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February 16, 2012
12:22 EDTNILE, AMZN, AEA, TRW, HDY, ITRI, NTAP, SJM, GMOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, following some encouraging domestic economic data. The futures began the day below fair value and the market looked as if the selling would continue from yesterday. The futures moved off their lows but still closed in negative territory, even after better than expected data on jobless claims and housing start. The market opened flat but began to drift higher. The averages continued their upward momentum following the better than expected Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing report. The averages now stand at session highs in what has been a slow, methodical recapture of almost all of yesterday’s losses... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 348,000 weekly initial jobless claims were reported, which was below the expected 365,000. The producer price index for January inched up 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.4%. However, "core" PPI, minus food and energy, rose 0.4%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. There were 699,000 housing starts versus the expected 675,000, and 676,000 building permits versus the expected 680,000. The Philadelphia Manufacturing Index was released with a reading of 10.2, beating the expected reading of 9.0. Also of note but largely ignored in today's trading, last night Moody's warned that it may lower the credit ratings of 17 global and 114 European financial institutions, citing the ongoing euro zone debt crisis... MARKET NEWS: Sales and profits at General Motors (GM) missed estimates, as its strong U.S. performance was weighed on by losses in Europe and South America. Still, shares advanced over 6%, as the company expressed confidence in its ability to increase top-line revenue this year... Among others reporting earnings, NetApp (NTAP) and TRW Automotive (TRW) advanced, while Avis Budget (CAR) and Blue Nile (NILE) declined... Amazon.com (AMZN) traded lower following a downgrade at Morgan Stanley... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Itron (ITRI), after receiving at least three upgrades following its earnings, guidance, and acquisition news, and Advance America (AEA), on news it will be acquired by Grupo Elektra for $10.50 per share. Noteworthy losers included J.M. Smucker (SJM), following its weaker than expected results and cautious comments, and Hyperdynamics (HDY), after saying a well offshore Guinea may have had larger volumes of oil previously but the oil reserves formerly present may have since leaked out... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 103.46, or 0.81%, to 12,884.41; the Nasdaq was up 26.56, or 0.91%, to 2,942.39; and the S&P 500 was up 10.65, or 0.79%, to 1,353.88.
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August 20, 2015
06:51 EDTNTAPNetApp product growth still a concern, says Piper Jaffray
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06:05 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to open data support center in London, Financial Times says
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05:56 EDTAMZNGoogle Express to shut down two California delivery hubs, Re/code says
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05:55 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NTAP ATML
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August 19, 2015
18:34 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:08 EDTNTAPNetApp advances after Q1 results and current quarter guidance top estimates
Share of computer data software and systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after reporting first quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations and provided better than expected guidance for the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: NetApp reported Q1 profit and revenue that surpassed analysts' average estimates. The company reported Q1 earnings per share of 29c on revenue of $1.34B. Analysts were expecting EPS of 23c on revenue of $1.32B. Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects to report EPS of 55c-60c on revenue of $1.4B-$1.5B. Consensus estimates for Q2 were 46c for EPS and $1.39B for revenue at the time of the report. NetApp CEO George Kurian said, "The IT industry as a whole is going through fundamental change as enterprises transform themselves with digital capabilities. Data is at the heart of these transformations and where NetApp has a profoundly important role to play with our differentiated vision for data management." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's Q1 earnings call, the CEO noted the transformation of IT environments. Customers are reducing their spend on traditional storage "which has put pressure on our ONTAP 7 mode business," Kurian noted. The CEO also pointed out that customers are slowing investment in the capacity expansion of their traditional storage environments. These dynamics put pressure on product revenue despite strong growth in other parts of the business, the CEO said. NetApp sees fiscal year 2016 revenue to be lower by 5% year-over-year as FX headwinds continue along with limited top line predictability. ANALYST TAKE: On August 17, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded NetApp to Sell, saying dynamics in the storage industry as well as the company's Cluster ONTAP product transition will make revenue growth "elusive in the near-term." Weaker storage spending and continued problems with getting customers to upgrade to Cluster ONTAP could drive consensus estimates lower from current levels, Nandury told investors in a research note. PRICE ACTION: Shares of NetApp are up 6.75% in after-hours trading, but off their earlier after-hours high.
17:44 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY16 revenue to down about 5%
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16:05 EDTNTAPNetApp spikes over 15% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:03 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q2 EPS 55c-60c, consensus 46c
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16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q1 EPS 29c, consensus 23c
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15:53 EDTNTAPNetApp August 29.5 straddle priced for 5.3% movement into Q1
14:48 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include L Brands (LB), consensus 68c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 23c... Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 59c... Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 44c... Semtech (SMTC), consensus 24c.
14:16 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:35 EDTGMGM investing C$12M for added Chevrolet Equinox production at Oshawa Assembly
GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced that GM will invest C$12M to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017. GM has invested approximately C$800M in its Oshawa and St. Catharines operations over the past 3 years and recently announced a further $800M investment in its CAMI operation in Ingersoll, Ontario.
13:30 EDTNTAPOptions with increasing put volume;
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12:53 EDTNTAPEarnings Watch: Analysts mostly bearish on NetApp ahead of Q1 earnings
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10:00 EDTSJMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:03 EDTITRIItron management to meet with Needham
Meetings to be held in the Midwest August 25-26 hosted by Needham.
07:42 EDTAMZNPhoenix Amazon warehouse evacuated due to chemical leak, ABC15 says
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06:29 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker upgraded to Outperform on sales growth progress at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded J.M. Smucker to Outperform and increased its price target to $126 from $112. The firm said the latest Nielsen data indicates sales growth has turned with notable progress in coffee and pet food. Additionally, Credit Suisse believes management is about to introduce a more aggressive cost savings target for the Big Heart integration and expects shares to narrow the valuation gap versus peers as revenue growth and market share improves.
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