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April 10, 2012
16:19 EDTVPHM, XRIT, STD, BBY, JAG, BCS, UNCFF, OPTR, DHR, DB, SNEOn 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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January 14, 2015
07:58 EDTSNEQuantum Dot bumps OLED at cutting edge of TV tech, WSJ says
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06:57 EDTBCSBarclays appoints Jonathan Moulds as Group COO
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06:44 EDTDB, BCSTop court official backs ECB bond buying, NY Times reports
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January 13, 2015
12:08 EDTDHRDanaher repeats FY15 adjusted EPS view $4.35-$4.45
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11:01 EDTDBDeutsche Bank considering cutting jobs, selling assets, Bloomberg reports
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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.
07:30 EDTDBDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTDBDeutsche Bank considering sale of Postbank retail unit, WSJ reports
Deutsche Bank is considering a sale of its Postbank retail unit, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing sources and an internal document. The retail unit is being examined as part of a continuing strategy review, which will be unveiled in the spring. Reference Link
07:10 EDTSNESony considering options for TV, phone operations, Reuters reports
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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
10:00 EDTDHROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTDHRDanaher downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Danaher to Equal Weight from Equal Weight. The firm views risk/reward more balanced and notes incremental earnings headwinds in Europe. Price target is $88.
06:44 EDTDHRDanaher downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:28 EDTDBDeutsche Bank to unveil details of restructuring plan in Q2, Reuters says
Deutsche Bank will announce details about its restructuring plan next quarter, the bank's senior management stated in a memo obtained by Reuters, according to the news service. Reference Link
January 11, 2015
19:03 EDTSNESony/ATV CEO Bandier says music business not for sale, NY Post says
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17:50 EDTSNESony being investigated by SEC for bribery in China, WSJ says
A report from Friday night explained that Sony is being investigated by the SEC for possible violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, specifically regarding a potential case of bribery with regards to the China release of "Resident Evil: Afterlife" in 2010, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing leaked Sony documents. Reference Link
17:12 EDTBBYBest Buy shares could rise over 20%, Barron's says
Best Buy shares could rise over 20%, to around $45, driven by 4K television sales, Barron's contends in a feature article. Caution should still be used ahead of earnings, the paper adds. Reference Link
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