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April 20, 2012
12:11 EDTMSFT, RVBD, APO, WOLF, XXIA, ALTR, SNDK, HON, SLB, HBI, MCD, GE, TPXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as another round of better than expected earnings reports from blue chip companies encouraged investors. Stocks opened higher on the heels of positive earnings reports from some of the country's largest corporations, positive confidence data out of Germany, and solid retail sales data from the U.K. The market tacked on gains in the opening 30 minutes and found a level where the averages sat while investors digested the corporate earnings and accompanying conference calls. In the second hour of trading the averages gained some upside momentum and added to their opening gains but they have since moved in a very narrow range. There may be little in the way of news flow for the remainder of the session as the week end approaches... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little of note was on the economic calendar. In Europe, Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6% and equivalent Italian and French yields rose as well. In contrast, a measure of German business confidence climbed to 109.9, marking its sixth consecutive month of increase... COMPANY NEWS: Earnings reports from a trio of Dow components helped power that average higher, as Microsoft (MSFT) led all of the blue chips with a 5.4% gain after its earnings and revenue beat consensus. General Electric (GE) also beat on both the top and bottom line and shares moved higher by 1.9%. Results from McDonald's (MCD) were generally in line with expectations. The company said global comparable sales increased 7.3%, driven by an 8.9% increase in the U.S. and its stock rose 2% near noon... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included Hanesbrands (HBI), Schlumberger (SLB) and Honeywell (HON); decliners included SanDisk (SNDK) and Altera (ALTR)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Ixia (XXIA), up over 13%, following an upgrade at Wunderlich citing the company's Q1 results, and Great Wolf (WOLF), up 8%, after an affiliate of Apollo Global Management (APO) increased its offer to acquire the company to $7.85 per share from $7.00. Noteworthy losers included Riverbed (RVBD), down more than 26%, following downgrades by at least seven firms after the company's Q1 revenue missed consensus and it said it sees 15% revenue growth for FY12, and Tempur-Pedic (TPX), down over 21%, after its guidance fell short of expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 112.84, or 0.87%, to 13,076.94; the Nasdaq was up 20.84, or 0.69%, to 3,028.40; and the S&P 500 was up 9.60, or 0.70%, to 1,386.52.
News For MSFT;GE;MCD;HBI;SLB;HON;SNDK;ALTR;XXIA;WOLF;APO;RVBD;TPX From The Last 14 Days
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October 17, 2014
08:48 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees 5c-7c EPS growth in Q4 vs. Q3
Sees Libya and Russia continuing to have an affect on earnings during Q4. Libya's Q3 activity was down 50% year over year.
08:47 EDTSLBSchlumberger sees international earnings growth in FY15
Schlumberger management stated that Russian sanctions has a 2c per share impact on Q3. The company will re-size Libyan resources and oil rigs in Iraq are slowly going back into operation. Management stated that the company did several deals for artificial lift work. The company's outlook for global GDP growth softened slightly. The company sees Brent oil prices recovering and stabilizing. Management stated that global economic recover is remains intact. The company stated that global spare oil capacity is not increasing. Management stated that 10 new deep-water rigs are scheduled for delivery in Q4. The company sees a 6% decline in deep-water drilling, primarily driven by Brazil. The company sees FY15 deep-water drilling flat. The company sees FY 14 exploration spending down 4%-5%. Comments made during Q3 earnings conference call.
08:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q3 orders up 22% to $31.4B, backlog $250B
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08:36 EDTGEGE CEO sees 2014 Industrial organic growth at high-end of framework
General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt speaking on the company's Q3 earnings conference call.
07:32 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target lowered to $110 from $120 at UBS
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07:31 EDTSNDKSamsung first to market with new multilayer NAND technology, Nikkei says
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07:15 EDTGEGE repeats view for FY14 revenue flat to up 5%, consensus $148.89B
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07:07 EDTHONHoneywell planning for a slow growth macro environment in 2015
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07:07 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q3 organic sales growth 5%
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07:03 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q3 segment margin 17.4%, Q3 operating income margin 16.2%
07:03 EDTHONHoneywell raises FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.55 from $5.45-$5.55, consensus $5.54
Raises FY14 revenue to $40.3B-$40.4B from $40.2B-$40.4B, consensus $40.39B; Raises FY14 segment margin to 17% from 16.8%-17%; Raises FY14 operating income margin to 15.6% from 15.4%-15.6%; Narrows FY14 free cash flow to $3.9B from $3.8B-$4B
07:00 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q3 EPS $1.47, consensus $1.41
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06:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric on track to close sale of GE Money Bank in Q4
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06:36 EDTGEGeneral Electric on track to meet goal or $1B in structural cost-out for year
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06:36 EDTGEGeneral Electric targets complete exit from Synchrony Financial in late 2015
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06:35 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q3 industrial segment growth of 9% to $4.3B
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06:34 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q3 EPS 38c, consensus 37c
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06:30 EDTMSFTNPD: Sony PlayStation4 outsells XBox One in September, GameSpot reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTSony says PS4 September's top-selling console
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05:42 EDTSNDKSanDisk pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says SanDisk's Q4 guidance missed expectations because the company is seeing more demand than it can fully supply, which it views as a good problem to have. Piper thinks the recent pullback in shares provides a buying opportunity. It lowered its price target for SanDisk shares to $106 from $110 and reiterates an Overweight rating on the name.
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