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December 14, 2012
12:37 EDTSZYM, PAY, YHOO, CNC, ADBE, AVG, BBY, GEOn 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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April 15, 2014
06:04 EDTGEGE CEO may give up leadership earlier than 20-year tenure, WSJ says
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05:45 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Yahoo (YHOO) to Outperform citing the 17% pullback in shares since March 5. The firm recommends buying Yahoo ahead of the Alibaba IPO and has a $40 price target for the stock. Yahoo shares closed yesterday up 58c to $33.44 following an upgrade at SunTrust.
April 14, 2014
11:54 EDTGEGE reports Omnyx gets FDA clearance for digital manual read of HER2 slides
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11:11 EDTYHOOVevo and Yahoo expand music video distribution partnership
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10:02 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... BP (BP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Rafferty Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... PetroChina (PTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... TTM Technologies (TTMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Visa (V) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... bebe stores (BEBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
09:54 EDTYHOOYahoo April volatility increases into Q1 and strategy outlook
Yahoo April call option implied volatility is at 76, May is at 46, June is at 39; compared to its 26-week average of 35 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on April 15.
08:59 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:25 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
SunTrust upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy from Neutral saying the risk/reward is favorable following the recent pullback in shares. The firm sees the potential for 21% upside to its $40 price target.
07:06 EDTADBEU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
06:28 EDTYHOOAlibaba asks public to help identify China's polluted water, Bloomberg says
Alibaba (YHOO) is asking the public to help map water quality throughout China to increase environmental awareness, reported Bloomberg. Testing kits are sold through the company for $10 and volunteers can measure pollutants in freshwater sources and upload the data to a digital map via smartphones. Reference Link
April 11, 2014
08:55 EDTYHOOTravelzoo makes management changes amid continued weakness in Local & Search
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April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTBBYZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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14:54 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases as shares trend lower
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09:14 EDTADBEAdobe risk/reward ratio great, says Pacific Crest
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09:03 EDTGEGE to provide grid modernization solutions to Furnas
GEís Digital Energy business is providing Furnas and Triangulo Mineiro Transmissora/Geoenergia with the latest in protection and control equipment to ensure performance and quality for each of the utilityís grid modernization projects. Furnas is one of the biggest utilities in Latin America and is responsible for power transmission in south, southeast and mid west Brazil. These projects, which support the modernization of Brazilís grid, mark GEís entry into Brazilís ANEEL transmission auctions. The auctions were won in December 2013 by TMT, a collaborative utility composed of Furnas and FIP Milao, with Furnas being the largest participant at 49%.
06:48 EDTYHOOYahoo's strategy similar to past efforts, Re/code says
Yahoo, which is reportedly looking to become a major player in Internet video, was working on similar initiatives in mid-2012, according to Re/code. Reference Link
06:26 EDTYHOOYelp deal with Yahoo receives criticism from small business owners, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Bobbi Brown to be editor-in-chief of beauty site, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Bobbi Brown, the creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (EL), to be the editor-in-chief of its beauty site, Re/code reports, noting that several of Yahoo's big advertisers -- L'Oreal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Unilever (UN, UL) -- are competitive with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo likely to report 'tepid' quarter, BGC says
BGC's Colin Gillis said he expects Yahoo to report another "tepid quarter" when it reports earnings next week, with the firm expecting revenue to be flat year-over-year with underlying metrics that are discouraging. Gillis added that the near-term valuation for Yahoo's stake in Alibaba, which has aided investor enthusiasm for Yahoo, has likely peaked, and the firm maintains a Hold rating and $34 price target on shares.
09:10 EDTGEWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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