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December 18, 2012
16:24 EDTNLSN, SWHC, GTAT, ARB, ORCL, HEB, RGROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher, with the buying spurred on by optimism surrounding the fiscal cliff negotiations. After surging higher during the first half of the trading session, the averages moved in a narrow range through the afternoon, though held onto gains and closed right near their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders index of builder confidence increased to 47, as was forecast. Also, the current-account deficit in the U.S. narrowed in the third quarter to $107.5B from a $118.1B shortfall in the prior quarter. Economists expected the deficit would narrow to about $103B... COMPANY NEWS: After the bell, Oracle (ORCL) reported earnings and revenues that beat Street expectations. Shares, which had been up 1.67% during the trading session, moved up another 1.5% in after hours trading following the report... Gunmakers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR) continued their recent weakness as private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management's decision to put gunmaker Freedom Group up for sale added new pressure on those stocks. Shares of Smith & Wesson lost 86c, or 9.99%, to close at $7.79, while shares of Sturm, Ruger fell $3.40, or 7.73%, to close at $40.60... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Arbitron (ARB), up $8.99, or 23.63%, to $47.03 after agreeing to be bought by Nielsen (NLSN) for $48 per share in cash. Shares of acquirer Nielsen also gained $1.30, or 4.39%, to $30.92. Among the noteworthy losers was GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), which was downgraded at Raymond James and Stifel Nicolaus and saw shares fall 39c, or 11.27%, to $3.07 after issuing guidance well below consensus. Also lower was Hemispherex Biopharma (HEB), down 27.6c, or 42.86%, to 36.8c, after the FDA posted documents in advance of a review of the company's Ampligen drug, noting that the agency had concerns with the drug's efficacy and safety data... INDICES: The Dow was up 115.57, or 0.87%, to 13,350.96; the Nasdaq was up 43.93, or 1.46%, to 3,054.53; and the S&P 500 was up 16.43, or 1.15%, to 1,446.79.
News For ORCL;SWHC;RGR;ARB;NLSN;HEB;GTAT From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
07:57 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord said the recent dip in Oracle is a good chance to buy the shares as their investment thesis remains unchanged. The firm noted the Q4 earnings disappointment and its recent sell-off and trimmed its estimates accordingly. Canaccord continues to expect a several point multiple expansion on its free cash flow based valuation as investors gain confidence in the company's transition to the Cloud. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
June 30, 2015
05:59 EDTORCLGartner: Worldwide IT spending on pace to decline 5.5% in 2015
Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total $3.5T in 2015, a 5.5% decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. Analysts attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. "We want to stress that this is not a market crash. Such are the illusions that large swings in the value of the U.S. dollar versus other currencies can create," said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. "However, there are secondary effects to the rising U.S. dollar. Vendors do have to raise prices to protect costs and margins of their products, and enterprises and consumers will have to make new purchase decisions in light of the new prices." Communications services will continue to be the largest IT spending segment in 2015 with spending at nearly $1.5T. However, this segment is also experiencing the strongest decline among the five IT sectors. In the device market, mobile phones continue to be the leading segment, with growth in Apple phones, especially in China, keeping overall phone spending consistent. However, overall smartphone unit growth will start to flatten. The PC and tablet market continues to weaken. The expected 10 percent increase in average PC pricing in currency-impacted countries is going ahead, delaying purchases even more than expected. Excessive PC inventory levels, especially in Western Europe, need to be cleared, which will delay Windows 10 inventory in the second half of the year. Within the data center systems segment, storage and network markets are both expected to see weaker growth in U.S. dollar terms as a result of the appreciation of the U.S. dollar. Reference Link
June 29, 2015
10:54 EDTORCLGoogle denied appeal by U.S. Supreme Court in Oracle copyright case
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June 26, 2015
06:17 EDTORCLConcerns over AWS pricing overblown, says Piper Jaffray
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June 25, 2015
19:04 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:02 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson authorizes $50M stock repurchase plan
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16:13 EDTHEBHemispherx files $77.9M mixed securities shelf
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10:11 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:36 EDTHEBHemispherx receives notice of intention to grant patent from EU
Hemispherx announced that it received formal notice on June 18, that the European Patent Office's Examining Division issued the formal notification of intention to grant the Hemispherx application titled "Double-Stranded Ribonucleic Acids with Rugged Physiochemical Structure and Highly Specific Biologic Activity" by inventors Carter, et al. and assignee Hemispherx Biopharma, Inc. The patent claims a novel form of rugged dsRNA. Rugged dsRNA are nucleic acids with a unique composition and physical characteristic identified with high specificity of binding to Toll-Like Receptor 3, or TLR3, thereby conveying an important range of therapeutic opportunities. This form of dsRNA has increased bioactivity and binding affinity to the TLR 3 receptor because of its reduced tendency to form branched dsRNA that can inhibit receptor binding. Pharmaceutical formulations containing this nucleic acid as active ingredients, and methods of treatment with those formulations, are also described in the accepted application.
June 24, 2015
10:19 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:25 EDTNLSNNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
June 23, 2015
10:47 EDTORCLOracle new services round out cloud platform, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes Oracle's addition of 25 new cloud services rounds out the Oracle Cloud Platform. He says Oracle is now in a unique position to competitively deliver cloud solutions to enterprise customers and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $48 price target.
10:30 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
10:21 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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