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March 4, 2014
12:59 EDTRSH, QCOM, VIPS, MDR, CLFOn 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.
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July 23, 2014
16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.44, consensus $1.22
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15:30 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Qualcomm reports after Goldman takes off 'Conviction Buy' list
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14:35 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly 81 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q3
13:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical commentary ahead of results
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11:33 EDTQCOMSamsung Ventures invests in BlueStacks, Business Insider reports
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10:02 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:27 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
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July 22, 2014
15:41 EDTQCOMQualcomm replaces NVIDIA in newest Xiaomi Mi phone, TechInAsia reports
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15:39 EDTQCOMNVIDIA loses another Tegra socket to Qualcomm, says Pacific Crest
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12:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm advances after Cowen sees shares poised to break-out
Shares of Qualcomm (QCOM), which develops mobile device components, are climbing after research firm Cowen wrote that the stock is poised to break-out above its recent range. WHAT'S NEW: Qualcomm's stock is well-positioned to advance above the trading range it has stayed in over the past three months, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The company's Q3 results, due to be announced on July 23, should be in-line with or better than expectations, the analyst predicted. The company's QCT business unit - which provides solutions for smart connected devices - likely exceeded expectations last quarter, driven by gains in LTE technologies, according to Arcuri. Meanwhile, he believes that Qualcomm's technology licensing business should generate results at the high end of the unit's total available market, as its revenue from licensing technology for devices using the CDMA standard appears to have exceeded the high end of its guidance. Qualcomm's Q4 guidance could exceed expectations and the company's revenue growth may accelerate to double digit percentage levels, the analyst forecast. Furthermore, Qualcomm's profits are likely to be boosted by cost cutting and higher margins in its QCT business, Arcuri predicted. He kept an $86 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Qualcomm climbed $2, or 2.5%, to $81.69.
08:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm poised to break out of trading range, says Cowen
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July 21, 2014
14:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural July weekly volatility increases into Q2
Cleveland Cliffs July weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, August is at 58, September is at 57, January is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
12:11 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; PBR CLF
Petrobras (PBR) October 20 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 44, Cliffs Natural (CLF) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 48 according to IVolatility
08:12 EDTMDRMcDermott unit awarded contract from Walter Oil & Gas
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08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges vote in favor of seven Cliffs nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, stating in part: "Cliffs' July 29 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is right around the corner and you have an important and strategic choice to make regarding the composition of the Cliffs Board and the future direction of your company. Last week, Cliffs announced that we reduced our slate from nine to seven candidates in order to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the Board of Directors as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision... Surrendering a majority of the Board will enable Casablanca to enact what we believe is a value-destructive plan, including a "fire sale" of Cliffs' assets at the bottom of the commodity cycle."
July 18, 2014
10:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and revenue outlook
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 32, August is at 20, September, October and January is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 23.
10:05 EDTCLFCasablanca calls Cliffs Natural revised proxy 'desperate ploy'
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces revised proxy with ISS, Glass Lewis recommendations
Cliffs Natural announced that it has revised its WHITE proxy card to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the board as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision. While both proxy solicitation firms have recommended shareholders support four Casablanca nominees, they have recommended that Cliffs' nominees should remain as the majority of Cliffs' board. As such, Cliffs' board has reduced its slate of directors to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting from nine to seven candidates, with Barry J. Eldridge and Stephen M. Johnson no longer standing for re-election. With this change, shareholders can vote the company's WHITE proxy card in order to elect four of Casablanca's nominees and seven of Cliffs' nominees, which is in line with both ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations. In addition, Cliffs' board is offering to include Lourenco Goncalves, Joseph Rutkowski, Gabriel Stoliar, and Douglas Taylor on Cliffs' WHITE proxy card, subject to such individuals providing Cliffs with their consent to include their names on Cliffs' proxy card.
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