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May 16, 2014
13:18 EDTVMW, CHK, DRI, RAX, ARCP, EMC, JWN, CSCO, RHT, GOOG, JCP, AMZNOn 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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February 17, 2015
16:17 EDTRAXRackspace falls after earnings, levels to watch
Shares are down over 6% in the extended session to $46.85 following results. At that price next support is at $45.51. Resistance is at $47.29.
16:04 EDTRAXRackspace sees FY15 revenue $2B-$2.1B, consensus $2.08B
Sees FY15 revenue to grow between 14%-18% on a constant currency basis. Based on foreign currency movements to date, Rackspace anticipates a 200 basis point headwind to revenue growth for the full year of 2015, resulting in GAAP revenue in the range of $2.0B-$2.1B. The company expects adjusted EBITDA margins to be between 33%-36% for the year.
16:03 EDTRAXRackspace sees Q1 revenue $477M-$484M, consensus $490.51M
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16:02 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q4 EPS 26c, consensus 19c
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; February 17, 2015
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15:32 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Devon Energy (DVN), consensus $1.05... Vornado Realty (VNO), consensus $1.23... Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 61c... FirstEnergy (FE), consensus 75c... CF Industries (CF), consensus $5.08... Agilent Technologies (A), consensus 41c... Cimarex Energy (XEC), consensus 82c... Flowserve (FLS), consensus $1.13... Fossil (FOSL), consensus $3.07... Rackspace (RAX), consensus 19c... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), consensus 37c... Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 87c... Cloud Peak Energy (CLD), consensus 7c... La-Z-Boy (LZB), consensus 38c... KAR Auction Services (KAR), consensus 29c... Owens & Minor (OMI), consensus 50c... Valmont Industries (VMI), consensus $1.65... Realty Income (O), consensus 66c.
15:09 EDTRAXRackspace February 50 straddle priced for 8.4% movement into Q4
13:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:12 EDTGOOGAT&T to match Google Fiber speed, pricing in Kansas City area, KC Star says
AT&T (T) announced on Sunday that it would offer Internet service in Kansas City and several of itssuburbs, with the same speed and pricing as Internet service provided by Google's Google Fiber service in the region, according to The Kansas City Star. Reference Link
11:25 EDTCSCOCisco partners with France to invest $100M in French startups, TechCrunch says
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Monday a partnership with Cisco that will see the company investing $100M in French startups in coming years, reports TechCrunch, citing government statements and remarks by Cisco CEO John Chambers. The partnership also involves collaborating on cybersecurity, "smart" networks and cities, and an education initiative aimed at teaching network infrastructure to 200,000 people. Reference Link
11:24 EDTCHKMcClendon, American Energy say Chesapeake lawsuit 'baseless'
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10:41 EDTCHKChesapeake files suit against founder McClendon, Reuters reports
Chesapeake Energy filed suit today alleging that its founder and former CEO, Aubrey McClendon, "misappropriated highly sensitive trade secrets" in order to launch his new venture American Energy Partners, Reuters reports. Reference Link
10:31 EDTGOOGApple rises as analysts applaud reported auto ambitions
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10:28 EDTRAXJANA Partners reports 5.6% passive stake in Rackspace
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10:00 EDTJWNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading on open
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08:50 EDTGOOGGoogle launches Chinese YouTube channel for app developers, TechCrunch says
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07:33 EDTRAXRackspace volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:52 EDTCSCOSony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link
04:58 EDTJWNNordstrom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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