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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTMAT, SNDK, UNH, DRC, MSFT, SIEGY, YUMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory, though the averages recaptured most of their losses and the Dow made it briefly into positive territory by mid-morning. Late in the morning reports surfaced of a downed jet on the Russia-Ukraine border and investors moved to the sidelines expecting to hear terrorism was the reason. With speculation bouncing between the potential for an accident and an act of aggression, the market grew weak. Late afternoon reports of a ground invasion of the Gaza strip by Israel coincided with the market taking another leg lower and the averages ended the trading day near their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims dipped 3K to 302K in the week ended July 12. Housing starts dropped 9.3% to a 893K rate in July, while building permits declined 4.2% to a 963K rate. Both were expected to rise to rates over 1M. The Philly Fed manufacturing index climbed 6.1 points to 23.9 in July, beating expectations for it to have dipped to 16.0. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) advanced 45c, or 1.02%, to $44.53 after the company announced a plan to simplify its operations, which will result in the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs over the next year. Of that total, over two-thirds will come from positions to be eliminated at the phone business Microsoft recently purchased from Nokia. In an email to Microsoft employees on the integration of Nokia and the broad restructuring, CEO Satya Nadella said the decision to change was "difficult, but necessary" and will result in the company having fewer layers of management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dresser-Rand (DRC), which jumped $7.58, or 12.55%, to $68.00 after Germany's Manager Magazin reported that Siemens (SIEGY) is working with Lazard on a takeover bid for the company. Also higher following its earnings reports was Dow member Unitedhealth (UNH), which rose $1.35, or 1.61%, to $85.11. Shares of SanDisk (SNDK) fell $14.62, or 13.56%, to $93.21 the flash memory manufacturer's third quarter revenue outlook trailed analystsí consensus estimates. Also lower after their earnings reports were Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $5.70, or 6.89%, to $77.01, and Mattel (MAT), which dropped $2.57, or 6.58%, to $36.46. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 161.39, or 0.94%, to 16,976.81, the Nasdaq fell 62.52, or 1.41%, to 4,363.45, and the S&P 500 retreated 23.45, or 1.18%, to 1,958.12.
News For MSFT;SNDK;YUM;DRC;MAT;SIEGY;UNH From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
16:14 EDTMATMattel initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
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13:23 EDTYUMOptions with increasing call volume
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10:23 EDTYUMYum! gets a boost from China CEO change, sales commentary
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09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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09:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands leadership change positive, says Bernstein
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06:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to buy Mesophere, The Information reports
Microsoft has made an approach to Mesophere to buy the cloud-computing software startup, The Information reports, citing two sources briefed on the talks. A deal that could be worth about $1B, the report says. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:32 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:34 EDTYUMYum! Brands appoints Micky Pant CEO of China Division
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTUNHMagellan Iowa loss largely priced into shares, says Jefferies
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07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform on industry capex increases at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk two notches to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $40 from $75. The firm is more cautious on the memory chip sector given new developments of SK Group's "significantly higher capex budget" and Micron's unexpected FY16 capex hike. BofA/Merrill said excess capacity is now a concern and cut long-term earnings estimates for most memory chip stocks.
August 17, 2015
16:12 EDTUNHMagellan drops after Iowa picks four others for Medicaid
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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15:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth up 2.4% after being awarded Iowa healthcare contract
15:55 EDTUNHWellCare, Amerigroup, UnitedHealth, AmeriHealth awarded Iowa healthcare contract
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11:11 EDTSNDKAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
10:55 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
07:39 EDTMSFTTMC to hold a conference
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