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November 14, 2012
12:39 EDTCSCO, ANF, FB, IAG, STMPOn 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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06:00 EDTFBInstagram still most used social network for teens, says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
13:48 EDTFBFacebook to release anonymous chat application, NY Times reports
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13:33 EDTFBGoogle executive says Google+ here to stay, Re/code reports
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:43 EDTFBGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 6, 2014
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13:47 EDTFBFacebook acquisition cost of WhatsApp increased to $22B from $19B, Reuters says
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11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
10:04 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Air France-KLM (AFLYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BAE Systems (BAESY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Delhaize (DEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Mobileye (MBLY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Myers Industries (MYE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King... Nationstar (NSM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Tekmira (TKMR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at ... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Xoom (XOOM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore.
10:04 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle bus drivers look to join union, NY Times reports
Facebook shuttle bus drivers, complaining of grueling 15-hour workdays, are seeking representation by the Teamsters union, the New York Times reports. Reference Link
07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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06:46 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Neutral after its channel checks indicated worsening selling conditions across Europe. Piper thinks shares could see pressure in the near-term and lowered its price target for the stock to $35 from $45. Note Abercrombie was upgraded to Buy this morning at Mizuho.
06:43 EDTFBFacebook has obtained $2B in legal judgments against spammers
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06:40 EDTFBHackers discover Facebook experimenting with Messenger payments, TechCrunch says
Hackers have discovered that Facebook is experimenting with payments in its Messenger app, TechCrunch reports. It is unclear whether Facebook will monetize Messenger by charging a small fee for money transfers, or would offer the functionality for free to drive usage of the standalone Messenger app. Reference Link
06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
05:56 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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05:37 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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