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June 17, 2014
12:23 EDTMCRS, ORCL, EW, NFLX, SCTY, TSLA, MDT, COV, ACOROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday after spending the morning fluctuating between narrow losses and marginal gains. The averages are drifting back and forth across the flat line as investors await the conclusion of the Fed's latest rate setting meeting, which kicked off today. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.4% in May, which was above the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.2%. Housing starts in the month declined 6.5% to a rate of about 1M and building permits slid 6.4% to a rate of 991K, which were both lower than expected. The Federal Reserve began its FOMC meeting, which will conclude tomorrow. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of register system and hospitality software maker Micros Systems (MCRS) surged 18% higher following a report from Bloomberg that the company is in talks to be acquired by tech giant Oracle (ORCL) for "more than" $5B... Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) advanced nearly 5% after the company announced last night that it has received FDA approval for its SAPIEN XT transcatheter aortic heart valve for the treatment of certain high-risk and inoperable cardiovascular patients. Wells Fargo thinks the broad label and range of sizes approved by the FDA are a positive development for the company, while analysts at Canaccord noted that they view Edwards as an attractive acquisition candidate. Yesterday, CRT Capital said that it believes Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV) may signal an increase in sector M&A. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SolarCity (SCTY), which jumped more than 15% after the solar energy system installer agreed to acquire solar panel technology and manufacturing company Silevo for up to $350M dollars. Also rising were shares of another company where Elon Musk is Chairman of the Board, Tesla Motors (TSLA), which rose over 3.5% after New Jersey's assembly approved a bill allowing the company to sell its cars directly in the state and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a direct sales law in the neighboring state. Also higher was Netflix (NFLX), which rose 3% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock and research firm Pacific Crest issued a positive take on the shares in separate notes to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was executive recruiter Korn/Ferry (KFY), which dropped 3.5% after reporting on results during its just completed quarter and giving guidance for its current quarter. Also lower was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which fell 5.5% after announcing an offering of $300M of convertible senior notes. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 9.46, or 0.06%, to 16,790.47, the Nasdaq was up 17.36, or 0.4%, to 4,338.46, and the S&P 500 was up 2.28, or 0.12%, to 1,940.06.
News For MCRS;ORCL;EW;NFLX;SCTY;TSLA;MDT;COV;ACOR From The Last 14 Days
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September 18, 2014
17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q2 adjusted EPS 66c-70c, consensus 74c
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16:07 EDTORCLOracle says rolling out database cloud service next week
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16:06 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 Software plus Cloud revenue up 6% to $6.6B
Oracle reports Q1 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 6% to $6.6B. Software-as-a-service and Platform-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 32% to $337M. Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 26% to $138M. Hardware systems revenue was down 8% to $1.2B. Reports Q1 non-GAAP operating margin was 44%.
16:04 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
Oracle announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $13.0B of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters. Oracle's Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12c per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 8, with a payment date of October 29.
16:03 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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16:00 EDTTSLA, NFLXOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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12:18 EDTMDTNY AG announces national settlement with Medtronic for Medicaid violations
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that 46 states and the District of Columbia have reach a settlement agreement with Minnesota-based company Medtronic to resolve claims under the False Claims Act that Medtronic improperly induced physicians to recommend Medtronic devices to treat cardiac rhythmic disease. New York led a national team composed of members from Oregon, Texas and California to negotiate the settlement. The federal government settled its matter in May of this year...The agreement requires Medtronic to pay the settling states $362,362, which will go to those states’ Medicaid programs. The matter was brought by a whistleblower, Adolfo Schroeder, and was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Attorney General would like to thank Mr. Schroeder for bringing this matter to the government’s attention. Under the terms of the agreement, the New York Medicaid Program will receive $67,369.31. Reference Link
09:36 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTNFLXNetflix domestic estimates raised at ITG Research
ITG raised Netflix's domestic estimates given an acceleration in August. The firm's data indicates a faster than expected improvement in ASP and improved churn trends. The analyst raised its Q3 domestic streaming revenue of $881.3M from $877.3M, above guidance of $877M and consensus of $876.3M.
09:19 EDTEWGeneration Investment reports 5.2% passive stake in Edwards Lifesciences
08:30 EDTTSLATesla won't be hurt by electric vehicle space struggles, says Pacific Crest
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06:00 EDTNFLXNetflix implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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