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January 17, 2014
16:32 EDTINTC, UPS, AXP, V, BBRY, MS, COF, SSNI, RDENOn 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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September 23, 2014
07:28 EDTBBRYBlackBerry prices 'Passport' below competing high-end smartphones, WSJ says
BlackBerry, whose Passport smartphone marks its first global launch since its BB10 operating system, is pricing the new phone at $599 in the U.S. without subsidies, which is below Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6, which starts at $649 without contract, and Samsung's (SSNLF) Galaxy S5, which was similarly priced at about $650 at launch, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
September 22, 2014
12:52 EDTINTCIntel receives approval from Israel to invest $6B in chip plant, Reuters says
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11:03 EDTUPSUPS expands 3D printing across U.S. with Stratasys collaboration
UPS (UPS) is expanding 3D printing services to meet the growing demands of its small business customers to nearly 100 additional locations nationwide. As the first nationwide retailer to offer 3D printing services in-store, in collaboration with Stratasys (SSYS), the UPS Store continues to evolve its services to better meet the needs of small business owners.
07:14 EDTVGSM Association to hold a conference
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06:30 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO's plan to abandon consumer market showing results, WSJ says
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06:27 EDTINTCIntel, Rockhip partner to expand x86 presence in tablet market, DigiTimes says
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September 19, 2014
16:24 EDTINTCStocks rise after Fed keeps pledge for 'considerable time' before rate hike
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16:17 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:51 EDTINTCMicrosoft, Intel look to partner with Chinese mobile device makers, Nikkei says
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09:26 EDTBBRYBlackBerry global units stabilizing, says ITG Research
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08:34 EDTBBRYBlackBerry volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Blackberry September weekly call option implied volatility is at 94, October weekly is at 75, October is at 59, November is at 52, December is at 54; compared to its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 26.
07:42 EDTINTCIntel dividend can rise up to 45% over next two years, says Jefferies
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September 18, 2014
14:31 EDTCOF, AXPCapital One said to bump Amex as Costco Canada card issuer, Bloomberg says
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14:14 EDTAXP, COFCapital One said to replace American Express as Costco Canada card issuer
MasterCard said to be processor for new Costco Canada cards. Reported by Bloomberg.
14:08 EDTMSBanks look to high-interest personal loans to boost revenue, WSJ says
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11:53 EDTAXPCostco to stop accepting Amex cards in Canada on Jan 1, 2015 Globe and Mail says
Costco (COST) said it will not renew its credit card relationship with American Express (AXP) when it expires on December 31 of this year. Therefore, it will not accept Amex cards in Canada beginning January 1, 2015, The Globe and Mail reports. Reference Link
06:50 EDTINTCIntel, Spreadtrum may enter partnership to develop x86 products, DigiTimes says
Intel is looking to promote x86 architecture to China chip designers and may enter a partnership with Spreadtrum, reports DigiTimes Research. The cooperation would allow Intel to fill some of its empty capacity while Spreadtrum would gain advantages from Intel's advanced manufacturing processes to reduce costs. Reference Link
05:56 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; AMD BBRY
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05:31 EDTVVisa to undertake assessment of stake in Monitise
Visa (V) and Monitise entered into an alliance agreement in 2009. At the same time, Visa began investing in Monitise. Given the maturation of Monitise as a company, Visa is considering its options with respect to the investment and has engaged J.P. Morgan Securities (JPM) to assist. Visa will also be lessening its dependence on external mobile development resources. In 2009, in conjunction with its commercial partnership, Visa invested in Monitise as a 14.4% owner of the company in order to provide capital support to a leader in the evolution of the mobile payments sector. Over time, Visa’s holdings have been reduced to its current 5.5% stake in the company. This reduction in ownership and associated influence is consistent with Visa’s investment practice to seed emerging players and, over time, taper that influence as the partner company grows. Under their agreement, Monitise will provide Visa with mobile platform development services through 2016. As both Visa and the payments industry evolve at a rapid pace, Visa intends to continue increasing its investment in its own in-house capabilities and, as a result, reducing its use of external resources.
September 17, 2014
13:16 EDTMSHolder says DOJ looking to charge bank executives, Washington Post says
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