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March 19, 2014
12:38 EDTFDX, ORCL, FSLR, OWW, HZNP, RENNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were virtually unchanged at midday as investors await the latest rate decision and associated policy updates from the Federal Reserve. The market spent the morning consolidating its recent gains and stocks moved in a very narrow range since the open. Rates are expected to remain the same and Treasury purchases are expected to be reduced again. Investors and analysts will be paying close attention to the accompanying statement and press conference for clues as to any change in monetary policy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the fourth quarter current account deficit narrowed to $81.1B, which lower than expected and down from a revised Q3 deficit of $96.4B. Investors await the FOMC meeting announcement, due at 2:00 pm ET, to be followed by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s press conference at 2:30 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Delivery giant FedEx (FDX) reported lower than expected third quarter revenue and earnings per share and lowered its FY14 outlook. Shares were down in pre-market trading but have bounced back to be up just slightly near midday as investors appear to be attributing the earnings miss to the severe winter weather, as the company explained... Another giant corporation, Oracle (ORCL), reported headline earnings and revenue for its last quarter than missed consensus expectations and its shares were down about 1% in midday trading. However, analysts at firms including Wells Fargo, Susquehanna and Stifel argued Oracle's underlying results were better than the headlines and contended the weakness was a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Horizon Pharma (HZNP), which advanced 14% after agreeing to buy Vidara Therapeutics through a reverse merger for stock and cash valued at about $660M to create a new company that will be organized under the laws of Ireland. Also higher was First Solar (FSLR), which jumped 14% after the company gave an earnings outlook for the current fiscal year that missed expectations but also guided to significantly better than expected earnings next fiscal year. Among the noteworthy losers after its earnings report was Renren (RENN), which operates a real name social networking Internet platform in China. The company's headline earnings beat the consensus forecast, but that was primarily due to a gain from the deconsolidation of its subsidiaries, and its shares dropped 10% following the report. Also lower was online travel company Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which fell 9% after Goldman downgraded the stock to a Sell rating from Neutral. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 5.81, or 0.04%, to 16,330.38, the Nasdaq was down 4.41, or 0.1%, to 4,328.90, and the S&P 500 was down 0.52, or 0.03%, to 1,871.73.
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August 27, 2014
12:47 EDTFDXJudge panel appeals FedEx Ground ruling
FedEx Ground, a subsidiary of FedEx, reports that a decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed previous rulings by the District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in three class action cases involving mostly former independent contractors for FedEx Ground. The court held that those independent contractors operating in California from 2000-2007 and Oregon from 1999-2009 were employees according to the panel’s interpretation of state laws. The model that the court reviewed is no longer in use. Since 2011, FedEx Ground has only contracted with incorporated businesses, which treat their drivers as their employees. FedEx Ground will seek review of these decisions, including review by the entire Ninth Circuit. FedEx Ground Senior Vice President and General Counsel Cary Blancett said, "We fundamentally disagree with these rulings, which run counter to more than 100 state and federal findings, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, upholding our contractual relationships with thousands of independent businesses. The operating agreement on which these rulings are based has been significantly strengthened in recent years, and we look forward to continuing to work with service providers across our network to provide customers the industry’s most reliable service.”
09:53 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ASML (ASML) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Concur (CNQR) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... CyrusOne (CONE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Garmin (GRMN) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Oxford Industries (OXM) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... STMicroelectronics (STM) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kirkland's (KIRK) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington.
07:36 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma issued USPTO Notice of Allowance fpr Rayos tablets
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August 26, 2014
17:33 EDTORCLOracle initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson
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16:22 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:20 EDTOWWOrbitz issues statement regarding American Airlines action
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16:14 EDTOWWOrbitz FY14 outlook at risk due to American dispute, says Cantor
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12:24 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:17 EDTOWWAmerican Airlines fares no longer available on Orbitz websites
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August 25, 2014
19:10 EDTRENNRenren sees Q3 revenue $19M-$21M, consensus $22.94M
19:09 EDTRENNRenren reports Q2 EPS 9c, consensus (7c)
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15:18 EDTRENNNotable companies reporting after market close
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August 22, 2014
13:49 EDTORCLOregon sues Oracle over health exchange website
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11:26 EDTORCLSalesforce.com rallies following beat and raise quarter
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08:38 EDTOWWTripAdvisor cut metasearch inventory in half, says FBR Capital
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August 19, 2014
15:57 EDTFDXFedEx pushed to settle drug case as U.S. adds laundering charge, Bloomberg says
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August 15, 2014
15:32 EDTFDXFedEx receives money-laundering charge in altered indictment, Bloomberg reports
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12:12 EDTFDXFedEx falls to session lows, levels to watch
Shares were last at $147.69, trading lower by 1.3% on the day. At that price next support is at $145.47, a pivot low on a closing basis. Resistance is at $148.83.
12:09 EDTFDXFedEx receives money-laundering charge in altered indictment, Bloomberg reports
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08:11 EDTORCLOracle checks showing signs of improvement, says FBR Capital
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