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April 12, 2012
16:19 EDTRHHBY, CSCO, MRC, HPQ, ILMN, FIO, FET, AVID, MIPS, OAKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street rose significantly on indications from the New York Fed that interest rates will likely remain low. Stock futures were slightly above fair value in early trading but weakened following the slightly disappointing jobless claims data. The futures action led to a relatively quiet open for the market but it soon picked up momentum to the upside. The market moved up roughly 0.5% in early trading, then spurted higher before noon. Investors rallied the market after last night’s comments from Fed president Janet Yellen, who said the Fed should be ready to ease its fiscal stance if the economy weakened while also being willing to raise rates if the economy warranted. Investors grabbed onto the dovish comments and lifted the market for the second day in a row… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 380K initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus the expected 355K. 3.25M continuing claims were reported, versus the expected 3.33M. Producer prices for the month of March were flat, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. The core PPI reading, however, rose 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. The trade balance report showed a deficit of $46.0B, versus expectations for a deficit of $51B. In Europe, Italy's short-term borrowing costs rose at auction... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was a beneficiary of two reports from Gartner and IDC, each of which showed that global shipments of personal computers rose in Q1, with HP remaining the top PC maker by volume. On the day, Hewlett-Packard stock was up 7.18% to $25.09… Oaktree Capital (OAK), Forum Energy Technologies (FET) and MRC Global (MRC) all traded for the first time today, though none of the companies' stocks moved much compared to their IPO prices... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were MIPS Technologies (MIPS), which jumped 26.30%, to $6.58, after Bloomberg reported that Goldman Sachs (GS) had been hired to advise it on a possible sale of the company, and Fusion-io (FIO), which rose 14.80%, to $28.31, following a note to investors from Piper Jaffray saying it believes the company is working on a new original equipment manufacturer deal with Cisco (CSCO)… Noteworthy losers included Avid Technology (AVID), which lost 17.32%, to $8.50, after the company announced it expects to post Q1 revenues lower than last year, and Illumina (ILMN), which dropped 5.82%, to $49.51, after Roche Holding’s (RHHBY) CEO said he doesn’t see any reason to raise the current offer for the company… INDICES: The Dow gained 181.19 points, or 1.41%, to 12,986.58; the Nasdaq rose 39.09 points, or 1.30%, to 3,055.55; and the S&P 500 added 18.86 points, or 1.38%, to 1,387.57.
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March 16, 2015
10:21 EDTCSCOVicor says SynQor power converter claims held to be invalid
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 13 issued a ruling invalidating key claims of a power converter patent asserted by SynQor Inc. against Vicor Corporation (VICR) and Cisco Systems (CSCO) in litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Reversing a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit agreed with Vicor that prior art anticipated certain claims of SynQor's 7,072,190 patent and ordered the USPTO to reconsider the obviousness of the remaining claims. Commenting on the decision, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's CEO, stated, "The Federal Circuit decision turns the tables on SynQor, which resorted to attacking competitors and customers with bogus intellectual property after failing in the marketplace with its inferior bus converters. As a company founded on innovation, Vicor respects legitimate IP interests of others. However, Vicor will confront abusive IP litigation where, as here, illegitimate claims are asserted to suppress competition from superior products known not to infringe." Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for unfair and deceptive trade practices and tortious interference engaged in by SynQor as part of its campaign to discourage customers from using Vicor's superior products so as to monopolize the bus converter market. Vicor will hold SynQor, and its principals, accountable for damages they have intentionally caused.
09:37 EDTHPQActive equity options trading on open
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07:32 EDTCSCOUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
07:28 EDTHPQWestern Digital, Seagate estimates lowered on PC weakness at Jefferies
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06:09 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CSCO QCOM
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05:40 EDTILMNIllumina files patent infringement suit in UK regarding NIPT patents
Illumina (ILMN) announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Verinata Health have filed a patent infringement suit against Premaitha Health in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom. Illumina is seeking all available remedies, including damages and injunctive relief. The patents asserted are European Patent 0 994 963 B2 and European Patent 1 981 995 B1, which are exclusively licensed to Illumina from Sequenom (SQNM), and The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University, respectively. Stanford is joined in the suit as a necessary party because it is the registered owner of the European Patent 1 981 995 B1. The patents are directed to using cell-free fetal DNA for non-invasive prenatal testing. The suit accuses Premaitha’s IONA Test of infringement, including its use of next-generation sequencing to analyze cell-free fetal DNA from a sample of maternal blood.
