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March 1, 2013
12:31 EDTMDR, SHS, BBY, FWLT, CRM, AT, DECKOn 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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January 15, 2015
12:26 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:19 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:44 EDTBBYBest Buy tumbles on outlook, levels to watch
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09:15 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:07 EDTBBYBest Buy sees y/y pressure on operating income rate as early as 1Q16
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy sees impact of external pressures continuing in FY16
The company says, "We do expect the impact of the external pressures he laid out to continue throughout FY16 and the impact of the incremental investments to begin in the first quarter. Additionally, we believe that the positive Domestic sales trends that we saw in mobile phones and home theater during the holiday period, in addition to the share gains we saw across other NPD-reported Consumer Electronics categories, were partially driven by the excitement around high-profile products and will not likely continue at holiday levels. As such, while we are excited about these investments and confident in our ability to execute against them, we are also appropriately cautious about the pressures. Therefore, we are currently expecting enterprise comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding the estimated impact of installment billing, to be flat to negative low-single digits and the non-GAAP operating income rate to be down approximately 30 to 50 basis points – reflecting a more modest sales environment and the impact of our incremental investments and SG&A inflation. We will more deeply discuss our growth initiatives, investments and external pressures in our fourth quarter earnings call in March – after we have completed our FY16 operating plans.”
07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy says increases Q4 outlook ex-Five Star business
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07:04 EDTBBYBest Buy CEO says holiday period growth rate lower than previous quarters
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07:03 EDTBBYBest Buy reports holiday period domestic revenue $10.13B, up 4.1% from last year
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07:01 EDTBBYBest Buy reports holiday domestic SSS up 2.6%
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06:01 EDTMDRMcDermott and GE launch io oil & gas consulting
McDermott (MDR) and GE Oil & Gas (GE) launched io oil & gas consulting, a new independent venture to transform front-end offshore field development. io will consider the full field as one system and have the technical insight to develop every aspect of the front-end solution. McDermott’s investment in io aligns with the company’s strategy to become more client-focused and responsive to operators’ challenges.
05:22 EDTMDRGE Oil & Gas, McDermott launch io oil & gas consulting
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January 14, 2015
10:21 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 13, 2015
10:17 EDTBBYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTBBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
07:47 EDTCRMUBS to hold investor trip
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05:49 EDTBBYBest Buy volatility elevated into holiday sales report
Best Buy January call option volatility is at 110, February is at 50, March is at 47; compared to its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into holiday sales report.
05:39 EDTBBYBest Buy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Best Buy to Buy from Neutral saying a pick-up in advanced TV sales and good sector fundamentals should drive better than expected Q4 results. Goldman also thinks shares will react favorably to any capital allocation decisions made by management given the retailer's "hefty" cash position. It raised its price target for shares to $45 from $38. Best Buy closed yesterday up $1.03 to $39.09.
January 12, 2015
07:10 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler to host special shareholder meeting
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