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December 14, 2012
12:37 EDTPAY, YHOO, CNC, ADBE, AVG, BBY, GE, SZYMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected reports on U.S. industrial production and Chinese manufacturing activity. The data, however, had little impact as investors continue to wait for a break through on the fiscal cliff negotiations. The market has moved in a narrow range during the morning hours and shows little sense of direction... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report showed consumer prices declined 0.3% in November, mainly because of falling gasoline costs. When food and energy are removed from the equation, "core" prices increased 0.1%, versus expectations for them to rise 0.2%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing PMI improved to 54.2 in December, versus the 52.8 final reading for November. Industrial production beat expectations with a 1.1% increase in November, versus expectations for a rise of 0.3%. Industrial production capacity utilization rose to 78.4%, which was a bit more than an expected move up to 78.0%. In China, Markit's flash China PMI rose to a 14-month high reading of 50.9, beating expectations for a 50.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's flash PMI hit an 8-month high with a 50.2 reading, while France hit a 4-month high at 45.0, though its figure still indicates contraction... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) boosted its dividend by 12% to 19c per share and increased its existing share repurchase authorization by $10B... Among companies reporting earnings last night, Adobe (ADBE) advanced nearly 6% while VeriFone (PAY) declined over 10%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Solazyme (SZYM), up about 11% after announcing it has reached commercial-scale output at a facility in Iowa, and AVG Technologies (AVG), up 9% after announcing a new Search and Distribution relationship with Yahoo! (YHOO). Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which fell over 15% after its board extended the deadline for founder Richard Schulze to deliver a potential buy-out bid. Also lower were shares of Centene (CNC), down over 8% after the company cut its FY12 EPS guidance... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 4.05, or 0.03%, to 13,166.67; the Nasdaq was down 10.15, or 0.34%, to 2,982.01; and the S&P 500 was down 2.50, or 0.18%, to 1,416.95.
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February 23, 2015
12:07 EDTGEEU opens probe in GE's proposed acquisition of Alstom's energy business
The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether General Electric's (GE) proposed acquisition of the Thermal Power, Renewable Power & Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY) is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commissionís preliminary investigation indicates potential competition concerns in the market for heavy-duty gas turbines which are mainly used in gas-fired power plants. The transaction would bring together the activities of GE, the world's largest manufacturer of heavy-duty gas turbines, with those of Alstom, eliminating one of the three main global competitors to GE in this market. The opening of an in-depth inquiry does not prejudge the final result of the investigation. The Commission now has 90 working days, until 8 July, to take a final decision. Reference Link
11:10 EDTCNCHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
08:05 EDTCNCCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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08:00 EDTADBEAdobe shares recommended at Rosenblatt
Rosenblatt believes Adobe continues to execute and will report Q1 earnings and revenues slightly ahead of consensus estimates of 40c/1.09B and for new sub adds and Marketing Cloud billing to be above expectations.
06:21 EDTYHOOFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
08:26 EDTGEArc Logistics to acquire all membership interests Joliet Bulk for $216M
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February 19, 2015
14:46 EDTYHOOcomScore announces global integration with Flurry from Yahoo
comScore (SCOR announced an integration with Flurry through Yahoo's (YHOO) Flurry Pulse solution, which will enable Flurry clients to streamline application tagging required for unified measurement in comScore Mobile Metrix and Media Metrix Multi-Platform. The beta period for this integration is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.
14:43 EDTYHOOYahoo announces new Mobile Developer Suite
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14:38 EDTYHOOYahoo says now has 575M monthly active app users
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14:22 EDTYHOOYahoo says now has access to 1.6B devices through Flurry
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13:57 EDTYHOOYahoo now third largest mobile ad company with 2014 mobile revenue of $1.2B
Comment was made by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference.
February 18, 2015
16:42 EDTAVGAVG Technologies sees FY15 EPS $180-$1.90, consensus $1.92
Sees FY15 revenue $410M-$430M, consensus $420.45M.
16:40 EDTAVGAVG Technologies reports Q4 EPS 31c, consensus 29c
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11:14 EDTGEGE, Alstom deal likely to face intense EU scrutiny, Reuters says
General Electric's (GE) deal for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business is likely to face an intense EU antitrust investigation, says Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
09:32 EDTBBYComarco files patent suit against Best Buy
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07:07 EDTGEBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
06:56 EDTCNCObamacare enrollment exceeded goal, Politico reports
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February 17, 2015
17:02 EDTYHOOSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:29 EDTAVGHigh option volume stocks
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08:11 EDTYHOOSplunk says Yahoo selects Hunk for Hadoop analytics platform
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