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March 4, 2012
14:32 EDTMON, CVX, GS, T, CSCO, INTC, JPM, PFE, ZION, WFC, EXC, RF, C, MSFT, FITBNeuberger's value hunter Salzmann likes Citigroup and Microsoft, Barron's says
Barron's profiled Neuberger Berman's new large-cap value specialist Eli Salzmann who was recruited 13 months ago to restore the firms' historically strong large-cap value franchise. Salzmann is a traditional value manager who aims to beat the Russell 1000 Value Index over the next few years. He searches for companies that have depressed earnings relative to their true mid-economic-cycle earnings. Some of his favorites are U.S. banks, many of which are trading below tangible book value despite a recent surge in the sector. Salzmann started buying banks late last year as they began to benefit from the troubles in Europe. He likes Citigroup ( C ) and Wells Fargo (WFC) -- and has been buying shares of big regional banks, such as Fifth Third Bank (FITB), Regions Financial (RF) and Zions Bancorp (ZION). Salzmann is also bullish on large tech stocks, which are trading at about 10x earnings, have strong balance sheets and could benefit as capital spending increases. A favorite is Microsoft (MSFT). Salzmann expects the stock to see $40 over the next 12 - 24 months. One last pick: though he's generally negative on utilities, Salzmann like Exelon Generation (EXC). Other holdings: PFE, JPM, T, CVX, INTC, GS, MON and CSCO. Reference Link
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06:25 EDTCBarclays-Stifel deal marks end of Lehman legacy, Business Insider reports
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06:05 EDTINTCIntel pushing into SSD market and hope to surpass Samsung in 2016, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) is looking to push into the SSD market with its newest 750 series SSDs with technology able to enhance the transmission speed, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the company is also offering price cuts on its existing products in order to narrow its gap with the largest vendor Samsung (SSNLF). Sources also expect Intel to draw near to Samsung in 2H15 and may even have a chance to surpass Samsung in 2016. Reference Link
06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may charge extra licensing fees for high-end notebooks, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTINTC, MSFTNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
06:04 EDTMSFTOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
05:56 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:28 EDTMONSyngenta chairman reaffirms position regarding Monsanto proposal
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June 22, 2015
19:56 EDTEXCUtilities sector dips after EPA warns of 'significant risks' from climate change
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16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; June 22, 2015
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14:42 EDTMSFTOculus potential not reflected in Facebook's stock price, Piper Jaffray says
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11:59 EDTMONMonsanto June weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Monsanto June weekly option implied volatility is at 39, July is at 22, October is at 22; compared to its 52-range of 14 to 27, suggesting large near term price movement into its expected release of Q3 results on June 24.
09:40 EDTINTC, TActive equity options trading on open
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08:52 EDTPFEPortola, Bristol-Myers, and Pfizer announce results from Phase 3 ANNEXA study
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08:35 EDTINTCKopin divests interest in Recon Instruments
Kopin (KOPN) said it had divested its equity interest in Recon Instruments as part of Intel Corporation’s (INTC) acquisition of Recon. Kopin anticipates that it will receive approximately $6M in cash proceeds for its equity interest, subject to certain closing conditions including a working capital adjustment.
08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
07:06 EDTFITBFifth Third to consolidate or sell approx. 100 branches, 30 other properties
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07:01 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire Nimenrix, Mencevax from GlaxoSmithKline for $130M
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it has entered into an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to acquire its quadrivalent meningitis ACWY vaccines, Nimenrix and Mencevax, for a total consideration of approximately $130M. This transaction will add two high-quality and complementary vaccines to Pfizer’s portfolio, allowing the company to reach a broader global population. Nimenrix is a single dose meningococcal ACWY-TT conjugated vaccine designed to protect against Neisseria meningitidis, an uncommon but highly contagious disease that can lead to disability and death. Mencevax is a single-dose meningococcal ACWY unconjugated polysaccharide vaccine used to control outbreaks of meningococcal infection and for travelers to countries where the disease is endemic or highly epidemic. Pfizer does not expect this transaction to have any significant impact on its 2015 financial performance. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions as well as regulatory approvals in several markets, and is expected to occur in the second half of 2015. Pfizer’s legal advisors for the transaction were Ropes & Gray and Clifford Chance.
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