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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.
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March 17, 2015
06:23 EDTGMGM employees to be deposed for class action case, NY Times says
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06:18 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO says GE Capital will focus on improving returns
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05:53 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; WLL SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whiting Petroleum (WLL) 86, SanDisk (SNDK) 36 according to iVolatility.
March 16, 2015
15:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric March calls active
General Electric March call option implied volatility is at 19, April and May is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 15 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
12:56 EDTIBMIBM protest of Army contract an incremental negative for CACI, says Maxim
According to a Washington Technology article, IBM (IBM) successfully protested a $158M Army-payroll contract awarded to CACI (CACI). Maxim expects the contract to be re-evaluated and for CACI to still prevail and win, but the revenue ramp will take longer than previously anticipated. The firm rates CACI a Buy with a $101 price target.
12:54 EDTIBMContract awarded to CACI protested by IBM, Washington Technology reports
A $158M Army payroll and personnel contract that was awarded to CACI (CACI) has been successfully protested by IBM (IBM) and the contract has been dismissed, Washington Technology reports. Reference Link
11:06 EDTGMGM ignition switch death claims rises to 67, WSJ says
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10:44 EDTYHOONetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
10:28 EDTGEOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: PVA NFLX BMRN DNOW MYL TEVA PEP GE
08:19 EDTGEGE announces $100M in new programs in Saudi Arabia
GE announced $100M in new programs that will further the company’s localization efforts, build innovation capacity, and create jobs in advanced manufacturing and software analytics in Saudi Arabia. This new investment adds to GE’s $1B commitment over the past three years in the Kingdom, and aligns the company with the country’s Vision 2024 and Ninth Development Plan to diversify the economy, drive industrialization and manufacturing, and build the next-generation of human capital skill-sets in materials and data science.
06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo developing encrypted email service, WSJ says
Yahoo is developing an encrypted email service and expects to launch by the end of 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos given at the South by Southwest conference. Stamos said the service will scramble the content of the message, though it will not hide the subject line nor data on when and to whom the email was sent. The service will be separate from Yahoo's current email product. Reference Link
March 15, 2015
16:14 EDTIBMBlackBerry collaborates with IBM, Samsung on SecuTABLET
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12:41 EDTGEGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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March 13, 2015
17:11 EDTYHOOSony Pictures TV nears streaming video deal for Seinfeld, WSJ reports
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16:42 EDTGMStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
11:17 EDTGMGeneral Motors settles suit over death that triggered recalls, Bloomberg says
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09:29 EDTIBMIBM to hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
Management discusses IBM Mainframe z13 in a meeting being held in Armonk, New York on March 13 at 2 pm. Webcast Link
08:09 EDTGEGeneral Electric to invest $200M in manufacturing facility in Egypt
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06:55 EDTIBMIBM considering using bitcoin tech for major currencies, Reuters says
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05:30 EDTGEGeneral Electric signs contracts with Egypt to deliver 2.6GW of electricity
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