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January 23, 2015
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; January 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 80c to 32.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM X GDP PBR according to Track Data.
15:36 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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14:22 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated into Q4 and ad outlook
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13:59 EDTMAMasterCard confirms allowance of Cuban transactions with U.S.issued cards
MasterCard confirmed a report saying the company will allow credit card transactions in Cuba. The company will work with its U.S. issuers to support their Cuba-related activities and decisions. Before traveling to Cuba, U.S. cardholders should contact their bank to ensure the card will be supported on the island. Reference Link
13:54 EDTMAMasterCard to allow transactions in Cuba with U.S. cards, Reuters reports
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11:06 EDTKMBKimberly Clark falls after earnings, levels to watch
Shares are down over 5.5% at time of writing to $112.33. At that price next support is at $111.86 and then at $109.07. Resistance is at $113.46.
10:16 EDTKMBKimberly Clark expects higher earnings in 2H15 than 1H15
10:08 EDTKMBKimberly Clark sees FY15 organic growth of 3%-5%
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10:07 EDTKMBKimberly Clark: Environment has become significantly more volatile
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10:04 EDTKMBKimberly Clark reports Q4 organic sales growth of 4%
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09:21 EDTKMBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Infinera (INFN), up 13.2%... E-Trade (ETFC), up 5.6%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... ResMed (RMD), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: IVUS (VVUS), up 6.2% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 12.3% after 3M share Secondary priced at $11.90... lululemon (LULU), up 3.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly Clark (KMB), down 4.6%... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), down 2.1%... Altera (ALTR), down 4.4%... Kansas City Southern (KSU), down 3.3%... McDonald's (MCD), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: LeapFrog (LF), down 32.8% after reporting preliminary third quarter results and withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance... Molycorp (MCP), down 10.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Dreamworks (DWA), down 12% after announcing that it will cut 500 jobs, reduce films released per year, and seeing a $55M charge for 'The Penguins of Madagascar' and 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'... Otonomy (OTIC), down 1.8% after secondary increased to 2.55M shares, priced at $29.25.
08:07 EDTFBU.S. tech giants nervous about backlash in Europe, WSJ says
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07:37 EDTKMBKimberly Clark says Western, Central European changes to be completed in 2014
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07:37 EDTYHOODistribution news could increase Yahoo value to $67 per share, says MKM Partners
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07:37 EDTKMBKimberly Clark says restructuring expected to be completed by end of 2016
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07:36 EDTKMBKimberly Clark says dividend expected to increase mid-single digits in 2015
The anticipated increase is generally consistent with 2014 growth in adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of 5%. Share repurchases are expected to total $8MM to $1B, subject to market conditions.
07:35 EDTKMBKimberly Clark sees FY15 adjusted operating profit of 1%-4%
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07:33 EDTKMBKimberly Clark sees FY15 EPS $5.60-$5.80, consensus $6.00
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07:31 EDTKMBKimberly Clark reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.35, consensus $1.37
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06:46 EDTFBFacebook downplaying FBX, Digiday says
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06:04 EDTINTCIntel may look to form stylus alliance, DigiTimes reports
Intel has recently invited several touch sensor IC designers to form an alliance in order to establish a specification standard for stylus, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from IC designers, the alliance's first product is expected to launch in Q3 and will be to make the input device usable across different mobile devices. Reference Link
January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTTGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.13 to 31.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB FXCM AVP BAC according to Track Data.
15:48 EDTKMBKimberly Clark technical comments before earnings
The shares have been in a strong uptrend since the market lows of October 2014, gaining nearly 20% in that time. On the chart there is no indication of bearish concerns, with the stock having hit a new lifetime high today at $119. Without established resistance overhead, next objectives on positive news would be at common option strike prices such as $120 and $125. If there is risk to the shares it may be in the form of adverse currency moves, given the recent strength of the dollar. The stock has been bid-up given its relatively high yield as bond yields have dropped, but it is trading at a premium historically. If there is a disappointment, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives may be at $117.19, $115, and $111.86.
