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April 27, 2012
16:28 EDTEXPE, MXWL, MDRX, MRK, GS, AMZN, CRAY, CVX, SBUX, PG, BAC, FOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures traded around fair value for most of the pre-market trading session, with a bit of a swoon following the disappointing Q1 GDP report. The futures gathered themselves before the close of the pre-market trading session which led to a slightly higher open for the broader market. The averages hung near the flat line until the University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading gave investors a reason to buy. Although the volume was light, the averages achieved gains of roughly 0.5% and then drifted lower for the remainder of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product reportedly grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the first quarter, versus an expected increase of 2.5%. Personal consumption increased 2.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 2.3%. The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence report had a reading of 76.4, versus the expected 75.7. Regarding Europe, S&P cut its credit rating on Spain to BBB+ from A and said its long-term outlook is negative...COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN), Ford (F) and Starbucks (SBUX) all exceeded expectations on the top and bottom lines, but only Amazon was rewarded by investors. Shares of the internet giant advanced more than 15% on the heels of upgrades from Goldman (GS), Merrill Lynch (BAC), Nomura and Sun Trust...The three Dow components reporting earnings, Chevron (CVX), Merck (MRK) and Procter & Gamble (PG), all declined despite each beating consensus earnings expectations. P&G was the Dow's worst performer, sliding 3.9%, after lowering its outlook for next quarter...MAJOR MOVERS: Among the biggest gainers were: Cray (CRAY) which soared 27.9% to $11.38 after forecasting higher than expected Q2 revenue, and Expedia (EXPE) which rallied 23.5% to $40.31 after reporting Q1 EPS that trounced analysts' expectations. The losers included Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (MDRX) which tumbled 35.7% to $10.29 after drastically reducing its FY12 EPS forecast, and Maxwell Technologies (MXWL) which fell 39.2% to $9.60 after issuing a disappointing Q2 sales forecast. INDICES: The Dow rose 23.69 to 13,228.31, the S&P gained 3.38 to 1,403.36, and the Nasdaq added 18.59 to 3,069.20.
News For AMZN;F;SBUX;GS;BAC;CVX;MRK;PG;CRAY;EXPE;MDRX;MXWL From The Last 14 Days
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January 25, 2016
13:20 EDTAMZNAmazon Prime grew 35% to 54M U.S. members in 2015, CIRP says
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12:22 EDTPGProcter & Gamble technical comments before earnings
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10:44 EDTAMZNAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
10:10 EDTAMZNAmazon's email 'share' function deemed unlawful by German court, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTEXPEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 8x8, Inc. (EGHT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... ARI Network (ARIS) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Alcobra (ADHD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... CNO Financial (CNO) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Expedia (EXPE) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gartner (IT) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... MAG Silver (MVG) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Mitek Systems (MITK) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Priceline (PCLN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Seres Therapeutics (MCRB) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright.
10:00 EDTGSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:43 EDTCVXChevron upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
09:32 EDTSBUXApple Active equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tyco (TYC) and Johnson Controls (JCI), up 9% and 1%, respectively, after announcing a definitive merger agreement. Johnson Controls shareholders will own approximately 56% of the equity of the combined company, while current Tyco shareholders will own approximately 44%... SunEdison (SUNE), up 10% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board... Affimed Therapeutics (AFMD), up 26% after entering a clinical research collaboration in immuno-oncology with Merck (MRK). UP AFTER EARNINGS: McDonald's (MCD), up 3%... LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down 5% after its CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet last night that several executives are departing the company. Media reports also indicate that, as part of its shake-up, Twitter intends to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week... OncoMed (OMED), down 38% after an independent data safety monitoring board remarked on several findings regarding futility of the company's Phase 2 ALPINE clinical trial... Medivation (MDVN), down 7% after FDA places investigational new drug application for MDV9300 on partial clinical hold... International Paper (IP), down 4.8%, Packaging Corp. (PKG), down 4.8%, WestRock (WRK), down 6%, after Pulp & Paper Week reduced January kraftliner and corrugated medium prices... Caterpillar (CAT), down 4% after Goldman cuts rating to sell... Regeneron (REGN), down 3% after downgraded at Chardan to sell. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly-Clark (KMB), down 2.5%.
08:08 EDTEXPEExpedia initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
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07:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com revenue should beat expectations, says Stifel
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07:03 EDTGSGoldman Sachs upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:30 EDTFFord to shutter operations in Japan, Indonesia, Reuters reports
Ford will shutter operations in Japan and Indonesia this year since it sees "no reasonable path to profitability" in the two nations, Reuters reports. The car maker will exit all areas of its business, including dealerships and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, in the two countries, the report says, citing an email from Asia Pacific President Dave Schoch to all employees in the region. Reference Link
05:51 EDTAMZN, PGOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:49 EDTAMZNPiper's Munster sees attractive entry point for Amazon shares
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is bullish on Amazon.com shares into the company's December quarter results. Concerns over a potential margin reinvestment phase are overblown, Munster tells investors in a research note. He believes Street estimates are mis-modeling Amazon's margin expansion in 2016 and thinks the company's unit growth will likely exceed expectations. He views current share levels as an attractive entry point for investors and keeps an Overweight rating on Amazon with an $800 price target. The stock closed Friday up $21.36 to $596.38.
05:19 EDTMRKAffimed Therapeutics enters into collaboration with Merck
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05:17 EDTCRAYCray signs $36M contract with ECMWF
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05:16 EDTPGHilton announces midscale brand Tru by Hilton
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January 24, 2016
14:40 EDTAMZNCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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11:02 EDTBACStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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