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April 20, 2012
16:23 EDTMSFT, RVBD, ETFC, HBI, BLOX, PFPT, AAPL, GE, MCD, BAC, TPXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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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August 14, 2014
13:26 EDTGEGE evaluating 'wide range' of options for appliances unit, Bloomberg reports
General Electric (GE) says it is evaluating a "wide range" of options for its home appliance business, Bloomberg reports. According to a GE spokesperson, the company is holding discussions with Electrolux (ELUXY) and other parties. Consumer development startup Quirky is also said to be interested in the GE unit. Reference Link
12:25 EDTGEGE says evaluating 'range' of options for Appliances, Bloomberg reports
General Electric confirmed in an interview that its in talks with Electrolux AB (ELUXY) regarding the potential sale of its Appliances unit, Bloomberg reports. GE added its evaluating a "wide range of strategic options" for its Appliances unit.
11:22 EDTGEElectrolux confirms in talks to acquire GE Appliances
Electrolux (ELUXY) confirmed that it is in discussions regarding a possible acquisition of the appliances business of GE (GE). "No agreement has been reached, and there can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached. Any further announcements will be made in due course," Electrolux stated.
10:57 EDTETFCCharles Schwab DARTs momentum continued in July, says UBS
UBS noted that Charles Schwab's (SCHW) daily average revenue trades, or DARTS, increased 3% sequentially in July, adding that if the acceleration can continue deeper into the quarter that the firm sees upside potential relative to estimates. However, UBS also pointed out that Schwab's 3% sequential pickup is below what peers TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and E-Trade (ETFC) reported in recent days. UBS maintain its Buy rating and $32 price target on shares of Charles Schwab.
10:05 EDTETFCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:28 EDTBACBofA, DOJ still in talks over $17B settlement, NY Post says
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08:11 EDTGEGE Healthcare to use RTI Connext Middleware
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08:06 EDTETFCE-Trade reports July DARTs of 153,671, up 5% from June
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07:55 EDTAAPLApple bans two chemicals from iPhone, iPad final stages, AP says
Apple said its investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that two potentially hazardous chemicals, benzene and n-hexane, endangered the plants' workers, but the company is banning the use of those chemicals in the final assembly of iPhones and iPads, reported Associated Press, citing statements from the company. Apple is still allowing use of the two chemicals during the early production phases, but is lowering the maximum amount of benzene and n-hexane that can be present in the materials used during those phases. Reference Link
07:47 EDTETFCDeutsche Bank hosts an analyst Online Brokers/Industry conference call
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06:40 EDTETFCE-Trade initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:19 EDTAAPLLenovo sees opportunities outside of China for smartphone business, WSJ reports
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing tells the Wall Street Journal that although that China is still the most important market for its smartphone business, the company sees additional opportunities outside China. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
20:04 EDTGEGE appliance unit drawing interest from Electrolux, Quirky, Bloomberg says
General Electric's home appliance unit has drawn interest from Electrolux and Quirky, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. General Electric's appliance unit is said to be worth about $2B, the sources added. Reference Link
19:35 EDTGEGE appliance unit drawing interest from Electrolux, Quirky, Bloomberg says
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
11:41 EDTAAPLAmazon payment move complements e-commerce platform, says RW Baird
Baird said Amazon's (AMZN) launch of the "Local Register" payment and card reader system is not a surprise after the company's acquisition of assets from GoPago and that the move is complementary to Amazon's e-commerce platform. Baird said Amazon's system will compete with Square and eBay's (EBAY) payment product "Here" and added that it expects Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL) to expand their existing payment initiatives. The firm maintains its Outperform rating and $400 price target on Amazon.com.
09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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07:19 EDTAAPLSiri creators working on new advanced AI system, Wired reports
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