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April 19, 2013
16:35 EDTCMG, BX, GE, VRTX, DELL, MCD, AIRM, HPQ, IBMOn 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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05:59 EDTHPQStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; HPQ ACN
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April 8, 2015
17:25 EDTGECourt reverses $664M judgment against United Technologies
In a regulatory filing, United Technologies (UTX) reports that on April 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in the litigation concering the F100 engine. The litigation arose from allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that Pratt & Whitney -- a United subsidiary -- violated the civil False Claims Act relating to the competition between Pratt & Whitney's F100 engine and General Electric's (GE) F110 engine, resulting in alleged overpayments by the government for F100 engines under contracts awarded by the U.S. Air Force in fiscal years 1985-1990. On June 17, 2013, a trial court in Ohio rendered a decision awarding the government $473M in damages and penalties, plus prejudgment interest for a total judgment of approximately $664M. In its latest decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed the trial courtís judgment, noting that the government did not prove any damages, and remanded the case to the trial court to decide whether the government should have another opportunity to prove that it suffered any actual damages.
12:21 EDTIBMIBM announces U.S. Army is using IBM Hybrid Cloud for logistics
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10:58 EDTBXBlackstone inactivity may lend credibility to Hilton report, says Wells Fargo
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10:01 EDTIBMIBM announces longstanding collaboration with Care.com
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09:13 EDTGEElectrolux sees GE Appliances deal closing in 2015
Electrolux (ELUXY) announced that results for the business area Major Appliances North America will be significantly lower than anticipated in Q1. Electrolux operations continue to be negatively impacted by the transition of the product ranges within refrigeration and freezers. This transition is a consequence of the new energy requirements imposed during the second half of 2014. Earnings are also affected by the ramp up of the cooking plant in Memphis, which has been slower than anticipated. Results for the business area in the first quarter 2015 will therefore be negative. A program to restore profitability and increase efficiency is under way. It will require most of 2015 before these actions will show full effect. The preparation work for the integration of GE Appliances (GE) is progressing well and Electrolux remains confident that the transaction will be closed in 2015. During the integration planning, additional synergies of $50M have been identified, in excess of the previously communicated $300M. Total cost synergies are now estimated to $350M.
08:57 EDTBXBlackstone talks to buy Colombia mines blocked by arbitrator, Reuters reports
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08:02 EDTBXChinese investors rumored to ask Blackstone about Hilton stake, Daily Mail says
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07:13 EDTBXBlackstone, Corsair could take stake in First Eagle, Reuters reports
Blackstone and Corsair, two private equity firms, are in talks to buy a stake in First Eagle Investment Management, sources tell Reuters. The negotiations, which could value First Eagle at about $4B including debt, are ongoing and expected to continue "for weeks," the sources say. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTHPQ, IBMXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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14:11 EDTMCDMcDonald's to introduce three new, large burgers, AP says
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09:19 EDTIBMCLSA holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:52 EDTHPQHP, Microsoft partnering on solutions for auto, financial services industries
HP (HPQ) announced it is partnering with Microsoft (MSFT) to deliver solutions for the automotive, public sector and financial services industries to help organizations deliver differentiated products and create new revenue through mobile, web and social channels. HP and Microsoft are building a portfolio of business process accelerators and are delivering them as Business Process as-a-Service solutions, HP stated. HP Business Process as-a-Service solutions for Microsoft Dynamics services are available immediately worldwide. Reference Link
06:31 EDTIBMIBM an unlikely target for activists, Reuters columnist says
Shareholders calling for activist investors to take aim at IBM are likely to be disappointed, according to a Reuters columnist. The company has already carried out a great deal of financial engineering, and it will probably need to spend heavily on R&D and invest in its business for a couple of years in order to turn itself around, the columnist believes. Reference Link
05:57 EDTCMGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CMG DDD
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April 6, 2015
10:01 EDTBXWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
07:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's valuation still attractive, says RBC Capital
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April 5, 2015
18:47 EDTGEPart of GE Louisville facility catches fire, Reuters says
A section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices caught fire on Friday, says Reuters. A company spokesperson said "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," and there were no injuries from the incident, added Reuters. Reference Link
08:43 EDTGE, MCDAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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