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July 28, 2015
09:01 EDTVVisa, Orbitz to offer fully integrated business travel, expense solution
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08:38 EDTINTCIntel and Micron to hold a joint press and analyst webcast
Micron and Intel Share Updates on Latest Storage and Memory Technologies in a webcast being held on July 28 at 12 pm. Reference Link
08:16 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook July weekly call option implied volatility is at 109, August is at 52, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
07:59 EDTINTCKLA-Tencor downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
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07:02 EDTMAMasterCard July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:35 EDTV, MALawyer emails could end Visa, MasterCard settlement, WSJ reports
A series of emails between opposing lawyers is threatening to sink a $6B class-action antitrust settlement between Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), and millions of merchants, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lawyers representing roughly 100 large merchants are expected to formally notify the card companies that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old agreement, the report says, citing people familiar with the plans. The two lawyers in question are also close friends and the merchants plan to argue that the communication between the two involved confidential information and resulted in the merchants getting inadequate representation, the report says. Reference Link
06:21 EDTFBTwitter, Facebook profitability gap 'vast,' Re/code reports
Twitter's (TWTR) recent stock stumble has created the appearance of a potential bargain compared with Facebook (FB), though in reality the difference in growth and profitability between the two companies is enormous, the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts forecast Twitter posting negative $200M in EBITDA this year, with Facebook expected to post positive $8B, the report says. Reference Link
06:13 EDTVVisa signs commercial agreement with Stripe, Re/code reports
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July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTFB, INTCOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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14:19 EDTTTV One, AT&T extend agreement into 2026
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13:16 EDTTADT rises after Citi downplays 'smart home' concerns
Shares of ADT (ADT) are heading higher in afternoon trading following an upgrade from Citi, within which the research firm said traditional home security firms have plenty of traction as self-installed, self-monitored security solutions from the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Google's (GOOG) Nest are slow to be adopted by homeowners. WHAT'S NEW: Citi's Jason Bazinet issued a research note on the home security sector, upgrading ADT to Buy from Neutral while slightly lowering his price target to $39 from $40. Bazinet notes that the sector is expanding into "smart home" technology powered by companies like Apple and Google's Nest. Despite this, the analyst contends that consumer data shows continued preference for the traditional approach in the form of professionally installed and professionally monitored services from ADT, Monitronics, Vivint, AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). WHAT'S NOTABLE: Though tech firms and venture capitalists seem drawn towards the concept of self-installed, self-monitored "smart homes," consumers appear to be sticking with the professionals, says Citi. Security systems using Apple HomeKit and Google's Nest products are seeing "limited" adoption, and firms like ADT -- equipped with call centers and installation specialists -- appear ready to "hold their own," with recent weakness in ADT shares called an "opportunity" by Bazinet. The analyst conceded that professional security providers will see their market share drop to 15% from a current 20%, but Bazinet set a 2035 date for that shift, leaving plenty of near-term opportunity for traditional players. PRICE ACTION: After a 25% drop since mid-April, shares of ADT are up about 1.4% to trade near $32 this afternoon.
12:30 EDTIBMIBM invests $60M over three years in African Skills Initiative
IBM announced an investment of $60M over three years to develop the next generation of technical talent in Africa. As part of the initiative, IBM is expanding the Africa Technical Academy and the company's Africa University Programme to over 20 African countries. IT professionals across the continent are set to benefit with advanced skills in analytics, cloud and big data technologies which are crucial to the next phase of Africa's economic and social development. The courses are available at no cost and are facilitated by both IBM online trainers and certified faculty in the participating universities.
11:57 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB GILD
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11:03 EDTYHOOYahoo to unveil new consumer product at NYC event this week, Re/code says
Yahoo will hold an event in New York City midweek to unveil a new consumer product, Re/code reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The new product will be mobile in focus, the report says. Reference Link
10:47 EDTINTCQualcomm rises in down market after Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:35 EDTINTCIntel, Micron gain after announcing joint press event
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09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL NFLX INTC MU VZ BIDU AMBA
09:14 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
09:11 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $125 from $100 at SunTrust
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09:04 EDTYHOOYahoo recommends shareholders reject TRC Capital mini tender offer
Yahoo said it received notice of an unsolicited “mini-tender” offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 3M shares of Yahoo’s common stock at a price of $37.45 per share in cash. The offering price is 4.56% below the closing price per share of Yahoo’s common stock on July 22, 2015, the last trading day before the offer was commenced. The offer is for approximately 0.32 percent of the outstanding shares of Yahoo’s common stock. Yahoo said it does not endorse TRC Capital’s unsolicited mini-tender offer and recommends that shareholders do not tender their shares. Yahoo is not associated with TRC Capital, its mini-tender offer or the mini-tender offer documentation.
08:28 EDTVVisa price target raised to $86 from $75 at BMO Capital
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08:23 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Facebook August weekly call option implied volatility is at 87, August is at 50, September is at 41; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
08:20 EDTFBFacebook expectations high into results, says BofA/Merrill
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08:04 EDTTAT&T reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
Target $37.
07:16 EDTJAHJarden removed from Franchise Picks list at Jefferies
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07:14 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV deal conditions look reasonable, says Jefferies
Jefferies says the Federal Communications Commission' conditions for AT&T's (T) pending acquisition of DirecTV appear reasonable and should have a negligible impact on deal economics. The firm sees AT&T's upcoming analyst day in August as a positive catalyst for the shares. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $40 price target.
