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April 18, 2012
12:11 EDTIBM, ILMN, APH, CREE, TXT, URI, STX, HAL, YHOO, INTC, RHHBYOn 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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September 4, 2014
16:24 EDTHALOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:34 EDTHALOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after the ECB lowered its benchmark interest rate and took additional measures in an attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. The averages had some early momentum, but found a level about an hour into trading around which they have since traded in a narrow range. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll provider ADP estimated private sector employment increased by 204K jobs in August, which was below the consensus forecast for 215K private sector jobs to have been added. Initial jobless claims rose 4K to 302K in the week ended August 30, which was close to the 300K estimate. The trade deficit narrowed slightly to $40.5B in July, beating expectations for a deficit of $42.5B. Second quarter nonfarm productivity growth was revised lower to 2.3% versus the 2.5% pace reported initially. Unit labor costs were revised down to a decrease of 0.1% from a rise of 0.6% estimated previously. Markit's services PMI for August came in at 59.5, versus a consensus forecast of 58.5. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI for August had a reading of 59.6, easily topping the 57.7 consensus estimate. In Europe, the European Central Bank unexpectedly cut the rate at which it issues short-term loans to banks to 0.05% from 0.15% and lowered its growth forecasts for 2014 and 2015. The ECB also announced plans to buy asset-backed securities, which the central bank's president Mario Draghi said will have a “sizable” impact on its balance sheet without providing further details on the size of the planned purchases. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of oil major BP (BP) trading in New York fell about 6% after a federal judge ruled that the company acted with "gross negligence" in causing the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 that was the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who held a trial without a jury over who was at fault, also found Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) "negligent," but rested much more of the blame on BP, with 67% of the liability assigned to BP, 30% to Transocean and 3% to Halliburton. Afterward, BP said it "strongly disagrees" with the decision and will immediately appeal. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Mattress Firm (MFRM), which rose 12%, and Methode Electronics (MEI), which gained 16%. Also higher was Bolt Technology (BOLT), which surged 36% after the company agreed to be acquired by Teledyne Technologies (TDY) for $22.00 per share in cash. Shares of Teledyne advanced nearly 2% following last night's deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was Matrix Service (MTRX), which dropped 21% after its earnings for the just completed quarter and its profit forecast for its new fiscal year fell short of analysts' expectations. Also lower following their earnings reports were Ciena (CIEN), which fell over 7%, and Shoe Carnival (SCVL), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 43.83, or 0.26%, to 17,122.11, the Nasdaq was up 15.15, or 0.33%, to 4,587.71, and the S&P 500 was up 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,005.95.
12:11 EDTHALCourt rules Halliburton 'negligent' in Macondo incident conduct
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11:35 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; CLF YHOO
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11:09 EDTHALBP falls after found 'grossly negligent' in spill ruling
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10:44 EDTHALBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has found BP (BP) "grossly negligent" in its handling of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for nearly three months, Bloomberg reports. Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) were also involved in the case, but the federal judge did not find them as responsible as BP for the spill. BP could face fines of up to $18B for the spill. Reference Link
10:26 EDTHALHalliburton, Transocean cleared of gross negligence in spill, Bloomberg reports
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09:06 EDTINTCHP, Intel, Dell announce creation of Redfish industry standard
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07:31 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on September 4 hosted by Deutsche Bank
06:40 EDTINTCApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:10 EDTYHOOGoldman overseeing early share trading in Alibaba IPO, Reuters says
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06:08 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; CHL YHOO
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September 3, 2014
16:20 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had an outline for a cease-fire plan for eastern Ukraine and was closing in an agreement. The averages hit their highs shortly after the open and the Nasdaq was the first index to cross into negative territory as it was weighed down by Apple's (AAPL) decline. The market moved in a narrow range as investors anticipated the Fed’s Beige Book report, scheduled for release mid-afternoon. The report was fairly benign and the market limped into the close, with volume remaining light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: U.S. factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book stated that the pace of growth did not change significantly in any of the central bank's 12 regions during a six week period ended in August compared with the previous six week period. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated $4.36, or 4.22%, to $98.94 after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which surged $4.81, or 44.05%, to $15.73 after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which jumped $3.94, or 9.16%, to $46.97 ahead of its second quarter earnings report, which is due tomorrow morning. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which fell $4.11, or 18.55%, to $18.05 after FDA briefing documents ahead of a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower after its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $4.47, or 11.54%, to $34.27. Analysts at Piper Jaffray attributed the post-earnings weakness to investor concerns over heightened inventory levels, but the firm said it still sees Vince as one of the best small cap growth names in its space and would be "aggressive buyers" on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 10.72, or 0.06%, to 17,078.28, the Nasdaq fell 25.62, or 0.56%, to 4,572.56, and the S&P 500 slipped 1.56, or 0.08%, to 2,000.72.
12:33 EDTRHHBYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
11:40 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated into Alibaba offering
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10:28 EDTYHOOYahoo CFO: We have a high bar when it comes to acquisitions
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08:34 EDTINTCIntel volatility increases as shares near 10-year high
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07:44 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Amsterdam/Milan on September 3 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:48 EDTRHHBYInfinity Pharmaceuticals partners with Roche for blood cancer clinical studies
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) has entered into a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY) under which Roche will supply Gazyva to Infinity for use in planned clinical studies to evaluate the combination of Gazyva and duvelisib, Infinity’s oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase -delta and PI3K-gamma, in patients with hematologic malignancies, or blood cancers. The companies have also entered into a material transfer agreement under which Infinity is supplying Roche with duvelisib for use in Roche’s preclinical and translational research to evaluate the combination of duvelisib and Gazyva.
05:55 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMD YHOO
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