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April 19, 2012
16:33 EDTTRV, GILD, GSK, SPLK, VZ, GNTX, HGSI, DD, EBAY, TUMI, 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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July 21, 2015
07:02 EDTTRVTravelers reports adj. book value per share increased 5% from the prior year end
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07:00 EDTTRVTravelers reports Q2 EPS $2.53, consensus $2.12
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06:19 EDTEBAYSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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July 20, 2015
19:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:24 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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16:22 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:01 EDTVZ, TRVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
13:46 EDTEBAYAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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13:14 EDTEBAYeBay acquires online clothing resale store Twice, TechCrunch reports
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13:03 EDTBACFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:08 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTEBAYPayPal completes separation from eBay
PayPal Holdings (PYPL) has completed its separation from eBay (EBAY) and is now an independent public company trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol “PYPL.” PayPal is well-positioned to deliver the benefits of digital money to people around the world. In 2014, PayPal processed $235B in total payment volume and generated more than $8B in revenues. Also last year, PayPal processed $46B in mobile payment volume. The company serves more than 169M active customer accounts in 203 markets around the world. Under the terms of the separation, on July 17, 2015, stockholders who held eBay common stock at the close of business on July 8, 2015 received a distribution of one PayPal common share for every one share of eBay common stock held as of the Record Date. No fractional shares of PayPal were distributed.
08:53 EDTTRVTravelers August volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:34 EDTEBAYeBay price target adjusted to $33 following PayPal spin-off at Baird
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07:33 EDTGILDInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTBACFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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