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May 16, 2014
13:18 EDTRAX, RHT, VMW, EMC, GOOG, CHK, JWN, JCP, DRI, CSCO, AMZN, ARCPOn 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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October 13, 2014
06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle testing feature that allows video chats with doctors, Engadget reports
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06:44 EDTGOOGGoogle could announce new Nexus tablet on October 15, 9to5Google reports
Google's new Nexus tablet may be announced on Wednesday, October 15, 9to5Google reports, citing Bright Side of News. The HTC-made tablet is rumored to cost $400. Reference Link
06:15 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
06:05 EDTDRIDarden downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Darden to Neutral citing a lack of leadership clarity after Starboard ousted the company's entire board of directors.
October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTAMZN, CSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
10:31 EDTARCPAmerican Realty management to meet with JPMorgan
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10:01 EDTEMC, DRIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:52 EDTDRIDarden resumes trading, up 1.8% after all Starboard nominees elected to board
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09:47 EDTDRIDarden confirms 12 Starboard-nominated directors to board
Darden announced that, based on the preliminary vote count provided by its proxy solicitor following the company's 2014 Annual Meeting, shareholders have elected all 12 Starboard-nominated directors to Darden's Board of Directors including Betsy Atkins, Margaret Shan Atkins, Jean Birch, Bradley Blum, Peter Feld, James Fogarty, Cynthia Jamison, William Lenehan, Lionel Nowell, III, Jeffrey Smith, Charles Sonsteby, and Alan Stillman. Darden noted that the preliminary vote count following the Annual Meeting also indicates that shareholders voted FOR the approval, on an advisory basis, of the company's executive compensation, for the ratification of the appointment of KPMG as Darden's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2015, for a management proposal to amend the Company's bylaws to provide for proxy access and against two shareholder proposals as described in the company's associated Proxy Statement.
09:36 EDTDRIAll Starboard directors elected to Darden board, CNBC reports
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09:12 EDTGOOGGoogle could be worth trillion dollars by 2020, says BGC Financial
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07:57 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell with $4 target at Maxim
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07:55 EDTGOOGJapan court orders Google to remove search results, AP reports
Japan has ordered Google to remove search results that hinted at a man's relations with a criminal organization because his privacy rights were violated, reports the Associated Press. Google spokesman Taj Meadows said the company has a standard process for removal requests and will review the Tokyo court injunction. Reference Link
07:10 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Hold at Maxim
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07:04 EDTAMZNAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:52 EDTGOOGGoogle allowed to face Rockstar in California court, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTDRIDarden up against Starboard at yearly meeting, Reuters says
Darden and Starboard Value are expected to enter into heated discussions at the company's yearly meeting, where Starboard is aiming to win full control of the restaurant company's board, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:35 EDTAMZNAmazon in discussions for Jabong acquisition, Economic Times says
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06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle to release its largest smartphone, WSJ reports
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