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October 16, 2012
12:14 EDTC, JNJ, KO, UNH, AUO, FOSL, RATE, CLWR, SOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as quarterly results from three Dow members provided hope that this earnings season may not be as bad as feared. Stocks began the session in positive territory and continued to move higher throughout the early part of the session. The premarket economic reports had little impact on the market but better than expected earnings from some of the countryís largest corporations did push the averages higher. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index, which was released after the open, also helped as the measure hit its highest level since June 2006 and added credence to the belief that a housing market recovery is progressing... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the headline consumer price index rose 0.6% in September, versus expectations of an increase of 0.5%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy components, indicated prices inched up 0.1%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Industrial production rebounded 0.4% in September, versus consensus expectations for a 0.2% rise. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 41, which was in line with expectations. Internationally, the Wall Street Journal reported that Spain is considering a request for a line of credit from the EU's new bailout mechanism... COMPANY NEWS: One day after Citigroup (C) reported stronger than expected third quarter earnings, the bank's board shocked Wall Street by announcing that Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit had stepped down, effective immediately. John Havens, Citiís President and Chief Operating Officer, also resigned. Pandit will be replaced by the current head of the European and Middle Eastern unit, Michael Corbat. Citigroup shares, which initially sold off, recovered and were up nearly 1% at midday... Among Dow members reporting earnings, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH) both beat expectations and raised their full year views, while Coca-Cola (KO) shares moved down fractionally after its results were roughly in line with analysts' forecasts... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were AU Optronics (AUO), up 9% after being upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA, and Fossil (FOSL), up 8% following an upgrade to a Buy rating at Citigroup. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), down 24% after the company gave weaker than expected guidance for its Q3 results. Also lower was Clearwire (CLWR), down 13% after Bloomberg said sources indicate that Sprint (S) has no immediate plans to acquire its smaller partner, as has been speculated... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 123.01, or 0.92%, to 13,547.24; the Nasdaq was up 36.34, or 1.19%, to 3,100.52; and the S&P 500 was up 14.90, or 1.03%, to 1,455.03.
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August 12, 2014
14:35 EDTFOSLFossil August 103 straddle priced for 8.4% move into Q2
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14:28 EDTFOSLFossil technical notes before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have underperformed the broader averages with a loss of over 8%. The downtrend in the shares on a longer-term basis has been underway since shares hit a peak of price in early November 2013. That downtrend has been characterized by volatile bursts higher in price away from the broader downtrend that fail to hold. On disappointing news, a breakdown below $100 would seem highly probable. For the prior two years the $100 area has been both resistance and then support. A break below $100 would be therefore more technically significant. Support below on an increasing band of disappointment would be at $97.96, $92.80, and $89.33. If the news is more positive than expected, a move up to the recent pivot at $108.08 would be the first major resistance encountered. A breakout above $110 would turn the shares from bearish to neutral with additional resistance then at $114.12. The short-base is large at over 8% of the float short which could add to a potential short-squeeze on stronger than expected news.
09:35 EDTJNJ, CActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
07:48 EDTCBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTAUOAU Optronics facing tough battle in UHD TV panel market, DigiTimes says
AU Optronics and Innolux are facing an uphill battle in the UHD TV panel market as it tries to increase its global share, reports DigiTimes. According to sources with supply chain makers, their production capacities are fully occupied and it is difficult to increase output. In addition, the companies are seeing growing support from TV vendors for Samsung Display (SSNLF) and LG Display (LPL). Reference Link
August 11, 2014
18:05 EDTSSprint CEO to utilize price cuts to 'compete aggressively', Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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06:58 EDTCUBS to hold a conference
UBS Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Chicago on August 11.
06:43 EDTCCitigroup, Mercuria Energy battle in court over metals payments, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; S APC
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTSMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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11:51 EDTAUOAU Optronics initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale
11:32 EDTSSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
11:32 EDTSStocks with call strike movement; WETF S
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09:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson remains undervalued, says Cowen
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07:59 EDTUNHBenefitfocus price target raised to $45 from $41 at Canaccord
Canaccord raised its price target on Benefitfocus (BNFT) to $45 from $41 following its better than expected Q2 results. The firm cited continued momentum, its United Health (UNH) win, and its potential to establish itself as one of the premier vendors in the benefits administration space. Canaccord keeps a Buy rating on Benefitfocus.
07:18 EDTCRegulators direct banks to steer mortgage aid to hard-hit areas, FT says
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06:30 EDTCCitigroup, Accenture employ tech workers in Argentina, Bloomberg says
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06:08 EDTST-Mobile plans to overtake Sprint in total customers by end of year, CEO says
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