15:32 EDTKMBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:53 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Sell at Societe Generale
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13:50 EDTYHOOYahoo launches new art initiative, Business Insider says
Yahoo's Tumblr announced a new initiative, Creatrs, that will help artists license their work and protect their legal rights, according to Business Insider. Under the program Tumblr will also utilize users' art and provide art to advertisers, Business Insider added. Reference Link
13:46 EDTYHOOYahoo may attract buyers without Alibaba stake on sheets, Bloomberg reports
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13:15 EDTTAT&T to review name of DirecTV unit, WSJ reports
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company will review the name of its DirecTV (DTV) unit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stephenson also noted that the $48.5B acquisition, which must be approved by regulators, will give AT&T a "differentiated offering" in trying to win customers. Reference Link
10:20 EDTFBFacebook January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:18 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility elevated into Q4 and ad outlook
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09:01 EDTTAT&T says enters into $9.2B credit agreement
AT&T said in a filing that on January 21, AT&T entered into a $9.155B credit agreement containing a (i) $6.286B term loan facility and a (ii) $2.869B term loan facility, with certain investment and commercial banks and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as administrative agent. AT&T also entered into a $2B 18-month credit agreement with Mizuho as initial lender and agent. In the event advances are made under either agreement, those advances would be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisition related payments. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche A Facility will be due and payable on the third anniversary of funding. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche B Facility will be subject to amortization from the third anniversary of funding, with twenty-five percent of the aggregate principal amount thereof being payable prior to the fifth anniversary thereof, and all remaining principal amount due and payable on such fifth anniversary. Amounts borrowed under the 18-Month Credit Agreement will be due and payable on the date that is 18 months after the funding.
08:33 EDTFBFacebook Q4 North America revenues trending slightly ahead, says ITG Research
ITG Research said Facebook's Q4 North American revenues are tracking to $1.8B vs. its prior estimate of $1.775B and consensus of $1.721B.
06:11 EDTFBWhatsApp now available in web browsers
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05:47 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX T
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Boston Scientific (BSX) 49, AT&T (T) 20 according to iVolatility.
05:36 EDTMAMasterCard announces opportunity to apply for next edition of Start Path Europe
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05:24 EDTTAT&T, Smiths Group extend relationship for six more years
Smiths Group has refreshed its ongoing relationship with AT&T for six more years. Valued at more than $100M, the agreement brings all of Smiths Group's communications services under one roof. The company can now securely connect its 23,000 employees across 450 offices in more than 50 countries.
January 21, 2015
16:35 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:28 EDTTGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobileís (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.63 to 33.49. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB RIG C ABX SIRI NFLX according to Track Data.
14:35 EDTYHOOYahoo unlikely to announce spin-out with earnings, says BGC Financial
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13:38 EDTVEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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13:25 EDTTEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:24 EDTT, IBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bankís executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:29 EDTTAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Courtís ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
09:20 EDTIBMIBM CFO optimistic about 2015 due to rapid growth in cloud unit, CNBC says
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09:16 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:31 EDTTAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
07:53 EDTIBMIBM cash flow guidance 'very weak,' says Jefferies
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07:15 EDTINTCAny Intel server weakness likely a hiccup, says RBC Capital
After JMP Securities yesterday downgraded Intel (INTC) based partly on information from a source who said that server component sales have been weak in 2015, RBC Capital says any weakness is probably due to a three month delay caused by a technical problem and is not demand driven. RBC Capital expects the technical problem to be resolved within three months but keeps a $40 price target and Sector Perform rating on Intel.
06:18 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $170 from $180 at Citigroup
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05:53 EDTIBMStocks with implied volatility movement; IBM QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; IBM (IBM) 27, Qualcomm (QCOM) 33 according to iVolatility.
January 20, 2015
18:30 EDTIBMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:07 EDTIBMIBM says Cloud investments continue to impact margins
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17:05 EDTIBMIBM says revenue as reported in 2015 will not grow
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16:56 EDTIBMIBM says $6.3B left on buyback authorization at year-end
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16:39 EDTIBMIBM ended year with $8.5B cash on hand
Comment from Q4 earnings conference call.
16:28 EDTIBMIBM reverses and is now down over 2% in after-hours trading
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16:21 EDTIBMIBM sees FY15 EPS $15.75-$16.50, consensus $16.53
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16:15 EDTIBMIBM reports $128B services backlog
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16:13 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 revenue from Hardware down 39%
Revenues from continuing operations for the Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4B for the quarter, down 39% (down 12 percent, adjusting for the impact of the divested System x business and currency) from the fourth-quarter of 2013. Systems and Technology pre-tax income increased 12% and pre-tax margin increased to 15.5%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. Revenues from Power Systems were down 13% (down 11 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the 2013 period. Revenues from System z mainframe server products decreased 26% (down 23 percent, adjusting for currency). Revenues from System Storage decreased 8 percent (down 5 percent, adjusting for currency).
