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January 17, 2014
16:32 EDTSSNI, BBRY, UPS, COF, V, INTC, RDEN, MS, AXPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with the Dow serving as the only index to close in the green following a post-earnings gain from American Express (AXP), as well as a strong session from Visa (V) which gained more than 4.5%. With today's close the S&P 500 served as the only major average closing the week with losses, though no index logged a weekly move greater than 0.4%. 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) fell 69c, or 2.60%, to $25.85 after last night reporting mixed fourth quarter results and fiscal 2014 guidance. The chipmaking giant reported earnings per share that missed estimates by 1c on revenue that narrowly beat expectations and said there were signs of stabilization in the personal computer market in the quarter. Intel's 2014 revenue guidance was somewhat disappointing, with the company saying it expects revenue to be flat compared to the just completed year... UPS (UPS) fell 58c, or 0.58%, to $99.91, closing well off its worst levels, after pre-announcing weaker than expected fourth quarter results. UPS estimated that its fourth quarter earnings per share would be $1.25, shy of analysts' estimates for $1.43. The shipping giant cited the compressed holiday shopping season and an "unprecedented" level of online shopping that featured a surge of orders at the very end of the season, which forced the company to take "extraordinary measures" that hurt profits. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BlackBerry (BBRY), up 53c, or 6.19%, to $9.09 after short-selling blog Citron Research disclosed a long position on shares and put a "minimum" price target on the stock of $15, saying the stock's current position creates a "unique trading opportunity." Also higher following their quarterly reports were banking major Morgan Stanley (MS), up $1.40, or 4.38%, to $33.40, and credit card giant American Express (AXP), up $3.19, or 3.63%, to $90.97. Among the noteworthy losers was Capital One (COF), down $4.05, or 5.30%, to $72.39 after the company's fourth quarter profit came in below expectations and the stock was downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna. Also lower were Silver Spring Network (SSNI), down $5.81, or 24.72%, to $17.69 and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), down $6.54, or 18.96%, to $27.96, after both companies last night warned that their quarterly profit and sales would come in below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow was up 41.55, or 0.25%, to 16,458.56; the S&P 500 was down 7.19, or 0.39%, to 1,838.70; the Nasdaq was down 21.11, or 0.5%, to 4,197.58.
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May 18, 2015
12:09 EDTAXPAmerican Express management to meet with Guggenheim
Meeting to be held in New York on May 20 hosted by Guggenheim.
10:40 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held principal to principal talks late last week, Faber says
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09:46 EDTMSMPLX enters common unit sales agreement for up to $500M
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09:11 EDTINTCIntel, Altera held 'principal to principal' talks last week, CNBC reports
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07:46 EDTAXPAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
07:06 EDTINTCAltera back in talks with Intel about potential takeover, NY Post says
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05:50 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY MNKD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; BlackBerry (BBRY) 55, MannKind (MNKD) 75 according to iVolatility.
May 15, 2015
16:32 EDTVBerkshire 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.
15:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active amid rumor of Microsoft investigation of potential bid
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15:00 EDTBBRYBlackBerry 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
14:54 EDTBBRYMicrosoft said to examine potential for BlackBerry bid, Betaville says
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12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports April net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
Reports April 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 1.0% last month.
10:34 EDTBBRYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTUPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aspen Technology (AZPN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Connecticut Water (CTWS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hanesbrands (HBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Impala Platinum (IMPUY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Inovalon (INOV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
06:13 EDTINTCISS, Glass Lewis advise Intel investors to vote 'no' on eBay CEO, WSJ reports
ISS and Glass, Lewis & Co, two influential proxy advisory firms, are recommended Intel (INTC) investors vote against the reelection of eBay (EBAY) CEO John Donahoe to the company's board, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing what it characterized as a poor attendance record, Glass Lewis commented "We view this as a failure by this director to fulfill a fundamental responsibility to represent shareholders at such meetings," while ISS said Donahoe "lacked a valid excuse" for attending less than 75% of the meetings held by the Intel board and committees he serves on in 2014. Intel's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled for May 21. Reference Link
06:05 EDTCOFCapital One reports April net charge-off rate 3.66% vs. 3.63% last month
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05:46 EDTUPSUPS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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May 14, 2015
13:28 EDTUPSIncreasing equity options volume
Increasing equity options volume: FCX UPS KSS CHK CSCO AVP YOKU CALM KORS
10:23 EDTUPSUPS May calls active
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06:04 EDTMSUnivision IPO could launch 'in weeks,' NY Post reports
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