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June 13, 2014
12:34 EDTC, FNSR, LVLT, TWTC, EXPR, GRUB, YELP, INTC, PCLN, OPENOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session slightly higher but quickly gave up their opening gains. An early report on producer prices unexpectedly showed slight deflation, not price inflation as was expected, which was followed by a worse than expected reading on consumer confidence. The averages dropped into negative territory, but by mid-morning the market had reversed and moved back onto positive ground, where the averages remained near the lunch hour. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department's producer price index for final demand slipped 0.2% in May, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1% in the month. The first release of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for June dropped to 81.2 from the final May reading of 81.9. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of restaurant review and reservation company OpenTable (OPEN) were the day's big winner after travel site operator Priceline Group (PCLN) agreed to buy the company for $2.6B, or $103 per share. OpenTable advanced 47% to trade at $103.50 near noon, while shares of a number of companies that provide local services and deals via the Internet and mobile devices jumped as well, including Yelp (YELP), which was up 13%, and GrubHub (GRUB), which rose 8.5%... Shares of chip making giant Intel (INTC) rose more than 7% after its raised its guidance for the second quarter, citing strong demand for business PCs, and said that it now expects some revenue growth this fiscal year, versus its previous guidance for "mostly flat" revenue growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Express (EXPR), which jumped 20% after confirming that Sycamore Partners, which owns approximately 9.9% of its shares, has expressed interested in acquiring the company. Also higher was TW Telecom (TWTC), which rose nearly 12% after a financial news service BrightWire said the company and Level 3 (LVLT) are in merger talks. Among the noteworthy losers was telecommunication equipment maker Finisar (FNSR), which sunk 23% after the companyís profit and gross margin outlook trailed analystsí consensus estimates and its stock was downgraded at Craig-Hallum. Also lower was Citigroup (C), which fell 1.5% after Bloomberg reported that the U.S. is seeking over $10B in its mortgage probe related to the bank. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 34.84, or 0.21%, to 16,769.03, the Nasdaq was up 12.03, or 0.28%, to 4,309.66, and the S&P 500 was up 5.06, or 0.26%, to 1,935.17.
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July 15, 2014
16:15 EDTINTCIntel targets $4B for share repurchases in Q3
16:12 EDTINTCIntel up about 4% following better than expected Q2 results
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16:10 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 PC Client Group revenue $8.7B, up 9% sequentially, up 6% YoY
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16:07 EDTINTCIntel says on track to meet 40M unit tablet goal
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16:06 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 gross margin 64.5%
16:06 EDTINTCIntel sees FY14 revenue growth approximately 5%, consensus $54.55B
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16:04 EDTINTCIntel sees Q3 revenue $14.4B, plus or minus $500M, consensus $14.02B
Sees Q3 gross margin 66%, plus or minus a couple of percentage points.
16:03 EDTINTCIntel reports Q2 EPS 55c, consensus 52c
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15:27 EDTINTCNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:48 EDTCCitigroup reports June credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.40% last month
Reports June delinquencies 1.43% vs. 1.46% last month.
12:55 EDTINTCEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
10:56 EDTYELPFed calls small cap social media, biotech valuations 'stretched'
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in its Monetary Policy Report dated today said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year." A later part in the document reads, "Equity valuations of smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms appear to be stretched, with ratios of prices to forward earnings remaining high relative to historical norms." The specific targeting of sectors by the Fed seems to be having an impact on stocks in the social media and biotech spaces. Shares of Yelp (YELP) are down over 5% to $67.51, while Twitter (TWTR) and Facebook (FB) are each down 2%. Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) are leading the biotech space lower with pullbacks of greater than 1%.
10:37 EDTCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:43 EDTCCitigroup successfully executing plan, says RBC Capital
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07:37 EDTCAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
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07:34 EDTCCitigroup shares cheap on valuation, says UBS
UBS views Citigroup shares as cheap and does not expect them to trade below tangible book value indefinitely. The firm sees earnings stabilization, better than expected trading results, strong loan growth, and valuation as reasons to maintain its Buy rating and raise its price target on Citigroup shares to $61 from $60.
07:33 EDTINTCIntel July 31.5 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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07:24 EDTLVLTMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
07:23 EDTINTCFortune to hold a conference
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