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May 16, 2014
16:18 EDTRHT, CSCO, CHK, WWE, VMW, AMZN, JWN, VZ, HPQ, EMC, GOOG, JCP, RAXOn 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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November 13, 2014
16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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15:18 EDTJWNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:48 EDTJWNNordstrom technical comments before earnings
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14:26 EDTGOOGAVG Technologies, Google renew Internet search and advertising agreement
AVG Technologies (AVG) announced earlier it has signed a renewal of its Internet search and advertising services agreement with Google (GOOG; GOOGL). The agreement has a 16-month term. AVG Technologies advised that the company's news release earlier today included an incorrect statement of the terms of the Google contract.
11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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10:44 EDTRAXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTVMW, EMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:50 EDTWWEWWE, Atresmedia extend partnership in Spain through 2016
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09:40 EDTJCPActive equity options trading
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09:01 EDTRAXRackspace appoints Todd Cione as Chief Revenue Officer
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08:14 EDTVMWVMware initiated with a Buy at Maxim
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08:14 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Hold at Maxim
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08:08 EDTCSCOCisco, Toshiba announce collaboration for Internet of Things
Toshiba (TOSBF) and Cisco (CSCO) announced that they are collaborating on new ways to utilize the Internet of Everything that can dramatically improve processes, productivity and experiences in manufacturing, transportation and city environments. Representatives from Toshiba and Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MoU, this week with the intention to advance the progress of a new Smart Community. This global collaboration brings together the Cisco Fog Computing network environment featuring Cisco's network-wide security solution with the Toshiba Group's endpoint management technology. The joint effort will help monitor and maintain multiple devices, stream computing technology for high-speed information processing collected from devices, and provide storage technology to accumulate information generated with M2M technology.
07:52 EDTVZVerizon plans to cut 1K jobs via buyouts, Bloomberg says
Verizon plans to cut about 1,000 jobs, which would represent less than 1% of its workforce, through buyout offers by the end of the year, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the plan. Reference Link
07:43 EDTCSCOCisco reported healthy Q1 results, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that Cisco's Q1 margins outperformed expectations, and the firm expects the company's revenue growth to accelerate in Q2. Wells thinks emerging market and carrier spending risk are already priced into the stock, while the company has a number of positive catalysts. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:20 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney price target lowered to $7 from $9 at JPMorgan
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06:57 EDTCSCOCisco results excellent, says Cantor
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06:47 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney Q4 comp guidance likely conservative, says Piper Jaffray
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06:22 EDTGOOGLenovo, Asustek to launch $149 Chromebook, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo and Asustek plan to release Chromebooks using Google (GOOG) certified solutions from Rockchip in 1H15, reports DigiTimes. According to DigiTimes Resarch's latest finding from the Greater China supply chain, the devices are expected to be priced at $149. Reference Link
06:20 EDTGOOG, AMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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