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August 22, 2014
16:20 EDTHPQ, KRFT, RAX, GMCR, NSROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in negative territory as investors hoped the market would extend its recent gains. The early weakness was attributed to reports that a Russian humanitarian convoy crossed the Ukraine border without permission, sparking concerns of a possible clash between the countries. The market had little else to focus on as the economic calendar was quiet. The averages moved in a narrow range throughout the session and was mixed most of the day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow and S&P trailing behind. With the market on track for its best monthly performance since February, investors chose to play it cautious ahead of the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech on labor markets in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The speech was fairly neutral and very "two-handed" in terms of the policy course. She said there's no "simple recipe for appropriate policy." She indicated the economy is improving and the FOMC now is questioning the degree of slack in the economy, adding that assessing the latter has become more difficult. COMPANY NEWS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) and Kraft Foods (KRFT) announced a multi-year licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreement for Kraft’s branded coffees in Keurig portion pack formats compatible with Keurig consumer and commercial brewing systems in the U.S. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Green Mountan closed up over 13%. MAJOR MOVERS: Neustar (NSR) closed up more than 2% after Reuters reported the company was mulling a sale amid private equity interest... Rackspace (RAX) closed up 1.6% despite a Re/code report that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was not interested in acquiring the company. INDEXES: The Dow closed down 38.27, or 0.22%, to 17,001.22; the Nasdaq closed up 6.45, or 0.14%, to 4,538.55; and the S&P 500 closed down 3.96, or 0.2%, to 1,988.41.
News For GMCR;KRFT;NSR;RAX;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
06:48 EDTRAXRackspace coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
Target $56.
December 18, 2014
08:41 EDTKRFTKraft Foods CEO Vernon to retire, Cahill to be Chairman and CEO
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December 17, 2014
10:14 EDTHPQHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
06:20 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $46 from $40 at Citigroup
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December 16, 2014
11:31 EDTRAXRackspace looks to reduce reliance on Intel chips, Bloomberg says
Rackspace Hosting (RAX), which has been testing server computers based on IBM (IBM) Power chip designs, is looking to reduce its reliance on Intel (INTC) chips as it shifting to some server computers based on modified International Business Machine processors, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
December 15, 2014
11:31 EDTHPQHP, NYC Comptroller reach $10.6M settlement to resolve ECTP dispute
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10:05 EDTHPQHP participates in a conference call with Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer hosts Antonio Neri, Senior Vice President & General Manager-Enterprise Group, who discusses HP convergence, servers and networking on a conference call to be held on December 15 at 11 am.
06:38 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain transferring coffee buying to Switzerland, Reuters says
Keurig Green Mountain is moving a majority of its U.S. coffee buying operations to Switzerland, emulating its competitors, according to Reuters. The move will make the company "a global beverage player," Reuters quoted a Green Mountain spokeswoman as saying. Reference Link
December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:10 EDTRAXRackspace downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson
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07:23 EDTKRFTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTHPQHP reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $47.
December 11, 2014
14:55 EDTRAXRackspace management to meet with William Blair
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09:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces expanded agreement with Caribou Coffee
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07:51 EDTKRFTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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07:34 EDTRAXBarclays to hold a bus tour
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December 10, 2014
11:41 EDTGMCRGreen Mountain Coffee December calls active
Green Mountain Coffee December weekly 140 calls are active on total call volume of 2,200 contracts, compared to its open interest of 395 contracts. December weekly call option implied volatility is at 57, December is at 37, January is at 32, March is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement
08:25 EDTHPQHP capital return potential makes valuation attractive, says Brean Capital
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December 8, 2014
07:28 EDTHPQFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 7, 2014
15:53 EDTHPQHP shares could gain 15%, Barron's says
HP shares could gain 15% to $45.00 per share as the company splits its enterprise business from PCs and printer business, by next October, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link

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