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March 1, 2013
12:31 EDTBBY, DECK, CRM, SHS, AT, FWLT, MDROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were up at midday despite "the Sequestor" taking effect at home and disappointing manufacturing data from abroad. The averages dipped right at the opening bell but were not down for long, almost immediately beginning to climb off their opening lows. The recovery was attributed by some to a rumor that an agreement had been reached on averting the Sequester. However, when the rumor went unfounded and President Obama held a press conference to discuss the challenging road ahead toward replacing the cuts, the averages weakened again, before gathering and resuming their upward momentum... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., reports showed that personal income fell 3.6% during the month of January, versus expectations of a decline of 2.4%, though personal spending rose 0.2%, which was in line with forecasts. The final Markit PMI reading for February was revised down to 54.3 from a 55.2 prior figure. The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading was 77.6, versus the expected reading of 76.3. Construction spending fell 2.1% in the month of January, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The ISM Manufacturing reading was 54.2, versus the expected 52.5, and prices paid reading was 61.5, versus the expected 57.0. In Europe, Markit's final Eurozone manufacturing PMI for February came in at 47.9, with downturns seen in all member nations aside from Germany and Ireland. Also, the unemployment rate in the 17-member single-currency region rose to a record 11.9% in January from 11.8% in December. In China, the official Purchasing Managers’ Index was 50.1 in February, the weakest in five months and down from 50.4 in January. A separate gauge from HSBC dropped to a four-month low of 50.4 from 52.3 in the prior month... COMPANY NEWS: The deadline for Best Buy's (BBY) founder, Richard Schulze, to make an offer to take the company private passed without a bid being made, but the company's stock managed to rise modestly following its report of better than expected sales and adjusted profit during the holiday quarter. Schulze stated in a regulatory filing that he facilitated various offers that would have resulted in private equity investments into the company but the proposals were rejected and that the company now "deserves a chance to implement its own plan." Best Buy shares jumped at the open, but moved lower during the morning, and were up about 1% near midday... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Deckers Outdoor (DECK), up 14%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up over 7%. Also higher were shares of Sauer-Danfoss (SHS), which rose 8.5% after it announced that Danfoss would acquire the 24.4% of the common shares it does not already own for $58.50 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Atlantic Power (AT), down 29%, after its quarterly report disappointed and the company cut its dividend. Also lower after earnings reports were Foster Wheeler (FWLT), down 16%, and McDermott (MDR), down over 13%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 12.57, or 0.09%, to 14,067.06; the Nasdaq was up 2.49, or 0.08%, to 3,162.68; and the S&P 500 was up 1.55, or 0.10%, to 1,516.23.
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October 22, 2014
06:25 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor risk/reward favorable into results, says Jefferies
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October 21, 2014
08:09 EDTATAtlantic Power says offered to share information on sale process with Clinton
On October 16, Clinton Group delivered a letter to the board urging the Company to reinstate the strategic review process based upon Clinton Group's belief that the strategic review process yielded offers for the Company at or above $4.00 per share and a transaction may still be consummated at a price above $4.00 per share. Clinton Group's speculation about the Company's sale or merger process is not consistent with the actual results of that process. The Company is committed to having an open and constructive dialogue with its security holders, and regularly communicates with significant stakeholders either proactively or in response to enquiries. Consistent with that approach, on October 17, the Company spoke with representatives of Clinton Group. The Company offered to share certain information from the sale process, provided that Clinton Group agreed to be bound by confidentiality obligations with respect to such information. Clinton Group declined the Company's request to be bound by confidentiality obligations.In light of the letter and enquiries from investors, the Company wishes to provide the following additional detail to all shareholders concerning the process. The Company did not receive any offers that the Company's Board of Directors believed could be consummated at or above the closing share price of $3.04 on May 1, 2014, being the day prior to press rumors concerning a possible sale or merger of the Company. As such, the Company's Board of Directors reaffirms that, at the present time, the interests of the Company and its stakeholders are best served by continuing to operate as an independent company and executing the Company's business plan, including the objectives of enhancing the value of its existing assets through optimization investments and commercial activities, delevering its balance sheet to improve both its cost of capital and ability to compete for new investments, and utilizing the Company's core competencies to create proprietary investment opportunities. In addition, the Company will continue to assess other potential options, including asset sales or the contribution of assets to a joint venture in order to raise additional capital for growth and/or debt reduction.
07:45 EDTCRMMicrosoft CEO touts cloud revenue run-rate over $4B, BI reports
At a press event yesterday, Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella provided a number of figures about the strong performance of the company's Azure cloud business, including a revenue run rate of nearly $4.4B and that Azure is adding 10,000 new customers every week to its 350M active directory user base, reported Business Insider, which noted that Amazon Web Services (AMZN) is estimated to have roughly $4B in annual sales and that Salesforce.com (CRM) had a little over $4B in revenues last year. Reference Link
06:40 EDTCRMForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
16:42 EDTMDRMcDermott subsidiary awarded contract by PETRONAS subsidiary
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:44 EDTCRMSalesforce.com moving in right direction in every way, says Canaccord
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07:32 EDTATAtlantic Power upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
As previously reported, BMO Capital upgraded Atlantic Power to Market Perform from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and activist shareholder, Clinton Group, efforts to re-initiate the sales process. Price target raised to $3 from $2.25.
06:57 EDTATAtlantic Power upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTATOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:37 EDTATClinton group urges Atlantic Power to restart sale process, Reuters reports
Activist investor Clinton Group is getting ready to urge Atlantic Power to renew a sale process that it abandoned last month, Reuters reports, citing a draft letter to the company's board of directors. Reference Link
15:53 EDTATClinton group urges Atlantic Power to restart sale process, Reuters reports
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07:57 EDTCRMSalesforce president lays out vision for quadrupling revenue, WSJ reports
Salesforce (CRM) president and vice chairman Keith Block outlined his plan to grow the company's annual revenue to $20B at the company’s annual Dreamforce conference, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that Block specifically said, “We want to be bigger than SAP.” Block's strategy involves expansion in new product areas, adding new packages of software tailored to a handful of high-value industries, and expanding sales efforts outside of North America, the Journal reported. Reference Link
October 15, 2014
14:01 EDTBBYIntel launches 'Intel Experience' exclusively in 50 Best Buy stores
Intel (INTC) has launched “The Intel Experience” exclusively in 50 Best Buy (BBY) retail stores nationwide. The hands-on experience zone gives everyone the opportunity to try, explore and play with the latest, cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printing, gaming meets augmented reality, and digital disc jockey remixing.
October 14, 2014
07:31 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler awarded contract from PEMEX
Foster Wheeler announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by PEMEX REFINACIÓN for an ultra-low sulfur diesel project at the Salina Cruz refinery, Oaxaca, Mexico. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work, which also includes start-up and testing, is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The Foster Wheeler contract value was not disclosed. The initial release of work, relating to detailed design and the procurement of long-lead items, will be included in the company’s Q3 bookings. The balance of the agreed workscope is expected to be released in FY15. The investment in the Salina Cruz refinery, in excess of $500M, is part of a clean fuels program being implemented by PEMEX as a result of the country’s recent Energy Reform. The objective of the program is to significantly reduce the sulfur content of diesel produced from 500 to 15 parts per million.
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTCRMMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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14:35 EDTCRMSalesforce launches analytics cloud
Salesforce earlier today announced Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device, the company stated. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source, Salesforce added.
10:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com October volatility elevated into executive Q&A with Marc Benioff
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07:38 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCRMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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