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May 7, 2012
16:38 EDTVRTX, CTSH, ABT, CECO, DIS, TPXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, as investors had a muted reaction to the anti-austerity backlash evidenced in two elections in Europe. Stock futures pointed to a lower open throughout the pre-market trading session but moved off their low prior to the opening bell. The futures action led to a lower but stable open with the market essentially hitting its lows soon after the open. The market began to drift off its lows after the first hour of trading and by midday made it back to positive ground. The market continued to drift for most the remainder of the session until a downturn into the close pushed the S&P and Nasdaq back down to finish the day near the flat line... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer credit increased by $21.36B in March, versus expectations of an increase of $9.8B. In Europe, Francois Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy in France's presidential election and voting in Greece’s general election showed a dramatic swing toward anti-austerity groups and away from the pro-Europe parties... COMPANY NEWS: Disney's (DIS) "The Avengers" set U.S. records with its $200M opening weekend, powering the company's shares 2% higher... Abbott Labs (ABT) announced it reached a settlement and will pay $1.6B in connection with its marketing of Depakote... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Vertex Pharma (VRTX), up $20.71, or 55.36%, to $58.12, amid at least three upgrades and a number of price target increases after the company reported interim data from a Phase 2 study of a combination therapy for certain cystic fibrosis patients, and Career Education (CECO), up 56c, or 8.70%, to $7.00, after the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools removed its show-cause directive on all 71 Career Education campuses accredited by the body and the company said four of its campuses were placed on probation. Noteworthy losers included Cognizant (CTSH), down $13.35, or 19.16%, to $56.31, after the company's earnings beat consensus but it said its revising its guidance to be more conservative after seeing slower-than-expected acceleration in demand, and Tempur-Pedic (TPX), down $8.42, or 14.85%, to $48.29, as Raymond James said in a note to investors that the company will offer a discount on one of its most profitable mattresses, the Cloud Supreme, which the firm said was unusual for the company... INDICES: The Dow lost 29.74, or 0.23%, to 13,008.53; the Nasdaq rose 1.42, or 0.05%, to 2,957.76; and the S&P 500 added 0.48, or 0.04%, to 1,369.58.
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09:15 EDTABTAbbott sees pace of EPS growth and sales to accelerate throughout FY14
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09:14 EDTABTAbbott sees Q2 EPS 50c-52c, consensus 51c
Sees Q2 sales growth in low to mid single digits, consensus $5.54B.
09:13 EDTABTAbbott sees accelerating sales growth in 2H14
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07:49 EDTABTAbbott expects to increase global capacity to meet demand in 2014
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07:46 EDTABTAbbott backs FY14 adjusted EPS $2.16-$2.26, consensus $2.20
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15:19 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:23 EDTCTSHInfosys falls after quarterly revenue trails estimates
Shares of Infosys (INFY), which consults on business information technology and systems integration, are falling after the company's fourth quarter revenue trailed analysts' consensus estimate. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Infosys reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 85c and revenue of $2.09B, compared to expectations of 79c and $2.11B, respectively. The company's CEO and Managing Director, S. D. Shibulal, said he was pleased that Infosys was able to double its growth rate for the full year compared to last year, though added that its performance in the last quarter of of the fiscal year had been "disappointing." The company noted that Infosys and its subsidiaries added 50 clients during the quarter and 238 during the year. Infosys forecast FY15 revenue growth of 7%-9%, compared to consensus of $9.06B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Infosys said its board had decided to increase the dividend pay-out ratio to up to 40% of post-tax profits effective FY14. Infosys' current policy is to pay dividends up to 30% of post-tax profits. OTHERS TO WATCH: Like Infosys, Wipro (WIT) is an IT services and software solution consultant headquartered in India. Others in the business consulting space include Cognizant Technology (CTSH), IBM (IBM) and Accenture (ACN). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Infosys fell $3.49, or about 6.3%, to $52.09 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Shares of Cognizant were down about 0.75% to $48.12, while Wipro was up about 2.6% to $13.56.
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08:34 EDTABTAbbott completes enrollment of Absorb clinical trials in U.S., Japan and China
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