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December 19, 2012
12:58 EDTORCL, ONTY, MKL, NAV, FDX, RGR, ALTE, ATU, GM, BTH, SWHC, GISOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq a bit higher and the Dow and S&P modestly lower. The averages remained in a narrow trading range this morning, as investors await movement in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, with Obama continuing to take an oppositional but hopeful tone in a press conference this afternoon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts slid 3.0% in November to a 861,000 start rate, versus the expected 872,000. However, building permits rose 3.6% month over month to a 899,000 rate, versus the expected 875,000. In Europe, German business confidence increased for a second month in December, as indicated by the Ifo Business Climate Index climbing to 102.4 from 101.4 in November. Also, S&P raised its rating on Greece to B-minus from selective default late Tuesday. In Asia, the World Bank forecast China’s economy to grow 7.9% this year but rebound to a growth rate of 8.4% in 2013... COMPANY NEWS: General Motors' (GM) stock rose about 8% after the company announced plans to buy back 200M shares held by the U.S. Treasury in a first step toward the government's full exit from its holding within the next 12 to 15 months. GM will pay $27.50 a share, or $5.5B total, and expects to close the deal to reduce the government's stake in the company to 19% from 26.5% by the end of this year... Among notable companies reporting earnings after the close last night or before today's open, Oracle (ORCL) advanced over 4% and FedEx (FDX) rose about 3%, while Actuant (ATU) declined more than 6%, Navistar (NAV) fell over 5% and General Mills (GIS) slid nearly 1%... UBS (UBS) agreed to pay about $1.5B in a settlement reached with American and British regulators over charges its traders conspired to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alterra Capital (ALTE), up 24% following its deal to be acquired by Markel (MKL) for $31 per share in stock and cash. Also higher were shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 9%, and Sturm, Ruger (RGR), up over 6%, after President Obama promised to pursue 'real reforms' to gun control laws but also defended the right to bear arms as granted by the 2nd amendment. Among the noteworthy losers was Oncothyreon (ONTY), down over 54% after its lung cancer drug missed its endpoint in a study. Also lower were shares of Blyth (BTH), which rose early in the session but then reversed to be down 9% near midday after increasing its ownership in ViSalus to more than 80%... INDICES: In early afternoon trading, the Dow was down 22.33, or 0.17%, to 13,328.63; the Nasdaq was up 4.39, or 0.14%, to 3,058.92; and the S&P 500 was down 1.40, or 0.10%, to 1,445.39.
News For GM;FDX;ORCL;ATU;NAV;GIS;ALTE;MKL;SWHC;RGR;ONTY;BTH From The Last 14 Days
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March 17, 2015
17:24 EDTORCLOracle says growing faster than Salesforce.com
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17:18 EDTORCLOracle sees Q4 EPS in constant currency 90c-96c, consensus 94c
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17:06 EDTORCLOracle up 3.38% after reporting Q3 financial results
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17:05 EDTORCLOracle Q3 Software and Cloud revenue up 7% in constant currency
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16:09 EDTORCLOracle says total Cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS revenues were up 33%
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16:05 EDTORCLOracle raises quarterly dividend 25% to 15c per share
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16:03 EDTORCLOracle says Q3 Software and Cloud revenues up 1% to $7.2B
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q3 EPS 68c, consensus 68c
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15:25 EDTGISGeneral Mills technical notes before results
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15:18 EDTGIS, ATU, FDXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:18 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 68c... Adobe (ADBE), consensus 39c.
15:03 EDTORCLWipro takes minority stake in Drivestream
Wipro (WIT) and Drivestream announced that they have signed an agreement to enter into a strategic partnership to build an integrated Cloud Solutions stack for customers. As part of this arrangement, Wipro is investing $5M in Drivestream, a leading Oracle (ORCL) cloud applications systems integrator. This is part of Wipro’s strategic drive to actively participate in the external innovation eco-system, for which the company has set up Wipro Ventures, a $100M fund focused on investing in disruptive start-ups.
14:57 EDTGISGeneral Mills March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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14:38 EDTFDXFedEx technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have been trading in a range largely bound by $170 at the low and $180 at the high since December of last year. So well-defined is the range that the 50-day moving average has gone flat, neatly bisecting the range at $174.63. These bounds may help us better understand where the shares may move following results. A breakout above $180 on strong news or outlook would resolve this range bullishly. The life high at $183.51 would very likely be tested, opening up a run to the $185 to $190 area. When ranges resolve, they tend to exhibit strong price reactions which could easily exceed the reaction expected by straddle pricing. On neutral news, the stock may fall near the 50-day moving average. If the news is a bearish surprise, we could expect the low of the range to be tested at the $170 area. It would take a break below that range low to turn the trend to bearish. Next support in that event would be at $167.62.
14:28 EDTFDXFedEx March 177 straddle priced for 3.6% movement into Q3
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14:13 EDTGMMorgan Stanley questions GM capital allocation plan
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13:15 EDTORCLOracle March 43.5 straddle priced for 5.1% movement into Q3
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08:34 EDTFDXFedEx March volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:05 EDTGMGeneral Motors coverage resumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley reinstated General Motors with an Underweight and $28 price target. The firm believes GM's agreement to accelerate capital returns to investors is a popular short-term decision but raises questions longer-term by increasing both financial and strategic risks.
06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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