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February 9, 2016
07:08 EDTMSFTStar Alliance partners Lufthansa, Swiss sign EFB deals with Global Eagle
Global Eagle Entertainment (ENT) announced that Star Alliance partners Lufthansa Airlines (DLAKY) and Swiss International Air Lines selected GEE Navaero electronic flight bag solutions, affirming GEE's leading position in cockpit data integration and EFB mounting systems for Apple (AAPL) iPad and Microsoft (MSFT) Surface devices. Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline and a new GEE Navaero customer, will equip at least 31 new Airbus A320 aircraft with GEE's new power data interface, smart docking stations, and other interfaces for Microsoft Surface tablets that put mission-critical flight data at the fingertips of pilots and ground crews. The GEE Navaero solution meets Lufthansa's requirement for a full gigabit Ethernet data connection aboard its new aircraft. Swiss will utilize GEE Navaero EFB mounts and data integration solutions across more than 70 Airbus (EADSY) short- and long-haul aircraft as it deploys Apple iPads for mission-critical applications and transitions to a fully paperless cockpit. GEE will also provide certification, deployment and support services.
05:58 EDTCRMSalesforce upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst John DiFucci upgraded Salesforce to Hold with the stock near around his unchanged price target of $30 following the 30% year-to-date selloff. Salesforce is seeing improved traction in the enterprise and continued solid mid-market performance, DiFucci tells investors in a research note. He views the stock as fairly valued at current levels. Salesforce closed yesterday down $4.40 to $54.11.
February 8, 2016
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; February 8, 2016
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10:26 EDTCRMOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: WMB SPLK Z PANW CRM PAGP LGF SQQQ WDAY ETP
09:36 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sell-off overdone, says Argus
After LinkedIn's stock tumbled 43% on Friday following its weaker than expected guidance, Argus indicates that it thinks the miss was largely due to the company's decision to "terminate an unpromising product." Argus views the latter decision as positive, and thinks that the huge drop in the stock "seems perverse." It reiterates a Buy rating on the shares.
09:14 EDTCRMSoftware stocks should be bought aggressively after pullback, says Roth Capital
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07:49 EDTLNKDLinkedIn attractive for long-term investors, says Stifel
After LinkedIn's stock tumbled over 43% Friday following its weaker than expected guidance, Stifel says that long-term investors can be rewarded by buying the stock today. After comparing LinkedIn's businesses to those of its peers, Stifel thinks the shares have a 12-month forward fair value of $180. The firm says the company has "a dominant, global franchise." It cut its price target on the name to $180 from $220 but keeps a Buy rating.
07:30 EDTCRMSalesforce Q4 checks show strong deal momentum, says Deutsche Bank
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06:57 EDTLNKDLinkedIn closes ad network one year after starting it, AdAge reports
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05:25 EDTCRMStocks with implied volatility movement; CRM FB
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February 7, 2016
20:36 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ford (F) plans to build a new assembly plant in Mexico and expand its existing factory near Mexico City, sharply increasing production capacity in the country as it looks to focus its U.S. efforts on trucks and SUVs, the Wall Street Journal reported. 2. GoPro (GPRO) and Microsoft (MSFT) signed a patent licensing agreement late Friday, lifting shares of the action camera maker in after-hours trading. 3. Media reports indicate Twitter (TWTR) could be rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. 4. Apollo Education (APOL) received a second investigative subpoena from California's attorney general related to the marketing, recruiting, accreditation, and other aspects of its for-profit schools. 5. Celgene (CELG), Gilead (GILD), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Vantiv (VNTV) were mentioned positively by Barron's this weekend, while Church & Dwight (CHD) was called overvalued and GoPro was identified as a possible takeover target by Under Armour (UA) or Sony (SNE).
