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July 14, 2014
12:21 EDTC, AAPL, URS, RVBD, MYL, ABT, ACM, HLITOn 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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July 15, 2014
15:19 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:55 EDTACMAECOM Technology outlook brightening, says Argus
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14:48 EDTCCitigroup reports June credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.40% last month
Reports June delinquencies 1.43% vs. 1.46% last month.
14:40 EDTABT, MYLEarnings Preview: Abbott targets continued gains in emerging markets
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12:55 EDTAAPLEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
11:41 EDTAAPLApple CEO has 'never met' Carney, The Loop reports
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11:17 EDTMYLStocks with call strike movement; KORS MYL
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11:13 EDTABTPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:48 EDTRVBDOptions with increasing implied volatility: GLUU KORS RVBD HSH
10:46 EDTURSURS Corporation downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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10:46 EDTAAPLApple rumored to solve alleged battery problem in new iPhones, AppleInsider says
According to reports from Asia, Apple is rumored to have solved its issue with the construction of ultra-thin batteries for its next-generation iPhones, says AppleInsider. Apple is said to have enlisted a new manufacturing partner in Taiwan to craft the batteries, added AppleInsider. Reference Link
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09:40 EDTAAPLApple 'iWatch' said to debut in two sizes, three models, AppleInsider says
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:43 EDTCCitigroup successfully executing plan, says RBC Capital
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07:37 EDTCAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
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07:34 EDTCCitigroup shares cheap on valuation, says UBS
UBS views Citigroup shares as cheap and does not expect them to trade below tangible book value indefinitely. The firm sees earnings stabilization, better than expected trading results, strong loan growth, and valuation as reasons to maintain its Buy rating and raise its price target on Citigroup shares to $61 from $60.
06:43 EDTAAPLApple reportedly considering Carney for PR head position, Re/code reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLBoy's rash linked to possible exposure to nickel found in iPad, WSJ reports
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06:15 EDTMYL, ABTAbbott unit sale to Mylan 'a wash,' says Citigroup
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