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October 25, 2013
15:09 EDTBA, CAT, NFLX, MSFT, F, AMZNStocks poised to end week higher after strong earnings, Chinese data
Stocks are set to finish the week higher, as strong Chinese economic data and higher than expected earnings from some major companies made investors more optimistic. MACRO NEWS: A preliminary index of Chinese manufacturing reached a seven month high of 50.9 in October, HSBC and Markit reported on Wednesday night... In the U.S. economic data was lackluster, as jobless claims were worse than expected and an index of consumer sentiment for October came in below expectations. Orders of durable goods excluding transportation were below expectations in September, the government reported... The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell below $100. COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN) shares surged after the company reported higher than expected third quarter revenue. The revenue and profits of Microsoft (MSFT), Boeing (BA), and Ford (F) all surpassed expectation... Netflix (NFLX) reported higher than expected earnings on Monday after the market closed, but the stock pulled back from its highs on Tuesday after a number of analysts suggested that the stock had become too expensive. Additionally, Carl Icahn announced that he had significantly lowered his stake in the streaming video company by selling nearly 3M shares of the company... Caterpillar (CAT) reported lower than expected third quarter profit and revenue and reduced its full-year profit guidance for the third straight quarter.
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November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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12:52 EDTBABoeing reports 90 new orders since last update
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11:52 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms acquisition of security company Aorato
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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11:15 EDTFFord wary of expanding South African investment, Reuters says
Due to repeated disruptions to its operations from strikes, Ford is reticent to expand its investment in Its South African operation, says Reuters. Jeff Nemeth, president of Ford's South African business, said, "A challenge for us here in South Africa is convincing our board to continue to invest in a country where the stability of output is a little less certain than in other countries," added Reuters. Reference Link
07:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Aorato for about $200M, sources say, WSJ reports
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07:12 EDTBAOracle to hold a meeting
2014 OAGi Plenary Meeting is being held in Redwood City, California on November 13-14.
06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:20 EDTMSFT, AMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
17:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says will have sold 10M Xbox One consoles 'shortly'
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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09:54 EDTCATCaterpillar reaffirms 2014 EPS outlook about $6.50, consensus $6.56
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09:37 EDTAMZN, NFLXActive equity options trading
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08:18 EDTNFLXNetflix CFO expects to expand as much or 'bit more' next year, Bloomberg says
Netflix CFO David Wells said the company plans a “sizable expansion” into new markets next year, projecting expansion on the order of this year or "even potentially a little bit more,” reported Bloomberg, citing Wells' comments at an RBC Capital Markets conference. Reference Link
07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
Developer Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13 with webcasted discussions will begin on November 12 at 10 am. Reference Link
07:48 EDTMSFTWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:22 EDTFFord offers favorable risk/reward, says UBS
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07:10 EDTBAFly Leasing to sell 8 Boeing 757 aircraft
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