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March 27, 2014
12:18 EDTAAPL, LULU, C, AMZN, LDOS, BAX, GOOG, GME, BACOn 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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February 1, 2016
10:51 EDTBACActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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09:44 EDTAAPLForbes contributor suggests Apple should buy Netflix
Forbes contributor Jay Somaney noted that Apple (AAPL) has recently been reported to be talking to TV producers and Hollywood studios about investing and developing original TV shows and he contends that "one way to circumvent the tedious and lengthy negotiations process with Hollywood and the networks" is for Apple to offer to buy out Netflix (NFLX). Reference Link
09:36 EDTC, AMZN, AAPL, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTGOOGU.K. opposed to EU sanctions against Google-favored Bermuda, Observer says
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08:20 EDTGOOGTwitter jumps after The Information breaks potential deal
Shares of Twitter (TWTR) are rising in pre-market trading after tech reporter Jessica Lessin said private equity firm Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen and have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog service operator. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Lessin said in her report published on her site, The Information, that she did not know if deal considerations are "active" now with Andreessen and private equity firm Silver Lake. Silver Lake calls itself "the global leader in technology investing," stating that it has over $26B in combined assets under management. FREQUENT SPECULATION TARGET: Twitter has often been the subject of takeover rumors in the past year. Last April, Re/code's Kurt Wagner reported that Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) had looked at a potential acquisition of Twitter in the past, but noted at that time that neither tech giant was in discussions to acquire the social network owner. On January 20, News Corp. (NWSA) declined comment to CNBC regarding speculation about its potential interest in acquiring Twitter. Speculation also circulated the same day regarding an activist investor taking an interest in Twitter, trading sources told The Fly. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading near 8:15 am ET, Twitter rose 7% to $18 per share.
08:09 EDTGOOG, BAXOptions expected to be active
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07:24 EDTAAPLEU's Vestager dismisses U.S. criticism of tax cases, Reuters says
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07:09 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:53 EDTAAPLApple's iPad Air 3 may come with SMart Connector support, 9to5Mac reports
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06:25 EDTAMZNAmazon hinting at shipping, package handling business, WSJ reports
Amazon hinted recently that it wants to start a business line in shipping and package handling, Greg Bensinger of the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog reports. The company identified packaging and logistics companies as competitors and referred to itself as a "transportation service provider" in a securities filing, the report says. Reference Link
06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle tests solar-powered internet drones, Guardian reports
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTC, BACOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
20:11 EDTAMZNTime Warner, Hulu talks heat up over issue of current seasons, WSJ says
Time Warner's (TWX) negotiations to potentially buy into Hulu, a joint venture of Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Disney (DIS), have been heating up lately over the issue of Hulu subscribers being able to view current-season TV shows, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Though the feature is a differentiator for Hulu when compared to Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), Time Warner believes the presence of full, current seasons contributes to cord cutting, the report says. Reference Link
19:15 EDTGOOGGoogle adds dedicated VR design team, Re/code says
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19:04 EDTAAPLApple acquires Flyby, assembles 'secret' virtual reality team, FT says
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18:15 EDTAMZNAmazon investing in original content for Audible, Bloomberg says
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14:12 EDTGOOG, AAPLApple should avoid 'dubious' M&A, focus on cloud, AI development, Barron's says
"Impatient" investors encouraging Apple (AAPL) to become a mere dividend payer or make "dubious" acquisitions are not making much sense, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Apple continues to innovate and its iPhone franchise "will endure," though the one area where Apple lags behind peers and "can and should" make progress is cloud computing, according to the publication. Alphabet (GOOG), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT) are making large strides in cloud and artificial intelligence, but the company still has "plenty of opportunity" to catch up given its product install base, Barron's says. Reference Link
12:33 EDTC, BACU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
11:39 EDTAAPL, AMZNS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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