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January 29, 2014
12:40 EDTMKC, GOOG, T, EA, YHOO, BA, AOL, VRNG, DOWOn 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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November 12, 2014
14:08 EDTDOWDow Chemical to sell ANGUS Chemical to Golden Gate Capital for $1.215B
Dow Chemical announced that it has signed a definitive agreement under which ANGUS Chemical Company will be sold to Golden Gate Capital for $1.215B. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015, subject to completion of customary regulatory filings. Dow had previously announced its intent to divest this business on Oct. 2. The divestiture aligns to Dow’s efforts to achieve its identified target of $4.5B-$6B in proceeds from shedding non-strategic assets and businesses by year-end 2015. To date, Dow has achieved $2.5B in proceeds designed to remunerate shareholders, reduce debt, and fund growth. The divestiture of ANGUS includes the business headquarters and R&D facility in Buffalo Grove, IL; manufacturing facilities located in Sterlington, LA, and Ibbenbueren, Germany; a packaging facility in Niagara Falls, NY; as well as the associated business, inventory, customer contracts, process technology, business know-how and certain intellectual property. Approximately 290 employee positions globally are expected to transition employment status as ANGUS moves to being owned by Golden Gate Capital as part of the transaction. Under terms of the purchase agreement, ANGUS will continue to honor customer, licensing and supplier contracts and related agreements.
14:06 EDTDOWDow Chemical announces sale of ANGUS Chemical for $1.215B
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13:47 EDTTAT&T CEO says America Movil assets not needed for success
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13:42 EDTTFCC chairman reported comments positive, says Wells Fargo
After FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, according to several media reports, said that he was looking for a more nuanced solution to the net neutrality issue than the one suggested by the president, Wells Fargo says Wheeler's comments were positive for the telecom sector. The firm thinks the comments suggest that the agency may be open to regulating Internet service providers under Section 706 rather than Title II. Wells believes that any clarity o nthe issue would remove an overhang on telecom stocks it covers. Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are both telecom companies that are also Internet service providers.
13:04 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music Key beta monthly subscription service
Google introduced YouTube Music Key beta, a monthly subscription service starting with the promotional price of $7.99/month, discounted from $9.99/month, that will feature ads-free music, background play and offline viewing. It will also include a subscription to Google Play Music, which in the coming days will be upgraded to give users the ability to watch many YouTube official music videos right from the app. "Starting today, you’ll see a new home just for music on your YouTube app for Android, iOS and on YouTube.com that shows your favorite music videos, recommended music playlists based on what you’re into and playlists of trending music across YouTube," Google also stated in its blog post related to the launch. Reference Link
12:56 EDTT, GOOG, YHOOFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
11:14 EDTGOOGGoogle DoubleClick says software bug fixed
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10:58 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO DAL
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10:28 EDTGOOGGoogle says aware of, working on problem with DoubleClick, CNBC reports
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09:28 EDTTAT&T to pause fiber investment till net neutrality laws ironed out, Reuters says
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07:48 EDTTWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:34 EDTDOWDow Chemical raises dividend 14%, adds $5B to share buyback program
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07:31 EDTDOWDow Chemical raises dividend 14% to 42c per share
07:31 EDTDOWDow Chemical announces new $5B tranche to share repurchase program
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07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $55 from $48 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Yahoo's (YHOO) price target to $55 to reflect Alibaba (BABA) appreciation. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:27 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $58 from $52 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) to $58 from $52 following its announcement it will acquire BrightRoll. The firm said the price adjustment reflects its recent price target increase on Alibaba (BABA) to $125 from $100 last week. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Yahoo shares.
07:10 EDTBAFly Leasing to sell 8 Boeing 757 aircraft
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06:12 EDTGOOGVestager says not all concerns about Google can be covered by inquiry, WSJ says
New EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager says she will investigate the concerns posed by Google’s control over large amounts of data, but notes that not all of society’s concerns can be addressed by the competition case, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:00 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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06:00 EDTAOL, YHOOYahoo investors met with AOL CEO to push merger, Reuters reports
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