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April 11, 2013
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after initial jobless claims fell. The averages rose fairly steadily in the early hours of the session, though the initial rally stalled and the averages were range bound for much of the second half of the trading day. The Nasdaq was the laggard among the averages, as it was weighed down by declines in tech bellwethers Microsoft (MSFT) and Intel (INTC)... 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 IDC and Gartner both estimated that PC sales declined by double-digits in the first three months of the year. Microsoft, which was also downgraded by at least three firms, lost $1.35, or 4.44%, to $28.93, Intel slid 43c, or 1.95%, to $21.83 and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) fell $1.44, or 6.45%, to $20.88... Herbalife (HLF) shares gained $1.08, or 2.9%, to $38.28 after the SEC and Department of Justice filed complaints against ex-KPMG partner Scott London for allegedly helping a friend trade on non-public information in that stock. The DOJ's complaint made reference to conversations in which London acknowledged rumors of Herbalife going private and activist investor Bill Ackman's short position on shares... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following FDA actions were ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up $5.13, or 64.37%, to $13.10 after the FDA approved its filing of a New Drug Application for a Parkinson's drug candidate, and BIOLASE (BIOL), up 59c, or 13.26%, to $5.04 after the FDA cleared its EPIC 10S soft tissue diode laser for use a surgical instrument. Also higher was Rite Aid (RAD), up 33c, or 18.44%, to $2.12 after its earnings and guidance beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Fortinet (FTNT), down $2.85, or 13.04%, to $19.00 after reporting weaker than expected first quarter results. Several of its Internet security peers also lost ground, including Sourcefire (FIRE), down 86c, or 1.58%, to $53.58, and Palo Alto (PANW) down 55c, or 1.01%, to $54.16... INDICES: The Dow was up 62.90, or 0.42%, to 14,865.14; the Nasdaq was up 2.91, or 0.09%, to 3,300.16; and the S&P 500 was up 5.64, or 0.36%, to 1,593.37.
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September 23, 2015
12:16 EDTPANWPiper says reseller event positive for Palo Alto, Imperva, CyberArk
Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski says his investor briefing with a large security reseller yielded positive feedback on Palo Alto (PANW), Imperva (IMPV) and CyberArk (CYBR). The reseller's customers' top spending priority is now inside threat protection, which bodes well for Imperva and CyberArk, Nowinski tells investors in a research note. Further, their growth with Palo Alto continues to ramp and should exceed 50% in 2016, the analyst adds. Nowinski found comments around FireEye (FEYE) "slightly more cautious" with some viewing the Mandiant service organization as competitive to their professional service offerings.
12:02 EDTINTCIntel joins Verizon 5G Technology Forum
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10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... BioMed Realty (BMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... (CTRP) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Daktronics (DAKT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on potential PC, client business rebound at Bernstein... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Mitcham Industries (MIND) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Parker Drilling (PKD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded on international outlook at Bernstein... Regional Management (RM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Vivendi (VIVHY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi.
09:55 EDTINTCActive calls on open: BIIB FCX X F INTC
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09:18 EDTMSFTPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
07:52 EDTINTCIntel upgraded on potential PC, client business rebound at Bernstein
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06:32 EDTHPQHP's employee shift ultimatum not going as planned, Business Insider reports
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06:23 EDTINTCIntel upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein
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September 22, 2015
12:14 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
10:45 EDTRADReimbursement pressure on drug stores should moderate, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research analysts Rob Eich and Rob Stuyck said the firm's work indicates that stepdown reimbursement rates will be more manageable for drug store operators and that generic inflation will be less of a headwind for the group in FY16. However, Direct and Indirect Remuneration clauses will still be a source of margin pressure, the firm said, noting that several payers will be introducing a DIR next year. Cleveland Research has Neutral ratings on CVS (CVS), Walgreens (WBA), Rite Aid (RAD) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
10:01 EDTHPQHP acquisition of Stratasys would make sense, says Jefferies
Jefferies noted that HP (HPQ) management, during the company's recent analyst meeting, said they were looking to partner with or acquire a 3D printing company. Analyst Jason North believes a larger acquisition is most attractive, as it would speed HP's time to the market by 1-2 years as the company acquires a sales channel. North said Stratasys (SSYS) makes the most sense given its strong reseller network, FDM jetting, stereolithography and direct metal laser sintering potential, and other technologies. The firm rates Stratasys a Buy with a $44 price target on shares.
09:33 EDTINTC, MSFTActive equity options trading on open
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07:46 EDTPANWPalo Alto management to meet with Topeka
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07:38 EDTRADUBS to hold a conference
Healthcare Supply Channel & Tech Conference is being held in Boston on September 22.
07:29 EDTHPQHP coverage assumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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07:15 EDTMSFTCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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06:40 EDTINTCChip sector deal size up substantially in 2015, WSJ reports
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05:14 EDTMSFTIngram Micro to participate in Microsoft Cloud Solution program in India
Ingram Micro (IM) announced its participation in the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Solution Provider program in India. The program is designed to strengthen customer relationships and expand cloud sales by allowing channel partners to provision, bundle, invoice, manage and support Microsoft cloud offerings including Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure, and CRM online subscriptions with greater ease and efficiency.
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