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October 20, 2014
16:20 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:48 EDTKOCoca-Cola October weekly 43 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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15:48 EDTKMBKimberly Clark technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:36 EDTKO, KMBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:06 EDTIBMIBM price target lowered to $198 from $220 at Cantor
Cantor lowered its price target on IBM to $198 from $220 following the company's Q3 results and withdrawal of its FY15 EPS guidance. However, the firm believes the company has been undergoing a transition over the past few quarters and that the Q3 results are a "near-term speed bump" for IBM, on which it keeps a Buy rating.
12:37 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:09 EDTIBMIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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12:03 EDTFBKing Digital launches Candy Crush Soda Saga worldwide on Facebook
Earlier today, King Digital Entertainment (KING) announced that Candy Crush Soda Saga, the sister title to hit game Candy Crush Saga, has launched worldwide on Facebook (FB). Candy Crush Soda Saga is the next iteration in the Candy Crush franchise, set in the world of the Candy Kingdom. Fans of the original hit can now switch and match their way through new dimensions of gameplay with exciting new graphics and features including game modes, candy combinations, gameplay mechanics and more. Candy Crush Soda Saga is set to launch on mobile in the coming weeks.
11:42 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB DAL
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10:25 EDTIBMIBM CEO says company already has been aggressive on changing
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10:09 EDTIBMIBM hits fresh 52-week low after miss, levels to watch
Shares hit a fresh 52-week low earlier in the session at $166.71 but have bounced fractionally since then. That new low is now support. Resistance is at $172.99.
09:52 EDTYHOOArmstrong says AOL will not merge with Yahoo, VentureBeat reports
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said "no" when asked if his company will merge with Yahoo (YHOO), VentureBeat reports, citing a fireside chat with Armstrong at the TechCrunch Disrupt in Europe. Reference Link
09:22 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTIBMIBM says acquistions meant to supplement, not transform, Enterprise business
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08:44 EDTIBMIBM CEO says recent Apple, SAP deals represent change in partnering strategy
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08:34 EDTIBMIBM lowers FY14 free cash flow view to $12B-$13B
08:32 EDTIBMIBM sees taking workforce rebalancing charge of up to $600M in Q4
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08:20 EDTIBMIBM says some fundamental industry shifts happening faster than planned
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08:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling to exchange franchise territory with Coca-Cola
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07:29 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility increases into Q3 and capital outlook
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07:21 EDTIBMIBM sees $1.5B pretax gain related to deal with Lenovo Group
IBM (IBM) announced that on October 1 the company and Lenovo (LNVGY) completed the initial closing of the sale of IBM’s industry standard server business to Lenovo. The transition began on October 1 in countries that are part of the initial closing, which included most major markets. The transaction is expected to close later this year in most other countries which have a larger business footprint, with the remaining countries following in early 2015. The transaction price is approximately $2.1B and as consideration, IBM received $1.8B in cash, with the remaining consideration paid in Lenovo stock. IBM expects to recognize a total pre-tax gain on the sale of approximately $1.5B, which does not include associated costs related to transition and performance-based costs. Net of these charges, the gain is approximately $1.0B. Almost all of the gains will be booked in the fourth quarter of 2014, with the remaining portion expected beyond 2014, IBM stated.
07:18 EDTIBMIBM sees FY14 operating EPS down (4%)-(2%) from $16.64 in FY13
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07:16 EDTIBMIBM no longer expects 'at least' $20 operating EPS in 2015
FY15 EPS consensus $19.75. Says will provide view of 2015 in January. Comment from slides for Q3 earnings call.
07:15 EDTTAT&T weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:08 EDTIBMIBM sees deal with Globalfoundries closing in 2015
07:08 EDTIBMIBM expects to request additional share repurchase authorization at Oct. meeting
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07:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q3 Global Services segment revenue down 3% to $13.7B
Revenues from the Software segment were $5.7B. Revenues from continuing operations from the Systems and Technology segment totaled $2.4B. The company’s total gross profit margin from continuing operations was 48.6 percent in the 2014 third-quarter period compared with 49.0 percent in the 2013 third-quarter period. Total operating gross profit margin from continuing operations was 49.2 percent in the 2014 third-quarter compared with 50.1 percent in the 2013 third-quarter period.
