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March 27, 2014
12:18 EDTC, BAC, BAX, LULU, GME, LDOS, AAPL, GOOG, AMZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in Citigroup (C) and a number of tech giants weighed on the indexes. The weakness comes in spite of the government's estimate for GDP growth in the fourth quarter having been revised upward, as well as encouraging data about unemployment claims. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The estimate of GDP growth in the fourth guarter was revised up to 2.6% from the prior 2.4% estimate, but analyst had expected it to be bumped up to 2.7% in this third reading. There were 311K initial jobless claims in the week ended March 22, which was below the consensus forecast for 323K claims. Pending home sales fell 0.8% in February from the prior month, missing expectations for them to have risen 0.2%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Citigroup dropped 6% after the bank was one of five to have its capital plan rejected by the Federal Reserve. The central bank said Citi's plan reflected a "number of deficiencies" in its planning. Citi was denied its request for a $6.4B share repurchase program and to increase its dividend to 5c per share, but will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions. Following last night's Fed announcment, Citigroup shares were downgraded at Keefe Bruyette and at Bernstein... Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were also lower by nearly 2% near midday, despite receiving approval from the Fed for its 2014 capital plan. The bank will be allowed to repurchase $4B of its common stock and increase its dividend to 5c from 1c per share. The bank also announced a more than $9B settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency related to mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC) between 2005 and 2007... Shares of Baxter (BAX) rose 5.5% after the company announced plans to split into two separate, independent companies -- one focused on biopharmaceuticals and the other on medical products. The split, which is intended to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Baxter shareholders of a new publicly traded stock in the new biopharmaceuticals company, is expected to be completed by mid-year 2015... Shares of Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN) and a number of other tech stocks were all lower near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was athletic apparel maker lululemon (LULU), which rose over 6% after the company's fourth quarter results topped analysts' consensus expectation and the company's previously lowered outlook. Also higher was Garmin (GRMN), which gained 4.5% after research firm Oppenheimer joined Citigroup to issue the second positive note about the GPS product maker in two days. Among the noteworthy losers was security, health and engineering solutions firm Leidos (LDOS), which dropped more than 15% after its guidance dissapointed and its COO announced plans to leave the company. Also lower following its earnings reports was video game retailer GameStop (GME), which fell 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 35.52, or 0.22%, to 16,233.47, the Nasdaq was down 34.23, or 0.82%, to 4,139.35, and the S&P 500 was down 7.94, or 0.43%, to 1,844.62.
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July 17, 2014
14:44 EDTAAPLAsus tablet sales in Japan top Apple in first half of year, Nikkei says
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13:33 EDTAAPL, AMZN, GOOGAmazon.com reportedly deveoping Android app for Prime content, Cnet says
Amazon (AMZN) may soon release an app that would enable users of Google's (GOOG) Android operating system to stream content from Amazon's Prime Instant Video, PC Advisor reported, according to Cnet. Currently Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets and Apple's (AAPL) iPads are the only mobile devices that can access content from Prime, Cnet stated. Reference Link
12:52 EDTGOOGEarnings Preview: Google shares up 4.5% since last earnings report
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Google is a global technology company that focuses on Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $6.24 on revenue of $15.62B. The consensus range is $5.73-$6.64 for EPS, and $15.36B-$15.94B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Google reported first quarter EPS of $6.27 against estimates of $16.40 on revenue of $15.42B against estimates of $15.52B. Google reported Q1 paid clicks up 26% and average cost-per-click decreased 9%. The company also reported Q1 Sites revenue $10.47B and Q1 Network revenue $3.4B. Google said it expects to continue to make "significant capital expenditures" and reported free cash flow in Q1 of $2.05B. NEWS: Google announced several acquisitions in the past quarter, most notably for music streaming service Songza, live video-streaming service Twitch, and high-res imaging satellite maker Skybox Imaging. The company also expanded Shopping Express to New York and other parts of California, including Los Angeles. There were also reports that Google has set aside $500M to expand the service worldwide. Bloomberg reported the company intends to spend a "significant portion" of its offshore cash to make acquisitions with nearly $20B-$30B on foreign companies and foreign technology rights. Google also entered the domain registration business through an invite-only beta website, may likely overhaul Google+ in the near future, and is said to be developing a 7-inch tablet that can capture 3D images. At Google's I/O opening keynote in June, the company said Android had over 1B users, Chrome for Mobile had 300M active users and Google Drive has over 190M active users. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor said the company's revenue growth relative to CapEx has declined in the past several years as it has spent less efficiently on growth than its peers. Susquehanna, on the other hand, said Google's recent underperformance has created a buying opportunity due to favorite mix shift and strong core growth at Google.com and YouTube. Ahead of the Q2 earnings report, Google's price target was also raised at Citigroup after channel checks with search marketing companies suggested the business accelerated slightly in Q2. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have risen 4.5% since the first day of trading following the company's Q1 report. In Wednesday afternoon trading ahead of Q2 report, Google shares are down a little over 1.5%.
10:46 EDTAMZNAmazon.com July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
Amazon.com July weekly call option implied volatility is at 56, August is at 37, September is at 30, October is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
10:07 EDTLULULululemon Athletica July calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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09:53 EDTLULURumor: lululemon moves up on renewed takeover chatter
09:40 EDTAMZN, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTGMEGameStop valuation compelling, says BofA/Merrill
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09:15 EDTBAXBaxter says 'feels good' about guidance
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09:09 EDTGOOGSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee holds a hearing
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08:56 EDTBAXBaxter: Guidance contemplates possible headwinds related to cyclo competition
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08:39 EDTGOOGMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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07:05 EDTBAXBaxter sees Q3 EPS before special items $1.28-$1.32, consensus $1.32
The company said, "For Q3, the company expects sales growth of approximately 12%-13%, excluding the impact of foreign currency. TheQ3 earnings guidance excludes approximately 7c per diluted share of projected intangible asset amortization expense."
07:04 EDTBAXBaxter narrows FY14 adjusted EPS view to $5.10-$5.20, consensus $5.15
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07:02 EDTBAXBaxter reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.26, consensus $1.22
Reports Q2 revenue $4.26B, consensus $4.12B.
07:01 EDTBAXBaxter confirms FY14 outlook
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06:50 EDTGOOG, AMZNAirbus considering partnering with high tech companies, NY Times says
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06:47 EDTGOOGGoogle plans big push in India for Android One initiative, The Informations says
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06:38 EDTBACStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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05:56 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU INTC
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