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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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July 17, 2014
18:52 EDTFDXFedEx indicted for its role in distributing controlled substances
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09:15 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
09:12 EDTOWWUpdate: Orbitz 34M share Spot Secondary priced at $8.25
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09:06 EDTOWWOrbitz 20M share Spot Secondary priced at $8.25
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July 16, 2014
18:26 EDTOWWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTOWWOrbitz drops 4% to $8.60 after announcing 20M share secondary
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16:06 EDTOWWOrbitz sees Q2 revenue $248M, consensus $242.99M
Sees Q2 stayed room night growth up 20% year-over-year and adjusted EBITDA $45M.
16:02 EDTOWWOrbitz files to sell 20M shares of common stock
Credit Suisse Securities is serving as the lead book-running manager.
11:28 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in San Diego/San Francisco July 23-24 hosted by Jefferies.
08:08 EDTORCLOracle Social Cloud announces LinkedIn support for SRM platform
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06:18 EDTFDXTNT Express receives Statement of Objections from French Competition Authority
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06:16 EDTFDXFedEx says France investigating anticompetitive behavior
On June 30, FedEx said it received a Statement of Objections from the French Competition Authority addressed to FedEx Express France, formerly known as TATEX, regarding an investigation by the FCA into anticompetitive behavior that is alleged to have occurred primarily in the framework of trade association meetings that included the former general managers of TATEX prior to our acquisition of that company in July 2012. FedEx says that "Given the early stage of this matter, we cannot yet determine the amount or range of potential loss; however, it is reasonably possible that it could be material."
July 15, 2014
07:04 EDTFSLRWTO says U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar cells against rules, Xinhua reports
The World Trade Organization yesterday ruled that U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar cells violated the rules of the organization, according to Xinhua. China requested that the WTO probe the subsidies in 2012, the news service noted. The WTO also said that U.S. tariffs on Chinese steel products and paper violated the organization's rules, the news service added. Publicly traded solar energy companies include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE).Reference Link
July 14, 2014
17:21 EDTFDXFedEx says DoJ to pursue asbestos related matter as criminal case
FedEx revealed in a regulatory filing, that on January 14, the U.S. Department of Justice, DOJ, issued a Grand Jury Subpoena to FedEx Express relating to an asbestos matter previously investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On May 1, the DOJ informed us that it had determined to continue to pursue the matter as a criminal case, citing seven asbestos-related regulatory violations associated with removal of roof materials from a hangar in Puerto Rico during cleaning and repair activity, as well as violation of waste disposal requirements. Loss is reasonably possible, however, the amount of any loss is expected to be immaterial.
12:49 EDTORCLOracle hosts an educational webcast
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11:16 EDTFSLRWTO finds U.S. violates trade rules with tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels
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10:16 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma management to meet with JMP Securities
Meeting to be held in the Mid-Atlantic area on July 17 hosted by JMP Securities.
July 11, 2014
14:12 EDTFSLRFirst Solar abandons huge China project, Bloomberg reports
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July 10, 2014
16:15 EDTORCLKEYW, Oracle collaborate on advanced security solutions
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07:20 EDTORCLIridium completes implementation of Oracle's management and billing solution
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