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November 20, 2012
12:40 EDTHPQ, BBY, JPM, CS, GMCR, KO, KKD, CLF, PDCOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as a surprisingly large write-down, and associated charges of fraud, from Dow component Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) somewhat overshadowed better than expected U.S. housing data. Stocks began the day moderately lower, with the early weakness attributed to a downgrade of French sovereign debt. The averages found a level almost immediately from which they began paring their losses. The averages were mixed and sitting on either side of the flat line as Fed Chairman Bernanke gave a speech stating that the fiscal cliff has the potential to influence economic growth significantly, for better or worse, this coming year... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts increased 3.6% in October from the prior month, to an annual rate of 894K, versus expectations for a decline of 3.7%. Building permits declined 2.7%, to an 866K annual rate, versus expectations for a decline of 2.9%. In Europe, Moody's downgraded France's government bond rating to Aa1 from Aaa... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard shares plunged 11% to a 10-year low after the company recorded a $8.8B write-down "linked to serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations” related to its purchase of U.K. software company Autonomy. Almost lost in the scandal were H-P's results, as its quarterly earnings beat expectations but its view for profit next quarter trailed Street estimates... Best Buy's (BBY) earnings fell short of lowered expectations, its same store sales declined 4.3% and the company lowered its free cash flow view by almost a half a billion dollars, sending shares down 12%... In the financial sector, JPMorgan (JPM) announced a new Chief Financial Officer and Credit Suisse (CS) said it will combine its asset management unit with its private bank resulting in a simplified corporate structure with only two arms... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), which rose 6% after it named former Coca-Cola (KO) executive Brian Kelley as its new CEO. Also higher were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), up 22% after its Q3 results topped expectations. Among the noteworthy losers were Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), down 9% following a downgrade to Sell at Goldman, and Patterson Companies (PDCO), down 7% after the company lowered its FY13 EPS view... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 2.42, or 0.02%, to 12,798.38; the Nasdaq was down 3.44, or 0.12%, to 2,912.63; and the S&P 500 was down 0.33, or 0.02%, to 1,386.56.
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06:45 EDTJPMBofA finalizes oil financing agreement with PES, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTJPMSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTJPMFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTJPMJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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06:29 EDTHPQIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 34 at lower end of index mean range
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18:26 EDTJPMCitigroup, Etrade, others attacked by same JPMorgan hackers, Bloomberg reports
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16:56 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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16:01 EDTCLFOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
14:53 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO says hasn't sold shares, no clock on non-core sales, WSJ says
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11:04 EDTHPQEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
10:46 EDTHPQOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:53 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTHPQHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTHPQHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:38 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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07:13 EDTCS, JPMBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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06:56 EDTJPMBarclays lists several Large-Cap banks with the most Q3 upside
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06:13 EDTHPQNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
06:01 EDTCLFCliffs Natural implied volatility of 99 at upper end of index mean range
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