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April 25, 2014
12:41 EDTP, MSFT, LPNT, CYTK, AMZN, PBH, F, DVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq being weighed down by shares of Amazon (AMZN), which slid following the e-commerce giant's quarterly report. The market opened lower and picked up downside momentum to extend the slide to triple digit losses for the Dow and a more than 1% loss for the Nasdaq. The weakness comes in spite of a report that showed consumer confidence surged in April to approach the highest level since the recession began in 2007. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash services PMI dipped 1.1 points to 54.2 in April, missing expectations for a rise to 55.5. The final University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for April rose to 84.1, beating expectations for a reading of 83.0. In Europe, S&P cut Russia's sovereign rating to BBB-. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of online retailer Amazon.com fell 9% after the company’s second quarter outlook failed to impress. After the company reported roughly in-line Q1 results and forecast Q2 revenue of $18.1B-$19.8B, compared to consensus of $19.03B, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Deutsche Bank all lowered their respective price targets on the stock. Another firm, Raymond James, downgraded Amazon to Outperform from Strong Buy, citing mixed Q1 results, a continued significant investment cycle, and slowing unit growth and media sales. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $391 from $443... Microsoft (MSFT) shares were up nearly 1% after reporting earnings that beat expectations on revenues that were roughly in-line with estimates in the first quarter with new CEO Satya Nadella at the helm. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Prestige Brands (PBH), which rose 17% after the company agreed to acquire Insight Pharmaceuticals for $750M. Also higher following their earnings reports were for-profit education company DeVry (DV), which gained 14%, and hospital operator LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), which advanced 5%. Among the noteworthy losers was drugmaker Cytokinetics (CYTK), which plunged more than 60% after a trial of tirasemtiv in ALS did not achieve its primary efficacy endpoint. Also lower following their earnings reports were Internet radio provider Pandora (P), which fell over 15%, and carmaker Ford (F), which slid 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 119.19, or 0.72%, to 16,382.46, the Nasdaq was down 58.29, or 1.41%, to 4,090.05, and the S&P 500 was down 11.91, or 0.63%, to 1,866.70.
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November 12, 2014
09:01 EDTLPNTNurses expected to protest, strike over Ebola protection, Reuters says
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08:19 EDTDVJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to hold a conference
Developer Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13 with webcasted discussions will begin on November 12 at 10 am. Reference Link
07:48 EDTP, MSFTWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.
07:22 EDTDVPiper says time to increase exposure to Education sector
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07:22 EDTFFord offers favorable risk/reward, says UBS
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05:32 EDTLPNTHospital sector downgraded to Market Weight at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded the Hospital group to Market Weight from Overweight saying the Supreme Court's decision to hear the King v. Burwell case as well as the government's reduced expectations for exchange enrollment in 2015 are likely to remain an overhang on the sector through at least the end of June. Along with the group cut, Wells downgraded shares of HCA Holdings (HCA) and Community Health (CYH) to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm keeps Market Perform ratings on Acadia (ACHC), LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:01 EDTDVDeVry announces death of board chair Connie Curran
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12:09 EDTMSFTRackspace soars after Q3 results top estimates, $500M share buyback plan
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09:37 EDTAMZNeBay October SSS up 4.4%, Amazon SSS up 32.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
ChannelAdvisor released October same-store sales data for eBay (EBAY) and Amazon (AMZN) in a blog post. The research company reported eBay's October SSS growth came in at 4.4%, down from September's 8.9% and below the e-commerce growth rate of about 15% reported by ComScore. Amazon's October SSS growth came in at 32.4%, which was a decrease compared to August's 37.9% rate, ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:15 EDTLPNTUniversal Health recent pullback a buying opportunity, says Leerink
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07:15 EDTFFord begins production of 2015 F-150 at Ford Rouge Center
The 2015 Ford F-150 starts production at Ford Rouge Center. The facilities have been transformed with the latest in manufacturing technology to build the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed. The new F-150 goes on sale in December in the U.S. and will be available in 90 markets in 2015.
06:03 EDTAMZNQ4 global tablet shipments estimated at 74.5M units, DigiTimes reports
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05:59 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name
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November 10, 2014
16:40 EDTMSFTRackspace says joined Microsoft Cloud OS Network
Rackspace (RAX) said it expanded its Managed Private Cloud product portfolio and joined the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud OS Network, adding Fanatical Support for the Microsoft Cloud Platform. It stated, "This includes expertise and support for Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack. The offering is now in general availability in all U.S. data centers providing customers with SLA-backed management across the underlying infrastructure, guest operating systems, and select applications including Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Lync."
15:57 EDTMSFTWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
15:44 EDTAMZNAmazon Web Services to hold a conference
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08:04 EDTFFord announces partnership with Wind Energy Corporation
Ford Motor Company is collaborating with Wind Energy Corporation to bring a new and innovative source of clean energy to its dealers. Under a pilot program exclusive to Ford, Wind Energy will install wind sail and solar panel systems at four Ford dealerships, a nearly $750,000 investment, to help power dealer facilities. A Windy System is expected to deliver 20,000 kilowatts of electricity annually. That is enough energy to power two average-sized homes for a year or charge a Ford Focus Electric 870 times, Fusion Energi 2,600 times and C-MAX Energi 2,600 times. Using one Windy System will offset nearly 14 tons of greenhouse gases per year.
07:23 EDTMSFT, PRBC Capital to hold a conference
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