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February 22, 2013
16:17 EDTHPQ, AIG, WBMD, ARUN, MMSI, INTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stock futures were higher during the pre-market trading session following better than expected earnings reports from Dow components AIG (AIG) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and a positive confidence reading out of Germany. The futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The averages found an immediate level where they sat for the first half of the session, before finally breaking out a bit toward the upside. The averages closed in positive territory for the eighth consecutive Friday, which includes every Friday in 2013, and the move pushed the Dow into the green for the week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no market moving economic data was reported. In Germany, official data confirmed an earlier estimate that the nation's GDP shrank 0.6% in the last three months of 2012. However, the Ifo Institute business confidence reading rose to 107.4 from 104.2 in January, beating expectations. Also in Europe, the European Commission lowered it forecast for gross domestic product in the 17-nation region, estimating now that GDP will fall 0.3% this year. The EC predicted in November that the region's economy would grow 0.1% in 2013... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard surged $2.10, or 12.28%, to $19.20 and led the Dow Jones Industrial Average after its Q1 results topped estimates, as did its earnings guidance... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers following their earnings reports were WebMD (WBMD), which rose $4.14, or 25.4%, to $20.44, and Aruba Networks (ARUN), up $4.60, or 22.13%, to $25.40. Among the noteworthy losers was Merit Medical (MMSI), which fell $2.10, or 15.18%, to $11.73 and was downgraded at Raymond James following its quarterly report. Also lower were shares of World Fuel Services (INT), down $4.47, or 10.16%, to $39.51 after the company reported revenues and profits that disappointed... INDICES: The Dow was up 119.95, or 0.86%, to 14,000.57; the Nasdaq was up 30.33, or 0.97%, to 3,161.82; and the S&P 500 was up 13.18, or 0.88%, to 1,515.60.
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September 12, 2014
15:26 EDTHPQHP exploring sale of Snapfish photo service, Reuters reports
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10:00 EDTARUNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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September 11, 2014
18:30 EDTHPQHP, Russia plead guilty, sentenced for bribing Russian government officials
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18:07 EDTARUNAruba Networks initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
16:10 EDTHPQHP acquires open source cloud software maker Eucalyptus
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11:17 EDTHPQEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTHPQUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
07:07 EDTHPQEMC to explore selling VMware stake, NY Post reports
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September 10, 2014
08:31 EDTHPQRiverbed names Mike Nefkens, Steffan Tomlinson to board of directors
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07:04 EDTWBMDWebMD announces preliminary results of tender offer
WebMD Health announced the preliminary results of its tender offer to purchase up to 2,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $48.50 per share, which expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 9. Based on the preliminary count by American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, the Depositary for the tender offer, approximately 6.3 million shares of common stock were properly tendered and not withdrawn, including: approximately 1.3 million shares that were tendered through notice of guaranteed delivery; and approximately 1.1 million shares that were conditionally tendered by stockholders and for which the determination whether the applicable conditions were met will be made following the verification process described below. Accordingly, WebMD expects to accept for purchase a total of 2,000,000 shares at a purchase price of $48.50 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $97M. Since the offer was oversubscribed, the number of shares that WebMD will purchase from each tendering shareholder will be pro-rated. Based upon the preliminary count and including all shares conditionally tendered, WebMD estimates that the pro-ration factor would be approximately 31.5%.
September 9, 2014
14:04 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $43 from $40 at Argus
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10:18 EDTAIGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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08:34 EDTWBMDWebMD to benefit from Apple initiatives, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects WebMD (WBMD) to benefit from Apple's (AAPL) launch of initiatives in the consumer health IT market. The firm believes that Apple's efforts in this area will provide more publicity for WebMD. RBC Capital keeps a $70 price target and Top Pick rating on WebMD.
07:17 EDTHPQThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
10:06 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:39 EDTAIGAIG, Coventry First file lawsuits against one another
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06:10 EDTAIGAIG initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup initiated shares of AIG with a Buy rating and $68 price target citing the company's "substantial" improvements to its balance sheet and profitability.
September 5, 2014
11:39 EDTHPQIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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10:11 EDTAIGAIG claims Coventry First engaged in 'egregious criminal scheme,' WSJ reports
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06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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