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October 4, 2012
12:24 EDTCOST, NUVA, CX, VRNG, FB, GOOG, BKE, ROST, KSS, APP, GPS, TGT, INFAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after initial jobless claims stayed below 370K for another week. The market opened slightly higher and drifted in positive territory during the early hours of trading. The market reached its highs near the time the headline number for factory orders showed a decline of more than 5% for the month. When transportation items were removed from the data, orders managed to show a slight increase. The market briefly reached new five year highs but then backed off and the averages have been drifting near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims rose 4,000 to 367,000 in the week ended September 29, versus expectations for 370,000 claims. The Challenger job cuts report showed job cuts were roughly 70% lower than in the same period a year ago. Factory orders were down 5.2% in August, versus expectations for a decrease of 5.9%. In Europe, the Bank of England left its interest rates and stimulus unchanged and the European Central Bank left its benchmark rate unchanged as well. In his post announcement press conference, ECB president Mario Draghi refused to comment directly on the chances Spain was on the verge of a bailout, but said the ECB's Outright Monetary Transactions bond buying program could act quickly if a country asks for help... COMPANY NEWS: Numerous retailers reported September same-store sales figures, with a number of discount and specialty-apparel chains topping analystsí estimates and some department stores trailing projections. Stocks advancing after the reports included Costco (COST), Target (TGT), Gap (GPS) and American Apparel (APP), while decliners included Kohl's (KSS), Ross Stores (ROST) and The Buckle (BKE)... Google (GOOG) said it is expanding its plan to cut jobs from its Motorola Mobility unit and will take $340M in related charges in Q3... Facebook (FB) now has 1B active users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a statement on its Web site... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vringo (VRNG), which extended yesterday's gains to rise another 20% the day after a federal judge ordered the company and Google to engage in patent litigation settlement talks. Also higher were shares of CEMEX (CX), which rose nearly 5% after it said that it expects its Q3 net sales to grow about 3% when adjusted for currency fluctuations. Among the noteworthy losers was NuVasive (NUVA), which fell over 32% following at least seven downgrades of its stock after the company lowered its outlook for Q3. Also lower was Informatica (INFA), down 26% following downgrades at Oppenheimer and Evercore after the company's Q3 outlook missed expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 84.98, or 0.63%, to 13,579.59; the Nasdaq was up 7.33, or 0.23%, to 3,142.56; and the S&P 500 was up 8.98, or 0.62%, to 1,459.97.
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August 8, 2014
18:07 EDTGPSGap shares poised to rise, Barron's reports
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17:10 EDTTGTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:16 EDTGOOGU.S. judge rejects Apple, Google antitrust hiring accord, Bloomberg reports
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12:08 EDTGOOGUpcoming Google tablet may feature 8 MP rear camera, PhoneArena says
Google's upcoming Nexus 8 tablet will feature an 8 MP rear camera, a 64 bit Tegra processor, 4 GB of memory, and the Android L operating system, without any HTC Sense overlay, according to PhoneArena, which cited various leaks and comments from an IHS analyst. Reference Link U
09:39 EDTCXCEMEX management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Boston on August 13 hosted by JPMorgan.
09:15 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:39 EDTKSSGoldman says to buy Macy's and sell Kohl's
Goldman continues to recommend Buy rated Macy's and expects it to beat on the top and bottom line and reiterate fiscal year guidance and views it as one of the cheapest names under coverage. The analyst reiterated its Sell rating on Kohl;s given premium valuation, execution risk, margin pressures and increased competitive threats.
06:37 EDTGOOGMotorola to be sales arm for Lenovo to increase global shipments, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTGOOGYahoo to strengthen email encryption for users, Mashable reports
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August 7, 2014
16:10 EDTGPSGap pops higher after results, first look
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16:07 EDTGPSGap sees Q2 EPS ex-benefit 68c-69c, consensus 66c
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16:02 EDTGPSGap reports July SSS up 2%
Gap reports comparable sales for July were up 2% versus a 1% increase last year. Comparable sales by global brand for July were as follows: Gap Global negative 2% versus positive 7% last year; Banana Republic Global positive 6% versus negative 1% last year; Old Navy Global positive 3% versus negative 5% last year.
15:33 EDTFBFacebook in talks with studios on content for Oculus Rift, The Information says
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10:37 EDTFBPrivateCore to join Facebook
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10:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires security startup PrivateCore, VentureBeat reports
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10:05 EDTKSSKohlís August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Kohl's August call option implied volatility is at 43, September is at 27, January is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 14.
06:36 EDTGOOGGoogle, Barnes & Noble launching same-day book delivery service, NY Times says
Google (GOOG) and Barnes & Noble (BKS) today will begin allowing consumers in three cities to order books carried by Barnes & Noble stores and have them delivered to their homes on the same day, according to The New York Times. Users will order the books on Google Shopping Express, and the service will compete with Amazon, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle to boost encrypted websites in rankings
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook hires former BBM head Bocking to run Internet.org app, Re/code says
Facebook (FB) has hired Andrew Bocking to run its new Internet.org mobile app, reports Re/code. Bocking was previously head of BlackBerry Messenger (BBRY). Reference Link
05:52 EDTCOSTCostco reports July SSS up 5%
Reports July revenue $8.55B vs. $7.87B last year. Reports July SSS, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange, up 6%.
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