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April 17, 2012
16:18 EDTKO, GS, JNJ, SRSL, DTSI, FSLR, AMTG, WHROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher, as a trio of earnings reports and a boost in the IMF's view of global growth prospects powered the market's rise. Stock futures were higher in pre-market trading on the strength of positive earnings reports from Coca-Cola (KO), Goldman Sachs (GS), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The domestic economic data, which included fewer than expected housing starts and no increase in industrial production, was overshadowed by increased global and U.S. growth forecasts by the International Monetary Fund. With the earnings season beginning in earnest this week, investors appeared bullish about the prospects for solid numbers this quarter, if today's trading is taken as an indication... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts for the month of March decreased 5.8%, versus expectations of an increase of 1%, but the number of building permits issued rose 4.5%, versus expectations of a decrease of 0.7%. Industrial production was reportedly flat in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% increase. Capacity utilization was in line with forecasts at 78.6%. In Europe, a German investor confidence survey was better than expected and Spanish benchmark yields eased back below 6%. Also, the International Monetary Fund said it sees world output growing 3.5% in 2012, raising its projection for United States growth to 2.1%. The IMF also said it sees growth in China slowing to 8.2% and real GDP in the euro area contracting in the first half of 2012 but then recovering... COMPANY NEWS: Coca Cola and Goldman Sachs both reported earnings and revenue that beat the Street's expectations, though Coke saw more of a favorable reaction from investors. Coca Cola shares rose 2.08% to $73.95 after its report, while Goldman fell 0.74% to $116.86. Johnson and Johnson also beat consensus for adjusted earnings, but its revenue came in below forecasts. Shares rose 0.38% to $64.22, making it one of the Dow's laggards during a session that saw all 30 stocks in the index post gains... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SRS Labs (SRSL), up $2.53, or 36.88%, to $9.39, after agreeing to be acquired by DTS, Inc. (DTSI) in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at $9.50 per share, and First Solar (FSLR), up $2.14, or 10.28%, to $22.96, following its announcement of plans to cut its global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, or about 30%, in response to conditions in Europe. Noteworthy losers included Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG), down $1.37, or 7.16%, to $17.76, after filing to sell 13.9M shares of its common stock, and Whirlpool (WHR), down $3.03, or 4.27%, to $68.00, after the International Trade Commission voted against imposing duties on refrigerators produced in South Korea and Mexico... INDICES: The Dow gained 194.13, or 1.50%, to 13,115.54; the Nasdaq rose 54.42, or 1.82%, to 3,042.82; and the S&P 500 added 21.21, or 1.55%, to 1,390.78.
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July 14, 2014
15:19 EDTJNJ Johnson & Johnson July 105 straddle priced for 1.6% move into Q2
14:46 EDTGSGoldman Sachs technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:41 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July 167.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
14:27 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J pharmaceutical sales expected to drive Q2
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $18.94B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.61 on revenue of $18.55B-$19.30B. LAST QUARTER: Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter EPS of $1.54 against estimates of $1.48 on revenue of $18.1B against estimates of $18B. The drug maker raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.80-$5.90 against a consensus estimate of $5.83. J&J noted a 3.2% decrease in worldwide consumer sales in Q1 but saw a 10.8% increase in worldwide pharmaceutical sales. Primary contributors to operational sales growth in Q1 pharmaceutical sales were Stelara, Invega, Sustenna/Xeplion, Prezista, Velcade and sales of new products. Pharmaceutical sales results were negatively impacted by loss of exclusivity for Aciphex, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrointestinal disorders and Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STREET RESEARCH: On July 14, RBC Capital raised its Q2 estimates for Johnson & Johnson to reflect the firm's outlook for higher pharmaceutical sales by the company. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $110 from $106 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are up approximately 8.5% since its last earnings report, and are trading near flat in afternoon trading.
12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
11:16 EDTFSLRWTO finds U.S. violates trade rules with tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels
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08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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08:03 EDTGSGoldman Sachs volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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07:48 EDTGSQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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July 11, 2014
14:12 EDTFSLRFirst Solar abandons huge China project, Bloomberg reports
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07:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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07:26 EDTKOApple, Coke on board with Obama 'SupplierPay' initiative, WSJ says
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07:20 EDTGSBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
05:27 EDTWHRWhirlpool to acquire majority interest in Indesit for $15.06 per share
Whirlpool and Fineldo S.p.A. announce that they have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Fineldo's stake in Indesit. Whirlpool also entered into binding share purchase agreements with members of the Merloni family for their Indesit shares. Under these agreements, Whirlpool would acquire shares representing a total of 66.8% of the voting stock of Indesit. Whirlpool currently intends to finance this transaction through cash on hand, together with private, domestic and international public debt financing. The acquisition of control of Indesit is subject to judicial and antitrust approvals and is expected to close by the end of 2014. In this transaction, Whirlpool simultaneously entered into share purchase agreements with Fineldo for a 42.7% stake in Indesit, certain members of the Merloni family for a 13.2% stake in Indesit, and Claudia Merloni for a 4.4% stake in Indesit. This total of 60.4% of Indesit stock capital represents a 66.8% voting stake in Indesit, in light of the treasury shares held by Indesit. The purchase price under all three Share Purchase Agreements is $15.06 per Indesit share, resulting in a total expected purchase price of $1.04B. Under the Fineldo Agreement, however, the purchase price is subject to a possible pre-closing downwards or upwards adjustment based on Indesit's consolidated average net debt and net working capital. The purchase price is based on Indesit's average net debt position for 2013. Either party's breach of its obligation to consummate the transaction or Fineldo's breach of its exclusivity obligations requires payment of at least $54.8M in liquidated damages.
05:22 EDTWHRWhirlpool to acquire majority interest in Indesit for $15.06 per share
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July 10, 2014
06:52 EDTGSGoldman gains energy marketer Golender from Barclays, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs (GS) appointed oil marketer Roy Golender as vice president of energy sales from Barclays (BCS), according to Reuters citing a company spokesman. Golender's LinkedIn profile says that while at Barclays Golender spent four years in commodity derivatives sales. Reference Link
July 9, 2014
06:25 EDTGSGoldman exec says Japan M&A 'breaking' barriers, Bloomberg says
Goldman Sachs head of mergers and acquisitions in Japan, Yoshihiko Yano, said that the country is "breaking" M&A boundaries, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Yano. Yano said, "We have to be more creative and steer away from biases and assumptions like ‘This company will normally do this,’ or ‘This type of move may happen in this industry.’” Reference Link
July 8, 2014
13:39 EDTGSJP Morgan names Blessing as Vice Chair of IB EMEA, Bloomberg reports
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09:35 EDTFSLRChina may lower solar installation target, OTR Global says
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08:36 EDTFSLRChina to raise rooftop solar subsidies, South China Morning Post says
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