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April 20, 2012
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.
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November 19, 2015
08:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft participates in a panel discussion
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07:30 EDTHONUBS to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTGECanadian Solar subsidiary closes financing for 100MW Astoria solar power project
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November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
14:49 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
13:44 EDTALTRBefore the Move: Watch Intel into tomorrow's analyst day
Chipmaker Intel's (INTC) analyst day tomorrow could yield information on numerous company operations, but Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis cautions investors that the probability for positive surprises appears low given recent spending outlays. BACKGROUND: Intel, one of the largest semiconductor makers in the world, is scheduled to hold an analyst day on Thursday, November 19. Beyond providing forecasts for its various business segments and remarks on the larger computer market, Intel is expected to provide further clarity on several recent stories, including its memory joint venture with Micron (MU), plans to invest heavily in a Chinese production facility and progression towards chips on the 10 nanometer scale. STRONG OUTLOOK, MILD MEETING: Intel's pending acquisition of Altera (ALTR) and its plans to invest as much as $5.5B in a computer memory facility in Dalian, China leave little room for positive surprises at tomorrow's event in regards to 2016 margins, capital expenditures, or shareholder returns, Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis said in a recent research note. That said, the analyst views Intel's Chinese facility expansion as part of a "brilliant investment strategy that positions Intel as a partner to China" and "keeps the market open" to its microprocessors, perhaps Intel's more famed business segment. Though the two initiatives are certain to push up near-term debt load, Lipacis takes the longer-term view, reminding investors that Intel has shown consistently strong free cash flow over the past decade, leading him to forecast another $13B in 2016. The year may also bring "a number" of other positives for the company, including more data center wins after the Altera tie-up, potentially renewed sales on a cyclical uptick in PC gaming, and even the possibility of an iPhone chip contract, though Lipacis said none of those points look set to be discussed tomorrow. The analyst kept a Buy rating and $38 price target on the shares while reiterating that Thursday's Intel event may have little in store for those expecting eye-grabbing surprises. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Intel have advanced roughly 0.9% to $32.92 Wednesday afternoon. "Before the Move" is The Fly's recurring series of exclusive stories that identify potentially market moving events, along with analyst predictions, ahead of the news.
10:29 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:19 EDTSNDKRBC Capital to hold a tour
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08:10 EDTGEGE's Power Services reports first GT13E2 MXL2 gas turbine upgrade order in Asia
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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
17:33 EDTSLBSchlumberger, Cameron say Justice Department clears proposed merger
Schlumberger (SLB) and Cameron (CAM) jointly announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared their proposed merger without any conditions, granting early termination of the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The closing of the proposed merger remains subject to approval by Cameron stockholders, with a special shareholder meeting scheduled for December 17. Schlumberger and Cameron expect to close the merger in 1Q16.
16:01 EDTGEOptions 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 EDTGEActive 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 EDTMSFTAnalyst 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
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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05:29 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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