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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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January 14, 2015
08:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors sees adjusted EBIT and EBIT-adjusted margin to increase in 2015
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08:00 EDTSNDKSanDisk weakness likely temporary, says Bernstein
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07:34 EDTGMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
2015 Global Auto Industry Conference is being held in Detroit on January 13-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 14 at 7:15 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
05:55 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 13, 2015
17:55 EDTIBMIBM launches the z13 mainframe after $1B investment
IBM announced the z13 mainframe system, capable of processing 2.5B transactions per day and it is the first system to make real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale. z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience. The system includes 500 new patents including cryptographic encryption technologies that enable more security features for mobile initiated transactions. The system culminates a $1B investment and five years of development.
13:56 EDTGMGM open to partnering with Google on self-driving cars, Time says
GM (GM) would be open to having a discussion with Google (GOOG) about jointly developing self-driving cars, GM Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner said, according to Time Magazine. Reference Link
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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08:17 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target lowered to $100 from $110 at UBS
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07:36 EDTWBMDWebMD sees Private Portals revenue growth in mid-single digits in 2015
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07:36 EDTWBMDWebMD sees Q4, FY14 revenue, adjusted EBITDA at high end of prior ranges
On November 5, WebMD Health issued a press release that, among other things, provided financial guidance for Q4nd the year ending December 31, 2014. The financial guidance for FY14 included a range for revenue of $570M-$580M and a range for adjusted EBITDA of $152.5M-$157.5M. WebMD plans to indicate, at an investor conference this week, that revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 are expected to be at the high end of the ranges provided ion November 5. FY14 revenue consensus is $577.37M.
07:25 EDTGMNew NHTSA head says 2015 may see more recalls than record-setting 2014, WSJ says
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07:07 EDTSNDKSanDisk shares should be bought on weakness, says Pacific Crest
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07:04 EDTIBM, SNDKFederal court confirms halt to sales of chips used by SanDisk, IBM, others
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06:44 EDTYHOOYahoo shuts down Right Media ad exchange, Business Insider reprots
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06:33 EDTIBMTeradata set to acquire Appoxee for about $20M, WSJ reports
Teradata (TDC) will buy Appoxee, a Tel Aviv-based mobile-marketing-automation startup, for around $20M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. Teradata rival IBM (IBM) acquired Xtify, a mobile-marketing company, in 2013. Reference Link
06:30 EDTSNDK, IBMCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTSNDKSanDisk pullback yesterday looks overdone, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the 14% pullback yesterday in shares of SanDisk following the company's Q4 guide-down looks overdone. Citi views the cause of the shortfall as temporary cyclical factor that it thinks should alleviate with the release of the Samsung S6 in March. It dropped its price target for the stock to $110 from $125 but keeps a Buy rating on the name.
06:18 EDTYHOOSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:01 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 115, Yahoo (YHOO) 52 according to iVolatility.
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