February 5, 2016
16:37 EDTLNKDStocks end week lower as tech melts down despite strong Alphabet report
Stocks ended the week lower, with the Nasdaq index the clear laggard, as a number of well-known tech stocks felt the brunt of the market pullback. The week was bookended by a strong report Monday night from Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL), which still ended the week lower despite its better than expected earnings, and weak guidance Thursday evening from social media name LinkedIn (LNKD), which was severely punished by investors and analysts alike in the wake of its outlook. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers index for January dipped to 52.4 in the final January reading, down from the 52.7 flash reading and below the 52.6 reading that was expected. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index for January came in at 48.2, below the 48.4 that analysts expected. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. The Labor Department said that productivity fell at an annual rate of 3% in the fourth quarter, marking the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years and worse than the expected decline of 2%. Labor costs rose 4.5% in the fourth quarter, versus expectations for an increase of 4.3%... In Asia, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. The Chinese government's official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 49.4 in January from 49.7 in December. The private Caixin manufacturing PMI edged up to 48.4 from 48.2 in the prior reading, but both figures still remain in contraction territory. The Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month... In Europe, Markit's manufacturing PMI for the euro zone dropped to 52.3 from December's 53.2, in-line with the earlier flash estimate. The European Commission lowered its 2016 economic growth forecast for the 19-nation single currency area to 1.7% from the 1.8% expansion the commission had forecast in November. The Bank of England also cut its economic growth forecasts, saying it now expects Britain's economy to grow 2.2% this year and 2.3% next year, which is down from the 2.5% growth for 2016 and 2.6% in 2017 that it previously predicted. Additionally, the BoE maintained its bank rate and held the size of its asset purchase program steady. COMPANY NEWS: After the closing bell Monday, Alphabet reported better than expected quarterly earnings and revenue, along with breaking the results of its core Google businesses out from its "Other Bets" for the first time. The report was followed by analysts around Wall Street hiking their price targets on the stock, with Deutsche Bank notably raising its target to $1,080 per share, but the company's Class A shares only gained a bit more than 1% on Tuesday and finished the week down by nearly 8%... Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined nearly 5% on Wednesday after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's chairman, said the board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders, but the assurance that the company will listen to offers from potential suitors did little to help its stock performance this week... GoPro (GPRO) shares sunk to all-time lows on Thursday after the action camera maker reported fourth quarter revenue that fell $60M short of expectations and guided first quarter revenue even further below analyst forecasts... LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged over 40% on Friday after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock. "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA) similarly issued full-year guidance significantly below expectations and also fell sharply, tumbling nearly 50%... In addition to tech companies, it was a big week for earnings reports from names in the oil space. Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted better than expected revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, but its shares slid 2% on Tuesday after the report. Fellow oil major BP (BP) plunged more than 8% the same day after reporting a steep quarterly loss, largely due to $2.6B in charges related to impairments of Upstream assets as well as restructuring. ConocoPhillips (COP) declined nearly 9% on Thursday after the oil and gas explorer reported a worse than expected quarterly loss and slashed its dividend to 25c from 74c per share. CEO Ryan Lance said the decision to reduce the dividend was a "difficult one," but the company believes it is prudent to plan for lower commodity prices for a longer period of time... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Dow Chemical (DOW), Comcast (CMCSA), Michael Kors (KORS), Mattel (MAT), Sysco (SYY), and Aetna (AET) gained immediately following their reports, while Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), General Motors (GM), Mondelez (MDLZ), Match Group (MTCH), Cardinal Health (CAH), ADT (ADT), Royal Caribbean (RCL), Ralph Lauren (RL) and Kohl's (KSS) all slid following their own... On the M&A front, Syngenta (SYT) agreed to a $43B-plus takeover offer from ChemChina. Alere (ALR) surged after Abbott (ABT) agreed to acquire the company for $56 per share at a total expected equity value of $5.8B. Questar (STR) jumped on Monday as well after Dominion Resources (D) agreed to acquire it for $25 per share, or about $4.4B. Lowe's (LOW) fell 6% on Wednesday after agreeing to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B... Sumner Redstone stepped down as executive chairman of both CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB), being replaced by the CEOs of the companies in both cases. CBS shares were up fractionally Thursday after Leslie Moonves was named the next chair of its board, while Class A shares of Viacom gained 2% after Philippe Dauman was selected to succeed Redstone... Like Chipotle has been in the past months, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) shares were punished by food safety worries after one of its restaurants was named a suspected source of new norovirus-like cases in suburban Kansas City, though the company disputed a link between its location and the illnesses. Late in the week, the Department of Health of Johnson County, Kansas, confirmed one case of norovirus associated with an area Buffalo Wild Wings location, according to Bloomberg. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow fell 1.6% to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq lost 5.4% to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 declined 3.1% to 1,880.02.
