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June 23, 2014
12:48 EDTORCL, MCRS, PRKR, QCOM, AVGO, PLXT, TEG, WECOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite higher manufacturing index readings in the U.S. and China. Bucking the trend, a similar reading in Europe fell from its May level in the preliminary, or "flash," looks at the purchasing managers indexes. The market opened slightly lower and the major averages have moved in a narrow range throughout the morning, though they have spent most of their time slightly below the flat-line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing managers index for June rose to 57.5 from 56.4 in May. Existing home sales beat estimates with a 4.9% May rise to a 4.89M rate. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing PMI rose to 50.8 from 49.4 last month, hitting a seven-month high and moving into expansion territory for the first time this year. In Europe, Markit's euro zone flash composite purchasing managers' index fell to 52.8 in June from 53.5 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Oracle (ORCL) confirmed an agreement to acquire MICROS Systems (MCRS) for $68 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $4.6B net of MICROS' cash. Oracle's purchase was well telegraphed, after Bloomberg first reported on June 17 that a deal between the two was close and The Wall Street Journal confirmed the news over this weekend prior to the announcement from the companies. Shares of the register system and hospitality software maker rose a bit over 3% to trade just below the acquisition price near noon, while Oracle was up nearly 1% following the announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers were two other companies that agreed to be acquired: Integrys (TEG) jumped 12.5% after Wisconsin Energy (WEC) struck a deal to buy the company in a transaction valued at $9.1B and PLX Technology (PLXT) rose 9% this morning after Avago Technologies (AVGO) said it will buy the circuit maker for $6.50 per share in an all-cash deal. Shares of both buyers slipped after the deals were announced, with Wisconsin Energy falling more than 2.5% and Avago dropping nearly 1%. Also lower was ParkerVision (PRKR), which crashed 53% after a Florida judge ruled in favor of its competitor, Qualcomm (QCOM), in a patent infringement trial between the companies. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 27.42, or 0.16%, to 16,919.66, the Nasdaq was down 0.96, or 0.02%, to 4,367.07, and the S&P 500 was down 1.27, or 0.06%, to 1,961.60.
News For ORCL;MCRS;PRKR;QCOM;AVGO;PLXT;TEG;WEC From The Last 14 Days
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October 29, 2014
14:27 EDTWECWisconsin Energy raises FY14 adjusted EPS guidance to $2.60-$2.64
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14:10 EDTWECWisconsin Energy reaffirms 7%-8% annual increase in dividend payment
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07:07 EDTWECWisconsin Energy reports Q3 EPS 56c, consensus 53c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.03B, consensus $1.05B.
October 28, 2014
15:44 EDTWECNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Southern Company (SO), consensus $1.07; Phillips 66 (PSX), consensus $1.75; Automatic Data Processing (ADP), consensus 60c; Praxair (PX), consensus $1.63; WellPoint (WLP), consensus $2.27; Exelon (EXC), consensus 73c; Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.23; Hess (HES), consensus $1.08; TE Connectivity (TEL), consensus $1.00; McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), consensus 94c; Waste Management (WM), consensus 68c; Hershey (HSY), consensus $1.08; Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.06; Wisconsin Energy (WEC), consensus 53c; Garmin (GRMN), consensus 71c; Sealed Air (SEE), consensus 46c; DENTSPLY (XRAY), consensus 60c; Goodyear Tire (GT), consensus 70c; Revlon (REV), one estimate 45c; Booz Allen (BAH), consensus 41c; Carlyle Group (CG), consensus 54c.
07:55 EDTAVGOAvago RF Micro Skyworks should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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October 27, 2014
07:33 EDTORCLFDA and CDC to hold a meeting
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October 24, 2014
06:14 EDTQCOMTSMC to provide chips for LG's 'Nuclun' smartphone microprocessor, WSJ says
According to a source, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) will provide chips for microprocessors to power "Nuclun," a variation of LG's G3 smartphone, the Wall Street Journal reports. So far, LG Electronics has mostly relied on Qualcomm (QCOM) for the chips that run its smartphones. Reference Link
October 22, 2014
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
14:04 EDTQCOM, AVGOEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Broadcom ahead of Q3 report
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06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTAVGOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:22 EDTAVGOSkyworks Solutions, Cirrus Logic, others higher after Apple reports Q4 results
The following stocks are moving higher in the after hours following Apple's Q4 results: ARM Holdings (ARMH) is up 1.1%, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) is higher by 2.2% ,NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 2.28%,Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is up 2%, RF Micro Devices (RFMD) gains 1.53% and Avago Technologies (AVGO) is up 1.17%.
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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