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April 12, 2012
12:11 EDTAVID, TSCO, MCK, BLK, CSCO, CAH, HPQ, MKTX, FIO, ABC, SNEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, despite a larger than expected increase in weekly jobless claims. The market opened relatively quietly following the release of a number of economic data points. The averages drifted for the opening minutes but then gained upside momentum. The move higher stalled after the averages had gains of roughly 0.5%, then stocks resumed their march higher, with all of the major averages up more that 1.0% near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 380K initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus the expected 355K. 3.25M continuing claims were reported, versus the expected 3.33M. Producer prices for the month of March were flat, versus the expected increase of 0.3%. The core PPI reading, however, rose 0.3%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. The trade balance report showed a deficit of $46.0B, versus expectations for a deficit of $51.8B. Also, Fed Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen made comments last night that the Fed might need to take additional action to bolster the economy if the unemployment rate does not come down. Internationally, Italy's short-term borrowing costs rose at auction, adding to fears that the calming effect of cheap ECB cash is fading... COMPANY NEWS: Sony (SNE) confirmed it plans to cut approximately 10,000 jobs in FY12 as it reorganizes to grow its electronics business to complement its stable entertainment and financial service businesses. Sony said it is positioning digital imaging, games and mobile as the three main focuses of its electronics division and it is making deep cuts in the costs and number of offerings in its television business. Investors were apparently not particularly moved by the announcements, as shares were up 2c, or 0.11%, to $18.77... Researchers Gartner and IDC both indicated that global shipments of personal computers rose in Q1 and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) remained the top PC maker by volume, pushing H-P's shares up 6.25% near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were McKesson (MCK), up 4%, after the company beat out AmerisourceBergen (ABC) and Cardinal Health (CAH) to retain its Department of Veterans Affairs contract, Tractor Supply (TSCO), up almost 6%, after the company raised its 2012 guidance on expectations for a strong first quarter, Fusion-io (FIO), up more than 12%, following a note to investors from Piper Jaffray which said it believes the company is working on a new original equipment manufacturer deal with Cisco (CSCO). Noteworthy losers included Avid Technology (AVID), down over 14%, after the company said it expects to post a Q1 loss on revenues that will be down compared to last year, and MarketAxess (MKTX), down more than 4%, following a Wall Street Journal report that BlackRock (BLK) intends to launch its own trading platform that would let money managers trade bonds directly with each other... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 142.14, or 1.11%, to 12,947.53; the Nasdaq was up 34.78, or 1.15%, to 3,051.24; and the S&P 500 was up 14.37, or 1.05%, to 1,383.08.
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January 29, 2016
05:41 EDTSNESony reports Q3 Mobile Communications sales Y384.5B
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05:39 EDTSNESony reports Q3 EPS Y93.33 vs. Y76.96 last year
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January 28, 2016
16:50 EDTCSCOCisco says Chief Development Officer Pankaj Patel to step down
Cisco disclosed in a regulatory filing that, on January 25, Pankaj Patel, EVP and Chief Development Officer, Global Engineering of Cisco Systems notified the company of his decision to step down from his current position during 2H16.
15:18 EDTHPQXcel Brands collaborates with HP Inc. to create Isaac Mizrahi smartwatch
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11:18 EDTSNEOptions with increasing put volume
Options with increasing put volume: DRII SNE LH CAVM KSS UCO ILMN JBLU AVT SWK JNPR RRC CL HES
10:05 EDTABCHigh option volume stocks
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09:32 EDTMKTXMarketAxess says emerging market trading volumes up 30% in 2015
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08:28 EDTSNESony volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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January 27, 2016
16:18 EDTMCKMcKesson sees FY17 adjusted EPS to grow 7%--12% excluding items
McKesson expects growth in adjusted EPS for FY17 to be between 3% and 8%, as reported, and between 7% and 12%, excluding 48c of gains on the disposition of two businesses and favorable discrete tax items in FY16.
16:17 EDTMCKMcKesson backs FY16 adjusted EPS $12.60-$12.90, consensus $12.77
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16:16 EDTMCKMcKesson reports Q3 adjusted EPS $3.18, consensus $3.13
Reports Q3 revenue $47.9B, consensus $48.8B.
16:03 EDTTSCOTractor Supply sees FY16 EPS $3.40-$3.48, consensus $3.46
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16:02 EDTTSCOTractor Supply reports Q4 EPS 82c, consensus 82c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.65B, consensus $1.65B. Comparable store sales decreased 1.4% for the quarter. The company said, "The same store sales decrease in the fourth quarter was primarily driven by weakness in the key cold-weather seasonal categories of heating (stoves and fuel) and insulated outerwear, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest regions Sales were also impacted by softness in seasonal big ticket items such as snow blowers, log splitters and generators. The weakness in seasonal categories was partially offset by continued sales strength in year-round basic products such as livestock feed, pet food and hardware."
14:44 EDTSNEEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after breakup decision, China licensing deals
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14:34 EDTMCKNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Facebook (FB), consensus 68c... Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 90c... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 69c... McKesson (MCK), consensus $3.13... PayPal (PYPL), consensus 35c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 65c... eBay (EBAY), consensus 50c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.10... Vertex (VRTX), consensus 17c... Discover (DFS), consensus $1.30... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 89c... ServiceNow (NOW), consensus 8c... Lam Research (LRCX), consensus $1.43... Citrix Systems (CTXS), consensus $1.19... Hologic (HOLX), consensus 42c... Juniper (JNPR), consensus 59c... Cavium (CAVM), consensus 28c... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), consensus 81c.
09:29 EDTCSCOFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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08:56 EDTCSCOEMC CEO says 'very committed' to partnership with Cisco
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06:46 EDTBLKFee prices on mutual funds, ETFs sliding towards zero, WSJ says
There is intense fee price competition occurring in the asset management sector as several fund firms, including BlackRock (BLK), Charles Schwab (SCHW), and others, cut fees on their passive products close to 0%, the Wall Street Journal reports. The competition is suppressing industry margins and building a greater impetus for firms to achieve scale, the report says. The slide in costs have been under way for years but is accelerating as the sector's largest companies are targeting increasingly cost-obsessed investors, the report says. Over 100 mutual funds and exchanged-traded funds currently cost $10 or less per $10,000 invested, up from 40 in 2010, the report says, citing Morningstar. Reference Link
06:34 EDTMKTXMarketAxess sees FY16 expenses $168M-$176M, CapEx $18M-$22M
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06:34 EDTMKTXMarketAxess reports Q4 EPS 65c, consensus 62c
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