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January 25, 2013
08:32 EDTOSK, MCP, EGHT, THLD, ETFC, RIMM, TPX, FLEX, STM, MSFT, HAL, SBUX, PGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Starbucks (SBUX), up 3.5%... Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2%... Oshkosh (OSK), up 9.1%... Halliburton (HAL), up 4.5%... Tempur-pedic (TPX), up 15.7%... ALSO HIGHER: Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 10% after partner initiates Phase 3 MAESTRO study... STMicroelectronics (STM), up 4.4% following upgrade to Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Research in Motion (RIMM), up another 3.5% after Lenovo CFO said yesterday bid for RIM possible... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS/GUIDANCE: Microsoft (MSFT), down 0.8%... Hasbro (HAS), down 5.3%... 8x8 (EGHT), down 8.7%... Flextronics (FLEX), down 7.7%... E-Trade (ETFC), down 2.6%... Select Comfort (SCSS), down 14.9%.
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September 28, 2015
10:43 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning Google Cardboard VR competitor, TNW News says
Microsoft (MSFT) is working on a competitor to Google's (GOOG) Cardboard Virtual Reality program, TNW News reports. The Seattle-based tech giant is inviting participants to an event in Russia on October 17, offering cardboard headsets to those with "successful" suggestions, the report says. Microsoft is already developing its HoloLens "mixed reality" technology, the report says. Reference Link
10:37 EDTHALAnalysts sees upside for Halliburton as Baker Hughes deal moves forward
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06:48 EDTHALHalliburton and Baker Hughes announce additional divestiture proposals
Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) announced that the companies will market for sale additional businesses in connection with Halliburton's pending acquisition of Baker Hughes. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, and in order to permit completion of Halliburton's acquisition of Baker Hughes, the following additional businesses are intended to be divested: Halliburton's expandable liner hangers business, which is part of the company's Completion & Production Division; Baker Hughes' core completions business, which includes: packers, flow control tools, subsurface safety systems, intelligent well systems, permanent monitoring, sand control tools and sand control screens; the Baker Hughes sand control business in the Gulf of Mexico, including two pressure pumping vessels; and Baker Hughes' offshore cementing businesses in Australia, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The combined 2013 revenue associated with all of the businesses intended to be divested was approximately $5.2B. The sale of these businesses will be subject to the negotiation of acceptable terms and conditions for the divestitures, the approval of the divesting company's board, and final approval of the Baker Hughes acquisition by competition enforcement authorities. Halliburton anticipates that the companies will complete the sales of these businesses in the same timeframe as, and the closing of the divestitures would be conditioned on, the closing of the pending Baker Hughes acquisition.
06:42 EDTPGPerfume makers look to Wal-Mart, Target, WSJ reports
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September 25, 2015
18:13 EDTMSFTGates Foundation files lawsuit against Petrobras, auditor, WSJ says
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12:39 EDTFLEXElectronic contract manufacturers advance after Jabil reports earnings
Shares of contract electronic manufacturers Flextronics International (FLEX), Sanmina (SANM), and Celestica (CLS) are advancing after peer Jabil Circuit (JBL) posted quarterly earning last night that easily surpassed analysts' estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Jabil Circuit reported better-than-anticipated profit and revenue in the fourth quarter as revenue in its Diversified Manufacturing Services segment increased 47% on a year-over-year basis, and represented 41% of total company revenue. Jabil reported Q4 earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $4.68B against analysts' estimates of 45c and $4.55B. On the company's Q4 earnings conference call, Chief Executive Officer Mark Mondello said he anticipates continued growth across its DMS business, as the company "captures additional opportunities" in the markets that DMS serves. Mondello noted that those markets include audio, healthcare, consumer packaging, mobility, wearable technologies, and accessories. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company sees DMS in the first quarter up 33% year-over-year and guided to Q1 results that were far ahead of analysts' estimates. Jabil said it sees Q1 EPS of 72c-88c on revenue of $5.1B-$5.3B. Analysts were expecting EPS of 61c on revenue of $4.91B. Jabil also guided to fiscal year 2016 EPS of $2.60 ahead of expectations of $2.37. ANALYST TAKE: After Jabil reported higher than expected Q4 EPS, Stifel notes that the company's guidance for its November quarter was significantly above expectations. The firm thinks the company is benefiting from increased purchases of its diversified manufacturing products by Apple (AAPL). Stifel says that Apple is using Jabil's products for many of its products, not just iPhones, and it expects other customers to ramp up their purchases of the company's DMS products. Stifel kept a $25 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Jabil Circuit are advancing almost 15% to $22.43 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of other contract manufacturers are also advancing, with Flextronics up 1.5%, Sanmina jumping 2.8%, and Celestica higher by 1.35%
11:25 EDTSTMCirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
06:20 EDTSBUXStarbucks promises to raise wages in U.K. beginning in November, FT reports
Starbucks will raise its average wage in the U.K. beginning in November to just under GBP8 an hour, The Financial Times reports. Additionally, the company will offer interest-free loans to help staff members pay deposits on housing. Reference Link
September 24, 2015
12:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partnership a modest positive for Baidu, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo said he considers Baidu's (BIDU) newly announced strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) for the Edge browser in Windows 10 as a modest positive, but thinks it is likely only a headline positive in the near term. However, if Baidu were to strike a deal to become the default search engine for Internet Explorer, that would be "huge" for the Chinese company, Guo tells investors in a research note. The analyst has a Buy rating on Baidu shares.
09:32 EDTSBUXActive equity options trading on open
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06:52 EDTHALFracking companies see bankruptcies, closures, WSJ reports
A series of bankruptcies and closures has swept across the oil industry, with dozens of mostly small, privately owned fracking companies at risk, the Wall Street Journal reports. Most companies that help oil and gas explorers drill and frack wells are small, privately owned and fairly young, the report says. The fall in oil prices has played a large role in the failures of many of these companies, the report says. Companies in the space include Key Energy Services (KEG), Basic Energy Services (BAS), Schlumberger (SLB), and Halliburton (HAL). Reference Link
05:22 EDTSBUXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU SBUX
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTMSFTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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14:34 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. management to meet with Northland
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10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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09:18 EDTSBUX, MSFTPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:16 EDTEGHT8x8, Inc. achieves accreditation under U.K.'s Cyber Essentials Plus scheme
8x8, Inc. announced that the company has secured the United Kingdom's Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation and is now accepted onto their Network Services framework agreement for Unified Communications. The recent accreditation helps 8x8 further strengthen its public sector offering.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
07:51 EDTSBUXStarbucks fails to provide better labor practices, NY Times reports
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