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January 29, 2014
12:40 EDTGOOG, T, EA, YHOO, BA, AOL, VRNG, DOW, MKCOn 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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September 29, 2015
09:27 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
06:56 EDTGOOGApple markets privacy, criticizes Google, Verge says
Apple (AAPL) continues to strengthen its credentials as a company caring about privacy, having updated its privacy site, adding in details on how data is collected for new iOS 9 features, such as the News app, the Verge reports. The site includes a letter from CEO Tim Cook, the report says. The company's description of Maps privacy may be a thinly-veiled criticism of Google (GOOG), the Verge says. Reference Link
06:45 EDTYHOOAlibaba volatility elevated as shares trade near IPO low
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06:36 EDTMKCMcCormick October volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
McCormick October call option implied volatility is at 36, November is at 24; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 29, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 1.
06:28 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility up, board authorized to continue to pursue the Aabaco spin-off
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06:13 EDTBACargolux in talks to buy five more Boeing freighter jets, Reuters reports
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September 28, 2015
19:44 EDTGOOGGoogle to announce $15 family plan for music service, Android Police says
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19:11 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 3.3% after the board authorized Yahoo to continue to pursue the Aabaco spin-off plan... Cheniere Energy (LNG), up 0.67% after Carl Icahn raised his stake in the company to 11.43%... Republic Airways (RJET), up 7.4% after the company was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Exelon (EXC) and Pepco (POM), higher by 1% and 2.4%, respectively, after the DC Mayor's office released a statement confirming discussions of a settlement agreement with the companies. LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: SYNNEX (SNX), down 2.7% after the company reported Q3 results, gave Q4 guidance, and raised its quarterly dividend. ALSO LOWER: Zosano (ZSAN), down 52.5% after it discontinued development of its Daily ZP-PTH treatment for severe osteoporosis and terminated a collaboration agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY)... OvaScience (OVAS), down 15.9% after the company announced it doesn't expect to meet its previous 2015 goal of 1,000 Augment treatment cycles.
17:42 EDTGOOGGoogle Nexus 5X preorders to open Tuesday at $379, Android Police says
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17:30 EDTGOOGGoogle to introduce email-based ad targeting
Google ads and commerce SVP Sridhar Ramaswamy announced in a blog post that the company will be introducing two new ad products, namely Customer Match and Universal App Campaigns. Ramaswamy explained, "Customer Match allows you to upload a list of email addresses, which can be matched to signed-in users on Google in a secure and privacy-safe way. From there, you can build campaigns and ads specifically designed to reach your audience... You can also generate Similar Audiences to reach new customers on YouTube and Gmail." Customer Match and Similar Audiences will be rolling out to all advertisers over the next few weeks. Ramaswamy continued, "Starting [September 27], Universal App Campaigns will be available to all developers and advertisers as a new AdWords campaign type that helps you connect with app users across Google Search, Google Play, YouTube, and the Google Display Network." Reference Link
17:25 EDTYHOOYahoo board authorizes company to continue to pursue Aabaco spin-off plan
On September 8, Yahoo! (YHOO) filed a Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing, among other things, that the Internal Revenue Service had notified Yahoo's counsel that it had determined, in the exercise of its discretion and without ruling adversely, not to grant Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling regarding certain aspects of its previously announced plan for a spin-off to Yahoo's stockholders of all of the stock of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company, which will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group Holding (BABA) and Aabaco Small Business,. Yahoo further disclosed in the September 8 Form 8-K that work was proceeding on the Aabaco spin-off plan, and that Yahoo's Board of Directors would continue to carefully consider the Company's options, including proceeding with the spin-off transaction on the basis of an opinion of counsel. On September 14, the IRS issued a formal "no-rule" policy with respect to certain transactions similar to the Aabaco spin-off and, in a notice released on the same day, indicated that the IRS and U.S. Department of the Treasury are studying the possibility of promulgating new guidance with respect to such transactions in the future. Neither this ongoing guidance project nor the IRS's decision not to rule with respect to the Aabaco spin-off transaction changes the current law applicable to the proposed spin-off. In addition, on September 19, an IRS official indicated in a public statement that any future guidance issued as part of the project would not apply retroactively to transactions completed prior to the issuance of such guidance. On September 23, Yahoo's Board of Directors authorized the Company to continue to pursue the plan for the Aabaco spin-off transaction as previously disclosed, except that completion of the spin-off will not be conditioned upon receipt of a favorable ruling from the IRS. The spin-off transaction will continue to be subject to certain other conditions, including final approval by Yahoo's Board of Directors, receipt of a legal opinion with respect to the tax-free treatment of the transaction under U.S. federal tax laws and regulations, the effectiveness of an applicable registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and compliance with the requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, and other customary conditions, each of which conditions may be waived, in whole or in part , by Yahoo in its sole discretion.Completion of the transaction is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to the conditions described above.
