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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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October 23, 2014
06:05 EDTSNEApple defeats GPNE civil patent suit, Re/code reports
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October 22, 2014
16:28 EDTDHRDanaher reports 8.3% stake in NetScout
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10:12 EDTBBYBest Buy calls active, reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday’s at Barclays
Best Buy October weekly 32, November 34 calls are active on total call volume of 3K calls (1K puts). October weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, November is at 44, December is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term upside price movement after reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays.
08:59 EDTSNESony may lower smartphone target for second time this year, Bloomberg says
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08:36 EDTBBYBest Buy reiterated as a top pick ahead of holiday season at Barclays
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October 21, 2014
14:09 EDTSNEThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
08:18 EDTBCS, DBBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:52 EDTDBCiti purchasea Deutsche energy, metals book, Reuters says
Citigroup (C) acquired Deutsche Bank's (DB) energy and metals book, which is the U.S. company's latest expansion effort in commodities trading as some of its competitors look to exit that sector, according to Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
07:49 EDTSNESony November volatility elevated into Q2 and investor meeting
Sony November weekly call option implied volatility is at 34, January is at 28, April is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on October 31 and a company sponsored investor meeting on November 24.
07:21 EDTBCSFederal Reserve Bank of New York and Boston to hold a workshop
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October 19, 2014
18:38 EDTSNESony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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October 17, 2014
08:52 EDTDHRDanaher valuation remains attractive, says Bernstein
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07:26 EDTDHRDanaher weakness a buying opportunity, says Argus
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06:30 EDTSNENPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTSNESony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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October 16, 2014
08:42 EDTBCSUBS, DOJ in talks for forex rigging settlement, FT reports
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07:48 EDTSNESony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
06:50 EDTBCS, DBEuropean regulator rejects bonus loophole, NY Times says
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06:05 EDTDHRDanaher sees Q4 EPS $1.00-$1.04, consensus $1.04
Included in this range is approximately $125M, or approximately 13c per diluted share, of anticipated productivity charges that are partially offset by an approximate 7c per diluted share anticipated gain on the sale of marketable securities. Thomas P Joyce, Jr., president and CEO, stated, "The Danaher team executed well, using the Danaher Business System to expand margins, generate strong cash flow performance, drive meaningful share gains and deliver better-than-expected earnings. As we plan for 2015, we remain mindful of the challenging macroeconomic outlook including the recently stronger dollar. However, we believe our focus on high-impact growth investments and margin expansion, combined with our robust balance sheet and M&A capacity, position us to finish 2014 well and drive long term results."
06:02 EDTDHRDanaher reports Q3 EPS 95c, consensus 89c
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