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April 18, 2012
12:11 EDTILMN, TXT, HAL, IBM, APH, URI, YHOO, RHHBY, CREE, STX, INTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as disappointment with the reports of two blue chip technology companies weighed on the market. Stock futures were slightly lower during the pre-market trading session, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The averages have struggled since the opening bell, with little in the way of economic data to distract investors from the latest round of earnings reports... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported mortgage applications were up 6.9% from a week earlier, driven by refinancing. Crude oil inventories grew more than expected, while gasoline and distillates inventories shrank more than analysts forecast... COMPANY NEWS: IBM (IBM), Intel (INTC) and Yahoo (YHOO) all reported earnings after the close yesterday that beat consensus expectations, but only Yahoo shares rallied following the announcements. The declines in IBM, which saw its revenues miss expectations and its shares fall 2.5%, and Intel, down 2% after its gross margins were worse than last quarter, weighed heavily on the Dow. In contrast, Yahoo gained 3% as its revenue grew for the first time since Q3 of 2008, as noted by Piper Jaffray... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included Halliburton (HAL), Seagate (STX) and United Rentals (URI); decliners included Textron (TXT), Cree (CREE) and Amphenol (APH)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Catalyst Health Solutions (CHSI), up 31%, and SXC Health Solutions (SXCI), up 7.5%, as both stocks benefited from plans to merge the companies in a cash and stock transaction that implies a purchase price of $81.02 per Catalyst share. Also higher were shares of THQ Inc. (THQI), up 36%, after the company raised its expectations for Q4 on strong sales of its "Saints Row" game. Noteworthy losers included Genworth (GNW), down 21%, after announcing it would delay the IPO of its Australian mortgage insurance business until early 2013, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 10%, after Reuters reported that its CEO took out as much as $1.1B in unreported loans over the last three years which could raise the possibility of conflicts of interest. Also lower were shares of Illumina (ILMN), down 2.5%, after Roche (RHHBY) decided not to extend its $51 cash tender offer for the company... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 47.34, or 0.36%, to 13,068.20; the Nasdaq was down 10.72, or 0.35%, to 3,032.10; and the S&P 500 was down 3.79, or 0.27%, to 1,386.99.
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January 14, 2015
10:30 EDTRHHBYHuman Longevity signs genome sequencing pact with Roche unit
Human Longevity announced a multi-year agreement with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to conduct whole genome sequencing of tens of thousands of de-identified samples from Genentech. HLI, using proprietary tools and unique expertise, will sequence genomes to 30x coverage and analyze the data. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
08:34 EDTIBMIBM estimates lowered at BofA/Merrill
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08:18 EDTINTCIntel Q4 revenue likely to be at high end of guidance range, says Pacific Crest
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07:46 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:29 EDTINTCCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTINTCIntel to expand 2-in-1 reference design to 12.5-inch display, DigiTimes says
Intel has expanded its $349-$399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, reports DigiTimes. Citing sources from notebook makers, the expansion will likely heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment. Reference 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.
14:23 EDTTXTTextron specialized vehicles acquires Douglas Equipment
The Textron Specialized Vehicles group of Textron (TXT), through Textron Ground Support Equipment UK Limited, has acquired the Douglas Equipment business from Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Limited, a subsidiary of Curtiss-Wright Corporation (CW). Douglas Equipment is a manufacturer of ground support equipment in the aviation industry, based in Cheltenham, England, UK. Going forward, Douglas Equipment will operate as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles’ companies’ GSE business, which also includes TUG Technologies Corp., a leading manufacturer of ground support equipment based in Kennesaw, Ga. Douglas Equipment is a strong fit for the Textron Specialized Vehicles group, as Douglas’ specialization in towbarless and conventional aircraft tractors and runway friction measurement systems complements TUG Technologies’ leadership in baggage and tow tractors, pushbacks, belt loaders, ground power units, air-starts, and mobile HVAC units. Douglas will continue to operate from its UK facilities in Cheltenham and Poyle, United Kingdom with its workforce of more than 90 employees intact. The Douglas brand will join the Textron Specialized Vehicles companies’ stable of brands alongside TUG, E-Z-GO, Cushman, and Bad Boy Buggies.
14:02 EDTTXTCurtiss-Wright sells assets of Douglas Equipment unit to Textron
Curtiss-Wright (CW) announced that it has sold the assets of its Douglas Equipment business, which is a supplier of commercial aviation ground support vehicles, to a subsidiary of Textron (TXT). "This transaction aligns with our stated objective to divest non-core operations as part of our previously outlined operating margin improvement initiatives. Furthermore, it enables us to focus on our core commercial aerospace businesses, while also providing a better strategic fit for Douglas' product portfolio. Overall, this supports our long-term goals of significant free cash flow generation and operating margin expansion," said David Adams, Chairman and CEO of Curtiss-Wright.
11:57 EDTINTC, STXHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
08:22 EDTINTCIntel should meet or beat sales guidance midpoint, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks that Intel should be able to meet, or beat, the midpoint of its Q4 guidance for 1% sequential sales growth. The firm believes the results could set a positive tone for computer related chips, with strong growth in data centers and a continuing recovery in PC growth. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Intel.
07:51 EDTRHHBYRoche deal positive, says Bernstein
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07:04 EDTIBMFederal 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 EDTIBMCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTRHHBYRoche obtains rights to drug that strengthens antibiotics
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06:18 EDTRHHBY, YHOOSilicon 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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