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March 28, 2014
17:13 EDTVRTX, C, ALXN, AAPL, FB, BIIB, MSFTMarket ends week mixed as Nasdaq continues to lag
Stocks on Wall Street finished the week mixed as the tech-heavy Nasdaq continued to lag the S&P 500 and Dow, while the situation in Ukraine appeared to impact trade in U.S. markets less than in previous weeks. MACRO NEWS: U.S. durable goods orders for February and weekly jobless claims beat expectations, while fourth quarter GDP, new home sales for February, and an index of consumer confidence were roughly in-line with expectations... The world continued to keep an eye on the situation in Ukraine, with Western leaders saying this week that they will look to intensify economic sanctions against Russia. However, for this week at least, the geopolitical situation did not seem to move markets as much as it had in recent weeks... Investors also continued to monitor the apparent the economic slowdown in China, with Manufacturing PMI data coming out of that country to start this week missing expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) again made headlines for a major acquisition, with the social network on Tuesday night announcing it acquired virtual reality technology firm Oculus VR for about $2B in cash and stock. Shares of the social network, which have had a tough month amid broad weakness in the Nasdaq, finished the week down about 10% at $60.01... Citigroup (C) shares fell about 6% after the bank's 2014 capital plan was rejected by the Federal Reserve, which spurred downgrades from a number of analyst firms. Citigroup had been seeking to raise its dividend to 5c from 1c per share, as well as repurchase $6.4B of its common stock. The bank will be permitted to continue with its current capital actions through the first quarter of 2015, which include a 1c dividend and a $1.2B share repurchase program... New Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella made his first public appearance as the company's CEO, announcing the launch of its Microsoft Office suite for Apple's (AAPL) iPad at an event... A number of biotech stocks, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), down 8%, Biogen (BIIB), down 7.5%, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), down 6.5%, were notably weak as the sector, and the broader tech-heavy Nasdaq, continued to underperform. INDEXES: The Dow gained 0.1% to close at 16,323.06, the S&P 500 lost 0.5% to close at 1,857.62, and the Nasdaq fell 2.8% to close at 4,155.76.
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December 8, 2014
10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:35 EDTCValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:21 EDTCDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
December 7, 2014
14:10 EDTALXNAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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December 5, 2014
18:19 EDTCCitigroup's Japanese credit card business sought by three buyers, Nikkei says
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16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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11:23 EDTFB, AAPL, COption volume leaders
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10:20 EDTFBYahoo rises, Google falls after BofA changes ratings on both
Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) are rising and Google's (GOOG, GOOGL) stock is falling after Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Yahoo and downgraded Google. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Justin Post upgraded his rating on Yahoo to Buy from Neutral. Post said he had previously not expected to obtain information about Yahoo's strategy for avoiding taxes on the sale of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA) at least until well into 2015. However, Yahoo's CFO recently stated that the company continued to be optimistic that it would be able to cut its tax bill and added that the company would divulge its plans for doing so during its next earnings conference call. Yahoo's next earnings conference call is expected to take place by the end of next month, Post noted. He set a $62 price target on Yahoo shares. Meanwhile, Post downgraded Google to Neutral from Buy. The analyst thinks the company is facing several headwinds, including the maturity of its search business, a lack of products that can provide catalysts, and margin pressures as it invests in competitive businesses. As a result of these headwinds, Google's results are likely to be below expectations, Post believes. Meanwhile, the company is also facing increased regulatory risk, particularly in the EU, and increased competition from Facebook (FB) and other social networks. He trimmed his price target on Google to $580 from $600. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Yahoo climbed 1% to $50.94, while Google class A shares declined 1.5% to $534.33.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... CSI Compressco (CCLP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... California Resources Corp. (CRC) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with an Equal Weight at First Analysis... DCP Midstream (DPM) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... FireEye (FEYE) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... FleetCor (FLT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Keryx (KERX) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Knowles (KN) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Marlin Midstream (FISH) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Sector Perform at Iberia... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Relypsa (RLYP) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... Summit Midstream (SMLP) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
09:36 EDTAAPL, CActive equity options trading
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08:55 EDTFBYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:31 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners
Target $105.
06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
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