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December 19, 2012
19:24 EDTJBL, GSK, FOLD, BBBY, ACN, SD, ICE, NYX, GOOG, ARRS, MDRXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 5.5%... ALSO HIGHER: Arris (ARRS), up 15% after acquiring Google's (GOOG) Motorola Home Business for $2.35B in cash and stock... NYSE Euronext (NYX), up 13% after a Wall Street Journal report said the company was in merger talks with IntercontinentalExchange (ICE). Shares of IntercontinentalExchange also advanced 2.8%... SandRidge Energy (SD), up 7.6% after agreeing to sell its Permian Basin assets for $2.6B in cash... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Accenture (ACN), down 4.7%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 3.5%... ALSO LOWER: Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), down 50% after completed phase 3 study with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) failed to show statistical significant against placebo... Allscripts (MDRX), down 18% after announcing completed review of strategic alternatives.
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September 19, 2014
10:12 EDTGOOGSony expected to launch SmartEyeglass by end of March, The Verge reports
Sony (SNE) is expected to launch SmartEyeglass, a competitor to Google Glass (GOOG), by the end of March, according to The Verge. Reference Link
06:43 EDTGOOGYouTube spending more money on original content, Re/code reports
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06:22 EDTGOOGGoogle planning to encrypt phone data in Android, Washington Post reports
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05:58 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline to pay GBP 297M fine to Chinese government
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September 18, 2014
15:47 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, buy shares, says Northland
Northland said Google (GOOG) has finished testing the Samsung OLED displays and have determined they are not bright enough. The analyst believes Google will go back to Himax (HIMX). Google has the option to invest in HIMX by October 21, which the firm believes they will do if they go back to them for displays. Norhtland recommends buying shares aggressively into an expected strong September quarter.
15:44 EDTGOOGHimax may be back in with Google, says Northland
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle mulls new R&D unit focused on longer term projects, The Information says
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13:00 EDTJBLJabil Circuits October volatility increases into Q4
Jabil Circuits October call option implied volatility is at 34, December is at 29, January is at 28, compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close on September 24.
10:40 EDTBBBYPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility flat on tight three-month price range
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07:26 EDTGOOGGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:19 EDTACNAccenture weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:18 EDTGOOGSupply chains expect component orders from Motorola through 2014, DigiTimes says
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07:14 EDTACNAccenture should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects Accenture to report in-line Q4 results but believes that its initial FY15 guidance could come in below expectations, partly due to reduced IT spending this year by some enterprises. However, the firm still thinks that the company has "the most admirable" IT services business" and recommends buying the stock on any near-term weakness caused by a guidance miss. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTGOOGNews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
14:57 EDTGSKProsensa announces commencement of re-dosing of drisapersen
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10:04 EDTGOOGDiscover rumored to be eyed as target by Apple, Bank Innovation says
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09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:39 EDTGSKMorningstar to hold a conference
Management Behind the Moat Conference to be held in Chicago on September 17-18.
06:19 EDTGOOGGoogle picks former Qualcomm exec to head Google Fiber, WSJ reports
Google (GOOG) has hired Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm (QCOM) executive, to head Google Fiber, replacing Milo Medin, the Wall Street Journal reports. A Google spokeswoman confirms that Medin remains a VP for access services and adviser to the Google Fiber team. Reference Link
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