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March 21, 2013
12:09 EDTORCL, GES, SVU, BX, SCHL, HPQ, DELL, ACAD, CSCOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as Europe's woes continue, though purchasing managers' indexes for the U.S. and China were strong. Amidst the backdrop of ongoing negotiations in Cyprus and a wealth of economic data from around the globe, the major averages slumped at the open and have been range-bound ever since... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., jobless claims rose 2K from the prior week to 336K, a bit below the forecast for an increase to 340K. The FHFA home price index for January rose 0.6% from the prior month, versus expectations for a 0.7% advance. The leading economic indicators rose 0.5% for February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Existing home sales rose 0.8% in February, versus expectations for a 1.6% monthly increase. The Philly Fed manufacturing survey reading for March came in at +2.0, versus expectations for a -3.0 reading. Markit's preliminary U.S. purchasing managers' index for March came in at 54.9, nearly matching the 54.8 consensus forecast. In China, HSBC's preliminary PMI reading for March was 51.7, which compares to a 50.4 final reading for February. In Europe, Markit's flash composite PMI for services and manufacturing fell to 46.5 in March from 47.9 in February. Also, the European Central Bank said it will cut Cypriot banks off from emergency funds after this Monday, March 25, unless a bailout agreement is struck with the EU and IMF... COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) shares fell 8% and were downgraded at CLSA and Evercore following the company's disappointing earnings report. Oracle may also risk losing its president Mark Hurd, according to a report from Fortune. The publication said Blackstone (BX) is seriously considering a bid for Dell (DELL) and one of the PE firm's top choices to run Dell, assuming it chooses to bid, would be Oracle's Hurd... Cisco (CSCO) was by far the Dow's worst performer, sinking over 3% following Oracle's report and after FBR Capital downgraded Cisco to an Underperform rating in a note to investors earlier today... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) raised its regular dividend by 10% after shareholders failed in an attempt to remove the company's two longest-serving directors at its annual meeting, held last night... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SuperValu (SVU), which rose more than 6% after it completed the sale of several of its chains to a private equity firm consortium in a deal valued at $3.3B, including $100M in cash and $3.2B in debt assumption. Also higher were shares of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals (ACAD), up 29% after presenting detailed results from a Phase III study of its treatment for Parkinson's disease psychosis. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Scholastic (SCHL), which fell 14%, and Guess (GES), which declined nearly 5%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 35.83, or 0.25%, to 14,475.90; the Nasdaq was down 20.01, or 0.61%, to 3,234.18; and the S&P 500 was down 4.80, or 0.31%, to 1,553.91.
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November 19, 2015
09:00 EDTHPQAerohive sell-off unwarranted, says JMP Securities
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05:54 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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November 18, 2015
17:33 EDTBXBlackstone not interested in SunEdison investment, Reuters says
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16:29 EDTBXBlackstone not interested in SunEdison debt, Reuters says
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16:24 EDTBXBlackstone, Carlyle, KKR potential buyers of Armacell, Reuters says
Britain's Charterhouse has established a Friday deadline for bids on its insulation materials company Armacell, which may be valued at up to $1.06B, reports Reuters, citing sources. The business has attracted interest from private equity firms, with Blackstone (BX), Carlyle (CG), and KKR (KKR) "cited as potential buyers," according to the report. Reference Link
14:05 EDTORCLOracle continues to believe Cloud will become bigger part of software offering
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13:55 EDTBXBlackstone President Tony James fears recession in 2017, Bloomberg says
Blackstone Group LP President Tony James said he is concerned that the U.S. could potentially enter a recession by 2017 as economic growth faces headwinds, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
10:29 EDTORCLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: TERP CSC SGMS RH BBRY ULTA SNDK ORCL NKE VNET
07:59 EDTCSCOUBS to hold a conference
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November 17, 2015
16:01 EDTCSCOOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
07:48 EDTBXBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
07:47 EDTACADLeerink sees M&A accelerating for central nervous system assets
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November 16, 2015
11:31 EDTBXBlackstone to sell GCA Services Group to Thomas H. Lee Partners and Goldman Sach
Blackstone (BX) announced that private equity funds it manages have agreed to sell GCA Services Group to a consortium of the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016.
10:01 EDTBXBlackstone acquires Diamonds Direct
Blackstone and Diamonds Direct announced that funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities have acquired Diamonds Direct, an independent jewelry company. The transaction closed in early November.
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alliant Energy (LNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Amphenol (APH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Cempra (CEMP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded on improved growth outlook at BMO Capital... MiMedx (MDXG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... New York REIT (NYRT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Semtech (SMTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Tullow Oil (TUWOY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Wabtec (WAB) upgraded to Outperform on valuatoin at Raymond James.
09:53 EDTORCLOracle rallies, levels to watch
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09:37 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
07:23 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Oracle to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $47 from $45 on shares following checks that indicate cloud revenue growth will accelerate in second half 2016. Analyst Heather Bellini said investors continue to have concerns about management's cloud guidance but field work provides increasing confidence Oracle will be successful in achieving 2016 bookings targets and expects management to guide towards accelerating revenue growth and gross margin expansion in 2017. Bellini sees 2016 as a bottom in non-GAAP operating margins and expects the Street's focus to shift towards cloud execution, leading to multiple expansion.
06:48 EDTBXGoldman, Thomas H. Lee agree to buy GCA Services from Blackstone, Reuters says
According to sources, Reuters reports that the private equity unit of Goldman Sachs (GS) and Thomas H. Lee Partners have agreed to buy GCA Services Group, a facility management company, from Blackstone (BX) for about $1B, including debt. Goldman and Thomas H. Lee will have equal participation in the consortium that will buy GCA. Reference Link
05:26 EDTCSCOEricsson CEO says no talks with Cisco about merger or acquisition
Ericsson (ERIC) has noted the recent speculation in the press and financial markets regarding an interest by Cisco (CSCO) to acquire Ericsson. On November 9, the two companies announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The partnership announcement was supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. President, CEO and member of the board, Hans Vestberg says: "We note that there are rumors in the market regarding an acquisition of Ericsson by Cisco possibly spurred by the recent announcement of a partnership between our two companies. The talks leading up to the partnership announcement have been ongoing for a year and there have not been any discussions whatsoever on a merger or an acquisition."
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