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April 11, 2013
16:26 EDTMSFT, FIRE, FTNT, RAD, BIOL, ACAD, HLF, HPQ, INTC, PANWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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 5, 2014
11:32 EDTINTCApple, Google, Adobe appeal court's rejection of hiring settlement, Reuters says
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09:10 EDTHLFHerbalife distributor claims fired for web sales, Seeking Alpha contributor says
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08:22 EDTINTCNVIDIA lawsuits likely to have positive outcome, says JMP Securities
After NVIDIA (NVDA) filed lawsuits against Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung, JMP Securities thinks there is a good chance that NVIDIA will obtain a favorable ruling or settlement that is equal or greater to the $1.5B deal it cut with Intel (INTC),. The firm thinks that other companies, most notably Apple (AAPL), will launch talks with NVIDIA in the wake of the lawsuit. JMP Securities recommends buying NVIDIA ahead of upcoming Apple product refreshes and what it sees as accelerating growth trends for NVIDIA. The firm is upbeat about NVIDIA's new products and reiterates an Outperform rating.
06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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06:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, competitors aim to halt Google EU agreement, Reuters says
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September 4, 2014
16:28 EDTHPQPMC-Sierra licenses HP Smart Array intellectual property
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13:56 EDTMSFTGetty Images files lawsuit against Microsoft over photo tool, Reuters reports
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09:06 EDTINTC, HPQHP, Intel, Dell announce creation of Redfish industry standard
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08:31 EDTRADRite Aid reports August SSS up 3.9%
For the five weeks ended Aug. 30, 2014, same store sales increased 3.9% over the prior-year period. August front-end same store sales increased 1.1%. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 219 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 5.2%. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7%over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the five-week period increased 3.7% to $2.515B compared to $2.425B for the same period last year. Prescription sales accounted for 69.3% of drugstore sales, and third party prescription sales represented 97.5% of pharmacy sales. Same store sales for the 13-week period ended Aug. 30, 2014 increased 4.1% over the prior-year period. Front-end same store sales increased 1.1% while pharmacy same store sales increased 5.6 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 3.7% over the prior-year period.
08:05 EDTPANWPalo Alto remains a top pick at Morgan Stanley
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07:31 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on September 4 hosted by Deutsche Bank
07:16 EDTPANWPalo Alto weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Palo Alto September 12 weekly call option implied volatility is at 63, September is at 51, October is at 46, December is at 41; compared to its 2-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on September 9.
06:40 EDTINTCApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTMSFTIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:03 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; WAG RAD
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September 3, 2014
11:34 EDTACADACADIA price target raised to $28.50 at Ladenburg after breakthrough status
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10:40 EDTPANW, FTNTAnalyst sees security 'spending frenzy' amid high-profile hacks
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08:34 EDTINTCIntel volatility increases as shares near 10-year high
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07:44 EDTINTCIntel management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Amsterdam/Milan on September 3 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:44 EDTPANW, FTNTSecurity market demand 'rapidly' improving, says Piper Jaffray
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