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March 26, 2013
12:31 EDTRFMD, GS, CLMT, SONC, ZIOP, BRK.AOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher right out of the gate and have not moved far from their opening levels near midday. Investors received a fair amount of domestic economic data, including better than expected reports on home prices and durable goods orders. The flip side, however, was some worse than expected consumer confidence and new home sales data. Despite the mixed data, the market seems intent on closing the quarter with its gains intact as the end of the month approaches... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., overall orders for durable goods rose 5.7% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 3.9%. However, excluding transportation, orders slipped 0.5%, versus expectations for a 0.6% rise. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index climbed 8.1% in the 12 months ending in January, after rising 6.8% a month earlier. New home sales dropped 4.6% to 411K in February, versus expectations for a decline to 414K. Consumer confidence fell 8.3 points to 59.7 in March, which was worse than the expected pull back to 69.0. The Richmond Fed manufacturing survey reading of 3 for March missed expectations for it to hold at 6... COMPANY NEWS: Goldman Sachs (GS) announced that it amended its warrant agreement with Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) to settle in terms of net shares in place of a cash settlement, quoting Berkshire's Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett as having said, "We intend to hold a significant investment in Goldman Sachs." Shares of Goldman, which rose early in the session, were down fractionally near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Sonic (SONC), which rose 8% following its earnings report, and RF Micro Devices (RFMD), which rallied nearly 6% after Oppenheimer upgraded the stock to an Outperform rating. Among the noteworthy losers was Ziopharm (ZIOP), which was downgraded by at least four analyst firms and plunged over 61% after terminating development of a cancer drug after a clinical study missed its goal. Also lower were shares of Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT), down 4% after an offering of 5.25M of its shares priced at $37.50... INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was up 74.84, or 0.52%, to 14,522.59; the Nasdaq was up 5.90, or 0.18%, to 3,241.20; and the S&P 500 was up 6.36, or 0.41%, to 1,558.05.
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November 20, 2014
16:14 EDTAAgilent announces dividend of 10c per share
Agilent Technologies announced that a quarterly dividend of 10c per share of common stock will be paid on Jan. 28, 2015, to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on Jan. 6, 2015.
November 18, 2014
07:59 EDTAAgilent downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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07:30 EDTSONCMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:00 EDTAAgilent downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
November 17, 2014
16:09 EDTAAgilent plans to return $500M in capital to shareholders in FY15
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16:07 EDTAAgilent sees FY15 EPS $1.68-$1.78, consensus $1.74
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16:06 EDTAAgilent sees Q1 EPS 39c-43c, consensus 42c
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16:06 EDTAAgilent reports Q4 EPS 88c, consensus 89c
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15:16 EDTANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent Technologies (A), consensus 89c; Jacobs Engineering (JEC), consensus 86c; Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 41c; Omega Protein (OME), consensus 30c.
09:16 EDTRFMDRF Micro Devices and TriQuint recommended at Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum recommends RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and TriQuint (TQNT) and believes the combined company will imply EPS in the $1.40 range. The analyst said the RF Semi space has some of the best growth in tech and reiterates its Buy ratings for both companies.
08:48 EDTRFMDSkyworks, Avago, and RF Micro Devices recommended at BofA/Merrill
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November 14, 2014
08:48 EDTRFMDRF Micro should be bought on any merger related weakness, says Pacific Crest
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November 12, 2014
08:13 EDTZIOPBoston Biotech to hold a conference
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November 6, 2014
06:22 EDTAGlobal companies silent on local impact, transparency report shows
Transparency International issued a report saying that global companies are saying too little regarding their businesses abroad. The agency said, "The world’s biggest companies disclose little or no financial details about their operations outside their home country, a new report from Transparency International reveals. Ninety of the 124 companies assessed do not disclose the taxes they pay in foreign countries, while 54 disclose no information on their revenues in other countries. BHP Billiton (BHP), Eni (E), Statoil (STO) and Vodafone (VOD) scored more than six out of ten. The four companies report on a range of corruption prevention measures and disclose details of subsidiaries. However, only three companies, Statoil, Telefónica (TEF) and Vodafone score above 50% for country-by-country reporting, disclosing tax payments in almost all the countries where they operate, though not all financial data. Forty-four of the firms in the report are American, of which Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and Google (GOOG) performed worst. Only two US companies publish tax payments in foreign countries, ConocoPhilips (COP) in Canada, Walmart (WMT) in Chile. Surprisingly, the sector that makes greater transparency possible is one of the least transparent. U.S. tech giants Amazon, Apple (AAPL), Google and IBM (IBM) all score less than three out of ten." Reference Link

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