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November 14, 2012
12:39 EDTSTMP, ANF, IAG, CSCO, FBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as the sluggish trading that has persisted since the end of the U.S. election continues. The averages began the session in positive territory but were unable to improve on their opening prices. The fiscal cliff continues to weigh on the market as lawmakers continue to comment to the press regarding its urgency but have not offered any solutions. The lack of movement on the issue, coupled with new, more aggresive revenue demands from the president, have kept investors anxious and unwilling to bid up the market... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales fell 0.3% in October, versus expectations for a decline of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% in the month, versus forecasts for them to have increased 0.2%. Excluding food and energy, the core reading fell 0.2%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. Business inventories rose 0.7% in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. In Europe, industrial production dropped the most in more than three years in September, declining 2.5% from August and 2.3% from the prior year... COMPANY NEWS: Cisco (CSCO) reported stronger than expected first quarter results and generally in-line second quarter earnings guidance, sparking an upgrade at Pacific Crest and a 6% rally in its shares... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), which surged over 27% after its better than expected quarterly results and full year guidance prompted at least four upgrades of its stock. Also higher were shares of Facebook (FB), up 9% in spite of a massive IPO lock-up expiration that allowed employees and early investors in the company to sell their shares. Among the noteworthy losers were IAMGOLD (IAG), down 18% after reporting its quarterly results and revising its gold production guidance for its next fiscal year, and Stamps.com (STMP), down 11% after Craig-Hallum said the company's site experienced a number of outages in November due to IT issues... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 75.18, or 0.59%, to 12,681.00; the Nasdaq was down 7.48, or 0.26%, to 2,876.41; and the S&P 500 was down 6.54, or 0.48%, to 1,367.99.
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May 13, 2015
16:07 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q3 EPS 54c, consensus 53c
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16:06 EDTCSCO, FBOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
15:22 EDTCSCOCisco May 29.5 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q3
15:10 EDTCSCOCisco May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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15:06 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
The stock has been on a strong run since the lows of last October, but the trend has flattened out heading into earnings. The range the shares have been in may be helpful in suggesting where price will head after earnings. The low of the range in the last couple of months has been $27 at the low and $30 at the high. A breakout above $30 on good news would be bullish, potentially moving the shares further into the ten-year high range. Above $30 the following resistance levels could become upside objectives depending on the degree of positive news: $31.09. $32.47, and $33.60. The 10-year high is at $34.24, and this would match with a projection of the top of uptrend channel that runs from September 2011 to present. If the news is a bearish surprise, the 50-day moving average at $28.37 would be the first support with the low of the range at $27 next. If the low at $27 were broken, next support would be at $25.92 and then at $24.98. There is significant support at the $25 area.
15:04 EDTCSCOEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
15:04 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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13:45 EDTCSCOEZchip tumbles after losing spot in Cisco line cards
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10:32 EDTCSCOFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:22 EDTCSCOEZchip sees Q2 revenue $27.5M-$28.5M, consensus $28.3M
Sees Q2 gross margins in the 75% range. Says NP-5 product revenues poised for growth in 2015. EZchip (EZCH) expects revenues from Cisco (CSCO) to continue to grow in 2015, 2016. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. EZchip is down 25.24% to $14.62 in mid-morning trading.
08:21 EDTFBFormer FCC chairman hired by Facebook to manage access efforts, Bloomberg says
Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the FCC who has been consulting for Facebook the past two years, is joining on a permanent basis as the company's VP for mobile and global access policy, reported Bloomberg. Facebook also announced that Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan will start serving a dual role as VP of U.S. Public Policy, the report added. Reference Link
06:22 EDTFBFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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05:58 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Altera (ALTR) 81, Cisco (CSCO) 27 according to iVolatility.
May 12, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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09:14 EDTCSCOApps World to hold a conference
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08:19 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco shares can reach $45, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Cisco's stock can reach $45 if it increases its cash flow, grows its dividend, and repatriates enough cash to massively accelerate its share repurchases. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $33 from $31 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:04 EDTCSCOCisco Q3 results poised to beat expectations, says Cantor
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07:00 EDTFBPublishers contend with Facebook clout as traffic-driving power grows, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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