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February 14, 2013
17:44 EDTF, MS, APC, CTXSSoros reports new stakes in Morgan Stanley, Citrix, Anadarko, Ford
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January 27, 2016
16:11 EDTCTXSCitrix sees FY16 EPS $4.65 to $4.75, consensus $4.47
Sees FY16 revenue $3.31B-$3.32B , consensus $3.31B.
16:10 EDTCTXSCitrix sees Q1 EPS 91c-93c, consensus 90c
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16:09 EDTCTXSCitrix authorizes $400M increase to share repurchase program
Citrix announced that its Board of Directors has authorized it to repurchase up to an additional $400M of its common stock. As of December 31, 2015, approximately $33M remained for repurchases from previous authorizations.
16:08 EDTCTXSCitrix reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.66, consensus $1.19
Reports Q4 revenue $905M, consensus $877.5M.
14:34 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:34 EDTCTXSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
13:47 EDTCTXSVMware tanks after providing lower guidance amid Cloud transition
Shares of virtualization software maker VMware (VMW) are falling after providing guidance, confirming layoffs and announcing executive changes. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, the software company that is 80% owned by EMC (EMC) and provides software for corporate data centers, announced fourth quarter financial results while confirming earlier reports of layoffs and announcing a new chief financial officer. VMware, along with parent company EMC, is in the midst of a proposed acquisition by Dell. The company's Q4 earnings per share and revenue came in at $1.26 and $1.87B, respectively, slightly better than analysts were expecting; however, the company's view for fiscal year 2016 EPS and revenue of $4.07-$4.16 and $6.8B-$6.9B, respectively, were well below the $4.20 and $7.21B analysts are expecting. VMware also guided first quarter EPS to 83c-85c, also below analysts' 92c consensus. Along with its results, the company confirmed earlier reports that it intended to reduce its workforce by 800 and plans to take a charge of between $55M-$65M related to this action over the course of the first half of 2016. The company also announced that its CFO Jonathan Chadwick is leaving and will be replaced by EMC CFO Zane Rowe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call discussing its earnings, VMware company referred to its growth in "emerging" products and businesses including NSX and User Computing and Virtual SAN, all of which grew strongly over the quarter. The company said it hopes its newer products are picking up the slack due to the declining growth in its mature "compute products." Pat Gelsinger, VMware's chief executive officer, "We recognize that our blockbuster compute products are reaching maturity and will represent a decreasing portion of our business going forward." The company is upgrading its Cloud strategy to better compete with leaders like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), which provide Cloud services via the internet and make the corporate data center that VMware focuses on less necessary. ANALYSTS' VIEWS: Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded VMware to Hold and lowered his price target for the shares to $40 from $80 following the company's quarterly results. The company's business will get worse before it gets better, Nandury told investors in a research note. Another downgrade came from research firm Baird's analyst Jayson Noland, who cut his rating on VMware to Neutral and lowered his price target to $60 from $80. Noland said the core vSphere business is facing incremental public cloud headwinds and substantial uncertainty related to the Class V common stock being issued to finance the EMC acquisition. Providing a more constructive view was UBS who said the current valuation levels of VMware offer a significant opportunity for patient investors. The firm noted the company will temper spending and focus on leveraging public clouds, which should provide a tailwind to both capital and operating expenditures. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $72 price target on VMware. PRICE ACTION: Shares of VMware are down approximately 40% since the Dell-EMC deal was announced last October and are down over 9% to $44.84 in afternoon trading. OTHERS TO WATCH. Other companies in the cloud computing space include Amazon, Microsoft and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
13:17 EDTFFord volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Ford January weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, February is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
12:44 EDTFEarnings Watch: Ford sees record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, January 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $36.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-53c on revenue of $34.03B-$38.82B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 45c against estimates for 47c, on revenue of $38.1B against estimates for $35.07B. Ford reconfirmed fiscal 2015 pre-tax profit guidance to range from $8.5B-$9.5B, with higher automotive revenue, operating margin, and operating-related cash flow compared with 2014. Ford expects North America 2015 pretax profit to exceed last year's result with an operating margin at the upper end of the company's guidance of 8.5%-9.5%. For Europe, Ford continues to expect pre-tax loss for 2015 to improve compared with 2014 as the company continues towards a return to profitability in the region. On the company's conference call, management said it was on track to deliver a "breakthrough" year and expected a stronger second half, driven by Q4. On January 6, Ford announced a $1B supplemental cash dividend reflecting the company's strong financial performance in 2015 and robust cash and liquidity levels. It also announced that it expects to deliver record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items and sees FY16 operating EPS to be about equal to or higher than FY15. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: October U.S. sales up 13% to 213,938 vehicles; November U.S. sales up 0.4% to 187,794 units; and December U.S. sales up 8% to 239,242 vehicles. On January 5, Ford reported total 2015 U.S. sales of 2.61M vehicles, up 5%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q4 earnings report. On October 28, UBS said the weakness in Ford shares following the company's Q3 tax related miss was a buying opportunity. The firm believed guidance was conservative and the company was setting up for a solid 2016. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $22 from $23 on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 23% since its Q3 report and have lost about 19% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q4 report, Ford shares are up just over 1% to around $12.
09:34 EDTAPCAnadarko downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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09:01 EDTFFord Ohio Assembly Plant adds Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab
Ford announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab. Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.
06:01 EDTFIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
05:14 EDTAPCAnadarko implied volatility of 91 at upper end of index mean range
January 26, 2016
11:51 EDTFFord expands safety recall on vehicles with Takata airbag inflators
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11:43 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss January Sales Results will be held on February 2 at 10 am. Webcast Link
08:38 EDTAPCCiti reiterates Buy on Anadarko amid balance sheet concerns
Citi analyst Robert Morris attributes the 33% year-to-date decline in shares of Anadarko Petroleum to concerns over the company's balance sheet and "perceived cash flow outspend." In a research note titled "Does Anadarko Belong In The 'Bad Balance Sheet Bucket'?", Morris reiterates a Buy rating on Anadarko with a $62 price target. The company is adamant that it will not outspend cash flow in 2016, which, like 2015, includes asset sales, Morris tells investors. The analyst believes Anadarko could fund up to $1B or more with asset sales. In almost any scenario, Morris does not think Anadarko will breach its financial covenant or seek to issue equity.
January 25, 2016
09:43 EDTAPCAnadarko upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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09:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley announces appointment of 156 managing directors
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06:30 EDTFFord to shutter operations in Japan, Indonesia, Reuters reports
Ford will shutter operations in Japan and Indonesia this year since it sees "no reasonable path to profitability" in the two nations, Reuters reports. The car maker will exit all areas of its business, including dealerships and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, in the two countries, the report says, citing an email from Asia Pacific President Dave Schoch to all employees in the region. Reference Link
January 24, 2016
11:02 EDTMSStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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