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April 14, 2015
12:24 EDTNOKOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
12:01 EDTAAPLApple says ResearchKit now available to medical researchers
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11:55 EDTNOKFrench government intends to weigh in on Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent deal, WSJ says
French President Francois Hollande will meet with executives from Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) later today after Nokia confirmed it was in "advanced discussions" to buy its rival, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting indicates France's desire to weigh in on the deal and protect strategic interests. The country's economy ministry earlier Tuesday said, “The government will be very vigilant regarding the possible consequences on employment and activity at the French sites of Alcatel-Lucent, notably in research and development, as well as the effects on the entire telecoms sector in France." Reference Link
11:55 EDTNOKCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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10:50 EDTNOKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:48 EDTQCOMAnalysts differ on Qualcomm after activist JANA presses for change
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10:27 EDTSSNLF, AAPLSamsung's Galaxy S6 Edge costliest phone to build, Re/code reports
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10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:43 EDTAAPLApple to discuss future of iOS and OS X at conference on June 8
Apple announced that it will hold its 26th annual Worldwide Developers Conference June 8 through June 12 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At WWDC, Apple’s developer community will come together to learn about the future of iOS and OS X. WWDC will feature more than 100 technical sessions, over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate technologies and fine tune their apps. Reference Link
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
08:40 EDTAAPLSeveral signs suggest Apple may build a car, says Bernstein
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08:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm businesses worth more together than apart, says Bernstein
After activist investor JANA Partners took a stake of over $2B in Qualcomm and advocated separating the company's chipset and licensing businesses, Bernstein disagrees with JANA, saying that the two businesses are probably worth much more together than they are apart. Bernstein is cautious about the long-term outlook of Qualcomm's business and keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
06:46 EDTNOKAlcatel-Lucent volatility up into Nokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy
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06:31 EDTNOKNokia volatility up into confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) overall option implied volatility of 42 compares to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the company confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
06:28 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 43 at lower end of index mean range
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06:25 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Qualcomm to Buy and maintained its $80 price target citing valuation. The firm said negatives are widely known and positives include stabilizing royalty trends, potential margin improvement, and capital returns.
05:51 EDTNOKNokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) said in a statement, "In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." Nokia cautioned that there "can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction." The statement comes after Bloomberg reported yesterday afternoon that Nokia was in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent's wireless assets to better compete with Ericsson (ERIC) in telecommunications equipment. Shares of Nokia are down 65c to $7.65 in pre-market trading while Alcatel-Lucent is up 22c to $4.57.
05:50 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK ALU
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05:48 EDTAAPLReport: Foxconn engaged in selling second-hand iPhones in China, DigiTimes says
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05:46 EDTSSNLFReport: Samsung to hold off release of flexible tablets in 2015, DigiTimes says
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