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January 17, 2014
07:30 EDTAXP, GE, MS, INTCFutures 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 15, 2014
16:15 EDTINTCIntel targets $4B for share repurchases in Q3
16:12 EDTINTCIntel up about 4% following better than expected Q2 results
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16:10 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 PC Client Group revenue $8.7B, up 9% sequentially, up 6% YoY
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16:07 EDTINTCIntel says on track to meet 40M unit tablet goal
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16:06 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 gross margin 64.5%
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 revenue growth approximately 5%, consensus $54.55B
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16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.4B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.02B
Sees Q3 gross margin 66%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 52c
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15:27 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:55 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intel’s data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intel’s partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
12:01 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports June net charge off rate 1.5% vs. 1.6% last month
Reports June 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 1.0% last month.
11:47 EDTGEGeneral Electric July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
General Electric July call option implied volatility is 31, August is at 17, September is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results before the open on July 18.
11:01 EDTGEGE wins orders from Lee Air for High Density Avionics Interface
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10:47 EDTGEInterjet selects LEAP-1A to power A320neos in $2.9B order
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:46 EDTGEGE's FES selected by SpiceJet Airlines to support entire fleet
SpiceJet Airlines has selected GE’s (GE) Flight Efficiency Services to support its fleet of 52 Boeing (BA) 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft. GE will provide flight data analytics and fuel management to optimize the airline’s operational efficiency with the goal of substantially reducing fuel expenses for the airline. GE will provide consultation and evaluation services with the aim of reducing the airline’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions. GE is also designing and implementing custom solutions for SpiceJet and performing on-going efficiency measurements.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:24 EDTAXPMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTINTCFortune to hold a conference
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06:50 EDTGEGE anticipates meeting $30B air show goal, Reuters says
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