06:36 EDTINTCIntel to adopt Skylake CPUs in NUC and Computer Stick, DigiTimes reports
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06:28 EDTYHOOYahoo bought Media Group One in Q1 for $23M, TechCrunch reports
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06:23 EDTFBInstagram's mobile ad revenues to reach $2.81B in 2017, eMarketer says
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05:53 EDTFBBrean calls LinkedIn valuation 'problematic' ahead of Q2 results
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July 26, 2015
14:44 EDTIBMAmazon cloud sales signal risk for traditional data storage, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
17:33 EDTTS&P announces changes to S&P 400, 500, and 600 indices
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16:30 EDTV, T, IBMStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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16:22 EDTV, TOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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15:16 EDTTAT&T completes acquisition of DirecTV
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15:06 EDTFBEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
14:35 EDTTFCC approves, with conditions, AT&T acquisition of DirecTV
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14:32 EDTTFCC approves AT&T acquisition of DirecTV
14:04 EDTFBOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes on 'FANG' and divergences
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13:52 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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12:54 EDTVOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:15 EDTFBFacebook wins litigation against investors over IPO, Reuters reports
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09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTVVisa price target raised to $85 form $72 at Susquehanna
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09:14 EDTVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
06:57 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
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06:46 EDTV, KOVisa CEO: FIFA response to scandal 'wholly inadequate,' WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTINTCAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
19:44 EDTTAT&T says 'interested' in broadcast auction
On its Q2 earnings conference call, AT&T said, "With regard to the dissipation in the broadcast auction, we did offer to participate when we first announced our intention to acquire DTV. We'll wait and see what the final terms and conditions with regard to any approval of that merger are. But in any event I would suggest to you that we'll be interested and prudent in investigating the opportunities to see what's available and participate in an appropriate way as we move forward."
19:42 EDTTAT&T says 'on track' to hit guidance metrics
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19:39 EDTTAT&T expecting DirecTV deal approval 'at any time'
On its Q2 earnings conference call, AT&T (T) said it expects "final approval at any time" for the DirecTV (DTV) transaction. The company said it was "very confident" it can make an adequate return on any investment it makes as part of the deal, and that it still fully expects to achieve $2.5B worth of cost synergies from the deal. AT&T said, "We are more confident than ever about the opportunity this transaction brings. We are building a unique communications and entertainment company that we believe will not only transform us but transform our industry as well."
17:43 EDTVVisa up 7% after reporting Q3 results
16:45 EDTVVisa files automatic mixed securities shelf
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16:30 EDTVVisa looks to resolve discussions with Visa Europe by October-end
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16:12 EDTVVisa backs FY15 annual operating margin in mid 60s
Sees FY15 annual free cash flow greater than $6B.
16:11 EDTVVisa sees FY15 common stock EPS growth mid-teens range
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16:11 EDTVVisa moves up after earnings news
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16:08 EDTVVisa reports Q3 payments volume growth 11%
Reports payments volume, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended March 31, 2015, on which fiscal third quarter service revenue is recognized, was 11% over the prior year at $1.2 trillion. Payments volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, was 11% over the prior year at $1.3 trillion. Cross-border volume growth, on a constant dollar basis, was 8% for the three months ended June 30, 2015. Total processed transactions, which represent transactions processed by VisaNet, for the three months ended June 30, 2015, were 18.0 billion, an 8% increase over the prior year. As a result of recent changes in Russian National Payment System law, the Company has transitioned the processing of Russian domestic transactions to the Russian National Payment Card System during the fiscal third quarter. This impacted processed transactions growth negatively by approximately 2 percentage points during the quarter.
16:07 EDTVVisa reports Q3 EPS 74c, consensus 59c
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16:04 EDTTAT&T reports Q2 cash flow from operations of $9.2B, $4.5B in free cash flow
16:03 EDTTAT&T reports 2.1M net adds in Q2
Reports: 2.1 million net adds including 410,000 postpaid, 331,000 prepaid and 1 million connected cars; About 1.2 million branded (postpaid and prepaid) smartphones added to base; Positive branded phone net adds; Strong churn levels with continued low wireless postpaid churn of 1.01 percent and total churn of 1.31 percent; Strong phone-only postpaid ARPU with AT&T Next monthly billings growth, increased 6.1 percent year over year and 3.3 percent sequentially; Wireless operating margin of 25.6 percent; total EBITDA margin of 36.9 percent; with a best-ever adjusted EBITDA service margin of 48.5 percent.
