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February 24, 2012
12:10 EDTCRM, DELL, CROX, JCP, MMSI, NDSN, AAPL, DECK, KND, CVLT, CSCO, GPSOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, with the Dow again clinging to the 13,000 level. Each of the major indices is near its high of the day at the lunch hour. The new home sales report showed its first decline in four months while the consumer confidence reading was above expectations. Neither had a great effect on the market as it continues its daily pattern from the last two weeks of moving in a narrow trading range, but the general trend continues to be higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the final University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for February was 75.3, exceeding expectations of 73.0. New home sales declined 0.9% in January, but December's figures were revised higher, resulting in a seasonally adjusted 321,000-unit annual rate. Economists had expected sales at a 315,000-unit rate... MARKET NEWS: J.C. Penney (JCP) reported adjusted profits that beat expectations but shares were just about flat near noon. A number of other retailers declined following their reports, with Gap (GPS), Deckers Outdoor (DECK) and Crocs (CROX) all lower... A number of big tech companies announced acquisitions, with Cisco Systems (CSCO) buying Lightwire for $271M, Apple (AAPL) acquiring app-search engine Chomp for an undisclosed amount, and Dell (DELL) purchasing back-up software maker AppAssure Software. A drop in shares of CommVault Systems (CVLT) was attributed to Dell's news, as CommVault may lose some Dell business following the deal and had been viewed as a potential buyout target... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Nordson (NDSN) and Salesforce.com (CRM), after their earnings reports. Noteworthy losers included Kindred Healthcare (KND) and Merit Medical (MMSI), following reports that disappointed... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 20.24, or 0.16%, to 13,004.93; the Nasdaq was up 10.83, or 0.37%, to 2,967.81; and the S&P 500 was up 4.73, or 0.35%, to 1,368.19.
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April 11, 2014
06:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:29 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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06:28 EDTAAPLApple: iOS, OSX not affected by Heartbleed flaw, Re/code reports
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06:08 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
Target $27.
06:05 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may offer high-res iTunes tracks in 2 months, Apple Insider says
Apple may plan to offer high-resolution 24-bit tracks on iTunes some time in the next few months, reports Apple Insider. Blogger Robert Hutton, citing an unnamed source, said Apple will charge an additional dollar for the high-resolution tracks. Reference Link
06:03 EDTCSCOCisco issues advisory on Heartbleed bug
Cisco issued an advisory stating that a long list of products were either confirmed vulnerable or under investigation for the Heartbleed bug. Among the 16 products confirmed vulnerable are the Cisco Unified Communication Manager 10.0, Cisco MS200X Ethernet Access Switch and several Cisco Unified IP Phones. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
19:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
NOTABLE: According to a Bloomberg report that cited sources, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is set to resign tomorrow. A New York Times report added that President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius' replacement. HIGHER: Shares of BofI Holding (BOFI) and H&R Block (HRB) both advanced after announcing a deal for BofI to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. BofI, which saw shares gain 9% after hours, said it expects ongoing annual revenue from the deal of $26M-$28M beginning with its fiscal 2015. H&R Block, which gained 7%, said it expects the deal to be 7c-9c dilutive to earnings per share beginning in its fiscal 2015, and the company said it sees the deal resulting in $200M-$250M of immediate excess capital. LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 2.6% after reporting March same-store sales that fell 6% and saying that it expects first quarter gross margins to decline more when compared to the prior year period than they did in the preceding quarter... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 8.8% after reporting earnings that missed expectations on revenue that topped estimates and saying that it identified an accounting overstatement related to share-based compensation for the three and nine months ended September 30... Datawatch (DWCH), down 25% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook... TTM Technologies (TTMI), down 3.9% after cutting its first quarter earnings outlook and saying it expects first quarter revenue to come in at the low end of its previous guidance range.
16:02 EDTGPSGap reaffirms FY14 EPS view $2.90-$2.95, consensus $2.96
As the company noted last month, the Easter holiday is in April this year versus March last year. Given this shift in peak spring selling weeks, the company expected March to be negatively impacted. The company expects gross margins for Q1 to be below the prior year by more than the year-over-year decline in Q4. In addition, given ongoing expense management, the company expects Q1 operating expenses to be flat to last year.
16:01 EDTGPSGap reports March SSS down 6%
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; April 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTCROX, AAPL, DECKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTCRMSalesforce.com should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:22 EDTAAPLApple seen offering iWatches priced as high as 'thousands,' AppleInsider says
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a proven track record of predicting about Apple hardware, predicts that one of the major differences between Apple's smartwatch and those from rivals will be that its casing and band will come in a variety of materials and that luxury iWatches will carry a price tag of "several thousand dollars," reported AppleInsider. Other features expected by Kuo for the device, including biometrics, a flexible AMOLED display with sapphire cover lens and NFC, the report added. Reference Link
07:39 EDTAAPLApple Chief Designer gains more say over software, Bloomberg says
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07:24 EDTAAPLApple may release 12" Retina MacBook Air, low price iMac in 2014, MacRumors says
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06:48 EDTAAPLApple initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the iPhone and iPad offer good growth for Apple with upside coming from the potential for a larger screen sized phone. The firm initiated the stock with a Buy rating and $650 price target.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple confirms Christie departure, FT reports
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06:12 EDTCROXCrocs initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
Target $20.
06:12 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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