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January 24, 2014
16:18 EDTHLF, MLM, JNPR, KSU, TXI, MSFT, BDSIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower for the second straight session, with the averages accelerating their losses in the final minutes of trade to close at their lows. The Dow logged its worst one-day loss since the summer, while each of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq lost more than 2%. For the week, the Dow lost more than 3%, the S&P 500 lost more than 2.8%, and the Nasdaq lost more than 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little economic data of note was reported. In Europe, Fitch affirmed Germany's AAA sovereign credit rating with a stable outlook. In Argentina, the government said it would loosen its strict foreign exchange controls a day after it abandoned a long-standing policy of supporting the peso. The change in policy announced yesterday had resulted in an 11% drop in the Argentinian peso against the dollar, marking the currency's steepest plunge since 2002. In addition to Argentina's currency issues, the Turkish lira, the South African rand and the Russian ruble all hit new, multi-year lows. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) gained 76c, or 2.52%, to $36.96 after last night reporting earnings and revenue that surpassed consensus forecasts, aided by increased sales of its Surface tablet and strong holiday season sales of its Xbox gaming consoles. The tech giant, however, provided no update on the progress of its CEO search, which it has said it expects to complete in the first half of this year... IT infrastructure provider Juniper Networks (JNPR) gained $1.71, or 6.57%, to $27.72 after reporting better than expected results, announcing the pending release of a new operational plan, and activist investor JANA Partners backed Elliot Management's recent plans to unlock shareholder value at the company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Texas Industries (TXI), up $6.37, or 9.27%, to $75.06 after a report from Bloomberg said Martin Marietta Materials (MLM) is in talks to acquire the company. Also higher was BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI), up $3.16, or 50.56%, to $9.39 after announcing top-line results from of a study of a drug it is developing for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain in certain patients. Among the noteworthy losers was Kansas City Southern (KSU), down $17.79, or 15.17%, to $99.49 after the railroad operator reported weaker than expected results. Also lower was Herbalife (HLF), down another $5.56, or 8.89%, to $60.06 after losing more than 10% yesterday, with the New York Post today reporting that the company is being targeted as a pyramid scheme in the Chinese media. Year-to-date, Herbalife is among the market's worst performing stocks, down more than 22%. INDEXES: The Dow was down 318.24, or 1.96%, to 15.879.11; the S&P 500 was down 38.17, or 2.09%, to 1,790.29; the Nasdaq was down 90.70, or 2.15%, to 4,128.17.
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April 11, 2014
16:21 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in a session that saw the averages struggle for direction early before sellers gained control and pushed stocks lower through the second half of the session. With today's losses, the averages each finished the week with losses greater than 2%, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq losing 3% to close below 4,000 for the first time since early February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their quarterly results, and stocks, moving in opposite directions following the news. Dow member JPMorgan fell $2.10, or 3.66%, to $55.30 after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates. Shares of Wells gained 37c, or 0.78%, to $48.08 after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), up $6.02, or 8.09%, to $80.46 near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares fell 78c, or 2.74%, to $27.64. Also higher was Zygo (ZIGO), up $4.75, or 32.36%, to $19.43 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Among the noteworthy losers was Herbalife (HLF), down $8.36, or 13.97%, to $51.48 after a report late in the session from the Financial Times said the company is facing a criminal investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI regarding its business practices. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, down $3.29, or 20.58%, to $12.70 after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: The Dow was down 143.47, or 0.89%, to 16,026.75; the S&P 500 was down 17.39, or 0.95%, to 1,815.69; the Nasdaq was down 54.37, or 1.34%, to 3,999.73.
16:15 EDTHLFHerbalife says no knowledge of ongoing investigation by DoJ or FBI
Herbalife issued the following statement in response to media reports and rumors in the marketplace: "We have no knowledge of any ongoing investigation by the DoJ or the FBI, and we have not received any formal nor informal request for information from either agency. We take our public disclosure obligations very seriously. Herbalife does not intend to make any additional comments regarding this matter unless and until there are material developments."
16:07 EDTHLFHerbalife plunges on report of DOJ and FBI criminal probe
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15:54 EDTHLFNu Skin puts active after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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15:47 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active on criminal probe launched, FT says
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15:45 EDTHLFUsana, Nu Skin on lows after FT reports Herbalife facing criminal investigation
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15:39 EDTHLFU.S. DoJ, FBI launch criminal probe into Herbalife, FT says
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15:38 EDTHLFCriminal probe launched into Herbalife, FT says
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15:08 EDTHLFHerbalife bracing for 20/20 report on business practices, Gasparino says
On Twitter, Charlie Gasparino said, "FBN NEWS: $HLF bracing for news magazine @ABC2020 expose on company's business practices worried abt a new whistle blower." Reference Link
12:42 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
07:29 EDTJNPRNetwork security Q1 survey shows 'respectable' demand, says Jefferies
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06:08 EDTJNPRJuniper initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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05:59 EDTJNPRJuniper publishes 'High Alert' notice on security home page
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05:57 EDTJNPRCisco, Juniper say some products affected by Heartbleed bug, WSJ reports
Both Cisco (CSCO) and Juniper (JNPR) have disclosed that some of their products are affected by the Heartbleed bug, the Wall Street Journal reports. The companies say the security flaw affects routers, switches and firewalls used by businesses. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
17:04 EDTKSUKansas City Southern initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie
Target $100.
08:45 EDTJNPRPalo Alto upgraded at JMP Securities
As noted earlier, JMP Securities upgraded Palo Alto (PANW) to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm expects the company to benefit from the strength of its Advanced Persistent Threat service and strong demand for next generation firewall technology. JMP Securities also believes that the company's sales are tracking at least in-line with expectations this quarter, and is more confident that it will prevail in its court battle with Juniper (JNPR). Target $80.
08:44 EDTMSFTCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:00 EDTMSFTSony PS4 grants Hirai profit potential as risk decreases, Bloomberg says
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06:23 EDTMSFTIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
06:14 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may release server orders to Taiwan ODMs, DigiTimes reports
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