16:14 EDTMSFTGoPro up 4% after licensing agreement with Microsoft
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16:12 EDTCRM, LNKDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The monthly jobs report showed job growth had slowed more that expected in January, along with indicating higher than expected wage inflation due to the minimum wage increases around the country. Also weighing on the market were the worse than expected forecasts from some companies with previously high-flying stocks, including professional social network operator LinkedIn (LNKD). The Nasdaq was the biggest decliner losing more than 3% of its value, though the S&P and Dow also finished with significant losses. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. Consumer credit surged $21.3B in December, topping the $16B increase that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: LinkedIn plunged 43.68% to $108.49 after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock. "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA) similarly issued full-year guidance significantly below expectations and also fell sharply, tumbling 49.57% to $41.27. A number of companies that sell software to businesses fell in the wake of their reports, including Splunk (SPLK), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were packaged foods maker Post Holdings (POST), which gained 11.14% to $63.83, and meat producer Tyson Foods (TSN), which advanced Among the noteworthy losers was Lionsgate (LGF), falling 27% to $18.57 after its third quarter revenue and earnings declined, which the company attributed to the performance of its theatrical film slate. Lionsgate's post-earnings pullback also weighed on Starz (STRZA), which fell 22.2%. Bloomberg reported earlier in the week, citing sources, that Lionsgate had restarted talks to possibly acquire Starz. Also lower following their earnings reports were shares of Redbox parent Outerwall (OUTR), which fell 17.28%, and Hanesbrands (HBI), which slid 15.1%. INDEXES: The Dow fell 211.75, or 1.29%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq lost 146.42, or 3.25%, to 4,363.14, and the S&P 500 declined 35.43, or 1.85%, to 1,880.02.
16:12 EDTMSFTGoPro, Microsoft sign licensing agreement
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15:59 EDTMSFT, LNKDOptions Update; February 5, 2016
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13:34 EDTCRMSalesforce increases as shares trend to 20-month low
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12:36 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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12:12 EDTLNKD, CRMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the day lower and have seen little in the way of buying since the open. As the market digested the monthly jobs data and watched the price of oil turn negative, the selling that had taken a two day break was renewed. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, falling over 2%, while the Dow is down about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., nonfarm payrolls rose 151,000 in January, versus expectations for an increase of 190,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, versus expectations for it to stay at 5.0%. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.5% month-over-month, versus the consensus forecast for them to rise 0.3%. The trade deficit widened 2.7% to $43.4B in December, as exports dipped 0.3% and imports rose 0.3%. A report on Consumer Credit growth in December is due out at 3 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of LinkedIn (LNKD) plunged 40% after the professional network reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results, but its 2016 guidance came in significantly below expectations. At least nine Wall Street research firms responded to the guidance miss by downgrading the stock... Also tumbling in the wake of its quarterly report was "Big Data" software provider Tableau (DATA), which fell 47% after its full-year guidance came in significantly below expectations. Tableau blamed its guidance miss on weaker IT spending trends, as well as competition, and a number of other companies that sell software to businesses also fell following its report, including peer Splunk (SPLK), NetSuite (N), Salesforce (CRM) and Workday (WDAY). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cempra (CEMP), which gained about 5% after it said that its solithromycin drug met primary and secondary objectives in its Phase 3 study. Also higher were Tyson Foods (TSN) and Post Holdings (POST), which gained 10% and 11.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Vertex (VRTX), which fell 5% after the FDA said that it cannot currently approve a label expansion for Kalydeco in children with residual function mutations. Also lower were Lion's Gate (LGF), YRC Worldwide (YRCW), and Redbox-parent Outerwall (OUTR), which were down 33%, 30%, and 17%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 171.21, or 1.04%, to 16,245.37, the Nasdaq was down 110.39, or 2.45%, to 4,399.17, and the S&P 500 was down 27.10, or 1.41%, to 1,888.35.
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