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May 10, 2012
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 (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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November 18, 2015
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09:32 EDTTSLAThe House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
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08:11 EDTTSLAMusk, Silver Lake investing over $100M in SolarCity, NY Times reports
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07:59 EDTCSCOUBS to hold a conference
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06:28 EDTTSLATesla Model 3 will minimize wind resistance, Electrek reports
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05:56 EDTSNESony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
16:33 EDTPCLNPriceline appoints Christa Quarles CEO of OpenTable
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16:01 EDTCSCOOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
15:22 EDTSGISilicon Graphics to hold financial analyst day
Financial Analyst Day is being held in Austin, Texas on November 18 at 3:30 pm. Webcast Link
11:40 EDTSGISilicon Graphics to host annual investor day
Annual Investor Day, held in conjunction with the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, will be held in Austin, TX on November 18 at 3:30 pm. Webcast Link
11:20 EDTTSLATesla in talks with Germany over battery factory, Bloomberg reports
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10:47 EDTSNEPress Conference to unveil new brain injury technology to be held in New York
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09:02 EDTSNEAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:01 EDTKSSKohl's names Sona Chawla as COO
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November 16, 2015
11:35 EDTKSSDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
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09:37 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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05:26 EDTCSCOEricsson CEO says no talks with Cisco about merger or acquisition
Ericsson (ERIC) has noted the recent speculation in the press and financial markets regarding an interest by Cisco (CSCO) to acquire Ericsson. On November 9, the two companies announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The partnership announcement was supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. President, CEO and member of the board, Hans Vestberg says: "We note that there are rumors in the market regarding an acquisition of Ericsson by Cisco possibly spurred by the recent announcement of a partnership between our two companies. The talks leading up to the partnership announcement have been ongoing for a year and there have not been any discussions whatsoever on a merger or an acquisition."
November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTSNE'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
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