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June 23, 2014
12:48 EDTWEC, AVGO, MCRS, TEG, QCOM, ORCL, PLXT, PRKROn 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.
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December 17, 2014
13:19 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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06:44 EDTORCLGoogle opponents lobbying state attorneys general, NY Times says
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December 16, 2014
12:55 EDTORCLOracle December volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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08:03 EDTORCLUnisys names Peter Altabef as new CEOOracle
Unisys Corporation (UIS) announced that it has named Peter Altabef as President and CEO, effective January 1, 2015. At that time Altabef also will join the company's board of directors. Altabef was most recently President and CEO of MICROS Systems from January 2013 until the completion in September 2014 of its acquisition by Oracle (ORCL). Paul Weaver, currently interim Chairman of the Unisys board, will become Chairman, effective January 1, 2015.
07:41 EDTAVGOSome semconductor names to benefit from LTE, auto strength, says Oppenheimer
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06:02 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM CBST
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December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
09:03 EDTORCLOracle achieves FedRAMP provisional authority to operate
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07:33 EDTORCLOracle upgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded Oracle to Overweight from Equal Weight. The firm's surveys indicate improving Cloud Apps growth in 2015 against low expectations and weak sentiment, favorable adoption of the new 12c database options next year, and improved perception value in Engineered Systems. Price target is $50.
06:34 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
07:24 EDTORCLOracle December volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Oracle December call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 26, March is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results after the close on December 17.
06:40 EDTORCLOracle resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits to invest $40M into Chinese companies
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December 11, 2014
06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
07:45 EDTWECWells Fargo to hold a symposium
2014 Wells Fargo Energy Symposium is being held in New York on December 9-10; with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
December 9, 2014
08:06 EDTAVGOAvago announces 35c per share interim dividend
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December 8, 2014
07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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