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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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July 24, 2014
08:20 EDTDBDeutsche Bank CFO faces internal criticism over reporting, WSJ says
U.S. authorities have expressed serious concerns about Deutsche Bank's financial data, it has recently come to light, but the bank's CFO Stefan Krause has also faced criticism from within the organization about the issues, say people familiar with the discussions, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
July 23, 2014
10:20 EDTSNESony investing to increase stacked CMOS image sensor production
Sony (SNE) announced earlier that it plans to invest in Nagasaki TEC and Kumamoto TEC from the second half of FY14 through the first half of FY15 to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75K wafers per month and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60K wafers per month to approximately 68K wafers per month in August 2015. Sony intends to bolster its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, and further strengthen its integrated supply operations, and to thereby reinforce its leading market position. The total investment amount is expected to be approximately Y35B to be carried out in FY14 and in FY15. Of this, the amount to be invested in FY14, or approximately Y9B, was included in the forecast of capital expenditure for semiconductors in the current fiscal year of approximately Y65B announced on May 14. Note that OmniVision Technologies (OVTI) designs, develops and markets integrated and semiconductor image-sensor devices.
July 22, 2014
16:04 EDTSNESkullcandy names David Raffone as Chief Sales and Revenue Officer
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15:32 EDTDBNY Fed said Deutsche Bank U.S. unit reports 'inaccurate, unreliable,' WSJ says
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07:31 EDTBCS, DBSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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07:16 EDTBCSBarclays plunges from 2nd to 12th in U.S. dark pool ranks after suit, FT says
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06:17 EDTSNEGlobal notebook shipments to increase 4.3% in Q3, DigiTimes Research says
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July 21, 2014
10:45 EDTBBYAnalysts roll out coverage on GoPro with differing views
Shares of GoPro (GPRO) are climbing after a number of analysts initiated coverage of the stock with different outlooks. GoPro develops mountable and wearable cameras. BULLISH TAKE: JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster initiated coverage of GoPro with an Overweight rating. GoPro is gaining share in the digital camcorder market, and it has begun to penetrate "active lifestyle" markets, which are a much larger opportunity for the company, Coster believes. The company could ship 10M of its products for use by active lifestyle participants annually, the analyst estimated. In a best case scenario, the company could also sell low-cost devices for the mass market, according to Coster. However, GoPro will face competition from major companies, including Google (GOOG) and possibly Apple (AAPL) in this market, warned Coster, who set a $51 price target on GoPro. Also initiating coverage of the name with an Overweight rating was Piper Jaffray analyst Sean Naughton. GoPro is in the early stages of growth, as the company's user base is poised to expand beyond extreme sports enthusiasts, the analyst forecast. The company has a competitive advantage over other brands, which should enable it to maintain strong profitability, added Naughton, who set a $48 price target on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Stifel analyst Jim Duffy started coverage of GoPro with a Hold rating. The company's three year growth outlook is compelling, but the stock is fully valued, the analyst believes. The company faces a number of risks, including competition in the image device market and the possibility that its relationship with key channel partners, including Best Buy (BBY), could be disrupted, the analyst wrote. Sales to Best Buy accounted for 17% of GoPro's revenue in fiscal 2013, Duffy reported. After GoPro surged following its initial public offering, the stock is likely to advance by only limited amounts, wrote Barcalys analyst Joseph Wolf, who initiated coverage of the shares with an Equal Weight rating. The stock could fall to $30 if the company is unable to increase its hardware sales or make progress in its efforts to develop a media business, the analyst warned. He set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: A total of seven analysts rolled out coverage today on GoPro, according to The Fly’s research, with only two recommending the stock with buy-equivalent ratings. Shares of the camera marker are up 3%, or $1.10, to $42.53 in morning trading.
08:11 EDTBCSWarnings sounded over Barclays dark pool months before NY AG, WSJ says
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06:23 EDTSNEUpscale Sony Walkman enjoying a comeback in Japan, WSJ reports
Sony's new $700 Walkman, which is aimed at premium buyers, is enjoying a small comeback, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company says the ZX1, which houses 128 gigabytes of storage, is selling well in Japan. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
14:44 EDTDHRDanaher weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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11:21 EDTBCSBritish antitrust regulator to investigate country's banks, NY Times reports
The U.K.'s antitrust authorities said they expected to open a formal investigation into Britain's retail banking industry, reports the New York Times. The regulators cited barriers to competition that include control of a national network of branches by four large banks that control more than three-quarters of the market. Reference Link
09:08 EDTDHRDanaher sell-off overdone, says Goldman
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07:22 EDTSNETotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:26 EDTDBMetro hires Deutsche to guide on consumer-electronics unit, Bloomberg says
Metro (MTTRY) hired Deutsche Bank (DB) to examine options for its consumer-electronics unit, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter. The sources said that alternatives may include a sale, spinoff or IPO of the Media-Saturn division. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNEXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTSNESony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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July 17, 2014
06:18 EDTDHRDanaher narrows FY14 EPS view to $3.67-$3.72, consensus $3.75
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06:18 EDTDHRDanaher sees Q3 EPS 86c-89c, consensus 93c
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06:04 EDTDHRDanaher reports Q2 EPS 95c, consensus 94c
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