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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.
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November 13, 2014
07:26 EDTGEGE sees great infrastructure demand in developing markets, Reuters says
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:20 EDTMSFTAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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05:32 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded SanDisk to Buy saying the weakening in the yen will likely be a positive for margins in 2015. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $106 from $87.
November 12, 2014
18:29 EDTAPOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says will have sold 10M Xbox One consoles 'shortly'
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16:47 EDTAPORexnord offers 14.73M shares of common stock for Apollo Global
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16:01 EDTMCDMcDonald's to enter Kazakhstan in 2015
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09:01 EDTGEGE to build advanced manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania
GE announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE. The new facility represents a $32M investment over three years by the company and will result in the creation of 50 high-tech engineering jobs initially, in disciplines ranging from mechanical and electrical to systems and software engineering. These technologists will join GE’s global network of 50,000 world-class scientists, engineers, and skilled labor who are working to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. The new facility reflects GE’s belief that the intersection of technology and manufacturing – marrying hardware with software – is bringing a new era of manufacturing. The site will be located outside of Pittsburgh in Findlay Township, PA to capitalize on the renowned academic institutions and skilled workforce in the area. Construction is expected to begin in March 2015 to be completed by September 2015.
08:05 EDTGE, HONGoldman to hold a conference
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07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
Developer Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13 with webcasted discussions will begin on November 12 at 10 am. Reference Link
07:48 EDTMSFTWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:28 EDTAPOBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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05:19 EDTHONHoneywell supports environmental commitments announced by Presidents Obama, Xi
Honeywell stated, "We applaud the environmental commitments that President Obama and President Xi announced. Governments need to take meaningful steps to reduce and prevent environmental degradation to our air and communities. That is what President Obama and President Xi did. Honeywell is ready to support the broad adoption of the goals that the leaders of the world's biggest economies outlined today. Sustainable development - that includes clean air and communities - is a key building block to stronger economies around the world over the long-term. Establishing emissions reduction commitments, like the ones highlighted by President Obama and President Xi, are critical to the success of healthier global environments. The leadership demonstrated by both the U.S. and China in outlining specific goals is an important step in the right direction and we applaud both countries for their positive commitments. Technologies exist today that will help companies and government make tremendous strides immediately. Honeywell will do our part to provide the products and technologies and to reduce even further our own emissions. We should all stand ready to use existing technologies, while also continuing to innovate for a brighter future."
November 11, 2014
12:09 EDTMSFTRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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09:36 EDTHBIHanesbrands management to meet with FBR Capital
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08:01 EDTGEGE Healthcare, Takeda enter into alliance agreement for R&D in hepatic fibrosis
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06:12 EDTTPXTempur Sealy management to meet with Stifel
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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05:56 EDTMCDMcDonald's recalls Hello Kitty themed whistles due to choking hazards
McDonald's is recalling about 2.3M “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” Whistles in the U.S. and about 200,000 in Canada. The CPSC says components inside of the whistle can detach, posing choking and aspiration hazards to young children. McDonald’s has received two reports of children who coughed out pieces of the whistle that they had sucked into their mouths, including one child who received medical attention. Reference Link
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