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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 15, 2014
15:45 EDTSNDKSanDisk technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:55 EDTALTREarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intel’s data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intel’s partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
12:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:55 EDTMSFTMicrosoft hits a fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
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11:47 EDTGEGeneral Electric July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
General Electric July call option implied volatility is 31, August is at 17, September is at 15; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results before the open on July 18.
11:01 EDTGEGE wins orders from Lee Air for High Density Avionics Interface
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10:48 EDTRVBDOptions with increasing implied volatility: GLUU KORS RVBD HSH
10:47 EDTGEInterjet selects LEAP-1A to power A320neos in $2.9B order
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09:46 EDTGEGE's FES selected by SpiceJet Airlines to support entire fleet
SpiceJet Airlines has selected GE’s (GE) Flight Efficiency Services to support its fleet of 52 Boeing (BA) 737 and Bombardier Q400 aircraft. GE will provide flight data analytics and fuel management to optimize the airline’s operational efficiency with the goal of substantially reducing fuel expenses for the airline. GE will provide consultation and evaluation services with the aim of reducing the airline’s fuel consumption and carbon emissions. GE is also designing and implementing custom solutions for SpiceJet and performing on-going efficiency measurements.
09:31 EDTMSFTSenate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing
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09:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy cybersecurity start-up Aorato, WSJ says
Microsoft is in talks to buy Israel-based cybersecurity start-up Aorato in a deal worth around $200M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter who noted that the pact could close within the next two months. Reference Link
09:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $50 from $45 at Nomura
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09:05 EDTSNDKSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
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09:02 EDTTPXTempur Sealy announces agreement with the PGA TOUR
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08:35 EDTMSFTCisco announces multi-year sales, go-to-market agreement with Microsoft
Cisco (CSCO) announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets. The companies will focus on integrating market leading technologies, including Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus switching and Microsoft Cloud OS solutions including Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Microsoft Azure.
07:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTMSFTFortune to hold a conference
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06:50 EDTGEGE anticipates meeting $30B air show goal, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft poised to make job reductions, Bloomberg says
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06:06 EDTMSFTElectronic Arts names Ken Moss as Chief Technology Officer
Electronic Arts (EA) announced on its website that it has named Ken Moss as its Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Ken will lead the organization, strategy and vision for EA’s Digital Platform and Information Technology divisions. Moss comes to EA most recently from eBay (EBAY), where he led the Marketplace Technology, Science and Data global organization. He is a 20-year veteran of Microsoft (MSFT), where he founded and led the engineering and product teams on Search -- which later became Bing -- and played an important role in Microsoft’s transition to large-scale services. Reference Link
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