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April 18, 2012
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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November 19, 2015
10:00 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Fairchild (FCS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... General Dynamics (GD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... National Grid (NGG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... ON Semiconductor (ON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Papa John's (PZZA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... QEP Resources (QEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy on selloff, dividend yield at Craig-Hallum... Sunoco (SUN) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tetraphase (TTPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Wendy's (WEN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:03 EDTYHOOStarboard urges Yahoo to sell core businesses
In a letter delivered to Yahoo's Chairman, CEO And board, Starboard stresses that a proposed spin-off of Aabaco Holdings is not Yahoo's best alternative. It adds that a sales of Yahoo's core business would be the best risk-adjusted outcome for shareholders. In the letter, Starboard stated, "We have grown increasingly frustrated with your unwillingness to accept our help and your dismissive approach to our serious concerns about the current situation at Yahoo! Inc. ("Yahoo"). As you, the management team, and your advisors requested from us over a year ago, we have attempted to work with you privately and agreed not to pursue the nomination and election of directors at last year's annual meeting. Despite our numerous conversations and meetings, and notwithstanding your willingness to provide us an audience, you have been reluctant to respond or adapt to the realities of the current environment. The current situation that Yahoo faces is so important that we now feel it is necessary to communicate with management and the Board of Directors in a manner such that our message is not only as explicit as possible for you, but also for our fellow Yahoo shareholders. The proposed spin-off of Aabaco Holdings is not Yahoo's best alternative. Instead, you should be exploring a sale of Yahoo's core Search and Display advertising businesses and leave Yahoo's ownership stakes in Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan in the existing corporate entity."
07:43 EDTINTCHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
The Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "The Disrupter Series: The Fast-Evolving Uses & Economic Impacts of Drones" with Joshua Walden, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New Technology Group at Intel on November 19 at 10:15 am. Webcast Link
07:28 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Buy on selloff, dividend yield at Craig-Hallum
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06:00 EDTYHOOStarboard sends letter to Yahoo, urges halt of Alibaba spinoff plan, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) shareholder Starboard Value sent a letter to the company urging the company to halt the plan to sell its stake in Alibaba (BABA) due to the risk of incurring taxes on the sale, the Wall Street Journal reports. The activist investor instead wants Yahoo to sell its struggling Internet business, the report says. Starboard supported the sale of over $20B in Alibaba shares before the IRS denied Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff would be considered tax free. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
13:44 EDTINTCBefore the Move: Watch Intel into tomorrow's analyst day
Chipmaker Intel's (INTC) analyst day tomorrow could yield information on numerous company operations, but Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis cautions investors that the probability for positive surprises appears low given recent spending outlays. BACKGROUND: Intel, one of the largest semiconductor makers in the world, is scheduled to hold an analyst day on Thursday, November 19. Beyond providing forecasts for its various business segments and remarks on the larger computer market, Intel is expected to provide further clarity on several recent stories, including its memory joint venture with Micron (MU), plans to invest heavily in a Chinese production facility and progression towards chips on the 10 nanometer scale. STRONG OUTLOOK, MILD MEETING: Intel's pending acquisition of Altera (ALTR) and its plans to invest as much as $5.5B in a computer memory facility in Dalian, China leave little room for positive surprises at tomorrow's event in regards to 2016 margins, capital expenditures, or shareholder returns, Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis said in a recent research note. That said, the analyst views Intel's Chinese facility expansion as part of a "brilliant investment strategy that positions Intel as a partner to China" and "keeps the market open" to its microprocessors, perhaps Intel's more famed business segment. Though the two initiatives are certain to push up near-term debt load, Lipacis takes the longer-term view, reminding investors that Intel has shown consistently strong free cash flow over the past decade, leading him to forecast another $13B in 2016. The year may also bring "a number" of other positives for the company, including more data center wins after the Altera tie-up, potentially renewed sales on a cyclical uptick in PC gaming, and even the possibility of an iPhone chip contract, though Lipacis said none of those points look set to be discussed tomorrow. The analyst kept a Buy rating and $38 price target on the shares while reiterating that Thursday's Intel event may have little in store for those expecting eye-grabbing surprises. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Intel have advanced roughly 0.9% to $32.92 Wednesday afternoon. "Before the Move" is The Fly's recurring series of exclusive stories that identify potentially market moving events, along with analyst predictions, ahead of the news.
08:37 EDTHALBaker Hughes has superior risk/reward ratio, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes that Baker Hughes (BHI) has one of the best risk/reward ratios in its coverage universe. The firm thinks the stock will rise 25% if its acquisition by Halliburton closes, and fall only 9%-14% in the medium term if the deal falls through. BMO now sees an 80% chance of the deal closing, up from 70% previously.
08:28 EDTRHHBYLeerink to hold a bus tour
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08:19 EDTSTXRBC Capital to hold a tour
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08:11 EDTRHHBYIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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07:28 EDTYHOOYahoo taxes could amount to more than value of Alibaba stake, says SunTrust
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo included in New York's daily fantasy sports investigation, Reuters says
An investigation by the New York attorney general into the daily fantasy sports industry will no include Yahoo, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Yahoo operates its own daily fantasy site and received a subpoena by New York AG Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
15:40 EDTINTCIntel to host investor meeting
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11:03 EDTINTCTsinghua Chairman says in talks with U.S.-based chipmaker, Reuters reports
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08:50 EDTYHOOCheetah Mobile reports strategic partnership with Yahoo
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07:48 EDTINTCHP Enterprise announces alliance with Intel
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07:34 EDTRHHBYOphthotech to hold a conference call
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06:31 EDTIBMBerkshire buys more IBM shares, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTINTCIntel November volatility elevated into investor meeting
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06:08 EDTRHHBYRoche subsidiary to participate in Ophthotech and Novartis agreement
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