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January 31, 2013
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday after jobless claims jumped last week and consumer spending grew a bit less than expected last month. However, a regional purchasing managers' index came in better than expected and the averages have moved in a narrow range following the mixed data and a slew of earnings reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly unemployment applications jumped 38K to a seasonally adjusted 368K, versus expectations for a more modest rise to 350K. The Challenger job cuts report showed planned layoffs were down 24.4% from the same period a year ago. The Commerce Department said consumer spending rose 0.2% in December, which was slightly slower than the 0.4% increase in November, though income jumped 2.6% in December for the biggest monthly gain since December 2004. The Chicago Purchasing Manager’s report, which is available early to some market participants, came in at 55.6, beating an expected reading of 50.5... COMPANY NEWS: U.S. listed shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) fell over 7% after the Justice Department sued to block the company‘s proposed $20.1B deal to buy control of Mexico's Grupo Modelo. Falling even further on the news were shares of Constellation Brands (STZ), which had agreed to purchase the remaining 50% interest in the Crown Imports joint venture that it runs with Grupo Modelo in conjunction with AB InBev completing its own acquisition of Modelo. Both AB InBev and Constellation said they were disappointed by and opposed the DOJ's action, but added that given the move they no longer see their transactions closing in Q1. Near noon, Constellation shares were down over 20%... Facebook (FB) was downgraded by at least five firms after its earnings and revenue beat expectations but the company also said it plans to invest heavily in its business in 2013. Shares, which were down sharply at the open, recovered throughout the morning to be down about 1% near noon... Qualcomm (QCOM) surged almost 5% and price targets on shares were raised around the Street following its Q1 results and increased guidance. Among other tech component makers that reported, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) advanced over 13%, while Fusion-io (FIO) slid nearly 16%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was WMS Industries (WMS), which rose 52% after agreeing to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $26.00 per share in cash. Shares of Scientific Games also advanced over 11%. Other casino and gaming suppliers moved higher following the news, as Bally Technologies (BYI) rose nearly 5% and International Games (IGT) gained about 1.5%... Among the noteworthy losers was Celsion (CLSN), which plunged 81% after its Phase III HEAT study of ThermoDox did not meet its primary endpoint. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 24%, and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which fell 14% after their earnings reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 26.54, or 0.19%, to 13,883.88; the Nasdaq was up 0.40, or 0.01%, to 3,142.71; and the S&P 500 was down 2.80, or 0.19%, to 1,499.16.
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November 17, 2015
08:37 EDTQCOMCiti sees Xilinx, not Maxim, as potential takeout candidate
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he does not expect Maxim Integrated (MXIM) to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Xilinx (XLNX) is the only large-cap semiconductor company left with "all of the attributes of a good takeover target," Danely tells investors in a research note. He believes Xilinx management could be willing sellers at the right price, and points out Qualcomm (QCOM) has a history of doing deals. Xilinx could make a good candidate for Qualcomm, Danely contends.
05:33 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; YUM QCOM
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November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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15:53 EDTQCOMJANA Partners reduces stakes in Rackspace, Qualcomm
JANA Partners gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Mattel (MAT), Zoetis (ZTS), and Aramark (ARMK). INCREASED STAKES: ConAgra Foods (CAG). DECREASED STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Qualcomm (QCOM), Time Warner (TWX), Starz (STRZA), and Lions Gate (LGF). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Johnson Controls (JCI), Precision Castparts (PCP), AerCap Holdings (AER), United Rentals (URI), and HD Supply Holdings (HDS).
11:43 EDTBUDAB InBev upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTSTZConstellation Brands to acquirte Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for about $1B
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09:08 EDTSTZConstellation Brands to acquirte Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits for about $1B
08:33 EDTSGMSScientific Games announces retirement of CFO Scott Schweinfurth
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08:02 EDTSWKSPMC-Sierra reiterates commitment to Skyworks transaction
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07:18 EDTIGTDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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06:57 EDTBUDAB InBev may have to sell $7B in beer brands, Telegraph reports
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November 15, 2015
17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTBUDThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTBUDStocks end week lower as retail gets routed
Stocks ended the week sharply lower after weak retail earnings reports, highlighted by Macy's (M), were followed by a worse than expected government report on retail sales performance in October. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. In China, exports declined for a fourth straight month in October, sliding 3.6%, while imports fell for a 12th straight month, declining 16% in yuan terms. China's foreign-exchange reserves rose in October for the first time in six months, increasing to $3.53T from $3.51T at the end of September, the People's Bank of China reported. Industrial output in China rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following disappointing earnings reports and commentary from a number of department store operators, including Macy's, Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP). Weather was cited by a number of them, and analysts also pointed to the continued rise in competition felt by brick-and-mortar retailers from e-commerce players, mainly (AMZN)... Among earnings reporters outside of the retail sector, Viacom (VIAB) and Rackspace (RAX) rose immediately following their reports, while Cisco (CSCO), Priceline (PCLN), Hertz (HTZ), and Advance Auto Parts (AAP) fell right after their own... During the company's investor meeting, McDonald's (MCD) raised its global refranchising target to 4,000 restaurants through 2018 with a new long-term goal to become 95% franchised, announced plans to increase its dividend by 5% and said that after "robust" debate it had decided to not pursue a REIT spin-off transaction for its real estate holdings... Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) came to terms on a deal to combine the companies in a transaction worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) agreed to purchase SABMiller's 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a deal valued at $12B. Molson Coors was the biggest winner in terms of percentage stock gains immediately following the announcements, rising over 4% on Wednesday... Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drugmakers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid in the wake of the shareholder vote... PayPal (PYPL) shares saw three straight days of losses after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple (AAPL) is working on a mobile payments service that could compete with the firm's Venmo platform... Angie's List (ANGI) advanced after IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), the parent company of HomeAdvisor, made public a $8.75 per share cash buyout offer. Yelp (YELP), which also connects people with local businesses via its web-based and mobile services, also rose following the revelation of the takeout bid for Angie's List... Alibaba Group (BABA) reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B and topping the company's $11B forecast. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 3.7% to close at 17,245.24, the S&P 500 fell about 4.25% to close at 2,023.04, and the Nasdaq declined about 3.6% to close at 4,927.88.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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10:00 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Air Lease (AL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Aircastle (AYR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... AmTrust (AFSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Anadarko (APC) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Mylan (MYL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Scripps Networks (SNI) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Wal-Mart (WMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Weir Group (WEIGY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Weyerhaeuser (WY) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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05:32 EDTBUDAB InBev upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg
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