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November 19, 2012
12:13 EDTLOW, TSN, BMTI, WMGI, ARUN, CSCOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday as sales of existing homes rose in October and a gauge of homebuilder sentiment climbed to a six-year high in November. Stocks began the session higher as investors appeared to be more optimistic that congressional leaders could agree on compromises to solve the fiscal cliff dilemma. The market picked up momentum shortly after the open following the impressive real estate data. The market has been in a holding pattern for about the last two hours and continues to trade in a narrow range... 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 up 7%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), up 8.5% after beating quarterly expectations, raising its regular dividend and declaring a special dividend. Also higher were shares of BioMimetic Therapeutics (BMTI), up 75% after striking a deal to merge with Wright Medical (WMGI). Wright moved lower fractionally following the announcement. Among the other losers was Aruba Networks (ARUN), which retreated a bit over 1% after Cisco (CSCO) bought Meraki, a competitor to Aruba... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 175.09, or 1.39%, to 12,763.40; the Nasdaq was up 50.51, or 1.77%, to 2,903.64; and the S&P 500 was up 22.83, or 1.68%, to 1,382.71.
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September 12, 2014
10:00 EDTARUNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
September 11, 2014
18:07 EDTARUNAruba Networks initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
16:15 EDTWMGIVisium Asset Management reports 4.8% passive stake in Wright Medical
12:05 EDTTSNUSDA lowers forecasts for 2014, 2015 meat production
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11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
September 10, 2014
11:06 EDTWMGIHigh option volume stocks
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09:05 EDTTSNTyson Foods reinstated with a Buy at Goldman
Target $46.
September 9, 2014
07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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September 4, 2014
15:26 EDTCSCOCisco UCS update further strengthens portfolio, says Cantor
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15:20 EDTCSCOCisco expands Unified Computing System portfolio
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10:32 EDTCSCOCisco, Red Hat expand relationship, launch solution for OpenStack
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09:26 EDTTSNTyson Foods backs FY14 EPS ex-items view of at least $2.78 per share
Consensus $2.81. Tyson CFO Dennis Leatherby stated at the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference that he expects the addition of Hillshire to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2015 and substantially accretive thereafter, adding that he expects at least 10% EPS growth in FY15.
09:24 EDTTSNTyson Foods CEO says moving forward quickly with Hillshire integration
Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith told investors at the annual Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference that the process for combining the company with Hillshire is well underway, stating, "We're moving forward quickly with the integration and finding synergies, and we feel good about our ability to capture $225M in synergies in the first year and $500M by year three." Smith added, "The more we get into it, the better we feel," according to presentation recap provided by the company.
September 3, 2014
11:07 EDTARUNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:43 EDTCSCODCP selcets Zix email encryption to replace Cisco
Zix Corporation (ZIXI) announces that DCP has switched its email encryption solution from Cisco’s (CSCO) IronPort Encryption Appliance to Zix Email Encryption in a new three-year contract. DCP is a holding company for Bank of Washington, Citizens National Bank and United Bank of Union, and all bank employees will now use ZixCorp to protect financial information in email.
September 2, 2014
15:00 EDTWMGIWright Medical hip suit weakness would be buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
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13:04 EDTCSCOFinisar retreats after analyst cuts on pricing, demand worries
Shares of optical components maker Finisar (FNSR) are falling after research firm Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold from Buy in a note to investors today, citing pricing and demand concerns. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks, Jefferies analyst James Kisner wrote that Finisar is facing "brutal" prices for datacom optics, particularly in China. Prices for telecom components in North America are also challenging for Finisar, he reported. Various low-cost competitors are driving down prices for datacom optics, while AT&T (T) is trying to force optical systems vendors to cut the prices of their components by 40%, Kisner stated. Meanwhile, demand for mobile backhaul optics slowed significantly in China over the last month, and two of Finisar's customers - Cisco (CSCO) and Huawei - are exploring alternatives to Finisar's products, Kisner indicated. Additionally, Intel (INTC) and numerous start-ups may launch products that will compete with those of Finisar, potentially cutting into its market share beginning in the second half of 2015, the analyst warned. He cut his price target on the shares to $19 from $25. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Finisar slumped 5.5% to $19. Other optical components makers also dropped, with Oclaro (OCLR) falling 1% to $1.75 and JDS Uniphase (JDSU) losing 2% to $11.30.
11:08 EDTARUNOptions with decreasing implied volatilit
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