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April 11, 2013
12:23 EDTFTNT, INTC, PANW, ACAD, HPQ, FIRE, RAD, MSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after initial jobless claims pulled back to fall below the 350K level. The Nasdaq was the weakest of the major averages, as declines in some of its most notable members, including Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC), weighed on the index... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 42K from the prior week to 346K, versus an expectation for them to decline more modestly to 360K. Import prices declined 0.5% in March compared to the prior month, which was in-line with expectations, while export prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for a 0.1% gain... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of big-name tech companies were weaker after research firms International Data Corporation and Gartner both estimated that PC sales declined by double-digits in the first three months of the year. IDC estimated PC sales fell 14%, while Gartner said they'd fallen 11% from the prior year. Microsoft, which was also downgraded by at least three firms, declined 5%, while Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) fell over 6% and Intel slid more than 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), which surged 50% after the FDA approved its filing of a New Drug Application for a Parkinson's drug candidate and its shares were upgraded at Piper Jaffray. Also higher was Rite Aid (RAD), which gained 19% after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Fortinet (FTNT), which declined 15% after reporting weaker than expected first quarter results. Fortinet's report also weighed on several of its Internet security peers, with Sourcefire (FIRE) sliding 2% to $53 and Palo Alto (PANW) down 1%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 49.04, or 0.33%, to 14,851.28; the Nasdaq was up 0.70, or 0.02%, to 3,297.95; and the S&P 500 was up 5.14, or 0.32%, to 1,592.87.
News For MSFT;HPQ;INTC;RAD;ACAD;FTNT;FIRE;PANW From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
11:36 EDTRADRite Aid remains an attractive financial story, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill said Rite Aid's (RAD) forward results should reflect Envision contributions, few store closures, McKesson contract savings, and ongoing capital structure initiatives. The firm said Rite Aid has opportunities to reduce debt and refinance other obligations that will increase ROIC and lower its cost of capital. BofA/Merrill is encouraged by the company's progress and notes there is little correlation with Wal-Mart's (WMT) sales following yesterday's weakness in shares. The firm rates Rite Aid shares a Buy.
10:40 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: RAD VIAV
09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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07:02 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Hewlett-Packard August call option implied volatility is at 86, September is at 38, January is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 37 , suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on August 20.
06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy Mesophere, The Information reports
Microsoft has made an approach to Mesophere to buy the cloud-computing software startup, The Information reports, citing two sources briefed on the talks. A deal that could be worth about $1B, the report says. Reference Link
06:14 EDTINTCIntel to launch contest show on Turner Broadcasting, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is making a foray into reality television by developing a contest show with Mark Burnett and Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting unit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The program will be called "America's Greatest Makers" and will engage "do-it-yourselfers" who turn microchips and other components into devices and gadgets, competing for a $1M prize, the report says. The show is scheduled to appear on TV and other media channels in 2016, the report adds. Reference Link
05:57 EDTHPQ HP implied volatility of 37 at upper end of index
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August 18, 2015
18:30 EDTINTCChip makers advance after Analog Devices reports Q3 financial results
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13:35 EDTINTCMicrochip selects Intel technology to enhance Internet-of-Things security
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13:32 EDTINTCAtmel collaborates with Intel on Internet of Things applications
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10:13 EDTRADRite Aid recalls outdoor dining sets due to fall hazard
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09:51 EDTFTNT, PANWFireEye called top-tier security vendor in new upgrade
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are getting a boost after Imperial Capital highlighted the company's "significant progress" when upgrading its rating on the name. California-based FireEye is a provider of cybersecurity solutions. UPGRADE: Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform from In-Line this morning in a note to investors, citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Ramping global adoption of the company's platform has made FireEye a top-tier security vendor, Kim argues. He raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. NOT ALONE: Kim is not alone in recommending stocks in the cybersecurity space. Analysts at Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo last week highlighted security names that they view as attractive investments. CyberArk Software (CYBR), Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and Fortinet (FTNT) were among the stocks recommended by the firms. Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said the recent pullback in the sector is an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda, CyberArk, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), he told investors last week. Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell last week upgraded Israel-based CyberArk to Outperform from Market Perform saying the company's billings growth as well as its sales and marketing efficiencies are "exceeding peers by a wide margin. HACKS CONTINUE: High-profile cyber attacks continue with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday raising the number of accounts that were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. In May, the IRS revealed that 114,000 tax accounts through its "Get Transcript" application were exposed to thieves. Yesterday, the agency said a recent review revealed approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts may have been breached, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000. Shares of FireEye are up 56c to $44.21 in early trading. CyberArk is up 13c to $60.06 while Proofpoint (PFPT), a company focused on securing email communication, is up 16c to $65.06.
05:48 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; URBN RAD
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August 17, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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14:27 EDTFTNT, PANWIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
09:14 EDTHPQHP Q3 results have modest expectations at UBS
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07:56 EDTHPQHP Q3 results have modest expectations at UBS
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07:39 EDTMSFTTMC to hold a conference
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06:52 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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