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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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January 27, 2016
11:13 EDTSTXCiti mixed on hard disk drive makers, says sell Seagate, buy Western Digital
Citi initiated coverage of hard disk drive, or HDD, maker Western Digital (WDC) with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of flash memory developer SanDisk (SNDK). Conversely, Citi started coverage of the other major hard disk drive maker, Seagate (STX), with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Stating that the sector has begun a decline that should last for quite some time, the firm believes that Western Digital's actions to cope with this situation are more effective than those taken by its competitor. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital's pending acquisition of SanDisk makes the company more stable, and will raise its margins and profits, according to Citi analyst Stanley Kovler. The deal will increase Western Digital's earnings per share by a greater amount than if the company had continued its shares buybacks, the analyst added. Conversely, Seagate is trying to lower its costs and improve its products and execution, Kovler noted. The company also entered the solid state drive market, he stated. Given Seagate's limited exposure to markets other than HDD and the "malaise" in that market, the company may seek to make a "potentially transformative" acquisition, the analyst stated. But in light of its "limited financial flexibility," such a deal could limit its ability to return cash to shareholders, Kovler warned. Moreover, any acquisition made by the company may not be large enough to "fully transform" Seagate, according to Kovler, who set a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Western Digital fell 1% to $44.83 and Seagate lost 1.6% to $27.29.
09:29 EDTIBMFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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09:12 EDTTXTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
09:02 EDTRHHBYEli Lilly and Roche to collaborate on Alzheimer's diagnostic tool
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08:42 EDTYHOOIAC's Diller says would not buy Yahoo, Bloomberg reports
IAC (IAC) Chairman Barry Diller said Yahoo (YHOO) can be a standalone business, adding that he would not buy the company, according to Bloomberg. Diller said Yahoo is only worth buying at a "serious discount," according to Bloomberg.
07:04 EDTINTCThe Deal to hold a virtual roundtable
The "Internet of Things: Dealmaking" roundtable discussion about opportunities in IoT which is driving growth and M&A in sectors from telecom, software groups and device makers, will be held on January 27 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
06:59 EDTTXTOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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06:41 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Sell at Citi
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06:33 EDTTXTTextron reports Q4 Textron Aviation revenue $1.49B
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06:32 EDTTXTTextron sees FY16 EPS cont ops $2.60-$2.80, consensus $2.88
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06:31 EDTTXTTextron reports Q4 EPS cont ops 81c, consensus 83c
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06:01 EDTIBMIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
January 26, 2016
14:32 EDTTXTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
10:06 EDTIBM, CREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: SRPT GNC ALKS CALM NFLX CREE FFIV COH ISRG IBM
10:00 EDTHALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
09:30 EDTCREEWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
08:00 EDTHALHalliburton weakness a buying opportunity for long-term investors, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Halliburton (HAL) is a buying opportunity with or without Baker Hughes (BHI) as an acquisition. The firm believes the company offers the highest quality play on a recovery in North American oil prices. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on Halliburton shares.
07:21 EDTTXTTextron volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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05:35 EDTHALHalliburton downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC
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05:15 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AXP INTC
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; American Express (AXP) 28, Intel (INTC) 27 according to iVolatility.
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