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July 21, 2014
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December 5, 2014
16:55 EDTTWXTime Warner initiated with a Buy at UBS
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16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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08:16 EDTEXPRExpress price target lowered to $16 from $20 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital cut its price target on Express after the company reduced its Q4 guidance. However, the firm thinks the company's outlet continues to exceed expectations, while its spring product is seeing signs of improvement. The firm adds that the company has easier comparisons in 2015, giving it the opportunity to post positive comp sales. BMO keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:19 EDTJOYJoy Global volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTEXPR, MSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
10:24 EDTANFOptions with decreasing implied volatility: AVNR ASNA ANF AVGO PVH
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10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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09:23 EDTEXPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Avago (AVGO), up 7.2%... Kroger (KR), up 3.1%... Rite Aid (RAD), up 3.1%... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Array Biopharma (ARRY), up 24% after reaching a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib... Hawaiian Electric (HE), up 13.5% following merger announcement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... SinoCoking Coal (SCOK), up 14.2% after beginning construction of second aboveground Syngas facility... Plug Power (PLUG), up 12.3% after announcing $20M ReliOn fuel cell contract... Mobileye (MBLY), up 3.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 3.6% following $15M payment from Teva for TRISENOX... TASER (TASR), up 3% after receiving multiple orders of AXON body cameras. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 7.6%... Express (EXPR), down 11.3%... Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), down 1.4%... Toro Company (TTC), down 1.1%... Aeropostale (ARO), down 14.1%. ALSO LOWER: Kindred Biosciences (KIN), down 29.3% after announcing that it will discontinue its AtoKin study... UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 13% after saying that there are no current talks with DSV A/S... Agree Realty (ADC), down 3.7% after 2.1M share Spot Secondary priced at $29.90.
08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
07:04 EDTEXPRExpress sees FY14 EPS 69c-76c, consensus 89c
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07:03 EDTEXPRExpress sees Q4 EPS 38c-45c, consensus 60c
Sees Q4 comparable sales in negative mid to high single digits. Sees Q4 effective tax rate of approximately 40%. Sees Q4 net interest expense of approximately $6M.
07:02 EDTEXPRExpress reports Q3 comparable sales down 5%
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07:02 EDTEXPRExpress reports Q3 EPS 17c, consensus 16c
Reports Q3 revenue $497.61M, consensus $499.74M
06:10 EDTTWXDirecTV contract with HBO has clauses for streaming, WSJ reports
DirecTV's (DTV) contract with Time Warner's (TWX) HBO has clauses should the premium channel's streaming-video service sign up more than 450,000 subscribers nationally, Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. If the subscriber number is hit, DirecTV could scale back its marketing of HBO and get the right to offer the streaming product, the Journal adds. Reference Link
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