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February 24, 2014
04:55 EDTAET, AET, AET, AET, LVLT, LVLT, LVLT, LVLT, HPQ, HPQ, HPQ, HPQ, INFA, INFA, INFA, INFA, IBM, IBM, IBM, IBM, JNPR, JNPR, JNPR, JNPR, EMC, EMC, EMC, EMC, CIEN, CIEN, CIEN, CIEN, CA, CA, CA, CA, T, T, T, T, WAG, WAG, WAG, WAG, VZ, VZ, VZ, VZ, MSFT, MSFT, MSFT, MSFT, IT, IT, IT, IT, SI, SI, SI, SI, ORCL, ORCL, ORCL, ORCLHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition is being held in Orlando, Florida on February 23-27.
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06:03 EDTWAGWalgreen implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTHPQWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
16:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
16:15 EDTORCLKEYW, Oracle collaborate on advanced security solutions
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15:11 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpay net adds beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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13:44 EDTVZVerizon CEO says added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2
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13:40 EDTVZVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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13:16 EDTVZVerizon CEO says not interested in buying satellite company
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10:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO prepares reshaping plans
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09:13 EDTHPQHP Western Digital Seagate to benefit from PC rebound, says RBC Capital
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08:02 EDTLVLTLevel 3 data center services to support Brazil's Fototica
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07:47 EDTIBMIBM volatility up and into Q2
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07:46 EDTHPQHP awarded computing, servers contract by USAF
HP announced that the United States Air Force, or USAF, has issued a Quantum Enterprise Buy, or QEB, procurement for select HP business PCs and Workstations. Products that will be distributed as part of the procurement include a wide array of business desktop and notebook PCs, including the HP Compaq Pro 6305 SFF, HP Z230 Workstation, HP Z820 Workstation, HP ProBook 640 G1 and the HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. Products acquired through this QEB award will be distributed to USAF bases and facilities around the world.
07:20 EDTORCLIridium completes implementation of Oracle's management and billing solution
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07:11 EDTAETAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTMSFT, HPQTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:23 EDTAETHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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06:18 EDTMSFT, HPQIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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05:24 EDTIBMIBM announces $3B cloud, big data systems research initiative
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