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January 27, 2014
04:55 EDTMS, MS, MS, DISCA, DISCA, DISCA, ATVI, ATVI, ATVI, PPG, PPG, PPG, GE, GE, GE, ORCL, ORCL, ORCL, QCOM, QCOM, QCOMNorthwestern University School of Law to hold a conference
41st Annual Securities Regulation Institute is being held in Coronado, California on January 27-29.
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTORCLStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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09:37 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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08:31 EDTORCLFortinet adds Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Judith Sim to board
Fortinet (FTNT) announced that Judith Sim, Chief Marketing Officer at Oracle (ORCL), is joining Fortinet's board, effective June 22.
07:00 EDTGEGE Capital Aviation Services launches Boeing 737-800NG program
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06:29 EDTMSMorgan Stanley invests in Alibaba-backed online insurer, WSJ reports
A group of investors including Morgan Stanley (MS) has invested $934M in China’s first online-only insurer backed by Alibaba (BABA) called Zhong An Online P&C Insurance Company, valuing the venture at $8B, the Wall Street Journal reports. The investment has been approved by China’s insurance regulator, the report says. Reference Link
05:52 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; AMZN QCOM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amazon.com (AMZN) 24, Qualcomm (QCOM) 19 according to iVolatility.
June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
15:05 EDTORCLOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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13:24 EDTPPGPPG now sees cost synergies associated with Comex $45M-$50M by end of 2016
PPG Industries held a meeting for securities analysts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. During the meeting, PPG reviewed details of PPG-Comex Mexican operations, provided information about the growth of the Mexican economy and PPG-Comex, and toured PPG-Comex concessionaire locations. The company indicated during the meeting it expects cost synergies associated with the Comex acquisition to be $45M-$50M by the end of 2016, up from the company’s previous guidance of $30M-$40M.PPG also issued new acquisition-related revenue synergy targets for the PPG-Comex acquisition. The company expects to generate $40M-$50M in revenue within two years from sales of legacy PPG products through the PPG-Comex distribution network. PPG set a separate revenue target of $60M-$70M within five years for incremental coatings sales in Central America. PPG had previously issued no incremental revenue guidance relating to Comex. PPG completed its acquisition of Comex in November 2014.
12:34 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The move has been broad based, with each of the major averages gaining at least 1%. The move may be reflecting investors feeling a sense of relief following yesterday’s FOMC meeting, after which the central bank repeated its promise to be gradual in raising rates, without specifying when rate "lift-off" will commence. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states are set to meet today, but expectations for progress on Greece are low. Also, the Norwegian central bank cut interest rates to a record low, while the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at record lows as well. In Asia, the Shanghai composite index tumbled 3.7% overnight, doubling its weekly decline to 7.4% and increasing fears that a bubble in the nation's stock market may be preparing to burst. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider Oracle (ORCL) dropped 7% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter. Analysts at several firms, including Susquehanna, Wells Fargo and Cantor, suggested the post-earnings drop may be a buying opportunity, citing progress in the company's cloud efforts... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged nearly 50% in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, then opened at $30.40 per share, giving it a market value near $6.3B in early trading. Near noon, the stock had pulled back a bit to trade just below $30 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 18% after announcing that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, a joint venture between affiliates of Petroleos de Venezuela and ExxonMobil (XOM). Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), which rose 13% after the company reported results from a study of BMN-111 in dwarfism and several analysts hiked their price targets on the stock to reflect the increased probability of success for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bankrate (RATE), which fell 18%, and Jabil Circuit (JBL), which dropped 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 218.44, or 1.22%, to 18,154.18, the Nasdaq was up 74.96, or 1.48%, to 5,139.84, and the S&P 500 was up 23.57, or 1.12%, to 2,124.01.
12:04 EDTORCL, GEActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm calls active
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09:35 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTGEGE, JVs receive over $19B in orders/commitments at Paris Air Show
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09:04 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said investors should be buying Oracle on weakness following its missed Q4 results. The firm cited its cloud revenue and bookings, which beat expectations, and the company's guidance for cloud revenue acceleration. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
08:05 EDTGENRG Yield to acquire GE EFS' 25% interest in Desert Sunlight Solar Farm
NRG Yield, Inc. (NYLD), through its subsidiary NRG Yield Operating LLC, has entered into an agreement with GE Unit (GE) GE Energy Financial Services to acquire its 25% interest in the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Riverside, CA for $285M subject to customary working capital adjustments, plus the assumption of $287.4M of non-recourse project level debt. The acquisition, which provides NRG Yield with a total ownership of 137.5 megawatts of operating solar capacity, will place NRG Yield into a partnership with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sumitomo Financial (SMFG), who are the 50% and 25% owners of Desert Sunlight, respectively. The transaction is expected to increase both the annual run-rate EBITDA by approximately $45M and cash available for distribution by approximately $22M by 2016. NRG Yield expects to close the transaction by June 30, 2015. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and notice of the acquisition to the California Public Utilities Commission. With this acquisition, NRG Yield now owns nearly 600 megawatts of solar generation. NRG Yield is supported by its parent, NRG Energy (NRG), which owns and operates approximately 1.2 gigawatts of solar generation, thus implying a combined solar portfolio of 1.8 gigawatts.
07:37 EDTMSNoranda Aluminum to evaluate strategic alternatives, suspends dividend
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07:29 EDTORCLOracle cloud growth positive over the long-term, says Wells Fargo
After Oracle reported weaker than expected Q4 results, Wells Fargo says that the rapid growth in Oracle's cloud subscriptions is probably pressuring the company's financial results, but that the trend should ultimately improve its results over the longer term. The firm expects estimates for the company's performance over the next two years to be cut, but it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:05 EDTORCLOracle building strong growth foundation, says Cantor
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