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May 16, 2014
13:18 EDTRHT, GOOG, JCP, AMZN, VMW, CHK, DRI, RAX, ARCP, EMC, JWN, CSCOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday as the market looks set to end the week on a low note and extend its two day losing streak. The major averages opened relatively quietly with options ready to expire and have remained in a narrow range throughout the morning part of the session. The market barely reacted to the day’s economic data, which included housing starts and permits that were well above expectations. The first readout of the University of Michigan consumer confidence index for the month, however, was below expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 13.2% to a 1.07M unit pace in April, which was well above expectations. The number of building permits issued also beat the consensus forecast, rising 8% to a pace of 1.08M. The University of Michigan consumer confidence index fell to 81.8 in the first May release, falling short of expectations for a modest rise to 84.3. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Rackspace (RAX) surged 20% higher after the cloud computing company disclosed last night that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships and that it had hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to help evaluate the proposals and explore its options. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse wrote that Rackspace's cloud offerings would be attractive to multiple companies, including Cisco (CSCO), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dell. Piper Jaffray said in its own note that the list of potential buyers for Rackspace is "extensive," also listing Cisco, but adding Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), EMC (EMC), VMware (VMW) and Red Hat (RHT) as other potential suitors. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nordstrom (JWN), which was up nearly 13% after the company reported first quarter earnings per share that exceeded expectations and said it will seek a partner for credit card receivables. Also rising following its better than expected quarterly sales report was another retailer, J.C. Penney (JCP), whose shares rose 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which fell almost 5% after announcing that it will spin off its Oilfield Services business, among other asset moves, and lowered its FY14 production, operating cash flow and dividend payments outlooks. Also lower were shares of restaurant operator Darden (DRI), which slipped 4% after agreeing to sell its Red Lobster business and certain other assets, such as real estate, to Golden Gate Capital for $2.1B in cash. American Realty (ARCP) then announced an approximate $1.5B sale-leaseback transaction for over 500 Red Lobster restaurant properties to be completed in conjunction with Golden Gate Capital's acquisition. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 17.40, or 0.11%, to 16,429.41, the Nasdaq was down 13.31, or 0.33%, to 4,055.99, and the S&P 500 was down 1.85, or 0.1%, to 1,869.00.
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November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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15:18 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:48 EDTJWNNordstrom technical comments before earnings
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14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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11:00 EDTARCPStocks with call strike movement; ARCP BBRY
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10:44 EDTRAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTVMW, EMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:40 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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09:01 EDTRAXRackspace appoints Todd Cione as Chief Revenue Officer
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08:35 EDTDRIDarden announces corporate governance reforms
Darden Restaurants is implementing a number of reforms and the board has also recommended changes that would require shareholder approval at the company's 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The changes include, but are not limited to: termination of the company's Shareholder Rights Plan – the company has eliminated the Poison Pill by amending the Rights Agreement to expire on November 28, 2014 rather than May 25, 2015; the company has adopted a majority voting standard in uncontested elections; the company has amended its political engagement and disclosure policy to provide additional disclosure of its political contributions and lobbying efforts; the board has resolved to recommend for shareholder approval, at the company's next annual meeting, an amendment to the Charter to provide a 10% voting threshold to call a special meeting; the board has recommended for shareholder approval an amendment to the relevant provisions of the Charter to eliminate the supermajority requirement. The board also adopted a revised peer group for compensation benchmarking, which better matches the company's size and profile. This new peer group will assist the board in further aligning compensation practices with shareholder interests.
08:14 EDTVMWVMware initiated with a Buy at Maxim
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08:14 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Hold at Maxim
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08:08 EDTCSCOCisco, Toshiba announce collaboration for Internet of Things
Toshiba (TOSBF) and Cisco (CSCO) announced that they are collaborating on new ways to utilize the Internet of Everything that can dramatically improve processes, productivity and experiences in manufacturing, transportation and city environments. Representatives from Toshiba and Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, this week with the intention to advance the progress of a new Smart Community. This global collaboration brings together the Cisco Fog Computing network environment featuring Cisco's network-wide security solution with the Toshiba Group's endpoint management technology. The joint effort will help monitor and maintain multiple devices, stream computing technology for high-speed information processing collected from devices, and provide storage technology to accumulate information generated with M2M technology.
07:43 EDTCSCOCisco reported healthy Q1 results, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Cisco's Q1 margins outperformed expectations, and the firm expects the company's revenue growth to accelerate in Q2. Wells thinks emerging market and carrier spending risk are already priced into the stock, while the company has a number of positive catalysts. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target lowered to $7 from $9 at JPMorgan
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06:57 EDTCSCOCisco results excellent, says Cantor
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06:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q4 comp guidance likely conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAMZN, GOOGAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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