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January 24, 2014
13:28 EDTBDSI, PG, KSU, MSFT, IGT, JNPROn 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 Managementís 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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January 26, 2016
10:17 EDTPGProcter & Gamble rallies, potential bullish pattern
The shares are rallying post-earnings with the stock last up over 3% to $79.28. At that price, the $80 level is next resistance. The $80 level marks the top of a potential bullish ascending triangle pattern. A breakout above $80 is required for the triangle to become active. Upside potential for the pattern over time, assuming it completes, would be to the $95 area.
09:32 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
09:18 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees Duracell deal on track to close this quarter
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09:13 EDTPGProcter & Gamble CFO sees 'significant opportunity' remaining in China
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08:39 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees delivering over $7B in cost of goods savings by end year
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08:26 EDTMSFTTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:04 EDTPGP&G backs FY16 constant currency core EPS growth of mid-to-high single digits
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07:02 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reports Q2 organic sales up 2%
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07:01 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reports Q2 core EPS $1.04, consensus 98c
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January 25, 2016
17:25 EDTMSFTQualcomm Ventures chief heading to Microsoft, Fortune says
Qualcomm (QCOM) Ventures chief Nagraj Kashyap will join the venture capital division of Microsoft (MSFT), reports Fortune, citing a statement from Kashyap. Reference Link
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:29 EDTPGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:37 EDTPGEarnings Watch: Stifel bullish on Procter & Gamble ahead of Q2 earnings report
Procter & Gamble (PG), a consumer packaged goods company, is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 98c on revenue of $16.94B. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $16.44B-$17.4B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Procter & Gamble reported first quarter core EPS of 98c on revenue of $16.53B, compared to analyst estimates of 95c and $17.17B, respectively. The company said that organic sales decreased 1% and that operating cash flow for the quarter was $3.5B. On its Q1 earnings conference call, the company said it expects top line growth to resume in Q2, with further strengthening in the back half of the quarter. Procter & Gamble also said that it had a "good start" to Q2, with October-to-date organic sales growth at the time of 3%. NEWS: On November 18, Procter & Gamble repeated its fiscal 2016 guidance in slides that were presented at the Morgan Stanley Global consumer and Retail Conference. The company backed its FY16 core EPS growth view of down slightly to up mid single digits. At the same conference, the company said it was "not averse" to looking at any option that creates value for stakeholders. On December 7, the Wall Street Journal reported that P&G was moving the lion's share of its media-buying and planning account in North America to Omnicom (OMC) Media Group. A week and a half later, Procter & Gamble, through its subsidiary Gillette, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Dollar Shave Club alleging that the discount shaving products company violated Gillette's intellectual property by selling infringing razors. On December 29, the Wall Street Journal reported that the consumer packaged goods company was discontinuing a sixth of its Olay products, reducing the Olay product line to roughly 120 products. On January 12, Coty (COTY) confirmed that ten P&G fragrance licenses will transfer to Coty upon regulatory approval and completion of the merger transaction, including Hugo Boss, Gucci, Lacoste, Bruno Banani, Escada, Mexx, James Bond, Gabriela Sabatini, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen. STREET RESEARCH: On January 19, Stifel upgraded Procter & Gamble to Buy from Hold with an $85 price target on shares, saying that it expects the company's sales and operating profit to accelerate as a result of market share gains and cost savings. Stifel added that it expects the company's multiple to rise as well. PRICE ACTION: Procter & Gamble shares are fractionally higher over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report, shares are down roughly 0.3% to $77.14.
12:22 EDTPGProcter & Gamble technical comments before earnings
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09:32 EDTMSFTApple Active equity options trading on open
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08:22 EDTMSFTMajesco and Microsoft announce favorable court judgment
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07:39 EDTKSUKansas City Southern price target lowered to $80 from $88 at UBS
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07:34 EDTKSURailroad stocks look attractive, says RBC Capital
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05:51 EDTPGOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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05:16 EDTPGHilton announces midscale brand Tru by Hilton
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