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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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September 12, 2014
15:31 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
12:04 EDTHUMHumana management to meet with Jefferies
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07:47 EDTSONSSonus shares should be bought on recent weakness, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that the adoption of VoLTE will provide Sonus with incremental revenue opportunities for both voice and video solutions. The firm warns that the bulk of the opportunity from this catalyst is in 2015, but keeps a $6 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTORCLEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTORCLUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
September 10, 2014
10:51 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
08:42 EDTHUMHumana says all 2015 Medicare Advantage, PDP offerings approved
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07:27 EDTSONSARRIS, Sonus pullbacks bring compelling entry points, says Jefferies
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07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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06:43 EDTGCITypo causes confusion Icahn's stake in Gannett, NY Times says
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06:16 EDTGCICorrection: Icahn maintains 6.63% stake in Gannett
Carl Icahn maintains a 6.63% stake in Gannett (GCI) and says last night's filing of an increased stake of 8.48% was done in error.
September 9, 2014
14:03 EDTSONSSonus Networks SBCs added to U.S. DoD approved products list
Sonus Networks announced that the Sonus SBC 5110 and Sonus SBC 5210 Session Border Controllers have completed the interoperability testing and information assurance certification for the Defense Information Systems Agency UCR2013 requirements and are posted on the JITC’s Approved Products List. The JITC APL provides a list of certified technology products for deployment in the U.S. DoD. The SBC 5110 and the SBC 5210 join the Sonus NX 1000 IP Access Switch, Promina 800 Multiplexor and VX 900, which are currently listed on the JITC’s APL.
13:33 EDTSONSSonus Networks shares jumps during Apple event
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07:17 EDTORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
10:25 EDTSONSHigh option volume stocks:
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTCSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:56 EDTHUMHumana likely to add new growth drivers, says Wells Fargo
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07:47 EDTYOKUNew foreign content limits placed on Chinese video sites, Marbridge Daily says
China's General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued new regulations requiring online video sites to apply for licenses for each foreign produced program they carry and limiting the percentage of licensed foreign content compared to domestic content, said Marbridge Daily, citing Sina Tech. Operators of Internet television services in China include Youku Tudou (YOKU), YOU On Demand (YOD), Ku6 Media (KUTV), Phoenix New Media (FENG), and Baidu's (BIDU) IQiyi. Reference Link
07:23 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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07:18 EDTCSRegulators drafting flexible 'bail in' bond deal for large banks, Reuters says
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