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January 17, 2014
16:32 EDTINTC, RDEN, MS, AXP, SSNI, BBRY, UPS, COF, VOn 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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June 23, 2015
06:05 EDTINTCNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
05:56 EDTBBRYEarnings Watch: Analyst says BlackBerry's FY16 targets looking 'unttainable'
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June 22, 2015
15:46 EDTBBRYBlackberry June weekly 9 straddle priced for 7.6% movement into Q1
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15:00 EDTBBRYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:00 EDTBBRYBlackberry June weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Blackberry June weekly call option implied volatility is at 88, July is at 49, August is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 75, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on June 23.
11:21 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; TWTR BBRY
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10:52 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Smith Barney, Scottrade fined $950,000 by FINRA
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09:40 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:35 EDTINTCKopin divests interest in Recon Instruments
Kopin (KOPN) said it had divested its equity interest in Recon Instruments as part of Intel Corporation’s (INTC) acquisition of Recon. Kopin anticipates that it will receive approximately $6M in cash proceeds for its equity interest, subject to certain closing conditions including a working capital adjustment.
08:31 EDTAXPGlobal Payments to roll out OptBlue program for AmEx card acceptance in Canada
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June 21, 2015
16:32 EDTINTCAMD considers spinoff or break-up, Reuters says
AMD (AMD) has hired a consulting firm to help it review a potential split or spinoff, Reuters reported late Friday, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reuters notes that AMD may be seeking to better compete with Intel (INTC), and sources said one option being considered is to separate AMD's server business from its graphics and licensing arm. Though the company had previously decided against such an option, sources noted that CEO Lisa Su believes the move is worth reconsidering. Reference Link
June 19, 2015
06:42 EDTV, AXPAmEx to stop restricting merchants from favoring rivals, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTMSMorgan Stanley invests in Alibaba-backed online insurer, WSJ reports
A group of investors including Morgan Stanley (MS) has invested $934M in China’s first online-only insurer backed by Alibaba (BABA) called Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Company, valuing the venture at $8B, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment has been approved by China’s insurance regulator, the report says. Reference Link
06:26 EDTINTCIntel CEO confirms recent reports of layoffs, The Oregonian reports
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June 18, 2015
10:01 EDTUPSUPS building new healthcare distribution center in Roermond, The Netherlands
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09:05 EDTCOFCapital One coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
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08:15 EDTBBRYBlackberry June weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Blackberry June weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, July is at 49, August is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 75, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on June 23.
08:11 EDTBBRYMorgan Stanley continues to believe BlackBerry will revise FY16 guidance down
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07:37 EDTMSNoranda Aluminum to evaluate strategic alternatives, suspends dividend
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05:56 EDTINTCIntel to debut Skylake at Gamescon in early August, DigiTimes reports
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