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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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December 10, 2014
08:27 EDTDDDuPont to sell DuPont Performance Polymers to Denka Performance Elastomer
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08:16 EDTIBMBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
08:04 EDTGEGE Energy Financial Services, Pacifico to build second joint solar project
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07:56 EDTDDUBS to hold a conference
Agriculture Investor Day is being held in Chicago on December 10.
07:40 EDTDDBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2014 U.S. Basic Materials Conference is being held in Boston on December 10-11.
07:39 EDTADSBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:57 EDTGSGoldman Sachs downgraded at Susquehanna
As previously reported, Susquehanna downgraded Goldman Sachs to Neutral from Positive. The firm downgraded shares based on full valuation and expectations the fall in energy prices will weigh on high yield and loan volumes into 2015, and pressure the debt portion of investing and lending in the secondary markets. Price target lowered to $200 from $218.
06:32 EDTGSGoldman Sachs downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTMS, GSFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTGS, MSFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:22 EDTAETAetna updates clinical policy for H.P. Acthar Gel
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06:25 EDTMUMicron attempt to renegotiate supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Street View in Dubai
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06:00 EDTGOOGSalesforce.com names YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to board
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December 8, 2014
11:55 EDTGSGoldman Sachs ordered to pay $7.6M in wrongful discharge claim
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10:00 EDTPMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:10 EDTPMPhilip Morris downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura
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07:36 EDTMUMicron December volatility of 31 at low end of historic range
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06:35 EDTGS, MSValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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