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November 21, 2012
12:33 EDTSTJ, SQNM, CRM, TLYS, SKX, ZLC, DEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday in a pre-holiday session marked by little corporate news but a fair amount of economic data. The averages opened quietly after the Labor Department reported a drop in first-time unemployment claims from the prior week, as expected. Among the other economic reports, the consumer confidence reading was slightly lower than expected and the leading economic indicators were slightly above expectations. There was little reaction to any of the reports and volume has been light, which is not surprising... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 410,000, which was in-line with forecasts. Markit's "flash" November flash PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.0 in October. The final November reading of the University of Michigan Sentiment index slipped to 82.7 from its 84.9 preliminary reading. The leading indicators edged up 0.2% in October to 96.0 from 95.8 in September. In Europe, the region's finance ministers and the IMF were unable to reach a bailout agreement for Greece and will meet again on Monday with an eye on resolving the remaining disagreements. In Asia, Japanese exports fell 6.5% in October, which was worse than expectations of a 4.9% decline... COMPANY NEWS: Salesforce.com's (CRM) Q3 results beat on the top and bottom lines and RW Baird and Wells Fargo reiterated their Outperform ratings on the stock following the report. Shares advanced 8%. Conversely, Deere (DE) shares slumped 4% after its earnings missed expectations, as did its guidance for the coming year... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sketchers (SKX), rising 12% after Susquehanna upgraded the stock to Positive from Neutral, citing valuation and product momentum. Also higher were shares of Sequenom (SQNM), up 11% after a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that cell-free fetal DNA testing be offered to certain at-risk patients. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Zale (ZLC), down over 28%, and Tilly's (TLYS), down 17%. Also lower was St. Jude Medical (STJ), which fell 14% after an FDA inspection report cited serious flaws in its oversight of design changes in its Durata line of defibrillator leads... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 45.14, or 0.35%, to 12,833.65; the Nasdaq was up 7.07, or 0.24%, to 2,923.75; and the S&P 500 was up 2.43, or 0.18%, to 1,390.24.
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February 2, 2016
14:14 EDTCRMSalesforce shares defended at JPMorgan
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09:46 EDTCRMSalesforce puts active amid speculation of a potential customer loss
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09:41 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce active amid speculation of a potential customer loss
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09:02 EDTCRMSalesforce names Keith Block as COO
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February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTCRMEarnings Watch: Alphabet to report Q4 results under new corporate structure
Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Monday, February 1 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Alphabet is a multinational conglomerate that serves as the parent company of Google, Calico, GV, Google Capital, and Nest Labs. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $8.09 on revenue of $20.77B. The consensus range is $7.32-$8.59 for EPS, and $20.33B-$21.68B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Alphabet reported third quarter EPS of $7.35 against estimates of $7.21, on revenue of $18.7B against estimates of $18.53B. Google reported Q3 aggregate paid clicks up 23%, paid clicks on Google websites down 5%, aggregate cost-per-clicks down 11%, and cost-per-click on Google websites down 4%. The company also reported Q3 Sites revenue up 16% to $13.08B and Q3 Total advertising revenue up 13% to $26.78B. During its Q3 earnings report, the company said it will begin to disclose the Google business as a single segment in Q4. It also announced that the board authorized the company to repurchase $5.1B of Class C shares in Q4. GOOGLE SEGMENT: Alphabet announced that it will report Google as a single segment within its company beginning in Q4. It stated, "The new operating structure is being introduced in phases. For financial reporting purposes, we expect the reorganization will result in disclosing our Google business as a single segment and all other Alphabet businesses combined as Other Bets beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015." Within Alphabet, the Google segment now has 6 products with over 1B users, including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, Android and Google Play. Gmail is also closing in on the mark with its 900M user base. RBC Capital believes that the disclosure of segment results by Google in conjunction with its Q4 results will cause the stock to rerate. The firm believes that the segment results will highlight the high profits of core Google, supporting an increase in the stocks' sum of the parts valuation. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: In the past quarter, Alphabet had a strong holiday season with ChannelAdvisor reporting Google Shopping was up 31.7% over the entire holiday period. Specifically, Google Shopping was up 35.9% on Thanksgiving, up 40.3% on Black Friday, up 25.7% on Cyber Saturday, and up 18.6% on Cyber Monday. Alphabet announced the redesigned launch of Google+ in November, the exploration of Fiber in Chicago and Los Angeles, and announced plans to open its first retail store in New York City. The company also targets the China launch of the Google Play app store in 2016, according to multiple reports. Lenovo (LNVGY) CEO Chen Xudong confirmed that Google Play is expected to come to China at some point this year. The company is expected to make its self-driving car company under the Alphabet structure as a stand-alone business. Ford (F) and Google are in discussions over self-driving cars, with the currently negotiated contract likely to "last a long time." According to a Reuters report, Google expects fewer software failiures in self-driving cars as it learns from its mistakes. Google tested solar-powered Internet drones and expects consumer package delivery via drone to begin in 2017. Google is also in talks with the NFL for streaming rights for London games next year. STREET RESEARCH: Oppenheimer said cloud providers like Alphabet may have a huge opportunity in the coming years. The firm said Alphabet may look for a major partner like Salesforce (CRM) to drive its cloud business. Cantor said Google ad revenue growth should continue to be strong and BMO Capital said Alphabet's outlook has improved as valuation has become more reasonable. Bernstein said the Street continues to underestimate the resilience and growth potential of Alphabet's search ad business and YouTube. Barron's, in particular, was extremely positive on YouTube, saying its revenue per viewer could potentially double in five years. It added it could be twice as valuable as Netflix (NFLX). JMP Securities was also bullish on the company, saying Alphabet benefitted from a relatively strong holiday season for online advertising. Ahead of its Q4 earnings report, JMP Securities expects the company to report "relatively strong" results. PRICE ACTION: Google shares have gained about 6% over the last three months. In Monday afternoon trading ahead of the Q4 report, Google shares are up almost 2%
08:08 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a company event
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January 29, 2016
10:16 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility: WMB W CERS RAD CRM GILD MNST
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05:09 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM TWTR
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Salesforce (CRM) 46, Twitter (TWTR) 95 according to iVolatility.
