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April 17, 2012
12:16 EDTZNGA, FSLR, KO, AMTG, GS, DNN, JNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the International Monetary Fund raised its view on U.S. and global growth prospects. Stock futures spurted higher during the pre-market trading session following the IMF’s increase in its growth projections. Also helping push the futures upward were positive earnings reports from some of the country’s largest corporations. The futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The market pared its opening gains during the first 30 minutes of trading but then resumed it march higher and sat near its daily highs near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, housing starts for the month of March decreased 5.8%, versus expectations of an increase of 1.0%. The annual run rate came in at 654,000 units, versus the consensus estimate of 750,000. The number of building permits issued, however, rose 4.5% to 747,000, versus expectations of a decrease of 0.7% to 710,000. Industrial production was reportedly flat in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% increase. Capacity utilization was in line with forecasts at at 78.6%. 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 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: All but one Dow component was higher near noon, led by shares of Coca Cola (KO), which rose 2.7% following its better than expected earnings report. The only Dow decliner was Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which reported adjusted earnings that beat expectations but revenues below the Street's forecast... Goldman Sachs's (GS) stock was nearly flat in spite of earnings and revenue that beat expectations and an increase in its quarterly dividend to 46c from 35c... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were First Solar (FSLR), up nearly 13%, after it announced plans to cut its global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, or about 30%, in response to conditions in Europe, and Denison Mines (DNN), up almost 15%, after agreeing to sell its mining assets and operations located in the United States to Energy Fuels. Noteworthy losers included Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG), down 6%, after filing to sell 13.9M shares of its common stock, and Zynga (ZNGA), down over 3%, amid reports that its newly acquired Draw Something game has seen its daily active use fall off... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 181.57, or 1.41%, to 13,102.98; the Nasdaq was up 50.58, or 1.69%, to 3,038.98; and the S&P 500 was up 19.24, or 1.40%, to 1,388.81.
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06:56 EDTGSBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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July 22, 2015
12:32 EDTKOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
10:15 EDTJNJThoratec downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland
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09:46 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says on track to hit milestones across all spending areas
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07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises 1.4% to $41.80 after Q2 earnings top estimates
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07:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO says 'work to do,' but confident right plans in place
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07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 global volume growth of 2%
Coca-Cola said global sparkling beverage volume growth in the quarter was led by 1% growth in brand Coca-Cola, 6% growth in Coca-Cola Zero, 3% growth in Sprite and 2% growth in Fanta. Growth in these brands was partially offset by a 7% decline in Diet Coke. The company gained global value and volume share in sparkling beverages in the quarter. Global still beverage volume growth in the quarter reflects 7% growth in ready-to-drink tea, 8% growth in packaged water and double-digit growth in value-added dairy. Volume growth in these categories was partially offset by a 1% decline in juice and juice drinks attributable to price increases taken to cover higher input costs and continued industry softness in certain markets. The company gained global value and volume share in still beverages, juice and juice drinks, ready-to-drink tea and sports drinks in the quarter.
07:35 EDTKOCoca-Cola now targeting FY15 net share repurchases of $2B-$2.5B
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees currency to be 7 point headwind to Q3 revenue
For Q3, Coca-Cola estimates that currency will be an approximate 7 point headwind on net revenues, a 13 point headwind on operating income and a 10 point headwind on income before taxes.
07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola backs comparable currency neutral growth expectations
Coca-Cola estimates that the net impact of structural items on FY15 results will be a 1 point headwind on both net revenues and income before taxes. The company expects fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates to have an unfavorable impact on its reported results in 2015. Based on current spot rates, its existing hedge positions, and the cycling of its prior year rates, Coke estimates that currency will be an approximate 6 point headwind on net revenues, an 11 point headwind on operating income, and a 7 to 8 point headwind on income before taxes for the full year.
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q2 comparable EPS 63c, consensus 60c
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July 21, 2015
15:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola technical comments ahead of results
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15:02 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
12:25 EDTKOCoca-Cola July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:01 EDTKOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:35 EDTGSVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs applies to own, trade Saudi stocks, Bloomberg reports
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July 20, 2015
16:45 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $46.
13:03 EDTGSFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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