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April 12, 2012
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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September 25, 2015
08:19 EDTCSCOCisco weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
After meeting with Cisco's CEO, Bernstein says that the company continues to perform in-line with the firm's upbeat outlook. Bernstein says that beairsh views on the company's SDN and Hyperscale businesses "continue to be proved wrong." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:24 EDTMKTXUBS to hold a conference
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September 24, 2015
15:52 EDTBLKOptions with increasing volume; RIG YNDX BLK BBBY TOL HES CC
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10:13 EDTBLKHigh option volume stocks
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09:36 EDTHPQGabelli continues to believe Stratasys is a strategic fit for Hewlett-Packard
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07:45 EDTCSCOCisco CEO confirms Inspur joint venture in China
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTSNE, CSCOChinese 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."
16:34 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
09:18 EDTCSCOPaulson 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.
07:55 EDTTSCOTractor Supply price is right for long-term investors, says Baird
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06:32 EDTHPQHP's employee shift ultimatum not going as planned, Business Insider reports
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06:21 EDTCSCOCisco preps for Inspur deal to bolster China business, WSJ reports
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September 22, 2015
12:54 EDTSNEGoPro CEO says market share has grown since Sony entered market
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12:53 EDTSNEGoPro CEO says competitors like Sony have helped grow total reach
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12:14 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
10:56 EDTCSCOAnalysts disagree on Infoblox outlook
The shares of network controller maker Infoblox (BLOX) are retreating after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Hold in a note to investors today. However, Stifel gave a divergent opinion on the stock yesterday, recommending it as a Buy. BUY: Research firm Stifel yesterday initiated coverage of Infoblox with a Buy rating, saying that the company is poised to benefit from "the tremendous growth of IP-based devices in enterprises." Infoblox has significant growth potential and is the leader in its markets, wrote Stifel, adding that the company should be boosted by its new products and better sales execution going forward. It set a $23 price target on the stock. HOLD: Infoblox still has to work hard to sell its IP Address management system and its Domain Name System, or DNS, product, Deutsche Bank analyst Vijay Bhagavath indicated. Moreover, the company will probably have to increase the amount of money it spends on sales initiatives in fiscal 2016, putting a lid on its earnings power, the analyst warned. Also likely to hurt Infloxblox in fiscal 2016 are its transition to an "as a service model," which is likely to cause analysts to lower their estimates for the company and Cisco's (CSCO) launch of an OpenDNS product for companies, according to Bhagavath, who cut his price target on Infoblox to $20 from $30. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Infoblox fell 3.7% to $17.11.
10:01 EDTHPQHP acquisition of Stratasys would make sense, says Jefferies
Jefferies noted that HP (HPQ) management, during the company's recent analyst meeting, said they were looking to partner with or acquire a 3D printing company. Analyst Jason North believes a larger acquisition is most attractive, as it would speed HP's time to the market by 1-2 years as the company acquires a sales channel. North said Stratasys (SSYS) makes the most sense given its strong reseller network, FDM jetting, stereolithography and direct metal laser sintering potential, and other technologies. The firm rates Stratasys a Buy with a $44 price target on shares.
07:38 EDTCAHUBS to hold a conference
Healthcare Supply Channel & Tech Conference is being held in Boston on September 22.
07:29 EDTHPQHP coverage assumed with a Neutral at Goldman
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06:49 EDTMKTXMarketAxess management to meet with Sandler O'Neill
Meetings to be held in San Francisco on September 23 and in Los Angeles on September 24 hosted by Sandler O'Neill.
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