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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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September 18, 2014
15:15 EDTRHTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
15:00 EDTRHTRed Hat September 60 straddle priced for 6.7% move into Q2
14:21 EDTRHTRed Hat technical comments before earnings
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13:57 EDTGOOGGoogle mulls new R&D unit focused on longer term projects, The Information says
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12:58 EDTEMC, VMWEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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12:07 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP FB
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10:27 EDTDRI, RAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:58 EDTGOOGGoogle October volatility flat on tight three-month price range
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08:44 EDTAMZNAmazon.com volatility flat into Alibaba IPO
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08:12 EDTDRIDarden board says shareholders' choice could impact progress, including dividend
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08:02 EDTRHTRed Hat to acquire FeedHenry for EUR63.5M in cash
Red Hat announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire FeedHenry, an enterprise mobile application platform provider. FeedHenry expands Red Hat’s broad portfolio of application development, integration, and Platform-as-a-Service solutions, enabling Red Hat to support mobile application development in public and private environments. Red Hat has agreed to acquire FeedHenry, a privately held company, for approximately EUR 63.5M in cash, subject to certain adjustments at closing. The transaction is expected to close in 3Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.
07:26 EDTGOOGGartner: Smartwatch market ready to expand, poised for takeoff, DigiTimes says
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07:18 EDTGOOGSupply chains expect component orders from Motorola through 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:05 EDTAMZNAmazon partners with Bango, Telefonica Deutschland on carrier billing services
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06:00 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces Fire OS 4 'Sangria'
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05:59 EDTAMZNAmazon announces new Fire HD
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05:57 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces Fire HDX 8.9
Amazon introduced the all-new Fire HDX 8.9, which combines a light design and HDX display with a new, more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 “Sangria” features and services. The new Fire HDX is available for pre-order starting today for $379.
05:57 EDTAMZNAmazon announces Fire HD Kids Edition
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05:56 EDTAMZNAmazon introduces two new Kindles
Amazon introduced the 7th generation of Kindle: Kindle Voyage and the new $79 Kindle, with a 20% faster processor, twice the storage, and now with a touch interface. Kindle Voyage features an all-new design, with a beautiful flush glass front and a magnesium back. Kindle Voyage uses a brand new Paperwhite display, with the highest resolution, highest contrast, and highest brightness of any Kindle. The new Kindle is available for pre-order today for $79 and will start shipping in October. The new Kindle Voyage is $199 and is available for pre-order and will start shipping in October.
05:51 EDTAMZNPiper questions why Amazon is in hardware business
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