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January 24, 2014
13:28 EDTMSFT, PG, JNPR, KSU, BDSI, IGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The Wall Street averages were all lower at midday for a third straight session, with the Dow again registering a triple-digit loss despite post-earnings advances from Microsoft (MSFT) and Procter & Gamble (PG). The U.S. market began the session deeply in negative territory, taking its lead from emerging markets, which took a beating overnight. The market seemed to have found a level early on, but the selling momentum eventually increased, pushing the Dow down about 200 points near noon. The long awaited correction appears to be occurring after the market put in one of its best yearly performances ever in 2013. 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: After last night's close, Microsoft reported earnings and revenue that surpassed the consensus forecast of analysts. Helping to power its performance were increased sales of its Surface tablet, strong holiday season sales of its Xbox game systems and the company "[continuing] to take share" from competitors as customers transition to the cloud. Shares of the tech giant gained about 3%... Fellow Dow component Procter & Gamble was vying with Microsoft to be the top gainer on the blue-chip index with its own post-earnings advance of nearly 3%. The consumer goods maker reported sales that were just a hair below expectations and profits that narrowly exceeded the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Juniper Networks (JNPR), which rallied 7% after the company reported better than expected results, announced the pending release of a new operational plan and activist investor Jana Partners backed Elliot Management’s recent plan to unlock shareholder value at the company. Also higher was BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI), which surged 33% 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), which fell over 13% after the railroad operator reported weaker than expected results. Also lower were shares of International Game Technology (IGT), which fell nearly 13% after its results disappointed and the company said that the lower end of its previously announced guidance range is more likely, with potential further downside risk. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 200.08, or 1.24%, to 15,997.27, the Nasdaq was down 66.08, or 1.57%, to 4,152.80, and the S&P 500 was down 24.30, or 1.33%, to 1,804.16.
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July 17, 2014
15:26 EDTKSUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 39c; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.36; Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 56c; Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 83c; V.F. Corporation (VFC), consensus 35c; Kansas City Southern (KSU), consensus $1.17; Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.55.
13:20 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios, Re/code reports
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13:18 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:12 EDTIGTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTIGTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
10:00 EDTIGTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTIGTInternational Game downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
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09:15 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
08:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft shifting some Nokia X designs to Lumia products running Windows
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08:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says plans to have fewer layers of management
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08:25 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says decision to change "difficult, but necesary"
In am email to Microsoft employees on the integration of Nokia Devices and Services, CEO Satya Nadella said "The first step to building the right organization for our ambitions is to realign our workforce. With this in mind, we will begin to reduce the size of our overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. Of that total, our work toward synergies and strategic alignment on Nokia Devices and Services is expected to account for about 12,500 jobs, comprising both professional and factory workers. We are moving now to start reducing the first 13,000 positions, and the vast majority of employees whose jobs will be eliminated will be notified over the next six months. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas... Our workforce reductions are mainly driven by two outcomes: work simplification as well as Nokia Devices and Services integration synergies and strategic alignment. First, we will simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability, become more agile and move faster. As part of modernizing our engineering processes the expectations we have from each of our disciplines will change. In addition, we plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers... Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences. In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows." Reference Link
08:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut 18K jobs, sees restructuring charge of $1.1B-$1.6B
Microsoft announced a restructuring plan to simplify its operations and align the recently acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company's overall strategy. These steps will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 professional and factory positions will be eliminated through synergies and strategic alignment of the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft on April 25. The actions associated with the plan are expected to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1B-$1.6B over the next four quarters, including $750M-$800M for severance and related benefit costs, and $350M-$800M of asset-related charges.
08:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut 18K jobs, sees pretax charge of $1.1B-$1.6B
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08:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Xbox One sales more than double in June from prior month
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07:45 EDTPGAs Americans age, Procter & Gamble returns to adult diaper market, WSJ says
Procter & Gamble (PG) is expected in the coming months to re-enter the North American adult diaper market that it had exited over a decade ago, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing several retailers and analysts. Rival Kimberly-Clark's (KMB) CEO recently told investors at a conference that demand for its Huggies training pants has been weakening while sales of incontinence products have been growing steadily, the report noted. Reference Link
07:35 EDTIGTInternational Game downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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05:58 EDTIGTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
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05:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft layoffs could be announced today, NY Times reports
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05:32 EDTIGTInternational Game upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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