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April 8, 2014
12:12 EDTKT, MSFT, SPNC, QUNR, NOK, GIMO, CTRP, NKEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the market seeks to break the losing streak that began late last week. The Nasdaq, which has suffered the most over the past week, is today's early leader with a gain of about 0.7%. The Dow and S&P have moved into positive territory as well, but their gains have been more modest to this point in the trading day. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index increased to 93.4 in March from a prior reading of 91.4, slightly beating expectations. The number of job openings was reported to have risen to 4.17M in February from a revised estimate of 3.87M in the prior month. In Asia, the Bank of Japan left its monetary stimulus program unchanged, as widely expected. The International Monetary Fund trimmed its outlook for global economic growth ahead of the spring World Bank meetings later this week. The IMF now forecasts that the world economy will expand 3.6% this year, which is a slight downgrade from its 3.7% estimate in January. COMPANY NEWS: Apparel and footwear giant Nike (NKE) led all advancers on the blue-chip Dow, rising almost 3% after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold to reflect recent weakness, reduced consensus expectations, and strong fundamentals... Shares of Nokia (NOK) trading in New York advanced over 5% after a deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) received regulatory approval in China. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Korean phone and high-speed Internet services provider KT Corporation (KT), which rose more than 7% after the stock was upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman. Also higher were shares of Chinese travel website operators Ctrip.com (CTRP), which advanced 7%, and Qunar (QUNR), which gained 8%, after Bloomberg said the companies are in talks on a range of possibilities, from a partnership to a full merger. Among the noteworthy losers was Gigamon (GIMO), which plunged 32% after the company lowered its first quarter revenue outlook largely based on an expected large transaction from an existing customer in EMEA that did not occur. Also lower after cutting its revenue view was medical device maker Spectranetics (SPNC), which fell 11% following the negative pre-announcement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 34.52, or 0.21%, to 16,280.39, the Nasdaq was up 29.73, or 0.73%, to 4,109.48, and the S&P 500 was up 6.07, or 0.33%, to 1,851.11.
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April 15, 2015
05:42 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent CEO says combined company is 'compelling offer' for holders
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05:35 EDTNOKNokia maintains dividend, maintains target to return to investment-grade rating
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05:27 EDTNOKNokia sees Alcatel-Lucent acquisition accretive to FY17 non-IFRS earnings
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05:23 EDTNOKNokia, Alcatel-Lucent to combine in all-share transaction
Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) announce their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world. The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The all-share transaction values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis, corresponding to a fully diluted premium of 34%, equivalent to EUR 4.48 per share, and a premium to shareholders of 28%, equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share, on the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months. This is based on Nokia's unaffected closing share price of EUR 7.77 on April 13. Each company's board has approved the terms of the proposed transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2016. The proposed transaction is subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders, completion of relevant works council consultations, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.
05:19 EDTNOKNokia, Alcatel-Lucent to combine in all-share transaction
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April 14, 2015
16:53 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
16:25 EDTNKEPiper upgrades Nike to buy following survey of teens
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16:06 EDTNKENike upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
14:20 EDTNOKFrench government supporting potential Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent deal, Reuters says
The French government has decided to back the potential takeover of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) by Nokia (NOK), according to Reuters. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said Nokia provided "clear undertakings" that reassured him about the potential deal, the news service stated. Reference Link
12:24 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
11:55 EDTNOKFrench government intends to weigh in on Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent deal, WSJ says
French President Francois Hollande will meet with executives from Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) later today after Nokia confirmed it was in "advanced discussions" to buy its rival, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting indicates France's desire to weigh in on the deal and protect strategic interests. The country's economy ministry earlier Tuesday said, “The government will be very vigilant regarding the possible consequences on employment and activity at the French sites of Alcatel-Lucent, notably in research and development, as well as the effects on the entire telecoms sector in France." Reference Link
11:55 EDTNOKCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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11:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Datazen Software, terms not disclosed
Microsoft announced in a blog post the acquisition of Datazen Software, "an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices. This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data – from anywhere, on any device... Beyond great technology, this acquisition brings a group of talented people to Microsoft. They will help us continue to deliver a broad range of products and services that will empower organizations around the world capitalize on their data opportunities." Reference Link
10:50 EDTNOKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:46 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent volatility up into Nokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy
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06:31 EDTNOKNokia volatility up into confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) overall option implied volatility of 42 compares to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the company confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
05:51 EDTNOKNokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) said in a statement, "In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." Nokia cautioned that there "can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction." The statement comes after Bloomberg reported yesterday afternoon that Nokia was in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent's wireless assets to better compete with Ericsson (ERIC) in telecommunications equipment. Shares of Nokia are down 65c to $7.65 in pre-market trading while Alcatel-Lucent is up 22c to $4.57.
05:50 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK ALU
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05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Surface 3 expected to see weak sales, DigiTimes Research reports
Microsoft's Surface 3 is expected to see low shipments and weak sales due to fiercer competition than those for its Surface Pro 3, reports DigiTimes Research. The Surface 3, priced over $600, is expected to only have limited impact on other branded 2-in-1 products, which are priced below $350 on average. Reference Link
05:46 EDTMSFTMicrosoft offers fee cut to attract vendors to pre-install apps, DigiTimes says
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