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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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October 30, 2014
10:52 EDTRENNBaidu rises after profits beat expectations
Chinese Internet search engine Baidu (BIDU) is climbing after the company reported higher than expected profits and in-line revenue. WHAT'S NEW: Baidu reported third quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.90, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.69. The company's revenue came in at $2.2B, in-line with the consensus outlook. Baidu provided Q4 revenue guidance of $2.26B-$2.32B, versus the consensus outlook of $2.3B. Last quarter, Baidu had more traffic from mobile devices than PCs, and mobile traffic generated 36% of its revenue, the company noted. "In the third quarter, our investments in mobile continued to pay off as mobile proved once again to be a strong driver of topline growth," said Baidu CFO Jennifer Li. ANALYST REACTION: Baidu's investment in mobile is starting to pay off, agreed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in a note to investors today. Additionally, the impact to Baidu from its investments in mobile appear not to have been as drastic as previously thought, and the company remains "essentially unchallenged" in the Chinese search market, wrote the analyst. He raised his price target on the shares to $267 from $222 and kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Meanwhile, research firm Stifel Nicolaus reported that the company's gross margin was about 1.5 percentage points ahead of expectations in Q3. Baidu is on track to generate about 65% of its queries from mobile devices in a year, at which point it may significantly increase the prices it charges for mobile search ads, the firm stated, adding that the company's innovation in mobile has been strong. Stifel has a $250 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Baidu rose 4% to $224. Other Chinese Internet names also rose, with Weibo (WB) adding 1% to $18, Renren (RENN) rising 1% to $3.45, Sohu.com (SOHU) gaining 1.5% to $44, and Qihoo 360 (QIHU) adding 0.5% to $68.50.
October 28, 2014
09:51 EDTOWWOrbitz replaced as Yahoo travel provider by Hipmunk, Skift reports
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October 27, 2014
09:02 EDTFDXFedEx expands 'International First' early delivery service
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07:33 EDTORCLFDA and CDC to hold a meeting
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October 24, 2014
07:29 EDTFDXUPS, FedEx up efforts to handle holiday season package buildup, Reuters says
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06:38 EDTFSLREU sets emissions, renewable energy targets, NY Times says
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October 23, 2014
07:42 EDTHZNPPOZEN receives three patents from USPTO
POZEN (POZN) announced that it has received three patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, entitled “Pharmaceutical Compositions for the Coordinated Delivery of NSAIDs” that cover the U.S. approved product VIMOVO. All three patents are expected to expire in 2022. Horizon Pharma (HZNP), which holds the U.S. NDA for VIMOVO, and POZEN plan to list U.S. patents 8,858,996 and 8,852,636 in the FDA's Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations, or Orange Book.
October 22, 2014
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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09:03 EDTFDXFedEx sees December 15 as busiest day in company's history
09:03 EDTFDXFedEx expects to move over 290M shipments between Black Friday-Christmas Eve
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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
08:07 EDTRENNRenren rumored to plan sale of video platform to Sohu, Marbridge Daily says
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07:14 EDTFDXFedEx management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia on October 21 hosted by UBS.
06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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08:25 EDTFDXFedEx management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Melbourne, Australia on October 20 hosted by UBS.
07:19 EDTFSLRJPMorgan says recent sell-off in solar space unjustified
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October 17, 2014
07:45 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma to host conference call
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07:04 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma acquires U.S. rights to PENNSAID 2% for $45M
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