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February 11, 2013
12:05 EDTNDAQ, HEK, NVO, SNY, REGN, GOOG, HD, BBRY, AAPL, GMCROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday with the averages moving in a narrow range as earnings season nears a close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Europe, a meeting of finance ministers of the countries using the euro convened, with the strength of the shared currency, how to handle a bailout for Cyprus and progress in Greece likely to be discussed. In Asia, Chinese and Japanese markets were closed for holidays... COMPANY NEWS: Google (GOOG) slid about 1% after Chairman Eric Schmidt disclosed plans to sell 3.2M of the shares he holds, valued at $2.5B... Apple (AAPL) iPhones will replace Blackberry (BBRY) handsets for Home Depot (HD) managers and corporate staffers, according to a blog report. Shares of Apple rose nearly 2% amid that and the usual torrent of other news surrounding the world's biggest tech company, including rumors of a new "iWatch" that is under development. Its strength may have also been related to continued speculation around what, if anything, CEO Tim Cook may announce tomorrow in terms of plans to return capital to shareholders... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nasdaq (NDAQ), which jumped over 5% after Charles Gasparino of Fox Business said the company held "going private" talks with Carlyle Group (CG) that broke down but may resume. Also higher was Regeneron (REGN), which rose 4% after it disclosed that its partner Sanofi (SNY) plans to raises its stake by purchasing Regeneron shares. Sanofi was also higher by 3%, but that may have had more to do with the FDA directing Novo Nordisk (NVO) to carry out a new study on its competing insulin product prior to U.S. approval. Novo Nordisk shares fell 14% following the FDA decision. Also lower were shares of Heckmann (HEK), which declined 8% following a downgrade at Wedbush, and Green Mountain (GMCR), which slid 4% after a downgrade at Dougherty... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 17.32, or 0.12%, to 13,975.65; the Nasdaq was down 2.60, or 0.08%, to 3,191.27; and the S&P 500 was down 0.65, or 0.04%, to 1,517.28.
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August 19, 2014
06:01 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q2 SSS up 5.8%; US comp sales up 6.4%
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06:01 EDTHDHome Depot reports Q2 EPS $1.52, consensus $1.45
Reports Q2 revenue $23.81B, consensus $23.61B
05:57 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer accounts to children under 13, WSJ reports
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August 18, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPL, HDOptions Update; August 18, 2014
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15:26 EDTHDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTHDHome Depot August weekly 83.5 straddle priced for 2.3% move into Q2
14:32 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:22 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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14:14 EDTHDHome Depot technical notes ahead of earnings
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13:12 EDTGOOGMicrosoft getting ready to launch Chromebook challengers, 9to5Google says
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11:39 EDTHDHome Depot weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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11:25 EDTHDEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
10:52 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces new technology unit
BlackBerry announced that it has named Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS. The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry's technology assets, including QNX, Project Ion, Certicom and Paratek as well as BlackBerry's patent portfolio. Blackberry CEO John Chen said, "Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy."
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN DG TSLA GILD FB ABX WFC C
08:30 EDTAAPLApple starts production of smartphones with sapphire screens, Guardian says
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07:58 EDTAAPLApple December quarter EPS likely to beat by 10%+, says RBC Capital
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07:57 EDTREGNCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
06:42 EDTAAPLApple may call 5.5-inch iPhone '6L,' 9to5Mac reports
Apple may call its rumored 5.5-inch iPhone model the "6L," 9to5Mac reports, citing Asia-based rumor site Apple Daily. In this scenario, the 4.7-inch iPhone would be called the iPhone 6. Reference Link
06:24 EDTHDOptions expected to be active
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05:23 EDTAAPLInvenSense downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded InvenSense (INVN) to Neutral citing valuation with shares near its $25 price target. Goldman also believes the near-term catalyst of share gains at Apple (AAPL) has passed. InvenSense closed Friday down 1c to $24.99.
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