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March 18, 2014
12:41 EDTICE, MSFT, PVA, WMT, NDAQ, HTZ, AAPL, GMEOn 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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July 16, 2015
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new Surface expected to be available in October, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft's new Surface tablet is expected to be launched in October after upstream supply chains have been notified to start mass shipments of components in September, reports DigiTimes. According to sources, Microsoft's Surface Pro shipments were 200K-250K units per month in Q1 and its monthly tablet shipment volume rose to above 300K. Sources say Microsoft's monthly tablet shipments may have a chance to reach 500K-600K units. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may increase smartphone outsourcing in Taiwan, Vietnam, DigiTimes says
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July 15, 2015
19:03 EDTPVAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTPVAPenn Virginia sells East Texas assets for $75M
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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13:11 EDTMSFTWindows 10 finalized, the Verge reports
Microsoft has finalized its Windows 10 software, ready for release on July 29, the Verge reports. The company is signing off on the build, known as build 10240, internally and may announce the manufacturing copy publicly by the end of the week, the report says. Reference Link
12:38 EDTAAPLGundlach says out of Apple position
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11:01 EDTAAPLApple introduces new iPod touch, unveils new colors for iPod models
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10:50 EDTHTZHertz, Avis rise following Deutsche Bank upgrades
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10:01 EDTPVAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Avis Budget (CAR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Guess (GES) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Liberty Global (LBTYA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lonmin (LNMIY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Navient (NAVI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at Pacific Crest... Omnicom (OMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:53 EDTAAPLHSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks, Apple Insider says
HSBC UK (HSBC) said that Apple Pay (AAPL) support is in its final testing and availability will be coming within two weeks, reports Apple Insider. An HSBC spokesperson said, "We are excited to be one of a small number of Apple Pay launch partners. We have been working closely with Apple and are now properly reviewing and testing our systems before launching in two weeks." Reference Link
09:32 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC RCPT MU YUM NFLX CELG
09:23 EDTHTZOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bank of America (BAC), up 2.9%... CSX (CSX), up 2.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Hertz (HTZ), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank. NOTABLE: Receptos (RCPT), up 10.5% following deal to be acquired by Celgene (CELG)... Celgene is up 7.9% after announcing acquisition of Receptos... UP AFTER RECEPTOS/CELGENE DEAL: ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP), up 1.7%... Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), up 6.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Delta Air Lines (DAL), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Mead Johnson (MJN), down 4.8% after reducing fiscal 2015 EPS guidance... Columbia Pipeline Partners (CPPL), down 5.6% after 4.64M share Block Trade priced at $24.15... SINA (SINA), down 2.7% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MacroGenics (MGNX), down 2.8% after 3.25M share Secondary priced at $37.00.
06:57 EDTICEICE staff cuts at NYSE in focus after failure, NY Times says
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06:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Yihaodian.com chairman, CEO quit, Reuters says
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06:39 EDTAAPLApple to release new iPod touch, 9to5Mac reports
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06:33 EDTAAPLApple 'in touch' with Iranian distributors to sell products there, WSJ reports
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06:32 EDTHTZHertz upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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05:37 EDTPVAPenn Virginia downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital downgraded Penn Virginia to In-Line saying a significant reduction to 2016 capital expenditures is likely if the company is not sold. The firm cut its price target for shares to $3.75 from $7.
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