16:01 EDTTAT&T reports Q2 adjusted EPS 69c, consensus 63c
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15:04 EDTT, VNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:17 EDTMA, VEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
14:11 EDTVVisa July weekly straddle 71.5 priced for 3.3% movement into Q3
13:53 EDTFB“Fab Five” option implied volatility
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12:39 EDTTEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive on AT&T ahead of Q2 results
AT&T (T) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 63c on revenue of $33.04B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-67c on revenue of $32.51B-$33.84B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 63c against estimates for 62c, on revenue of $32.58B against estimates for $32.84B. In Q1, the company reported the following: Wireless service revenues were down 3.7% to $14.81B; Phone-only postpaid ARPU decreased 9.6% versus the year-earlier quarter; Phone-only postpaid ARPU with AT&T Next monthly billings decreased 1.9% year over year, but increased 0.4% sequentially; Postpaid churn of 1.02%; 6.2M postpaid smartphone gross adds and upgrades in the quarter; 1.2M total wireless net adds, including 441,000 postpaid and 684,000 connected cars; 1.2M branded smartphones added to base, including 700,000 prepaid. AT&T noted its FY15 standalone guidance remained 'on track,' and said it expected the DirecTV (DTV) deal to close in Q2. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q2 earnings report with several firms issuing upgrades on the stock. On July 1, Oppenheimer raised their price target on AT&T to $40 from $36. Following AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, Oppenheimer expects AT&T to benefit from cross-selling, new services, and higher wireless prices. The firm expects the company's free cash flow to be boosted by its winding down of Project VIP. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Also on July 1, Buckingham initiated AT&T with a Buy rating and $41 price target. On July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of AT&T with a Buy and $41.50 price target. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares are up approximately 4% since the company's Q1 report. However, over the past 12 months, they are down about 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight’s Q2 report, AT&T’s shares are down 0.7%.
12:04 EDTINTCRackspace, Intel announce OpenStack collaboration
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12:01 EDTIBMIBM acquires Compose, terms not disclosed
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10:22 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark expects continued momentum in emerging markets
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10:17 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark targets FY15 organic sales growth of 3%-5%
10:15 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark expects FY15 dividends, share repurchases of at least $2B
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10:15 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark expects capital cash conversion cycle to be down 6 to 7 days
10:14 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark raises FY15 FORCE cost savings to $350M from $305M
Reports savings from 2014 organization restructuring of $20M. Sees FY15 input cost deflation of $100M-$200M. The company said currency drag is expected to have a negative impact on FY15 EPS by more than 20%. The drag on Q2 EPS was approximately 30c per share. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
09:38 EDTT, FBActive equity options trading on open
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09:05 EDTYHOOYahoo names Lisa Utzschneider chief revenue officer
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07:42 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark reports Q2 Personal Care sales down 6% to $2.3B
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07:41 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark reports Q2 organic sales up 4%
Reports Q2 organic sales up 10% in developing and emerging markets.
07:37 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark says restructuring expected to be completed by end of 2016
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07:36 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark raises FY15 adjusted EPS to $5.65-$5.80 from $5.60-$5.80
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07:35 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.41, consensus $1.36
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06:56 EDTTAmerica Movil downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded America Movil (AMX) to Underweight saying competition coming from AT&T (T) will drive Mexican margins lower. The firm cut its price target for shares to $17.50 from $20.50.
06:38 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 40, September is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
06:22 EDTINTCIntel to release notebook Skylake processor in October, DigiTimes reports
Intel is expected to release its upcoming notebook Skylake processor in October, reports DigiTimes. The company is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in Q4 as it looks to help boost notebook demand. The company is adjusting their schedules for Skylake products to minimize the impact of inventory issues. Reference Link
July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTFBFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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15:16 EDTTFCC set to deny T-Mobile request for small carrier airwave help, Bloomberg says
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15:02 EDTT, FBOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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15:01 EDTMA, VEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:51 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:32 EDTYHOO, KOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
12:12 EDTVVisa July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:32 EDTTAT&T July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
AT&T July weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, August is at 17, September is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 23.
09:46 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says on track to hit milestones across all spending areas
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook Q2 revenues tracking slight above consensus, says ITG Research
ITG Research's data analysis indicates Facebook's Q2 North American revenue is tracking to $1.9B, up from a previous estimate of $1.86B, versus consensus of $1.84B due to increased spending per advertiser. Firm estimates total Q2 revenues are tracking to $4.05B versus consensus of $3.98B.
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07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises 1.4% to $41.80 after Q2 earnings top estimates
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07:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says 'work to do,' but confident right plans in place
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07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 global volume growth of 2%
Coca-Cola said global sparkling beverage volume growth in the quarter was led by 1% growth in brand Coca-Cola, 6% growth in Coca-Cola Zero, 3% growth in Sprite and 2% growth in Fanta. Growth in these brands was partially offset by a 7% decline in Diet Coke. The company gained global value and volume share in sparkling beverages in the quarter. Global still beverage volume growth in the quarter reflects 7% growth in ready-to-drink tea, 8% growth in packaged water and double-digit growth in value-added dairy. Volume growth in these categories was partially offset by a 1% decline in juice and juice drinks attributable to price increases taken to cover higher input costs and continued industry softness in certain markets. The company gained global value and volume share in still beverages, juice and juice drinks, ready-to-drink tea and sports drinks in the quarter.
07:35 EDTKOCoca-Cola now targeting FY15 net share repurchases of $2B-$2.5B
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees currency to be 7 point headwind to Q3 revenue
For Q3, Coca-Cola estimates that currency will be an approximate 7 point headwind on net revenues, a 13 point headwind on operating income and a 10 point headwind on income before taxes.
07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola backs comparable currency neutral growth expectations
Coca-Cola estimates that the net impact of structural items on FY15 results will be a 1 point headwind on both net revenues and income before taxes. The company expects fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on its reported results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, its existing hedge positions, and the cycling of its prior year rates, Coke estimates that currency will be an approximate 6 point headwind on net revenues, an 11 point headwind on operating income, and a 7 to 8 point headwind on income before taxes for the full year.
