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May 16, 2014
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), (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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September 21, 2015
16:24 EDTRHTRed Hat reports Q2 operating cash flow $120M
Operating cash flow was $120M for the second quarter, an increase of 12% on a year-over-year basis. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of August 3 was $2B after repurchasing approximately $70M, or approximately 895 thousand shares, of common stock in the second quarter. As of August 31, the remaining balance in the current repurchase authorization was approximately $430M. Deferred Revenue: At quarter end, the company's total deferred revenue balance was $1.41B, an increase of 13% on a year-over-year basis. The negative impact to total deferred revenue from changes in foreign exchange rates was $91M year-over-year. On a constant currency basis, total deferred revenue would have been up 20% year-over-year as detailed in the tables below
16:21 EDTRHTRed Hat sees Q3 EPS 47c, consensus 46c
Sees Q3 revenue $519M-$523M , consensus $513.56M.
16:20 EDTRHTRed Hat sees FY16 EPS $1.85-$1.87, consensus $1.83
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16:17 EDTRHTRed Hat reports Q2 EPS 47c, consensus 44c
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14:57 EDTDRINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:57 EDTRHTNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:31 EDTAMZNAfter Emmys, analyst sees 'growing threat' to established content creators
Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA) shares fell in midday trading following last night's Emmy Awards, while Amazon (AMZN) climbed. An analyst called the combined nominations for Netflix and Amazon a an indication that emerging over-the-top streaming services have become a "growing threat to the establishment." WHAT'S NEW: HBO, a Time Warner network, dominated the 67th Annual Emmy Awards, walking away with 43 awards overall, including 29 Creative Emmys, while Netflix won four awards, as did Viacom's Comedy Central. Amazon, meanwhile, achieved its first-ever Emmy wins with five total awards. Following HBO's performance at the annual awards show, Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings tweeted: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." Netflix was nominated for 34 awards, while Amazon was nominated for 12. STREET RESEARCH: Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said that while Netflix's four Emmys this year was "somewhat disappointing" considering last year's seven, the service's performance at the awards show was "notable," particularly since the company has long been underestimated by bigger and more established content creators. Squali said that the combined 46 nominations for both Netflix and Amazon is a "clear indication" that emerging over-the-top streaming services have become a "growing threat to the establishment" and that it's "a matter of time" before such services begin to rival and possibly exceed their "linear cousins." The analyst sees Netflix gaining strong momentum heading into the second half of fiscal 2015 and 2016 and reiterated a Buy rating on the company's stock with a $125 price target. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares are down 1.95% to $100.62 in afternoon trading. Meanwhile, Time Warner is down 0.29% to $69.44, Viacom is down 2.42% to $45.58, and Amazon is up 0.94% to $545.32.
13:08 EDTGOOGFrance's CNIL rejects Google's informal 'right to delisting' appeal
French data protection agency Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes, or CNIL, rejected Google's appeal of a notice that would require it to apply user requests to remove websites from its search results across all of its domains. CNIL cited these reasons for the rejection: "Geographical extensions are only paths giving access to the processing operation. Once delisting is accepted by the search engine, it must be implemented on all extensions, in accordance with the judgment of the ECJ. If this right was limited to some extensions, it could be easily circumvented: in order to find the delisted result, it would be sufficient to search on another extension, namely to use another form of access to the processing. This would equate stripping away the efficiency of this right, and applying variable rights to individuals depending on the internet user who queries the search engine and not on the data subject. In any case, the right to delisting never leads to deletion of the information on the internet; it merely prevents some results to be displayed following a search made on the sole basis of a person's name. Thus, the information remains directly accessible on the source website or through a search using other terms. For instance, it is impossible to delist an event. In addition, this right is not absolute: it has to be reconciled with the public's right to information, in particular when the data subject is a public person, under the double supervision of the CNIL and of the court. Finally, contrary to what Google has stated, this decision does not show any willingness on the part of the CNIL to apply French law extraterritorially. It simply requests full observance of European legislation by non European players offering their services in Europe." Since the informal appeal has been rejected, the company must now comply with the formal notice. Otherwise, the President of the CNIL may designate a Rapporteur who may refer to the CNIL's sanctions committee with a view of obtaining a ruling on this matter. Reference Link
