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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.
News For IBM;MSFT;GE;MCD;PEP;MDLZ;DELL;HPQ;BX From The Last 14 Days
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07:27 EDTIBMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:56 EDTGEGE, Emerson said to be mulling bids for Aveva, Sunday Times reports
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06:05 EDTGE, MSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
18:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $105M government contract modification
General Electric - Aviation, Cincinnati, Ohio, has been awarded a $105M modification to previously awarded contract FA8650-09-D-2922 to cover the potential award of the Adaptive Engine Technology Development order. This additional research and the resulting data will further mature aircraft engine technologies and decrease risk to achieve a system level preliminary design review and subsequent Adaptive Engine Research Design compatibility review. Work will be performed at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 3, 2016. Funds will be obligated if additional in-scope work is awarded. Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
17:07 EDTMDLZ, PEPTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
16:32 EDTIBMBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: IBM (IBM), Precision Castparts (PCP), Wells Fargo (WFC), Phillips 66 (PSX), and US Bancorp (USB). DECREASED STAKES: National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Viacom (VIAB), Bank of New York Mellon (BK), MasterCard (MA), and Visa (V). LIQUIDATED STAKES: None.
16:01 EDTMSFT, MCDOptions Update; May 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 20.06 Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX TWTR BABA CSCO TSLA MU GILD T MSFT AMZN MCD
15:26 EDTMSFTBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTMSFTBlackBerry rises amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
Shares of BlackBerry (BBRY) are higher in afternoon trading after Ben Harrington's Betaville blog said Microsoft (MSFT) is said to have requested Deutsche Bank (DB) and Goldman Sachs (GS) examine whether the company should acquire the mobile device maker. His source said Microsoft has not yet approached Blackberry and is still in the "very early stages" of looking into making a potential deal, Harrington added. BlackBerry is up 1.7% to $10.50 following the blog post. Reference Link
12:15 EDTMCDMcDonald's call activity attributed to activist speculation
McDonald's May 97.5 and 98 calls are active eon total call volume of 56K (4K puts) on activist speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 18, May weekly is at 17, June is at 18, September is at 19; compared to 90-day average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:09 EDTMCDRumor: McDonald's move higher attributed to activist speculation
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11:00 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft EPS, revenue growth poised to accelerate, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Microsoft's EPS growth to reaccelerate through fiscal 2017, and it predicts that the company's revenue growth will accelerate, driven by a shift to sub-based licensing, new cloud offerings, and higher enterprise sales. Bernstein keeps a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:40 EDTHPQHP split to be positive catalyst, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes HP's split will be a positive catalyst for shares this year. It views the stock as attractively priced ahead of the Q2 results on May 21 and says HP remains a top pick for 2015. Deutsche has a Buy rating on the name with a $45 price target.
06:55 EDTBXBlackstone takes minority stake in Magnetar Capital, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTGE, MSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
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