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November 13, 2012
16:29 EDTHD, MSFT, MBI, BAC, GBX, AMD, TROX, AKSOn 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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13:15 EDTAKSSeverstal close to U.S. plant sales to Steel Dynamics, AK Steel, Bloomberg says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTBACMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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16:20 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:42 EDTAMDOn 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.
11:42 EDTAMDAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
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10:48 EDTAMDHigh option volume stocks
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10:03 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:29 EDTAMDAMD fundamentals still intact, says Wedbush
After AMD reported lower than expected Q2 pro forma EPS, Wedbush says that Q2 was the fourth consecutive quarter for which the company demonstrated profitability, tight OpEx controls, and continued product execution. It thinks these trends are significantly positive and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
09:24 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital downgraded AMD to Market Perform citing a lack of earnings visibility following the company's weaker than expected Q3 outlook. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $4.50 from $6. Note shares were also downgraded this morning at BofA/Merrill.
08:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Spencer confirms Xbox Entertainment Studios to close, Re/code says
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08:14 EDTAMDAMD downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:22 EDTMSFTTotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:52 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:45 EDTBACDocument reveals SEC examining firms in HFT probe, Reuters says
An internal document from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that the regulator has been looking for data on 10 registered broker dealers as part of an ongoing probe into high-frequency trading strategies, according to Reuters, citing the document. The firms in question include Allston Trading, Hudson River Trading, Jump Trading, Latour Trading, which is an affiliate of Tower Trading, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, owned by Bank of America (BAC), Octeg, which has been merged into a unit of KCG (KCG), Tradebot Systems, Two Sigma Investments, Two Sigma Securities and Virtu Financial. Reference Link
06:12 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
06:06 EDTMSFTXbox Live, PlayStation Network users report connectivity issues, Re/code says
Xbox Live (MSFT) and PlayStation Network (SNE) users yesterday reported problems with connecting to their online services, Re/code reports. The connectivity issues could be connected to the start of a beta period for the upcoming Bungie-Activision (ATVI) game Destiny, the publication says. Reference Link
06:06 EDTMSFTSony confirms PlayStation4 is top selling next-gen consol in June for U.S.
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