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November 13, 2012
12:22 EDTBHI, GBX, HCLP, MSFT, WFT, DKS, HDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as the averages struggle to regain some portion of their losses from last week. The market opened moderately lower on the heels of the futures, which ended the premarket session below fair value. The major equity indices have traded in a narrow range again today, though they all stand near session highs at the lunch hour, with the Dow the biggest winner and the Nasdaq fighting to get back into positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the October federal budget is scheduled to be reported at 2:00 pm ET and is seen widening to $113B from $98.5B a month ago. In Europe, euro-zone leaders failed to agree on the release of the latest round of aid for Greece, though the nation was granted a two-year extension by the EU to repay its current bailout loans. Also, a measure of German economic sentiment unexpectedly fell more than was forecast and U.K. inflation rose faster than expected... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) leads all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, up 3.7% after its earnings and revenue beat expectations and the company raised its full year guidance. Microsoft (MSFT) is the Dow's laggard, down 2.7% after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up 17% after investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called its shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), up nearly 5% following its better than expected quarterly report and increased full year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP), down 21% after its quarterly results missed consensus and it announced the termination of a supply agreement with Baker Hughes (BHI). Also lower were shares of Weatherford (WFT), down almost 14% after the company reported a disappointing preliminary revenue estimate and said it sees material weakness in its internal controls, prompting it to restate some prior financial statements... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 47.73, or 0.37%, to 12,862.81; the Nasdaq was down 0.68, or 0.02%, to 2,903.58; and the S&P 500 was up 5.64, or 0.41%, to 1,385.67.
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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06:34 EDTMSFTIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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August 21, 2015
13:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 1 to 885
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12:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland and close Nokia's (NOK) former handset product development unit in Salo, Reuters reports. The cuts are part of Microsoft's plans to cut 7,800 jobs globally. Microsoft will keep open sites in Espoo and Tampere. Reference Link
10:37 EDTMSFTAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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10:02 EDTHDHome Depot, Honda Power Equipment expand supply partnership
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), and marketer of a comprehensive range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the expansion of its partnership with The Home Depot (HD). Beginning September 1, a number of Honda generator models will be sold at The Home Depot's top 300 U.S. PRO Desk locations, a specialized area of the store dedicated to the product and service needs of the professional contractor.
06:01 EDTMSFTABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTMSFTInterDigital sued by Microsoft for violating antitrust law, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) has filed a lawsuit against InterDigital (IDCC), accusing the company of violating U.S. antitrust law by unfairly licensing its technology, Reuters reports. The suit, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, is the latest move in the companies' fight over patent licensing. The ITC is set to rule this month on whether Microsoft's smartphones infringe two of InterDigital patents and should be banned from being imported into the U.S. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
13:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft could unveil Surface Pro 4 at October event, The Verge reports
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12:32 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up fractionally since last earnings report
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08:02 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
13:30 EDTWFTOptions with increasing put volume;
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10:26 EDTHDLowe's advances as Q2 revenue increases 4.5% from prior year
Shares of Lowe's (LOW) are advancing after the company reported second quarter revenue that increased 4.5% and a comparable store increase of 4.3%. WHAT'S NEW: Lowe's reported Q2 earnings per share of $1.20, missing analysts' estimates of $1.24, on revenue of $17.35B, slightly beating estimates of $17.27B and an increase of 4.5% from the prior year. Comparable store sales for the quarter rose 4.3%, the company said. Regarding the quarter, Robert Niblock, the company's chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer, said that the company was able to capitalize on big-ticket market share opportunities with "strong" growth in categories including outdoor power equipment and appliances. Looking ahead, the company forecast fiscal year 2015 EPS of about $3.29, above analysts' consensus estimates of $3.28, and revenue for the year up 4.5%-5% year over year. This guidance is in line with previously provided guidance. Lowe's added that it sees FY15 SSS rising 4%-4.5% over last year and it expects to add 15-20 stores in FY15. Additionally, the company sees FY15 operating margin up 80-100 basis points and expects the effective income tax rate will be approximately 38.1%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Lowe's noted that recovery within the housing market continues and that drivers for the improvement include disposable personal income, home prices and housing turnover. Lowe's said it expects to repurchase $3.8B of stock in 2015, in line with prior forecasts. The company said it is planning to open 70 stores in Canada by 2017. The Fly notes that Lowe's announced earlier this month plans to open its first Manhattan store "in the coming weeks." STREET RESEARCH: Following the release of the company's earnings, Baird said that it views weakness in Lowe's shares as a buying opportunity and that the company's confidence in their unchanged FY15 guidance implies significant flow-through improvement and 30%+ EPS growth over the second half of the year. Baird added that upgraded online/project management functionality and installation/delivery optimization capabilities coming in 2015 show that progress on providing a seamless shopping experience for consumers should continue. In addition, Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterated its Buy rating on the Lowe's shares due its view of the company as a beneficiary of the consumer shift into bigger ticket purchases, which should sustain comp growth. OTHERS TO WATCH: Lowe's peer Home Depot (HD) yesterday reported Q2 adjusted EPS of $1.71, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $1.71, on revenue of $24.83B, relatively in line with the consensus estimate of $24.69B. Home Depot said SSS rose 4.2%, with U.S. SSS up 5.7%. The company also raised its FY15 EPS growth view to 13% from 11%-12%, with analysts expecting $5.27, and its FY15 sales growth view to 5.2%-6% from 4%-4.6%, with analysts expecting $87.02B. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares in Lowe's are up 0.63% to $73.50. Meanwhile, Home Depot is up 0.14% to $122.96.
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09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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08:36 EDTDKSDick's Sporting 'moving in right direction,' says Sterne Agee CRT
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07:17 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $138 from $129 at UBS
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy Mesophere, The Information reports
Microsoft has made an approach to Mesophere to buy the cloud-computing software startup, The Information reports, citing two sources briefed on the talks. A deal that could be worth about $1B, the report says. Reference Link
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