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April 12, 2012
12:11 EDTBLK, CSCO, CAH, HPQ, MKTX, FIO, ABC, SNE, AVID, TSCO, MCKOn 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.
News For SNE;HPQ;MCK;ABC;CAH;TSCO;FIO;CSCO;AVID;MKTX;BLK From The Last 14 Days
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February 22, 2015
12:51 EDTCAHJ&J considers Cordis sale with Cardinal the leading suitor, Bloomberg says
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February 20, 2015
17:31 EDTCAHJ&J considering sale of Cordis with Cardinal the leading suitor, Bloomberg says
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08:27 EDTTSCOTractor Supply well positioned for growth, says BofA/Merrill
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07:27 EDTHPQHP volatility elevated into Q1 and growth outlook
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06:11 EDTSNESony may be contemplating replacing CEO Hirai with CFO Yoshida, NY Post says
Sony may be considering replacing CEO Kaz Hirai with current CFO Kenichiro Yoshida, reports the New York Post, citing several Hollywood sources. Yoshida has received heavy media praise for his restructuring efforts and is currently set to add the title of executive deputy president in April. The article emphasizes that this is speculation among Hollywood figures. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
09:59 EDTTSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Altisource Residential (RESI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... British Land (BTLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Monster Worldwide (MWW) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Werner (WERN) upgraded on improving freight fundamentals at RBC Capital... diaDexus (DDXS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg,
09:14 EDTSNESony Pictures co-chairman position may be split into multiple roles, FT says
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08:45 EDTHPQHP launches open network switches for web scale cloud data centers
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07:37 EDTTSCOTractor Supply upgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Tractor Supply to Outperform from Perform. As reasons for the upgrade, the firm cited its increased optimism about the hardlines retail sector, its belief that the company is poised to capitalize on positive macro trends, and its contention that the company has multiple EPS growth drivers. Target $95.
06:57 EDTSNESony to release high-end audio memory card, WSJ says
Sony will release a high-end, audio-focused memory card next month, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing spokesperson comments. The 64gb micro SD card will sell for $160 in Japan -- which the paper notes is roughly five times the average price for standard 64gb cards -- and produces less electrical noise when reading data. A Sony spokesperson stated, "We arenít that sure about the productís potential demand." Reference Link
06:44 EDTTSCOTractor Supply upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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February 18, 2015
12:30 EDTSNESony upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
10:02 EDTHPQe.Digital Corporation files patent infringement lawsuits against HP, others
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08:42 EDTTSCOTractor Supply to host investment community meeting
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07:12 EDTBLKCFA Society of Minnesota to hold a discussion
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06:15 EDTHPQHP Q1 sales should be in-line despite currency, says Citigroup
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06:00 EDTSNESony plans to split out Video & Sound unit, others thereafter
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05:58 EDTSNESony sets FY17 ROE target of more than 10%
Sony held its Corporate Strategy Meeting and unveiled a mid-term strategy that charts the path forward for the company over the next three years. Sony said it will position Return on Equity as its primary key performance indicator and has set a target for consolidated ROE of more than 10% and a target for consolidated operating profit of more than 500B yen for the Sony Group in FY2017, the final year of its mid-range corporate plan.
February 17, 2015
11:25 EDTCSCOCisco partners with France to invest $100M in French startups, TechCrunch says
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Monday a partnership with Cisco that will see the company investing $100M in French startups in coming years, reports TechCrunch, citing government statements and remarks by Cisco CEO John Chambers. The partnership also involves collaborating on cybersecurity, "smart" networks and cities, and an education initiative aimed at teaching network infrastructure to 200,000 people. Reference Link
05:52 EDTCSCO, SNESony to establish alliance to promote Ultra HD technology, DigiTimes reports
Sony (SNE) is planning to form an alliance with 10 companies including Cisco (CSCO) and Rohde & Shwarz to boost IP-based Ultra HD video broadcasts, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, the alliance named IP Life Consortium will allow TV stations worldwide to set up Ultra HD infrastructure with lower costs. Reference Link
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