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February 4, 2014
12:28 EDTMSFT, KORS, JCP, TTWO, FURX, PSMIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, bouncing back after yesterday's sell-off, which was one of the worst in quite some time. Yesterday's decline came on the heels of a dismal January, during which the market put in its worst monthly performance since May 2012. The major averages are higher across the board, but have not regained even half of what was lost yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders dropped 1.5% in December, versus expectations for a 1.8% decline. COMPANY NEWS: As had been predicted in various technology blogs in recent days, Microsoft (MSFT) promoted the head of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Satya Nadella, to take over as Chief Executive Officer for the departing Steve Ballmer. Bill Gates, one of the company's founders and formerly its chairman of the board, will assume a new role as Technology Advisor and will devote more time to the company, with lead independent director for the board John Thompson taking over as chairman... Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) briefly rallied after the company reported its comparable store sales grew 3.1% during the Holiday period, but reversed and moved into negative ground shortly after the opening bell. 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. J.C. Penney shares declined over 9% near midday following the sales update. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was luxury goods maker Michael Kors (KORS), which soared 18% higher after the company's third quarter results soundly beat analysts' expectations. Also higher was Furiex Pharmaceuticals (FURX), whose shares more than doubled after the company’s two Phase III trials evaluating its drug for the treatment of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome met both the FDA and the European Medicines Agency formally agreed-upon primary endpoints. Among the noteworthy losers was Peregrine Semiconducter (PSMI), which fell 17% after reporting a steeper than expected quarterly loss and being downgraded at Needham and JPMorgan. Also lower following an earnings report that prompted multiple downgrades was Take-Two Interactive (TTWO), which fell 9% despite reporting earnings that beat expectations and raising its profit outlook for the year. Wedbush downgraded Take-Two to Neutral from Outperform due to lack of visibility and said investors should be cautious about the product pipeline, while Benchmark Co. lowered its rating on the stock to Hold. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 101.96, or 0.66%, to 15,474.76, the Nasdaq was up 42.93, or 1.07%, to 4,039.89, and the S&P 500 was up 15.33, or 0.88%, to 1,757.22.
News For MSFT;KORS;JCP;TTWO;FURX;PSMI From The Last 14 Days
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October 15, 2014
06:32 EDTMSFTTablet supply chains expect lagging orders in Q4, DigiTimes reports
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October 14, 2014
09:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft may want to consider split, says BGC Financial
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08:46 EDTJCPHome Depot announces resignation of Marvin Ellison as EVP - U.S. Stores
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07:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney new CEO may not have expertise in right areas, says Wells Fargo
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06:46 EDTMSFTFirm indicates vulnerability in Microsoft Windows used by Russian hackers
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says hit 1M registrants to test Windows 10 preview version
Microsoft says on its Windows blog that it hit 1M registrants for the Windows Insider Program to test the preview version of Windows 10. The company says it has received 200,000 items of user feedback. Reference Link
05:48 EDTKORSMichael Kors initiated with a Hold at Stifel
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October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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16:28 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
16:04 EDTMSFTSkullcandy announces two ASTRO headsets compatible with Xbox One
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13:10 EDTMSFTGoogle's Schmidt says Amazon is company's biggest search rival, FT reports
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google (GOOG), says Amazon (AMZN) is his company's biggest rival in search, not Bing (MSFT) or Yahoo (YHOO), the Financial Times reports. Schmidt also argued in Berlin that Google should not be regulated "as if it were the gatekeeper of the internet," given the influence of Amazon and Facebook (FB). Reference Link
12:16 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
12:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney risk/reward remains balanced, says RW Baird
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10:12 EDTJCPHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that Microsoft's cloud business continues to grow, and it expects adoption of the company's cloud products to accelerate this quarter. The firm reiterates a $56 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
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