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January 23, 2013
16:30 EDTSTRI, MAPP, HLF, MCP, COH, GOOG, FSLR, AGN, CREE, IBM On The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following better than expected earnings from tech giants IBM (IBM) and Google (GOOG). Near midday, the House voted to extend the debt limit until May 19, as expected, and the markets did not react to the news. Eyes on the Street are focused on this evening's report from Nasdaq's largest component, Apple (AAPL)... 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 shares gained $8.64, or 4.41%, to $204.72 after its earnings report and guidance exceeded expectations. Google similarly reported earnings that beat consensus. A number of firms increased their price targets on shares, including Jefferies taking their target up to $875. Google advanced $38.63, or 5.5%, to $741.50 following its earnings report... Herbalife (HLF) was again in the news as Greenlight Capital's quarterly letter to investors made the rounds this afternoon. There was some speculation that the letter contained a veiled reference to a short position in Herbalife, however, The Wall Street Journal reported that Greenlight's David Einhorn told investors he does not currently have any bet on the stock. However, Einhorn admitted to profiting from a short position in Herbalife held in 2012 that has since been closed. Shares of Herbalife were down $1.13, or 2.56%, to $43.01 on the day... Among notable companies moving after reporting earnings were Cree (CREE), up $7.38, or 22.05%, to $40.85 after beating expectations, and Coach (COH), down $9.93, or 16.36%, to $50.75 after its earnings fell short of expectations and its Q4 SSS fell 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was MAP Pharmaceuticals (MAPP), which rose $9.13, or 58.6%, to $24.71 after it was announced last night that the company had agreed to be acquired by Allergan (AGN) for $25 per share. Allergan shares fell $1.10, or 1.04%, to $104.65 following the announcement. Among notable losers was Molycorp (MCP), which fell 95c, or 10.76%, to $7.88 after disclosing that the company sees Q4 and 1H13 production below expectations and shares were downgraded at Dahlman Rose. Also lower were shares of STR Holdings (STRI), down 79c, or 25.48%, to $2.31 after announcing last night that it expects to lose First Solar (FSLR) as a customer and shares were downgraded to Hold at Craig-Hallum... INDICES: The Dow was up 66.96, or 0.49%, to 13,779.17; the Nasdaq was up 10.49, or 0.33%, to 3,153.67; and the S&P 500 was up 2.22, or 0.15%, to 1,494.78.
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January 26, 2016
08:26 EDTGOOGTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
08:13 EDTFSLRFirst Solar initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
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07:51 EDTGOOGStreet still underestimates Alphabet's outlook, says Bernstein
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07:44 EDTGOOGStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
06:49 EDTCOHCoach backs FY16 revenue growth of low-single digits
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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 EDTCREEOptions 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.
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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