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 comparable EPS 63c, consensus 60c
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07:31 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $51 from $54 at JPMorgan
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06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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July 21, 2015
19:34 EDTTAT&T pleased with FCC order, sees closing DirecTV deal 'shortly' after approval
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19:09 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO sees Q3 pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA
Speaking on the company's Q2 earnings conference call, Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer said she is "pleased" with momentum in display business, adding that the company will continue to focus on sustaining GAAP revenue growth while striving to grow adjusted EBITDA. She noted search clicks were up 13% for the quarter, and mobile user base was up 14%. Mayer cautioned that the Gemini search platform will see pricing pressure and reduced revenue per search in the near-term as Yahoo optimizes the service. She said she expects "some" pressure in Q3 including pressure on revenue ex-TAC and adjusted EBITDA, and remarked separately that Yahoo has been investing "modestly" over the past two years in algorithmic and paid search technologies. Finally, Mayer declined to speculate on any future agreements with Google (GOOG). CFO Ken Goldman said the company's "highest priority" is to execute the Alibaba (BABA) spinoff this year. Goldman also noted that Yahoo's board of directors and management team have met with advisors to review alternatives with regards to Yahoo Japan, but had no specific conclusion to share.
19:00 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:54 EDTTAT&T announces Department of Justice completed review of acquisition of DirecTV
AT&T (T) released the following statement "We are pleased the Department of Justice has completed its review of our acquisition of DIRECTV (DTV). We look forward to gaining the approval of the Federal Communications Commission so we can quickly begin providing consumers with the benefits of this combination."
18:33 EDTTFCC chairman proposes to approve AT&T-DirecTV deal with conditions
In light of news reports concerning the proposed AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV) transaction, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler issued the following statement: "An order recommending that the AT&T-DirecTV transaction be approved with conditions has circulated to the commissioners... If the conditions are approved by my colleagues, 12.5M customer locations will have access to a competitive high-speed fiber connection. This additional build-out is about 10 times the size of AT&T’s current fiber-to-the-premise deployment... and more than triples the number of metropolitan areas AT&T has announced plans to serve. In addition, the conditions will build on the 'Open Internet Order' already in effect... First, in order to prevent discrimination against online video competition, AT&T will not be permitted to exclude affiliated video services and content from data caps on its fixed broadband connections. Second, in order to bring greater transparency to interconnection practices, the company will be required to submit all completed interconnection agreements to the Commission, along with regular reports on network performance... We will require an independent officer to help ensure compliance with these and other proposed conditions." Reference Link
18:24 EDTTFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, WSJ reports
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17:25 EDTIBMApple says 'seeing great momentum' in enterprise market
Says happy with progress with IBM (IBM) partnership. Says Apps store revenue more than doubled in China. Says Watch sales offset iPod sales decline. Says will not release Watch sales results. Comments from Q3 earnings conference call.
16:57 EDTTFCC poised to approve AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, DJ says
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16:28 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:16 EDTYHOOYahoo sees Q3 revenue ex-TAC $1B-$1.04B, consensus $1.07B
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16:13 EDTYHOOYahoo down 2.8% to $38.61 after Q2 earnings miss expectations
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16:11 EDTYHOOYahoo says workforce lowered to under 11,000 full-time employees
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16:09 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO says 'extremely pleased' with Q2 achievements
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16:08 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q2 Ads Sold up 9%
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16:07 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q2 Paid Clicks up 13%
Gross search revenue was $920M for Q2, an increase of 15% compared to the second quarter of 2014. The number of Paid Clicks increased approximately 13% compared to the second quarter of 2014. Price-per-Click increased approximately 4% compared to the second quarter of 2014.
16:06 EDTYHOOYahoo reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 18c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.04B, consensus $1.03B.
16:01 EDTFB, IBMOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
15:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola technical comments ahead of results
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15:02 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
15:02 EDTYHOONotable companies reporting after market close
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14:25 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly 39.50 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q2
12:59 EDTYHOOEarnings Watch: Tax questions linger into Yahoo Q2 report
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12:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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12:21 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:01 EDTJAH, KMB, KO, CLXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:56 EDTYHOOSalesforce rallies amid renewed speculation of Microsoft deal
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09:35 EDTIBM, FBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
09:21 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTIBMMajesco extends cloud platform for insurance software on IBM's SoftLayerIBM
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08:05 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:45 EDTFBSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:38 EDTIBMIBM risk/reward positive, says Stifel
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06:58 EDTFBFacebook added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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06:38 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:19 EDTFBSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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06:07 EDTYHOOONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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05:50 EDTYHOOYahoo could drop below $38 on negative tax announcement, says Piper Jaffray
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05:34 EDTFBPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
19:55 EDTIBMIBM falling after Q2 earnings shows further decline in revenues
After the close, IBM (IBM) reported second quarter earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. WHAT'S NEW: IBM reported Q2 earnings per share of $3.84, above consensus estimates of $3.78, and Q2 revenue of $20.8B, below analyst expectations of $20.95B. IBM said Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, Software segment revenues were down 10%, and Systems Hardware segment revenues were down 32%, although IBM noted that revenues from the its strategic imperatives -- cloud, analytics, and engagement -- increased more than 20% year-to-date. The company also backed its FY15 EPS guidance of $15.75-$16.50, against a consensus of $15.88. During the earnings conference call, management said the company expected Q3 revenue to be similar to that of Q1, which was $19.6B, below the Q3 revenue consensus of $19.98B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its conference call, IBM stated that it expects the currency impact for FY15 to be worse than it anticipated 90 days ago. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Cantor put out a note following the earnings announcement stating that IBM delivered a "healthy Q2" and the firm maintained its Buy rating and $198 price target on the stock. The firm added that "IBM represents an attractive value" due to its 3% dividend yield and 35% P/E discount to the S&P 500. PRICE ACTION: Shares of IBM are down 5.2% to $164.25 in after-hours trading.
