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January 27, 2014
12:28 EDTWIT, NNI, RGR, INFY, FMD, SWHC, CTSH, SLMStocks worth watching ahead of State of the Union
Student lenders, IT outsourcers, and gun makers are among the sectors that investors may want to keep an eye on ahead of the State of the Union address tomorrow night. STUDENT LENDERS: Senator Elizabeth Warren intends to introduce a bill to let students refinance their old loans at new, lower rates, she said earlier this month. Shares of SLM Corp. (SLM), which provides loans to college students, have been weak due to concerns that President Obama will express support for this legislation during his State of the Union address tomorrow night, FBR Capital analyst Edward Mills wrote in a note to investors last week. But the concern is misplaced, as Congress is unlikely to pass Warren's bill, Mills contended. He thinks the weakness in the stock of the company formerly known as Sallie Mae creates a buying opportunity for investors. Other names in the student lending space include First Marblehead (FMD) and Nelnet (NNI). INDIAN IT OUTSOURCERS: On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama is likely to highlight immigration reform legislation in the State of the Union address, Wells Fargo analyst Ed Caso stated in a note to investors earlier today. Immigration reform legislation could surface next spring, and the House could vote on it in the early fall, Caso stated, citing unnamed sources. The House bill may be less hurtful to Indian IT outsourcing companies than the Senate immigration reform bill, the analyst believes. But the outsourcers' stocks could be negatively impacted by the advancement of legislation in the House, he added. Indian IT outsourcing companies provide foreign workers who hold temporary U.S. visas to American firms. A new immigration law could place restrictions on these visas, undermining the Indian IT outsourcers' business. Stocks in the outsourcing space include Cognizant Technology (CTSH), Infosys (INFY) and Wipro (WIT). GUN MAKERS: In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to tighten the country's gun control laws. Congress did not comply with his request, and the President could reiterate his call, or even announce that he is taking action on his own on this issue. Names in the space include Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR).
News For SLM;FMD;NNI;CTSH;INFY;WIT;SWHC;RGR From The Last 14 Days
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February 11, 2016
09:33 EDTWITWipro downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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09:02 EDTWITWipro to acquire HealthPlan Services for $460M
Wipro Limited announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire HealthPlan Services from Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. As part of the agreement, Wipro will acquire 100% of HealthPlan Services' shares for a purchase consideration of $460M. This transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals and is likely to be completed in next 60 to 90 days.
February 10, 2016
10:00 EDTINFYInfosys McCamish, M Financial extend BPO contract to 2025
Infosys McCamish Systems LLC, an Infosys BPO company, and M Financial Group announced a 10-year extension of their BPO contract till 2025. For the last 15 years, Infosys McCamish has been managing the customer care center, policy administration, and claims processing activities for Magnastar.
February 9, 2016
16:08 EDTFMDFirst Marblehead reports Q2 EPS (41c), consensus (74c)
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February 8, 2016
09:10 EDTCTSHCognizant hits fresh 52-week low after earnings
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09:03 EDTWITWipro awarded 5-year management contract by ASSA ABLOY
Wipro announced that it has won an IT infrastructure transformation contract from the ASSA ABLOY Group, headquartered in Sweden. As part of the five-year agreement, Wipro will consolidate ASSA ABLOY's existing data centers in the EMEA region and implement a cloud-based service model, which will include IaaS and PaaS. The deployment will leverage Wipro's BoundaryLess Data Center offering and will provide a full suite of IT infrastructure management services to ASSA ABLOY's global organisation. This solution will bring in a high level of agility, and a consumption-based IT service model powered by a user-friendly service catalog.
06:08 EDTCTSHCognizant sees FY16 revenue $3.32-$3.44, consensus $3.47
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06:08 EDTCTSHCognizant sees Q1 EPS 78c-80c, consensus 81c
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06:06 EDTCTSHCognizant reports Q4 EPS 80c, consensus 78c
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February 5, 2016
06:14 EDTCTSHCognizant volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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