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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTGOOG, AET, MU, ADS, BHI, PM, MS, UNH, DD, GS, GE, AXP, SNDK, IBM, WLPOn 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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August 7, 2014
06:13 EDTGOOGGoogle to boost encrypted websites in rankings
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06:04 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 19, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
05:41 EDTAETAetna downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Aetna to Neutral citing less favorable sector trends. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $88 from $91.
05:40 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded UnitedHealth to Buy saying it sees better opportunities elsewhere within healthcare given its expectations for a stronger utilization environment. The firm dropped its price target for shares to $91 from $96.
August 6, 2014
15:39 EDTGOOGYouTube buys mobile-video startup Directr
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14:44 EDTGEGeneral Electric breaks downtrend resistance, levels to watch
The shares have been trending down since hitting a recent peak of price in June. Today's move up, over 1.8% at time of writing to $25,57, has broken downtrend resistance. That puts the shares just a tick over the 10-day moving average which is a good proxy for a hand-drawn resistance line. A close back below the 10-day would leave the current bearish picture for the stock unchanged. Next resistance is at $25.94. Support below the 10-day is at $25.27. Bernstein earlier upgraded the shares to Outperform with at $33 price target.
13:04 EDTGOOGGoogle acquires mobile messaging application Emu
Google has acquired Emu, Emu announced on its website. "As of August 25, we’ll be shutting down the Emu app. It will no longer be available in the App Store, and existing users won’t be able to send, receive, or download messages." Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
10:08 EDTMUMicron nears important test of support, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTGEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:20 EDTGS, MSFed, FDIC tell big banks to revise 'living will' plans
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07:49 EDTGOOGcomScore price target raised to $44 from $40 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on comScore (SCOR) to $44 from $40 as they believe the company is well positioned for an acceleration in fundamentals. The firm expects its recent years of investment to impact their online business as the integration of Yahoo (YHOO) vCE is up and running and Google (GOOG) is expected to be completed by the end of Q3, leading to an acceleration of top line growth. Brean maintains its Buy rating on comScore.
06:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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06:30 EDTGSDeutsche Bank, Goldman near agreement for NBG unit, Bloomberg says
The private-equity arms of Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) are close to finalizing a deal to purchase the buyout division of National Bank of Greece (NBG) for close to $506M, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
06:27 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says continuing to respond to subpoenas, requests for information
Morgan Stanley said in a filing that it is continuing to respond to subpoenas and requests for information from certain federal and state regulatory and governmental entities, including among others various members of the RMBS Working Group of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, concerning the origination, financing, purchase, securitization and servicing of subprime and non-subprime residential mortgages and related matters such as residential mortgages backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, structured investment vehicles and credit default swaps backed by or referencing mortgage pass through certificates. These matters include, but are not limited to, investigations related to the company’s due diligence on loans that it purchased for securitization, the company’s communications with ratings agencies, the company’s disclosures to investors, and the Company’s handling of servicing and foreclosure related issues. On May 8, the California Attorney General’s Office, which is one of the members of the RMBS Working Group, indicated that it has made certain preliminary conclusions that the Company made knowing and material misrepresentations regarding RMBS and that it knowingly caused material misrepresentations to be made regarding the Cheyne SIV, which issued securities marketed to the California Public Employees Retirement System. The CAAG has further indicated that it believes the company’s conduct violated California law and that it may seek treble damages, penalties and injunctive relief. The company does not agree with these conclusions and has presented defenses to them to the CAAG. On July 23, the U.S. SEC approved the company’s Offer of Settlement to resolve the SEC’s investigation of certain subprime RMBS transactions sponsored and underwritten by the company in 2007. Pursuant to the settlement, the company was charged with violating Sections 17(a)(2) and 17(a)(3) of the Securities Act, agreed to pay disgorgement and penalties in an amount of $275M and neither admitted nor denied the SEC’s findings.
06:25 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says added $53M to legal costs in Q2, cutting EPS by 2c
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06:23 EDTMSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a seminar
Compliance & Legal Society Regional Seminar to be held in San Francisco on August 6.
06:21 EDTUNHPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
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06:19 EDTMSCFA Society of Minnesota to hold a conference
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06:17 EDTGOOGAlibaba courting Nokia employees on website, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 19, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
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