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April 4, 2012
12:10 EDTVIAS, PPO, IBM, WBMD, DDIC, YHOO, SNDK, GM, GEOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at mid-day, as the slide that began after yesterday's release of the Federal Open Market Committee minutes deepened. The comments which sank the market revolved around the lack of additional stimulus unless the economy faltered, ruling out at least for the time being any semblance of further quantitative easing. Though Fed Chairman Bernanke said as much last month, the market reacted strongly late yesterday and again today after digesting the implications further. The economic data released today was generally in line with expectations but did little to improve the dour tone of the market... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said the private sector added 209K jobs in March, just exceeding forecasts for the addition of 206K jobs. The ISM non-manufacturing index had a reading of 56.0, versus expectations for 56.8. Crude oil inventories built up by much more than expected, growing by 9M barrels. In Europe, Spain's bond yields rose following the country's first auction after its new austerity budget had been announced. Also, the European Central Bank left its benchmark rate unchanged at 1.0%... COMPANY NEWS: IBM (IBM) shares were downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Bank of America's Merrill Lynch, which cited valuation and limited earnings upside in the near-term, though the firm did raise its price target on the stock to $215 from $205... Moody's downgraded the debt ratings of General Electric (GE) and its finance unit, General Electric Capital Corporation... Yahoo! (YHOO) confirmed that it will cut about 2,000 jobs as part of a restructuring that its new CEO Scott Thompson said will result in a "smaller, nimbler, more profitable" company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Polypore (PPO), after William Blair said General Motor's (GM) decision to restart Volt production earlier than planned could be a positive for the battery component supplier, and DDi Corp. (DDIC), on news it will be acquired by Viasystems Group (VIAS) for $13 per share. Noteworthy losers included SanDisk (SNDK), after the company lowered its Q1 revenue guidance, and WebMD (WBMD), after the company said it expects to acquire about 5.77M shares of its common stock at a price of $26.00 per share pursuant to its completed modified "Dutch auction" tender offer... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 145.95, or 1.11%, to 13,053.60; the Nasdaq was down 53.46, or 1.72%, to 3,060.11; and the S&P 500 was down 15.89, or 1.12%, to 1,397.49.
News For IBM;GE;YHOO;PPO;GM;DDIC;VIAS;SNDK;WBMD From The Last 14 Days
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November 19, 2014
09:02 EDTIBMVeolia Environment, IBM announce new partnership
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08:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk Ventures announces investment in Altair Semiconductor
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08:04 EDTGEGE Healthcare announces Omnyx collaboration with Caradigm
GE Healthcare announced it will resell Caradigm’s Single Sign-On and Context Management solutions in the United States, Canada, and specific EU countries to provide connectivity between the Omnyx digital pathology platforms and designated Anatomic Pathology Laboratory Information Systems.
06:51 EDTGMRegulators push automakers for wider airbag recall, NY Times says
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged automakers to recall all U.S. vehicles with airbags made by Takata, according to The New York Times. The recall of of vehicles with the airbags has been limited to two states and two territories associated with high humidity, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
November 18, 2014
17:37 EDTGMNHTSA wants 'millions of vehicles' recalled due to Takata air bags, CNBC reports
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is calling for a nationwide recall of "millions of vehicles" due to Takata air bags that could inflate with too much force and injure drivers, reports CNBC. The NHTSA stated that the agency will "use the full extent of its statutory powers" if the recall is not conducted quickly, CNBC added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
11:48 EDTIBMIBM introduces new e-mail application for business
IBM announced earlier today that it is reinventing enterprise email with a new freemium social collaboration offering that uses built-in analytics to give individuals a new way to converse, find the right people and information fast, and get work done. The company added, "IBM Verse stems from the company's $100M investment in design innovation and brings together its leading cloud, analytics, social and security platforms to transform the future of work. IBM Verse takes a vastly different approach to enterprise email by integrating the many ways employees connect each day – via email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats and more – through a single collaboration environment. It is the first messaging system to feature 'faceted search,' which enables users to pinpoint and retrieve specific information they're seeking across all the various types of content within their email. IBM Verse uses built-in analytics to provide an 'at-a-glance' view that intelligently surfaces an individual's most critical actions for the day. By learning unique employee preferences and priorities over time, it provides instant context about a given project as well as the people and teams collaborating on it. This is in contrast to most freely available mail services that mine a user's inbox to increase advertising and monetize that data in other ways – an unwelcome proposition for business users concerned about privacy or which operate in regulated industries such as healthcare and finance.Clients using IBM Verse will also have the future option to embed a Watson feature into their collaboration environment, which enables users to query Watson on a given topic and receive a direct reply with answers ranked by degree of confidence."
10:29 EDTYHOOOptions with increasing implied volatility: YHOO PSEC
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09:56 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:25 EDTYHOOYahoo price target raised to $60 from $50 at Bernstein
Bernstein increased its price target on Yahoo (YHOO) after raising its estimate of Alibaba's valuation to $350B. Bernstein keeps a Market Perform rating on Yahoo.
08:18 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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07:36 EDTIBMUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 18 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:57 EDTIBMCray price target raised to $40 from $35 at Stifel
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05:29 EDTIBMIBM signs EUR 1B contract with Lufthansa
IBM (IBM) announced that it has signed a seven-year EUR 1B outsourcing contract to deliver IT infrastructure services for the Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLAKY) and its Group companies. According to the agreement, which is subject in particular to the approval of the Lufthansa Supervisory Board and antitrust authorities, IBM will first optimize the airline's IT processes to increase efficiency, which is expected to generate an estimated cost savings by an average of approximately EUR 70M annually for the Lufthansa Group. This agreement is in line with the terms and conditions as published already in October. As part of the outsourcing agreement, IBM will manage Lufthansa Systems' entire data center operations, help desk and printer services along with individual infrastructure services. Around 1,400 Lufthansa Systems employees will transfer to IBM. Infrastructure services are scheduled to begin from IBM on April 1, 2015. The contract was signed November 15, 2014.
November 17, 2014
16:00 EDTYHOOOptions Update; November 17, 2014
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11:44 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; YHOO NFX
Yahoo (YHOO) February 60 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Newfield Exploration (NFX) March 38 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 40 according to IVolatility.
10:31 EDTGEGE sees China order growth despite slowing economy, WSJ says
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09:36 EDTYHOOActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL PBR BHI GILD MU HD AMZN TSLA YHOO FB TWTR
07:52 EDTIBMDepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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06:16 EDTYHOOInvestors wanting Alibaba should consider Yahoo, says Citigroup
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06:07 EDTGMDeadline extended for GM compensation claims, AP reports
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