19:02 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:20 EDTIBMIBM sees currency impact for FY15 worse than saw 90 days ago
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17:01 EDTIBMIBM sees Q3 revenue similar to Q1 revenue
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16:46 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:45 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $46.
16:41 EDTIBMIBM Q2 Cloud revenue up more than 50% as reported
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16:39 EDTCLXClorox initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:35 EDTJAHJarden initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $61.
16:17 EDTIBMIBM revenues from strategic imperatives up more than 20% year-to-date
Revenues from the company’s strategic imperatives --- cloud, analytics, and engagement --- increased more than 20% year-to-date, more than 30% adjusting for currency and the divested System x business. Total cloud revenues increased more than 50%, more than 70% adjusting for currency and the divested System x business year-to-date, and is $8.7B over the last 12 months, adjusted for the divested System x business. The annual run rate for cloud delivered as a service -- a subset of the total cloud revenue -- increased to $4.5B from $2.8B in the second quarter of 2014. Revenues from business analytics increased more than 10%, more than 20% adjusting for currency, year-to-date. Revenues from mobile more than quadrupled, and social revenues increased more than 30%, more than 40% adjusting for currency, both year-to-date.
16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenue from Systems Hardware down 32%
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16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 revenues from the Software segment were doen 10%
Revenues from the Software segment were down 10% to $5.8B, down 3% adjusting for currency compared with the second quarter of 2014. Revenues from IBM’s key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $4B, down 7%, flat adjusting for currency, year-to-year. Operating systems revenues of $0.4B were down 17% percent, down 9% percent adjusting for currency year-to-year.
16:08 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 Global Technology Services revenues down 10%
Global Technology Services segment revenues were down 10% percent, up 1% percent adjusting for currency and the divested System x business, to $8.1B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 12%, down 3 percent adjusting for currency, to $4.3B. The estimated services backlog as of June 30 was $122B, up more than 1% year-to-year adjusting for currency.
16:06 EDTIBMIBM backs FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $15.88
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16:04 EDTIBMIBM reports Q2 EPS $3.84, consensus $3.78
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16:01 EDTFB, IBMOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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15:10 EDTIBMIBM July weekly 172.5 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q2
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15:07 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
IBM July weekly call option implied volatility is at 48, August is at 23, September is at 19 compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 28, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 20.
15:01 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $3.78... Canadian National Railway (CNI), consensus $1.05... Crown Holdings (CCK), consensus $1.01... Zions Bancorp (ZION), consensus 38c... Hexcel (HXL), consensus 61c... Brown & Brown (BRO), consensus 44c... Steel Dynamics (STLD), consensus 22c... Werner (WERN), consensus 42c.
12:40 EDTFB, IBMEarnings Watch: IBM up 4% since last quarterly report
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12:35 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, August is at 38, September is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
12:20 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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11:29 EDTFBFacebook breakout accelerates, levels to watch
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10:45 EDTIBMIBM technical comments ahead of earnings
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09:34 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $117 at BTIG on video opportunity
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Facebook can exceed consensus estimates, citing higher confidence in the company's video advertising opportunity. Greenfield, who raised his revenue estimates for Facebook in this year and next, also points out Instagram's monetization opportunity and the platform potential of WhatsApp and Messenger. The analyst raised his price target on Facebook to $117 from a "stale" target of $80 that had been set in July of last year and reiterates a Buy rating on the social network's stock, which closed at $94.97 on Friday.
