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December 4, 2012
06:12 EDTAAPL, THLD, TM, INTC, AMGN, NSANY, MSFT, GSK, HMC, VLKAY, GM, FIATY, FOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: As U.S. companies hold near record amounts of cash, many are surprisingly cash poor at home. That means there could be unseen limits on their ability to pay dividends and buy back shares, the Wall Street Journal reports...In November, U.S. sales of cars and light trucks were the strongest in over four years, jumping 15% to 1.14M compared with a year ago. The seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate was 15.5M, the highest since January 2008, according to Autodata, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Fed bankers appear satisfied with their latest monetary stimulus, but there's some disagreement over how strongly to continue purchasing bonds. Boston Fed President Rosengren said there was a "strong case" for the Fed to stay the course, while St. Louis Fed President Bullard said they shouldn’t replace its expiring 'Operation Twist' program on a dollar-for-dollar basis, Reuters reports...U.S. rail and trucking companies are making big investments on both sides of the border with Mexico to capitalize on booming trade between the two countries, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Four experimental cancer treatments that may one day help gravely ill children are facing review by U.S. pediatric advisers. The medicines from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Amgen (AMGN) Threshold (THLD) and Boehringer Ingelheim have the potential to treat children with a variety of tumors and fast-spreading leukemia, Bloomberg reports...The move by Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC) to combat Apple’s (AAPL) iPad in the $63.2B tablet market is getting off to a slow start, Bloomberg reports.
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05:56 EDTHMCHonda recalls another 4.89M vehicles due to faulty airbags, Financial Times says
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17:38 EDTTHLDThreshold Pharmaceuticals to present clinical update on evofosfamide at ASCO
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17:17 EDTAMGNAmgen to present key results in solid tumor, hematologic malignancy treatments
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16:06 EDTAAPLOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
14:11 EDTTMToyota-Mazda partnership to focus on engineering over capital, Nikkei says
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13:15 EDTAAPLInquirer discusses recent Apple for BlackBerry takeover rumors
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11:38 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTTM, GMGeneral Motors and Toyota implement Microchip's infotainment networking devices
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07:52 EDTAAPLApple Watch margins will grow to over 50%, says UBS
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07:32 EDTINTCCLSA to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTGSKGSK, Emergent BioSolutions, Oxford initiate Prime Boost study of Ebola vaccine
A new phase 1 study has begun at the University of Oxford that will investigate the use of a modified vaccinia Ankara, or MVA, Ebola Zaire vaccine candidate, or MVA EBOZ, as a prime-boost to GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) Chimp Adenovirus type 3, or ChAd3, Ebola vaccine candidate. The study, being conducted by the clinical research group of Professor Adrian Hill of the Jenner Institute, has received regulatory approval to begin from the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, or MHRA. The phase 1 study has a planned enrollment of 38 volunteers of which 6 will receive MVA EBOZ only while the other 32 will receive ChAd3-EBO-Z prime followed by MVA EBOZ boost. Emergent BioSolutions (EBS) manufactured the supply of MVA EBOZ to be used in this phase 1 study, which is being conducted in the U.K. with support from the Wellcome Trust and the U.K. Department for International Development.
07:03 EDTAAPLNext iPhone to feature 12 MP camera, be offered in rose gold, AppleInsider says
For its next iPhone 6 model, Apple will offer a new rose gold option, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who did not make clear whether the luxury model would be made of actual gold or if it will simply resemble the color of the high-end Apple Watch Edition, reported AppleInsider. Kuo also said Apple will upgrade the camera to 12 megapixels and suggested that some "Plus" models may use scratch-resistant sapphire covers, though that is dependent on success in testing, the report added. Reference Link
06:55 EDTAAPLInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:09 EDTTM, NSANYToyota and Nissan recall 6.56M vehicles over Takata air bags, WSJ reports
Toyota (TM) and Nissan (NSANY) issued recalls for 6.56M vehicles worldwide over problems with Takata air bags, reports the Wall Street Journal. The companies cited new findings about the risk of moisture seeping inside the devices. The recalls come in addition to 25M vehicles already recalled due to the Takata air bags. Reference Link
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
05:55 EDTAAPLTSMC awarded orders for SSD controller chips for Apple, DigiTimes reports
TSMC (TSM) has landed SSD controller chip orders from Apple, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, TSMC will utilize a 28nm process to fabricate controller cihps for Apple. Reference Link
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