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January 29, 2014
12:40 EDTBA, T, DOW, YHOO, GOOG, VRNG, EA, MKC, AOLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday ahead of the last FOMC policy decision announcement of Ben Bernanke's tenure. Stocks began the session deep in negative territory thanks in part to foreign currency pressures in a number of emerging markets, including Turkey, Argentina and South Africa. There was also weakness in Dow components Boeing (BA) and AT&T (T) following their earnings reports. The market had recouped a fair part of its losses by noon as investors await the Fed's decision and the associated comments following its two day rate-setting meeting that concludes today. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FOMC statement is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In emerging markets, South Africa's central bank decided to increase interest rates for the first time in almost six years and the rand tumbled sharply after the country’s bid to halt the decline in the currency appeared to have backfired within minutes of the announcement. The reaction sparked a renewed sell-off in emerging market currencies, including the Turkish lira, which gave up all the gains it had registered after Turkey's central bank took aggressive action overnight to tighten its monetary policy. COMPANY NEWS: Dow member Boeing reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but the commercial airplane maker is the worst loser on the blue-chip index after it also issued guidance for fiscal 2014 that fell significantly short of expectations. Boeing guided to FY14 core EPS and revenue that were both well below consensus expectations. The company said it expects to make commercial deliveries of 715 to 725 planes in 2014 and expects operating cash flow of about $6.25B in 2014. Analysts at Wells Fargo said Boeing's cash flow outlook in particular could pressure shares, as it could imply no major ramp-up in share repurchases, and the stock was down over 6% near midday... Fellow Dow component AT&T was the second worst performer among its peers following its own quarterly report, issued last night after the close. Like Boeing, the telecom company reported results that beat expectations for the just-completed quarter, but the phone carrier's stock slid nearly 2% after it said it expects adjusted earnings per share to grow in the mid-single digits in the coming year, with revenue expected to be up only 2%-3%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dow Chemical (DOW), which rose over 3.5% after reporting fourth quarter profits and revenue that both exceeded analysts' consensus estimate and increasing its quarterly dividend and its share repurchase program. Also higher was video game maker Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced more than 3% after raising its fiscal year earnings outlook and being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch. Shares of Vringo (VRNG) rose almost 30% after the company received a 6.5% royalty rate from a judge in its suit against Google (GOOG) and AOL (AOL). Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell more than 7% after issuing a first quarter outlook that disappointed and being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli. Also lower after issuing a lower than expected outlook was spice maker McCormick (MKC), which slid almost 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 150.05, or 0.94%, to 15,778.51, the Nasdaq was down 27.28, or 0.67%, to 4,070.68, and the S&P 500 was down 12.36, or 0.69%, to 1,780.14.
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October 20, 2014
06:22 EDTGOOGYouTube's Robert Kyncl considering leaving company, NY Post reports
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06:10 EDTBALufthansa publishes timetable in response to VC planned strike
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Android, Chrome engineering, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTGOOGStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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13:16 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and capital utilization outlook
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12:17 EDTYHOOMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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11:58 EDTBATextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
09:38 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading on
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07:53 EDTGOOGFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to “take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course,’’ and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:47 EDTGOOGGoogle exec confident in improving YouTube ad sales, BI reports
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07:37 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $600 from $670 at BofA/Merrill
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07:32 EDTBABoeing volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:31 EDTBAEMC volatility elevated into Q3 results and outlook
EMC October weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, November is at 34, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 22.
07:24 EDTGOOGMacquarie continues to recommend Google for long-term holders
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $620 from $650 at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald lowered its price target for Google shares to $620 saying higher operating expenses and elevated Capex pressured margins and earnings in Q3. The firm views the current valuation as attractive and keeps a Buy rating on Google.
06:23 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $675 from $725 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest lowered its price target for Google shares to $675 citing expectations for a higher tax rate following the company's Q3 results. The firm thinks shares are attractively valued at current levels and keeps an Outperform rating on Google.
06:18 EDTGOOGGoogle price target lowered to $652 from $684 at Citigroup
Citigroup lowered its price target for Google (GOOGL) shares to $652 following the company's Q3 results and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Citi calls the results "relatively good."
06:13 EDTGOOGLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH’s watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
05:44 EDTGOOGGoogle growth story remains intact, says Piper Jaffray
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05:39 EDTEASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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