06:59 EDTYHOOYahoo says taxes could 'materially reduce' Aabaco cash for distributions
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July 19, 2015
18:52 EDTYHOOYahoo experiments with 'texting plus video' messaging app, TechCrunch says
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15:54 EDTINTCTSMC confirms 10nm mass production in 1Q17, DigiTimes says
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14:09 EDTINTCIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
17:26 EDTIBMBAE Systems, others awarded $6B government contract
American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia; BAE Systems (BAESY), McLean, Virginia; Blue Canopy, Reston, Virginia; The Boeing Co. (BA), Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; CACI (CACI), Chantilly, Virginia; CGI Federal, Fairfax, Virginia; Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia; D&S Consultants Inc., Eatontown, New Jersey; EIS, Vienna, Virginia; General Dynamics Information Technology (GD), Herndon, Virginia; HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia; IBM (IBM), Reston, Virginia; Intelligent Decisions, Ashburn, Virginia; K Force Government Solutions, Fairfax, Virginia; L3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Virginia; Leidos (LDOS), Reston, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Gaithersburg, Maryland; ManTech/WINS, Fairfax, Virginia; Northrop Grumman (NOC), Chantilly, Virginia; Pragmatics, Reston, Virginia; Raytheon IIS Group (RTN), Dulles, Virginia; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia; Sotera, Herndon, Virginia; SRA International, Fairfax, Virginia; 22nd Century Technologies, McLean, Virginia; AEEC LLC, Reston, Virginia; American Technology Solutions International, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Berico Technologies, Reston, Virginia; The Buffalo Group, Reston, Virginia; Convergent Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia; Criterion Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia; Cyberspace Solutions, Reston, Virginia; DAn Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia; DKW Communications, Washington, District of Columbia; E-Volve Technology Systems, National Harbor, Maryland; Federated IT, Washington, District of Columbia; Intrepid Solutions & Services Inc., Reston, Virginia; The Kenjya Group, Columbia, Maryland; New River Systems, Sterling, Virginia; OCCAM Solutions, McLean, Virginia; QVine Corp., Reston, Virginia; Red Arch Solutions, Columbia, Maryland; Riite, Chantilly, Virginia; Soft Tech Consulting, Chantilly, Virginia; Trusted Mission Solutions, McLean, Virginia; Varen Technologies, Columbia, Maryland; Vykin Corp., Tampa, Florida; Xcelerate Solutions, McLean, Virginia; and Zolon Tech Inc., Herndon, Virginia, were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract with a combined ceiling value of $6B. The Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract supports information technology requirements across the Defense intelligence enterprise and the greater intelligence community. Work will be performed worldwide with an estimated completion date of July 16, 2020. The E-SITE contract vehicle was solicited on the basis of full and open competition, and 77 proposals were received. After conducting a thorough evaluation based on the request for proposal criteria, contracts are being awarded to 25 large businesses and 25 small businesses. Each company will be awarded a $500 minimum guarantee and additional funding will be obligated on individual task orders with the initial follow-on task order competitions scheduled this summer. The Virginia Contracting Activity, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
17:00 EDTYHOOYahoo expects Alibaba spin-off completed in Q4
Yahoo (YHOO) announced the initial filing with the SEC in connection with its previously announced plan to spin off the company's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) into a newly formed independent, publicly traded, registered investment company. The name selected for the new public company is Aabaco Holdings. Under the spin-off plan, announced on January 27, Yahoo plans to distribute all of the outstanding shares of Aabaco Holdings pro rata to its shareholders. Immediately after the spin-off, Aabaco Holdings will own approximately 384M shares of Alibaba Group, representing an ownership interest of approximately 15% in Alibaba Group, and a 100% ownership interest in a newly formed entity which will own Yahoo Small Business. The initial filing provides important information about the spin-off and Aabaco Holdings. Additional and updated information will be provided in subsequent amendments to the Form N-2. The spin-off is expected to be completed in Q4, subject to final approval by Yahoo's board and the satisfaction or waiver by Yahoo of certain other conditions.
16:41 EDTINTCStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; July 17, 2015
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12:38 EDTFBOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:34 EDTFBGoogle price targets hiked after 'thesis-changing' quarter
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10:09 EDTFBInstagram picks Eva Chen as head of fashion partnerships, Mashable reports
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10:01 EDTFBFacebook July volatility increasing into Q2 and outlook
Facebook 7/31/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, August is at 31, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 29.
09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:35 EDTFBFacebook hits fresh life, levels to watch
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06:46 EDTFBJPMorgan puts $800 target on Google after 'thesis-changing' Q2
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06:25 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $780 from $670 at Deutsche Bank
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06:11 EDTJAHJarden 16M share Secondary priced at $54.50
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05:49 EDTFBGoogle price target raised to $723 from $631 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Google shares to $723 saying the search giant's Q2 earnings report and corresponding commentary leave him more confident in the stock over the next two quarters. In addition to talking about a focus on costs, Google noted that mobile cost-per-clicks were up and continued to close the gap on desktop and also highlighted accelerating YouTube usage despite recent media coverage on Facebook (FB) Video, Munster tells investors this morning in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on Google. The stock is $62.95 to $642.80 in pre-market trading following last night's earnings report.
July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTTFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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17:56 EDTYHOOGoogle CBO says 'looking forward' to working with Yahoo
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16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:00 EDTINTC, FBOptions Update; July 16, 2015
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13:43 EDTINTCSemi equipment stocks overreacting to Intel capex cut, says Summit Research
Summit Research said Intel (INTC) is pushing out its 10nm plans for multiple reasons and that TSMC (TSM) and Samsung (SSNLF) will not let a "once in a lifetime opportunity" pass and will speed up their own spending. The firm believes the pullback in semiconductor equipment stocks, particularly Applied Materials (AMAT), KLA-Tencor (KLAC) and Lam Research (LRCX), on Intel's capex guidance cut is somewhat of an overreaction and recommends buying amid the weakness.
13:36 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram says some users having trouble logging in
Instagram said in a tweet, "We're currently experiencing an issue that may have caused some users to have trouble logging in. We’re working hard to fix it." Reference Link
13:11 EDTINTCSemiconductor equipment stocks fall after Intel cuts CapEx view
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13:02 EDTFBEarnings Watch: Analysts positive on Google long-term outlook ahead of Q2 report
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12:48 EDTINTCLam Research sell-off on Intel capex cut an overreaction, says Stifel
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11:49 EDTFBFacebook's Oculus confirms acquisition of Pebbles Interfaces
Oculus announced on its blog that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Pebbles Interfaces, "one of the leading teams in depth sensing technology and computer vision. Based in Israel, Pebbles Interfaces has spent the past five years developing technology that uses custom optics, sensor systems and algorithms to detect and track hand movement. Over time, technology breakthroughs in sensors will unlock new human interaction methods in VR and revolutionize the way people communicate in virtual worlds. Pebbles Interfaces will be joining the hardware engineering and computer vision teams at Oculus to help advance virtual reality, tracking, and human-computer interactions." Reference Link
11:41 EDTINTCTSMC slips after reporting Q2 results, cautious outlook
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11:01 EDTYHOOYahoo announces Mobile Developer Conference in NYC on August 26
Yahoo! announced that the Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference is headed to the East Coast on August 26 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. At the New York City Mobile Developer Conference, Yahoo will unveil updates to its Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite.
