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January 15, 2013
16:24 EDTCWTR, DELL, MSFT, ENOC, AAPL, GOOG, EXPR, YELP, FBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with the Dow and S&P 500 gaining in the second half of the session to close in positive territory. Tech headlines dominated the day, as a Facebook (FB) event at 1 pm ET prompted heavy volume trading of shares of the social network. Aside from Facebook, volume was fairly light again ahead of earnings reports due tomorrow morning from a number of financial giants... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the January Empire State Manufacturing Survey from the New York Fed rose slightly to -7.78 from last month's -8.10 reading, but missed forecasts for a rise to 0.00. The Commerce Department said retail sales increased 0.5% in December, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Producer prices fell 0.2% during last month, versus the expected decrease of 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in November, matching expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Facebook unveiled "Graph Search," which will be rolled out in a limited beta test beginning today. The search feature is designed to answer questions in a way particular to the user based on information in their own Facebook feed and those of their friends, but is a supplement, not a replacement, for traditional web searches like Google's (GOOG). In fact, Facebook announced that Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing is a partner in the new tool. Shares of Facebook slipped 85c, or 2.74%, to $30.10 on the day on trading volume nearly three times the stock's average... Apple's (AAPL) move below $500 garnered significant attention amid some conflicting analyst commentary. Research firm Nomura lowered its estimates and price target for Apple, while Sterne Agee, Jefferies and RW Baird all made positive comments and Apple closed down $15.83, or 3.15%, at $485.92... Dell (DELL) gained another 88c, or 7.16%, to $13.17 a day after rising on a Bloomberg report that said the company was in talks to go private. A Wall Street Journal report said TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners are involved in a potential bid for Dell and Reuters added that talks with Silver Lake are in "advanced" stages. Analyst commentary on the possibility of a deal getting done was mixed, though Deutsche Bank said a deal could be done at $15-$16 per share while Jefferies said a deal could be done between $15-$17 per share... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Express (EXPR), up $3.34 or 23.76%, to $17.40 after raising its Q4 and FY12 EPS views, and EnerNOC (ENOC), up $3.20, or 25.48%, to $15.76 following an EPA final ruling on emission control requirements for backup diesel generators. Among the noteworthy losers was Coldwater Creek (CWTR), down $1.13, or 22.60%, to $3.87 after lowering its Q4 EPS view. Also lower were shares of Yelp (YELP), down $1.36, or 6.19%, to $20.61 after Facebook announced its new Graph Search feature... INDICES: The Dow was up 27.57, or 0.20%, to 13,534.89; the Nasdaq was down 6.72, or 0.22%, to 3,110.78; and the S&P 500 was up 1.66, or 0.11%, to 1,472.34.
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11:31 EDTEXPROptions with increasing implied volatility: EXPR NEE
10:59 EDTFBFacebook slips after Deutsche predicts smaller ad revenue beat
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10:00 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
10:00 EDTFBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTFB, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: SIRI RAD AAPL AMZN AA FB TSLA MRK CVX C
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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07:48 EDTFBFacebook strong Q1 mostly factored into consensus, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank thinks consensus estimates are catching up to the strong fundamentals at Facebook. The firm expects Facebook to report strong Q1 results, but it thinks the consensus is already factoring much of that into the numbers. As such, Deutsche said it is less optimistic going into Facebook's Q1 results than it was last quarter. The firm still considers Facebook a "must-own" and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $76 price target.
07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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07:02 EDTFBFacebook upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
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06:49 EDTGOOGMotorola Mobility names Osterloh COO
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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06:33 EDTFBTwitter upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald upgraded its rating on Twitter (TWTR) shares to Hold from Sell citing the recent pullback in the stock as well as the upcoming launch of new ad formats which it believes should drive monetization. Cantor maintains a $45 price target for the stock and says it continues to prefer Facebook (FB). Shares of Twitter closed yesterday up 71c to $42.49.
06:29 EDTGOOGAT&T in talks to bring ultrafast internet to North Carolina, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTYELPYelp deal with Yahoo receives criticism from small business owners, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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