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March 21, 2013
12:09 EDTSCHL, HPQ, DELL, ACAD, CSCO, ORCL, GES, SVU, BXOn 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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May 13, 2015
16:11 EDTCSCOCisco down 1.2% after reporting quarterly results
16:07 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q3 EPS 54c, consensus 53c
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16:06 EDTCSCOOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
15:22 EDTCSCOCisco May 29.5 straddle priced for 4% movement into Q3
15:10 EDTCSCOCisco May volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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15:06 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
The stock has been on a strong run since the lows of last October, but the trend has flattened out heading into earnings. The range the shares have been in may be helpful in suggesting where price will head after earnings. The low of the range in the last couple of months has been $27 at the low and $30 at the high. A breakout above $30 on good news would be bullish, potentially moving the shares further into the ten-year high range. Above $30 the following resistance levels could become upside objectives depending on the degree of positive news: $31.09. $32.47, and $33.60. The 10-year high is at $34.24, and this would match with a projection of the top of uptrend channel that runs from September 2011 to present. If the news is a bearish surprise, the 50-day moving average at $28.37 would be the first support with the low of the range at $27 next. If the low at $27 were broken, next support would be at $25.92 and then at $24.98. There is significant support at the $25 area.
15:04 EDTCSCOEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
15:04 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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13:45 EDTCSCOEZchip tumbles after losing spot in Cisco line cards
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12:43 EDTHPQHewlett-Packard volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:32 EDTCSCOFireEye calls active on renewed takeover chatter
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10:22 EDTCSCOEZchip sees Q2 revenue $27.5M-$28.5M, consensus $28.3M
Sees Q2 gross margins in the 75% range. Says NP-5 product revenues poised for growth in 2015. EZchip (EZCH) expects revenues from Cisco (CSCO) to continue to grow in 2015, 2016. Comments made on the Q1 earnings conference call. EZchip is down 25.24% to $14.62 in mid-morning trading.
06:04 EDTBXBlackstone in discussions to buy Mega from Alon Group, Globes reports
Blackstone is in discussions to buy Mega, an Israeli supermarket retail chain, from Alon Group, Globes reports, citing sources. Blackstone has no current investments in Israel, the publication notes, adding that it is possible that Blackstone will partner with instead of buying Mega. Reference Link
05:58 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Altera (ALTR) 81, Cisco (CSCO) 27 according to iVolatility.
May 12, 2015
10:54 EDTBXBlackstone acquires three shopping centers in Spain, Portugal
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09:14 EDTCSCOApps World to hold a conference
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08:19 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco shares can reach $45, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Cisco's stock can reach $45 if it increases its cash flow, grows its dividend, and repatriates enough cash to massively accelerate its share repurchases. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $33 from $31 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:04 EDTCSCOCisco Q3 results poised to beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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