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December 28, 2012
12:11 EDTCALL, HPQ, OMER, PSO, AEZS, BKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday on continued uncertainty surrounding the fiscal cliff. Headlines around mid-morning said that President Obama will propose a scaled-back budget in his meeting with Congressional Leaders this afternoon, and this news briefly sent the averages higher though they remained below the flatline and these gains had been largely pared around midday... ECONOMIC NEWS: In the U.S., the December Chicago PMI came in at 51.6 vs. expectations for a 51.0 reading. November Pending Home Sales were up 1.7% against the previous month, against expectations for a 1.8% rise. Crude Oil Inventories came in at a 586k draw vs. expectations for a 1.75M draw, and gasoline inventories increased 3.78M barrels vs. expectations for an 850k barrel increase. The weekly EIA natural gas report reported a 72Bcf draw, which was in-line with expectations... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) disclosed in its 10k filing last night that the Department of Justice has begun an investigation into the company's acquisition of Autonomy, and shares of HP were down about 2% at midday... Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that Pearson (PSO) had signed an agreement with its NOOK unit to invest $89.5M in cash in the unit. Barnes & Noble also said that its holiday sales results would fall short of expectations, but shares of the bookseller opened higher and were trading up over 6% near midday... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was magicJack (CALL), up about 10% after naming a new CEO and saying that it expects its FY12 results to exceed expectations. Also higher were shares of Aeterna Zentaris (AEZS), up 15% after it announced an agreement with the FDA regarding a Special Protocol Assessment for an upcoming phase 3 trial. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Omeros (OMER), down over 10% after the company reported last night that a phase 3 clinical trial did not meet all endpoints, though shares were defended at Wedbush... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 59.47, or 0.45%, to 13,036.84; the S&P was down 5.94, or 0.42%, to 1,412.16; the Nasdaq was down 7.31, or 0.24%, to 2,978.60.
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March 20, 2015
09:05 EDTHPQJefferies Euro offshore IT services analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Analysts discusses the market growth in Ofshore IT Services in Continental Europe which is expected to outpace project growth in the U.S., with Cognizant Technology Solutions/EPAM Systems best positioned and IBM/Hewlett Packard disadvantaged on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 10 am.
March 19, 2015
08:35 EDTHPQTsinghua on short list of potential buyers of HP China units, Bloomberg says
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07:47 EDTHPQHP raises quarterly dividend to 17.6c per share from 16c per share
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07:02 EDTHPQHP CEO says company split on track for November 1, Bloomberg says
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06:55 EDTPSOCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
March 18, 2015
17:26 EDTHPQHP CEO says split of company should happen around Nov. 1 2015, Bloomberg says
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09:00 EDTHPQPitney Bowes renews strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard
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March 17, 2015
16:27 EDTAEZSAeterna Zentaris reports Q4 EPS 6c, consensus (16c)
The increase in net income for the three-month period ended December 31, as compared to the same period in 2013, is due largely to higher comparative net finance income, offset partially by higher comparative operating expenses and by lower net income from discontinued operations. The decrease in net income for the year ended December 31, as compared to the same period in 2013, is due largely to the higher loss from operations and to lower net income from discontinued operations, partially offset by higher comparative net finance income.
12:38 EDTCALLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the Dow falling about 1%. The market opened in negative territory and proceeded to gain additional downside momentum in early trading. Data on housing starts was not good, even accounting for bad weather in many areas of the country, and the prospect of interest rate increases on the horizon may have some fearing that the housing market recovery is in danger of stalling. Adding to the weakness in stocks may have been the further slide in crude oil prices, which pushed benchmark U.S. crude oil below $43 per barrel earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts plunged 17% to an 897K rate in February, widely undershooting expectations for starts to be down 2.4% to a 1.04M rate, but much of the slide was attributed to weather. Building permits rose 3% to a rate of 1.092M, which was better than the expected 0.5% growth to a 1.065M rate. In Europe, Germany's ZEW Center investor confidence index climbed to 54.8 from 53 last month, though that fell short of the 59.4 consensus forecast. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6% to close at its highest level in over 6 years. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) is preparing to launch an online TV service later this year, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. After the reports, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes Apple's online TV service launch would lay the groundwork for an actual television launch sometime in 2016. Munster estimates that at an average selling price of $1,750, a television could add about 7% to Apple's 2017 revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Black Diamond (BDE), which jumped 30% after the company reported was then expected quarterly results and guidance but also announced it has hired two banks to help it explore its strategic alternatives. Also higher was Esperion (ESPR), which rose 15% after the company's phase 2b study of ETC-1002, a product in development for patients with hypercholesterolemia on stable statin therapy, met its primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax (HIMX), which dropped 9% after BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower following its earnings report was magicJack (CALL), which fell 19%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 152.00, or 0.85%, to 17,825.42, the Nasdaq was down 8.39, or 0.17%, to 4,921.12, and the S&P 500 was down 11.39, or 0.55%, to 2,069.80.
07:12 EDTHPQDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
March 16, 2015
19:00 EDTCALLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:42 EDTCALLmagicJack reports estimated 2.75M active MJ subscribers as of Dec. 31, 2014
magicJack activated 169,000 subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2014. Activations are defined as devices that become activated on to a subscription contract during a given period. During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, magicJack's average monthly churn was 3.3%. magicJack APP had 3.4M monthly active unique APP users as of December 31, 2014.
16:41 EDTCALLmagicJack reports Q4 adjusted EPS 15c, consensus 12c
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16:40 EDTCALLmagicJack announces new $20M stock repurchase program
magicJack VocalTec Ltd. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new share repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up to $20M of its outstanding common stock from time to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The company's prior $100M repurchase program, pursuant to which $91.3M of its outstanding common stock was repurchased and $8.7M remained authorized for repurchases has been terminated.
16:23 EDTOMEROmeros sees FY15 OpEx $110M-$120M
For 2015, the company anticipates that operating expenses will be in the $110M-$120M range with non-cash expenses of approximately $15M. This guidance is largely based on the continued preparations for the full-scale U.S. launch of Omidria as well as the continued development of the company's product pipeline.
16:22 EDTOMEROmeros reports Q4 EPS (61c) with items, consensus (62c)
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10:14 EDTBKSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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07:28 EDTHPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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05:31 EDTHPQHP Enterprise Services announces contract with TNT
HP Enterprise Services announced that it has been selected by international express delivery services company TNT. Under the six-year contract, HP will support TNT's business by consolidating and virtualizing its IT infrastructure and moving some functions to an HP Helion Managed Virtual Private Cloud environment.
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