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July 11, 2014
09:09 EDTLO, QCOM, FAST, CUDA, WFC, FMCC, QCOR, RDN, GPS, RAI, FNMA, ISLE, MTG, RCIIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Lorillard (LO) up 5% after confirming talks with Reynolds (RAI) about a potential merger. Reynolds shares are also up 1.2% following the news... Barracuda Networks (CUDA), up 2.5% after reporting better than expected earnings. LOWER: Wells Fargo (WFC), down 1% after reporting Q2 earnings that matched estimates... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 12% following its Q2 profit warning... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 15% and Radian Group (RDN), down 7% following FHFA's proposal to tighten capital rules for private mortgage insurance companies that insure mortgage loans owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA) and Freddie Mac (FMCC)... Fifth Street Finance (FSC), down 4% after filing to sell 13.25M shares of common stock... Fastenal (FAST), down 3% after Q2 revenue misses consensus... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 1% after downgraded at Goldman... Gap (GPS), down 1.4% after reporting its June same-store sales fell 2%... Isle of Capri (ISLE), down 10.5% after CFO Black to leave company... Questcor (QCOR), down 1% after NY Times reports on the company's disclosure of Acthar adverse effects data.
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April 13, 2015
13:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm bases after falling from session highs, levels to watch
Shares gapped-up this morning but have since turned negative on the day, trading last at $68.99. At that price next support is at $67.74. Resistance is at $69.46, the descending 50-day moving average resistance line.
13:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm repeats call to buy back $10B in stock within one year
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12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
12:39 EDTWFCWells Fargo April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Wells Fargo April call option implied volatility is at 27, May is at 17, June is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q1 results on April 14.
11:42 EDTFASTFastenal technical comments ahead of results
The stock is trading close to the $40 level, a level that has been important support since 2011. When looking at a 5-year chart, the $40 area's importance is plain to see. If the news is negative and there is a breakdown below the $40 area it would be a major failure of support. In that event, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $38.56, $35.99, and $33.97. If the new is more bullish than the recent downtrend in price would suggest, the first major resistance level to watch would be at $45.11 which is the 50-day moving average. A breakout above the 50-day would see next resistance at $48.43, a pivot high from December 2014. While the moves up would be a near-term positive, the top of the trading range since early 2013 has been at the $53 area. It would take a breakout above $53 to turn the stock positive on a long-term basis.
11:16 EDTWFCConocoPhillips looks to sell noncore U.S. acreage, Reuters says
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10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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09:34 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAwareŽ device connectivity platform.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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06:47 EDTCUDAPalo Alto, FireEye remain Piper's favorite security ideas
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06:22 EDTGPSGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
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