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November 13, 2012
16:29 EDTTROX, BAC, HD, AMD, MBI, AKS, GBX, MSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were unable to rally after the major averages spent the majority of the day near their starting points. The U.S. reported its October federal budget at midday and the market met the data with a shrug. Dow member Cisco Systems (CSCO) is among those reporting earnings after today's close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., October's budget deficit grew to $120B from a $98.5B shortfall a month ago. Analysts forecast a $113B deficit for October. 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... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) reported better than expected earnings before the bell and outpaced all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, advancing $2.22, or 3.63%, to $63.38... Microsoft (MSFT) saw shares trade down 90c, or 3.22%, to $27.09 after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... Shares of MBIA (MBI) slipped $1.60, or 19.02%, to $6.81 after midday news broke that Bank of America (BAC) commenced a debt tender offer in a bid to stop MBIA from getting consent from bondholders to make certain changes to its bond covenants... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up $2.78, or 19.93%, to $16.73 after activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which spiked as high as $2.26 but closed up 10c, or 5.03%, at $2.09 after Reuters said the company has hired JPMorgan (JPM) to explore options potentially including the sale of patents or an outright sale of the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Tronox (TROX), down $3.54, or 18.91%, to $15.18 after the company reported Q3 earnings that missed consensus estimates, though the company's CEO said he sees sales increasing in 2013. Also lower were shares of AK Steel (AKS), down 96c, or 17.58%, to $4.50 after the company warned its Q4 losses are likely to be worse than analysts estimated... INDICES: The Dow lost 58.90, or 0.46%, to 12,756.18; the Nasdaq fell 20.37, or 0.70%, to 2,883.89; and the S&P 500 shed 5.50, or 0.40%, to 1,374.53.
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June 17, 2015
13:17 EDTAMDAMD advances after introducing next-generation Radeon graphics line-up
Shares of AMD (AMD) are rising today after the company introduced its next-generation Radeon graphics line-up yesterday at the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3. "The AMD next-generation graphics cards mark a technology turning point in PC gaming, bringing super high resolutions, exceptional VR experiences, smoother gameplay, support for new, advanced APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan, and groundbreaking form factors to gamers everywhere through a top-to-bottom line of GPUs that fit virtually every need and budget", the company noted. Radeon R9 300 series GPUs and Radeon R7 series GPUs are scheduled for select retailer availability on June 18. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPU is planned to be available on June 24. AMD competes with NVIDIA (NVDA) in the graphics processor unit or GPU product space. Shares of AMD are up around 5% to $2.47 while NVIDIA shares are up 0.75% to $21.49 in afternoon trading.
11:16 EDTBACOCC restricts some banks from certain mortgage related business activity
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11:08 EDTGBXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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09:40 EDTAMD, BACActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTBAC, AMDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMD ADBE TWTR BABA QIHU NFLX BAC
08:10 EDTBACFed told BofA it is too reactive to problems raised by regulators, WSJ says
The Federal Reserve told Bank of America earlier this year that it does not think its management is forward-looking enough and is rather too reactive to problems after they are raised by regulators during “stress tests,” the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. As a result, in March, the Fed only granted the bank conditional approval to return capital to shareholders, meaning the bank is required to submit a revised stress test plan by September 30, the report says. In response, Bank of America has hired “several” outside consultants to look over the way it runs the tests, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing others close to the situation. Reference Link
06:48 EDTBACMore big banks waiving overdraft fees, WSJ reports
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June 16, 2015
19:47 EDTMSFTXbox chief says digital game sales 'really strong,' WSJ reports
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16:01 EDTBACApple Twitter Facebook Bank of America Yahoo Netflix Alibaba WisdomTree Coca-Cola Goldman Sachs Micron General Electric
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 18.68. Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR FB BAC YHOO NFLX BABA WETF KO GS MU GE.
12:04 EDTMSFTBox enhances integration with Microsoft Office Online
Box (BOX) announced a deep integration with Microsoft (MSFT) Office Online that will transform collaboration for joint customers. The company added, "Today’s update extends the reach of Box’s powerful integrations with Office 365 for the desktop, Office on iOS and Outlook, and demonstrates Box’s commitment to the Office 365 Cloud Storage Partner Program." “Box and Microsoft are working together to help businesses and individuals be more productive, collaborative and successful,” said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for Office at Microsoft. “We're thrilled about this latest offering to give our joint customers more choice and simplicity for how they work together with documents and digital content.” The Box integration with Office Online will enable users to easily browse, open and edit Office Online files directly from Box, as well as automatically save all changes made in Office Online back to Box in real-time. Together, these enhancements eliminate the need to upload or download files or move back-and-forth between applications, simplifying workflows and mitigating the security risks that come with locally stored content.
10:01 EDTGBXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Alumina (AWCMY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) downgraded on lack of catalysts at SunTrust... DealerTrack (TRAK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... The Fresh Market (TFM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth... United Natural Foods (UNFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to encrypt all search traffic by default
Microsoft's Bing has announced that it will encrypt its search traffic by default. Bing has already been offering users the option to encrypt search traffic for about a year and a half now. Beginning this summer, Bing will begin the process of encrypting search traffic by default. With the move to encrypted search by default Bing will continue to pass along a referrer string so that marketers and webmasters will be able to identify traffic as coming from Bing. However, to further protect users’ privacy, Bing will not include the used query terms. Reference Link
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTGBXGreenbrier downgraded on negative industry outlook at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel downgraded Greenbrier to Hold from Buy. The firm downgraded the stock based on its belief that railcar orders will slow after this year.
07:11 EDTBACSurprise AIG ruling may make future bailouts unlikely, even if needed, NYT says
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft opens branded store on Indian e-commerce platform Snapdeal
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06:19 EDTGBXGreenbrier downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
05:49 EDTAMDSK Hynix ramps production of high bandwidth memory
SK Hynix announced that it is shipping mass production volumes of 1st generation High Bandwidth Memory based on SK hynix’s advanced 20nm-class DRAM process technology. In addition to the mass production announcement, SK Hynix recognized AMD as a key partner in enabling HBM1 technology. AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury X on June 16th. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card utilizes 4GB HBM1 to achieve up to 512GB/second memory bandwidth performance while reducing memory subsystem power by up to 85%.
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