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February 13, 2013
12:24 EDTRATE, DDD, CMCSA, CLF, WCG, PRLB, RAX, XONE, GEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday following the president's State of the Union address and a report that showed retail sales growth slowed in January. The Dow and S&P have moved back and forth across the flat line while the Nasdaq remained in positive ground throughout the morning, but was well off its early day highs near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in January, which was in-line with expectations though down from a 0.5% gain in December. Import prices rose 0.6% during the month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%, while Export prices were up 0.3% in January, matching the consensus forecast. Business inventories grew 0.1% in December, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase. Additionally, in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined a mix of old and new proposals intended to jump-start the domestic economy as well as urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from the existing $7.25. In Europe, Q4 industrial production fell 2.4% from the previous quarter, though production in the euro-zone rose 0.7% on the month in December... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) announced several important developments late Tuesday and investors reacted favorably, sending its stock up over 4%. The company reported its Q4 results but also announced it will buy General Electric’s (GE) remaining 49% equity stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7B, increased its dividend by 20% to 78c per share and said it plans to buy back $2B of its stock in 2013. After the earlier than expected sale of the JV interest, GE said it was raising its share repurchase plan to $35B and accelerating its 2013 share buybacks to about $10B and its shares rose about 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Proto Labs (PRLB), up 23%, after its better than expected earnings report as well as a positive mention of 3D printing technology by President Obama last night. Shares of publicly traded 3D printer makers moved up as well, including 3D Systems (DDD) and ExOne (XONE). Also higher were shares of WellCare (WCG), which gained 10% after its earnings and revenue both beat consensus expectations. Among the noteworthy losers after earnings reports that sparked analyst downgrades were Bankrate (RATE), down nearly 20% and downgraded at Citi, Rackspace (RAX), down 18% and downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which was downgraded at Deutsche Bank, Citi and Macquarie and saw shares fall about 19%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 44.62, or 0.32%, to 13,974.08; the Nasdaq was up 4.55, or 0.14%, to 3,191.04; and the S&P 500 was up 0.30, or 0.02%, to 1,519.73.
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06:10 EDTRAXRackspace downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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19:15 EDTRAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:23 EDTGEGE would consider concessions to secure Alstom deal, Reuters says
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17:01 EDTXONEExOne to delay filing 10-Q
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16:04 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q2 revenue growth 1.5%-2.5% at constant currency
The company said, "For the second quarter of 2015, Rackspace expects revenue to grow between 1.5 percent and 2.5 percent on a constant currency basis and adjusted EBITDA margins to be between 32 percent and 34 percent."
16:03 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q1 EPS 20c, consensus 20c
Reports Q1 revenue $480.2M, consensus $481.57M.
15:00 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:35 EDTGEGE not likely to gain unconditional approval for Alstom deal, Reuters reports
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12:28 EDTGEGE launches cloud foundry ‘Industrial Dojo’
GE Software announced its ‘Industrial Dojo,’ in collaboration with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, to strengthen its efforts to solve the world’s biggest industrial challenges. The Cloud Foundry Dojo program allows software developers to immerse themselves in open source projects to quickly learn the inner workings of the core technology and the unique agile development environment, as well as recommended methodologies for contributing code. GE also announced it will work with the Cloud Foundry community to develop and contribute open source code to the Cloud Foundry Foundation that will route all industrial messaging protocols. By opening this Industrial Dojo, GE Software is enabling developers to better learn industrial intricacies by pairing with experienced developers, thereby greatly reducing the time-to-productivity for those new to a project. Through this program, GE is bolstering its commitment to open source development and Cloud Foundry, and ultimately promoting the next wave of industrial innovation. Also announced, GE will drive, in collaboration with Pivotal, creation of a “TCP Router” to direct non-HTTP protocols and better equip Cloud Foundry to connect industrial machines with IT networks. By donating this innovation to the open source community, GE will enable Cloud Foundry to be used in a variety of industrial applications and use cases.
11:16 EDTRAXRackspace volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Rackspace May call option implied volatility is at 92, June is at 40, September is at 39; compared to its 90-day average of 37, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results today.
10:21 EDTGEGE says EU suspends review on Alstom deal, sees probe resuming, Reuters reports
General Electric (GE) said the investigation of its takeover bid for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business was suspended last month by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports. GE says the probe was halted on April 24 to give the regulators time to review additional information, and believes the review will restart this week. Reference Link
09:21 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTDDD3D Systems signs distribution agreement with Konica Minolta Australia
3D Systems (:DDD) announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia to provide its complete 3D printing product portfolio through Konica Minolta's (KNCAY) network of dealers and authorized resellers, as well as its direct sales channel throughout Australia. This builds on 3DS' successful partnership with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. for distribution in the U.S. With this alliance, Konica Minolta Australia will enter the 3D printing market to provide its customers access to advanced manufacturing solutions, complementing and expanding its product and services portfolio. Konica Minolta Australia plans to focus on education, manufacturing, architects and print bureau industries.
09:02 EDTCMCSAComcast names Michael Cavanagh as CFO
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08:36 EDTXONEExOne volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:22 EDTWCGWellCare recent selloff presents buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
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06:33 EDTCMCSATV networks worried amid tough competition from digital outlets, NY Times says
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13:48 EDTDDD3D Systems stock may tumble another 30%, Barron's says
Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) could lose another 30% as the company faces development delays, low demand, and the entry of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) into the market by 2016, Barron's contends in its "Follow Up" column. Barron's maintains its price forecast of $15. Reference Link
12:33 EDTGEHoneywell stock could rise 20% in 12 months, Barron's says
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