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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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February 20, 2015
09:22 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,425 from $1,375 at Deutsche Bank
Blackhawk raised its price target for Priceline shares to $1,425 after upping its estimates following the company's "solid" Q4 results. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.
06:41 EDTTSLAApple 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
06:11 EDTSNESony may be contemplating replacing CEO Hirai with CFO Yoshida, NY Post says
Sony may be considering replacing CEO Kaz Hirai with current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, reports the New York Post, citing several Hollywood sources. Yoshida has received heavy media praise for his restructuring efforts and is currently set to add the title of executive deputy president in April. The article emphasizes that this is speculation among Hollywood figures. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
16:28 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:50 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,450 from $1,300 at RBC Capital
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12:45 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:34 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,400 from $1,315 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest said Priceline's better than expected earnings, currency-neutral bookings and roomnights in Q4 show that its underlying growth is robust. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $1,400 and maintains its Outperform rating on the name.
10:15 EDTWINWindstream to host a virtual special shareholder meeting
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10:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,375 from $1,325 at Piper Jaffray
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09:44 EDTTSLATesla shares can hit new highs by year end, says Morgan Stanley
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09:35 EDTTSLAOption volume leaders
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR MCD WMT PBR SPWR WFM GILD FB SCTY according to Track Data.
09:14 EDTSNESony Pictures co-chairman position may be split into multiple roles, FT says
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09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:15 EDTPCLNPriceline up 6% to $1,190 after earnings beat, new $3B buyback authorized
07:07 EDTPCLNPriceline sees Q1 EPS $7.20-$7.75, consensus $8.52
Sees Q1 revenue up 4%-11%, consensus $1.86B. year-over-year increase in total gross travel bookings of approximately 2% - 9%, or an increase of approximately 14% - 21% on a local currency basis.
07:06 EDTPCLNPriceline authorizes additional $3B in share buybacks
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07:04 EDTPCLNPriceline reports Q4 adjusted EPS $10.85, consensus $10.10
Reports Q revenue $1.84B, consensus $1.8B. Reports Q4 gross travel bookings, which refers to the total dollar value, generally inclusive of all taxes and fees, of all travel services purchased by its customers, were $10.7B, an increase of 17% over a year ago, or approximately 23% on a local currency basis.
06:57 EDTSNESony to release high-end audio memory card, WSJ says
Sony will release a high-end, audio-focused memory card next month, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson comments. The 64gb micro SD card will sell for $160 in Japan -- which the paper notes is roughly five times the average price for standard 64gb cards -- and produces less electrical noise when reading data. A Sony spokesperson stated, "We arenít that sure about the productís potential demand." Reference Link
06:52 EDTPCLNPriceline plans to acquire Rocketmiles for $20M, WSJ says
Priceline's venture unit plans to buy hotel booker Rocketmiles for roughly $20M, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that the deal may entice Priceline customers to book hotels through the Priceline network rather than individual hotel sites. Reference Link
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