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August 14, 2014
16:30 EDTCSCO, WMT, KSS, OVTI, RRGB, NDLSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and drifted higher throughout the session. The president gave an optimistic press conference about the situation in Iraq, followed by press reports that the nation's incumbent Prime Minister has conceded defeat and will back the PM-designate. In another positive international development, a ceasefire was called by Russia to allow humanitarian efforts to take place in Ukraine. Investors are setting their sights now on tomorrow’s economic reports, which include the producer prices index, treasury bond flows, industrial production and capacity utilization reports and the University of Michigan consumer confidence report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 311K in the second week of August, versus expectations for 295K claims. Import prices fell 0.2%, while export prices were flat in July. In Europe, growth in the shared currency zone stagnated, with Q2 GDP slipping to unchanged. The biggest economy in the region, Germany, saw its GDP contract 0.2% in the quarter. COMPANY NEWS: Cisco Systems (CSCO) was the laggard on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, falling 66c, or 2.62%, to $24.54 after saying it does not expect emerging markets growth for "several quarters" and that it expects to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce. The move lower came despite its report of higher than expected sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter and multiple Street research firms raising their price targets on Cisco's stock... Another member of the Dow, Wal-Mart (WMT), reported second quarter results that were in-line with expectations, but the world's largest retailer cut its fiscal year earnings outlook citing additional investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. Despite the lowered guidance, Wal-Mart shares finished the day up 36c, or 0.49%, at $74.39. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was OmniVision (OVTI), which rose $3.69, or 15.0%, to $28.29 after announcing its board has received a preliminary non-binding proposal from Hua Capital Management to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company for $29.00 per share in cash. Also higher was department store operator Kohl's (KSS), which gained $1.80, or 3.27%, to $56.91 after reporting better than expected second quarter earnings and noting that its sales improved as the quarter progressed, with July comparable sales turning positive. Among the noteworthy losers was Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), which fell $11.92, or 18.47%, to $52.63 after the company reported lower than anticipated second quarter results and its stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow. Also lower after reporting quarterly earnings that missed expectations was another restaurant operator, Noodles & Company (NDLS), which dropped $4.05, or 16.08%, to $21.16. INDEXES: The Dow gained 61.78, or 0.37%, to 16,713.58, the Nasdaq advanced 18.88, or 0.43%, to 4,453.00, and the S&P 500 added 8.46, or 0.43%, to 1,955.18.
News For CSCO;WMT;KSS;OVTI;RRGB;NDLS From The Last 14 Days
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September 29, 2014
08:02 EDTCSCOCisco announces partnership with Equinix
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07:25 EDTCSCOOracle to hold a conference
Open World 2014 to be held in San Francisco on September 28-October 2.
September 28, 2014
20:10 EDTCSCOEMC buyout rumors could be good for VMware, Barron's says
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September 25, 2014
11:22 EDTKSSSkechers rebounds after refuting Barrington research report
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September 24, 2014
12:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not potential acquirer of EMC, Reuters reports
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09:49 EDTWMTGreen Dot's 2014 guidance incorporates Wal-Mart, says Piper Jaffray
Green Dot (GDOT) announced this morning that it will offer its GoBank product at Wal-Mart (WMT) stores nationwide by the end of October. Piper said GoBank has been piloted in a few stores in Texas and the launch has already been incorporated into Green Dot's 2014 guidance and accounts for relatively little in revenues. The firm views the news as a positive in total and said it shows continued traction within GoBank and its relationship with Wal-Mart. Shares of GoBank are Overweight rated with a $24 price target.
09:38 EDTCSCOCisco CEO says not in merger talks with EMC, Reuters reports
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09:29 EDTCSCOCisco to hold a virtual news conference
Rob Lloyd, President of Cisco's Development & Sales, addresses customer requirements for a globally distributed, highly secure cloud platform in Media & Analyst Virtual News Conference to be held on September 29 at 10:30 am. Webcast Link
09:05 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:14 EDTWMTGreen Dot, Wal-Mart announce nationwide rollout of GoBank
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September 23, 2014
07:23 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in New York on September 23 hosted by UBS.
07:19 EDTCSCOEMC's end game is a marriage with Cisco, says Macquarie
Macquarie views EMC's (EMC) merger talks with Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) as a "ploy" to bring Cisco (CSCO) to the bargaining table. The analyst is not surprised by reports that EMC's discussions with Hewlett-Packard stalled given the lack of synergies and views Cisco as a logical buyer due to strong synergies and defensive reasons. Macquarie said VMware (VMW) would make Cisco the leader in the growing Software Defined DataCenter market, allowing it to offer EMC a better deal than any other potential acquirer. Finally, the firm does not view the status-quo as a compelling option for EMC given the recent share strength, aggressive street estimates, and the upcoming retirement of Joe Tucci in February. Macquarie rates EMC a Neutral with a $32 price target, up from $28.
September 22, 2014
12:50 EDTCSCOEMC jumps after reports detail takeover talks
The shares of cloud application provider EMC (EMC) are rising in a down market after Wall Street Journal reported that the company had held talks about selling itself to HP (HPQ) and Dell. WHAT'S NEW: EMC held on-and-off merger talks with HP for almost a year, but those talks have ended, Wall Street Journal reported today. Dell also held talks with EMC about a takeover, the newspaper added. According to a CNBC’s David Faber, the takeover talks between HP and EMC went on for months, but the two sides couldn't agree on a price, as EMC wanted HP to pay a large premium to its stock price. Tiernan Ray of Barron's added today that the takeover talks between the companies could resume, citing a source. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The New York Post reported on September 11 that EMC was considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW). UBS analyst Steven Milunovich responded to The Post's report by writing on the same day that EMC had become a potential takeover target itself. HP, Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) could buy EMC, the analyst wrote. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, EMC added 1% to $30, while VMware added 1% to $95.
12:26 EDTCSCOEMC, HP merger talks could resume, Barron's reports
The merger talks between EMC (EMC) and HP (HPQ) could resume, Tiernan Ray of Barron's reports, citing a source. The companies had discussed HP selling its printer division, but only as "a down the road thing," once a deal was completed, Tiernan added, citing the source. Cisco (CSCO) and Oracle (ORCL) are still considered possible buyers for EMC, the reporter noted. Reference Link
11:18 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Boston on September 25 hosted by Oppenheimer.
06:11 EDTCSCOEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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10:00 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:12 EDTKSSKohl's upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Kohl's to Buy on expectations the company's comp store sales and margins will improve due to better product assortment, loyalty program leverage and inventory management. Citi raised its price target for shares to $70 from $63.
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