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February 7, 2013
15:16 EDTMCHP, XL, HAS, RGS, CFN, ATVICompanies reporting After the Market Close on Thursday, February 7
Notable companies reporting after the closing bell on Thursday include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), CareFusion (CFN), Hasbro (HAS), Microchip Technology (MCHP), Republic Services (RSG), and XL Group (XL).
News For ATVI;CFN;HAS;MCHP;RGS;XL From The Last 14 Days
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April 27, 2015
08:12 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops III
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April 24, 2015
12:36 EDTHASGoldman upgrades Mattel, endorsing new partnerships strategy
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05:44 EDTHASGoldman raises Toys sector to Attractive, upgrades Mattel
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April 22, 2015
18:27 EDTMCHPSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
April 21, 2015
06:51 EDTHASHasbro price target raised to $79 from $66 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Hasbro to $79 and says the stock remains a top pick following the company's Q1 results. Piper views Hasbro's product slate for 2015 and 2016 as robust and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTHASOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. China’s central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
12:31 EDTHASOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after China’s central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
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09:39 EDTHASHasbro hits fresh life high after results, levels to watch
Shares are up over 7% to $70.60 a time of writing following stronger than expected results. As this is a fresh lifetime high, there is no resistance overhead. A move to the $72.50 to $75 area could be possible presuming the $70 level holds as support.
08:49 EDTHASHasbro expects ForEx will continue to be challenge throughout the year
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08:28 EDTHASHasbro targets operating cash flow of $500M on average per year
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08:27 EDTHASHasbro sees favorable product mix and low cost inflation in 2015
Seeds 2015 as a strong entertainment year consistent with 2014. Expects product development to be 5%-5.5% of revenue due to Disney Princess and Frozen Investments ahead of revenues. Targets advertising level consistent with last two years. Projects $44M in 2015 as additional assets becoming fully amortized. Expects to invest in content across mediums, primarily television expense. Expects FY15 interest expense is consistent with historical trends as % of revenues. Expects FY15 tax rate anticipated at 26.5%-27.5%. Comments taken from slides for Q1 earnings conference call.
06:34 EDTHASHasbro reports Q1 US and Canada revenue $345.7M
Reports Q1 International revenue $305.7M; Reports Q1 Entertainment and Licensing revenue $60.6M. Reports Q1 Boys revenue $272.6M; Reports Q1 Games revenue $235.6M; Reports Q1 Girls revenue $117.1M; Reports Q1 Preschool revenue $88.1M.
06:33 EDTHASHasbro: Several factors helped mitigate negative impact of foreign exchange
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06:31 EDTHASHasbro reports Q1 adjusted EPS 21c, consensus 8c
Reports Q1 revenue $713.5M, consensus 660.27M
April 17, 2015
07:15 EDTATVIMarch NPD video game software sales declined 3%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes March NPD video game software sales declined 3% year-over-year, with major titles for the month including Electronic Arts' (EA) Battlefield Hardline, Bloodborne from Sony (SNE) and Take-Two's (TTWO) Grand Theft Auto V. Piper notes the monthly decline is the first in 2015, leaving the segment up 2% through the first three months combined. It keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts, GameStop (GME) and Take-Two.
April 15, 2015
07:26 EDTATVIActivision Blizzard guidance remains conservative, says Brean Capital
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07:26 EDTATVIActivision announces Guitar Hero Live to be available this fall
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April 14, 2015
08:14 EDTMCHPBMW implements Microchip's INICs in 2 Series Active Tourer
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