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December 10, 2012
12:20 EDTDECK, IN, HPQ, ZGNX, UNXL, HON, MCDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as some encouraging data from China offset increased worries about Europe fueled by the surprise resignation announcement from Italy's prime minister. Stocks opened quietly amid the international news. No movement was reported on the fiscal cliff negotiations, though the President and House Speaker John Boehner did meet yesterday, and investors may continue to stay on the sidelines until more clarity on that front emerges... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Europe, Italy's benchmark bond yields spiked and its stock market fell sharply after Prime Minister Mario Monti's surprise announcement of his intention to resign, which will likely prompt early elections. In China, industrial output had its best growth rate since March, rising 10.1% in November from a year ago. However, exports slowed sharply last month, rising 2.9% year over year after growing at an 11.6% pace in October. Import growth was unchanged from a year earlier, growing 2.4%... COMPANY NEWS: On the Dow, McDonald's (MCD) reported its global same-store sales rose 2.4% in November, driven mainly by strong results in the U.S. Shares rose about 1.3%, but could not catch up to Dow pacesetter Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), which jumped over 3.5% following speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn is building a stake, though CNBC's David Faber disputed those rumors... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Uni-Pixel (UNXL), up 37% after rising over 18% Friday. The company said Friday it reached a deal for its technology to be used by "a large PC manufacturer" and this morning Craig-Hallum raised its price target on shares to $22 from $13. Also higher were shares of Intermec (IN), up 23% after agreeing to be acquired by Honeywell (HON) for $10.00 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Zogenix (ZGNX), down over 46% after an FDA advisory panel voted against recommending approval for its Zohydro ER pain drug. Also lower were shares of Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down more than 5% following cautious comments from Piper Jaffray regarding evidence of higher markdowns of UGG boots... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 33.99, or 0.26%, to 13,189.12; the Nasdaq was up 13.46, or 0.45%, to 2,991.50; and the S&P 500 was up 2.81, or 0.20%, to 1,420.88.
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May 19, 2015
06:36 EDTHPQHP sued by MicroTech for $16.5M for 'unfairly taking advantage'
In a lawsuit filed Monday with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, Virginia technology company MicroTech accuses Hewlett Packard and the software maker it now owns, Autonomy, of unfairly taking advantage by refusing to return $16.5M in cash paid to Autonomy for software never delivered in a fashion where it could be re-sold. During a national telephonic press conference, Lanny J. Davis, a Washington, D.C. attorney advising MicroTech, described the core allegation in the breach of contract case filed against HP: "Regardless of whether HP was defrauded by Autonomy, or whether HP's over-payment for Autonomy was a product of a possible due diligence failure, in my opinion, HP is not entitled to keep both MicroTech's money AND Autonomy's software that MicroTech duly purchased," Davis said.
06:24 EDTHPQHP to sell controlling stake in H3C unit to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports
HP will sell its 51% stake in H3C, its China-based computing unit, to Tsinghua Unigroup, Reuters reports, citing comments from a spokesperson for the Chinese private-equity fund's parent company. Terms have not been disclosed, but the spokesperson says he believes the deal will be completed in the coming days. Reference Link
May 18, 2015
14:15 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:00 EDTHONHoneywell provides 2018 core organic growth targets
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09:57 EDTHONHoneywell repeats FY15 EPS view $6.00-$6.15, consensus $6.09
Repeats FY15 revenue view $39B-$39.6B, consensus $39.39B. Sees FY15 segment margin up 170-200bps, sees FY15 free cash flow $4.2B-$4.3B. Sees 2H core organic sales acceleration. Says "confident" in 2015 outlook. Says busineses well positioned to grow.
09:55 EDTHONHoneywell sees Q2 EPS $1.56-$1.51, consensus $1.49
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09:49 EDTHONEquity options with increasing volume
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07:19 EDTHONElectric Products Group to hold a conference
EPG 2015 is being held in Longboat Key, Florida on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 18 at 7:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:58 EDTHONHoneywell says M&A pipeline includes over 100 potential targets, Bloomberg says
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May 15, 2015
16:01 EDTMCDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
12:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's call activity attributed to activist speculation
McDonald's May 97.5 and 98 calls are active eon total call volume of 56K (4K puts) on activist speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 18, May weekly is at 17, June is at 18, September is at 19; compared to 90-day average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:09 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's move higher attributed to activist speculation
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11:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
May 14, 2015
09:40 EDTHPQHP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research
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07:53 EDTHONRBC Capital to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q2 sales weakness largely expected, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes HP's Q2 revenue on May 21 could miss the consensus expectation of $25.8B due to PC weakness and currency pressure. Citi thinks sales weakness is largely expected, however. The firm says HP shares "will start to work again" as management will likely address and quantify the additional costs of operating as two separate companies. Uncertainty around the size of the dis-synergy costs has been a key factor behind the stock's recent underperformance, Citi believes. It keeps a Buy rating on HP with a $41 price target.
May 13, 2015
12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:06 EDTHONHoneywell to supply technology for largest refinery in Africa
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07:08 EDTHONOppenheimer to hold a conference
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