16:11 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 revenue from Software Segment revenue down 7%
Revenues from the Software segment were $7.6B, down 7% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the fourth-quarter of 2013. Software pre-tax income decreased 11% and pre-tax margin decreased to 44.7%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. Revenues from IBMís key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $5.4B, down 6% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) versus the fourth-quarter of 2013. Operating systems revenues of $557M were down 19% (down 16 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the prior-year quarter.
16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 Global Services segment revenue down 8%
Global Services segment revenues decreased 8% to $13.5B. Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 8 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for the impact of the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and for currency) to $9.2B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 8% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) to $4.3B. Pre-tax income from Global Technology Services decreased 26% and pre-tax margin decreased to 15.6%. Global Business Services pre-tax income decreased 22% and pre-tax margin decreased to 16.4%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. The estimated services backlog at December 31, 2014 was $128B, flat year to year adjusting for the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and currency.
16:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 EPS $5.81, consensus $5.41
Reports Q4 revenue $24.1B, consensus $24.77B.
15:24 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: IBM estimates cut by Jefferies, BofA ahead of report
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15:21 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:28 EDTIBMIBM January weekly 155 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:29 EDTIBMIBM technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock is trading close to its 52-week low and multi-year low at $150.50 ahead of earnings news. At the current price of $154.47 it would not take much in the form of negative news for that low to be tested. On a breakdown below $150, next support would be at $146.30, $141.18, and $135.23. If the news is not as negative as traders appear to be positioned for, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives: $159.45, $164.25, and $168.69.
11:15 EDTINTCIntel slips after JMP cuts to sell, Canaccord says upgrade not yet warranted
Following Intel's (INTC) fourth quarter results last week, two research firms issued cautious notes on the stock today. JMP Securities downgraded the stock to Underperform, which is the firm's "Sell" equivalent rating, while Canaccord kept a Hold rating on the shares, though the latter firm said its outlook on the company's fundamentals is continuing to become more positive and raised its price target on the name. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's Q4 results were "mixed," but the company's fundamentals appear to have improved, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay wrote in a note to investors today. The company's data center group and Internet of Things group should generate sustained 15%+ and 20%+ growth, respectively, over the next several years, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's PC client group should be able to cut costs further, Ramsay believes. The analyst said he had "intended to upgrade the stock" after the results, given his long-term upbeat view of the company, but was unable to do so. Ramsay explained that he changed his mind because he does not think the company's profits will increase at all this year, while the stock largely already reflects his expectations for solid profit growth in 2016. The analyst increased his price target on the shares to $40 from $36 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. More bearish was JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna. Gauna downgraded the stock to Underperform from Market Perform and set a $30 price target on Intel. After speaking with a source who sells server components, the analyst reported that the source's business has been weak this month. Weak server component sales are likely to pull down Intel's stock, given its relatively high valuation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Intel's gross margins have probably peaked, Gauna believes. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel fell 1.7% to $35.82.
10:06 EDTJAHHigh option volume stocks
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09:44 EDTMA, VSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTKO, JAHActive equity options trading
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08:07 EDTINTCIntel downgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities downgraded Intel to Underperform from Market Perform. The firm reports that industry sources said there has been a sharp downturn in server activity going into 2015.
07:59 EDTINTCIntel upgrade not warranted due to lack of EPS growth, says Canaccord
Canaccord said it intended to upgrade Intel following its mixed Q4 results, but with estimates for essentially no earnings growth in 2015, the firm could not justify it. As a result, Canaccord raised its price target to $40 from $35 on Intel shares and maintained its Hold rating, but noted it stands ready to upgrade the stock on a pullback.
07:39 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IBM January weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, February is at 25, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
07:04 EDTJAHJarden sees FY15 adj. EPS $2.75-$2.90, consensus $2.93
For 2015, the Company anticipates organic net sales growth to be within its long-term average target range of 3-5%. Including the negative impact of current foreign currency rates.
