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News For AMZN;AAMRQ;SAP;LYV;JNPR;CRM;CS;HON;GOOG;NFLX;CTXS;QCOM From The Last 14 Days
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April 12, 2015
12:59 EDTCSJulius Baer CEO says no merger talks with Credit Suisse, Reuters reports
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April 10, 2015
16:54 EDTNFLXNetflix seeks approval to boost share authorization to 5B
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16:05 EDTAMZNOptions Update; April 10, 2015
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15:44 EDTGOOGGoogle X lab working on battery research, WSJ reports
A small part of Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) Google X research lab, made up of just four team members, had been testing batteries developed by others for use in Google devices but has since moved on to investigating battery technologies that Google might develop itself, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The small team is being led by a former Apple (AAPL) battery expert, the report noted. Reference Link
13:35 EDTCTXSCitrix falls after guidance cut, but analyst says M&A potential may limit slide
The shares of Citrix (CTXS) are falling after the company lowered its first quarter guidance, but RBC Capital wrote that the miss could increase investors' focus on potential activism or M&A scenarios. The company provides virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. WHAT'S NEW: Citrix last night lowered its first quarter earnings per share guidance to 63c-65c from its previous outlook of 70c-72c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 72c. Citrix reduced its Q1 revenue view to $755M-$760M from $780M-$790M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $787M. The company said that it had underestimated the impact of its restructuring and changes to its field and channel strategies. Those changes had been made in order to prepare the business for its next phase of growth, Citrix added. Foreign exchange fluctuations and customer buying behavior also impacted the results, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote that the preannouncement could increase investors' focus on potential activism or M&A scenarios. As a result, the stock is unlikely to drop much further, the analyst stated. In an M&A scenario, the stock would be worth $79-$83 per share, estimated Hedberg after analyzing recent sizable transactions involving software companies. However, he warned that the company may need to implement additional restructuring measures in order to obtain the one percentage point of leverage from restructuring that it is seeking. Hedberg trimmed his price target on the shares to $67 from $69 and kept a Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Another firm, William Blair, downgraded Citrix Systems to Market Perform from Outperform after the company preannounced weaker than expected Q1 results. On April 7, Stifel said it viewed Citrix as an "interesting name" for the rest of the year and thinks activist investors could get involved if the company's turnaround does not progress quickly enough. The firm calculated that, using a similar take out multiple to what is being paid for peer Informatica (INFA), equates to a $110 price for Citrix. Earlier that day, Informatica announced it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by a company controlled by the Permira funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, or CPPIB, for approximately $5.3B, or $48.75 per share. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Citrix fell 2% to $63.35.
12:46 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:48 EDTNFLXNetflix continues its climb higher, levels to watch
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11:39 EDTNFLXNetflix climbs after analyst upgrades stock, boosts price target over $100
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10:45 EDTGOOGNokia exploring sale of HERE maps unit, Bloomberg says
Nokia is exploring the sale of its maps business, known as HERE, and is attracting buyout interest for the unit from companies and private-equity firms, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Nokia has valued the unit at $2.1B in a recent financial report and bids are expected soon, the report added. HERE competes with maps products from Google (GOOG, GOOGL), among others. Nokia shares trading in New York are up a bit over 3% to near $8 following the report. Reference Link
10:07 EDTCTXSHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTCTXSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bemis (BMS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William... Global Payments (GPN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded on valuation, catalysts at Stifel... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Reckitt Benckiser (RBGLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded on valuation, growth outlook at Stifel... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.
09:39 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:24 EDTNFLXNetflix moves higher after upgrade
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09:16 EDTCTXS, NFLXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quantum (QTM), up 22.2%. ALSO HIGHER: General Electric (GE), up 6.6% after announcing that it will sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B... Horizon Pharma (HZNP), up 3.7% after receiving fast track designation for Actimmune... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 2.3% after FDA modifies partial clinical hold on Tekmira TKM-Ebola IND... Netflix (NFLX), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT), up 3.6% after acquiring $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital. LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 5.8% after lowering first quarter guidance... Uniqure (QURE), down 2.4% after 3M share Secondary priced at $29.50... FIS (FIS), down 2.5% after lowering first quarter guidance... Golub Capital (GBDC), down 2.3% after 3.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $17.42.
09:14 EDTAMZNAmazon.com acquired shoe fitting technology startup, TechCrunch says
Amazon has purchased Shoefitr, a startup whose 3D technology helps match online shoppers with shoes that will best fit them, reported TechCrunch, citing a "reliable source very close to the company." Reference Link
09:11 EDTAMZNCleveland Research sees modest Q1 CSOI upside for Amazon.com
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09:02 EDTCTXSCitrix news may increase focus on activism/M&A scenarios, says RBC Capital
After Citrix lowered its Q1 EPS guidance, RBC Capital thinks the preannouncement could increase investors' focus on potential activism and/or M&A scenarios. As a result, the firm thinks the stock can reach $71-$83. However, it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
09:01 EDTAMZNAmazon says High Dynamic Range coming to Prime Instant Video this year
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08:02 EDTNFLXNetflix Google data positive, says Oppenheimer
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