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February 4, 2014
16:39 EDTBRO, KORS, DNB, TTWO, YUM, MSFT, JCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, bouncing back a bit following yesterday's sharp sell-off. The averages opened higher, led by gains in the tech-heavy Nasdaq, which added nearly 1% for the session. Despite gains, the averages recouped less than half of yesterday's decline. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders dropped 1.5% in December, versus expectations for a 1.8% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) shares fell 13c, or 0.36%, to $36.35 after the company promoted the head of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, to Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Nadella's promotion, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, make him the tech giant's third CEO. Bill Gates, one of the company's founders and formerly chairman of its board, will assume a new role as Technology Advisor and devote more time to the company, with lead independent director John Thompson taking over as chairman... Embattled retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) fell 60c, or 10.56%, to $5.08 despite reporting comparable store sales that grew 3.1% during the Holiday period. Deutsche Bank said it believes investors were expecting a positive low-single digit gain in same-store sales and it does not view today's press release as material to the J.C. Penney story, while Sterne Agee cut its price target on the retailer's shares to $3 from $9. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was luxury goods maker Michael Kors (KORS), which advanced $13.24, or 17.27%, to $89.91 after the company's third quarter results soundly beat analysts' expectations and several analyst firms raised their price targets on the stock. Also higher following their quarterly report was Yum! Brands (YUM), up $5.90, or 8.92%, to $72.06 after the Taco Bell and KFC owner reported adjusted profit that beat estimates and affirmed its fiscal 2014 earnings outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following disappointing earnings reports were Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), down $10.88, or 10.22%, to $95.58, and Brown & Brown (BRO), down $2.40, or 7.82%, to $28.28. Also lower was Take-Two (TTWO), which fell $1.84, or 9.74%, to $17.06. The video game maker reported better-than-expected results though issued guidance for the current quarter that missed expectations and analysts were generally downbeat about the company's outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 72.44, or 0.47%, to 15,445.24, the Nasdaq was up 34.56, or 0.86%, to 4,031.52, and the S&P 500 was up 13.31, or 0.76%, to 1,755.20.
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January 16, 2015
05:45 EDTTTWODecember NPD video game software sales dropped 2%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes December NPD video game software sales fell 2% year-over-year, with the full quarter down 6% and 2014 down 13%. Piper attributes the declines to legacy weakness and a portion of sales shifting to full-game downloads. The firm expects software growth in 2015 and maintains Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
January 15, 2015
19:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Xbox wins holiday retail fight against PS4, Re/code reports
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17:07 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
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15:13 EDTMSFTQihoo 360, Microsoft announce advertising alliance in China, TechWeb says
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09:42 EDTKORSMichael Kors mentioned positively at OTR Global
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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06:27 EDTMSFTIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
10:55 EDTYUMYum! Brands calls active amid speculation of an activist investor stake
Yum! Brands January 72 and 72.5 calls are active on total call volume of 7,600 contracts (900 puts) amid speculation of an activist investor stake. January call option implied volatility is at 32, February is at 31, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:51 EDTYUMRumor: Yum! Brands moves up amid speculation of an activist investor stake
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08:35 EDTYUMBoulder Brands announces partnership with Pizza Hut
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06:14 EDTMSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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10:17 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 12, 2015
10:15 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: NBIX APOL NPSP BBBY INFY JCP MU TIF
09:13 EDTYUMRBC Capital events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
08:55 EDTYUMBofA/Merrill events at 17th Annual ICR XChange Conference
Company Meetings to be held at the ICR XChange Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 12-13.
08:05 EDTMSFTGameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream game content, promotional materials
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07:35 EDTJCPNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:35 EDTJCPObama to press for law requiring disclosure of hacking, NY Times says
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