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July 18, 2014
12:42 EDTAMD, GTIV, GOOGL, GOOG, KND, IBM, RP, SWKS, GEOn 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.
News For GOOGL;GE;IBM;GTIV;SWKS;KND;AMD;RP;GOOG From The Last 14 Days
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May 19, 2015
09:03 EDTIBMIBM and United Business Group partner to accelerate hybrid cloud adoption
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08:34 EDTAMDApple introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad
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08:33 EDTAMDMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
08:20 EDTGOOG, GOOGLVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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08:04 EDTGEGE announces launch of Digital Wind Farm
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07:34 EDTIBMIBM invests in WayBlazer and Sellpoints
IBM announced two new investments in WayBlazer and Sellpoints to advance online travel and shopping apps powered by Watson. The announcement is part of IBM's $100M commitment to drive new innovations and business solutions that build on Watson and follows the company's recent investments in Modernizing Medicine and Pathway Genomics. The financial terms of IBM's investments were not disclosed.
06:59 EDTGOOGYouTube Kids app receives complaints of 'inappropriate content', WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
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May 18, 2015
16:14 EDTGEColfax announces acquisition of Roots blowers & compressors
Colfax Corporation (CFX) announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire the Roots blowers and compressors business unit , also known as Industrial Air & Gas Technologies, from GE (GE) Oil & Gas for a cash consideration of $185M. Roots is a leading supplier of blower and compressor technologies which service a broad range of end markets, including water treatment, chemical production, and power generation. This acquisition will build on Howden's global strength in compressors and blowers and will add important application expertise and product solutions to the portfolio. In 2014, Roots had approximate revenues of $155 million and EBITDA of $22M. In making the announcement, Steve Simms, President and Chief Executive Officer of Colfax, stated, "I am delighted to welcome the Roots team to Colfax. We are excited by the opportunities created by combining the Roots capabilities and application expertise with Howden's global footprint and continuous improvement culture. Like Howden, the Roots business has spent more than 150 years developing market leading products and solutions, and we look forward to continuing to innovate and grow." Mr. Simms continued, "Strengthening our businesses through bolt-on acquisitions is a core part of our strategy, and we continue to see a robust pipeline of opportunities."Closing of the acquisition is expected early in the third quarter following the fulfillment of certain conditions.
12:46 EDTSWKSSkyworks expands portfolio of RF switches for Internet of Things
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11:47 EDTGOOG, GOOGLAmazon unlikely hurt by Google Buy button in next 3 years, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he does not expect Google's (GOOG) addition of a "Buy" button for mobile e-commerce hurting Amazon.com (AMZN) over the next 1 to 3 years, but he does believe Google's plan presents a longer-term threat to "chip away" at Amazon's growth rate. However, Munster thinks it will be "next to impossible" for Google to replicate Amazon's core infrastructure and customer experience and he keeps an Overweight rating and $475 price target on Amazon shares.
09:36 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTGOOGVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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08:07 EDTGESplunk appoints Snehal Antani as Chief Technology Officer
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07:59 EDTGOOGGoogle Buy button a natural fit for mobile shopping listings, says Baird
Baird noted Google added a Buy button to accompany mobile product listings and believes it will improve the company's e-commerce search competitiveness. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $690 price target on Google shares.
07:27 EDTIBMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:56 EDTGEGE, Emerson said to be mulling bids for Aveva, Sunday Times reports
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06:05 EDTGEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
18:56 EDTGOOGGoogle to feature 'buy' button in sponsored search results, WSJ says
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16:50 EDTGOOGWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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