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April 11, 2013
16:26 EDTFIRE, BIOL, HPQ, FTNT, ACAD, INTC, PANW, RAD, HLF, MSFTOn 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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January 28, 2016
08:04 EDTMSFTHarman CEO: On track to deliver full year plan
"I am pleased to announce our 11th consecutive quarter of top and bottom line growth. Our strong first half results were in-line with our expectations. While we are closely monitoring macroeconomic developments, at this time, we are on track to deliver on our full year plan," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman (HAR) Chairman, President and CEO. "HARMAN continues to innovate and bring industry-first solutions to market. We are also partnering with key technology leaders such as Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Under Armour (UA) to capitalize on the opportunities presented by IoT for automotive, enterprise and consumer electronics. In addition, our acquisition of TowerSec will strengthen our cybersecurity leadership position for automotive."
06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
05:20 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ODP
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 63, Office Depot (ODP) 94 according to iVolatility.
January 27, 2016
13:47 EDTMSFTVMware tanks after providing lower guidance amid Cloud transition
Shares of virtualization software maker VMware (VMW) are falling after providing guidance, confirming layoffs and announcing executive changes. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, the software company that is 80% owned by EMC (EMC) and provides software for corporate data centers, announced fourth quarter financial results while confirming earlier reports of layoffs and announcing a new chief financial officer. VMware, along with parent company EMC, is in the midst of a proposed acquisition by Dell. The company's Q4 earnings per share and revenue came in at $1.26 and $1.87B, respectively, slightly better than analysts were expecting; however, the company's view for fiscal year 2016 EPS and revenue of $4.07-$4.16 and $6.8B-$6.9B, respectively, were well below the $4.20 and $7.21B analysts are expecting. VMware also guided first quarter EPS to 83c-85c, also below analysts' 92c consensus. Along with its results, the company confirmed earlier reports that it intended to reduce its workforce by 800 and plans to take a charge of between $55M-$65M related to this action over the course of the first half of 2016. The company also announced that its CFO Jonathan Chadwick is leaving and will be replaced by EMC CFO Zane Rowe. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call discussing its earnings, VMware company referred to its growth in "emerging" products and businesses including NSX and User Computing and Virtual SAN, all of which grew strongly over the quarter. The company said it hopes its newer products are picking up the slack due to the declining growth in its mature "compute products." Pat Gelsinger, VMware's chief executive officer, "We recognize that our blockbuster compute products are reaching maturity and will represent a decreasing portion of our business going forward." The company is upgrading its Cloud strategy to better compete with leaders like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT), which provide Cloud services via the internet and make the corporate data center that VMware focuses on less necessary. ANALYSTS' VIEWS: Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded VMware to Hold and lowered his price target for the shares to $40 from $80 following the company's quarterly results. The company's business will get worse before it gets better, Nandury told investors in a research note. Another downgrade came from research firm Baird's analyst Jayson Noland, who cut his rating on VMware to Neutral and lowered his price target to $60 from $80. Noland said the core vSphere business is facing incremental public cloud headwinds and substantial uncertainty related to the Class V common stock being issued to finance the EMC acquisition. Providing a more constructive view was UBS who said the current valuation levels of VMware offer a significant opportunity for patient investors. The firm noted the company will temper spending and focus on leveraging public clouds, which should provide a tailwind to both capital and operating expenditures. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $72 price target on VMware. PRICE ACTION: Shares of VMware are down approximately 40% since the Dell-EMC deal was announced last October and are down over 9% to $44.84 in afternoon trading. OTHERS TO WATCH. Other companies in the cloud computing space include Amazon, Microsoft and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
12:02 EDTMSFTBox, Microsoft expand alliance to deliver better cloud experiences
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10:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces launch of News Pro app
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07:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:04 EDTINTCThe Deal to hold a virtual roundtable
The "Internet of Things: Dealmaking" roundtable discussion about opportunities in IoT which is driving growth and M&A in sectors from telecom, software groups and device makers, will be held on January 27 at 1 pm. Webcast Link
05:27 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF HLT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Herbalife (HLF) 61, Hilton (HLT) 51 according to iVolatility.
January 26, 2016
18:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft executive: Surface glitch during NFL game caused by stadium error
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17:09 EDTHLFIndus Capital Partners reports 7.9% passive stake in Herbalife
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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11:13 EDTMSFTActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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10:34 EDTMSFTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
10:32 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: CLDX SNDK GMCR RAD
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10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
09:32 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
08:26 EDTMSFTTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
05:57 EDTFTNTFortinet downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Imtiaz Koujalgi downgraded Fortinet to Hold saying his Q4 channel checks indicated a slowdown in momentum. The analyst sees downside risk to expectations and cut his price target for the shares to $34 from $49.
05:15 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AXP INTC
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; American Express (AXP) 28, Intel (INTC) 27 according to iVolatility.
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