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April 19, 2012
16:33 EDTGNTX, HGSI, DD, EBAY, TUMI, TRV, GILD, GSK, SPLK, VZ, BACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as disappointing economic data overshadowed earnings that were largely better than expected. Stock futures were higher in early trading but weakened following disappointing jobless claims data and a rumor the sovereign debt of France would lose its AAA rating. When the French rumor went unfounded the market moved higher, but just temporarily. The averages stalled again after existing home sales data for March showed a decline versus an expected increase but gathered once more to move back into positive territory. As the day progressed and the European markets closed lower, the averages lost any momentum they'd found and fell back into negative ground. For the remainder of the day the market drifted in the red as investors prepared for the next round of corporate earnings reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., more jobless claims applications were filed than forecast, with the figure hitting 386,000. Sales of previously owned homes in March unexpectedly fell 2.6% to a 4.48M annual rate from 4.6M in February. Forecasts had called for an increase to 4.61M. In Europe, Spain was able to sell more bonds than expected but at higher yields, leaving mixed impressions among investors... COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) posted Q1 adjusted results that beat consensus, but shares declined 1.68% to $8.77. Among other Dow components, Verizon (VZ) and Travelers (TRV) also reported earnings that exceeded expectations and both saw their shares rise following the reports, with Verizon gaining 1.30% to $38.15 and Travellers advancing 3.75% to $61.70. Du Pont (DD) was the fourth Dow name to beat on earnings, but shares fell 1.24% to $52.61... Meanwhile, data analysis software company Splunk (SPLK) and luxury luggage and briefcase maker Tumi Holdings (TUMI) both surged after debuting their IPOs on the Nasdaq. Splunk shares priced at $17 and ended the day at $35.48, while Tumi priced at $18 and closed at $26.50… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Human Genome Sciences (HGSI), up $7, or 97.63%, to $14.17, after saying it had turned down an unsolicited $13 per share, or approximately $2.6B, buyout proposal from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), and eBay (EBAY), up $4.75, or 13.24%, to $40.62, as the company’s sales and profits beat analyst estimates, led by growth in its PayPal online payments business. Noteworthy losers included Gentex (GNTX), down $4.07, or 16.01%, to $21.35, after its top-line miss continued to reinforce investor fears over slowing growth, and Achillion (ACHN), down $1.20, or 12.63%, to $8.30, with the decline attributed by Wells Fargo to positive data for Gilead's (GILD) oral hepatitis C combination treatment… INDICES: The Dow lost $68.65, or 0.53%, to 12,964.10; the Nasdaq fell $23.89, or 0.79%, to 3,007.56; and the S&P 500 dropped $8.22, or 0.59%, to 1,376.92.
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January 21, 2015
15:27 EDTEBAYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
15:26 EDTTRVTravelers February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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14:00 EDTEBAYeBay technical comments ahead of earnings, levels to watch
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13:38 EDTEBAYEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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13:25 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:30 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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12:24 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
11:34 EDTEBAYAmazon pulling plug on Amazon Wallet app beta, CNet reports
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10:29 EDTVZAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Court’s ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:13 EDTVZVerizon January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTVZ, TUMIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:31 EDTTUMITumi downgraded at Credit Suisse
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05:56 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 20, 2015
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
13:19 EDTEBAYeBay volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:38 EDTVZ, BAC, GILDActive equity options trading
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08:54 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Bank of America to the Conviction Buy List with an $18 price target following recent underperformance. The firm continues to believe shares to will be driven by better than expected top-line growth, accelerated capital returns, and a business shift towards less capital intensive earnings streams.
07:28 EDTBACTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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06:24 EDTVZT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTEBAY, VZGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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