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April 19, 2013
12:22 EDTHPQ, PEP, MSFT, DELL, MCD, IBM, BX, MDLZ, GEOn 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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September 25, 2015
08:10 EDTPEPPepsiCo Q3 should mark earnings trough, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst John Faucher expects PepsiCo's earnings to trough in Q3 as currency headwinds peak. Earnings growth acceleration and gross margin upside position the stock well heading into 2016, the analyst argues. He reiterates an Overweight rating on PepsiCo with a $110 price target.
08:08 EDTMDLZMondelez shares could reach $70, says Bernstein
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September 24, 2015
13:47 EDTMCDMcDonald's names David Fairhurst EVP, chief people officer
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12:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partnership a modest positive for Baidu, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo said he considers Baidu's (BIDU) newly announced strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) for the Edge browser in Windows 10 as a modest positive, but thinks it is likely only a headline positive in the near term. However, if Baidu were to strike a deal to become the default search engine for Internet Explorer, that would be "huge" for the Chinese company, Guo tells investors in a research note. The analyst has a Buy rating on Baidu shares.
09:36 EDTHPQGabelli continues to believe Stratasys is a strategic fit for Hewlett-Packard
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08:02 EDTPEPPepsiCo sustainability initiatives delivered $375M in cost savings since 2010
07:49 EDTGEGE reaches agreement with UKEF to access export financing for up to $12B
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07:32 EDTMCDJack in the Box has reached 'interesting' entry point, says Oppenheimer
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06:41 EDTGEGE likely to sell PE unit to France's Ardian, Bloomberg reports
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06:16 EDTIBMIBM to open second Watson headquarters in San Francisco
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTMSFTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:34 EDTBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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10:24 EDTBXBioMed Realty surges after report of exploring sale
Shares of BioMed Realty Trust (BMR) are surging in morning trading following a Bloomberg report that said the company is in talks to sell itself. WHAT'S NEW: BioMed Realty Trust, a San Diego-based real estate investment trust with a market value of $3.9B, is exploring a sale, Bloomberg reported last night. According to sources, the company, which went public in 2004, has hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to explore a potential deal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bloomberg reported that BioMed Realty has attracted interest from firms including Blackstone Group (BX), explaining that buying REITs is a way for buyers like the private equity firm to put large amounts of cash to work. One source notes that talks remain ongoing and there is no guarantee a deal will be finalized. In July, Blackstone finalized an agreement to acquire shopping center REIT Excel Trust (EXL). ANALYST TAKE: Canaccord upgraded BioMed Realty to Buy from Hold following the Bloomberg report and raised its price target to $23 from $21. Analyst Paul Morgan said the M&A report highlights BioMed's "discounted" valuation to peers, reducing the emphasis on near-term earnings issues of asset sales and lease terminations. Morgan said the firm's preliminary $25 takeout valuation "could prove conservative" in case the M&A process is "competitive." Blackstone and other private equity players, Morgan said, have the "capacity" to look beyond short-term earnings challenges to extract value from REITs. PRICE ACTION: BioMed Realty Trust is up 11.7% to $21.42 in morning trading.
10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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09:18 EDTMSFT, IBM, PEPPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
08:01 EDTGEGE Healthcare announces $300M commitment to support emerging market health
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06:32 EDTHPQHP's employee shift ultimatum not going as planned, Business Insider reports
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06:23 EDTBXBioMed Realty Trust in talks to sell itself, Bloomberg reports
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