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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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April 10, 2014
06:13 EDTINTCIntel to launch Haswell Refresh CPUs, 9-series chipsets in May, DigiTimes says
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Bobbi Brown to be editor-in-chief of beauty site, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Bobbi Brown, the creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (EL), to be the editor-in-chief of its beauty site, Re/code reports, noting that several of Yahoo's big advertisers -- L'Oreal (LRLCY), Procter & Gamble (PG) and Unilever (UN, UL) -- are competitive with Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Reference Link
April 9, 2014
14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo likely to report 'tepid' quarter, BGC says
BGC's Colin Gillis said he expects Yahoo to report another "tepid quarter" when it reports earnings next week, with the firm expecting revenue to be flat year-over-year with underlying metrics that are discouraging. Gillis added that the near-term valuation for Yahoo's stake in Alibaba, which has aided investor enthusiasm for Yahoo, has likely peaked, and the firm maintains a Hold rating and $34 price target on shares.
09:35 EDTCREECree shares mentioned positively at Northland Securities
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08:58 EDTILMNIllumina not targeted by new Chinese regulations, says Janney Capital
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07:00 EDTINTCBofA, Intel fire 3K workers, leaving Costa Rica shocked, Bloomberg says
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06:20 EDTINTCIntel plans 1,500 job cuts in Cosa Rica, WSJ reports
Intel is planning to lay off about 1,500 employees in Costa Rica, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company will move longtime assembly and test operations in the country to three locations in Asia. The latest job cuts reduce Intel's workforce by about 1.4%. Reference Link
April 8, 2014
16:10 EDTRHHBYProthena says first human dosed in Phase 1 study of PRX002
Prothena (PRTA) announced the successful start of a Phase 1 clinical trial of its therapeutic monoclonal antibody candidate, PRX002, for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Prothena has earned a $15M milestone payment from Roche (RHHBY) related to the initiation of this study. The initial Phase 1 clinical trial of PRX002 is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, single ascending dose study in healthy subjects. It is designed to assess PRX002 for safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics and immunogenicity. As previously announced in December 2013, Prothena entered into a worldwide collaboration with Roche to develop and commercialize antibodies that target α-synuclein, including PRX002. Including the current milestone payment, Prothena has now achieved a total of $45M through its worldwide PRX002 collaboration with Roche.
12:24 EDTYHOOYahoo quarter 'lackluster,' near deal for Chief Revenue Officer, Re/code says
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11:03 EDTRHHBYPiper Jaffray's biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biopharm Analyst Schimmer discusses PCSK9 Inhibitors and other atherosclerosis approaches on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant companies AEGR, ALNY, AMGN, ARNA, AZN, BMY, CBST, LLY, ESPR, GSK, ICPT, ISIS, MNKD, MRK, OREX, PFE, REGN, RHHBY, SNY and VVUS may be included on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 10 at 3 pm.
08:08 EDTINTCCost to Apple, Google, Intel, of 'no-poaching' deal may be high, DealBook says
Some of the of the biggest names in tech, including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC)and Adobe (ADBE), are at the center of a class-action suit that seeks $9B as compensation for employees who contend the tech giants colluded to prevent their employees from being hired at rivals, reported The New York Times' DealBook. Reference Link
07:28 EDTYHOOFour Internet stocks attractive after pullbacks, says Stifel
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07:28 EDTIBMSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
April 7, 2014
10:26 EDTCREECree May volatility elevated at 58 on tight five-month price movement
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10:10 EDTIBMAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
07:30 EDTILMNIllumina weakness creates buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes that the recent decline in Illumina's stock is mostly related to its correlation with biotech indices, and the firm sees this correlation as "a technical rather than a fundamental phenomenon." The firm believes that demand for the company's HiSeq, MiSeq, and HiSeq X instruments are strong, and it now identifies the stock as its top pick in the tools space. It increased its price target on the shares to $170-175 from $155-$160.
06:07 EDTRHHBYRoche acquires IQuum for $450M
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05:55 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded its rating on Intel (INTC) shares to Outperform with a $31 price target citing improving corporate PC demand and expectations the company's Grantley server platform will drive spending at traditional IT customers in 2015. Shares of Intel closed Friday down 25c to $26.16.
April 6, 2014
14:21 EDTYHOOYahoo plans to acquire bigger budget TV programming, WSJ says
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