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November 19, 2012
16:25 EDTTSN, GSK, INTC, LRN, LGND, LOW, DMNDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after the averages all advanced sharply at the open and maintained gains through the trading day. Optimism about hopes for a resolution to the fiscal cliff helped push stocks into positive territory Friday and that positive momentum carried over as the new week began. Positive economic data from the National Association of Realtors also buoyed investor confidence on the day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Realtors said that resales of existing homes climbed 2.1% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.79M units, beating forecasts for sales to have declined 0.2% from the prior month. The housing market index for November, a barometer of homebuilder sentiment, rose to 46, versus expectations for a flat 41 reading... COMPANY NEWS: Lowe's (LOW) reported earnings per share with charges that met expectations and revenue that beat consensus, sending shares higher $1.98, or 6.19%, to $33.96... Intel's (INTC) CEO Paul Otellini announced plans to retire in May and shares leveled off after some early day volatility, ending up 6c, or 0.30%, to $20.25... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), advancing $1.84, or 10.90%, to $18.72 after its quarterly earnings beat consensus and the company raised its regular dividend and declared a special dividend. Also higher were shares of Ligan Pharmaceuticals (LGND), up $2.40, or 14.40%, to $19.07 after the company's partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said the FDA approved a new indication for its supportive care treatment for a condition associated with chronic hepatitis C. Among noteworthy losers was (DMND), down $1.79 or 11.83%, to $13.34 after the stock was downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jeffries. Also lower were shares of K12 (LRN), down $3.84, or 18.78%, to $16.61 following a downgrade to Market Perform at Wells Fargo prompted by issues at one of its schools in Colorado. The company said in a midday release that it has been working "for some time" with Colorado Virtual Academy to address the performance issues that have arisen there... INDICES: The Dow was up 207.65, or 1.65%, to 12,795.96; the Nasdaq was up 62.94, or 2.21%, to 2,916.07; and the S&P 500 was up 27.01, or 1.99%, to 1,386.89.
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February 25, 2015
12:13 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline sees Novartis transaction closing next week
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11:24 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline announces return of alli to retail stores
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10:34 EDTINTCHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:25 EDTINTCCisco, Apple among U.S. names cut from China state buying list, Reuters says
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09:24 EDTLOWLowe's expects to report highest comp for FY15 in Q1
Expects higher comps in 1H15 than 2H15. Comments taken from Q4 earnings conference call.
09:18 EDTLOWLowe's expects jobs, incomes, household financial conditions to improve in 2015
The company said key drivers of home improvement spending are real disposable personal income, employment, home prices and housing turnover. It expects stronger income gains, historically low mortgage rates, and moderating home price growth will provide more support to home buying in 2015. Comments taken from slides for Q4 earnings conference call.
08:47 EDTLOWLowe's: Momentum, macro fundamentals aligned for 2015 modestly stronger growth
07:27 EDTINTCThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
06:03 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY15 EPS $3.29, consensus $3.28
Sees FY15 total sales to increase 4.5%-5%, consensus $58.52B; Sees FY15 comparable sales to increase 4%-4.5%. The company expects to open 15-20 home improvement and hardware stores in 2015. Sees FY15 earnings before interest and taxes as a percentage of sales to increase 80 to 100 basis points. Sees FY15 effective income tax rate to be approximately 38.1%.
06:02 EDTLOWLowe's reports Q4 EPS 46c, consensus 44c
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTLOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:58 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's up over 17% since last earnings report
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07:25 EDTLRNRW Baird to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
13:33 EDTGSKRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
11:17 EDTGSKFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
09:59 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:46 EDTINTCIntel initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
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07:51 EDTLOWLowe's March volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 20, 2015
07:23 EDTGSKAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTGSKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
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