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March 1, 2013
12:31 EDTAT, DECK, MDR, SHS, BBY, FWLT, CRMOn 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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November 18, 2014
13:36 EDTCRMSalesforce.com November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:56 EDTCRMSalesforce.com remains a top large cap growth pick at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reiterates Salesforce.com as a top large cap growth pick for 2014 based on potential for accelerating operating income and TAM of $100B. Shares are Buy rated with a $73 price target.
November 17, 2014
15:45 EDTBBYBest Buy remains a top pick for the holiday season at BofA/Merrill
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07:39 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $42 from $35 at Stifel
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07:05 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $40 from $36 at RBC Capital
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November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBBYSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTCRMNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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11:48 EDTBBYStocks with call strike movement; GILD BBY
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07:36 EDTBBYBest Buy price target raised to $36 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Best Buy to $36 from $32 ahead of its Q3 results. The firm sees a favorable near-term set-up, citing the company's cash balances, selection of premium products, and focused strategy of promotions deployment and expenses. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on Best Buy shares.
November 13, 2014
14:50 EDTATLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTATLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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12:03 EDTCRMBlackBerry announces agreement with Salesforce.com
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08:31 EDTFWLTFoster Wheeler to voluntarily delist from NASDAQ
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08:24 EDTCRMSalesforce.com November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Salesforce.com November call option implied volatility is at 50, December is at 38, January is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
November 12, 2014
17:02 EDTCRMSalesforce.com signs agreement to purchase 50 Fremont Street building
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November 11, 2014
08:34 EDTBBYBest Buy to open over 1,000 stores at 5 pm local time on Thanksgiving
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07:33 EDTMDRMcDermott awarded three-year shallow water pipeline contract by Brunei Shell
McDermott International has been awarded a three-year shallow water pipeline contract by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn. Bhd. to transport and install pipelines and umbilicals for the Champion and Ampa Fields offshore Brunei. Work is expected to be executed through 2017. The full scope of work will be executed in annual work plans that are expected to be confirmed over the coming years as BSP finalizes its development plans and budgets. The work identified for 2015 will be included in McDermott’s fourth quarter 2014 backlog. The first scope of work consists of transportation and installation of more than 62 miles of pipelines including corrosion resistant alloy clad pipelines, as well as umbilicals and cables. The McDermott Derrick Barge 30 and other vessels will be mobilized to support this initial work which will include hydro testing, pre-commissioning and salvage of redundant risers.
06:57 EDTBBYBest Buy November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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November 10, 2014
09:58 EDTATAtlantic Power upgraded to Hold from Reduce at TD Securities (pre-open)
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07:54 EDTCRMChecks on Salesforce.com positive, says Oppenheimer
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