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February 5, 2013
12:33 EDTACI, EL, LBTYA, DELL, YUM, CSC, VMED, BIDU, ADM, MHP, MSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as reports on services companies from around the globe improved the market's tone dramatically from yesterday. The averages moved higher right at the open and extended the gains until the Dow reached the 14K level once again, where it continues to meet resistance... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the day's lone significant economic report showed growth at service companies slowed slightly in January. The Institute for Supply Management's index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January, which was down from 55.7 in December but above expectations for a reading of 55.0. In Europe, the composite euro-zone services PMI rose to 48.6 in January from a 48.3 reading in the prior month. In China, HSBC's services PMI jumped to 54.0 in January from 51.7 the month before... COMPANY NEWS: Dell's (DELL) expected "go private" deal was officially announced, as private equity firm Silver Lake and Michael Dell agreed to buy the world’s third-largest PC company for $13.65 in cash, or about $24.4B. As widely speculated, the financing for the deal includes a $2B loan from Microsoft (MSFT). Dell shares, which had risen about 22% over the last month amidst the going private chatter, were up another 0.8% to $13.38 following the announcement... Among companies reporting earnings last night and this morning, advancers included CSC (CSC), Estee Lauder (EL), Archer Daniels (ADM), while Yum! Brands (YUM), Arch Coal (ACI), and Baidu (BIDU) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Virgin Media (VMED), which rose over 16% amid media reports that the company is in talks to be taken over by Liberty Global (LBTYA). Virgin Media confirmed that it is in discussions with Liberty Global concerning a possible transaction, but did not provide any details on the nature of the talks or time frame for an expected resolution. Shares of Liberty Global slid about 3% following Virgin's confirmation. Also lower were shares of McGraw-Hill (MHP), which followed yesterday's nearly 14% slide with another 5% decline after the DOJ confirmed it is suing Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud in rating mortgage-based securities... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 110.24, or 0.79%, to 13,990.32; the Nasdaq was up 32.19, or 1.03%, to 3,163.36; and the S&P 500 was up 13.47, or 0.90%, to 1,509.18.
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January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTELOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTLBTYA, VMEDLiberty Global names Dana Strong as Chief Transformation Officer
Liberty Global (LBTYA) and Virgin Media (VMED) announce that Dana Strong, COO of Virgin Media, has been tapped to take on a new role within Liberty Global. Effective January 31, Dana will assume the position of SVP, Chief Transformation Officer for Liberty Global. In this role, Dana will report directly to the CEO Mike Fries and will join Liberty Global's Executive Management Committee. Virgin Media expects to announce Strong's replacement in the coming weeks.
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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06:07 EDTELEstee Lauder downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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January 20, 2015
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
10:03 EDTCSCCSC awarded follow-on healthcare contract worth up to $90M
CSC announced that its company, DynPort Vaccine Company, received a follow-on contract to continue supporting the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Valued at up to $90M, the award is a 10-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to support and conduct Phase 1 clinical trials of infectious disease therapeutics.
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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06:31 EDTADMArcher Daniels downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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January 16, 2015
11:02 EDTBIDUBofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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15:13 EDTMSFTQihoo 360, Microsoft announce advertising alliance in China, TechWeb says
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10:37 EDTELKraft 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.
10:00 EDTADM, CSCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Barrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... CSC (CSC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Computer Programs (CPSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dominion Diamond (DDC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EVERTEC (EVTC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Education Realty (EDR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... General Cable (BGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Green Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Greif (GEF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Grupo Simec (SIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hecla Mining (HL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded at Roth Capital... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... PetroChina (PTR) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sinopec (SNP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Sky (SKYAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
10:00 EDTACIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:11 EDTCSCCSC downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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06:27 EDTMSFTIntel 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
05:47 EDTADMArcher Daniels downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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05:31 EDTACIArch Coal initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
Target $2.
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