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February 3, 2014
05:44 EDTDE, CSCO, AAPL, CATMarket veterans employ defensive strategies, WSJ reports
A number of portfolio managers are moving away from investments that did exceptionally well last year but are now vulnerable to large swings, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some are cutting back on U.S. small-company stocks and turning to big companies with growing dividends. Others look to shorter-term bonds based on expectations that rising economic output will lead to higher interest rates. Reference Link
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:20 EDTDEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory with time running out for Greece to reach an extension of its bailout agreement. The morning was filled with headlines from both Greek and eurozone finance leaders, many of which indicated that prospects for a deal looked grim. When reports surfaced that an agreement on an extension had been reached the Dow took off and hit its first new high of 2015. The S&P 500 followed to its own new high and the Nasdaq continued to close in on the 5,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February, versus the consensus forecast for a preliminary reading of 53.6 for the month. In Europe, the Eurogroup and Greece reached a tentative deal for an extension of the current EFSF Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement for up to four months. The deal is predicated on Greek authorities presenting a first list of reform measures, based on the current arrangement, by the end of Monday. Also, the Eurozone flash composite PMI came in at 53.5, versus expectations for a reading of 53. The services PMI was better than expected, while the manufacturing PMI was lower than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Deere reported Q1 earnings per share of $1.12 and revenue of $6.38B, which beat consensus forecasts of 84c and $5.59B, respectively. However, Deere said company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 17% for fiscal 2015 and now sees net income to be about $1.8B, which is down from the company's prior net income outlook of $1.9B. Analysts at Wells Fargo calculate that the implied EPS guidance from Deere dropped to $5.25 from $5.50. Consensus for FY15 EPS prior to Deere's report was $5.51. Shares of the farm, construction and forestry equipment maker rose 72c, or 0.79%, to $92.43 following this morning's report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was National Bank of Greece (NBG), whose shares trading in New York jumped 35c, or 21.74%, to $1.96 after the Greek aid extension deal was negotiated. Also higher was Springleaf (LEAF), which gained $4.40, or 12.88%, to $38.57 after Reuters reported that the company has beaten out rival bidders and is in advanced talks to buy consumer finance unit OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for more than $4B. Two stock that dropped after their earnings reports prompted multiple analyst downgrades were Noodles & Company (NDLS), which plunged $8.84, or 31.87%, to $18.90, and Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which fell $3.95, or 26.74%, to $10.82. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.67, or 0.86%, to 18,140.44, the Nasdaq gained 31.27, or 0.63%, to 4,955.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 12.85, or 0.61%, to 2,110.30.
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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12:49 EDTDEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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10:19 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 net income to be about $1.8B
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10:08 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 cash receipts to be down 6%, crop receipts to be down 23%
Comments taken from Q1 earnings conference call.
09:59 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 sales growth down 17%, consensus $28.52B
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09:58 EDTDEDeere sees Q2 sales growth down 19%, consensus $7.98B
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09:57 EDTDEDeere says economic growth in FY15 continues at slow rate
The company says crop prices have weakened but are stabilizing at levels close to the long-term average. Adds livestock margins are lower but at sound levels. Sees strong headwinds persist in Commonwealth of Independent States. In China, the company said economic growth is slower than expected and lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy. In India, the growth forecast is expected to improve as positive sentiment continues with new government. The below normal monsoon also resulted in lower overall agricultural output. Comments taken from slides for Q1 earnings conference call.
09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:49 EDTDEDeere drops after lowering fiscal year income view
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07:04 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 Financial Services net income to be about $630M
The outlook reflects the expected impact of the previously announced agreement to sell the crop insurance operations and growth in the average credit portfolio. These factors are projected to be partially offset by lower financing spreads, an expected increase in the provision for credit losses from the low level in 2014 and a less favorable tax rate.
07:04 EDTDEDeere sees FY!5 Construction & Forestry sales to increase by 5%
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07:03 EDTDEDeere sees FY15 Agriculture & Turf sales to decrease 23%
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07:02 EDTDEDeere reports Q1 net sales of equipment operations $5.61B
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07:01 EDTDEDeere reports Q1 EPS $1.12, consensus 84c
Reports Q1 revenue $6.38B, consensus $5.59B
06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
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