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February 4, 2013
16:35 EDTCZR, SONS, MHP, CYBX, APKT, BUD, BSFT, MCOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were down on the day after the averages opened sharply lower following Friday's run-up and never mounted a rally. The averages moved lower through the day as January's gains put investors in a position for profit taking. Among notable companies reporting earnings after the close are Gilead (GILD) and Yum! Brands (YUM)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the ISM New York area reading of 56.7 was ahead of the expected reading of 53.0. A separate report showed factory orders increased 1.8% in December, versus an expected increase of 2.3%. In Europe, Spanish and Italian government bond yields rose following political developments in both countries. In China, non-manufacturing PMI ticked up to 56.2 from 56.1 last month... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McGraw-Hill (MHP), lost $8.04, or 13.78%, to $50.30 after the Wall Street Journal said the company's S&P Ratings Service is set to face a civil lawsuit from the Department of Justice related to mortgage bond ratings it made before the 2008 financial crisis. CNBC's David Faber later reported that settlement talks between S&P and the Justice Department broke down as the DoJ was seeking a "10 figure settlement and admission of wrongdoing." The company came out and said the threatened civil lawsuit is without legal merit and unjustified... Shares of Acme Packet (APKT) gained $5.66, or 23.65%, to $29.59 after agreeing to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL) for $29.25 per share. Acme Packet's peers gained following the news, as Sonus Networks (SONS) rose 46c, or 20.18%, to $2.74 while Broadsoft (BSFT) rose $3.58, or 10.23%, to $38.56, though shares of Oracle declined $1.08, or 2.97%, to $35.13... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cyberonics (CYBX), up $2.46, or 5.55%, to $46.81 after a former employee dropped a lawsuit against the company. Also higher were shares of Caesar's Entertainment (CZR), up 90c, or 11.52%, to $8.71 after the company said it is pursuing a strategic transaction to transfer complementary and growth-related assets into a separate entity. Among the noteworthy losers was Moody's (MCO), which fell $5.90, or 10.66%, to $49.45 after news that ratings peer S&P would be charged with a civil lawsuit by the DoJ relating to CDO ratings made before the financial crisis, though CNBC's David Faber said the potential suit did not involve Moody's. Also lower were shares of AB InBev (BUD), down $4.61, or 5%, to $87.67 after shares were downgraded to Neutral with an $89 price target at BofA Merrill Lynch... INDICES: The Dow was down 129.71, or 0.93%, to 13,880.08; the Nasdaq was down 47.93, or 1.51%, to 3,131.17; and the S&P 500 was down 17.46, or 1.15%, to 1,495.71.
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July 27, 2015
05:20 EDTCYBXCyberonics, Sorin announce intent to contest claim by Italian State's Attorney
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July 24, 2015
07:05 EDTMCOMoody's sees FY15 global MIS revenue up in mid single digit percent range
Global MIS revenue for full-year 2015 is still expected to increase in the mid-single-digit percent range. However, US revenue is now expected to increase in the low-double-digit percent range, while non-US revenue is now expected to be approximately flat. Within MIS, structured finance revenue is now expected to grow in the mid-single-digit percent range and public, project and infrastructure finance revenue is now expected to increase in the low-double-digit percent range. Global MA revenue for full-year 2015 is still expected to increase in the mid-single-digit percent range. Within MA, professional services revenue is now expected to decrease in the high-single-digit percent range. The effective tax rate is now expected to be approximately 31% to 32% and capital expenditures are now expected to be approximately $100 - $110 million.
07:05 EDTMCOMoody's still sees FY15 EPS $4.55-$4.65, consensus $4.61
Sees FY15 revenue growth in the mid single digit percent range, consensus $3.54B. Sees operating expense growth in the mid single digit percent range. Sees FY15 free cash flow approx. $1B, share repurchase approx. $1B.
07:04 EDTMCOMoody's reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.28, consensus $1.22
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July 22, 2015
16:27 EDTCZROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. Uninspiring earnings reports from Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) were enough to push the Nasdaq lower and the rest of the market followed. There was good news on the housing sector, with both existing home sales and a housing market index coming in with good data, but it was not enough to overcome the tech selloff. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple dropped $5.79, or 4.43%, to $124.96 after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. A number of suppliers to Apple declined in tandem with the tech giant. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report... Microsoft declined $1.88, or 3.97%, to $45.40 after reporting its Q4 Devices and Consumer revenue declined 13% and its Windows OEM revenue decreased 22% as revenue was impacted by PC market declines following the XP end-of-support refresh cycle. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose $5.84, or 10.14% to $63.42 after St. Jude Medical (STJ) announced an agreement to acquire the company for $63.50 per share in a transaction valued at $3.4B. Shares of St. Jude, meanwhile, edged down by 4c to $76.67. Also higher following earnings reports were shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) and Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), advancing about 8.5% and 7.8%, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), which dropped $3.26, or 40.65%, to $4.76 following reports that a judge ruled the company must face certain creditor lawsuits that could force a bankruptcy. Caesars Acquisition (CACQ) also dipped after the news, falling $1.13, or 14.52%, to $6.65. Also lower was XOMA (XOMA), which plummeted $3.46, or 78.61%, to 94c and saw downgrades at numerous research firms after the company's Phase 3 gevokizumab study did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: The Dow fell 65.60, or 0.37%, to 17,853.69, the Nasdaq lost 36.35, or 0.7%, to 5,171.77, and the S&P 500 declined 5.06, or 0.24%, to 2,114.15.
15:09 EDTCZRBankruptcy judge rules Caesar's must face suits, Bloomberg reports
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14:56 EDTCZRJudge won't halt creditor lawsuits against Caesar's parent, WSJ reports
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14:51 EDTCZRCaesar's halted for circuit breaker after falling to $6.31
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14:01 EDTCZRCaesar's July weekly 7 straddle priced for 33% movement into court ruling
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14:01 EDTCZRCaesar's July weekly volatility spikes to 490 into court ruling
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12:04 EDTCZRCaesar's volatility spikes into court ruling
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July 21, 2015
16:28 EDTCZROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:21 EDTCZROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:01 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:26 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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05:07 EDTCZRCaesar's, CEOC, reach agreement with group of second lien noteholders
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July 20, 2015
16:43 EDTBUDAB InBev initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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11:33 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
July 17, 2015
07:15 EDTMCOMoody's to hold a teleconference
Teleconference provides a discussion on the recently published 'Request for Comment: Global Higher Education Methodology" on July 17 at 11 am. Webcast Link
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