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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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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
11:43 EDTYUMYum! Brands trades lower, levels to watch
The shares are trading close to session lows at $74.60 following news of a tainted meat scandal for KFC operations in China. Dragon TV of Shanghai reported that Husi Food Co. sold the company expired chicken repackaged with altered expiration dates. The $74 area is an important one technically for the shares. A breakdown below $74 would be bearish for future price. Holding price at $74 would put the stock back at the lows of the range since mid-February of this year.
11:04 EDTMSFTOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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11:00 EDTYUMStarbucks China says one of its suppliers got meat from Husi, Bloomberg reports
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10:49 EDTBIDUBaidu advances following Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on July 22.
09:10 EDTYUMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:42 EDTYUMYum! Brands weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:26 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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07:15 EDTMSFTO'Reilly to hold a conference
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06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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05:59 EDTYUMMcDonald's, KFC face expired food scandal in China, AP reports
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTYUMMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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07:22 EDTMSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
07:08 EDTYUMYum! Brands risk/reward attractive after decline, says Bernstein
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06:06 EDTMSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFTSony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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05:21 EDTBIDUChangyou.com appoints Rucia Ren as acting CFO
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