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July 18, 2014
12:42 EDTGOOG, KND, IBM, RP, SWKS, GE, AMD, GTIV, GOOGLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
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April 23, 2015
16:01 EDTGOOG, GOOGLGoogle reports Q1 EPS $6.57, consensus $6.60
Reports Q1 revenue $17.26B, consensus $17.5B.
15:00 EDTGOOGL, GOOGNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:59 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly 547 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q1
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14:20 EDTGOOG, GOOGLEarnings Watch: Google up close to 8.5% since last earnings report
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13:28 EDTGOOGLGoogle Class A technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a downtrend for the last couple of months which is being broken topside today ahead of earnings. On a 2-year chart the price action since October of last year resembles a bullish, inverted, head and shoulders which is still in the process of forming. The neckline for that pattern is at the $583 area. A breakout above that level would trigger the pattern, with long-term upside to the $680 area. It should be noted that the $600 level has presented strong resistance to date. If the news is bearish, the first support level of importance would be at the most recent pivot low at $529. A breakdown below that level would see next support at $518.41. A more extreme disappointment might push the stock to the $500 level, where it has had solid support.
09:09 EDTGOOGCheetah Mobile obtains worlwide Google Play distribution rights for Tap Titans
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07:11 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 22, 2015
18:27 EDTAMDSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
13:39 EDTGEAnalyst warns competition growing in 3D printing space
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13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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10:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric says dividend a 'priority'
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09:17 EDTGOOG, GOOGLAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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09:02 EDTGEAdvanced Power selects GE for 7F.05 gas turbines
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08:13 EDTIBMPSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM announce partnership
PSA Peugeot Citroën and IBM announced a partnership to help various industries within the Internet of Things economy to analyze data to deliver new services from connected vehicles. The companies are expanding their partnership announced last year to develop connected services for PSA vehicles by now enabling other industries and companies to propose new added values services in their vehicles. The seven-year agreement will focus on commercializing services and building next-generation technical solutions necessary to deliver connected services.
08:10 EDTGOOGL, GOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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06:21 EDTGEGeneral Electric to look to sell Czech banking unit, Reuters says
General Electric will divest its Czech banking subsidiary, believed to be worth more than $787M, within two years, a newspaper quoted the bank's CEO as saying, according to Reuters. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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05:59 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ALU GE
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