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April 10, 2012
16:19 EDTUNCFF, OPTR, DHR, DB, SNE, VPHM, XRIT, STD, BBY, JAG, BCSOn 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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April 16, 2014
06:10 EDTSNESony, Hydro-Quebec form JV for large-scale energy storage system for power grids
Sony Corporation and Hydro-Québec announced that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. Sony and Hydro-Québec plan to establish the new company in June. The new company will utilize Sony's control technologies for highly safe, reliable, olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and highly scalable module systems, together with Hydro-Québec's operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery material technology. By combining these strengths, the new company intends to research and develop a highly safe and reliable system for large-scale applications, as well as battery material technology suitable for use within electric power systems, and explore their use in a wide variety of applications, such as meeting excess demand during peak times, and the integrating renewable energy sources into power grids.
April 15, 2014
18:22 EDTSNESony looks to revive TV business with 4K technology, Nikkei reports
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13:18 EDTDBBank of China NY, Deutsche Bank sign MOU to expand clearing pact
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11:41 EDTBBYElectronics retailers sink after hhgregg lowers outlook
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08:34 EDTSNEHighpower subsidiary selected by Sony as battery supplier
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07:11 EDTBCSBarclays still deciding what to do with investment bank, WSJ reports
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06:58 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Gillies as non-executive director
Barclays announced that Crawford Gillies has been appointed as a non-executive director of Barclays and will become a member of the board remuneration committee with effect from May 1. The company said, "It is intended that Crawford Gillies will succeed Sir John Sunderland as chairman of the board remuneration committee at a date to be agreed, consistent with ensuring a smooth transition."
April 14, 2014
11:11 EDTSNEVevo and Yahoo expand music video distribution partnership
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06:06 EDTSNESony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase to four times in 2014, DigiTimes says
Sony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase by four times in 2014 as it targets a 10% global share in LCD TV shipments, reports DigiTimes. The company is targeting 20M LCD TV shipments in 2014 with Ultra HD TV sales in the China market increasing six-fold. Reference Link
April 11, 2014
07:47 EDTDBDeutsche granted dismissal of FHFA suit, Reuters says
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06:52 EDTSNESony warns customers of Vaio PCs battery fire risk, Reuters says
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06:12 EDTSNEDreamWorks Animation may look to take a piece of Vevo, Re/code reports
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April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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08:26 EDTDBDeutsche looks for shareholder approval for upped bonuses, Reuters says
Deutsche Bank will ask shareholders to approve increasing limits on executive bonuses for FY14 as required by new European regulations, according to Reuters, citing an agenda for the bank's annual shareholder meeting. Reference Link
08:00 EDTSNESony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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07:11 EDTDBDeutsche said to find inappropriate communication in FX case, Bloomberg says
Deutsche Bank laid-off a London-based currency saleswoman last month for improper communication with the Monetary Authority of Singapore, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. In an emailed statement, Deutsche Bank said it had received requests for information from regulators probing currency trading and is cooperating with them. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTDHROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:18 EDTDHRDanaher upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group
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07:23 EDTBCSBarclays relocates more suburban Singapore staff to city, Bloomberg says
Barclays is relocating more employees to an office in Singapore’s central business district from the suburbs to reduce expenses, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
05:37 EDTUNCFFUniCredit downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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