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November 19, 2015
12:19 EDTAETOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have struggled for direction since the open and spent the morning moving in a narrow range. The Dow has held up fairly well considering the weakness seen in UnitedHealth (UNH), which has declined after the insurer cut its fiscal 2015 profit guidance, citing weakness in individual health insurance policies it markets through exchanges. Oil prices remain under pressure, with benchmark U.S. crude trading back below $42 per barrel. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims continued to hover around four-decade lows, with 271,000 first-time claims filed in the week ended November 14. The Philly Fed index rose 6.4 points to 1.9 in November, better than the forecast for a -0.5 reading. In Europe, minutes from the most recent European Central Bank policy meeting showed that some participants called for more stimulus amid deflation risks, weak oil prices and a sluggish recovery in the euro-area. In Asia, the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus, as widely expected. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of health insurer UnitedHealth and a number of other companies in the sector are falling after the Dow member lowered its profit outlook for this fiscal year, citing weakness in individual health insurance policies it markets through exchanges. UnitedHealth said it has pulled back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products in 2016 and is "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment." Near noon, UnitedHealth fell about 5%, while Aetna (AET) declined nearly 6%, Humana (HUM) droped more than 3.5%, Anthem (ANTM) declined over 6% and Cigna (CI) slid 4%... Press reports indicate that talks between Pfizer (PFE) and Allergan (AGN) are heating up and that a deal is nearing, but simultaneously the U.S. government's rhetoric around the type of "inversion" deal the two pharmaceutical giants are discussing is getting ratcheted up as well. Last night, Bloomberg reported that Pfizer is nearing an agreement to acquire Allergan for $370 to $380 per share, citing people familiar with the matter. The two companies are aiming to announce a deal as early as Monday, sources told the publication. However, CNBC's David Faber reported, citing sources, that a deal will not be announced on Monday, but Pfizer and Allergan are in the "final innings" of merger talks. The deal will consist of all stock and Pfizer is likely to offer 11-plus shares per Allergan share, Faber noted. Amid the reports, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that his department will release "targeted guidance" later this week meant to "deter and reduce further the economic benefits of corporate inversions" like the one being contemplated by the drugmakers... Square (SQ) completed its initial public offering of stock and rose about $4 per share to trade near $13 around noon after pricing last night at $9 per share. CEO Jack Dorsey, who leads both Square and Twitter (TWTR) as CEO, said in an interview following the opening that the teams behind him make him able to simultaneously hold both positions. Twitter rose about 1.4% to $26.25 in midday trading following Square's entry to the public markets. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which rallied 22% after it reported better than expected quarterly earnings and guided for fiscal 2016. Also higher was (CTRP), which gained 19% after no fewer than three analysts raised their price target on the company's stock following upbeat fourth quarter earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Kirkland's (KIRK), which fell 30% after the company reported downbeat quarterly earnings and provided lower than expected guidance. Also lower was AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG), which lost over 8.5% after it received a complete response letter from the FDA for a single-dose vial of Makena, a treatment to reduce the risk of preterm birth in at-risk patients. In addition, Best Buy (BBY) fell 3% after it reported better than expected third quarter earnings but worse than expected same-store sales growth and also guided toward "near-flat" revenue for its domestic business in the holiday quarter. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 17.44, or 0.1%, to 17,719.72, the Nasdaq was up 2.36, or 0.05%, to 5,077.57, and the S&P 500 was down 3.67, or 0.18%, to 2,079.91.
10:58 EDTAETAnalysts say possible exchange exit positive for battered UnitedHealth
The shares of health insurer UnitedHealth (UNH) and a number of other companies in the sector are falling after the Dow member lowered its fiscal 2015 profit guidance, citing weakness in individual health insurance policies it markets through exchanges. WHAT'S NEW: UnitedHealth lowered its fiscal 2015 earnings per share guidance to $6 from $6.25-$6.35. Analysts' consensus estimate was $6.31. The company identified policies sold to individuals through exchanges as the culprit. UnitedHealth said it expects to lose 26c per share on these policies in 2015 and 2016. The insurer stated that its other businesses were performing in-line with expectations and showing strength. UnitedHealth said it has pulled back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products in 2016 and indicated that it would consider offering fewer individual policies through exchanges in 2017. UnitedHealth provided fiscal 2016 EPS guidance of $7.10-$7.30, versus the consensus outlook of $7.28. ANALYST REACTION: Any weakness in UnitedHealth and other health insurers today on the news from UnitedHealth creates a strong buying opportunity, Leerink Swann analyst Ana Gupte wrote in a note to investors today. The government will either reform the exchanges to make them more profitable for the insurers or they will exit the market, Gupte predicted. Moreover, the downside risk for health insurers Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Humana (HUM), and Cigna (CI) from today's news are low, since their Q3 and 2016 outlooks already incorporated the negative trends cited by UnitedHealth, the analyst stated. Mizuho Securities analyst Sheryl Skolnick was more cautious, predicting that the news would "rattle" the health insurance sector. United Health is more "insulated" than its peers from the weakness of the exchanges because its exposure to the market is relatively limited and its business is more diversified than that of its peers, according to Skolnick, who kept a $150 price target and Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Wieland says UnitedHealth reducing its exchange exposure should be accretive to shareholder value. The company's participation in exchanges is not essential to its growth strategy, according to Wieland. The issues cited for the guidance cut likely applies to all Managed Care companies, therefore UnitedHealth should outperform peers given its limited exposure to exchanges, contends Wieland, who reiterated an Overweight rating on the stock with a $149 price target. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, UnitedHealth fell 4% to $112.49, Aetna declined 4.4% to $102.18, Humana gave back 2.4% to $167, Anthem fell 6.6% to $128.20, and Cigna slid 3.8% to $130.
10:23 EDTAETUnitedHealth selloff on guidance presents buying opportunity, says Leerink
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09:00 EDTHPQAerohive sell-off unwarranted, says JMP Securities
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08:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft participates in a panel discussion
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November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
14:49 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
14:05 EDTORCLOracle continues to believe Cloud will become bigger part of software offering
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11:33 EDTT, VZSprint announces launch of LTE Plus network
In celebration of the launch of its new LTE Plus network, Sprint (S) is introducing the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history - 50% off the price of most Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T) and T-Mobile (TMUS) rate plans, the company says. New customers can sign up for this offer nationwide Nov. 20 through Jan. 7, 2016. LTE Plus, available today in 77 major markets, takes advantage of Sprint's rich triband spectrum portfolio, and it uses some of the world's most advanced technologies in wireless, such as carrier aggregation and antenna beamforming. Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon customers switching to Sprint also can take advantage of iPhone Forever, where they are eligible to upgrade every time a new iPhone launches. Customers must port one line, and can add up to 9 additional lines on the account. Customers must choose from the 50 percent off rate plans available from their current carrier. Cricket and MetroPCS customers also can switch and save 50 percent off their parent company's postpaid rates. 50 percent off pricing remains valid until Jan. 8, 2018, for activations between Nov. 20, 2015, and Jan. 7, 2016.
10:29 EDTORCLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:42 EDTCACA Technologies upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
07:03 EDTCACA Technologies announces additional $750M stock repurchase authorization
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07:03 EDTCACA Technologies announces acceleration of stock repurchase program
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07:02 EDTCACA Technologies to increase dividend to $1.02 per share in FY17
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November 17, 2015
18:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says building new cyber defense center, NBC reports
Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to open a Cyber Defense Operations Center, gathering security experts from across the company's suite of products in order to respond to security threats in real-time, reports NBC. Reference Link
09:02 EDTMSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:31 EDTIBMBerkshire buys more IBM shares, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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