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January 17, 2014
12:41 EDTINTC, NIHD, RDEN, BAIRY, AAWW, FDX, GE, MS, AXP, UPS, AAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday amid a pickup in the number of prominent earnings reports and a raft of domestic economic data. The averages opened lower as traders rolled out positions ahead of options expiration. Within minutes of the open, however, the bluechip Dow had recouped its losses and moved back into positive territory, powered by a strong post-earnings jump by American Express (AXP). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts fell 9.8% to a rate of just under 1M in December, though that decline was roughly in-line with expectations. Building permits dropped 3.0% from the prior month, versus an expected decrease of 0.3%. Industrial production rose 0.3% in December, meeting the consensus forecast of economists. The preliminary January reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 80.4, versus expectations for a 83.5 reading. JOLTS data showed job openings rose 70K in November to about 4M. COMPANY NEWS: Intel (INTC) shares were down more than 3% near noon after the companyís fourth quarter results and fiscal 2014 guidance painted a mixed picture. Last night, the chipmaking giant reported earnings per share that just missed estimates on revenue that narrowly beat expectations and said there were signs of stabilization in the personal computer market in the quarter. However, Intel provided disappointing revenue guidance for 2014, saying it expects revenue to be flat compared to this just completed year... Among other giant corporations that reported earnings last night or this morning, American Express advanced nearly 5%, Morgan Stanley (MS) gained over 4% and General Electric (GE) slipped more than 2%... UPS (UPS) shares slid 1.5% after the shipper pre-announced weaker than expected results. UPS estimated that its fourth quarter earnings per share would be $1.25, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.43. The shipping giant said the compressed holiday shopping season and the "unprecedented" level of online shopping that featured a surge of orders at the very end of the season forced it to take to take "extraordinary measures" that hurt its profits. FedEx (FDX) was also down 0.6% after the profit warning from its shipping peer... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NII Holdings (NIHD), which surged 23% after announcing it reached a deal with Apple (AAPL) to offer Nextel customers in Brazil the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Also higher was video game maker Electronic Arts (EA), which rose 11% after its stock was initiated with a Buy rating at CRT Capital and Cowen said the video game maker has a chance of beating December quarter guidance and Street estimates given its solid December sell through. Among the noteworthy losers was Atlas Air (AAWW), which dropped 15% after reporting British Airways (BAIRY) intends to return three aircraft in April. Also lower were shares of Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which tumbled 15% after the company cut its second quarter earnings and revenue outlook. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 60.04, or 0.37%, to 16,477.05, the Nasdaq was down 4.43, or 0.11%, to 4,214.25, and the S&P 500 was down 0.62, or 0.03%, to 1,845.27.
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August 13, 2014
06:19 EDTMSBanks pressing Federal Reserve to delay rule on investments, WSJ says
Banks are pushing U.S. policy makers for a delay of a rule that requires them to sell investments in private-equity and venture-capital funds, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to people familiar with the effort, bank officials, trade groups and lawmakers are lobbying the Federal Reserve to delay the rule for up to seven years that limits banks' investments. Reference Link
05:59 EDTINTCIntel could invest up to $100B in Oregon over 30 year period
Washington County, a political subdivision of the State of Oregon, the City of Hillsboro, a municipal corporation, and Intel have entered into a strategic investment program agreement. The SIP application requested that Intel and the County enter into a SIP Agreement to provide a framework for potential additional Intel investment in Oregon of up to $100B over a 30 year period commencing around the time when the current SIP agreement between Intel and the County approaches or reaches the limits of its current investment ceiling. In general terms, Intelís investment will consist primarily of proposed investments in semiconductor manufacturing equipment and facilities to promote job retention of its semiconductor manufacturing and semiconductor technology development work force. Reference Link
August 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 12, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 20c to 31.65. Option volume leaders: AAPL MNKD TWTR TSLA KMI KATE MGM NFLX KO according to Track Data.
10:43 EDTNIHDNII Holdings downgraded to Underperform at Wells Fargo
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10:40 EDTNIHDNII Holdings downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
08:18 EDTGEAs MetLife awaits SIFI decision, other non-banks get tough scrutiny, FT says
The Federal Reserve's scrutiny of AIG (AIG) and GE Capital (GE) since those non-banks were designated as systemic risks shows they are being regarded in the same manner as large banks, according Financial Times, citing people familiar with the process. Insurer Prudential Financial (PRU) was deemed a systemic risk last September and rival MetLife (MET) is waiting to see if it will be designated this year, the report noted. Reference Link
07:48 EDTMSBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTAAPLApple readies Healthkit launch despite complicated regulations, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTAAPLApple suppliers begin production of next-generation iPads, Bloomberg says
Apple suppliers began production of next-generation iPads as the tech firm looks to reignite the popularity of tablet computers after it experienced two consecutive quarters of sales declines, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
05:47 EDTAAPLApple December quarter margins likely down sequentially, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says itís likely that Apple's December quarter margins decline quarter-over-quarter due to the impact of the updated iPhone 6. Piper does not view the potential margin decline as a long-term negative, however, noting that Apple showed with the iPhone 5S that margins can expand as the company moves away from new design launches. Piper says it remains a buyer of Apple shares with an Overweight rating and $105 price target.
August 11, 2014
17:50 EDTNIHDNII Holdings CEO says needs to make key decisions to address liquidity
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17:49 EDTNIHDNII Holdings reports Q2 EPS ($3.65), may not compare to consensus ($2.30)
Reports Q2 revenue $969M, consensus $948.1M.
17:44 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $311.49M government contract modification
General Electric is being awarded a $311.49M modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 75 Lot 14 F/A-18E/F F414-GE-400 engines and associated devices for U.S. Navy and for the government of Australia. In addition, this modification provides for the procurement of after burner modules, fan modules, high pressure combustor modules, combustor modules, and high and low pressure turbine modules for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia. Work will be performed in Lynn, Massachusetts; Hooksett, New Hampshire; Rutland, Vermont; and Madisonville, Kentucky, and is expected to be completed in September 2016. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy and the government of Australia under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.33 to 31.90. Option volume leaders: AAPL KMI MNKD PBR AMZN SCTY TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
10:07 EDTAAPLVirnetX says court denies Apple motion in patent suit
VirnetX (VHC) announced that on August 8 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, issued its patent claim construction, or "Markman" Order and ruled on a VirnetX motion in the ongoing patent infringement action between VirnetX and Apple (AAPL). Both parties had presented arguments on the disputed terms along with various other motions at a Markman hearing on May 20. In the Markman order, the court denied Apple's Motion for Summary Judgment of Indefiniteness, in which Apple alleged that some of the disputed claims terms in the patents asserted by VirnetX were invalid for indefiniteness. In a separate order, the court granted in part and denied in part VirnetX's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment on Apple's Invalidity Counterclaims. The court's order precludes Apple from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were tried before a jury in VirnetX's prior litigation against Apple. Apple is not precluded from asserting invalidity as a defense against infringement of the claims that were not tried before a jury in the Apple I case. "We are extremely pleased with the court's rulings and we remain confident in the merits of our complaint against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We believe the court's Markman Order and motion ruling represents another significant step towards the successful resolution of this litigation."
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:23 EDTAAPLGoogle testing "Listen Now" music ads, WSJ reports
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August 10, 2014
18:44 EDTINTCIntel should see more gains, Barron's says
As Intel's revenues are expected to climb 5% this year, investors should expect more gains by the company's stock, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
16:51 EDTINTC, AAPLCourt rejects $324M settlement in tech hiring conspiracy, NYT says
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