07:06 EDTIBMIBM committed to returning value to shareholders through dividends, repurchases
07:05 EDTIBMIBM reports Q3 EPS $3.68, consensus $4.32
Reports Q3 revenue $22.4B, consensus $23.37B. We are disappointed in our performance. We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry. While we did not produce the results we expected to achieve, we again performed well in our strategic growth areas – cloud, data and analytics, security, social and mobile - where we continue to shift our business. We will accelerate this transformation,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO.
06:49 EDTYHOOTumblr, TV shows collaborate to broaden reach, NY Times says
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06:26 EDTYHOOYahoo to unveil turnaround, M&A strategy, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTIBMIBM sees $4.7B pre-tax charge for Q3 results
IBM will reflect a pre-tax charge of $4.7B in its financial results for Q3, which includes an asset impairment, estimated costs to sell the IBM microelectronics business, and cash consideration to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Cash consideration of $1.5B is expected to be paid to GLOBALFOUNDRIES by IBM over the next three years. The cash consideration will be adjusted by the amount of working capital which is estimated to be $200M.
06:04 EDTIBMGLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM microelectronics business
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06:02 EDTIBMGLOBALFOUNDRIES to acquire IBM microelectronics business
October 19, 2014
19:59 EDTIBMIBM to pay Globalfoundries $1.5B to take chip unit, Bloomberg reports
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17:42 EDTIBMIBM to make 'major business announcement'
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTINTCStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:16 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and capital utilization outlook
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12:17 EDTYHOOMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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10:00 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:33 EDTIBMIBM reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $200.
October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:23 EDTVJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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15:26 EDTVApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
14:20 EDTINTCApple announces updated Mac mini, starting at $499
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14:20 EDTINTCApple introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display
Apple (AAPL) unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, with 14.7M pixels. iMac with Retina 5K display has four times more pixels than the standard 27-inch iMac and 67% more pixels than a 4K display. iMac with Retina 5K comes with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel (INTC) Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz. iMac with Retina 5K display begins shipping today with a 3.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, AMD (AMD) Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive for a suggested retail price of $2,499.
14:14 EDTINTCApple says new iMac uses Intel 3.5GHz quadcore i5 processor
14:09 EDTV, MAApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
10:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTIBMIBM volatility elevated into Q3 results
IBM October weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 27, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 20.
08:29 EDTTAT&T sees 359K customers seek refunds for 'cramming' charges, Time reports
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October 15, 2014
16:22 EDTYHOOYahoo amendment to credit agreement extended to October 8, 2015
On October 9, Yahoo! Inc. entered into Amendment No. 2 to its Credit Agreement, dated as of October 19, 2012, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of October 10, 2013, with Citibank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the lenders party thereto from time to time. Amendment No. 2, among other things, extends the termination date of the Credit Agreement from October 9, 2014 to October 8, 2015. The Credit Agreement, as amended, continues to provide for a $750M unsecured revolving credit facility, subject to increase by up to $250M in accordance with its terms. There are no borrowings currently outstanding under the Credit Agreement.
14:01 EDTINTCIntel launches 'Intel Experience' exclusively in 50 Best Buy stores
Intel (INTC) has launched “The Intel Experience” exclusively in 50 Best Buy (BBY) retail stores nationwide. The hands-on experience zone gives everyone the opportunity to try, explore and play with the latest, cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printing, gaming meets augmented reality, and digital disc jockey remixing.
13:45 EDTINTCIntel recovery in PCs seems sustainable, says Argus
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12:02 EDTFBStocks with call strike movement; FB WMB
Facebook (FB) March 80 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 80, Williams (WMB) February 57.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 41 according to IVolatility.
11:02 EDTINTCIntel introduces transaction data protection technology in partnership with NCR
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10:11 EDTTFrontier granted PURA approval for AT&T wireless ops. in Connecticut
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10:02 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:30 EDTINTCIntel reported good Q3 results, says Roth Capital
Roth Capital believes that Intel reported good Q3 results. The firm thinks the enterprise PC replacement cycle may last several quarters, while strength in high-margin datacenter server processors will also boost Intel. Target $38.
