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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTDD, AXP, GOOG, WLP, ADS, MS, GS, SNDK, AET, BHI, UNH, GE, IBM, MU, PMOn 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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15:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric March calls active
General Electric March call option implied volatility is at 19, April and May is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
14:24 EDTDDDuPont near session low, levels to watch
The shares were downgraded earlier at BofA/Merrill to Underperform, but the firm maintained its $76 price target. At the current price of $77.35 the stock is at the low of its price channel, but has not breached. Support below current price is at $75.52, the 50-day moving average. Resistance is at $78.08.
14:13 EDTGOOGApple to offer Android users rebates to switch to iPhones, 9to5Mac says
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13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:56 EDTIBMIBM protest of Army contract an incremental negative for CACI, says Maxim
According to a Washington Technology article, IBM (IBM) successfully protested a $158M Army-payroll contract awarded to CACI (CACI). Maxim expects the contract to be re-evaluated and for CACI to still prevail and win, but the revenue ramp will take longer than previously anticipated. The firm rates CACI a Buy with a $101 price target.
12:54 EDTIBMContract awarded to CACI protested by IBM, Washington Technology reports
A $158M Army payroll and personnel contract that was awarded to CACI (CACI) has been successfully protested by IBM (IBM) and the contract has been dismissed, Washington Technology reports. Reference Link
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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12:01 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports February net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.4% last month
Reports February 30 days past due loans 1.0% vs. 1.0% last month.
11:58 EDTDDDuPont retreats after Bank of America two notch downgrade to sell
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10:28 EDTGEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTDDPeltz says open to discussing 'realistic settlement' with DuPont
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09:22 EDTDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTMUMicron pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates on Micron to reflect near-term PC DRAM weakness, but the firm expects pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, driven by seasonal PC build, higher mobile content and a DDR4 upgrade cycle. The firm thinks the company will have a number of positive catalysts in 2016, and it keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:19 EDTGEGE announces $100M in new programs in Saudi Arabia
GE announced $100M in new programs that will further the company’s localization efforts, build innovation capacity, and create jobs in advanced manufacturing and software analytics in Saudi Arabia. This new investment adds to GE’s $1B commitment over the past three years in the Kingdom, and aligns the company with the country’s Vision 2024 and Ninth Development Plan to diversify the economy, drive industrialization and manufacturing, and build the next-generation of human capital skill-sets in materials and data science.
07:38 EDTDDDuPont downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:37 EDTADSAlliance Data reports February average receivables up 33% to $10.6B
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06:44 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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March 15, 2015
16:14 EDTIBMBlackBerry collaborates with IBM, Samsung on SecuTABLET
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12:41 EDTGEGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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