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January 23, 2013
13:12 EDTDGX, AMD, IBM, AGN, COH, CREE, MAPP, ISRG, GOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the Dow was lifted by an advance in IBM (IBM) shares and the Nasdaq was similarly boosted by Google's (GOOG) outperformance. The S&P has been a laggard all morning, remaining near the flat line since the open, but is back in positive ground in afternoon trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the light economic calendar included the Home Price Index, which showed prices rose 0.6% in November, versus expectations for an increase of 0.7%. Also of note, the International Monetary Fund lowered its outlook for 2013 global output growth to 3.5% from 3.6%... COMPANY NEWS: IBM advanced over 5% at midday after its earnings report and guidance exceeded expectations. Google similarly reported earnings that beat consensus and price targets on its shares were raised all over The Street. Google advanced over 6% following the report... Among others reporting earnings last night and this morning, advancers included Cree (CREE), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intuitive Surgical (ISRG); decliners included Coach (COH) and Quest Diagnostics (DGX)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers not moving on earnings was MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), which rose 58.6% to $24.71 after agreeing to be acquired by Allergan (AGN) for $25 per share. Allergan shares fell 1.2% following the announcement. Also lower were shares of Molycorp (MCP), which fell about 9% after disclosing it now sees Q4 and 1H13 production substantially lower than expected... INDICES: Near 1 pm ET, the Dow was up 67.87, or 0.49%, to 13,780.08; the Nasdaq was up 9.63, or 0.31%, to 3,152.81; and the S&P 500 was up 0.74, or 0.05%, to 1,493.30.
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January 26, 2016
06:48 EDTCOHCoach reports Q2 Coach Brand sales $1.18B, Stuart Weitzman sales $94M
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06:46 EDTCOHCoach reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 68c, consensus 67c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.27B vs. $1.22B last year.
06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle tax avoidance deal reignites controversy, FT reports
The U.K. government is distancing itself from George Osborne's belief taht the tax deal with Google was "a major success," the Financial Times reports. Google's deal to pay GBP130M in back taxes to the U.K. government has brought back a controversy that made fixing tax avoidance the top priority three years ago, the report says. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman declines to repeat Osborne's claim that the deal was a "success" and a "victory," the report says. Reference Link
January 25, 2016
14:29 EDTCOHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:29 EDTCOHCoach technical notes ahead of earnings, potential bearish pattern
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12:53 EDTGOOGVine head Jason Toff to leave Twitter to join Google
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11:24 EDTCOHOptions with increasing volume
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10:44 EDTGOOGAmazon eyeing tighter software team-ups with Android makers, Information says
Amazon (AMZN) is eyeing ways to create tighter software partnerships with Android phone makers, the Information reports, citing people briefed on different aspects of the discussions. The company has had talks over working with phone brands at a "factory level" to integrate its services with devices in a more complex way than just preloading apps, the report says. Such moves would help Amazon gain traction of influence over Android smartphone software, owned by Google (GOOG), the report says. Reference Link
10:22 EDTISRG, CREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT SPWR NFLX CREE FFIV ISRG TIF MXIM QIHU IBM
09:19 EDTCOHCoach volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Coach January weekly call option implied volatility is at 76, February is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 51, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26.
09:02 EDTAMDRambus, AMD extend patent license agreement
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08:13 EDTDGXQuest Diagnostics expands Dako's PD-L1 IHC complementary test
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08:11 EDTIBMWestern Digital acquires over a hundred patents from IBM
Western Digital (WDC) announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.
07:54 EDTGOOGAlphabet volatility up into Q4, costs, income projects outside of core business
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07:32 EDTIBMTMC to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle's added transparency may make ad business seem more profitable, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTGOOGYouTube hires Broock as 'Global VR Evangelist,' Re/code reports
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January 24, 2016
19:10 EDTGOOGDaimler CEO: Apple, Google farther along on car than assumed, Reuters says
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14:40 EDTGOOGCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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11:02 EDTIBMStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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