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March 18, 2014
12:41 EDTHTZ, PVA, GME, NDAQ, MSFT, AAPL, WMT, 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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12:50 EDTMSFTSamsung aiming for arbitration versus Microsoft, Bloomberg says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft near deal to buy text analysis start-up for about $200M, WSJ says
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12:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold cloud event on October 20
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10:56 EDTHTZOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:52 EDTMSFTNokia suspends handset production at Chennai facility, Reuters reports
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10:34 EDTWMTWal-Mart cutting health insurance coverage for most part-time workers, AP says
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10:29 EDTAAPLGT Advanced lists Apple, Airgas, GrafTech, Ultra Clean among top 30 creditors
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10:17 EDTAAPLSamsung outlook miss weighs on suppliers
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10:02 EDTICEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air France-KLM (AFLYY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Alcobra (ADHD) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded at Bernstein... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... CalAmp (CAMP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Crown Holdings (CCK) upgraded at Macquarie... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... International Paper (IP) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Leidos (LDOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natus Medical (BABY) upgraded to Outperform at William Blair... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WellCare (WCG) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:46 EDTAAPLFireEye announces targeted attack protection for Apple platform
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08:15 EDTAAPLApple leaks point to iPad Air 2 with Touch ID, gold color, Michael Report says
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08:12 EDTHTZHertz Portugal to offer combined car and gold equipment rental package
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07:48 EDTMSFTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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07:00 EDTMSFTReport says 100K Xbox Ones sold throughout China, Kotaku says
A report from Chinese video games news website 17173 said that Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong accidentally noted that over 100K Microsoft Xbox One consoles sold throughout China during the first week they were launched, according to Kotaku, citing the report from 17173. Reference Link
06:14 EDTAAPLSamsung may find difficulty competing with TSMC for Apple chips, DigiTimes says
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06:11 EDTAAPLApple adjusts supply ratio for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, DigiTimes reports
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06:11 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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06:09 EDTAAPLApple 12-inch tablet may integrate both Mac OS and iOS, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTAAPLApple reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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