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April 9, 2012
12:15 EDTITMN, GOLD, AOL, CNC, CALL, MOH, MSFTOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at mid-day, in a delayed reaction to Friday's disappointing jobs report. Investors and analysts continue after the long weekend to try to connect the dots to determine whether this report is a sign of a slow down in the economic recovery or if it indicates a pause. The move today is broad based, as all of the S&P sectors are lower and at one point 99% of all the S&P 500 stocks were lower. The averages have shown virtually no improvement since the open and continue to drift. The lack of economic data today has left investors with nothing new to focus on to move past the jobs report... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little of note was on the economic calendar, leaving investors to react to the disappointment from the the 120K increase in nonfarm payrolls reported Friday while the equity markets were closed. Internationally, the Nikkei was down and the Hang Seng and the European markets were closed... COMPANY NEWS: AOL (AOL) shares surged over 45% after the company agreed to sell over 800 of its patents to Microsoft (MSFT) for a bit over $1B. Microsoft's stock was down close to 1% near noon following the announcement... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were magicJack (CALL), after it provided guidance above the Street's view and said it will look to increase its stock buyback program, and Randgold (GOLD), after the company said its gold production and 2012 production guidance were not affected by a coup in Mali. Noteworthy losers included Molina Healthcare (MOH) and Centene (CNC), after the state of Ohio did not renew its Medicaid contract with the two companies. Also lower were shares of InterMune (ITMN), following a downgrade to Sector Perform at RBC Capital... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 138.38, or 1.06%, to 12,921.76; the Nasdaq was down 34.41, or 1.12%, to 3,046.09; and the S&P 500 was down 16.86, or 1.21%, to 1,381.22.
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January 27, 2016
07:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:14 EDTCNCCentene preannouncement positive, says Oppenheimer
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January 26, 2016
18:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft executive: Surface glitch during NFL game caused by stadium error
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17:07 EDTCNCCentene sees FY16 adj. EPS $4.10-$4.40, consensus $3.77
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17:05 EDTCNCCentene sees Q4 EPS 95c, consensus 83c
Sees Q4 revenue $6.3B, consensus $6.13B. EPS outlook excludes Health Net merger related costs.
17:03 EDTCNCCentene sees FY15 EPS $3.03, consensus $2.92
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16:20 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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11:13 EDTMSFTActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:39 EDTCNCCentene falls below major support at $60
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10:34 EDTMSFTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
09:32 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTMSFTTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
January 25, 2016
19:28 EDTCNCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Swift Transportation (SWFT), up 5.4%... Sanmina (SANM), up 4.6%... Rambus (RMBS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 12.9% after filing a New Animal Drug Application with the FDA... Relypsa (RLYP), up 16.5% after announcing results from Veltassa drug-drug interaction studies. LOWER: Centene (CNC), down 1.9% after announcing an internal search for six hard drives that are unaccounted for.
17:38 EDTCNCCentene announces internal search for six hard drives
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17:25 EDTMSFTQualcomm Ventures chief heading to Microsoft, Fortune says
Qualcomm (QCOM) Ventures chief Nagraj Kashyap will join the venture capital division of Microsoft (MSFT), reports Fortune, citing a statement from Kashyap. Reference Link
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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09:32 EDTMSFTApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTMOHLeerink sees 'strong' buying opportunity in Managed Care space
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08:22 EDTMSFTMajesco and Microsoft announce favorable court judgment
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