January 28, 2016
11:11 EDTSTJHeartWare rallies after scrapping Valtech acquisition
The shares of HeartWare (HTWR) are surging after the company announced that would terminate its acquisition of privately held Valtech. Two research firms reacted positively to the news, with Leerink Swann saying that the company made the right decision, given its current difficulties and Raymond James upgrading HeartWare following the news. HeartWare develops and manufactures miniaturized implantable heart pumps, while Valtech has developed a method of replacing mitral valves in human hearts without the need for open heart surgery. WHAT'S NEW: HeartWare decided to terminate its acquisition of Valtech, the companies announced this morning. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, HeartWare will make a $30M loan to Valtech in the form of a convertible promissory note. ANALYST REACTION: HeartWare's decision to abandon its acquisition of Valtech was correct in light of the problems that the company is facing with its next generation MVAD pump, Leerink analyst Danielle Antalffy wrote in a note to investors today. Noting that two weeks ago HeartWare announced that it would investigate suction issues that the device has had, the analyst says that fixing the pump could require additional investment, while it's uncertain how long it will take to solve the device's problems. However, the analyst remained upbeat on Heartware's current LVAD products, and believes that it can compete with next generation systems. She kept a $60 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Raymond James upgraded HeartWare to Outperform from Market Perform, saying that the termination of the Valtech deal removes an overhang on the shares, while the stock's underperformance since September has made its valuation more attractive. Moreover, the stock does not appear to be giving any value to the problematic MVAD pump and the company has a 37% share of a $760M market that has only two main competitors and high barriers to entry, the firm wrote. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In early October 2015, activist investor Engaged Capital urged HeartWare to terminate the Valtech deal. Today HeartWare announced that it would, in conjunction with Engaged Capital, "jointly select" an independent party who will join Heartware's board. ANOTHER TO WATCH: HeartWare's chief rival, Thoratec, was acquired last year by St. Jude Medical (STJ). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HeartWare rose 10% to $37.95. St. Jude, which reported its fourth quarter results and gave fiscal year guidance this morning, is down 1.4% to $53.56.
January 27, 2016
08:50 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical sees FY16 CardioMEMS sales about $65M
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07:19 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical sees FY16 sales growth 2%-4%, consensus $6.12B
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07:19 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical sees Q1 adjusted EPS 87c-98c, consensus 94c
07:18 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical reports Q4 CRM sales $580M, down 15% y/y
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07:16 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.02, consensus $1.01
Reports Q4 revenue $1.47B, consensus $1.47B.
January 26, 2016
14:32 EDTSTJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
07:36 EDTCRMKKR leads funding round in Jitterbit
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07:04 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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January 25, 2016
17:16 EDTSTJMMS exploring sale of acute care unit, Reuters says
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11:18 EDTDEGoldman says sell Caterpillar with more pain to come from commodity slump
The shares of Caterpillar (CAT) are dropping after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral. Demand for machinery will probably drop as commodity producers continue to lower their capital expenditures going forward, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Commodity producers are likely to reduce their capital spending, including their expenditures on machinery, according to Goldman analyst Jerry Revich. These trends will be driven by the producers' "challenging returns" and weak balance sheets, he believes. The commodity producers' slump will affect Caterpillar in two ways, the analyst explained. Specifically, 30% of Caterpillar's revenue is derived from commodity producers, while it obtains 25% of its revenue from countries that export commodities, where overall demand for machinery will probably fall, explained Revich. Moreover, although analysts' consensus estimates indicate that they expect Caterpillar's profit to bottom this year, capital spending in Caterpillar's main end markets appears to be above average levels, said Revich, who expects the company's 2017 EPS to come in 15% below the consensus outlook. The analyst cut his price target on the shares to $51 from $67. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Caterpillar dropped 4% to $58.54. Other machinery makers also declined, with Deere (DE) falling 2.8% to $72.54, AGCO Corporation (AGCO) slumping 3.6% to $44.28 and Joy Global (JOY) giving back 3.2% to $8.73.
05:49 EDTCRMSalesforce implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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