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February 21, 2014
08:46 EDTWMT, VOD, SHI, ICE, FB, GE, CMCSA, DANG, VZ, RY, GOOG, ANF, DTV, JPM, JEF, TROW, LMT, AMZN, TWCOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Comcast (CMCSA) plans Time Warner Cable (TWC) takeover filings next month...DirecTV (DTV) CEO White against Comcast (CMCSA), TWC (TWC) deal...GE (GE) CFO: 'Quite seriously' may raise debt...Amazon (AMZN) in talks with retailers (ANF) for listings...REUTERS: WhatsApp (FB) faces strong competition in Asia...Lockheed Martin (LMT): Drone potential strong for military, commercial...EU antitrust chief dismisses criticism of Google (GOOG) deal...BLOOMBERG: NYSE (ICE), others (TROW, RY) seek to end 'maker-taker' rebate system...Sinopec (SHI) falls after Jefferies (JEF) says rally unjustified...Verizon (VZ) sale slices Vodafone (VOD) value by half to $100B...OTHER NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) convinces activists to forgo vote on Chairman, CEO split, FT reports...Dangdang (DANG), Wal-Mart's (WMT) to launch partnership, China Daily reports.
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November 16, 2015
11:15 EDTWMTEarnings Watch: Analysts largely downbeat on Wal-Mart after annual meeting
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, November 17, 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 98c on revenue of $117.79B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.07-$1.15 on revenue of $114.86B-$119.57B. In its last earnings report, Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of 93c-$1.05 with Q3 U.S. same store sales projected to grow 2%-3%. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.08, missing analysts' estimate of $1.12, on revenue of $120.2B, beating analysts' estimate of $119.72B. The company said currency negatively impacted Q2 EPS by approximately 4c. Comp sales at Walmart U.S. increased 1.5%, driven by traffic of 1.3%, and Neighborhood Market comps increased approximately 7.3%. Global e-commerce sales for Q2 increased about 16%, the company said. Looking ahead, Wal-Mart cut its outlook for fiscal year 2016 EPS to $4.40-$4.70 from $4.70-$5.05 against estimates at that time for $4.77. Chief Financial officer Charles Holley said operating profit would be pressured for the remainder of the year, due to in store associate wages and additional hours, as well as headwinds from pharmacy reimbursements and ongoing shrink. The company said that the impact from investments in wages, training and additional hours in its stores and clubs will be approximately 24c, including approximately 8c in Q3. Additionally, the company said that along with pharmacy headwinds, higher than expected ongoing shrink in Walmart U.S. will impact full year EPS by around 11c, including about 3c in Q3. Further, the FY16 currency exchange rate impact is expected to be approximately 15c, up 2c from last quarter's revised guidance of 13c. NEWS: At its annual meeting on October 14, Wal-Mart forecast net sales growth of approximately 3% for FY16 excluding the impact of currency exchange fluctuations. The company forecast net sales growth of 3%-4% annually over the next three years, which will add about $45B-$60B in sales. Looking to fiscal year 2017, Wal-Mart forecast EPS down 6%-12% vs. FY16. Wal-Mart also said that the strong dollar is expected to reduce the company's FY15 revenue by $15B, Reuters said. Wal-Mart's board authorized a new $20B share repurchase program and said it expects operating income to bottom out in FY17. During the quarter, Reuters reported that Wal-Mart filed an application with the Federal Aviation Administration to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and warehouse inventory checks. The Wall Street Journal said Wal-Mart is slimming down its number of items in an attempt to bolster sales figures, yet the reduction has created tensions with suppliers. STREET RESEARCH: Credit Suisse, Stephens and BofA Merrill Lynch all downgraded Wal-Mart after the retailer's annual meeting based on guidance for declining earnings in FY17 and a lack of earnings growth until FY19. Baird, UBS and Jefferies all cut their price targets on Wal-Mart following the annual meeting. JPMorgan analyst Christopher Horvers said the "depth and degree" of the financial pressures addressed at the annual meeting were "much greater than anticipated." Ahead of the Q3 earnings report, Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $70 price target and said Wal-Mart shares appear to hold some value for patient investors. Wal-Mart was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast on November 13. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are down over 21% over the last three months, but are up about 1% to $57.07 in late morning trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report.
