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April 19, 2013
12:22 EDTIBM, MSFT, GE, MCD, PEP, MDLZ, DELL, HPQ, BXOn 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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April 3, 2014
15:49 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, DJ says
IBM (IBM) also held talks with Intel (INTC), according to Dow Jones, citing sources.
10:00 EDTBXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:37 EDTMDLZActive equity options trading on open
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09:30 EDTIBM, GE, MSFTApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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07:53 EDTBXSeaWorld attendance falls 13% as Blackstone reduces stake, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTBXBlackstone, Carlyle look into bid for Singapore's Goodpack, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX) and Carlyle Group (CG) are considering a bid for Singapore's Goodpack, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. The sources said both companies had meetings this week with Goodpack, but there is no guarantee a deal with transpire as a result. Reference Link
06:34 EDTMCDStates moving on minimum wage hikes, NY Times says
Since President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage 14 months ago, seven states and Washington, DC have passed such an increase, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, 34 other state legislatures have started debating the issue and activists in another eight states are looking to get proposals for minimum wage increases on voter ballots, the newspaper stated. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
06:17 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
Target $44.
06:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to stop charging fee for Windows for some smartphones, WSJ reports
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April 2, 2014
14:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 update at conference
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12:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 8.1 update to be available April 8
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12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant Cortana
Windows Phone 8.1 personal voice assistant Cortana is powered by Bing, and can be opened by a Live Tile on the home screen or via a phone's search button. Cortana can add items to calendars, set alarms, and find nearby restaurants.
12:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Phone 8.1 update to roll out to consumers in next few months
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11:37 EDTHPQStocks with call strike movement; HPQ GM
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08:41 EDTHPQPacific Crest to hold a forum
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08:32 EDTGEGE gas engine technology to be used by integrated gasified biomass power plant
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07:45 EDTGEGE Healthcare to acquire CHCA Computer Systems, terms not disclosed
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07:10 EDTMCDEx-McDonald's store managers admit to withholding wages, Bloomberg says
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to lay out vision for Windows at Build, Business Insider says
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05:59 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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