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July 17, 2014
13:18 EDTAN, DRC, MSFT, MAT, EBAY, SNDK, SIEGY, UNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there for most of the morning. The averages recaptured most of their losses and the Dow made it across the flat line and briefly into positive territory by mid-morning, but around the time the European markets closed reports surfaced that a Malaysian passenger jet crashed on the Russian-Ukraine border. The averages fell quickly but have since pared their losses as speculation runs rampant as to whether the jet was shot down or crashed due to an accident. 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. Notably, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Ministry said a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet carrying more than 200 people crashed while flying over eastern Ukraine, near its border with Russia. A report claimed that 23 U.S. citizens were killed in the crash. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) advanced 2% after the tech giant 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 12.5% after Germany's Manager Magazin reported that Siemens (SIEGY) is working with Lazard on a takeover bid for the company. Also higher following their earnings reports were Dow member Unitedhealth (UNH), which rose more than 3%, and eBay (EBAY), which gained about 2%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were SanDisk (SNDK), which fell over 12%, Mattel (MAT), which slid 6%, and AutoNation (AN), which dropped 6% as well. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 17.82, or 0.1%, to 17,120.38, the Nasdaq was down 22.16, or 0.5%, to 4,403.81, and the S&P 500 was down 5.69, or 0.29%, to 1,975.88.
News For MSFT;UNH;EBAY;DRC;SIEGY;MAT;AN;SNDK From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
10:00 EDTMATOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:02 EDTMSFTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
16:14 EDTMATMattel initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
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09:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft dividend raise likely to be modest, says Citi
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09:16 EDTEBAYNew Relic, Magneto announce expansion of partnership
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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
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:04 EDTANAutoNation to acquire sixteen stores from Carl Gregory and Valley Motors
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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.
06:08 EDTEBAYeBay expected to announce sale of some of Snapdeal stake, Re/code reports
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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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13:05 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI (pre-open)
Pre-open, Evercore ISI initiated eBay with a Hold rating and $28 price target. The firm sees balanced potential catalysts against a fundamental story that remains challenged due to increased competitive pressures.
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.
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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