10:04 EDTTU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:43 EDTIBMMicron deal would likely get U.S. approval, Forbes contributor says
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09:28 EDTINTCIntel guidance solid, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo notes that the midpoints of Intel's September quarter sales and gross margin guidance came in above the firm's above-consensus expectations. The firm continues to identify the stock as a Top Pick.
08:53 EDTFBFacebook to buy Pebbles for about $60M, WSJ reports
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08:18 EDTINTCSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
08:14 EDTFBFacebook faces foreign exchange headwinds in Q2, says Brean Capital
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08:13 EDTINTCIntel bullish thesis intact but concerns remain, says Canaccord
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08:09 EDTINTCIntel shares should be sold into strength, says JMP Securities
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07:56 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
Needham upgraded Intel to Buy and established a $37 price target on shares following the above consensus Q2 report and guidance. The firm raised revenue and margin estimates considering the anticipated improvement form increasing yields at 14nm and lower capital intensity, strength in growth businesses, and expectations investor sentiment will improve.
07:27 EDTINTCData center and mobility business to lead Intel outperformance, says UBS
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07:18 EDTIBMIBM July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:33 EDTJAHJarden announces offering of 14M shares of common stock
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06:23 EDTJAHJarden sees Q2 revenue about $2B, consensus $1.96B
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05:50 EDTINTCTsinghua Unigroup's Micron acquisition faces 'many difficulties', DigiTimes says
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05:29 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Hold from Sell at Ascendiant
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July 15, 2015
19:03 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:05 EDTINTCIntel pulls semiconductor peers higher after reporting Q2 results
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17:06 EDTINTCIntel lowers CapEx view to $7.7B plus or minus $500M
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16:42 EDTINTCIntel advances 4.58% after reporting Q2 results and guidance
16:31 EDTINTCIntel CFO says 'can already see transformation of business in results'
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16:27 EDTINTCIntel lowers FY15 revenue view to down 1% from prior view of flat
Consensus for FY15 revenue is $54.77B. The Intel CFO commented, "Turning to the full year 2015, we are forecasting revenue to be down approximately 1% from 2014, down from our prior Outlook of approximately flat. We are forecasting the midpoint of the gross margin range for the full year 2015 to be 61.5%, up 0.5 point from our prior Outlook."
16:14 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 Client Computing Group revenue of $7.5B
Reports Q2 Client Computing Group revenue of $7.5B up 2 % sequentially and down 14% year-over-year ;Data Center Group revenue of $3.9B, up 5% sequentially and up 10% year-over-year; Internet of Things Group revenue of $559M up 5% sequentially and up 4% year-over-year; Software and services operating segments revenue of $534M flat sequentially and down 3% year-over-year.
16:08 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 gross margin 62.5%
16:07 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 CapEx $7.7B plus or minus $500M
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue down approximately 1% , consensus $54.77B
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.3B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.1B
Sees Q3 gross margin percentage: 63%,plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 50c
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16:00 EDTINTC, FBOptions Update; July 15, 2015
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14:56 EDTINTCIntel July 29.5 straddle priced for 5% movement into Q2
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14:53 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:22 EDTYHOOYahoo July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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13:03 EDTYHOOGannett names Kevin Gentzel chief revenue officer
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12:27 EDTKOFiesta Restaurant extends multi-year marketing agreement with Coca-Cola
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10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTFBAdobe's Flash disabled by Google due to security worries, WSJ says
Just days after Facebook's (FB) top security executive called on Adobe (ADBE) to discontinue its Flash animation player, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers blocked old versions of the software on Tuesday after reports that hackers were using a security flaw to infiltrate computers, reported The Wall Street Journal's "Digits" blog. Firefox and Chrome will allow Flash to run again if it is updated with the patch Adobe released Tuesday morning, the report noted. Reference Link
08:33 EDTFBFacebook target raised to $110 at Morgan Stanley on mobile ad strength
Morgan Stanley raised 2015 and 2016 revenue estimates for Facebook and increased its price target on the shares to $110 due to scale and improving products. The firm's mobile ad checks indicate Facebook is still the mobile industry leader, has low pricing and high ad ROI, and continues to pull in a larger share of ad budgets and ad dollars per MAU. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating on shares of the social network owner, which closed yesterday at $89.68.
