAN (ADTN) and CarMax (KMX) sending their shares higher, while Titan Machinery (TITN) and Fastenal (FAST) declined following their quarterly results announcements... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baidu (BIDU), which rose over 6% following an upgrade to Buy from Hold at 86 Research. Also trading higher were a number of ADTRAN's peers, including Finisar (FNSR), up nearly 7%, and Ciena (CIEN), up about 6%, following the telecommunication equipment provider's better than expected report. Among the noteworthy losers were Health Management Associates (HMA), which fell 17% after its preliminary view of its quarterly results fell short of expectations, and Bio-Reference Labs (BRLI), which slid 7% in an apparent delayed reaction to a "whistleblower" suit filed against it last week but widely circulated today... INDICES: Near 1 pm ET, the Dow was up 147.54, or 1.01%, to 14,821.00; the Nasdaq was up 58.03, or 1.79%, to 3,295.89; and the S&P 500 was up 19.43, or 1.24%, to 1,588.04.
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July 27, 2015
16:39 EDTBIDUBaidu reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.81, consensus $1.88
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16:38 EDTBIDUBaidu reports June MAUs up 24% to 629M
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16:36 EDTBIDUBaidu sees Q3 revenue $2.93B-$3B, consensus $3.03B
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16:00 EDTBIDUOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:44 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly 195 straddle priced for 9% movement into Q2
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15:03 EDTBIDUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Baidu (BIDU), consensus $10.58... Avalonbay Communities (AVB), consensus $1.92... Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 77c... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 6c... PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $2.35... Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 34c... Swift Transportation (SWFT), consensus 37c.
13:36 EDTBIDUBaidu technical commentary ahead of results
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12:21 EDTBIDUBaidu July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Baidu July weekly call option implied volatility is at 99, August is at 49, September is at 39; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
12:03 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTBIDUAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
09:36 EDTBIDUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX INTC MU VZ BIDU AMBA
July 26, 2015
19:22 EDTBIDUBaidu CEO 'still interested' in Nokia map unit, Re/code says
In a Re/code interview published Friday afternoon, Baidu (BIDU) CEO Robin Li remarked that the company is "still interested" in Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping unit. When asked about potential partners, Li commented, "I cannot say too much about it because itís not a done deal." Note that earlier media reports have suggested Nokia is or was leaning towards selling HERE to a group of German luxury car makers including Daimler (DDAIF), BMW (BAMXY), and Volkswagen's (VLKAY) Audi (AUDVF). Reference Link
July 24, 2015
13:34 EDTBIDUBaidu volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:26 EDTBIDUBaidu Q2 results likely to be positive catalyst, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Baidu's increased disclosures about its segments could enable investors to learn more about its core search business, creating a positive surprise. The firm thinks the stock's valuation is "very attractive," and it keeps an Overweight rating.
July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTCIENOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:15 EDTBIDUBaidu should be bought ahead of earnings, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo recommends buying shares of Baidu ahead of the company's Q2 results on July 27. Baidu's revenue should top consensus and strength in both the iQiyi and Nuomi businesses should lead the Q3 outlook above street expectations, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $256 price target.
05:19 EDTCIENCiena initiated with a Buy at B. Riley
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTFASTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
16:29 EDTFASTFastenal initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc
13:11 EDTFASTFastenal says Hein to step down as CEO, Oberton to re-assume CEO role
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