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April 20, 2012
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed, with one tech heavyweight helping the Dow and another dragging on the Nasdaq. Stock futures were moderately higher following positive confidence data out of Germany, solid retail sales data in the U.K., and good earnings reports from some of the country’s largest corporations. The market opened higher but immediately found a level where the averages sat as investors digested the earnings news and subsequent conference calls. By mid-morning, however, the market picked up speed to the upside and reached its session highs. As the news flow began to slow, the market drifted lower as it struggled to hold onto its gains, with the Nasdaq finally falling into the red under the selling pressure... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little economic data of note was reported. In Europe, a measure of German business confidence climbed to 109.9, marking its sixth consecutive month of increase, while Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6%... COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) led the Dow higher, rising $1.41, or 4.55%, to $32.42, following its report of sales and profits that beat expectations. Weighing on the Dow, however, were shares of Bank of America (BAC), which slid 41c, or 4.68%, to $8.36, after a downgrade to a Sell rating by CLSA's Mike Mayo. Among other Dow components, McDonald's (MCD) and General Electric (GE) both advanced following their earnings reports... The sell-off in shares of Apple (AAPL) continued ahead of the company's earnings report, due Tuesday, dragging the Nasdaq lower with it... Shares of Proofpoint (PFPT), an enterprise security company, and Infoblox (BLOX), an infrastructure software developer, both moved higher following their initial public offerings. Proofpoint priced at $13 and closed up $1.08, or 8.31%, to $14.08, while Infoblox priced at $16 and rose $5.44, or 34.00%, to $21.44... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Hanesbrands (HBI), up $3.08, or 11.43%, to $30.02, after its quarterly losses were not as steep as expected and the company backed its full year forecast, and E-Trade (ETFC), up 60c, or 6.08%, to $10.48, following its report of adjusted earnings and revenues that beat consensus. Noteworthy losers included Riverbed (RVBD), down $8.01, or 28.75%, to $19.85, after being downgraded by at least seven firms following its disappointing results and guidance, and Tempur-Pedic (TPX), down $17.22, or 20.56%, to $66.53, after its guidance fell short of expectations... INDICES: The Dow rose 65.16, or 0.50%, to 13,029.26; the Nasdaq fell 7.11, or 0.24%, to 3,000.45; and the S&P 500 gained 1.61, or 0.12%, to 1,378.53.
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November 18, 2015
08:55 EDTBACMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
08:10 EDTGEGE's Power Services reports first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order in Asia
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07:59 EDTPFPTUBS to hold a conference
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy saying the stock trades at a 30% discount to the S&P 500 multiple. The market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, Jankowski tells investors in a research note. Over the next year, however, the analyst expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubs "Apple-as-a-Service." Jankowski believes Apple has a "significant multi-year opportunity" to increase monetization given its estimated installed base of 500M loyal iPhone users. She has a $163 price target for shares. The iPhone maker closed yesterday down 49c to $113.69.
06:13 EDTBACBofA CEO: Banks trying to revamp checking to fend off startups, Bloomberg says
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06:12 EDTAAPLApple Pay coming to Domino's by end of year, Cinnabon in 2016, AP reports
Apple (AAPL) yesterday said that company-owned Domino's (DPZ) pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016, The Associated Press reports. Reference Link
05:56 EDTAAPLSony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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November 17, 2015
18:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says building new cyber defense center, NBC reports
Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to open a Cyber Defense Operations Center, gathering security experts from across the company's suite of products in order to respond to security threats in real-time, reports NBC. Reference Link
16:01 EDTAAPL, BAC, GEOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
09:35 EDTAAPL, GEActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:27 EDTGESynchrony announces completion of separation from General Electric
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09:02 EDTAAPL, MSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:50 EDTBACClearing House to hold a conference
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07:01 EDTAAPLGlobal Payments to offer Apple Pay support in Canada
Global Payments (GPN) said it will offer its merchants in Canada the ability to accept American Express (AXP) payments made with Apple (AAPL) Pay. As an Apple Pay-qualified payment provider, Global Payments' robust suite of payments solutions is fully enabled for Apple Pay acceptance, allowing merchants to offer their customers the convenience of Apple Pay acceptance in-store, in-app and on-the-go.
06:41 EDTGEGE's offer to exchange Synchrony's shares was oversubscribed by 3.2 times
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06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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06:12 EDTMCDMcDonald's to launch "McPick 2" menu on January 4, WSJ says
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05:43 EDTBLOXInfoblox appoints Ashish Gupta as Chief Marketing Officer
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05:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric announces new Renewable Energy business
GE introduced its new Renewable Energy business at the European Wind Energy Association's 2015 Annual Event in Paris. The new unit significantly expands GE's wind portfolio in the wake of its recent acquisition of Alstom's power and grid businesses. The new business expands GE's global wind footprint to more than 30,000 turbines worldwide and significantly increases its presence in regions like Europe and Latin America. In Europe alone, GE's installed base will grow by approximately 50% as a result of the deal. In addition, GE Renewable Energy is welcoming a new offshore wind unit into the portfolio. Featuring new Haliade turbine technology, the offshore business has built a significant backlog of orders with EDF in France and has been selected for the Merkur offshore project in Germany. The Haliade technology will also be featured in the historic Block Island project, which is set to become the first offshore wind farm in the United States. Construction is underway, and the project will begin operation next year. Customers can also expect to see service-related benefits resulting from the acquisition. GE Renewable Energy plans to extend its services capabilities across both existing fleets, with an emphasis on using cutting-edge digital and analytics capabilities to help customers improve productivity and increase power output. Earlier this year, GE launched its Digital Wind Farm, which aims to create a digital infrastructure for the wind industry. The Digital Wind Farm harnesses the analytics power of the GE Store and is powered by Predix, the secure software platform for the Industrial Internet.
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