07:03 EDTJAHJarden sees Q4 revenue $2.4B, consensus $2.32
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06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:39 EDTYHOOYahoo to announce Alibaba plans on or before January 27, AP says
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06:24 EDTTT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
06:12 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities
06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:01 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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13:45 EDTTGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTTCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
10:56 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; AAL YHOO
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09:44 EDTMAUSA Technologies enters pact with MasterCard
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08:49 EDTINTCIntel CEO says has made 'incremental improvement' on diversity
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08:47 EDTINTCIntel CEO says relationship with Apple 'strong'
Krzanich says he's heard the "rumors" of Apple (AAPL) looking at other types of chips for some of its products. Apple will always choose innovation and Intel's (INTC) job is to offer them the most competitive products, Krzanich said. Intel's CEO says many customers want to have a single supply source, which is a reason Intel needs to be in a broad array of businesses including mobile, PCs and servers. Krzanich says "very comfortable" with inventory levels and that Q4 played out the way the company expected. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is speaking on CNBC.
08:32 EDTINTCIntel results, 2015 plans 'very impressive,' says Wells Fargo
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07:35 EDTINTCChanos says short Intel for around six months
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07:30 EDTINTCIntel post-earnings pullback a buying opportunity, says Jefferies
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07:26 EDTINTCIntel margins to rise through 2015, says Deutsche Bank
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's Prashant Fuloria to oversee all ad products, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO Mayer may be giving Flurry execs more power, Re/code reports
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05:59 EDTINTCIntel aims to ship 44M tablet APs in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) targets shipping 44M tablet APs in 2015 to acount for one third of the non-Apple (AAPL) tablet shipments in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from tablet players, Intel expects losses from its tablet segment to narrow significant in 2016 as it acquires a leading position in the non-Apple tablet sector. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
18:28 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:02 EDTINTCIntel says shipped chips into 46M tablets in 2014
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16:42 EDTINTCIntel CFO says corporate PC demand growth likely to slow, consumer to improve
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16:08 EDTINTCIntel down 2% following Q4 results, guidance
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16:08 EDTINTCIntel sees FY15 revenue growth in mid-single digits, consensus $59.19B
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16:06 EDTINTCIntel CEO says Q4 a 'strong finish to a record year'
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel reports Q4 gross margin 65.4%
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16:04 EDTINTCIntel reports Q4 PC Client Group revenue $8.9B, down 3% sequentially, up 3% YoY
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16:02 EDTINTCIntel sees Q1 revenue $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $13.77B
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16:01 EDTINTCIntel reports Q4 EPS 74c, consensus 66c
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15:14 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Intel (INTC), consensus 66c; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.46; Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK), consensus 41c; People's United (PBCT), consensus 21c; Wintrust Financial (WTFC), consensus 77c.
15:02 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Jefferies refutes bear case on Intel
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14:14 EDTINTCIntel technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares have been in a sideways consolidation pattern for the past two months which could become an active, in this case bullish, symmetrical triangle pattern. That pattern would be confirmed and active at or above $37.75. Upside potential for the pattern at a minimum would be to the $40 area. On good news and strong guidance, that pattern could trigger. If the news disappoints, that potential pattern could become void. A move below $36 would destroy the pattern's potential. Next downside levels based on support could be at $35.26, $34.23, and $32.54.
13:29 EDTINTCIntel January 36.5 straddle priced for 3.8% movement into Q4
10:37 EDTCLXKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:00 EDTCLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:58 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated at 39 into Q4 and outlook
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06:27 EDTINTC, TIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
06:23 EDTCLXClorox upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Clorox to Neutral given outsized U.S. exposure and lower input costs from the fall in oil. Price target is $104.
05:55 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 14, 2015
11:23 EDTINTCIntel lower after report says Apple may displace chips in Macs
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11:01 EDTINTCAnalyst says Apple may replace Intel chips in Macs, AppleInsider reports
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10:27 EDTFBFacebook, Google seen at front of 'multi-year' positive run for Internet stocks
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09:54 EDTKOMcDonald's slips after Ackman says rumored investment 'unlikely'
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09:46 EDTKOAckman says 'unlikely' to invest in McDonald's, Bloomberg reports
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09:46 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt
Target $100.
