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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTUNH, DRC, MSFT, SIEGY, YUM, MAT, SNDKOn 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.
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January 21, 2015
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q4 EPS $1.30, consensus $1.27
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15:27 EDTSNDKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
15:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils holographic goggle prototype, Wired reports
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15:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk January weekly 79 straddle priced for 6% movement into Q4
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15:07 EDTSNDKEarnings Preview: Sandisk reports after cutting revenue forecast
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.27 on revenue of $1.73B. The consensus range is $1.15-$1.62 for EPS on revenue of $1.72B-$1.73B, according to First Call. On January 12, SanDisk cut its revenue outlook for Q4 to $1.73B from $1.8B-$1.85B. It added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. LAST QUARTER: On October 16, SanDisk reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share of $1.45 and revenue of $1.75B, compared to expectations of $1.33 and $1.77B, respectively. At that time, SanDisk president and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said demand for NAND flash continued to be strong across mobile, client and enterprise. On its Q3 earnings call, SanDisk said it was on track for Fusion-io to add to earnings in the second half of fiscal 2015. STREET RESEARCH: On the day of SanDisk's revenue warning, Needham downgraded SanDisk to Hold from Buy, citing the gross margin decline in the company's negative Q4 pre-announcement. Summit Research also downgraded SanDisk to Hold that day, while SanDisk was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton the next day. Piper Jaffray, however, viewed SanDisk's lowered Q4 revenue outlook as a "near-term reset" and said it continues to expect "solid ongoing demand" for NAND into 2016. Piper says its long-term thesis on shares of SanDisk remains unchanged. It lowered its price target for shares to $105 and $106 and reiterated an Overweight rating on the stock. Yesterday, Nomura downgraded SanDisk to Reduce from Neutral to reflect worsening product mix as removables continue to decline. The firm, which lowered its price target on the stock to $65 from $70, also noted the company's tough embedded comps and low dividend yield. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, shares of SanDisk have declined about 9.5%. Since January 1, SanDisk shares are down about 18%. Ahead of tonight's report, SanDisk is up almost 2% to $80.23 in afternoon trading.
14:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk technical notes before earnings
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12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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09:16 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: Employer & Individual revenues decreased to $43B in 2014
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06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: ACA negatively impacted FY earnings by $1.00 per share
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY15 EPS $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.17
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q4 EPS $1.55, consensus $1.50
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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07:17 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura
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