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April 27, 2012
12:19 EDTDECK, WCRX, MDRX, JAZZ, BAYRY, SIMO, CRAY, F, PG, MXWL, EXPE, MRK, AMZN, CVH, CERN, SBUX, CVXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, in spite of Spain's ratings being cut by S&P and a U.S. GDP reading that disappointed. Each of the major indices is higher, with the Nasdaq the leader. The averages have moved in a narrow range since the open as market participants digest all the earnings and economic news that was delivered this week. Earnings have come in better than expected, which has led the averages to rebound and stand ready for a positive close for the week. The economic data remains mixed, as housing and labor continue to limp along but consumer confidence is showing an uptick. For now earnings have trumped macro data, leading to a move higher for equities... 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 14% on the heels of upgrades from Goldman, Merrill Lynch, Nomura and Sun Trust on its strong results... The three Dow components reporting earnings, Chevron (CVX), Merck (MRK) and Procter & Gamble (PG), all declined in spite of the fact that each beat consensus earnings expectations. P&G was the Dow's worst performer, sliding 3.5%, after lowering its outlook for next quarter... Among the many other companies reporting earnings, advancers included Expedia (EXPE), Cray (CRAY) and Cerner (CERN); decliners included Maxwell (MXWL), Silicon Motion (SIMO) and Coventry Health (CVH)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), up over 15%, after announcing plans to acquire EUSA Pharma for $650M, and Warner Chilcott (WCRX), up 9%, after the Times of London said that Bayer (BAYRY) may offer $32 per share for the company. Noteworthy losers included Allscripts (MDRX), down 41%, following downgrades by at least eight firms after its earnings and guidance severely missed consensus and the company reported the ouster of its board chairman, three other board members and its CFO, and Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down more than 25%, after lowering its full year sales and profit outlook... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 30.92, or 0.23%, to 13,235.54; the Nasdaq was up 14.12, or 0.46%, to 3,064.73; and the S&P 500 was up 2.31, or 0.17%, to 1,402.29.
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November 13, 2014
08:13 EDTCVXChevron abandons geothermal project in Sumatra, Jakarta Post says
A Chevron unit has handed over its working area in Lampung, Sumatra, to the local government, with a government official stating that company said its early survey failed to find steam at an economical level to continue its geothermal project, according to the Jakarta Post. Reference Link
07:44 EDTPGProcter & Gamble to restate Batteries results to discontinued operations
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07:44 EDTPGP&G to incur non-cash charge of approx. 28c per share in current quarter
07:42 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees FY15 core EPS growth mid-single digits
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07:41 EDTPGProcter and Gamble volatility flat into Berkshire Hathaway acquiring Duracell
Procter and Gamble (PG) overall option implied volatility of 13 is near its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) acquiring the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble in deal valued at approximately $6.4B.
07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reiterates FY15 organic sales, core EPS growth guidance
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07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees clsoing Duracell transaction in 2H15
Following its prior announcement of plans to exit the Duracell business, P&G (PG) said it now plans to execute a split transaction, in which it will exchange a recapitalized Duracell Company for Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) shares of P&G stock. Berkshire’s stock ownership is currently valued at approximately $4.7 billion. P&G said it expects to contribute approximately $1.8 billion in cash to the Duracell Company in the pre-transaction recapitalization. P&G said the transaction maximizes the after-tax value of the Duracell business and is tax efficient for P&G. The value received for Duracell in the exchange is approximately 7-times fiscal year 2014 adjusted EBITDA. This equates to a cash sale valued at approximately 9-times adjusted EBITDA. As part of the exit of the battery business, P&G announced that it closed the sale of its interest in a China-based battery joint venture earlier in the week. Based on the signing of the contract to exit the Duracell business, P&G will restate Batteries results to discontinued operations effective with the reporting of October-December 2014 quarterly results. The Company expects to restate earnings per share of approximately 12c-14c to discontinued operations for fiscal year 2014. All-in GAAP earnings per share are not affected by the restatements. P&G said it will incur a non-core, non-cash charge of approximately 28c per share in current quarter results to adjust Duracell goodwill and intangible assets to the expected after-tax transaction value. P&G expects to finalize the restatement and one-time charge amounts in the next few weeks, and will update shareholders when final amounts are available. P&G said it expects to close the Duracell transaction in the second half of calendar year 2015 pending necessary regulatory approvals.
07:31 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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07:30 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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11:17 EDTMRKLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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08:18 EDTBAYRYUBS to hold a conference
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08:13 EDTMRKBoston Biotech to hold a conference
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08:02 EDTCERNCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTFFord offers favorable risk/reward, says UBS
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06:22 EDTBAYRYZoetis price target raised to $49 from $44 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Zoetis (ZTS) shares to $49 after activist Pershing Square confirmed the accumulation of a 10% stake in the company. Citi thinks Pershing is interested in advocating for a sale of Zoetis, potentially to Valeant (VRX) if its bid for Allergan (AGN) fails. Citi believes others, including Bayer (BAYRY), could be interested in acquiring Zoetis. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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