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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.
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July 13, 2014
11:40 EDTGEAmerican selects CFM engine to power A320 in order valued $2.6B
American Airlines (AAL) has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power its new fleet of 100 Airbus (EADSY) A320neo family aircraft. CFM values the engine order at $2.6B U.S. at list price. The aircraft order was originally announced in July 2011 and American will begin taking delivery in 2017. American also has orders for LEAP-1B engines to power 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which are also scheduled to be delivered beginning in 2017. American has been a CFM customer since 1996 and the airline’s fleet includes 375 Airbus A320 Family and Boeing 737 aircraft powered by CFM56 engines. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between Safran and General Electric (GE).
July 12, 2014
18:08 EDTGEeasyJet said to choose GE-Safran engine for Airbus jets, WSJ says
easyJet (ESYJY) is set to order engines from a partnership of General Electric (GE) and France's Safran to power 100 Airbus Group (EADSY) NV A320neo jets, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report United Technologies (UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney was also aggressively competing for the order. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
11:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires InMage, terms not disclosed
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09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk mentioned cautiously at ITG Research
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09:25 EDTSNDKSanDisk remains a favorite idea at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research continues to see upside to consensus estimates for SanDisk through 2015. The firm said demand exceeds supply, allowing SanDisk to maximize balanced profitability. Shares are Buy rated.
09:14 EDTSNDKSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
08:36 EDTXXIANASDAQ Hearings Panel approves continued listing of Ixia shares
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08:19 EDTAPOApollo Global valuation attractive after pullback, says BMO Capital
After meeting with Apollo Global's CFO, BMO Capital is upbeat about the company's outlook. The firm expects the company's credit business to be a growth driver for years to come, although its private equity business is expected to show very slow growth, according to BMO Capital. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $36 from $35 and keeps an Outperform rating,
08:05 EDTGEGE Capital increases credit facility for OraMetrix
GE Capital’s Healthcare Financial Services business announced that it is the sole lender on a $10M senior secured term loan for OraMetrix. This transaction refinances the company’s previous $7.5M multi-draw senior secured term loan facility and provides it with an additional $2.5M. The funds will be used for working capital and growth initiatives.
08:03 EDTGEGE Capital provides MerchSource with $130M credit facility
GE Capital announced it is providing MerchSource with a $130M senior credit facility providing working capital for the company’s operations in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
07:45 EDTGEWith Alstom agreement settled, attention on GE turns to earnings, Reuters says
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07:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility elevated at 58 into Q2 and outlook
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11:21 EDTAPOInternational Game Technology rises as GTECH reportedly prepares bid
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07:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTMSFTIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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