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April 19, 2013
12:22 EDTBX, MDLZ, GE, HPQ, PEP, MSFT, DELL, MCD, IBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The Wall Street averages were mixed at midday in spite of declines in the shares of some of the biggest companies in the country following their earnings reports. The Dow's three worst performers near noon were IBM (IBM), General Electric (GE) and McDonald's (MCD) after all three reported earnings last night or this morning. Today is also options expiration day, which can add to volatility. The Dow managed to briefly cross into positive territory then slid back a bit, though the blue chip index is well off its worst levels despite IBM's sizable drag. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., earnings were in focus as little impactful economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: IBM missed expectations on the top and bottom line and the most-heavily weighted stock in the Dow slid over 7% in response. However, Citigroup attributed the Q1 miss to deal slippage and said the pullback was a buying opportunity, maintaining its $250 price target on IBM shares... Another tech heavyweight and Dow component, Microsoft (MSFT), advanced a bit over 3% after its own quarterly report... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund disclosed increased stakes in PepsiCo (PEP) and Mondelez (MDLZ), spurring advances in both. Pepsi responded by acknowledging it has held talks with Trian in recent weeks and will consider the investment firm's ideas and initiatives... Shares of Dell (DELL) fell over 3.5%, and peer Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) slid 2%, after private equity firm Blackstone (BX) withdrew its takeover bid for Dell. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which rose 58% as firms around the Street upgraded or increased their price targets on its shares following new data from a trial of a cystic fibrosis drug candidate. Among the noteworthy losers were Air Methods (AIRM), which fell 13% after warning it expects to report losses for its first quarter, and Rambus (RMBS), which slipped 11% after its quarterly report. INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 12.98, or 0.09%, to 14,524.16; the Nasdaq was up 37.28, or 1.18%, to 3,203.64; and the S&P 500 was up 10.89, or 0.71%, to 1,552.50.
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07:02 EDTHPQHP CEO says company split on track for November 1, Bloomberg says
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06:10 EDTGEPhilips planning to spin off lighting business in IPO in 1H16, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTBXSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
05:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, BlackBerry raises cooperation for software products, DigiTimes says
Microsoft and Blackberry have been increasing their cooperation with other companies to promote sales of software platforms and related services, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the new eefforts come after their global smartphone market edge dropped 2.8% and 0.6%, respectively. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
17:26 EDTHPQHP CEO says split of company should happen around Nov. 1 2015, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTBXMolycorp creditors close to hiring Blackstone, Bloomberg says
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10:31 EDTPEPPepsiCo's valuation low vs. peers, says Credit Suisse
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10:06 EDTGEGE to install water solution during planned outage at Alaska power plant
GE announced it will commission a reverse osmosis mobile water filtration system at the Golden Valley Electric Association coal-fired power plant in Healy, Alaska. The GE system will provide the plant with clean water during a planned outage to upgrade the plant's water treatment system and environmental controls and facilitate the start up of Unit 2. The total power output of the facility once Unit 2 is online will be 80 megawatts. The two-unit station is located approximately 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The GVEA Healy plant will require GE's mobile water filtration system for approximately 90 days while work is being completed.
10:01 EDTMSFTPolycom and Microsoft announces new series of video collaboration solutions
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09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $46 on rising headwinds at Morgan Stanley
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09:00 EDTHPQPitney Bowes renews strategic alliance with Hewlett-Packard
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07:27 EDTBXFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:08 EDTBXSome senior Blackstone execs may leave due to spin-off with PJT, Reuters says
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07:03 EDTMSFTSonus transitions enterprises to Microsoft Skype for business
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07:02 EDTGEExterran nominates five new directors to board
Exterran Holdings (EXH) announced that its Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals for election to the Exterran Holdings Board at the Company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28: Anne-Marie N. Ainsworth – former President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (OILT); Frances Powell Hawes – independent financial consultant and former CFO of NCI Building Systems (NCS); James H. Lytal – independent energy consultant and former President of Gulfterra Energy Partners LP; Richard R. Stewart- former President and CEO of GE Aero Energy (GE); and Ieda Gomes Yell – Managing Director of Energix Strategy Ltd. and former President of BP Brazil (BP). “In November 2014, we announced a plan to separate Exterran’s international contract operations, international aftermarket services and global fabrication businesses into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015,” said Mark Sotir, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our Board has nominated these additional well qualified director candidates in anticipation of certain of Exterran’s directors resigning from the Board at the time of the separation in order to join the board of directors of the new publicly traded company. We have not yet reached a final determination regarding which directors will remain on Exterran’s Board and which directors will join the board of directors of SpinCo at the time of the separation.”
06:43 EDTGEMarket convinced GE is dead money, Reuters columnist says
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06:36 EDTGEBoeing turns to cargo jets to overcome West coast port disruptions, WSJ says
Boeing (GE) and its suppliers -- including General Electric (GE) -- have turned to using large Ukrainian "Antonov" cargo jets to overcome supply disruptions at U.S. West coast ports, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Boeing Commercial CEO Ray Conner, who said disruptions continued even after the ports reached a deal earlier in March. "We’re still dealing with the congestion of all the things that are stuck in those ports right now," added Conner. A Boeing spokesperson said there had been "no effect" on deliveries to airlines. Reference Link
05:23 EDTMSFTQihoo 360 announces partnership with Microsoft
Qihu 360 (QIHU) announced a partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) to bring Windows 10, for free, to its customers in China through seamless upgrades. Qihu 360 will enable the Windows 10 upgrade with just a few clicks for their customers with accelerated download speeds. As a result, millions of Qihu 360 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 quickly and easily.
05:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces strategic partnership with Tencent
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05:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows 10 to launch this Summer in 190 countries
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