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April 10, 2012
16:19 EDTBBY, VPHM, JAG, DHR, XRIT, BCS, DB, STD, UNCFF, SNE, OPTROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower, with the Dow falling over 200 points for the session. Equity futures were quiet in the pre-market trading session leading to a relatively flat open for the broader market. The averages picked up momentum to the downside following the wholesale inventories report for the month of February. The selling picked up in earnest around midday, with the averages eventually tacking on losses of more than 1.5%. The buyers may have been sitting on the sideline waiting to see how the earnings season begins tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index fell to 92.5 in March. Wholesale inventories rose 0.9% in February, versus analysts' expectations for an increase of 0.5%. In China, an unexpected $5.35B trade surplus was reported for March, as imports rose 5.3% and exports increased 8.9% from a year ago. In Europe, the yield on Spanish 10-year bonds rose to nearly 6% despite the government's plans for additional budget cuts and local media reports in Italy pointed toward its government cutting its 2012 growth forecasts... COMPANY NEWS: Best Buy (BBY) said it came to "a mutual agreement" with CEO Brian Dunn that new leadership was needed, prompting Dunn to resign. Shares initially spiked on the news, then reversed to close down $1.33, or 5.87%, to $21.32... Sony (SNE) cut its outlook for the fourth time in less than a year, more than doubling its projected annual loss to $6.4B. The warning sent its stock tumbling $1.86, or 9.25%, to $18.24... Shares of a number of European banks fell with fears about the debt crisis in Europe coming back to the forefront. Unicredit (UNCFF) sank 6.82%, Banco Santander (STD) dropped 3.85%, Deutsche Bank (DB) declined 3.29%, and Barclays (BCS) slid 5.31%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were X-Rite Incorporated (XRIT), up $1.54, or 38.50%, to $5.54, on news Danaher (DHR) will acquire the company for $5.55 per share, and Jaguar Mining (JAG), up 57c, or 14.11%, to $4.61, on speculation of a takeover bid after shares of China Shandong Gold, which had previously tried to buy the miner, were halted for trading overseas. Noteworthy losers included ViroPharma (VPHM), down $6.17, or 21.57%, to $22.44, after the FTC opened an investigation into the company and several competitors launched generic versions of its Vancocin drug, and Optimer Pharmaceuticals (OPTR), down $1.37, or 9.99%, to $12.35, following a warning that Q1 revenue will miss consensus... INDICES: The Dow fell 213.66, or 1.65%, to 12,715.93; the Nasdaq dropped 55.86, or 1.83%, to 2,991.22; and the S&P 500 lost 23.61, or 1.71%, to 1,358.59.
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05:17 EDTDHRDanaher to acquire Nobel Biocare Holding for CHF 17.10 per share
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September 12, 2014
08:05 EDTSNERockstar Games says Grand Theft Auto V to launch Nov. 18 for PS4, Xbox One
Rockstar Games (TTWO) announced that Grand Theft Auto V will arrive on the PlayStation 4 (SNE) computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft (MSFT) on November 18, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.
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07:19 EDTSNEConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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06:48 EDTBCSU.K. bankers worry that Britain could leave EU, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTSNEGlobal tablet shipments to increase 9.1% in Q3, DigiTimes Research reports
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06:08 EDTBCSAviva names Adrian Montague as chairman, effective April 2015
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06:06 EDTBCSBarclays says John McFarlane to succeed David Walker as chairman
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05:41 EDTSNESony collaborates with Teradek
Teradek announced collaboration with Sony to integrate Sony’s wireless camera adapter, the CBK-WA100 and CBK-WA101, with Teradek’s T-Rax and Slice H.264 decoders. The integration offers broadcasters a powerful point-to-point MPEG-2 solution for HD live video transmission from the field to TV stations or ENG trucks.
September 11, 2014
07:13 EDTBBYSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
September 10, 2014
12:46 EDTSNESony Entertainment CEO says division spin-off 'not happening,' NY Post reports
The CEO of Sony's entertainment division, Michael Lynton, said that Sony is not entertaining a sale, spin-off, or joint venture of its entertainment business, New York Post reports, citing an overview of the business from Lynton during Golgman Sachs' Communacopia conference. Lynton also said that the entertainment division's music business has a very bright future, and the company "really wants the subscription model to thrive." Lynton also said that network TV is a promising business if producers know the landscape of the international market, New York Post added. Reference Link
10:01 EDTSNEViacom and Sony reach internet distribution agreement
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06:23 EDTUNCFFUniCredit head sees loan project completion by end of FY14, Reuters says
Unicredit (UNCFF) CEO Federico Ghizzoni is anticipating a restructured loans project having to do with domestic competitor Intesa Sanpaolo (ISNPY) and KKR (KKR) to be finished by the end of FY14, according to Reuters, citing comments from Ghizzoni. Reference Link
06:20 EDTBCSBarclays hires BofA Merrill Lynch's Richard Casavechia, FT reports
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September 9, 2014
11:59 EDTBCSBarclays narrows bidders for index unit to Markit, S&P, Reuters says
Barclays (BCS) has narrowed the list of bidders for its Index, Portfolio and Risk Solutions business, which could fetch more than $1B, to Markit (MRKT) and McGraw Hill Financial's (MHFI) Standard & Poor's unit, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. MSCI (MSCI) and privately-held Bloomberg had also expressed interest, according to the report. Reference Link
10:10 EDTBCSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:26 EDTBCSBarclays upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
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September 8, 2014
13:32 EDTBCSBarclays exec says 2,700 jobs eliminated so far this year, Reuters says
Barclays investment bank CEO Tom King said that the company has reduced its staff members by 2,700 so far this year in an effort to comply with its plan to cut 7K positions through 2017, according to Reuters, citing comments from King. Reference Link
07:29 EDTDBNYSSA to hold a discussion
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06:21 EDTBBYSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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