09:20 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:32 EDTDELLUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
07:20 EDTFBFacebook likely to beat Q3 expectations, says Oppenheimer
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07:11 EDTFBFacebook should be bought into Q3 results, says Deutsche Bank
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06:43 EDTFBFacebook, Samsung could collaborate to develop mobile content, Korea Times says
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06:40 EDTYHOOYahoo hires Kevin Gentzel as head of N.A. ad sales, CNet reports
Yahoo has hired Kevin Gentzel, the Washington Post's former chief revenue officer, as its new head of North American advertising sales, CNet reports. Gentzel will report to Ned Brody, the company's head of Americas. Reference Link
06:36 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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October 14, 2014
18:20 EDTINTCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:51 EDTINTCIntel says 'remains on track' for 40M tablet goal for 2014
Expects to ship 40M-45M tablet chips in 2014. Says strategy for growth yielding results across a wide range of products. Says Q3 revenue was highest in company history. Says seeing robust growth across data center business. Says customers see normal/seasonal Q4 for consumer PC demand. Says mobile won't be profitable in 2015. Says Sofia product won't require contra revenue. Does not expect iPhone 6 to have any effect on notebook demand. Says current inventory is "very typical" heading into Q4. Comments from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
16:31 EDTINTCIntel CFO: China continues to be relatively weak
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16:09 EDTINTCIntel up approximately 3% following Q3 results
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16:06 EDTINTCIntel used $4.2B to repurchase 122M shares of stock in Q3
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16:06 EDTINTCIntel CEO says 'pleased by the progress the company is making'
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16:05 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 CapEx $11B, plus or minus $500M
16:04 EDTINTCIntel reports Q3 PC Client Group revenue $9.2B, up 6% sequentially, up 9% YoY
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16:02 EDTINTCIntel reports Q3 gross margin 65%
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16:02 EDTINTCIntel sees Q4 revenue $14.7B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.49B
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16:01 EDTINTCIntel reports Q3 EPS 66c, consensus 65c
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15:29 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:24 EDTIBMIBM, SAP partner to accelerate Enterprise Cloud adoption
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14:45 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel to report after Microchip correction warning
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14:28 EDTYHOOYahoo hires former Washington Post Chief Revenue Officer to head sales, WSJ says
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12:31 EDTINTCIntel October 32.5 straddle priced for 6% move into Q3
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11:39 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares have outperformed the broader averages over the last three months. Removing today's bounce, the stock has been flat against the down performance of the averages. The trading pattern for the stock when viewed with a three-month window has been up sharply, sideways, and down sharply. That doesn't leave a great deal of room for trend interpretation other than traders being cautious into results. When we pull back to a 1-year view, the technical picture is strikingly different. Almost all of the gains in shares this year, up over 34% excluding today, has come since the early summer. That sharp rise then developed into a bearish rounding formation viewed on a closing basis. On an OHLC chart, the formation instead is an Island Top. That is, a bullish gap, the sideways move previously described, and a bearish gap from yesterday. That leaves the price action of the last several months isolated, an island, within the context of the longer term uptrend. Island Tops are usually considered extremely bearish on a technical basis, suggesting the up move has exhausted itself in a blow-off. If the news on earnings and outlook supports this bearish price interpretation, there could be significant downside risk. Levels to watch on the downside would be at $31.80, the bottom of the bullish gap from July, $30,03, and $28.10, the bottom of the bullish gap from June. A break below $28 might leave the shares back in the $24 to $26 range characteristic of the price action at the start of the year. If the news is positive, the first major resistance is at the 52-week high at $35.56 and then at $37.15.
10:10 EDTINTCChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
08:50 EDTVVisa, 3PEA International enter into prepaid card agreement
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08:08 EDTYHOOYahoo to close Amman, Jordan office by end of year, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo will close its office in Amman, Jordan by the end of the year, TechCrunch reports, citing a confirmed statement by a company spokesperson. The company will funnel its Arab-language and English-language Arab-focused Internet portal to an office in Dubai and other regions. A Yahoo spokesperson says the move is part of its "global efforts to streamline operations." Reference Link
07:24 EDTINTCIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:29 EDTINTCTSMC and rivals racing to pack computer power in each chip, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
15:23 EDTKOCoca-Cola Amatil could sell water brand to Coca-Cola, AFR says
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13:10 EDTFB, YHOOGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:13 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
10:08 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTYHOOYahoo upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial
BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis upgraded his rating on Yahoo (YHOO) shares to Buy saying the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner now that Alibaba (BABA) is public. Gillis also points out that Alibaba could see benefits from acquiring Yahoo. He raised his price target for Yahoo shares to $50 from $37.
