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February 24, 2012
12:10 EDTJCP, KND, CRM, NDSN, CVLT, DELL, AAPL, CSCO, CROX, DECK, GPS, MMSIOn 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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08:13 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney EBITDA guidance appears aggressive, sasy Morgan Stanley
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07:56 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded at Craig-Hallum
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07:43 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Hold at Craig-Hallum
07:41 EDTGPSGap long-term buy thesis remains intact, says UBS
UBS said the long-term buy thesis for Gap remains intact following its disappointing Q3 results and CEO change. The firm expects the CEO transition to be smooth with no meaningful changes in strategy. UBS lowered its second half estimates for Gap and lowered its price target on the stock to $48 from $50, but maintains its Buy rating on the shares.
07:34 EDTCRMSalesforce.com coverage assumed with a Buy at MKM Partners
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07:33 EDTGPSGap volatility elevated into the retirement of CEO Glenn Murphy
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07:16 EDTGPSGap CEO change positive, says Stifel
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06:56 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray views yesterday's pullback in shares of J.C. Penney as a buying opportunity, saying the company's turnaround "is very much underway." Piper notes that despite saying Q3 comps are tracking low-single-digits versus prior guidance of mid-single-digits, J.C. Penney management reiterated full-year guidance. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating on Penny with a $13 price target following yesterday's analyst day.
06:52 EDTAAPL, CSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
06:48 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded its rating on Apple shares to Outperform saying the iPhone 6 will be the most successful phone launch to date "by far." Opco sees iPhone sales driving better than expected quarterly results into the first half of 2015 and believes Apple Pay and Apple Watch will keep investor interests high. The firm put a $115 price on shares. Apple closed yesterday up $2.05 to $100.80.
06:41 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
06:33 EDTAAPLCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:30 EDTAAPLApple suppliers push back plans to produce larger iPad, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTAAPLIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTAAPLMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAAPLGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:11 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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05:48 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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