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July 17, 2014
15:26 EDTATHN, STX, COF, GOOGL, SWKS, SYK, SLB, GOOG, CE, AMD, IBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Google (GOOG, GOOGL), consensus $6.24; IBM (IBM), consensus $4.29; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.36; Capital One Financial (COF), consensus $1.82; AMD (AMD), consensus 3c; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.08; Seagate Technology (STX), consensus $1.10; Celanese (CE), consensus $1.24; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus 80c; athenahealth (ATHN), consensus 22c.
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November 16, 2015
09:33 EDTGOOG, GOOGLeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:02 EDTSWKSPMC-Sierra reiterates commitment to Skyworks transaction
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07:50 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTGOOG, GOOGLYandex extends Google antitrust battle to EU, Bloomberg reports
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05:42 EDTIBMXilinx, IBM announce strategic collaboration
IBM (IBM), and Xilinx (XLNX) announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to enable higher performance and energy-efficient data center applications through Xilinx FPGA-enabled workload acceleration on IBM POWER-based systems. IBM and Xilinx, through a private signed agreement and collaboration through the OpenPOWER Foundation, are teaming to develop open acceleration infrastructures, software and middleware to address emerging applications such as machine learning, network functions virtualization, or NFV, genomics, high performance computing, or HPC, and big data analytics. As part of the IBM and Xilinx strategic collaboration, IBM Systems Group developers will create solution stacks for POWER-based servers, storage and middleware systems with Xilinx FPGA accelerators for data center architectures such as OpenStack, Docker, and Spark. IBM will also develop and qualify Xilinx accelerator boards into IBM Power Systems servers. Xilinx is developing and will release POWER-based versions of its leading software defined SDAccel Development Environment and libraries for the OpenPOWER developer community. Additionally, IBM and Xilinx will continue to further utilize IBM's innovative Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, or CAPI, to deliver accelerated computing value to its clients. CAPI, a unique feature built into the POWER architecture, provides Xilinx and the technology industry at large with the ability to build tightly integrated, coherent solutions right on top of the POWER architecture.
November 13, 2015
11:57 EDTGOOGL, GOOGGoogle rolls out Chrome beta for iOS, 9to5Mac reports
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10:00 EDTSYKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) downgraded after Q3 miss at Sterne Agee CRT... CafePress (PRSS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... (CTRP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CubeSmart (CUBE) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Digital Ally (DGLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded on stock outperformance at Raymond James... Fly Leasing (FLY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GameStop (GME) downgraded on valuation, digital impact at Pacific Crest... Histogenics (HSGX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... MaxPoint (MXPT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Rite Aid (RAD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rubicon Minerals (RBY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Sensata (ST) downgraded at SunTrust... Stryker (SYK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:27 EDTSYKStryker downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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06:24 EDTSYKMedtronic upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst David Roman upgraded Medtronic (MDT) to Conviction Buy saying the stock's risk/reward is compelling at current levels. The company's fundamentals are the strongest in nearly a decade amid improving end-markets, new product launches and financial flexibility, Roman tells investors in a research note. He raised his price target for shares to $90 from $87. Roman removed Stryker (SYK) from the Conviction List and also downgraded Abbott (ABT) to Neutral.
06:04 EDTCECelanese sees adjusted EPS of $8.00-$8.50 by 2018
The company expects to generate $2.5B in free cash flow from 2016-2018. It also expects to generate annual synergies that range from $125M-$150M, while constant focus on productivity initiatives is expected to generate $50M-$100M in net productivity savings annually. Celanese will continue to increase its cash dividend, which has grown 50% compounded annually since 2010, and will continue to repurchase shares under the recently announced $1B share repurchase program. The company will outline in more detail the growth objectives and capital allocation plans at its Investor Day.
November 12, 2015
18:58 EDTGOOGT-Mobile in preliminary talks to include YouTube in 'Binge On' service, WSJ says
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16:41 EDTSTXSeagate announces formation of Seagate Government Solutions
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13:24 EDTGOOG, GOOGLEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 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 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
12:38 EDTGOOGYouTube launches Music app
YouTube has launched the YouTube Music app for iOS and Android. In a blog post, the company commented, YouTube is offering a free 14-day trial of premium mode. "No matter where you start in the app, the music will never stop. Every song you play or artist you choose will take you on an endless journey through YouTube's music catalog. A simple tap and you're on your way, enjoying your favorite music and discovering new artists effortlessly. The home tab will recommend tracks just for you and create personalized stations based on your tastes." Reference Link
11:34 EDTCECelanese to host investor day
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10:00 EDTSYKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Accuray (ARAY) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Becton Dickinson (BDX) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Bruker (BRKR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... C.R. Bard (BCR) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Cepheid (CPHD) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... CorMedix (CRMD) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... CoreSite Realty (COR) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Digital Realty (DLR) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... DuPont Fabros (DFT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Duke Realty (DRE) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Electronic Arts (EA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... EyeGate (EYEG) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Glu Mobile (GLUU) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Integra LifeSciences (IART) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Medgenics (MDGN) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Novocure (NVCR) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Prologis (PLD) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... QIAGEN (QGEN) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... STAG Industrial (STAG) initiated with an Underweight at BB&T... Stryker (SYK) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Tremor Video (TRMR) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... VOXX (VOXX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Varian Medical (VAR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... YuMe (YUME) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) initiated with a Sell at Citi.
09:19 EDTGOOG, GOOGLPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
06:23 EDTSYKZimmer Biomet initiated with a Sell at Citi
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06:22 EDTSYKStryker initiated with a Sell at Citi
Citi analyst Amit Hazan started shares of Stryker (SYK) with a Sell rating and $88 price target. The analyst expects a slowdown in orthopedics and has a bearish view of the company's MAKO acquisition. Hazan sees downward revisions to consensus expectations. He also initiated Zimmer Biomet (ZBH) with a Sell rating.
05:40 EDTIBMIBM, HCL Technologies announce strategic partnership
IBM and HCL Technologies announced a strategic partnership to jointly build hybrid cloud solutions to help enterprises drive their digital transformations. HCL will use Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform to build applications and solutions in the areas of Unified Service Management and Internet of Things. HCL will also use IBM Cloud's Infrastructure as a Service, SoftLayer, to offer cloud-based solutions to its clients.
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