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April 19, 2013
16:35 EDTVRTX, DELL, MCD, AIRM, HPQ, IBM, CMG, BX, GEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow, which had lagged behind the other equity indices for much of the session, crossed into positive territory during the final hour of trading. Earnings from McDonald's (MCD), General Electric (GE), and IBM (IBM) weighed on the index, while the Nasdaq and S&P advanced through the session as much of the nation's attention focused on the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., earnings were in focus as little impactful economic data was released. COMPANY NEWS: IBM missed expectations on the top and bottom line and the most-heavily weighted stock in the Dow lost $17.15, or 8.28%, to $190.00. However, Citigroup attributed the Q1 miss to deal slippage and said the pullback was a buying opportunity, maintaining its $250 price target on IBM shares... Shares of Dell (DELL) fell 55c, or 3.94%, to $13.40 after private equity firm Blackstone (BX) withdrew its takeover bid for Dell citing concerns over declining PC sales. Dell peer Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) also lost 65c, or 3.22%, to $19.56 following the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which added $32.49, or 61.45%, to $85.36 after new data from a trial of a cystic fibrosis drug candidate prompted at least two analyst upgrades and a number of increased price targets on the stock. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), up $37.89, or 11.54%, to $366.25 after its first quarter earnings beat expectations. Among noteworthy losers were Dow members General Electric, down 92c, or 4.06%, to $21.75, and McDonald's, down $1.99, or 1.95%, to $99.92, which both slipped after their earnings reports. Also lower was Air Methods (AIRM), down $6.14, or 13.38%, to $39.76 after warning it expects to report losses for its first quarter. INDICES: The Dow was up 10.37, or 0.07%, to 14,547.51; the Nasdaq was up 39.70, or 1.25%, to 3,206.06; the S&P 500 was up 13.64, or 0.88%, to 1,555.25.
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April 7, 2014
10:13 EDTCMGChipotle Mexican Grill volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:10 EDTIBMAnalyst sees 'golden' opportunity after software stocks decline
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07:39 EDTGEBloomberg to hold a summit
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06:39 EDTHPQTwo HP executives arrested in Pakistan, WSJ reports
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April 5, 2014
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April 4, 2014
17:27 EDTBXBlackstone to acquire Gates Global for $5.4B
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08:47 EDTIBMLenovo, IBM deal investigated by U.S. over Pentagon servers, Bloomberg says
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08:02 EDTGESam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
07:56 EDTBXBlackstone's Chae comes back to New York, Bloomberg says
Head of international private equity at Blackstone, Michael Chae, is scheduled return to New York in June after spending more than three years building the firmís business in Asia, according to Bloomberg, citing contents in an internal memo confirmed by a company spokesman. Reference Link
06:54 EDTMCDMcDonald's ceases work in Crimea, Reuters says
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April 3, 2014
16:16 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, WSJ says
IBM (IBM) has held talks with Globalfoundries, Intel (INTC) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) regarding its semiconductor manufacturing operations, and Globalfoundries appears to be in the lead as the most likely potential buyer, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. IBM initially asked for more than $2B and bids have come in "north of $1B," the report noted, adding that Intel is still involved, but TSMC has dropped out of the talks. Reference Link
15:49 EDTIBMGlobalfoundries in lead to buy IBM chip plants, TSMC out of talks, DJ says
IBM (IBM) also held talks with Intel (INTC), according to Dow Jones, citing sources.
10:00 EDTBXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:30 EDTIBM, GEApple, Pfizer others create 'go slow' patent lobby group, Reuters says
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07:53 EDTBXSeaWorld attendance falls 13% as Blackstone reduces stake, Bloomberg says
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06:46 EDTBXBlackstone, Carlyle look into bid for Singapore's Goodpack, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX) and Carlyle Group (CG) are considering a bid for Singapore's Goodpack, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. The sources said both companies had meetings this week with Goodpack, but there is no guarantee a deal with transpire as a result. Reference Link
06:34 EDTMCDStates moving on minimum wage hikes, NY Times says
Since President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage 14 months ago, seven states and Washington, DC have passed such an increase, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, 34 other state legislatures have started debating the issue and activists in another eight states are looking to get proposals for minimum wage increases on voter ballots, the newspaper stated. Companies that could be affected by minimum wage increases include McDonald's (MCD), Burger King (BKW), Wendy's (WEN), Jack in the Box (JACK), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), and Sonic Corporation (SONC). Reference Link
06:17 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
Target $44.
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