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April 20, 2012
12:11 EDTXXIA, HON, MCD, APO, ALTR, SLB, GE, TPX, WOLF, SNDK, HBI, MSFT, RVBDOn 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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07:33 EDTHONHoneywell management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:23 EDTGEEC extends GE-Alstom deal decision deadline to August 6
The European Commission has extended the deadline on its decision on the deal between General Electric (GE) and Alstom (ALSMY) by 20 working days to August 6, according to a post to the commission's site. Reference Link
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06:46 EDTMCDMcDonald's burn complaints to focus on corporate reponsibility, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTGEGeneral Electric CEO says GE Capital will focus on improving returns
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06:06 EDTMCDMcDonald's employees file complaints of burns, injuries, LA Times says
McDonald's employees have filed complaints against 28 McDonald's locations -- including nine owned by the corporation itself -- alleging they received burns on the job, reports the LA Times, citing statements by union-backed group Fast Food Forward. The complaints were lodged with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and claim that greasy floors, lack of staff, and an extremely fast-paced environment elevate the risk of injury in McDonald's restaurants. Reference Link
05:53 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; WLL SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whiting Petroleum (WLL) 86, SanDisk (SNDK) 36 according to iVolatility.
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15:57 EDTGEGeneral Electric March calls active
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10:28 EDTGEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTHBIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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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.
08:19 EDTGEGE announces $100M in new programs in Saudi Arabia
GE announced $100M in new programs that will further the company’s localization efforts, build innovation capacity, and create jobs in advanced manufacturing and software analytics in Saudi Arabia. This new investment adds to GE’s $1B commitment over the past three years in the Kingdom, and aligns the company with the country’s Vision 2024 and Ninth Development Plan to diversify the economy, drive industrialization and manufacturing, and build the next-generation of human capital skill-sets in materials and data science.
07:32 EDTMSFTUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:36 EDTTPXTempur Sealy urges holders to vote FOR company board nominees
Tempur Sealy announced that it has filed definitive proxy materials with the SEC in connection with its upcoming 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on May 8. Tempur Sealy shareholders of record as of March 11 are eligible to vote at the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Tempur Sealy board unanimously recommends that shareholders vote FOR the company's directors: Evelyn S. Dilsaver, Frank Doyle, John A. Heil, Peter K. Hoffman, Sir Paul Judge, Nancy F. Koehn, Christopher A. Masto, P. Andrews McLane, Lawrence J. Rogers, Mark Sarvary and Robert B. Trussell, Jr.
06:18 EDTHBIHanesbrands initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
Target $38.
March 15, 2015
12:41 EDTGEGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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