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March 21, 2013
12:09 EDTACAD, CSCO, ORCL, GES, SVU, BX, SCHL, HPQ, DELLOn 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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April 9, 2014
10:33 EDTORCLConstant Contact surges after preliminary Q1 revenue beats consensus
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07:22 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Zurich/Milan on April 9 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:48 EDTHPQSienkiewicz says HP to acknowledge 'corrupt' activities in Poland, Reuters says
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05:58 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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05:48 EDTBXStocks with implied volatility movement; DLLR BX
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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTBXWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
11:58 EDTBXBlackstone volatility at upper end of 30-month range into Q1
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10:28 EDTCSCOHigh option volume stocks: GIMO SOCL SPLK NOK CSOD
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10:03 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:09 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
08:03 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:56 EDTBXKKR latest PE firm to increase focus on fast-growing tech, FT says
KKR (KKR), following in the recent steps of private equity peers Blackstone (BX), CVC Capital Partners and TPG, is bolstering its technology team and is considering a specialist fund to invest in fast-growing tech companies, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:35 EDTACADNeedham to hold a conference
Life Sciences Conference is being held in New York on April 8-9.
06:17 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded its rating on Cisco (CSCO) shares to Hold from Buy saying its recent interviews with industry participants show less interest in the company's product suite. Wunderlich believes shares of Cisco are close to fully valued and lowered its price target for shares to $24 from $25. The stock closed yesterday up 14c to $22.85.
April 7, 2014
17:43 EDTORCLFour Oracle insiders sold $69.5M in stock, Barron's says
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09:00 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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08:15 EDTCSCOCisco, Sony collaborate on live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content
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07:38 EDTGESGuess risk/reward remains compelling, says Brean Capital
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06:39 EDTHPQTwo HP executives arrested in Pakistan, WSJ reports
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April 5, 2014
11:24 EDTHPQHP could rise 20%, Barron's says
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