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March 4, 2014
12:59 EDTCLF, QCOM, MDR, RSH, VIPSOn 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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January 20, 2015
13:24 EDTCLFGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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05:49 EDTRSHStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH AMD
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January 16, 2015
11:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement
Cliffs Natural January weekly call option implied volatility is at 96. January is at 98, March is at 88, compared to its 26-week average of 79 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
11:02 EDTVIPSBofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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06:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm Snapdragon 810 scheduled for product launches, DigiTimes reports
Although Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 has been rumored to have defects and unstable mass production, DigiTimes Research says the product has already entered mass production. The AP may still have some defects, but they have not stopped vendors from adopting it into their products. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
18:46 EDTRSHRadioShack delaying rent payments as bankruptcy looms, WSJ reports
RadioShack has withheld paying January rent on some stores as the company struggles to save cash, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources. A RadioShack spokeswoman has declined to comment on the matter. Reference Link
16:20 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a see-saw trading day, with every attempt at getting the averages into positive territory being met with more selling. The market spent most of the day in negative territory, however, as the latest bank earnings reports failed to impress investors, the price of oil renewed its downtrend, and the Swiss National bank withdrew its floor support on the Swiss franc. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Internationally, Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly gave up its minimum exchange rate, sending the Swiss franc soaring against the dollar and euro and triggering wild swings in its equity markets. In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 19K to 316K in the week ended January 10, versus expectations for 298K first-time claims. The producer price index fell 0.3% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.4%. The core PPI rate rose 0.3% in the month, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The Empire State index rebounded to 9.95 in January, beating expectations for a 5.0 reading for the measure of manufacturing activity in the New York area. The Philly Fed index fell 18.0 points to 6.3 in January, which was worse than the projected pullback to a reading of 18.7. WTI crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, reversed its early gains to end the trading session down 4.6% at $46.25 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) advanced $1.34, or 1.8%, to $75.67 after the retailer announced plans to stop operating stores in Canada. Target expects this decision will increase its earnings in fiscal 2015 and beyond, and increase its cash flow in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The company also raised its forecasts for Q4 U.S. comparable sales growth and adjusted earnings per share, mostly due to increased traffic and stronger-than-expected digital sales... Bank of America (BAC) slid 84c, or 5.24%, to $15.20 after reporting its fourth quarter results, while Citigroup (C), which also issued its Q4 report, dropped $1.82, or 3.71%, to $47.23. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose 93c, or 11.94%, to $8.72 amid strength in the basic materials sector. Also benefitting the stock may have been a Bloomberg report that said an adviser to Quebec's investment arm stated that Cliffs' closed down Bloom Lake mine has attracted interest from several potential buyers. Also higher were shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT), which climbed $2.92, or 4.66%, to $65.68 after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. Also of note, the Consumer Analyst Group of New York confirmed to Bloomberg that the food and beverage manufacturer canceled its upcoming conference appearance. Among the noteworthy losers was Best Buy (BBY), which dropped $5.61, or 14.06%, to $34.30 after reporting holiday growth that was lower than previous quarters, citing factors including weakness in tablets, and guiding toward comparable sales in the first half of FY16, excluding certain items, to be flat to down by a low-single digit percentage. Also lower were shares of BlackBerry (BBRY), which declined $2.49, or 19.77%, to $10.10 after the company said last night that it is not in talks with Samsung (SSNLF) about a potential merger, rebutting a Reuters report. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.38, or 0.61%, to 17,320.71, the Nasdaq dropped 68.50, or 1.48%, to 4,570.82, and the S&P 500 declined 18.60, or 0.92%, to 1,992.67.
16:01 EDTCLFOptions Update; January 15, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.01 to 36.13. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB C CLF ABX SUNE according to Track Data.
15:57 EDTCLFCliffs Natural said to have multiple suitors for mine, Bloomberg reports
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15:33 EDTRSHRadioShack in talks for bankruptcy loan with lenders, Bloomberg says
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15:32 EDTCLFCliffs Natural said to have multiple suitors for Bloom Lake, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTRSHActive equity options trading
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09:15 EDTRSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:27 EDTRSHRadioShack could file for bankruptcy as early as next month, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTQCOMSamsung may dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6 for own processor, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF) may dump Qualcomm's (QCOM) Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, reports DigiTimes. According to other industry sources, Samsung's Galaxy S6 may have two versions using either Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors or Samsung's own Exynos chips. Reference Link
06:12 EDTQCOMTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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06:01 EDTMDRMcDermott and GE launch io oil & gas consulting
McDermott (MDR) and GE Oil & Gas (GE) launched io oil & gas consulting, a new independent venture to transform front-end offshore field development. io will consider the full field as one system and have the technical insight to develop every aspect of the front-end solution. McDermott’s investment in io aligns with the company’s strategy to become more client-focused and responsive to operators’ challenges.
05:22 EDTMDRGE Oil & Gas, McDermott launch io oil & gas consulting
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