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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.
News For MSFT;PG;JNPR;KSU;BDSI;IGT From The Last 14 Days
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October 13, 2014
07:15 EDTMSFTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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October 10, 2014
10:09 EDTJNPRJuniper falls after earnings warning, levels to watch
Shares are down over 6% to $19.68 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $19 and then at $18.56. Resistance is at $20.49.
10:01 EDTBDSIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:47 EDTJNPRJuniper results could rebound in 2015, says Wells Fargo
After Juniper negatively preannounced its Q3 results, Wells Fargo thinks improved carrier spending, continued enterprise share gains and restructuring efforts could enable the company's results to improve in 2015. The firm cut its price target on the stock to $25-$27 from $28-$30. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:27 EDTJNPRJuniper price target lowered to $27 from $29 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Juniper to $27 from $29 following the company's negative pre-announcement. The company cited lower than anticipated U.S. demand and UBS believes the downside earnings risk is limited by lower operating expenses and lower variable compensation. UBS maintains its Buy rating on Juniper.
07:03 EDTJNPRJuniper price target lowered to $25 from $29.50 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Juniper after the company lowered its Q3 guidance. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
06:02 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital
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October 9, 2014
18:47 EDTJNPROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Helen of Troy (HELE), up 3%... Barracuda Networks (CUDA), up marginally after reporting second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (SCMP), up 19.2% after announcing settlement agreement resolving patent litigation on AMITIZA... Civeo (CVEO), up 15% after Greenlight Capital reported a 9.99% stake in the company... EXCO Resources (XCO), up 10.6% after T. Boone Pickens says that company approached by buyers, reported by Bloomberg... EXACT Sciences (EXAS), up 3.7% after announcing final national coverage determination for Cologuard... US Ecology (ECOL), up 2.5% following announcement that it will replace Measurement Specialties (MEAS) in S&P 600. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Procera Networks (PKT), down 19.3%... Sizmek (SZMK), down 13.9% following third quarter revenue guidance... VOXX International (VOXX), down 12.5%... Knowles (KN), down 8.1% after lowering third quarter guidance... Microchip (MCHP), down 8.2% after lowering second quarter guidance... Juniper Networks (JNPR), down 3.6% after lowering third quarter outlook. ALSO LOWER: GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), down 23.3% following a Bloomberg report that it will as to wind down sapphire operations.
16:20 EDTJNPRJuniper down 5% after lowering Q3 outlook
16:17 EDTJNPRJuniper reports preliminary Q3 adjusted EPS 34c-36c, consensus 38c
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13:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says committed to Surface Pro 3
Microsoft's Brian Hall acknowledged in a post to the company's Surface blog that the company has recently received a lot of interest and questions from businesses about Microsoft’s longer-term commitment to Surface is in businesses of all sizes. Surface Pro 3 will continue to support Windows 8.1 and be upgrade-able when Windows 10 is released, Hall stated. Hall also announced a limited-time Surface Laptop Replacement Bundle that provides up to $150 off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station when purchased together, available through Microsoft's authorized resellers in the U.S. starting immediately. "Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay," Hall, the General Manager for Surface, stated in concluding the blog post. The Fly notes that DigiTimes, citing sources from the upstream supply chain, reported earlier that Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for the Surface Pro 3. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTMSFTSony moves step further toward sale of PS4 in China, WSJ says
Sony (SNE), which seeks to join Microsoft (MSFT) in selling video game consoles in China, may see a partner company start packaging its consoles in the nation in December, said The Wall Street Journal, citing a filing posted by a Sony local partner on the official website of Shanghai’s free-trade zone. A Sony spokesperson said the facility's ability to package 200,000 consoles a year, which was communicated in the filing, does not represent an actual business plan and declined to comment further on Sony’s plans. Reference Link
08:53 EDTMSFTAbout 1,000 workers went on strike for several hours at Foxconn plant, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO admits 'mistakes' with Windows 8, Business Insider reports
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:31 EDTMSFTFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:24 EDTMSFTMicrosoft rumored to cancel Surface tablet business, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft may be planning to cancel the Surface tablet business as it continues to see weak sales for its Surface Pro 3 tablet, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the first and second generation Surface tablets are estimated to have created losses of about $1.7B. Reference Link
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