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March 18, 2014
12:41 EDTMSFT, PVA, WMT, NDAQ, HTZ, AAPL, GME, ICEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid continued headlines from Russia regarding the Crimea region of Ukraine and a report that showed the cost of living in the U.S. was little changed in February. Also, the Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting, which will culminate tomorrow with Janet Yellen's first press conference as the head of the central bank. 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, which was linked to the Crimea crisis and represented its weakest reading since August 2013. COMPANY NEWS: Rental car company Hertz (HTZ) confirmed plans to separate its equipment rental business and announced a new $1B share repurchase program, but missed earnings expectations. The stock's reaction to the spin-off news was likely muted due to the fact that Financial Times, citing sources familiar with the matter, had already reported on the spin-off on Friday evening and the stock advanced nearly 5% yesterday after that report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penn Virginia (PVA), which jumped 13% after activist investor Soros Fund Management disclosed that it has taken a 9.18% stake and urged the company to explore strategic alternatives. Also higher was Microsoft (MSFT), which rose almost 4% after the tech blog The Verge, citing sources, said the company will introduce a version of its Office product suite for Apple's iPad (AAPL) at a press event later this month. Barclays also published a positive note on Microsoft this morning, stating that the firm believes that the benefit Microsoft could receive from the monetization of Office 365 is underappreciated, while the company's revenue growth from Azure is accelerating. Among the noteworthy losers was Nasdaq OMX (NDAQ), which fell about 4% after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called for tougher regulations and market reforms to eliminate what he called the "unfair advantages" provided to high-frequency trading firms. Also possibly weighing on its shares was a Dow Jones report that claimed the New York Stock Exchange, which is owned by IntercontinentalExchange (ICE), is viewed as the front-runner for the upcoming IPO of China's largest e-commerce company, Alibaba. Also lower were shares of video game retailer GameStop (GME), which slid 4% after Wal-Mart (WMT) announced that customers would soon be able to trade in their used video games in return for store credit. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 81.65, or 0.5%, to 16,328.87, the Nasdaq was up 41.74, or 0.98%, to 4,321.69, and the S&P 500 was up 10.56, or 0.57%, to 1,869.39.
News For HTZ;PVA;GME;NDAQ;MSFT;AAPL;WMT;ICE From The Last 14 Days
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November 11, 2014
06:31 EDTAAPLApple making aggressive move into corporate market, Reuters says
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06:03 EDTAAPLQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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05:56 EDTGMEStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; GME ACHN
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November 10, 2014
17:27 EDTHTZHertz files to delay Form 10-Q
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16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
16:00 EDTWMT, AAPLOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
12:42 EDTAAPLFireEye details hack attack found on Apple operating system
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12:39 EDTAAPLFireEye has uncovered iOS flaw that leaves devices vulnerable, CNBC reports
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12:36 EDTWMTAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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07:34 EDTAAPLApple Pay seen making up 1% of Whole Foods transactions since launch, Dudas says
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07:23 EDTMSFTRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTICECredit Suisse to hold a conference
2014 Boston Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Boston on November 10-11.
07:05 EDTGMEGameStop November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:27 EDTAAPLGT Advanced accuses Apple of 'bait-and-switch' in unsealed documents, WSJ says
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06:00 EDTAAPLApple implied volatility of 19 at lower end of index mean range
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