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September 3, 2013
12:51 EDTLF, CYTK, TU, NOK, ALU, VZ, JAH, MSFT, VODOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Investors came back to Wall Street following the long holiday weekend and bought stocks, sending the major averages higher on the first day of trading in September. The market, coming off its worst performing month of the year, reacted to the lack of military action by the U.S. in Syria as well as some better than expected economic data at home and abroad. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final PMI reading for August came in at 53.1, which missed the expectation for a 54.0 reading. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing PMI beat expectations with a rise to a 55.7 two-year high from 55.4 in July. Construction spending in July rose 0.6%, versus expectations for a 0.4% increase. In Europe, Markit's euro-zone manufacturing PMI rose to 51.4 in August from 50.3 in July. In Asia, China’s official PMI rose to 51.0 in August from 50.3 in July, while the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI rose to 50.1 from 47.7 in July. China's non-manufacturing PMI held relatively steady at 53.9, compared to 54.1 in the prior month. COMPANY NEWS: Two large merger and acquisition deals were announced as U.S. investors returned from Labor Day, including one that was largely expected and one that was quite unexpected. Verizon (VZ), as had been speculated last week, agreed to buy Vodafone's (VOD) 45% stake in their U.S. joint venture, Verizon Wireless, for $130B. Shares of both trading in New York fell following the announcement. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to buy Nokia’s (NOK) mobile phone business and license its patents for $7.2B. Following the deal, no less than five firms raised their rating on Nokia, which advanced about 30% near noon. Microsoft was the worst performing Dow component, falling over 6% after its purchase... In a smaller M&A deal that still involved a well-known brand, consumer products company Jarden (JAH) agreed to buy Yankee Candle Company for $1.75B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which rose nearly 11% as some speculated it could be another M&A target following Nokia's deal. Also higher was Canadian wireless company Telus (TU), which rose more than 7% and was upgraded at BMO Capital after Verizon's large deal meant it will not be entering the Canadian wireless market for the time being. Among the noteworthy losers Cytokinetics (CYTK), which fell 23% after announcing a clinical trial of its drug omecamtiv did not hit its primary endpoint. Also lower were shares of educational toymaker LeapFrog (LF), which slid almost 5% after an analyst at BMO Capital Markets said the company's new LeapPad Ultra was disappointing and buggy during tests. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 11.28, or 0.08%, to 14,821.59; the Nasdaq was up 24.09, or 0.67%, to 3,613.96; and the S&P 500 was up 6.08, or 0.37%, to 1,639.05.
News For NOK;MSFT;VZ;VOD;JAH;ALU;TU;CYTK;LF From The Last 14 Days
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09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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07:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows shipments still growing, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTALUTrends positive for data networking names, says Bernstein
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06:27 EDTMSFT, VZIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
06:17 EDTVODVodafone CTO Steve Pusey to retire, Johan Wibergh appointed as successor
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January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
07:34 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at Evercore ISI
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07:14 EDTVZSynacor, Verizon FiOS expand partnership
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06:53 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
06:14 EDTMSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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January 12, 2015
10:00 EDTALUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:05 EDTMSFTGameStop to use Microsoft Azure to stream game content, promotional materials
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07:37 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Alacatel-Lucent to Underperform based on rich valuation, revenue growth headwinds, and low free-cash-flow.
07:35 EDTVZNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:16 EDTVZSpherix announces trial date for case against Verizon set for May 18
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06:06 EDTVZSoftcard cuts 60 employees in restructuring, Re/code reports
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05:32 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Alcatel-Lucent to Underperform saying consensus expectations for 2016 are unrealistic.
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