07:19 EDTV, MAAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
05:15 EDTFBFacebook, Ericsson, XL Axiata innovate to improve Indonesia network performance
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
16:02 EDTFBActionable Options for Friday, October, 10
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13:08 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTINTCMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:16 EDTINTCIntel falls with semiconductor peers, levels to watch
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10:07 EDTFBFacebook, peer-to-peer lending groups in discussions, The Information says
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10:01 EDTIBMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:38 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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07:57 EDTFBFacebook, India Telecom Minister discuss expanding in India, Economic Times says
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and India's Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met to discuss expanding the reach of internet by using alternate technology, reports The Economic Times. According to sources, Facebook requested Prasad establish single point contact in his ministry for the alternative technology to which the minister immediately agreed. Reference Link
07:56 EDTINTCIntel Q3 results may be near-term catalyst, says Stifel
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07:16 EDTKMBAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
16:22 EDTIBMIBM initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 9, 2014
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14:37 EDTYHOOYahoo looking to make Tumblr another YouTube, Business Insider says
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12:01 EDTTAT&T announces agreement with Accuris, BSG
AT&T, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless announced an agreement to bring to market the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub. This hub will make it possible for wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.
10:38 EDTKOPepsiCo climbs after results beat estimates, outlook raised
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07:03 EDTINTCIntel quarter to be in-line or modestly better, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Intel's quarterly results on October 14 to be in-line to modestly above consensus. The firm's channel checks indicate PC demand trends will remain stable into year-end amid solid corporate demand. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Intel with a $37 price target.
06:59 EDTFBFacebook has no imminent WhatsApp monetization goals, Reuters says
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October 8, 2014
16:56 EDTINTCGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q3 declined 0.5%
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16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
12:03 EDTTAT&T Mobility pays $80M to FTC over mobile cramming charges
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:24 EDTFBFacebook feature allows advertisers to find clients via location
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07:22 EDTIBMIBM to make renewed push around 'Watson' AI system, FT reports
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06:19 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off 400 employees in India, WSJ reports
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06:00 EDTFBInstagram still most used social network for teens, says Piper Jaffray
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October 7, 2014
16:33 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Market Perform at Northland
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13:48 EDTFBFacebook to release anonymous chat application, NY Times reports
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13:34 EDTINTCIntel October volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Intel October call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 28, December is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results after the market close on October 14.
13:33 EDTFBGoogle executive says Google+ here to stay, Re/code reports
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10:02 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end of one-year range
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09:40 EDTYHOOYahoo lays off up to 2,000 employees in India, TechCrunch reports
Yahoo has laid off up to 2,000 employees in India as a result of a move to consolidate into fewer offices, TechCrunch reports, citing local blog The Next Big What. Yahoo has confirmed the consolidation, but did not confirm how many people are affected by the effort. Reference Link
09:24 EDTYHOOFormer Yahoo CFO says AOL merger makes 'little sense,' CNBC reports
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08:32 EDTKMBKimberly Clark raises 2014 share repurchase target in spin-off completion
Kimberly-Clark announced the record date, distribution date and distribution ratio for the previously announced tax-free spin-off of its health care business. The spin-off will form the new publicly traded company, Halyard Health. Kimberly-Clark also increased its 2014 share repurchase program to take into account expected proceeds as a result of the spin-off. Kimberly-Clark shareholders will receive one share of Halyard Health common stock for every eight shares of Kimberly-Clark common stock held as of the close of trading on Oct. 23, 2014, the record date for the spin-off. Kimberly-Clark shareholders will receive cash in lieu of any fractional shares. The spin-off is expected to be effective as of the end of the day on Oct. 31, 2014, the distribution date for the spin-off, with 100 percent of the shares of Halyard Health distributed to Kimberly-Clark shareholders. Before completion of the spin-off, Halyard Health expects to make a one-time cash payment to Kimberly-Clark. As a result, Kimberly-Clark is increasing its 2014 share repurchase target to $2B, up from its previous plan of $1.3 to $1.5 billion.