08:50 EDTKOMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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08:34 EDTIBMIBM estimates lowered at BofA/Merrill
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08:22 EDTTMKM Partners unable to recommend ADTRAN until clarity on AT&T timing
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08:18 EDTINTCIntel Q4 revenue likely to be at high end of guidance range, says Pacific Crest
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07:46 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:28 EDTMAMasterCard announces global partnership with Masabi
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07:17 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $100 from $88 at Oppenheimer
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07:13 EDTFBFacebook price target raised to $102 on FAN contribution at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse raised Outperform rated Facebook's price target to $102 from $88 to reflect new mobile ad network FAN into its estimates. The analyst expects Premium Video to have a greater impact on 2015 financials and longer-term for new products and yet-to-be monetized properties to continue to drive estimates.
06:29 EDTINTCCompanies reach new deal on worker hiring issue, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTINTCIntel to expand 2-in-1 reference design to 12.5-inch display, DigiTimes says
Intel has expanded its $349-$399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, reports DigiTimes. Citing sources from notebook makers, the expansion will likely heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment. Reference Link
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January 13, 2015
17:55 EDTIBMIBM launches the z13 mainframe after $1B investment
IBM announced the z13 mainframe system, capable of processing 2.5B transactions per day and it is the first system to make real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale. z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience. The system includes 500 new patents including cryptographic encryption technologies that enable more security features for mobile initiated transactions. The system culminates a $1B investment and five years of development.
11:57 EDTINTCHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTFBJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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10:16 EDTKOMonster Beverage rises as Stifel target hike outweighs Wells Fargo downgrade
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08:22 EDTINTCIntel should meet or beat sales guidance midpoint, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks that Intel should be able to meet, or beat, the midpoint of its Q4 guidance for 1% sequential sales growth. The firm believes the results could set a positive tone for computer related chips, with strong growth in data centers and a continuing recovery in PC growth. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Intel.
07:13 EDTKOMonster Beverage price target raised to $130 from $115 at Stifel
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07:04 EDTIBMFederal court confirms halt to sales of chips used by SanDisk, IBM, others
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06:44 EDTYHOOYahoo shuts down Right Media ad exchange, Business Insider reprots
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06:33 EDTIBMTeradata set to acquire Appoxee for about $20M, WSJ reports
Teradata (TDC) will buy Appoxee, a Tel Aviv-based mobile-marketing-automation startup, for around $20M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. Teradata rival IBM (IBM) acquired Xtify, a mobile-marketing company, in 2013. Reference Link
06:30 EDTIBMCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTYHOOSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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06:01 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 115, Yahoo (YHOO) 52 according to iVolatility.
January 12, 2015
16:58 EDTKOCoca-Cola shares look expensive, Barron's says
Coca-Cola shares look expensive, trading at over 21 times forward earnings, Barron's argues in a follow up article. Reference Link
11:51 EDTIBMIBM results seen being hurt by continued dollar strength
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11:48 EDTFBFacebook February volatility elevated at 39
Facebook January call option implied volatility is at 32, January weekly is at 29, February is at 39, March Is at 33; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
10:34 EDTKOFood makers slip as Citi highlights headwinds with downgrades in space
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10:24 EDTFBFacebook, Xiaomi held talks over Facebook investment, Reuters says
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10:12 EDTFBFacebook discussed potential investment in Xiaomi, Reuters reports
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09:34 EDTMAActive equity options trading
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07:52 EDTIBMIBM to undertake biggest re-organization in company history, Register says
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07:52 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $130 from $144 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for IBM shares to $130 after cutting its estimates to reflect the strengthening of the dollar against almost every other major currency worldwide since the tech giant reported Q3 results. Jefferies believes consensus estimates for IBM need to come down as the company deals with enterprises increasingly allocating investments away from traditional Software and IT Outsourcing toward investments in Cloud, Mobile and and Social initiatives. The firm reiterates an Underperform rating on IBM.
07:35 EDTINTC, IBMNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:01 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Intel January call option implied volatility is at 47, February is at 28, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 15.
06:44 EDTINTCIntel shares could trade higher near-term, says Citigroup
Citigroup says shares of Intel (INTC) could move higher over the near-term given the high short interest in the name and likely above guidance earnings results. Citi says its channel checks indicate the PC market remains stable and that Intel continues to gain share from AMD (AMD). The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Intel, however, pointing out its 2015 estimates remain below consensus.
06:35 EDTV, MAObama to press for law requiring disclosure of hacking, NY Times says
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06:12 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 114, Yahoo (YHOO) 50 according to iVolatility.
06:06 EDTTSoftcard cuts 60 employees in restructuring, Re/code reports
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