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March 4, 2014
12:59 EDTVIPS, CLF, QCOM, MDR, RSHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the S&P 500 rebounded from yesterday's loss, which was its biggest in a month. Investors were relived and stepped back in to buy after Russian President Vladimir Putin said there’s no immediate need to send troops to Ukraine. The lone economic report of any significance, the ISM report for the New York region, fell from its prior reading but the decline was explained away due to the harsh winter weather. The market rebound could be short lived, however, with the situation in Ukraine not fully resolved by any means. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the New York region ISM reading for February fell to 57.0 from last month's 64.4 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of electronic retailer RadioShack (RSH) dropped 14% after the company reported greater than expected losses during its fourth quarter and announced that it plans to close up to 1,100 of its stores this year in the U.S. The company said its fourth quarter comparable store sales were down 19% and its overall fourth quarter results were driven by a holiday season characterized by lower store traffic, intense promotional activity particularly in consumer electronics, a very soft mobility marketplace and a few operational issues. However, the The company also stated that it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy and it has ample liquidity to meet its obligations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online discount retailer Vipshop (VIPS), which soared 30% after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance easily surpassed expectations. Also higher was semiconductor chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM), which advanced nearly 4% after raising its quarterly dividend by 20% and increasing its share repurchase authorization by $5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which dropped 2.5% after the stock was downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo. Also lower was energy industry services provider McDermott (MDR), which slid over 9% after reporting a quarterly loss of $1.37 a share and suspending guidance for the “foreseeable future” as it undergoes significant changes. Both Capital One and Stephens downgraded McDermott shares following the report. INDEXES: Near 1 pm ET, the Dow was up 215.00, or 1.33, to 16,383.03, the Nasdaq was up 75.80, or 1.77%, to 4,353.10, and the S&P 500 was up 25.86, or 1.4%, to 1,871.59.
News For RSH;QCOM;VIPS;MDR;CLF From The Last 14 Days
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March 2, 2015
05:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Cyanogen announce collaboration
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February 27, 2015
05:55 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 26, 2015
18:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm extends LTE to unlicensed spectrum to enhance mobile experiences
To address the increasing demand for mobile data, Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, is extending LTE to unlicensed spectrum and announced that it has integrated the technology into its latest small cell solutions and RF transceivers for mobile devices. Qualcomm Technologies also announced that it successfully completed over-the-air testing to prove co-existence between multiple LTE-U and Wi-Fi access points in the unlicensed spectrum under extreme load conditions. Qualcomm Technologies will showcase its new solutions with a number of LTE-U demonstrations at Mobile World Congress, March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.
11:03 EDTQCOMSamsung ranks first in 2014 EU patent applications
The European Patent Office reports that Samsung (SSNLF) was ranked first in number of European patent applications for 2014 with 2,541 applications filed. Philips (PHG) took second place with 2,317, Siemens (SIEGY) took third with 2,133, BASF (BASFY) took sixth with 1,530, Qualcomm (QCOM) took seventh with 1,459, Ericsson (ERIC) took ninth with 1,347, and Intel (INTC) took 10th with 1,054 applications filed.
09:08 EDTQCOMHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
The Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee holds a hearing entitled, "Patent Demand Letter Practices and Solutions" with Vice President-Government Affairs Laurie Self at Qualcomm on February 26 at 10:15 am. Webcast Link
06:13 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
09:53 EDTQCOMCredit Suisse technology analysts hold an analyst/indusr
Analysts provide takeaways from Qualcomm, Cisco and Arista Networks on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on February 25 at 10 am.
05:54 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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05:20 EDTMDRMcDermott and Petrofac form five-year strategic alliance
McDermott and Petrofac Limited announced they have formed a strategic marketing alliance to pursue top-tier deepwater subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline, or SURF, projects. The five-year alliance expects to provide oil and gas companies a competitive, integrated solution across a broad range of complex engineer, procure, construct, install Subsea projects in deep and ultra-deepwater across the US Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Brazil, the North Sea, Mediterranean and West Africa. SURF projects are expected to be above $200M, with the project scope anticipated to be split between partners roughly equally, but according to the specifics of a particular opportunity, and governed by separate project agreements.
February 24, 2015
06:06 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 23, 2015
07:40 EDTCLFBMO Capital to hold a conference
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06:11 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 22, 2015
17:25 EDTQCOMChip designer CEVA takes on Qualcomm in China, Bloomberg says
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February 20, 2015
11:47 EDTQCOMQualcomm mentioned positively at Pacific Crest
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10:30 EDTVIPSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:26 EDTRSHStandard General weighing bid to lead RadioShack out of bankruptcy, WSJ says
Hedge fund Standard General, which became the largest shareholder of now bankrupt RadioShack last year by taking a 9.9% stake, has discussed contributing about $75M toward a $200M bid for the new RadioShack, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. The report noted that such a deal would essentially trade a rescue loan the fund arranged and contributed to last year for an ownership stake. Reference Link
04:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM KO
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February 19, 2015
10:15 EDTQCOMQualcomm spikes on activist speculation, levels to watch
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10:07 EDTQCOMQualcomm calls active on speculation of an activist investor stake
Qualcomm February 70 and 71 calls are active on 12K contracts (1K puts) on speculation of an activist investor stake. February call option implied volatility is at 20, March is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
09:50 EDTQCOMRumor: Qualcomm moves up on speculation of an activist investor stake
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