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May 4, 2012
12:46 EDTLF, ROVI, MSFT, BODY, CF, WRC, DLB, SWN, CFN, AIG, LNKDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following the disappointing non-farm payrolls report. Stock futures weakened after the worse than expected data, leading to a sharply lower open for the broader market. Earlier in the week the averages had hit fresh recovery highs on positive ISM data but investor’s confidence was clearly shaken by the weak employment numbers. The Nasdaq continues to be the weakest index, down more than 2% for the session... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., employers added fewer workers than forecast in April and the jobless rate unexpectedly declined as people left the labor force. The Labor Department said 115,000 jobs were added, the smallest gain in six months, missing analysts' calls 160,000 additions. The unemployment rate, however, fell to 8.1%... COMPANY NEWS: Insurer American International Group (AIG) reported earnings that beat estimates but its stock slid almost 4% during today's session after rising fairly steadily during the past week. Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included LinkedIn (LNKD) and CareFusion (CFN); decliners included Southwestern Energy (SWN), Warnaco (WRC) and CF Industries (CF)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Dolby Labs (DLB), up 19%, after its earnings beat consensus and it announced a new partnership with Microsoft (MSFT), and LeapFrog (LF), up 15%, after its quarterly losses were not as steep as expected and its guidance exceeded expectations. Noteworthy losers included Body Central (BODY), down 44%, after downgrades from at least three firms following its results and guidance, and Rovi (ROVI), down over 6%, after reporting in line earnings and backing its full year guidance but also announcing the departure of its CFO... INDICES: Near 12:40 pm ET, the Dow was down 179.10, or 1.36%, to 13,027.49; the Nasdaq was down 63.09, or 2.09%, to 2,961.21; and the S&P 500 was down 22.85, or 1.64%, to 1,368.72.
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January 22, 2015
12:37 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 23, March is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 26.
08:01 EDTMSFTSeagate expands collaboration with Super Micro Computer
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06:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 10 not a 'material' catalyst, says Jefferies
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January 21, 2015
16:48 EDTCFNCareFusion stockholders approve proposed merger with Becton, Dickinson
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) and CareFusion (CFN) announced the results of the CareFusion special meeting of stockholders, held on January 21, for CareFusion stockholders to consider and vote upon the proposed merger of CareFusion and BD. CareFusion stockholders approved the definitive merger agreement and the merger transaction, with approximately 76% of shares outstanding cast in favor of the proposal. As previously announced on October 5, 2014, BD and CareFusion entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which BD would acquire CareFusion in a stock and cash transaction. CareFusion stockholder approval was a condition to the merger. The proposed acquisition remains subject to certain other conditions and approvals, including approval of the proposed acquisition by the European Commission under the European Union Merger Regulation.
16:08 EDTDLBDolby sees FY15 revenue $970M-$1B, consensus $984.9M
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16:07 EDTDLBDolby sees Q2 GAAP EPS 45c-51c, consensus 53c
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16:06 EDTDLBDolby reports Q1 GAAP EPS 40c, consensus 38c
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15:27 EDTDLBNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:15 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy coverage resumed with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Price target lowered to $46 from $49.
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:00 EDTCFNBecton Dickinson upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
As previously reported, Cowen upgraded Becton Dickinson (BDX) to Outperform from Market Perform as they believe synergy targets for its Carefusion (CFN) acquisition are too low. Cowen raised its price target to $165 form $130 on Becton Dickinson shares.
05:12 EDTAIGAIG to acquire Laya Healthcare
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January 20, 2015
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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07:30 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group
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