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May 10, 2012
12:11 EDTKERX, PANL, INSP, NWSA, WFR, TSLA, KSS, MNST, CSCO, SGI, WIN, PCLN, SNEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow higher in spite of a steep decline in shares of Cisco (CSCO) following its earning report and guidance. Stock futures rallied into positive territory during the pre-market trading session, with the move solidified by the in line jobless claims data and a rally in stock markets in Europe. U.S. equities opened higher but met resistance in the early going. The failure to push through some technical levels saw the market lose some of its steam. The averages have been generally mixed since about an hour into trading, with the Dow and S&P higher and the Nasdaq in negative territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 367,000 initial jobless claims were reported, which was basically in line with last week's figure and with consensus estimates. The U.S. trade deficit grew 14.1% to $51.83B in March, versus estimates of $50.0B. U.S. imports grew 5.2%, the biggest gain since January 2011, while U.S. exports rose 2.9% to a record $186.8B. Also, import prices decreased 0.5%, versus the expected decrease of 0.2%. In Europe, the Bank of England left its benchmark interest rate at 0.5%, as expected, and did not increase its plans for asset purchases. In China, foreign trade growth in April disappointed as exports rose only 4.9% from a year earlier, down from 8.9% in March... COMPANY NEWS: Dow component Cisco reported quarterly earnings and revenue that just beat consensus views but forecast earnings in the coming quarter below the Street's expectations. The company's pessimistic view on challenges in Europe and weakness in India resonated with investors and the stock slid nearly 10%... News Corp. (NWSA) shares gained about 5% after the company reported revenue and profit that beat expectations and it raised its stock repurchase program by $5B to $10B... Sony (SNE) projected it will swing back to profit this fiscal year on a recovery in its consumer electronics and component businesses, giving its shares a 1% boost... Among others reporting earnings, advancers included Monster Beverage (MNST) and InfoSpace (INSP); decliners included Priceline.com (PCLN), Kohl's (KSS), Universal Display (PANL) and Windstream (WIN)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Tesla Motors (TSLA), up nearly 12%, after it reported quarterly sales and losses that were worse than expected but also increased the low end of its full year revenue guidance, and Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX), up more than 16%, following upgrades to Buy ratings at Ladenburg and Roth Capital, which both cited the company's Zerenex program. Noteworthy losers included Silicon Graphics (SGI), down over 27%, after projecting losses for next quarter and for the year, and MEMC Electronic (WFR), down 20%, following its report of quarterly losses that were steeper than expected... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 26.83, or 0.21%, to 12,861.89; the Nasdaq was down 11.13, or 0.38%, to 2,923.58; and the S&P 500 was up 2.76, or 0.20%, to 1,357.34.
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January 20, 2015
16:06 EDTKERXKeryx files to sell $100M in common stock
J.P. Morgan is acting as the sole book-running manager in the offering. Keryx intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of its common stock to fund the ongoing commercialization and development of Auryxia in the US, pre-commercial activities in Europe, to potentially in-license, acquire and develop additional drug candidates, and other general corporate purposes.
14:09 EDTPCLNOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTPCLNOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTPCLNExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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10:21 EDTTSLATesla slips, levels to watch
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January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTTSLAGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTTSLAGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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January 16, 2015
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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09:47 EDTSNEPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading
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07:53 EDTTSLAChanos says he is 'potential purchaser' of Tesla shares
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06:08 EDTSNESony may look to sell handset business, DigiTimes reports
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January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTSNEMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
14:24 EDTTSLAElon Musk says 'Will be building a Hyperloop test track'
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13:07 EDTCSCONetworking trends seen as boon for Cisco, others
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10:37 EDTMNSTKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTSNE'Avatar' sequel pushed back to 2017, AP says
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06:27 EDTCSCOIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
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