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May 16, 2014
16:18 EDTHPQ, EMC, GOOG, JCP, RAX, RHT, CSCO, CHK, WWE, VMW, AMZN, JWN, VZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in the last session of the week, breaking their streak of two consecutive lower finishes. The averages moved back and forth across the flat line in the early hours of the session before crossing into positive ground for good in the late afternoon. Economic reports released early in the day were mixed, with housing starts growth coming in well above expectations and a consumer confidence reading coming in below the consensus forecast. 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) advanced $5.44, or 17.73%, to $36.12 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. Rackspace said 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 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... Verizon (VZ) shares rose $1.11, or 2.31%, to $49.07 after filings released last night showed that a number of hedge fund managers, most notably Warren Buffet, had taken up new positions in the telecommunications giant. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was embattled retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), whose shares rose $1.36, or 16.25%, to $9.73 following its better than expected quarterly sales report. Also higher was luxury department store operator Nordstrom (JWN), which advanced $9.06, or 14.73%, to $70.55 after the company reported first quarter earnings per share that exceeded expectations and said it will seek a partner for credit card receivables. Among the noteworthy losers was WWE (WWE), which plunged $8.66, or 43.45%, to $11.27 after the company signed a new TV deal with NBC that will reportedly pay it much less than it had expected and the shares were downgraded at Benchmark Co. to Hold from Buy. Also lower were shares of Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which fell $1.35, or 4.66%, to $27.64 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. INDEXES: The Dow was up 44.50, or 0.27%, to 16,491.31, the Nasdaq was up 21.29, or 0.52%, to 4,090.59, and the S&P 500 was up 7.01, or 0.37%, to 1,877.86.
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January 12, 2015
11:19 EDTGOOGGoogle set to provide real-time translation via Translate app, NY Times reports
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11:08 EDTEMCEMC says Elliott agrees to certain limited standstill provisions through Sept.
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10:15 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTGOOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTCHK, VMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:40 EDTGOOGGoogle no longer fixing older Android security flaws, WSJ reports
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09:28 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global
OTR Global raised its view on VMware to Positive following checks that indicate increased ELA activity in Q4.
09:22 EDTGOOG23andMe announces collaboration with Pfizer
Google (GOOG)-backed 23andMe announced an agreement with Pfizer (PFE) that will provide Pfizer with access to 23andMe’s research platform, including services and Research Portal analysis of 23andMe’s genotyped population of over 800,000 individuals, of which more than 80 percent have consented to participate in research. 23andMe’s Research Portal enables qualified and approved scientists outside of 23andMe the opportunity to leverage the company’s unique research model while still protecting the privacy and security of 23andMe’s customers. As a part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate on certain genome-wide association studies, surveys, and clinical trial recruitment. One of these collaborations will be a longitudinal study to better understand the genetics of lupus. This study will entail enrollment and genotyping of 5,000 people into a new lupus research community, and include the integration of medical records, targeted bio-sampling along with genetic information for all participants. This announcement follows a collaboration between 23andMe and Pfizer to enroll 10,000 people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a research initiative designed to explore the genetic factors associated with the onset, progression, severity and response to treatments for IBD. Nearly 4,000 patients have been enrolled in the community since August 2014.
09:04 EDTAMZNAmazon wins first Golden Globe for 'Transparent,' Business Insider reports
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08:21 EDTGOOGApple poised to gain market share, says JMP Securities
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08:02 EDTGOOGGoogle shares undervalued, says Bernstein
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07:38 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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07:35 EDTJCP, VZNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:03 EDTVMWCiti recommends long VMware, short Citrix pair trade
Citigroup closes out its Software pair trade of long Intuit (INTU), short Autodesk (ADSK) and recommends a new trade of long VMware (VMW), short Citrix (CTXS). Citi expects VMware to report strong Q4 results relative to "modest" expectations and sees potential risk to Citrix's sales outlook.
06:46 EDTGOOGGoogle downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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06:35 EDTJWN, JCPObama to press for law requiring disclosure of hacking, NY Times says
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06:28 EDTCSCOCisco positioned for better than expected quarter, says Deutsche Bank
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06:21 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Chesapeake to Buy given attractive valuation, a strong balance sheet from asset sales, improving asset quality, and new management's focus on capital efficiency. Price target is $23.
06:16 EDTVZSpherix announces trial date for case against Verizon set for May 18
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06:06 EDTVZSoftcard cuts 60 employees in restructuring, Re/code reports
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