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July 14, 2014
12:21 EDTABT, URS, HLIT, MYL, AAPL, ACM, RVBD, COn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday to start the week after Citigroup's (C) better than expected headline results appeared to renew investor optimism over the earnings season. Also, a number of additional M&A deals were reported over the weekend and this morning. Since its initial move higher the market has moved in a very narrow range, but the early gains are still enough to put the major averages on track for their best daily performance since late May. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released this morning. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup (C), the second major U.S. bank to report on its second quarter results, advanced 3% after its headline earnings and revenue beat expectations. Also, the bank announced that it has reached a $7B settlement that resolves actual and potential civil claims by the Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation relating to RMBS and collateralized debt obligations issued, structured or underwritten by Citi between 2003 and 2008... Mylan (MYL) struck a deal to buy Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in an all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Under the terms of the deal, Abbott will carve out the assets and transfer them to a new public company organized in the Netherlands. Mylan will then merge with that company to become a new public company, called Mylan N.V., allowing it certain tax advantages. Abbott will receive 105M shares of the combined company, meaning it will hold an approximate 21% stake in Mylan following the deal. Shares of both companies advanced after the deal announcement, with Abbott gaining 1% and Mylan rising nearly 3%. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) rose 1.5% after Barclays upgraded its stock to Overweight and raised its price target for the shares to $110 from $95, citing channel checks that indicate near-term upside to consensus estimates and strong new products into 2015. The firm also said it believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley reported that its survey results suggests June quarter iPhone demand upside and the firm raised its iPhone unit estimate and its EPS estimate for the coming quarter above the consensus forecasts. Among the notable gainers with merger news was URS (URS), which rose about 11% after it announced this weekend that it agreed to be acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B, or $56.31 per URS share. Shares of the buyer also rose 7.5% after the announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Harmonic (HLIT), which plunged 10.5% after the company's second and third quarter outlooks fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own profit warning was Riverbed (RVBD), which fell 5.5% after the company cut its second quarter adjusted EPS and revenue outlook. Afterward, activist investor Elliot Management reaffirmed its prior $21 per share bid for the company and urged the company's board to "immediately" retain an advisor and announce a review of strategic alternatives, including a sale. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 129.89, or 0.77%, to 17,073.70, the Nasdaq was up 31.62, or 0.72%, to 4,447.11, and the S&P 500 was up 11.13, or 0.57%, to 1,978.70.
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November 11, 2014
07:03 EDTACMAECOM Technology sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.75-$3.35, consensus $2.73
The mid-point of the guidance range assumes approximately $110M of realized synergies from the acquisition of URS.
07:02 EDTACMAECOM Technology reports Q4 EPS ex-items 79c, consensus 82c
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06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAAPLQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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November 10, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:26 EDTACMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings DR Horton (DHI), consensus 48c; Sabre (SABR), consensus 26c; AECOM Technology (ACM), consensus 82c; CST Brands (CST), consensus 57c; Qiwi plc (QIWI), consensus 36c; INSYS Therapeutics (INSY), consensus 29c.
12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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06:46 EDTCRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:37 EDTCSumitomo Mitsui in lead for Citigroup's Japan retail operations, WSJ reports
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06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTCUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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November 7, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; November 7, 2014
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL WFM ABX GILD TSLA ZNGA FB FSLR GOOG AMZN
08:01 EDTMYLMylan signs alliance agreement with Disney Parks to enhance EpiPen access
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06:46 EDTAAPLMicrosoft begins offering free iPhone Office apps
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06:35 EDTAAPLApple says shuts down 'WireLurker' malware, Business Insider reports
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