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May 2, 2012
17:26 EDTCMCSA, END, SMSC, AMZN, CBS, TRIP, BKS, TGT, TWX, OPEN, MCHP, AAPL, CHKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, as generally good earnings reports were dampened by a weak private-sector jobs report. Stock futures traded slightly lower this morning ahead of the ADP employment change report. The report, which measures U.S. service sector jobs, missed expectations, precipitating a sell-off in futures and a lower open for the broader market. The market hit its low point about an hour into the session, with averages subsequently beginning to trade with an upward drift. The indices turned mixed around midday, with the Nasdaq crossing into positive territory after noon. From there, the averages continued to limp along in what was a lackluster session… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March… COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained 2.30%, while Comcast fell 0.60% and Time Warner moved 1.66% lower... Chesapeake (CHK) fell 14.59% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon… Target (TGT) has announced it will stop selling Amazon’s (AMZN) Kindle while continuing to offer similar products from Apple (AAPL) and Barnes & Noble (BKS)… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up $10.19, or 38.83%, to $36.43, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and TripAdvisor (TRIP), up $6.10, or 16.70%, to $42.63, following a better-than-expected Q1 earnings report. Noteworthy losers included Endeavour International (END), down $3.05, or 23.79%, to $9.77, as its Q1 net loss widened on poor natural gas sales in the U.K. and falling gas prices, and OpenTable (OPEN), down $6.56, or 15.02%, to $37.12, after the company missed on revenues and lowered its Q2 EPS and revenue guidance… INDICES: The Dow lost $10.75, or 0.08%, to $13,268.57; the Nasdaq rose $9.41, or 0.31%, to $3,059.85; and the S&P 500 dropped $3.51, or 0.25%, to $1,402.31.
News For CMCSA;TWX;CBS;CHK;TGT;AMZN;AAPL;BKS;SMSC;MCHP;TRIP;END;OPEN From The Last 14 Days
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January 13, 2015
06:28 EDTTWXCNN reaches deal with FAA to study use of drones in reporting, WSJ reports
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06:21 EDTAAPLApple upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform from Neutral. The firm raised iPhone volume estimates again to 215M units for both FY15/16 and sees $10 EPS power in CY16 based on a solid and sustainable iPhone trends combined with a muted response from Samsung. Additionally, the firm believes excessive net cash levels indicate a new $200B return program should occur. Price target raised to $130 from $110.
06:20 EDTAAPLApple supplier shows 'unbreakable' smartphone with sapphire display, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTAAPLSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Amazon.com to Buy saying the risk/reward on shares is attractive below $300. Citi believes holiday data points look good for Amazon's Q4 results and that the retailer's gross margins will rise in 2015, reversing 2014's downward trend. The firm raised its price target for Amazon to $354 from $325 and thinks the stock has support around $300. Shares of the retailing giant closed yesterday down $5.52 to $291.41.
06:09 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 38 at upper end of index mean range
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06:07 EDTAMZNAmazon sued for $25M by Durst Organization, Forbes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 12, 2015
16:50 EDTAAPLGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q4 grew 1%
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16:00 EDTAMZN, AAPLOptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
15:49 EDTCMCSAGaiam partners with Comcast to launch Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga
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12:53 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTCHK, CBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:34 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTTWX'Taken' seqeul knocks 'Hobbit' from top spot at box office, WSJ reports
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09:04 EDTTWX, AMZNAmazon wins first Golden Globe for 'Transparent,' Business Insider reports
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08:21 EDTAAPLApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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08:02 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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07:44 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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06:21 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Chesapeake to Buy given attractive valuation, a strong balance sheet from asset sales, improving asset quality, and new management's focus on capital efficiency. Price target is $23.
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