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10:27 EDTLMTHarris & Harris says D-Wave enters into multi-year deal with Lockheed Martin
Harris & Harris Group (TINY) notes that its portfolio company, D-Wave Systems, Inc., announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to upgrade the company's 512-qubit D-Wave Two quantum computer to the new D-Wave 2X system with 1,000+ qubits. This represents the second system upgrade since Lockheed Martin became D-Wave's first customer in 2011 with the purchase of a 128-qubit D-Wave One system. The agreement includes the system, maintenance and associated professional services. The new system will be hosted at the University of Southern California-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center, which first began exploring the power of quantum computing with the D-Wave One, the world's first quantum computer. The installation of the D-Wave 2X system is expected to be completed in January 2016.
09:59 EDTFBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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09:37 EDTFB, AMZNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
09:33 EDTGOOG, AMZNeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:03 EDTLMTLockheed Martin entered into multi-year agreement with D-Wave Systems
D-Wave Systems announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Lockheed Martin to upgrade the company's 512-qubit D-Wave Two quantum computer to the new D-Wave 2X system with 1,000+ qubits. This represents the second system upgrade since Lockheed Martin became D-Wave's first customer in 2011 with the purchase of a 128-qubit D-Wave One system. The agreement includes the system, maintenance and associated professional services.
09:03 EDTGEGE Healthcare Life Sciences, Emerson announce collaboration
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
08:44 EDTAMZNGerman watchdog launches probe into Apple, Amazon audio books pact, Reuters says
Germany's Federal Cartel Office has initiated a probe into Apple's (AAPL) arrangement with Amazon (AMZN) for buying audiobooks, Reuters reports. The watchdog said that both companies had a long-term agreement for the purchase of audio books by Apple from Amazon via Apple's iTunes, the report says. Reference Link
08:36 EDTWMTWal-Mart holds value for patient long-term investors, says Baird
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08:03 EDTCMCSAComcast to add 400 new jobs in early 2016 at St. Paul office
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07:40 EDTICEBGC and GFI agree to sell Trayport to Intercontinental Exchange for $650M
BGC Partners (BGCP) and its majority-owned division, GFI Group (GFIG) announced that GFI has entered into an agreement to sell its Trayport business to Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) for $650M. Trayport is a provider of trading and aggregation software primarily in the global OTC energy and commodities markets. Trayport, which is domiciled in the UK, generated revenues of approximately $80M over the twelve months ended September 30, 2015. These revenues were predominantly generated via recurring software license and subscription fees. Trayport's revenues increased by approximately 9 percent year-on-year in British pounds during the third quarter of 2015. Under the terms of the purchase agreement, Intercontinental Exchange will acquire the equity of the companies that comprise the Trayport business. The GFI sellers will receive $650 million in ICE common shares based on the closing stock price on November 13, 2015. The aggregate number of ICE common shares is approximately 2.5 million, and up to approximately 0.8 million additional ICE common shares based on a sliding scale from $193.85 to $258.47 in the event that ICE's weighted average stock price over a specified period leading up to closing is less than $258.47. GFI will have the right to sell its ICE common shares pursuant to a registration rights agreement. ICE may elect to substitute cash for part or all of the stock consideration owed to the GFI sellers. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close as early as the first quarter of 2016, subject to receipt of such approvals. After the close of the transaction, BGC and GFI are expected to remain customers of Trayport. The net tax the Company will pay with respect to the transaction is expected to be at a rate of 15 percent or less. The one-time gain will be reflected in BGC's consolidated results under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, but will be excluded from the Company's results for distributable earnings.
07:40 EDTWMTBuffett says lower stakes in Goldman, Wal-Mart doesn't reflect lower confidence
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07:36 EDTWMTBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
07:32 EDTICEIntercontinental Exchange to buy Trayport from BGC, GFI for $650M
Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Trayport for $650M in ICE common stock. Trayport is a subsidiary of GFI Group (GFIG), which was acquired by BGC Partners (BGCP) in March 2015. Trayport licenses its technology platform to serve brokers for electronic and hybrid trade execution primarily in the European over-the-counter utility markets. The transaction will enable ICE to provide new services to the European OTC energy markets, including European power, natural gas and coal. The $650M purchase price will be paid with 100% equity consideration comprising approximately 2.5M shares of ICE common stock. ICE anticipates an immaterial impact to 2016 adjusted earnings per share. The agreement was unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of closing conditions and receipt of applicable regulatory approvals.
07:22 EDTGEGeneral Electric shares could drop in near term, says Deutsche Bank
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07:11 EDTGEGeneral Electric added to the short-term sell list at Deutsche Bank
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06:27 EDTGOOGYandex extends Google antitrust battle to EU, Bloomberg reports
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