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January 24, 2014
16:18 EDTMLM, JNPR, KSU, TXI, MSFT, BDSI, HLFOn 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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December 9, 2014
07:22 EDTJNPRBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTJNPRJuniper initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush
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06:27 EDTMSFTSamsung, white-box makers to benefit from Microsoft Mobile exit, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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07:01 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences completes randomization in trial of clonidine topical gel
BioDelivery Sciences announced that it has completed the randomization of all patients in BDSI's ongoing initial pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for Clonidine Topical Gel for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy. BDSI anticipates that topline results of the study will be available by the end of March 2015. The Phase 3 trial is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to determine the efficacy and safety of Clonidine Topical Gel in the treatment of pain associated with PDN. In the trial, known as the RHAPSODY Study, subjects were randomized to receive either Clonidine Topical Gel or a placebo gel. Two hundred and sixty three adult subjects were randomized into the 12 week double-blind treatment phase of the study. This is the first of two pivotal trials that would be required for submission of a New Drug Application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA has granted Fast Track designation for the program, which recognizes the need of developing new therapies for this serious condition. BDSI plans to begin the second Phase 3 study during the first quarter of 2015.
December 5, 2014
16:52 EDTMSFTDow just below 18K as market finishes week with gains
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07:46 EDTMSFTCIO survey results favorable for Microsoft, says Pacific Crest
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December 4, 2014
16:27 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft advances after analyst hikes target on upbeat earnings forecast
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12:22 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly lower despite relatively in-line jobless claims data, as European markets moved down following a rate decision and accompanying commentary from ECB President Mario Draghi. Adding to the modest pressure seen in morning trading may be the fact that oil prices continue to move lower. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 17K to 297K in the week ended November 29, which was nearly in-line with the expectation for 295K first-time claims. Challenger reported announced layoffs fell 15.2K in November to 35.9K. In Europe, the European Central Bank kept its key rates unchanged, as expected. ECB President Mario Draghi said in his accompanying press conference that the latest euro area macroeconomic projections indicate lower inflation, accompanied by weaker real GDP growth and subdued monetary dynamics. Additionally, he stated that early next year the Governing Council will reassess the monetary stimulus achieved, the expansion of the balance sheet and the outlook for price developments. "Should it become necessary to further address risks of too prolonged a period of low inflation, the Governing Council remains unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional instruments within its mandate. This would imply altering early next year the size, pace and composition of our measures," Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes and Noble (BKS) slid about 10% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and said it continues to expect both Retail comparable bookstore sales and Retail Core comparable bookstore sales to decline in the low-single digits this fiscal year. Additionally, Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to terminate their commercial agreement and B&N agreed to acquire Microsoft's entire preferred interest in NOOK Media in exchange for $62.4M cash and 2.74M shares of its stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hawaiian Electric (HE), which jumped 16% after its board approved a plan to spin off ASB Hawaii, the parent company for American Savings Bank, and establish it as an independent publicly traded company and NextEra Energy (NEE) agreed to acquire the company, excluding the banking subsidiary. Array BioPharma (ARRY) rose 15% after announcing it has reached a definitive agreement with Novartis (NVS) to regain full worldwide rights to binimetinib, a MEK inhibitor in three Phase 3 trials, which Piper Jaffray called a "big win" for the company. Among the noteworthy losers was UTi Worldwide (UTIW), which fell 11.5% after confirming that exploratory conversations have taken place with DSV, but adding those discussions never progressed beyond a preliminary stage and that no talks are currently taking place. Also lower were shares of Express (EXPR), which declined over 9% after the apparel retailer reported lower than expected Q3 revenue and gave EPS guidance that fell short of estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 53.56, or 0.3%, to 17,859.06, the Nasdaq was down 2.80, or 0.06%, to 4,771.67, and the S&P 500 was down 5.49, or 0.26%, to 2,068.84.
11:57 EDTHLFStocks with call strike movement; CLF HLF
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10:08 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble says Pearson continues to have 5% interest in Nook Media LLC
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08:46 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to pay $62.4M, 2.74M shares for Microsoft Nook stake
08:44 EDTMSFTBarnes & Noble to acquire preferred interest in NOOK Media from Microsoft
Barnes & Noble (BKS) filed a Form 8-K with the SEC stating that Barnes & Noble and Microsoft (MSFT) have agreed to terminate their commercial agreement including any associated obligations for international content acquisition and sale. Such termination will allow the company to continue its rationalization of the NOOK Digital business and enhances Barnes & Noble’s operational and strategic flexibility. The termination also relieves Microsoft of any obligation to continue to fund support and other payments set forth in the commercial agreement between the partners. Additionally, the company stated that it had entered into an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its entire preferred interest in NOOK Media, LLC. As a result of today’s announcement, Barnes & Noble expects that the completion of the potential separation of the company's businesses could occur by the end of August 2015, although there can be no assurances regarding the timing of such potential separation or that such separation will be completed.
07:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft price target raised to $56 from $50 at Nomura
Nomura raised Microsoft's price target to $56 to reflect the new Board's potential return of cash to shareholders. The analyst believes the Board is looking at several scenarios that include a leveraged recapitalization to buy back half its stock over a multi-year period, to a more likely, 5%-10% repurchase of shares. The firm rates shares a Buy.
07:17 EDTJNPRFBR Capital to hold a bus tour
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05:21 EDTJNPRJuniper, VMware collaborate on cloud in APAC
Juniper Networks (JNPR) and VMware (VMW) have kick-started a joint Asia Pacific, or APAC, strategy aimed at accelerating the adoption of private cloud solutions by enterprises across APAC. The announcement builds on last year's expansion of the two companies' global technology partnership to deliver joint marketing and sales activities and interoperable products to support simple integration of the VMware NSX network virtualization platform with Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture for virtualized data center networking in APAC. The global market for private cloud services is forecasted to grow at a compound annual rate of 22% over the period 2013-2018 according to TechNavio. Yet the implementation and management of virtual infrastructures, together with network latency, are among the leading pain-points cited by CIOs across the APAC region. The partnership between Juniper Networks and VMware represents a shared commitment to delivering simplified, flexible solutions that enable customers to more easily realize the benefits of network virtualization and SDN as their business needs evolve.
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