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February 4, 2013
12:16 EDTAPKT, SONS, ORCL, HUM, GCI, CYBX, BRO, YOKU, CSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday, with the major averages giving back most or all of Friday's gains. The indices began the session deep in negative territory and remain that way near the lunch hour. There was little on the domestic economic calendar to account for the weakness, but some market participants were attributing the move to profit-taking following a strong start to the year along with political concerns resurfacing in Europe... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the ISM New York area reading of 56.7 was ahead of the expected reading of 53.0. A separate report showed factory orders increased 1.8% in December, versus an expected increase of 2.3%. In Europe, Spanish and Italian government bond yields rose following political developments in both countries. Spain's opposition Socialist Party called on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign over a corruption scandal, while in Italy former PM Silvio Berlusconi's popularity is seeing a resurgence, which may threaten the reforms implemented by the outgoing government. In Asia, a report over the weekend showed China's non-manufacturing PMI ticked up to 56.2 from 56.1 last month... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Acme Packet (APKT) surged 22.2% and traded at the $29.25 price it agreed to in a deal to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL). Several companies offering solutions in the same technology area advanced as well, particularly Sonus Networks (SONS), which climbed over 13%. Meanwhile, Oracle slid a bit more than 2% following the deal announcement... Among companies reporting earnings this morning, Humana (HUM) advanced while Gannett (GCI) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cyberonics (CYBX), which rallied 8% after a former employee dropped a lawsuit against the company. Also higher were shares of Brown & Brown (BRO), which rose 5.5% after it reported quarterly results after the bell Friday and was upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James this morning. Among the noteworthy losers were Youku Tudou (YOKU), which fell over 6% after Maxim downgraded shares to a Sell rating, and Credit Suisse (CS), down nearly 6% as well following an initiation of coverage with a Hold rating at Canaccord... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 139.75, or 1.00%, to 13,870.04; the Nasdaq was down 41.09, or 1.29%, to 3,138.01; and the S&P 500 was down 15.94, or 1.05%, to 1,497.23.
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October 23, 2014
05:44 EDTCSCredit Suisse reports Q3 net income CHF 1.03B vs. CHF 454M last year
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October 22, 2014
13:58 EDTHUMHumana hires Goldman to explore sale of urgent care unit, Reuters reports
Humana has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to advise on a potential sale of its urgent care subsidiary, Concentra, according to Reuters, citing three people familiar with the matter. A deal could value the subsidiary, which Humana acquired less than four years ago, at around $1B, the report noted. Reference Link
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
10:01 EDTCSPhoenix Companies partners with Credit Suisse
Phoenix Companies (PNX) announced that it has entered into a partnership with Credit Suisse (CS) to license the CS Tactical Multi Asset Index.
08:31 EDTCSEU fines JPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse for cartel on derivatives
The European Commission has found that four international banks, RBS (RBS), UBS (UBS), JP Morgan (JPM) and Credit Suisse (CS), operated a cartel on bid-ask spreads of Swiss franc interest rate derivatives in the European Economic Area. The Commission imposed fines worth a total of EUR 32.36M. RBS received immunity from fines for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission. UBS and JPMorgan received reductions of their respective fines for cooperating with the investigation under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice. UBS was fined EUR 12.65M, JP Morgan fined EUR 10.53M and Credit Suisse was fined EUR 9.17M.
08:18 EDTCSBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
08:12 EDTCSJPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse to be fined by EU over Libor rigging, Reuters says
JPMorgan (JPM), UBS (UBS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will be fined $115M collectively for their roles in rigging Swiss franc Libor rates, with JPMorgan's fine of $89M making up the lion's share of the penalty, said Reuters, citing a person familiar, who added that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would not be penalized for its own role since it alerted the European Commission to the issue. Reference Link
06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
17:47 EDTBROBrown & Brown raises quarterly dividend to 11c from 10c per share
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17:46 EDTBROBrown & Brown reports Q3 EPS 47c, consensus 47c
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12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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10:33 EDTGCIGannett sees Cars.com 'about neutral' to Q4 EPS
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08:22 EDTGCIGannett reports Q3 Broadcasting revenue $416.5M, Q3 Publishing revenue $826.8M
Reports Q3 Digital revenue $199.8M.
08:20 EDTGCIGannett reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 59c, consensus 55c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.44B, consensus $1.44B
October 17, 2014
06:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse names Sitohang Asia Pacific CEO
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October 16, 2014
07:23 EDTCSHart Energy to hold a conference
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06:50 EDTCSEuropean regulator rejects bonus loophole, NY Times says
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October 13, 2014
08:06 EDTYOKUQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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07:39 EDTHUMPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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