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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTWLP, ADS, MS, GS, SNDK, AET, BHI, UNH, GE, IBM, MU, PM, DD, AXP, GOOGOn 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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January 26, 2016
09:20 EDTGEGE signs EUR40M agreement with PGE to modernize Polish power plant
GE's Power Services business announced it has secured orders valued approximately at EUR40M with PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. to upgrade generator and steam turbine assets at the Turow Power Plant. The upgrades will result in a combined 45-megawatt output increase, which is the equivalent of powering about 130,000 Polish households. Under the terms of the agreement with PGE GiEK S.A., GE will upgrade three 50WT20H-100 generators and three 13CK230 steam turbines to extend equipment lifetime by at least 150,000 hours-about 20 years-and increase the availability of the turbosets to 97 percent in the first year of operation and above 98 percent in the next year. The upgrade is expected to increase power output by 45 MW and improve power plant efficiency by approximately 1.4 percent. The upgrade of the generator rotors and the manufacturing of new rods will take place in GE's generator factory in Wroclaw, Poland. The steam turbine upgrade includes the delivery of new HP, IP and LP turbine inner modules, which will be manufactured in GE's turbine factory in Elblag, Poland. The upgrade is scheduled to begin with the shutdown of the first unit in April 2017, and the commissioning of the last unit is scheduled for January 2020.
08:36 EDTAXPTwitter CEO Dorsey confirms Leslie Berland as CMO
Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet that Leslie Berland, an executive VP at American Express (AXP), will join the company as its new Chief Marketing Officer. Reference Link
08:29 EDTDDDuPont sees Agriculture Q1 sales down about 10%
In Agriculture, DuPont sees Q1 sales down about 10%, as local price gains are more than offset by lower crop protection and soybean volumes and currency; volumes will be more challenged in the first quarter due to the strong start in North America corn seed which benefited the fourth quarter of 2015. Sees Q1 segment operating earnings down low-twenty percent as local price gains are more than offset by lower volumes and currency. For full year, sees Agriculture sales down mid-single digits percent, as local price gains are more than offset by currency and lower crop protection and soybean volumes, with operating earnings about flat as local price gains and cost reductions and productivity are offset by currency and lower volumes; Sees FY Agriculture operating earnings up about 10% excluding currency.
08:26 EDTGOOGTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
08:26 EDTDDDuPont sees Q1 Performance Materials sales down high-single digits
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08:24 EDTDDDuPont sees Q1 Safety & Protection sales down in the mid teens percent
For Safety & Protection, DuPont sees Q1 sales to decline in the mid teens percent vs. prior year, with operating earnings down high teens percent, reflecting cost reductions and continued productivity more than offset by the impact of lower sales and currency. Sees full year segment sales down by the low single digits percent, with volume growth offset by currency, and operating earnings up mid teens percent.
08:22 EDTDDDuPont sees Q1 Electronics & Communications sales down mid-teens percent
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08:20 EDTDDDuPont sees Q1 Nutrition & Health sales down low-single digits
For Nutrition & Health segment, DuPont sees Q1 sales down low-single digits percent as volume growth is more than offset by the negative impact of currency. Sees Q1 operating earnings for the segment up low-single digits percent, as cost reductions and continued productivity more than offset the impact of currency. Sees Nutrition & Health segment full year sales down low-single digits percent, as volume growth is more than offset by the negative impact of currency. Sees full year operating earnings for the segment up high-teens percent, as cost reductions and continued productivity more than offset the impact of currency.
08:17 EDTDDDuPont sees Industrial Biosciences sales growth in low single digits in Q1
For Industrial Biosciences, DuPont sees modest volume growth in bioactives to be offset by unfavorable currency, resulting in sales growth in the low single digits percent vs. last year. Sees Q1 Industrial Biosciences operating earnings down by the mid single digit percent as cost reductions and continued productivity are expected to be more than offset by higher input costs and currency. For the full year in Industrial Biosciences, DuPont sees sales up low single digits on stronger volume and price, partly offset by currency. Sees segment operating earnings flat, with cost reductions offset by higher product costs and currency.
08:00 EDTBHIHalliburton weakness a buying opportunity for long-term investors, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Halliburton (HAL) is a buying opportunity with or without Baker Hughes (BHI) as an acquisition. The firm believes the company offers the highest quality play on a recovery in North American oil prices. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on Halliburton shares.
07:51 EDTGOOGStreet still underestimates Alphabet's outlook, says Bernstein
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07:48 EDTDDDuPont repeats call for Dow Chemical merger to close in second half of 2016
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07:44 EDTGOOGStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
07:22 EDTDDDuPont sees $1.3B cash used for normal dividends, $2B for repurchases in 2016
Among its expected uses of cash for 2016, DuPont lists $1.3B for normal dividends, $2B for its share repurchase program, to be use during 2nd half 2016 open trading windows, and capex spend estimated to be $1.1B. In 2016, DuPont assumes global GDP growth of 2%, industrial production growth of 2% and for the U.S. dollar to be stronger against most currencies. Guidance from slides for Q4 earnings call presentation.
06:22 EDTDDDuPont sees FY16 operating EPS $2.95-$3.10, consensus $3.15
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06:22 EDTDDDuPont says actions for 2016 cost savings plan underway
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06:21 EDTDDDuPont says cost reductions from operational redesign contributed 10c to Q4
Cost reductions from operational redesign contributed an incremental $0.10 per share to fourth-quarter operating earnings.
06:20 EDTDDDuPont reports Q4 operating EPS 27c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $5.3B, consensus $5.39B.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle tax avoidance deal reignites controversy, FT reports
The U.K. government is distancing itself from George Osborne's belief taht the tax deal with Google was "a major success," the Financial Times reports. Google's deal to pay GBP130M in back taxes to the U.K. government has brought back a controversy that made fixing tax avoidance the top priority three years ago, the report says. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman declines to repeat Osborne's claim that the deal was a "success" and a "victory," the report says. Reference Link
05:15 EDTAXPStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AXP INTC
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; American Express (AXP) 28, Intel (INTC) 27 according to iVolatility.
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