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June 6, 2014
11:26 EDTPAY, USAT, NCR, MCRS, NXPI, DBDVeriFone hits 52-week high after better than expected results
Shares of VeriFone Systems (PAY), which is involved in secure electronic payment solutions, are rising after the company’s second quarter results and its revenue outlook surpassed expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, VeriFone reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 37c and adjusted revenue of $467M, beating the consensus views of 33c and $443.42M, respectively. VeriFone forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of 33c-34c versus consensus of 37c. Q3 adjusted revenue was seen at $455M-$460M, which was above the consensus of $453.83M at the midpoint. For FY14, adjusted EPS was forecast at $1.42-$1.44, compared to consensus $1.43, while adjusted revenue was seen at $1.825B-$1.835B, topping the consensus of $1.8B. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company also announced that the competition commission of India is investigating certain complaints made against it, alleging unfair practices based on certain provisions in its software development license arrangements in India. VeriFone noted it has cooperated with requests by the CCI in its investigation. OTHERS TO WATCH: After VeriFone stated that 15 of its existing POS customers moved to EMV credit card technology, Sterne Agee wrote in a note to investors that it thinks the EMV trend is gathering steam and provides a tailwind to NXP Semiconductors (NXPI). The firm notes that banks are continuing to roll out EMV-enabled cards and kept a $74 price target and Buy rating on NXP's shares. Other companies in the POS system and electronic payment space include NCR Corporation (NCR), Diebold (DBD), USA Technologies (USAT), and MICROS Systems (MCRS). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, VeriFone rose about 7%, to $36.23 on heavy trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a new 52-week high of $36.74. Including today’s advance, the stock has more than doubled in price over the past twelve months.
News For PAY;NXPI;NCR;DBD;MCRS;USAT From The Last 14 Days
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November 27, 2015
07:01 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors receives Chinese approval for Freescale merger
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November 25, 2015
16:32 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors receives FTC approval for merger with Freescale
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15:24 EDTNXPIFTC requires NXP Semiconductors to divest RF power amplifier assets
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10:04 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Carnival (CCL) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... Diversified Restaurant (SAUC) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Lindblad Expeditions (LIND) initiated with a Buy at Citi... (NTES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with a Buy at Citi... NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Regal-Beloit (RBC) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Roper Technologies (ROP) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Ruth's Hospitality (RUTH) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... SPX FLOW (FLOW) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SemGroup (SEMG) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Verifone (PAY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
06:58 EDTPAYVerifone initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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November 24, 2015
10:31 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors CFIUS approval removes a major overhang, says BofA/Merrill
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05:34 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors and JAC receives CFIUS clearance
NXP Semiconductors announced that the company has received clearance on the proposed transaction of the sale of its RF Power business to Jianguang Asset Manangement from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The divesture of the RF Power business is a condition for NXP's merger with Freescale Semiconductor. NXP and JAC Capital are in the final stages of the regulatory approval process in respect of the acquisition by JAC Capital of NXP's RF Power business, which is targeted to close on December 7, next.
November 23, 2015
12:08 EDTDBDOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday but have moved in a very narrow trading range throughout the morning. The market, coming off one of its best weeks of the year, appears to be consolidating its gains amid the increased caution that prevails worldwide, highlighted by the ongoing lockdown of Brussels due to its assessment of a "serious and imminent" terrorist threat. There was little help from the day's economic data, as reports on manufacturing and existing home sales both came in below expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for November fell 1.5 points to 52.6, missing expectations for a 54.0 reading. Existing home sales dropped 3.4% to a 5.36M rate in October, lower than the forecast for a 5.4M rate. