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March 23, 2012
14:28 EDTCAT, BA, FDX, ORCLMarket poised for losing week as China, Europe data pulls down shares
Stocks are set to end the week lower after weak economic data from China and Europe made many investors more pessimistic about the global economy. MACRO NEWS: A Chinese purchasing managers' index for March compiled by HSBC fell to 48.1, the lowest level since last November, HSBC reported. Any level below 50 indicates that the country's manufacturing sector contracted... The euro zone's manufacturing base also appears to have contracted, as a March purchasing managers' index for the bloc came in at 48.7, down from 49.3 in February... Also disappointing investors was U.S. housing data, as 313,000 new homes were sold last month, versus the consensus estimate of 325,000. An index of home prices for January and existing home sales for February also came in below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Industrial companies, including Caterpillar (CAT) and Boeing (BA), saw their stocks decline this week in the wake of the weaker economic reports... FedEx (FDX) reported higher than expected adjusted Q3 EPS but lowered its 2012 EPS guidance... Oracle (ORCL) posted stronger than expected results, but its stock is poised to decline significantly for the week.
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September 18, 2014
17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q2 adjusted EPS 66c-70c, consensus 74c
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16:07 EDTORCLOracle says rolling out database cloud service next week
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16:06 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 Software plus Cloud revenue up 6% to $6.6B
Oracle reports Q1 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 6% to $6.6B. Software-as-a-service and Platform-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 32% to $337M. Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 26% to $138M. Hardware systems revenue was down 8% to $1.2B. Reports Q1 non-GAAP operating margin was 44%.
16:04 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
Oracle announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $13.0B of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters. Oracle's Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12c per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 8, with a payment date of October 29.
16:03 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
13:55 EDTFDXFedEx upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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13:25 EDTBABoeing space contract with NASA includes seat for tourist, Reuters reports
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12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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12:28 EDTBABoeing reports 78 news orders in weekly update
Boeing reported 78 new orders in its weekly update, which included 67 737s for unidentified customers, five 737s for Avolon and six 787s. In the changes category, 737 net orders were reduced by six.
10:27 EDTFDXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:37 EDTFDXFedEx price target raised to $183 from $170 at RW Baird
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07:54 EDTBABoeing added to Franchise Picks List at Jefferies
Jefferies believes Boeing is using the knowledge it gained from building 787s to improve its manufacturing and design capability. The firm says demand for the 787 over the next two decades could be $500B and deliveries should top 3K units. It added the stock to its Franchise Picks List, and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $165 price target.
06:13 EDTFDXFedEx price target raised to $180 from $170 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for FedEx shares to $180 saying the company's "solid" Q1 results points to potential upside to FY15 estimates. Citi keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
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