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February 5, 2013
12:33 EDTYUM, CSC, VMED, BIDU, ADM, MHP, MSFT, ACI, EL, LBTYA, DELLOn 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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14:49 EDTCSCCSC break-up would be logical step, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo said a separation of Computer Sciences' government and commercial business units, as Reuters reported that the company plans to announce, would be a logical step for the company's "investor friendly" management to take. However, the firm believes CSC is still challenged to grow in both arms of the business and keeps a Market Perform rating on the stock.
14:11 EDTCSCCSC to break up commercial and government business units, Reuters says
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13:38 EDTCSCCSC split plans may be announced next week, Reuters says
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13:37 EDTCSCCSC plans break up into two companies, Reuters reports
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11:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test 52-week high, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:19 EDTADMSenate Agriculture Committee to hold a hearing
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May 13, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:22 EDTCSCCSC sues over unauthorized payments, Reuters says
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
May 11, 2015
17:47 EDTBIDUBaidu launches internal anti-corruption probe, AFP says
Baidu has begun anti-corruption investigations against certain of its employees, reports Agence France-Presse, citing company statements. The report notes that Chinese media company Sina claimed Monday that the company is investigating three departmental directors. Reference Link
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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08:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target raised to $109 from $93 at Bernstein
Bernstein says that Yum's China comps appear to have turned the corner, while worries about the underlying weakness of its China business are contradicted by evidence. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
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