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December 18, 2012
16:24 EDTORCL, SWHC, RGR, ARB, NLSN, HEB, GTATOn 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.
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October 23, 2014
07:01 EDTNLSNNielsen reports Q3 EPS adjusted 66c, consensus 65c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.57B, consensus $1.59B.
October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTNLSNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
10:36 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 21, 2014
19:34 EDTGTATGT Advanced, Apple reach deal to 'wind down' sapphire plant, Philip DeWitt says
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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.
10:29 EDTGTATGT Advanced expects settlement with Apple 'within hour,' Bloomberg reports
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06:40 EDTORCLForrester: Adobe becomes marketing cloud leader, VentureBeat reports
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06:08 EDTNLSNAdobe and Nielsen announce strategic alliance
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October 20, 2014
12:09 EDTORCLIBM hits 52 week low after earnings miss, 2015 profit target dropped
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12:02 EDTHEBHemispherx, Squire Patton Boggs partner to fight Ebola virus
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08:34 EDTHEBHemispherx prevails in federal lawsuit, seeks $1M award for fees, cost
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:37 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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October 15, 2014
07:58 EDTNLSNRentrak deal with Fox affirms strategy, says Brean Capital
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06:37 EDTGTATGT Advanced executive sold shares before bankruptcy, WSJ says
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06:16 EDTGTATApple asks permission to lodge objections to GT bankrupcy in secret, Re/code says
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October 14, 2014
07:41 EDTNLSNNielsen upgraded at Bernstein
As noted earlier, Bernstein upgraded Nielsen to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm thinks the stock's decline on worries about the TV ad market and a belief that Nielsen's status as the dominant provider of TV rating sis in jeopardy is overdone. The firm believes that the company's position in TV ratings is safe because its product is superior to the main competitor and switching costs for customers would be high.
07:03 EDTNLSNNielsen shares defended at Macquarie
Macquarie reiterated its Outperform rating on Nielsen and said its core business remains unaffected and Rentrak is not a direct threat. The firm sees upside from OCR and other new products and views valuation as attractive.
06:00 EDTNLSNNielsen upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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October 13, 2014
09:39 EDTGTATActive equity options trading on open
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