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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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September 29, 2015
13:00 EDTGOOGGoogle Nexus 5X available for preorder Tuesday at $379
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12:52 EDTGOOGAndroid Marshmallow to improve battery life up to 30%
Google provided additional detail on its Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system during its 2015 Nexus event. Marshmallow features intuitive app learning, and will, for example, learn which apps users tend to launch at certain times of the day. The operating system will feature fewer preloaded apps, and more than 25% of the preinstalled apps can be uninstalled. Marshmallow will also include Now On Tap, allowing users to pull up additional information and perform in-app Google searches by performing a long button press. Phones running on Android M, or Marshmallow, can also take advantage of "Doze," a low-power mode detects when a device isn't in use to offer up to 30% improved battery life. The operating system rolls out next week to Nexus devices.
12:33 EDTGOOGGoogle announces Nexus 5X smartphone
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12:29 EDTGOOGGoogle announces Nexus 6P smartphone
The Nexus 6P features an all-metal body and a 5.7-inch AMOLED display. The phone is manufactured in cooperation with Huawei, and includes a USB-C port that can charge the device twice as fast as an Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 Plus, according to Google (GOOG). The 6P uses a 12.3 megapixel rear-facing Sony (SNE) camera, as well as a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone also includes Nexus Imprint, an advanced fingerprint authentication technology. Google executives are speaking at the company's Nexus 2015 event.
12:28 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility at 52-week high
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11:26 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU TSLA
Micron (MU) January 17 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 55, Tesla (TSLA) December 280 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 44 according to iVolatility.
11:23 EDTGOOGNeuroMetrix launches Android app for Quell
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11:05 EDTGOOGComcast launches video platform Watchable, Business Insider reports
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10:50 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a webcast
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10:49 EDTGEGE Aviation, Qantas Group sign strategic flight efficiency services agreement
The Qantas Group and GE Aviation have signed a comprehensive agreement for GE's Flight Efficiency Services, which will help Qantas and Jetstar increase operational flexibility and fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by drawing on GE's industry-leading navigation services, data and analytics expertise. The agreement includes flight efficiency and Flight Operations Quality Assurance analytics, as well as renewal of a long-standing relationship for the supply of Required Navigation Performance procedures across many airports in the Qantas network. Qantas and GE will collaborate on specific initiatives to support the transformation strategy such as flight crew awareness, procedure compliance, operational insights and airspace utilization improvements. GE's support will include access to its full suite of analytical tools as well as process improvement, six sigma, change management and other domain expertise.
10:36 EDTGOOGGoogle to hold annual autumn event
The company holds an event where it is expected to unveil its new Nexus smartphones, a Nexus 5X and 6P, as well as update its Chromecast range and Android Marshmallow, the new version of its operating system, in San Francisco on September 29 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apache (APA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Continental AG (CTTAY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... FTD Companies (FTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Intermolecular (IMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nautilus (NLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Nevsun Resources (NSU) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Omega Protein (OME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Republic Airways (RJET) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Swiss Re (SSREY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thor Industries (THO) upgraded on positive trends, checks at BMO Capital... Verint (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:42 EDTGOOGD-Wave agrees to provide tech to Google, NASA, USRA
Harris & Harris (TINY) said its portfolio company, D-Wave Systems, announced that it has entered into a new agreement covering the installation of a succession of D-Wave systems located at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. This agreement supports collaboration among Google (GOOG), NASA, and USRA that is dedicated to studying how quantum computing can advance artificial intelligence and machine learning and the solution of difficult optimization problems. The new agreement enables Google and its partners to keep their D-Wave system operating at the state-of-the-art level of performance for up to seven years, with new generations of D-Wave systems to be installed at NASA Ames as they become available.
09:39 EDTAETHouse Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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09:31 EDTGS, GOOGRe/code to hold a discussion
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09:22 EDTGS, MSMorningstar to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTMUMicron price target lowered to $23 from $34 at Stifel
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06:56 EDTGOOGApple markets privacy, criticizes Google, Verge says
Apple (AAPL) continues to strengthen its credentials as a company caring about privacy, having updated its privacy site, adding in details on how data is collected for new iOS 9 features, such as the News app, the Verge reports. The site includes a letter from CEO Tim Cook, the report says. The company's description of Maps privacy may be a thinly-veiled criticism of Google (GOOG), the Verge says. Reference Link
06:02 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst David Wong upgraded Micron Technology to Outperform saying current valuation levels provide upside potential. Wong cut his estimates for the company, however, citing the "ongoing slide" in DRAM pricing. Nonetheless, he thinks that memory industry financial dynamics have improved in recent years and keeps a $16-$19 price target range for Micron shares.
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