07:48 EDTIBMU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a discussion
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06:43 EDTFBGM using Facebook, calls to reach out and get recalled cars fixed, AP reports
General Motors (GM) is using Facebook (FB) messages and phone calls to reach out to vehicle owners who have yet to bring in their cars the company has recalled, reports the Associated Press. CEO Mary Barra has also sent a personal letter urging people to get the switches replaced. Reference Link
06:29 EDTIBMIBM, Globalfoundries reignite discussions for chip division, Bloomberg says
IBM and Globalfoundries have restarted discussions for IBM to sell its unprofitable chip production division, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. The source said that IBM could pay Globalfoundries more than $1B to take over the unit. Reference Link
06:04 EDTTAT&T issues apology after customer info improperly accessed, Re/code reports
AT&T has issued an apology after an incident in which customer account information was improperly accessed by a worker, Re/code reports. A company spokesman says AT&T is contacting the limited number of affected customers and is also in contact with law enforcement regarding the issue. Reference Link
06:02 EDTVVisa's CIO leaves company to join Charles Schwab, Re/code reports
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October 6, 2014
17:58 EDTKOCoca-Cola announces preliminary approval of settlement agreement in Glaceau suit
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16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; October 6, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 46c to 30.08. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX HPQ C RSH CLF PBR according to Track Data.
13:47 EDTFBFacebook acquisition cost of WhatsApp increased to $22B from $19B, Reuters says
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13:18 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms compromised servers
In an email to cyber security expert Jonathan Hall, Yahoo confirmed that Hall had discovered the process that a group of Romanian hackers used to infiltrate the website. Hall had also found the hackers' methods for their breach of the websites of WinZip and Lycos. The email written by Yahoo's Ricky Connell who is involved with the company's paranoids, threat response, intelligence said, "We've found the tracks mentioned in your email and are working through our IR process." Reference Link
12:34 EDTYHOOYahoo confirms breach, says hack didn't disclose customer data, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites an emailed statement from Yahoo about a breach of its servers related to the "shellshock" bug.
09:46 EDTFBFacebook completes acquisition of WhatsApp
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08:56 EDTFBFacebook's shuttle bus drivers look to join union, NY Times reports
Facebook shuttle bus drivers, complaining of grueling 15-hour workdays, are seeking representation by the Teamsters union, the New York Times reports. Reference Link
08:36 EDTINTCSeagate, Intel invest in hybrid storage company Reduxio
Hybrid storage start-up Reduxio Systems announced that it has closed a $15M Series B funding, led by Seagate Technology (STX) and joined by existing investors Jerusalem Venture Partners, Carmel Ventures and Intel Capital (INTC). In conjunction with this investment, Seagate will obtain a seat on the Reduxio Board of Directors, the company stated.
08:10 EDTIBMArrow Electronics says now authorized distributor of Lenovo enterprise products
Arrow Electronics (RW) announced it is now an authorized North American Lenovo distributor System X and related solutions following the transition of IBM’s (IBM) System X server business to Lenovo (LNVGY) effective Oct. 1. Additionally, Lenovo’s ThinkServer rack servers, tower servers and enterprise storage product lines are available through Arrow. Future offerings from Lenovo through Arrow will include the low-end storage and associated networking products to be announced in the coming weeks.
07:09 EDTTAmerican Trucking Association to hold a conference
2014 ATA Management Conference is being held in San Diego on October 4-7.
06:43 EDTFBFacebook has obtained $2B in legal judgments against spammers
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06:40 EDTFBHackers discover Facebook experimenting with Messenger payments, TechCrunch says
Hackers have discovered that Facebook is experimenting with payments in its Messenger app, TechCrunch reports. It is unclear whether Facebook will monetize Messenger by charging a small fee for money transfers, or would offer the functionality for free to drive usage of the standalone Messenger app. Reference Link
06:37 EDTYHOOYahoo planning big brand marketing push, AdAge says
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06:23 EDTINTCIntel to push Broadwell into three notebook segments, DigiTimes reports
Intel is looking to push its 14nm Broadwell processors into three major notebook segments, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel is looking to push Brodawell into the entry-level non-touchscreen traditional notebooks, 2-in-1 devices, and 14- to -17-inch performance-level notebooks. Reference Link
06:19 EDTIBMHP facing competition from Lenovo in PCs, servers, WSJ reports
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06:08 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to invest in Snapchat, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is reportedly in talks to invest in Snapchat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The deal discussions come on the heels of Alibaba’s (BABA) IPO, the Journal says. According to sources, Yahoo has committed to an investment in Snapchat at a $10B valuation, and one source says Yahoo could invest around $20M. Reference Link
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