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February 5, 2013
16:49 EDTDELL, MSFT, VMED, LBTYA, YUM, CSC, ACM, BIDU, MHPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow's third straight session with a triple digit move allowed it to close just shy of the 14K level, while the S&P 500 climbed back above 1,500... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January from 55.7 in December, but beat 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 company for $13.65 in cash, or about $24.4B. As had been 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, gained 15c, or 1.13%, to $13.42... Virgin Media (VMED) rose $6.92, or 17.89%, to $45.61 after confirming that it is in discussions with Liberty Global (LBTYA) concerning a possible transaction. CNBC's David Faber reported late in the afternoon that the boards of both companies voted to approve a cash and stock deal that will see Liberty Global take over Virgin Media. Liberty shares lost $1.58, or 2.27%, to $67.88... Yum! Brands (YUM) reported earnings after yesterday's close that were in-line with expectations, but the company reported same-store-sales in China fell 6% in Q4. Shares of Yum! Brands were downgraded at RW Baird and Goldman and slid $1.86, or 2.91%, to $62.08... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Computer Sciences (CSC), up $3.84, or 9.16%, to $45.75, and AECOM Technology (ACM), up $1.95, or 7.7%, to $27.26 after both companies reported earnings that beat estimates. Among the notable losers was McGraw-Hill (MHP), which followed yesterday's slide with another loss of $5.38, or 10.7%, to close at $44.92 after the DOJ confirmed it is suing Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud in rating mortgage-based securities. Also lower was Baidu (BIDU), which fell $10.83, or 10.1%, to $96.37 after its Q4 report, as shares were downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus and Raymond James with both firms citing increased margin pressure... INDICES: The Dow was up 99.22, or 0.71%, to 13,979.30; the Nasdaq was up 40.41, or 1.29%, to 3,171.58; and the S&P 500 was up 15.58, or 1.04%, to 1,511.29.
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October 8, 2014
07:29 EDTYUMYum! comp weakness in China has bottomed, says UBS
UBS believes Yum! Brands' recovery in China is under way, but that visibility remains limited following yesterday's Q3 results. The firm still has many questions about company strategy, but believes China comp weakness has bottomed. UBS maintains its Buy rating and $85 price target on Yum! Brands shares.
07:20 EDTYUMYum! Brands outlook still positive, says Stifel
After Yum! reported weaker than expected results ex-items, Stifel continues to expect the company to eventually carry out a significant restructuring that could include a partial listing of its China unit in Hong Kong and/or a $15 per share debt recapitalization. The firm continues to believe that Yum! China is one of the best retail businesses in the world. It cut its price target on Yum! to $105 from $110 but keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
07:03 EDTACMAECOM awarded contract for Newtown Creek renewable natural gas project
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06:13 EDTMSFTNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
17:18 EDTYUMYum! Brands reverses direction in after-hours trading, up 1.1%
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16:31 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 China SSS down 14%
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16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 1% following Q3 results
16:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects to develop at least 700 new restaurants in China this year
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands lowers FY14 EPS growth ex-items to 6%-10%
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16:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides China update
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16:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 EPS ex-items 87c, consensus 89c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.35B, consensus $3.48B. Worldwide system sales grew 1%. Worldwide restaurant margin decreased 2.7 percentage points to 14.9%, and worldwide operating profit decreased 12%.
15:16 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands October weekly 70 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q3
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13:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands technical notes ahead of results
The shares have markedly under-performed in the prior three months, trading down over 14%. A great deal of the share price loss came at the front of the interval during the tainted-meat scandal in China. After the initial drop, shares have been basing in a range of $70 at the low and $73 at the high. The base at $70 may be particularly important. If the news is worse than already low expectations, that support at the $70 area could be lost. Next support below would be at $68.20 and then at $66.16. An extreme price reaction could see the 52-week low at $64.08 tested as well or perhaps broken. Equally, an upside surprise could see the top of the range tested at $73. Given low expectations, a bit of stronger news could push the stock through that resistance level. Next upside would be at $73.84, $75.44, and then at $76.33 on an increasing band of positive surprises.
12:50 EDTMSFTSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft near deal to buy text analysis start-up for about $200M, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold cloud event on October 20
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10:52 EDTMSFTNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTMSFTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:00 EDTMSFTReport says 100K Xbox Ones sold throughout China, Kotaku says
A report from Chinese video games news website 17173 said that Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong accidentally noted that over 100K Microsoft Xbox One consoles sold throughout China during the first week they were launched, according to Kotaku, citing the report from 17173. Reference Link
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