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August 30, 2013
12:24 EDTLCC, CRM, OVTI, AAMRQ, APA, KKD, SPLKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as the worst month for the market in some time looks set to have a fitting last day of trading. Investors received data on personal spending, a regional business barometer and a final confidence reading for the month, but given the risks of a possible weekend military action in Syria investors did not appear ready to add to their stock exposure ahead of the long holiday weekend. The Nasdaq, which was within striking distance of ending the week in positive territory early in the session, has dropped along with the other averages, making it look as if it will suffer its fourth consecutive weekly decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer spending rose less than forecast in July as income growth slowed. Personal income in the month rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%, while personal spending rose 0.1%, versus an expected 0.3% increase. The Chicago ISM rose 0.7 points to 53.0 in August, matching the forecast of analysts. The final August reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey was revised up to 82.1, which was higher than the preliminary August estimate of 80.0, but lower than Julyís reading of 85.1. In Asia, Japanís consumer prices increased at the fastest pace since 2008 in July, a sign Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's steps to pull the nation's economy out of 15 years of deflation have made progress. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of energy explorer Apache (APA) rose after the company announced a deal to sell a 33% stake in its Egyptian business to China's Sinopec for $3.1B in cash. A number of analysts reacted positively to the news and Apache's stock advanced about 7% near noon... A judge sided with US Airways (LCC) and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) and set a November date for a trial to rule on the Department of Justice's challenge to the airlines' proposed merger. Shares of US Air rose 4% and AMR shares were up nearly 9% following the ruling. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was enterprise cloud computing provider Salesforce.com (CRM), which rose 14% after the company beat second quarter estimates and raised its full year 2014 outlook. Also higher following its earning report was another tech name, Splunk (SPLK), which was upgraded at FBR Capital and gained 11%. Among the noteworthy losers was image-sensor devices company OmniVision Technologies (OVTI), which fell over 15% after the company's first quarter revenue fell shy of consensus estimates and it issued disappointing guidance. Also lower following its earnings report was donut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), which saw its stock drop 14%. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was down 39.84, or 0.27%, to 14,801.11; the Nasdaq was down 24.24, or 0.67%, to 3,596.06; and the S&P 500 was down 4.55, or 0.28%, to 1,633.62.
News For APA;CRM;SPLK;AAMRQ;LCC;KKD;OVTI From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
07:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com guidance conservative, says Pacific Crest
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07:05 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $80 from $70 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank raised its price target for Salesforce.com shares to $80 after the company posted 37% constant currency billings growth in Q4. It reiterates a Buy rating on the stock.
06:38 EDTCRMSalesforce.com price target raised to $78 from $71 at Citigroup
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February 25, 2015
18:24 EDTCRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTCRMSalesforce.com FY16 EPS 67c-69c, consensus 69c
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16:07 EDTCRMSalesforce.com sees Q1 EPS 13c-14c, consensus 15c
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16:06 EDTCRMSalesforce.com reports Q4 EPS 14c, consensus 14c
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15:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com technical notes ahead of results
Shares have been trading in a range largely bound between $55 at the low and $65 at the high for the last several months. There is a bullish bias within the range. The two extremes of the range may be helpful for understanding where price could go post-earnings. A move up to and above the high at $65 would mean a potential breakout to the 52-week high and life high at $67. That high was set nearly a year ago to date. A breakout above $67 would set up a run to $70. The $70 area would be the top of the long-term price channel, projected forward in time. If the news is not as bullish as traders appear to expect, a move down to the $55 area would be possible. Support prior to that range low is at $58.92, the 50-day moving average, which could be a downside objective on a less severe disappointment. A breakdown below $55 would see next support at $52.74.
15:05 EDTCRMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
14:52 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly 62 straddle priced for 7.2% movement into Q4
07:12 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 24, 2015
13:00 EDTSPLKSplunk VP, Worldwide Field Sales Vishal Rao leaving company, Bloomberg says
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09:01 EDTOVTIOmniVision and eyeSight announce technology collaboration
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February 23, 2015
07:28 EDTSPLKSplunk risk/reward favorable into Q4 results, says William Blair
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06:20 EDTCRMSalesforce.com February weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Salesforce.com February weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, March is at 35, April is at 33, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close on February 25.
February 19, 2015
17:42 EDTCRMSalesforce.com CEO sold 125K shares for $7.39M, Barron's says
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February 18, 2015
09:37 EDTAPAOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
09:02 EDTOVTIOmniVision and Almalence partner for high-res images on mobile devices
OmniVision Technologies is collaborating with Almalence to bring DSC-like performance to mobile applications. The coupling of OmniVision image sensors with Almalence's computational imaging algorithms allows for the capturing of high resolution images or videos in low-light conditions.
07:53 EDTCRMSalesforce.com Q4 closed well, says Oppenheimer
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February 17, 2015
08:11 EDTSPLKSplunk says Yahoo selects Hunk for Hadoop analytics platform
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