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May 16, 2014
13:18 EDTARCP, EMC, JWN, CSCO, RHT, GOOG, JCP, AMZN, VMW, CHK, DRI, RAXOn 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.
News For RAX;AMZN;CSCO;DRI;JCP;JWN;CHK;GOOG;EMC;VMW;RHT;ARCP From The Last 14 Days
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May 14, 2015
16:00 EDTJCP, CSCOOptions Update; May 14, 2015
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15:01 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:44 EDTJWNNordstrom technical comments before earnings
The key technical feature on the chart ahead of results is a rounding top formation, which has bearish implications for future price. If the news is as bearish or more bearish than current expectations, then the downside support levels to watch would be at $73.29, $70.35, and $67.30. There is a line of support at $70 which was previously a consolidation phase from May to October of last year. If the news is bullish, the first significant resistance level would be at the 50-day moving average at $78.77. If there is a breakout above this average, next resistance would be at $80.80. A move to the $80 area would change the short-term trend to bullish, but longer-term the trend would be neutral.
14:05 EDTCSCOAnalysts clash on Cisco outlook after results
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14:01 EDTCSCOFireEye currently unwilling to consider sale, Re/code reports
After Cisco (CEO) John Chambers said last night on the company Q3 conference call that he "wouldn't bet on" the rumor that his company was targeting an acquisition of FireEye (FEYE), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl added that FireEye is not for sale in any case. The security company's management would not be willing to entertain takeover offers before it reaches $1B in annual revenue, sources familiar with the matter told Hesseldahl. Reference Link
13:28 EDTCHKIncreasing equity options volume
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12:55 EDTJCPBulls, bears debate J.C. Penney after earnings report
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12:03 EDTGOOGVringo seeks Supreme Court review of reversal of judgment against Google
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11:01 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces product integration with Google's Nest
ADT (ADT) announced today a product integration with Nest (GOOG). Launching this summer, the integration will be another example of ADT’s continued desire to open up its ecosystem, paving the way for future opportunities.
10:00 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTGOOG, CSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:12 EDTCSCOCisco deferred revenue strong, says SunTrust
After Cisco provided lower than expected Q4 revenue guidance, SunTrust says that the company's deferred revenue was strong, suggesting that its outlook is better than the guidance indicates. SunTrust keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:11 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 encouraging, but cash flow remains tough, says Baird
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07:44 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q1 beats on EBITDA despite sluggish sales, says UBS
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07:19 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Neutral on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:11 EDTJCP, CSCOOptions expected to be active
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07:11 EDTCSCOCisco tone 'quite bullish,' says Stifel
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07:06 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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06:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney target upped to $15 after Q1 results at Piper Jaffray
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06:09 EDTGOOGGoogle's PR chief Whetstone leaves for Uber, WSJ reports
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