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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTAET, BHI, UNH, GE, IBM, MU, PM, DD, AXP, GOOG, WLP, ADS, MS, GS, SNDKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed but near the flat-line at midday as investors sifted through a barrage of earnings reports from some of the world's biggest companies. Stock futures were pointing to a lower open in the early hours of the morning following last night's misses by two of the biggest names in tech. However, the futures moved off their lows as some other corporate giants reported better than expected earnings and weekly jobless claims also positively surprised, though the broader market opened slightly lower. The averages have managed to pare their losses throughout the morning and turn mixed. The market is on track to have it best weekly performance since last year if it can hold near current levels into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims edged up 2K to 304K in the week ended April 12, though that was below the consensus 315K forecast of economists. The Philly Fed manufacturing index climbed to 16.6, beating expectations for a more modest uptick to 10.0. COMPANY NEWS: Two of the biggest names in technology, Google (GOOG) and IBM (IBM), both reported revenue that missed expectations last night, which weighed on both of their stocks. Google, which also missed expectations for earnings per share, slid over 4% near noon, while shares of IBM were down over 3%... In addition to IBM, five other Dow components reported on their just ended quarters: General Electric (GE), which rose over 2%, UnitedHealth (UNH), which declined more than 3.5%, American Express (AXP), which slid about 2%, DuPont (DD), which fell 1%, and Goldman Sachs (GS), whose shares were little changed near midday... Among the many other companies that reported after last night's closing bell and this morning's open, Baker Hughes (BHI) and Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced, while Phillip Morris International (PM) and Alliance Data Systems (ADS) declined. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SanDisk (SNDK), which advanced 10% after the company's quarterly results topped analysts' consensus estimates and the company raised its adjusted gross margin outlook. SanDisk peer Micron (MU), which issued its own quarterly report two weeks ago today, also rose 5%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of health insurers following the quarterly report from UnitedHealth, which is the largest company in the sector. Shares of peer WellPoint (WLP) slid almost 4%, while Aetna (AET) fell 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 7.07, or 0.04%, to 16,417.78, the Nasdaq was up 8.54, or 0.21%, to 4,094.76, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.12%, to 1,864.51.
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November 11, 2014
07:06 EDTGSMarkit Genpact KYC Services registers 600+ firms, appoints CEO
Markit Genpact KYC Services, the joint venture from Markit Ltd. (MRKT) and Genpact Ltd. (G) announced that more than 600 buyside firms and corporations are registered for its centralized service to streamline the management of know your customer information required by banks. Markit Genpact KYC Services also announced the appointment of Jon May as CEO. He joins Markit Genpact KYC Services from Goldman Sachs (GS) where he was a managing director and global head of client onboarding as well as head of Securities Operations and Operations Data Quality Management in India. Jon May will join Markit Genpact KYC Services in January 2015, based in London.
November 10, 2014
15:55 EDTSNDKNeedham to hold a conference
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15:53 EDTWLPCredit Suisse to hold a conference
Healthcare Conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on November 10-13 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 11 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
15:51 EDTDDMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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15:43 EDTBHIAmerican Petroleum Institute to hold a conference
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15:17 EDTAXPCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
15:16 EDTMUMicron to increase Japan investment to up DRAM output, Nikkei says
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15:07 EDTAXPRegulators may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, DJ says
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12:45 EDTGOOGFullscreen to acquire Rooster Teeth, terms not disclosed, Reuters reports
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12:07 EDTDDUSDA lowers corn production forecast by 68M bushels
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10:28 EDTIBMIBM announces collaboration with with NVIDIA and Julich Supercomputing
IBM (IBM), in collaboration with NVIDIA (NVDA), and the Julich Supercomputing Center, part of the largest research center in Germany, announced plans for a new competency center to advance the creation and optimization of research applications on GPU-accelerated OpenPOWER compatible systems.
10:06 EDTAETAetna selected for new Louisiana Medicaid contract
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, an Aetna health plan established to administer managed Medicaid services in Louisiana, has been selected by the State Department of Health & Hospitals to provide access to health care for eligible Louisianans. The three-year contract is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 2015.
08:46 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $99 from $90 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Aetna shares to $99 after meeting with management and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. The firm believes Aetna's 2015 earnings growth can top the consensus of 10%.
07:34 EDTWLPWellPoint has strong momentum heading into 2015, says UBS
UBS said WellPoint has strong momentum across all business segments heading into 2015. The firm expects the company's national account business to grow and sees the company having earnings power from the public exchanges, Medicare, and Medicaid. UBS reiterates its Buy rating on WellPoint and raised its price target to $150 from $144.
07:23 EDTSNDKRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTIBMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTGOOGOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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06:46 EDTMS, GSRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:30 EDTGEGlobal LED lighting market ste to rach $25.7B in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:04 EDTGOOGGoogle's same-day delivery head leaves for Uber, Re/code reports
The head of Google Express' same-day delivery service, Tom Fallows, has left the company to join Uber, Re/code reported on Friday, citing sources. Reference Link
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