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January 17, 2014
07:30 EDTMS, GE, INTC, AXPFutures slightly above fair value
U.S. equity futures are pointing to a slightly higher open as investors digest earnings reports from some of the country’s largest financial corporations. American Express (AXP), General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS),reported fourth quarter results, along with tech giant Intel (INTC). Investors will also be watching the day’s economic releases which include data on housing starts, building permits, industrial production and capacity utilization, along with the University of Michigan's consumer confidence index.
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
10:55 EDTAXPAmerican Express technical notes ahead of results
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07:23 EDTGEFrench minister 'reassured' by elements of Alstom, GE deal talks, Reuters says
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06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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July 21, 2015
13:07 EDTAXPAmerican Express July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
American Express July weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, August is at 20, September is at 18; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 22.
08:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley price target raised to $46 from $40 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital raised its price target on Morgan Stanley after the company reported higher than expected core Q2 EPS. The firm says that all of the company's segments delivered results that beat expectations. The firm raised its annual EPS estimates for the company by 2% and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:07 EDTMSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 20, 2015
16:20 EDTGEFederal Reserve establishes enhanced standards for GE Capital
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13:03 EDTMSFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:08 EDTMSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:04 EDTGEGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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08:47 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO: Retail investor activity yet to increase from subdued levels
Morgan Stanley CFO Jonathan Pruzan said the firm's view on Wealth Management remains positive as the recovery plays out in the U.S., with growth expected to come from its bank strategy and fee-based program. "We continue to see softness in transactional revenues, which were down 8% compared to last quarter as retail investor activity has yet to increase from subdued levels," Pruzan added.
08:43 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CEO says firm should benefit from being overweight U.S.
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07:10 EDTMSMorgan Stanley rises 3.8% to $41.75 in pre-market after Q2 earnings beat
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07:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports tangible book value per common share $29.54
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07:04 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 Wealth Management net revenues $3.9B
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07:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS ex DVA 79c, consensus 74c
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06:16 EDTGEAlstom sees General Electric deal completed in coming months, Reuters reports
Alstom (ALSMY) expects to complete the transaction with GE (GE) in the coming months, Reuters reports. Reference Link
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