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April 20, 2012
12:11 EDTTPX, WOLF, SNDK, HBI, MSFT, RVBD, XXIA, HON, MCD, APO, ALTR, SLB, GEOn 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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July 21, 2015
12:09 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
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11:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings, levels to watch
On a long-term basis the stock has a potential double top pattern that would be confirmed on a breakdown below $40. In a shorter time frame the stock is range-bound between $45 at the low and $50 at the high. If the news is bearish, a breakdown below $45 would put the shares on a path for a test at that $40 support. A breakdown below $40 would see next support at $39.27 and then at $38.56. The downside target from the double top would be to the $30 area over time. If the news is a bullish surprise, a breakout above $50 would see next resistance at $53.13 and then at $55. Both are levels not seen since the year 2000.
09:56 EDTMSFTSalesforce rallies amid renewed speculation of Microsoft deal
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09:06 EDTHONHoneywell's company technology selected by China's Ningxia Baota Chemical Fiber
UOP, a Honeywell company, announced that China's Ningxia Baota Chemical Fiber will use Honeywell UOP's latest generation technologies and equipment to build an energy-efficient petrochemical complex. The Yinchuan City, Ningxia, China, complex will produce valuable petrochemicals as well as high-quality gasoline, and is expected to come online in 2018. In addition to licensing, Honeywell UOP will provide the basic engineering, commissioning services, training services, proprietary equipment, catalysts and adsorbents for the new complex.
07:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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July 20, 2015
16:20 EDTGEFederal Reserve establishes enhanced standards for GE Capital
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16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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11:12 EDTSLBSchlumberger downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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10:00 EDTSNDK, SLBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter
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09:04 EDTMSFT, GEGE chooses Microsoft Office 365 fro employee collaboration and productivity
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08:29 EDTHONHoneywell organic growth hurdles could lead to M&A, says Cowen
Cowen believes Honeywell (HON) faces many hurdles to its organic growth, which could lead to M&A activity. The firm believes Honeywell targets could include Teledyne (TDY), BE Aerospace (BEAV) or Astronics (ATRO), which would allow it to grow it market leading telematics position. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $116 price target on Honeywell shares.
08:24 EDTMCDMcDonald's U.S. outlook improving, says RBC Capital
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08:13 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Neutral at Nomura
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08:00 EDTSLBSchlumberger outlook remains favorable, says Oppenheimer
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07:12 EDTHONHoneywell reported strong operating results, says Stifel
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06:50 EDTSLBSchlumberger upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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06:16 EDTGEAlstom sees General Electric deal completed in coming months, Reuters reports
Alstom (ALSMY) expects to complete the transaction with GE (GE) in the coming months, Reuters reports. Reference Link
06:11 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura
July 19, 2015
19:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to buy Adallom for $320M, Globes says
Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Adallom for roughly $320M, reports Globes, without naming sources. Reference Link
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