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March 18, 2014
16:24 EDTHTZ, MSFT, AAPL, MRCY, PVA, SFLY, DSWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as Russia confirmed it will look to annex Crimea, but that it is not seeking to further split up Ukraine. Investors may be fatiguing from reacting to the situation regarding the two nations, but stock futures did react favorably during this morning's televised account of Russian President Putin's parliament meeting. The Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting, with Chair Janet Yellen scheduled to give her first press conference after the meeting's conclusion. Investors await any potential changes in the central bank's forward guidance and are interested to see if the bank will continue to taper its monthly asset purchases at the same pace. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer prices rose 0.1% in February, matching the consensus forecast of economists. Housing starts fell 0.2% from the prior month in February to a rate of 907K, while building permits rose 7.7% to a rate of 1.02M. In Europe, Vladimir Putin formally called for Crimea and Sevastopol to be annexed and added to Russia, but added in his address to his parliament that Russia is not seeking to split up Ukraine. A measure of German economic expectations dropped more-than-expected to 46.6 in March, with the Crimea crisis attributed as a contributing factor. COMPANY NEWS: Rental car company Hertz (HTZ) announced plans to separate its equipment rental business, which had been telegraphed in recent media reports. The company also reported quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal 2014 earnings outlook that missed expectations. Additionally, Hertz announced a $1B share repurchase plan. While the stock traded more than 3x its daily average volume, shares of the company closed the session down 14c, or 0.51%, at $27.08... Microsoft (MSFT) was the Dow's biggest gainer, adding $1.50, or 3.94%, to $39.55 after reports that the company will introduce its Office suite for Apple's (AAPL) iPad at a press event on March 27. Analysts at Barclays said in a note to investors that potential monetization benefits from Office to the company from are under appreciated, while analysts at Citigroup said the potential launch of Office on iPad is unlikely to be a "meaningful driver" for the company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Mercury Systems (MRCY), which rose $2.12, or 19.19%, to $13.17 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is in the early stages of selling itself in a deal that could be worth around $500M. Also higher was Penn Virginia (PVA), up $2.13, or 15.65%, to $15.74 after activist investor Soros Fund Management disclosed that it has taken a 9.18% stake and urged the company to explore strategic alternatives. Among the noteworthy losers was Shutterfly (SFLY), down $2.39, or 4.74%, to $48.04 after analysts at Cowen downgraded shares two notches to Underperform from Outperform, saying the company's recent growth slowdown has continued into 2014. Also lower was DSW (DSW), down $1.09, or 2.73%, to $38.90 after its quarterly revenue disappointed and the company said it sees fiscal 2014 revenues to grow 6%-7%, with comparable-store sales growth in the low-single digit range. INDEXES: The Dow was up 88.97, or 0.55%, to 16,336.19, the Nasdaq was up 53.36, or 1.25%, to 4,333.31, and the S&P 500 was up 13.42, or 0.72%, to 1,872.25.
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September 8, 2014
10:36 EDTHTZHertz spikes higher as CEO Frissora resigns amid shareholder pressure
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09:56 EDTAAPLGT Advanced risk profile 'neutral at best' into Apple event, says Canaccord
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09:40 EDTMSFT, AAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA YHOO BAC FB MSFT NFLX GILD MCD
09:29 EDTAAPLCraig-Hallum says Integrated Device likely in Apple iWatch
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09:25 EDTAAPLAlleged leaked images of Apple's iWatch show mic, speaker, Siri, 9to5Mac says
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09:24 EDTHTZHertz CEO stepping down a near-term positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the decision for Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO of Hertz (HTZ) as a prudent one that reduces the chances management and the board could get unnecessarily distracted from fixing operations and sees the change as a near-term positive for the stock. The firm thinks a thorough search for a new CEO is needed and believes former Dollar Thrifty (DTG) CEO Scott Thompson could be a candidate for the opening. Wells maintains its Outperform rating on Hertz.
09:12 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTDSWDSW price target raised to $34 from $30 at Credit Suisse
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08:40 EDTAAPLApple volatility increases into September 9 press event
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08:19 EDTHTZHertz volatility expected to move on Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
Hertz Global volatility may move after announcing Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO. Overall option implied volatility of 35 is near its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:07 EDTHTZHertz jumps 6% after announcing Chairman Frissora steps down
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08:04 EDTHTZHertz announces Mark Frissora to step down as Chairman and CEO
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07:35 EDTAAPLAmazon mulls Fire phone UK exclusively deal with O2, FT says
In an effort to rival Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (SSNLF) in the premium smartphone industry, Amazon (AMZN) is in final-stage discussions to sell its new Fire smartphone exclusively through Telefonica’s (TEF) O2 throughout the UK, reported the Financial Times. Reference Link
07:34 EDTMSFTU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:22 EDTAAPLFormer GT Advanced manager points to sapphire covers at Apple, MacRumors says
While neither Apple (AAPL) nor GT Advanced (GTAT) have confirmed that Apple plans to use sapphire covers for its upcoming iPhones, a former product manager at GT claims on his LinkedIn profile that he played a key role in selling Apple on sapphire display covers for its "mobile devices," according to MacRumors, citing a prior report from TechViking. Reference Link
06:44 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch could have own App Store, will run third-party apps, 9to5Mac says
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06:37 EDTMSFTBaidu hires Microsoft's Zhang Yaqin, WSJ reports
Baidu (BIDU) has hired Zhang Yaqin, a top Microsoft (MSFT) executive in China, to become its president for new business,t he Wall Street Journal reports. Zhang was Microsoft's VP and chairman of its Asian-Pacific research and development group. Reference Link
06:24 EDTAAPLGT Advanced September volatility elevated into Apple event
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06:21 EDTMSFT, AAPLSmartwatch market to reach $10B by 2018, says Citigroup
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft gives MSN.com a facelift, Re/code reports
Microsoft has given MSN.com a major facelift a year after MSN was merged with Bing Apps, Re/code reports. The updated MSN will still feature news, sports and cars, but will also include interactive content involving food and fitness. MSN is expected to be fully rolled out by the end of the month, and optimized MSN apps for iOS and Android could be released by the end of hte year. Reference Link
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