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March 21, 2013
12:09 EDTGES, SVU, BX, SCHL, HPQ, DELL, ACAD, CSCO, ORCLOn 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 20, 2014
08:04 EDTHPQHP December volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:11 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:07 EDTCSCOSpherix comments on pending settlement between Cisco, Rockstar Consortium
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November 19, 2014
16:32 EDTHPQStratasys appoints ex-Hewlett-Packard Chris Morgan as CMO
Stratasys (SSYS) appointed Chris Morgan as Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Stratasys. Morgan is a 25-year veteran of HP (HPQ).
09:21 EDTBXHilton working with Jones Lang LaSalle on sale of Sydney hotel, Bloomberg says
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07:46 EDTHPQSymantec, Hewlett-Packard announce DRaaS solution partnership
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07:40 EDTCSCOUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
06:46 EDTBXBlackstone planning conservative fund with long time horizon, Reuters says
Blackstone is looking to launch a new investment vehicle that would last for more than ten years and invest in slower growing, safer companies than most private equity funds, according to Reuters, which cited multiple unnamed sources. The fund would also use less debt and charge lower fees, the news service added. Reference Link
06:38 EDTBXBlackstone to buy Orica's Chemicals business for A$750M
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November 18, 2014
07:56 EDTBXColumbia Management announces strategic initiative with BAAM
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07:21 EDTACADUBS to hold a field trip
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06:37 EDTBXBlackstone to sell 1095 Ave. of the Americas for $2.25B, WSJ reports
Blackstone Group will Manhattan office tower for about $2.25B to a venture led by Canadian property investor Ivanhoe Cambridge, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. If completed, the sale of the 1.2M square-foot tower at 1095 Ave. of the Americas would be the second most expensive sale of an individual building in U.S. history, the WSJ says. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
19:01 EDTACADACADIA management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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November 14, 2014
08:15 EDTBXBlackstone may urge U.S. probe to speed sale of Waldorf, NY Post says
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06:12 EDTORCLSAP to pay Oracle $359M to settle legal battle, WSJ reports
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November 13, 2014
08:08 EDTCSCOCisco, Toshiba announce collaboration for Internet of Things
Toshiba (TOSBF) and Cisco (CSCO) announced that they are collaborating on new ways to utilize the Internet of Everything that can dramatically improve processes, productivity and experiences in manufacturing, transportation and city environments. Representatives from Toshiba and Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, this week with the intention to advance the progress of a new Smart Community. This global collaboration brings together the Cisco Fog Computing network environment featuring Cisco's network-wide security solution with the Toshiba Group's endpoint management technology. The joint effort will help monitor and maintain multiple devices, stream computing technology for high-speed information processing collected from devices, and provide storage technology to accumulate information generated with M2M technology.
07:43 EDTCSCOCisco reported healthy Q1 results, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Cisco's Q1 margins outperformed expectations, and the firm expects the company's revenue growth to accelerate in Q2. Wells thinks emerging market and carrier spending risk are already priced into the stock, while the company has a number of positive catalysts. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:12 EDTORCLOracle to hold a meeting
2014 OAGi Plenary Meeting is being held in Redwood City, California on November 13-14.
06:57 EDTCSCOCisco results excellent, says Cantor
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06:08 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 22 at lower end of index mean range
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