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January 18, 2013
12:20 EDTGE, COF, LIFE, INTC, STT, FB, MS, FNSR, PATH, AAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as earnings reports and economic data did little to spur the markets. Shares of Intel (INTC), Apple (AAPL), and Facebook (FB) were all trading lower at midday, weighing on the Nasdaq, while the Dow and S&P sat a bit below the flat-line after both averages touched five-year highs during yesterday's trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading dropped to 71.3, versus an expected first look reading of 75.0 for January. In Asia, China's GDP grew 7.9% in the final quarter of the year. The late-year rebound led the nation's full year GDP to grow 7.8%, beating analyst consensus of 7.7% and the government's 7.5% target. Also, Japan's stock market surged on increased expectations that the government will take even more aggressive easing steps... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) reported earnings that were just above Street estimates and a record equipment and services backlog of $210B to end the year, sending shares up almost 3% at midday... Morgan Stanley (MS) also reported earnings that beat consensus estimates, and the company said expenses could decline by about $1.6B through 2014. Shares of Morgan Stanley were leading the financial sector at midday, up over 7.5%... Intel dropped 6.5% at midday after the company reported earnings last night that were generally in-line with Street estimates, though investor concerns over slowing sales and continued capital spending spurred a sell-off of shares... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Technologies (LIFE), up about 10.6% as a number analysts said a takeover or leveraged buyout could be in the works for the company following a media report indicating talks are ongoing. Also higher were shares of NuPathe (PATH), up 8.2% after the company's migraine treatment Zecuity received FDA approval, and State Street (STT), up 5.9% after the company reported earnings that beat estimates and announced the elimination of 630 jobs worldwide. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Capital One Financial (COF), down 8.3% after Janney Capital downgraded shares to Neutral citing last night's disappointing Q4 results, and Finisar (FNSR), down 7.4% following a downgrade to Underperform at Jefferies... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 21.64, or 0.16%, to 13,574.38; the Nasdaq was down 14.97, or 0.48%, to 3,121.03; and the S&P 500 was down 3.85, or 0.26%, to 1,477.09.
News For GE;MS;INTC;AAPL;FB;LIFE;PATH;STT;COF;FNSR From The Last 14 Days
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; January 12, 2015
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11:48 EDTFBFacebook February volatility elevated at 39
Facebook January call option implied volatility is at 32, January weekly is at 29, February is at 39, March Is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
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09:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley hires UBS U.K. investment banker Bishop, FT reports
Nick Bishop, a senior investment banker at UBS (UBS), will leave the company to join Morgan Stanley (MS), where he will become a managing director, sources tell The Financial Times. Reference Link
08:29 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded at JMP Securities
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07:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
07:35 EDTINTCNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:01 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Intel January call option implied volatility is at 47, February is at 28, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 15.
06:44 EDTINTCIntel shares could trade higher near-term, says Citigroup
Citigroup says shares of Intel (INTC) could move higher over the near-term given the high short interest in the name and likely above guidance earnings results. Citi says its channel checks indicate the PC market remains stable and that Intel continues to gain share from AMD (AMD). The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Intel, however, pointing out its 2015 estimates remain below consensus.
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