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index showed a reading of -0.04, versus the expected +0.05 reading. In Europe, Markit's composite services and manufacturing PMI rose to 54.4 in October from a prior reading of 53.9. That reading marks the euro-area's highest level since May 2011. COMPANY NEWS: As telegraphed in recent media reports, Pfizer (PFE) and Allergan (AGN) announced plans to combine, creating the world's largest drugmaker. The companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which they will combine in a stock transaction valued at $363.63 per Allergan share, for a total enterprise value of approximately $160B, based on the closing price of Pfizer common stock on November 20. Amid concerns that regulators may try to block the huge deal, or make rule changes that will make it less lucrative, Pfizer shares declined more than 2.5% while Allergan saw a similar percentage slide... Alcoa (AA) jumped more than 5% higher after activist investor Elliott Management revealed a 6.4% stake, saying it seeks to engage in a "constructive dialogue" regarding the company's recently spin-off transaction as well as a number of added opportunities it sees to maximize shareholder value. In other activist investor news, Carl Icahn said in an open letter that his talks with AIG (AIG) CEO Peter Hancock make it "abundantly clear" that he is not willing to take the bold steps that Icahn has pushed for, including the suggestion that the insurer separate into three public companies to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. Icahn added that he intends to commence shortly a consent solicitation that will enable shareholders to express their views directly to the board, which may include a proposal to add a new director who would agree in advance to succeed Hancock as CEO if asked by the board to do so. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), which rallied 9% after reporting quarterly results and guiding for fiscal 2016. Also higher was Chipotle (CMG), which rebounded 5% after several analysts opined on the company's outlook after shares pulled back Friday as the company confirmed that six new cases of E. coli linked to its restaurants had been identified in four additional states. In addition, SunEdison was up 9% after the company announced that CFO Brian Wuebbels will take over as the president and CEO at its two "YieldCos." Among the notable losers was GameStop (GME), which fell 7.5% after reporting weaker than expected Q3 results. Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), whose games are sold at GameStop, slipped nearly 6% and 0.5%, respectively, after the retailer's report. Also lower was Diebold (DBD), which dropped 8% after it announced that it will acquire Wincor Nixdorf in a cash and stock deal valued at $1.8B. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.52, or 0.04%, to 17,831.33, the Nasdaq was up 14.78, or 0.29%, to 5,119.70, and the S&P 500 was up 4.64, or 0.22%, to 2,093.81.
08:01 EDTNCRNCR Corp. selected as intelligent deposit ATM provider for Banamex
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07:45 EDTDBDDiebold to hold a conference call
Management discusses a business agreement combination with Wincor Nixdorf AG on a conference call to be held on November 23 at 8 am. Webcast Link
05:34 EDTDBDDiebold to acquire Wincor Nixdorf in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf AG announced that the companies have entered into a business combination agreement. Pursuant to the business combination agreement, Diebold will launch a voluntary public tender offer to all shareholders of Wincor Nixdorf. Under the terms of the agreement, Diebold will offer Wincor Nixdorf shareholders EUR 38.98 in cash plus 0.434 Diebold common shares per Wincor Nixdorf share. This transaction values Wincor Nixdorf, including net debt, at approximately $1.8B, or EUR 1.7B. The combined company had pro forma revenue of approximately $5.2B, for the trailing 12 months ended Sept. 30, excluding revenue attributable to Diebold's North America electronic security business, which it recently agreed to divest. Following completion of the offer and subject to certain approvals, the combined company will be named Diebold Nixdorf, with common shares publicly listed on the NYSE and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The combined company will have registered offices in North Canton, Ohio, U.S. and will be operated from headquarters in North Canton and Paderborn, Germany. The combined company will pursue a growing total addressable market of approximately $60B, according to independent market estimates and Diebold internal analysis. The deal has been approved by Diebold's board and Wincor Nixdorf's supervisory board. Following the completion of the transaction, the combined company plans to deliver approximately $160M of annual cost synergies and will target a non-GAAP operating margin in excess of 9% by the end of the third full year. In addition, the transaction is expected to be accretive to non-GAAP EPS in the second year, excluding integration costs. ld expects the offer to commence during Q1.
05:28 EDTDBDDiebold to acquire Wincor Nixdorf in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
November 20, 2015
14:16 EDTDBDDiebold to formally announce takeover offer for Wincor within days, WSJ says
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08:03 EDTNCRNCR Video Teller Technology selected by Fubon Bank
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06:15 EDTNCRNCR Corp. implied volatility of 31 at lower end of index mean range
November 19, 2015
10:11 EDTNCRHigh option volume stocks
November 18, 2015
08:31 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors removed from US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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08:14 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors added to Top Pick list at FBR Capital
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November 16, 2015
10:25 EDTNXPIUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
09:01 EDTNCRFirst Data, NCR Corp. sign strategic commercial agreement
First Data (FDC) and NCR Corporation (NCR) have entered into a strategic commercial agreement. First Data will be a preferred provider of cybersecurity and payment processing solutions to NCR's customers in the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries. NCR will be a preferred provider of ATM hardware and services to First Data's client base of more than 4,000 financial institutions. The companies will also pursue co-development of integrated commerce technology solutions for U.S. merchant clients.

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