12:55 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session with a triple digit gain for the Dow and remained in a fairly narrow range for most of the morning. However, once the European markets closed, the U.S. averages weakened and are now struggling to remain in positive ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales fell 4.8% to a 5.31M rate in August, versus expectations for them to be down 1.6% to a rate of 5.5M. Over the weekend, three Federal Reserve officials, namely an Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. In Europe, Alexis Tsipras' Syriza party gained 35.5% of the vote in the Greek election. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in Germany plunged and the ADRs trading in New York dropped more than 17.5% after the EPA and California Air Resources Board detected manipulations that violate American environmental standards while testing Volkswagen diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters... Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards, including the 29 Creative Emmys it won last week. Meanwhile, Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins and Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings, whose company won four awards, tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which jumped 12% after agreeing to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at approximately $4.6B, or the equivalent of $10.42 per Atmel share. Among the noteworthy losers was Mallinckrodt (MNK), which dropped 9% following the announcement that ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) plans to acquire two new drug applications from Merck (MRK) that could compete with Acthar, Mallinckrodt's largest product. Also lower was uniQure (QURE), which fell 15% after announcing topline results of one-year follow-up data from a Phase I/II clinical trial in four Sanfilippo B syndrome patients. Both stocks were among the many big pharma and biotech decliners after Hillary Clinton, on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report detailing Turing Pharmaceuticals' price hike to $750 from $13.50 per pill of a drug that treats a life-threatening parasitic infection, vowed to lay out a plan tomorrow to take on what she calls "price gouging" of specialty drugs. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.57, or 0.24%, to 16,423.15, the Nasdaq was down 21.13, or 0.44%, to 4,806.10, and the S&P 500 was up 1.85, or 0.09%, to 1,959.88.
12:48 EDTRHTRed Hat technical comments ahead of earnings
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12:00 EDTGOOGGoogle, Shopify expand presence in BlackBerry's hometown, Reuters says
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11:14 EDTAMZNNetflix gaining momentum after last night's Emmy's, says Cantor
Netflix (NFLX) left last night's 67th Emmy Awards with four trophies and Amazon (AMZN) "a surprising" five, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali points out in a research note to investors. Netflix's performance is "somewhat disappointing" relative to last year's seven emmys, but it's still a "notable performance" for an $8.99 per month service that started in 2012, Squali argues. The combined 46 nominations for Netflix and Amazon is a "clear indication" that over-the-top streaming services are a "growing threat to the establishment," Squali writes. The analyst views this phenomenon, coupled with solid reviews for Narcos, ongoing expansion throughout Asia and a recent price hike in major European markets as signs Netflix is seeing strong momentum into the second half of 2015. He reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with a $125 price target. Netflix is up 15c to $102.71 in late morning trading.
09:27 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney says to hire 30,000 seasonal associates
J.C. Penney said in a tweet that it will hire 30,000 seasonal associates. Reference Link
09:14 EDTAMZNNetflix CEO congratulates HBO on Emmy dominance
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings tweeted out: "Congrats @HBO on supporting so much Emmy-winning talent. Your leadership of great television is inspiring." Time Warner's (TWX) HBO dominated the Emmy awards ceremony with 43 awards over all, including 29 Creative Emmys last week. Viacom's (VIA) Comedy Central, with four wins, was the network with the second-highest number of awards last night. Meanwhile, Hastings' won Netflix won four awards and Amazon (AMZN) earned its first-ever Emmy wins with two awards for its series "Transparent." Reference Link
08:37 EDTDRIDarden EPS likely to ecceed expectations, says Wells Fargo
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07:41 EDTRHTRed Hat remains positioned for continued execution, says UBS
UBS said Red Hat remains positioned for continued execution and is one of the best positioned pure-play infra-software companies. The firm is incrementally more positive following the stock's recent pullback. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $88 price target on Red Hat shares, citing better than expected Q2 sales, net positive results from its deal pipeline and increased customer interest in its OpenStack product.
07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $847 from $720 at JMP Securities
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07:12 EDTCSCOSplunk to hold a users conference
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU's web rules won't discriminate against U.S. tech companies, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle holding event on September 29, The Verge reports
Google will hold its fall event on Tuesday, September 29, The Verge reports. According to the publication, Google is likely to introduce new Nexus smartphones -- one from LG and one from Huawei -- as well as an updated Chromecast. Reference Link
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