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April 17, 2014
12:53 EDTMS, GS, SNDK, AET, BHI, UNH, GE, IBM, MU, PM, DD, AXP, GOOG, WLP, ADSOn 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 13, 2015
15:12 EDTGS, MSU.S. Supreme Court decision gives homeowners leeway to rescind mortgage loans
In an unanimous ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Jesinoski vs. Countrywide Home Loans that homeowners are allowed to rescind home mortgages within the three years allotted under the Truth in Lending Act of 1968 by providing written notice to his/her lender. The court ruled that the borrowers were not required to file suit against the lender, which the respondents, Countrywide, claimed. The notice of rescission was sufficient to clear the homeowners of any obligation to the loan, provided they do it within the allotted time. Countrywide Home Loans is a subsidiary of Bank of America (BAC). Other publicly traded companies in the banking space include Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
13:56 EDTGOOGGM open to partnering with Google on self-driving cars, Time says
GM (GM) would be open to having a discussion with Google (GOOG) about jointly developing self-driving cars, GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said, according to Time Magazine. Reference Link
13:21 EDTMUSamsung plans to ramp DRAM capacity, a negative for Micron, says Northland
Northland's checks indicate Samsung is buying more DRAM memory equipment with plans to increase capacity. The analyst expects the increased supply without the offsetting increase in demand will lead to pricing pressures and notes Micron (MU) is the high cost producers and will likely see the most pressure from the move.
12:32 EDTGOOGGoogle February volatility elevated as shares rally from 14-month low
Google January call option implied volatility is at 21, January weekly is at 22, February is at 28, March is at 23; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near tem price movement.
10:17 EDTMUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTDDDuPont workers exposed to lethal chemicals for years, Houston Chronicle reports
DuPont workers may have been exposed to potentially lethal chemical for years due to malfunctions with a exhaust and ventilation system inside its La Porte pesticide plant, reports the Houston Chronicle. The company had a catastrophic release that killed four people on November 15. But according to reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, it appears no one ever alerted officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration smaller, but still significant levels of toxic gas released during troubleshooting activities. Reference Link
09:36 EDTGOOGActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL AMD AA TWTR GILD C CELG TSLA GOOG
08:53 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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08:17 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target lowered to $100 from $110 at UBS
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07:58 EDTAETAetna sees 2014 total medical membership exceeding 23.4M member view
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will meet with investors and analysts before and after a presentation at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and report that the company projects that its year-end 2014 total medical membership will exceed its previously disclosed projection of approximately 23.4M members, Aetna disclosed. Bertolini will also report that, based on results of the Medicare Annual Election Period and the Individual Public Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment period to date, Aetna projects that its 1Q15 Medicare Advantage and Individual Public Exchange membership will exceed its previous projections.
07:55 EDTAETAetna backs FY15 operating EPS view of at least $6.90, consensus $7.15
Aetna backs FY15 operating revenue projection of at least $62B, consensus $62.55B.
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS at high-end of $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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07:15 EDTMUNeedham to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTSNDKSanDisk shares should be bought on weakness, says Pacific Crest
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07:04 EDTSNDK, IBMFederal court confirms halt to sales of chips used by SanDisk, IBM, others
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06:36 EDTAETAetna to increase wages for lowest-paid workers, WSJ reports
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06:33 EDTIBMTeradata set to acquire Appoxee for about $20M, WSJ reports
Teradata (TDC) will buy Appoxee, a Tel Aviv-based mobile-marketing-automation startup, for around $20M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. Teradata rival IBM (IBM) acquired Xtify, a mobile-marketing company, in 2013. Reference Link
06:30 EDTIBM, SNDKCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTSNDKSanDisk pullback yesterday looks overdone, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the 14% pullback yesterday in shares of SanDisk following the company's Q4 guide-down looks overdone. Citi views the cause of the shortfall as temporary cyclical factor that it thinks should alleviate with the release of the Samsung S6 in March. It dropped its price target for the stock to $110 from $125 but keeps a Buy rating on the name.
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