15:06 EDTGOOGD-Wave announces quantum computing agreement with Google, NASA
D-Wave Systems announced that it has entered into an agreement covering the installation of a succession of D-Wave systems located at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. The agreement supports collaboration among Google, NASA and USRA that is dedicated to studying how quantum computing can advance artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the solution of complex optimization problems. The new agreement enables Google and its partners to keep their D-Wave system at the state-of-the-art for up to seven years, with new generations of D-Wave systems to be installed at NASA Ames as they become available. Reference Link
12:39 EDTDOWHuntsman plunges after warning of continued headwinds
Shares of chemical maker Huntsman (HUN) are plunging after warning that headwinds would impact its third quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Friday, Huntsman warned that certain trends are expected to impact Q3 earnings. Trends expected to impact its earnings include lower titanium dioxide selling prices amid continued foreign currency headwinds, the company said. The company also noted continued soft demand in the Asia Pacific region. Huntsman said it also sees lower MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, margins as a result of lower oil prices and forecast continued lower MDI urethane component product margins in the Asia Pacific region. Peter Huntsman, the company's chief executive officer, said the company is "optimistic about the future" despite seeing headwinds in the short term. "Lower raw material prices impacted demand and margins in Q3, thus the accounting benefits will be delayed into the fourth quarter," added Huntsman. The company is anticipating fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA similar to Q3 at about $300M, similar to last year's level. The company is committed to a separation of the Pigments and Additives business by the end of 2016 or sooner. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 17, Goldman Sachs removed Huntsman from its Conviction Buy List and said investors remain skeptical on value proposition and free cash flow generation that could strengthen the balance sheet is likely several quarters away. The firm continued to rate shares a Buy with a $26 price target. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, shares of Huntsman are down 23.08% to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other chemical companies are trading lower, including Chemours (CC), which is down 7.8%, Kronos Worldwide (KRO), down 1.62%, Dow Chemical (DOW), falling 3.94% and DuPont (DD), down 2.06%%.
10:43 EDTGOOGMicrosoft planning Google Cardboard VR competitor, TNW News says
Microsoft (MSFT) is working on a competitor to Google's (GOOG) Cardboard Virtual Reality program, TNW News reports. The Seattle-based tech giant is inviting participants to an event in Russia on October 17, offering cardboard headsets to those with "successful" suggestions, the report says. Microsoft is already developing its HoloLens "mixed reality" technology, the report says. Reference Link
09:06 EDTYHOOCiti sees 'few if any' roadblocks for Yahoo's Alibaba spin
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08:06 EDTYHOOYahoo announces updates to advertising technology portfolio
Yahoo announced key updates to its advertising technology portfolio at Advertising Week in New York: BrightRoll is Yahoo's new, unified brand for programmatic advertising technology, offering a suite of media-agnostic tools to help advertisers, publishers and partners connect with consumers across ad formats and devices. Yahoo Gemini, the company's proprietary marketplace for search and native advertising across devices, introducing new product features and the Yahoo Preferred Partner Program. Over the past year the company has focused heavily on product development, and is bringing together the strengths of Yahoo, BrightRoll and Flurry to build a robust technology offering that simplifies the overall experience of digital advertising and drives measurable results for advertisers.
07:40 EDTGOOGGoogle to unveil new phones at September 29 event, BI reports
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07:28 EDTTSamsung to pay customers up to $120 for buying new Galaxy phone, Verge says
Samsung's (SSNLF) new promotion in the U.S. will pay the rest of a customer's monthly payments in 2015 towards a new Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5, the Verge reports. The promotion will result in $120 off the price of any of those phones if users buy one under a new carrier installment plan between now and October 9, the report says. AT&T (T) will sit the promotion out, the report says. Reference Link
06:42 EDTGOOGGoogle to bring free Wi-Fi to 400 train stations in India
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06:25 EDTGOOGYouTube finalizing subscription launch for two services, Re/code reports
YouTube is finalizing launch plans for its subscription service expected to be launch near the end of October, reports Re/code. In a blast email to content owners, YouTube said they would have to agree to the new terms by October 22 or their "videos will no longer be available for public display or monetization in the United States." According to sources, YouTube intends to bundle two different services that include an update of its music service and the ability to watch anything on YouTube without seeing ads. Reference Link
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