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July 11, 2013
12:19 EDTKOG, AMD, MACK, MSFT, BPIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the S&P 500 eclipsed its all-time closing high and stood within points of its record intraday high. The strength in the equity markets comes after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech in Massachusetts yesterday afternoon. During his Q&A session, Bernanke noted that that even though the Fed may begin reducing its bond buying soon, interest rates will stay pinned at their current low levels for a long time. The chairman also pointed out that the unemployment rate probably understates the weakness in the labor market evidenced by other measures, such as the labor participation rate. Though Bernanke may not have intended to deliver a major monetary message, investors appear to be receiving it as such, driving the averages higher again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims in the week ended July 6 jumped a more-than-expected 16K to 360K. Import prices fell 0.2% from the prior month in June, versus expectations for them to be flat. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) announced the details of what the company called its "One Microsoft" reorganization plan. The new structure focuses the company’s engineering efforts around four areas: OS, Apps, Cloud, and Devices. Also of note, the company's Windows and Office products will fall under new leadership following the realignment. On a down note for the software maker was data released last night by market researcher Gartner that showed second quarter global PC shipments fell 10.9% to 76M, while another researcher, IDC, pegged the decline at 11.4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bridgepoint Education (BPI), which surged 20% after the company's flagship college, Ashford University, was granted accreditation, after having been denied accreditation last year. Also higher were shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which rose nearly 10% following upgrades at two Street research firms. Among the noteworthy losers was Merrimack Pharmaceuticals (MACK), which fell 20% after the company filed to sell $50M in common stock and $75M in convertible senior notes. Also lower was Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG), which slid more than 2% after The Wall Street Journal said, citing sources, that the company had hired bankers last year to field interest from possible takeover suitors, though talks with potential buyers did not result in a deal. INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 129.98, or 0.85%, to 15,421.64; the Nasdaq was up 41.83, or 1.19%, to 3,562.59; and the S&P 500 was up 16.15, or 0.98%, to 1,668.77.
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March 17, 2015
09:03 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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07:12 EDTMSFTDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
March 16, 2015
09:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $49 from $52 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Microsoft to $49 from $52 citing lower PC demand and foreign exchange headwinds. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Microsoft shares.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
Enterprise Connect 2015 is being held in Orlando, Florida on March 16-19.
March 13, 2015
10:34 EDTMSFTApple joins data center group with Facebook, Microsoft, The Information says
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08:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target lowered to $48 from $58 at Pacific Crest
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07:49 EDTMSFTVideo game hardware sales up 10% in February, software up 7%, Game Informer says
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05:54 EDTMSFTIDC: Worldwide tablet long term growth in low single digits, Digitimes says
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March 12, 2015
16:25 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:56 EDTMSFTIDC lowers PC outlook for 2015, says long-term outlook slightly improved
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14:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft reiterated as an Underperform following Intel warning at BofA/Merrill
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14:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hits session lows following Intel warning, levels to watch
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13:06 EDTMSFTHP rises fractionally despite Barclays downgrade, Intel guidance cut
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12:29 EDTMSFT, AMDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday. A slight bounce in the euro overnight lifted overseas markets and U.S. stocks followed. Stock futures were higher during early pre-market trading, then strengthened further following the report of lower than expected retail sales figures for last month, which gave investors hope the Fed will wait longer to raise interest rates. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., headline retail sales fell 0.6% in February compared to the prior month, missing expectations for an increase of 0.3%. Retail sales excluding autos and gas declined 0.2%, versus the consensus estimate for a month-over-month increase of 0.3%. Initial jobless claims fell to 289K in the week ended March 7, versus the consensus forecast for 305K first-time claims. Business inventories were flat in January, versus the consensus forecast for them to grow 0.1%. In Asia, the Bank of Korea cut rates for the third time since last August, lowering its base rate to the historical low level of 1.75%. The decision came as a surprise, more in terms of the timing than the cut itself. Data from China showed the nation’s M2 money supply growth picked up in February and its banks’ new loan creation came in higher than expected as well. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Intel (INTC) fell 4% after the chip-making giant lowered its Q1 revenue outlook to $12.8B, plus or minus $300M, compared to the previous expectation of $13.7B, plus or minus $500M, citing weaker than expected demand for business desktop PCs and lower than expected inventory levels across the PC supply chain. Some other stocks levered to PCs also slid, with Microsoft (MSFT) declining 2% and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) sliding 3.5%. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) shares were up fractionally, despite Intel's news and the fact that Barclays downgraded HP's stock this morning to Equal Weight, saying the weak euro could impact demand for PCs and printers... Citi (C), American Express (AXP) and Regions Financial (RF) were identified by analysts as being among the winners following the Fed's recently completed Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. Analysts were more cautious on Bank of America (BAC), after the Fed identified deficiencies in the bank's capital planning process and ordered it to resubmit its plan, but allowed it to proceed with its capital plan in the meantime. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amarin (AMRN), which jumped 27% after H.C. Wainwright upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target for shares to $10 from $2.50, citing management's commitment to completing the Vascepa outcomes' study REDUCE-IT. Also higher was Lumber Liquidators (LL), which rose 12.5% after the company held a call to update on the impact that 60 Minutes' recent critical report has had on its business. As part of the call, the flooring retailer reported on its recent sales trends, gave Q1 guidance and said it believes its cash flow from operations and existing liquidity sources will be sufficient to fund operations and anticipated capital expenditures for the "foreseeable future." Among the noteworthy losers was ACADIA (ACAD), which dropped 25% after announcing that it will delay submitting its NUPLAZID NDA for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease psychosis by two or three quarters and reporting that its CEO has retired. Also lower following their first earnings reports since coming public was Box, Inc. (BOX), which dropped 15%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 183.31, or 1.04%, to 17,818.70, the Nasdaq was up 26.68, or 0.55%, to 4,876.62, and the S&P 500 was up 18.56, or 0.91%, to 2,058.80.
09:43 EDTAMDIntel revenue cut weighs on semiconductor names
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09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft drops after Intel cuts Q1 revenue outlook on PC weakness
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08:46 EDTBPIStudent Aid Bill of Rights unlikely to become law, says BMO Capital
After President Obama signed the “Student Aid Bill of Rights,” which proposes the right to discharge student debt into bankruptcy, BMO Capital says that such a change would imply financial risk to student lenders such as Sallie Mae (SLM). However, the firm does not expect the proposal to become law. It does not expects its estimates for Sallie Mae or education loan provider Navient (NAVI) to change, and keeps Market Perform ratings on both stocks. Publicly traded for-profit education companies include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
07:51 EDTMSFTAlibaba hiring for cloud computing in Seattle, Silicon Valley, Reuters says
Alibaba (BABA) has begun hiring cloud computing professionals in Seattle and Silicon Valley, reports Reuters, citing postings on LinkedIn. Reuters notes that recruiters in the region suggested Alibaba is "eyeing staff," particularly developers, at Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and Facebook (FB). According to LinkedIn data, Alibaba has already hired 20 former Microsoft employees. Reference Link
07:19 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
U.S. Software Conference is being held in New York on March 12.
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