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March 21, 2014
12:22 EDTNKE, V, ECYT, ANN, SYMC, RALYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P rising to record highs and the Nasdaq a bit below its starting level. Stocks began the session in positive ground as traders rolled out positions due to “quadruple witching,” when stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single stock futures expire. The market soon found a level and has moved in a fairly narrow range during the morning, which is typical as quadruple expirations days tend to be more volatile at the open and the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no notable economic reports were released. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dow-member Nike (NKE) fell 3% despite the company reporting third quarter adjusted profits that beat analysts’ forecast. Nike said it expect its revenue to come in at the top end of its high-single digit growth target range in this fiscal year, but cautioned that the devaluation of developing market currencies will be a "significant drag" on reported revenue, gross margin and profit growth in fiscal year 2015... Visa (V) shares gained over 2.5% after Bloomberg and Reuters reported that a federal appeals court ruled the Federal Reserve was authorized to cap debit card swipe fees, reserving a prior lower court ruling in favor of retailers who oppose the cap. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Endocyte (ECYT), which was up more than 90% near midday after the company announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency issued "positive opinions" for conditional authorizations for its Vynfinit, Folcepri and Neocepri treatments. The company also announced a Phase 2b lung cancer trial met its primary endpoint. Following both pieces of news, no fewer than three analyst firms increased their price target on the stock. Also higher was Ann Inc. (ANN), which gained 14% after Golden Gate Capital last night disclosed a 9.5% stake in the retailer and said it plans to leverages its retail and equity experience to create value for shareholders. Among the noteworthy losers was Symantec (SYMC), which sunk 14% near noon after the company last night announced it terminated its CEO, Steve Bennett. No fewer than five analysts downgraded shares of the company following the news. Also lower was Rally Software (RALY), which fell more than 8% after the cloud software company gave a first quarter and fiscal 2015 outlook that came in below expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 102.79, or 0.63%, to 16,433.84, the Nasdaq was down 0.48, or 0.01%, to 4,318.80, and the S&P 500 was up 9.26, or 0.49%, to 1,881.27.
News For NKE;V;ECYT;ANN;SYMC;RALY From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
09:22 EDTNKENike CEO 'bullish' on partnership with Apple
Nike (NKE) CEO Mark Parker made comments in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Reference Link
08:17 EDTSYMCIDC says IBM should look at Symantec info-management unit, Bloomberg reports
Analysts have said acquisitions would be a better use of IBM's (IBM) cash than share repurchases and IDC Corp. pointed to Symantec’s (SYMC) information-management division and cloud-storage provider Box as two logical options, reported Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
16:32 EDTVVisa increases dividend 20% to 48c from 40c
Visa announced that its board of directors had declared a quarterly dividend in the aggregate amount of 48c per share of class A common stock, determined in the case of class B and class C common stock on an as-converted basis, payable on December 2 to all holders of record of the company's class A, class B and class C common stock as of November 14. The quarterly dividend increase raises the annual dividend rate from $1.60 per share to $1.92 per share.
13:54 EDTNKENike expects womens business to reach $7B in revenue by FY17
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06:44 EDTSYMCU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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October 16, 2014
16:23 EDTVJPMorgan announces Apple Pay to be available to Chase customers, merchants
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15:26 EDTVApple Pay available to millions of Visa cardholders
Visa (V) announced that starting October 20 eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S. will be able to use Apple (AAPL) Pay, Apple’s new payment service, to begin to make purchases at select U.S. merchants with their new iPhone. Visa is actively working with its client base of thousands of U.S. financial institutions to enable them to offer the new Apple Pay service to their account holders.
14:09 EDTVApple confirms October 20 start date for Apple Pay
Apple (AAPL) announced that customers can start making payments on Monday, October 20, when Apple Pay becomes available in the U.S. Users of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will be able to use Touch ID on their devices for Apple Pay within apps. The new service will be enabled by a free software update to iOS 8. Apple Pay supports credit and debit cards from the three major payment networks: American Express (AXP), MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). In addition to American Express, Bank of America (BAC), Capital One Bank (COF), Chase (JPM), Citi (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and others, who announced support in September, more than 500 new banks from across the country have signed on to Apple Pay, the company said.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTNKENike upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:12 EDTNKENike's Converse sues rivals over 'copycat' design, NY Post reports
Converse, a unit of Nike (NKE), is suing rivals including Ralph Lauren (RL) and Tory Burch, alleging that shoemakers and retailers are copying its iconic design, the New York Post reports. Lawyers for Converse say "We welcome fair competition, but we do not believe companies have a right to copy the trademarked look." The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and injunctions that would bar the production of the rival shoe models. Reference Link
October 14, 2014
18:20 EDTANNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:54 EDTANNAnn Inc. up 8% after nondisclosure agreement with Golden Gate Capital
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16:24 EDTANNAnn Inc. in non-disclosure agreement with Golden Gate Capital
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08:50 EDTVVisa, 3PEA International enter into prepaid card agreement
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October 13, 2014
08:05 EDTSYMCSymantec spun off companies could become targets, says Argus
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07:19 EDTVAmEx, Capital One profits seen boosted by credit card 'sweet spot,' WSJ says
Credit card players such as American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF), as well as banks with significant card units like JPMorgan (JPM), stand to benefit from the U.S. card industry's "sweet spot" of moderate economic growth, low interest rates and consumers who are better managing payments while growing their spending, said The Wall Street Journal, which noted that consulting firm R.K. Hammer estimates U.S. card issuers' revenue will grow 9% this year to $158.6B. Other U.S. banks with credit card units include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), and Wells Fargo (WFC) and other card companies include Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA). Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTSYMCJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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