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April 27, 2012
12:19 EDTDECK, MDRX, BAYRY, WCRX, JAZZ, CVH, SIMO, MXWL, CERN, CRAY, EXPE, SBUX, F, MRK, CVX, PG, AMZNOn 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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April 7, 2014
14:18 EDTEXPEGoogle licenses booking software from Expedia-backed startup, Bloomberg says
Tech giant Google (GOOG), which has been bolstering its investments in travel, is now licensing hotel-booking software from Room 77, a startup backed by Expedia (EXPE), reported Bloomberg, citing a letter sent to Room 77 shareholders that was obtained by the news service. Other online travel agencies include Priceline Group (PCLN) and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW). Reference Link
12:47 EDTFFord recalls 434,000 vehicles in two unrelated recalls, Detroit News reports
Ford is recalling more than 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls announced Monday, reports Detroit News. The company is recalling 385,750 Escape compact SUVs due to a rusty subframe. it also will recall 48,950 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles to replace seatback frames that don't comply to the NHTSA standard. Reference Link
12:10 EDTAMZNAmazon.com tests Friday's session lows, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTMRKAlnylam's McSwiggen patent upheld in European opposition proceedings
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07:35 EDTAMZNAmazon.com announces launch of Amazon Dash
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07:27 EDTMRKAmerican Association of Cancer Research to hold annual meeting
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07:04 EDTPGProcter & Gamble increases quarterly dividend 7% to 64.36c per share
The Procter & Gamble Company announced that its Board of Directors declared an increase in the quarterly dividend from 60.15c to 64.36c per share on its Common Stock and on the Series A and Series B ESOP Convertible Class A Preferred Stock of the company, payable on or after May 15, to Common Stock shareholders of record at the close of business on April 25, and to Series A and Series B Preferred Stock shareholders of record at the start of business on April 25. This represents a 7% increase compared to the prior quarterly dividend.
06:41 EDTAMZNMicrosoft pushes for programming to rival Amazon, Netflix, Bloomberg says
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05:25 EDTFFord Transit Connect awarded five star safety rating by NHTSA
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April 6, 2014
17:48 EDTAMZNGoogle set to announce Android TV, The Verge says
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14:21 EDTAMZNYahoo plans to acquire bigger budget TV programming, WSJ says
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13:37 EDTMRKMerck presents findings on clinical outcomes following treatment with MK-3475
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April 4, 2014
17:12 EDTAMZNMarket finishes mixed as Nasdaq sells off into weekend
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16:30 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:04 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor May volatility elevated at 48
Deckers Outdoor April call option implied volatility is at 34, May is at 48, June is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data, suggesting large May price movement.
09:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com downside continues, levels to watch
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09:36 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TSLA MU GNK AMZN FB GILD MA NFLX
08:07 EDTMRKMerck, Ferring announce collaboration with WHO
Merck and Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced their collaboration with the World Health Organization to advance a new, proprietary formulation of carbetocin, used to prevent excessive bleeding in women after childbirth, that is designed to be stable at room temperature, even in hot and tropical climates. Currently, oxytocin, the standard medicine administered for the prevention of excessive bleeding, is temperature-sensitive and requires sustained cold distribution and storage in hot climates. The WHO will conduct a multi-country clinical study to evaluate the effectiveness of room-temperature-stable carbetocin, as compared to oxytocin. The development of a medicine that can be stored at room temperature has the potential to significantly improve management of bleeding following childbirth in the many areas of the world where cold storage is difficult to achieve and maintain, and thereby help reduce maternal deaths in those areas. Starting this year, the study will take place in 12 countries around the world and enroll approximately 29,000 women. If the results of the study are positive, the organizations will work together with the aim of making the medicine available in developing countries that have a high burden of maternal mortality at an affordable and sustainable public-sector price.
07:55 EDTFFord outpacing rivals in China on strength of SUVs, WSJ says
Thanks in large part to a rising demand in China for sport-utility vehicles, Ford's (F) China deliveries jumped past Toyota (TM) in 2013 and the U.S. automaker also gained on General Motors (GM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), who it has similarly trailed in China for years, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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