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.
March 13, 2015
16:13 EDTHPQJudge approves HP shareholder settlement on Autonomy deal, Bloomberg says
A U.S. District Judge in San Francisco approved HP's revised, third draft of a settlement with shareholders over its acquisition of Autonomy, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
09:49 EDTILMNUBS life science tools/diagnostics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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06:03 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AMZN QCOM
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05:54 EDTHPQIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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05:54 EDTHPQIDC: PC shipments to drop 4.9% in 2015 before improving slightly, DigiTimes says
Worldwide PC shipments is expected to drop 4.9% in 2015, compared to a previous forecast of 3.3%, reports DigiTimes, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Total 2015 volume is projected at 293.1M PCs, slipping further to 291.4M in 2019. The report also said growth projects for 2016 and 2017 improved slightly. Reference Link
March 12, 2015
16:25 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:56 EDTHPQIDC lowers PC outlook for 2015, says long-term outlook slightly improved
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14:00 EDTHPQHP removed from Focus List at Citigroup
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13:06 EDTHPQHP rises fractionally despite Barclays downgrade, Intel guidance cut
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12:29 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday. A slight bounce in the euro overnight lifted overseas markets and U.S. stocks followed. Stock futures were higher during early pre-market trading, then strengthened further following the report of lower than expected retail sales figures for last month, which gave investors hope the Fed will wait longer to raise interest rates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., headline retail sales fell 0.6% in February compared to the prior month, missing expectations for an increase of 0.3%. Retail sales excluding autos and gas declined 0.2%, versus the consensus estimate for a month-over-month increase of 0.3%. Initial jobless claims fell to 289K in the week ended March 7, versus the consensus forecast for 305K first-time claims. Business inventories were flat in January, versus the consensus forecast for them to grow 0.1%. In Asia, the Bank of Korea cut rates for the third time since last August, lowering its base rate to the historical low level of 1.75%. The decision came as a surprise, more in terms of the timing than the cut itself. Data from China showed the nation’s M2 money supply growth picked up in February and its banks’ new loan creation came in higher than expected as well. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Intel (INTC) fell 4% after the chip-making giant lowered its Q1 revenue outlook to $12.8B, plus or minus $300M, compared to the previous expectation of $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, citing weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across the PC supply chain. Some other stocks levered to PCs also slid, with Microsoft (MSFT) declining 2% and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sliding 3.5%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares were up fractionally, despite Intel's news and the fact that Barclays downgraded HP's stock this morning to Equal Weight, saying the weak euro could impact demand for PCs and printers... Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC), after the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amarin (AMRN), which jumped 27% after H.C. Wainwright upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $10 from $2.50, citing management's commitment to completing the Vascepa outcomes' study REDUCE-IT. Also higher was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which rose 12.5% after the company held a call to update on the impact that 60 Minutes' recent critical report has had on its business. As part of the call, the flooring retailer reported on its recent sales trends, gave Q1 guidance and said it believes its cash flow from operations and existing liquidity sources will be sufficient to fund operations and anticipated capital expenditures for the "foreseeable future." Among the noteworthy losers was ACADIA (ACAD), which dropped 25% after announcing that it will delay submitting its NUPLAZID NDA for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis by two or three quarters and reporting that its CEO has retired. Also lower following their first earnings reports since coming public was Box, Inc. (BOX), which dropped 15%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 183.31, or 1.04%, to 17,818.70, the Nasdaq was up 26.68, or 0.55%, to 4,876.62, and the S&P 500 was up 18.56, or 0.91%, to 2,058.80.
10:01 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:04 EDTHPQMicrosoft drops after Intel cuts Q1 revenue outlook on PC weakness
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05:39 EDTHPQHP downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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