08:27 EDTFBAdobe says Google display ad strategy underperforms Facebook in Q2
In its "Digital Advertising & Social Intelligence Report" for Q2, Adobe (ADBE) wrote that Facebook's (FB) display ad changes doubled its click-through-rates, or CTRs, year-over-year in the quarter, while Google's (GOOG) display targeting changes reduced its number of ads seen by 22% compared to the prior year and its CTRs were up "only" 24% compared to the same period of last year. The report also contends that the "Mobilegeddon" fears regarding Google's changes to favor mobile friendly sites came true, noting that sites with low mobile engagement saw up to a 10% decrease in organic traffic after the changes were made by the search giant. Reference Link
08:12 EDTIBMIBM and RTI International partner for data-driven development
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07:31 EDTINTCIntel target lowered, removed from Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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07:30 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $50 from $59 at SunTrust
SunTrust cut its price target on Yahoo, as the firm says that some investors are starting to evaluate the company based on the performance of its core business. Three years into CEO Marissa Mayer's tenure, SunTrust says her results are "mixed," and gives her a grade of C. SunTrust says the company has had its share of accomplishments in the last three years but still faces many core challenges. It thinks the company's Q2 revenue could miss expectations but keeps a Buy rating based on valuation.
06:52 EDTTFCC ruling on AT&T-DirecTV deal could come as soon as today, CTFN says
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06:48 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:33 EDTMAMasterCard, PAY.ON announce partnership
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July 14, 2015
17:11 EDTYHOOMicrosoft M&A chief says Salesforce sale 'depends on' Benioff, Fortune reports
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16:01 EDTINTC, T, FBOptions Update; July 14, 2015
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15:27 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Bernstein says sell Intel ahead of Q2 report
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15:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises after UBS says buy ahead of expected breakout
Shares of Coca-Cola (KO) are rising following an upgrade at UBS, with the research firm saying the stock is "poised" to break out of its trading range. WHAT'S NEW: Stephen Powers of UBS issued a research note on Coca-Cola this morning, upgrading the stock to Buy from Neutral and raising his price target to $48 from $44. Powers cited "increasing probability" that Coca-Cola shares will break out of their $37-$44 trading band within the next year, saying the company "should find relief" if macroeconomic factors ease. Powers added that the company "has made great strides" over the past 10 months in productivity and price realization and the analyst believes Coca-Cola could accelerate its U.S. refranchising and expand its cost-cutting target. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's upgrade follows a June 1 note from BMO Capital alleging that carbonated soft drinks are not in a structural decline, contrary to widespread perception. BMO's Amit Sharma upgraded Coca-Cola that day to Outperform, saying he expects Coke’s sales and EPS growth to get back to near the company's long-term targets in 2016 and for the company to start seeing more bottomline benefits from its cost savings program in 2017. Conversely, in a July 8 note on Coke's competitor, PepsiCo (PEP), Wells Fargo countered that scanner results suggested soft drink volumes were under pressure in the U.S. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Coca-Cola rose 1.2% in afternoon trading, standing at $41.17 at time of writing.
15:10 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The key technical feature, best seen on a 5-year chart, is a potential bearish head and shoulders top. On bearish news or outlook, a move below $28.50 would confirm that the pattern is active. If the pattern were to remain active and complete, downside potential over time would be to the $21 to $20 area. If the news is instead a bullish surprise, the first resistance level of note would be at $32.08. Additional upside would be at $34.75, which is the top of the right shoulder of the pattern. If price broke out above the top of the pattern, it would be voided. Next resistance would then be at $36.37.
11:24 EDTYHOOYahoo VP Eric Lange leaves company to join Flipkart, CNBC reports
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10:52 EDTINTCAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector have received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTFB, T, INTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:17 EDTYHOOYahoo fantasy sports could add $80M to 2016 sales, says Citi
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08:56 EDTVMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
08:10 EDTIBMIBM and Mubdala sign agreement to bring Watson to MENA
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07:48 EDTVVisa named top pick at Bernstein
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07:40 EDTINTCCiti sees arbitrage opportunity in Altera ahead of buyout
Shares of Altera (ALTR) currently trade at a 7.5% discount to Intel's (INTC) buyout offer of $54, Citi analyst Christopher Danely points out today in a research note. Danely expects the deal will go through without any antitrust issues. As such, he sees an arbitrage opportunity in Altera. He raised his price target for shares to $54 from $43. The chipmaker closed yesterday up 50c to $50.25. Shares of Intel (INTC) are trading down 24c to $29.49 in pre-market trading after Bernstein downgraded the name to its sell-equivalent Underperform.
07:06 EDTINTCIntel July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:46 EDTFBFacebook Messenger to add 'Moneypenny' feature, The Information reports
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06:41 EDTINTCMicron, Tsinghua deal 'probably won't happen,' WSJ reports
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06:36 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon downgraded Intel to Underperform ahead of the company's Q2 results and cut his price target for shares to $25 from $29. Rasgon believes weaker than expected Data Center Group results is a "real possibility," which he feels would be "much worse" than weak PCs.
06:14 EDTFBFacebook's Instagram has 14M monthly active users in U.K., Business Insider says
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05:59 EDTKOCoca-Cola upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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05:46 EDTINTCIntel may have 'midwifed' Tsinghua bid for Micron, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan says Tsinghua Unigroup's reported $23B offer for Micron (MU) is highly likely to have been "midwifed" by Intel (INTC). Intel owns 20% of Tsinghua, Sundararajan points out. The analyst thinks the potential merger will "only have a few objections to work through," despite doubt from investors that the deal will be allowed by the Department of Justice. Sundararajan has viewed Micron as an acquisition candidate and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $34 price target after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that the state-owned Tsinghua offered $21 a share for Micron. The chip maker is up $1.99 to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
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