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April 12, 2012
12:11 EDTSNE, MKTX, AVID, CSCO, FIO, TSCO, CAH, ABC, MCK, HPQ, BLKOn 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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August 13, 2014
14:19 EDTCSCOCisco August 25 straddle priced for 4.7% move into Q4
10:43 EDTCSCOOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: PSEC CSCO XONE NDLS
07:55 EDTHPQHP free cash flow upside thesis intact, says Brean Capital
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07:41 EDTBLKBlackRock among firms contacted by SEC about alternative mutual funds, WSJ says
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07:22 EDTCSCOGoldman pushes Cisco head to step-up software, Bloomberg says
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07:22 EDTBLKBlackRock management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in New York on August 13 hosted by UBS.
August 12, 2014
15:03 EDTCSCOArista Networks faces rougher road ahead, WSJ says
Arista Networks (ANET) shares have been strong since the company's IPO and its growth prospects make a "good case for a decent premium," but the current valuation gap compared to its peers "seems wide", according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column, which noted that Cisco (CSCO) has the resources and incentive to push back against Arista's attempts to take share in network switches. Reference Link
13:19 EDTSNESony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
13:04 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
In the last three months the stock has outperformed the broader averages, rising by nearly 9%. The trend in that time has been up, but with the bulk of gains having been realized near the start of the period. There was one larger bump up in price that was corrected, but that high at $26.08 now becomes an objective for bulls to take out on the upside on good news. The reason for this is that the $26 to $26.50 area forms a big double top when viewed on a 2-year daily chart. The bulls need to break this area of resistance for the stock to become long-term bullish. If they can manage that, next resistance above $26.50 would be at $27.74. If the news disappoints, that potentially bearish double top pattern could asset itself. The $23.50 area on a break lower would be the first test. The middle of the "M" pattern would be at $21.27.
12:49 EDTCSCOCisco August 25 straddle priced for 4.7% move into Q4
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10:31 EDTHPQEx-Autonomy CFO accuses HP of agreement cover-up, Re/code says
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07:42 EDTCSCOCisco August volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:06 EDTCSCOCisco planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports
As part of a worldwide streamlining effort, Cisco is planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports. Reference Link
05:23 EDTSNEPlantronics announces partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Plantronics (PLT) announced it has entered into its first-ever partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SNE) to provide advanced audio perfectly optimized for performance with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The new, officially-licensed product, the Plantronics RIG for PS4, PS3, PS Vita will be available across Europe, Middle East and Oceania for the 2014 holiday season.
August 11, 2014
16:21 EDTCAHCardinal Health, Fred's announce primary supply agreement
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15:24 EDTHPQBloomberg to hold a summit
Silicon Valley 2014 Cybersecurity Summit to be held in Palo Alto, California on August 12.
05:55 EDTCSCOCisco expected to report solid Q4 results at Wells Fargo
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August 8, 2014
14:30 EDTMCKMcKesson to pay $18M to resolve false claims allegations
McKesson Corporation has agreed to pay $18M to resolve allegations that it improperly set temperature monitors used in shipping vaccines under its contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Justice Department announced.
12:49 EDTSNEChina chosen as first market for Sony 4K curved TV's, Nikkei reports
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08:31 EDTCSCOMorgan Stanley expects Cisco to report good results, conservative outlook
Morgan Stanley expects Cisco to report results of 54c/$12.26B vs. consensus of 53c/$12.14B and said checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Shares are Overweight rated with a $30 price target.
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