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February 14, 2013
16:27 EDTZ, PEP, AAMRQ, STZ, HSP, CSCO, BRK.A, LCC, CTL, GM, HNZ, BUDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed after weekly U.S. jobless claims, global economic data, and a number of M&A announcements sent the market mixed signals. The averages spent much of the session drifting in a narrow range, with the Dow the only major average unable to cross back into positive ground at the close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 27K from the prior week to 341K, versus expectations for 360K claims. In Europe, the euro zone's 0.6% contraction in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter was the steepest for the bloc since early 2009. In Asia, Japan’s real gross domestic product contracted for the third straight quarter, shrinking 0.1% in the final three months of last year... COMPANY NEWS: M&A dominated the day's headlines. Anhesuer-Busch InBev (BUD) and Constellation Brands (STZ) announced that the terms of their deal had been revised, granting Constellation perpetual rights to distribute Corona and other Modelo brands in the U.S. Shares of Constellation gained $11.87, or 37.23%, to $43.75 after the news. AB InBev shares also gained $4.50, or 5.1%, to $92.76 as Constellation CEO Rob Sands said on a conference call he believes this revised agreement should satisfy competitive concerns raised by the lawsuit brought by Department of Justice... The long-anticipated merger between bankrupt American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AAMRQ) and US Airways (LCC) was finalized, creating the world's largest airline. AMR's creditors will own a 72% stake in the new airline, while US Airways will hold the other 28%. Shares of US Airways, which have run-up in anticipation of this deal, fell 67c, or 4.57%, to $13.99 following the news... Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), along with partner 3G Capital, agreed to buy H.J. Heinz (HNZ) for $72.50 per share, a 20% premium over Heinz's closing price on Wednesday. Heinz shares gained $12.02, or 19.87%, to $72.50, while Berkshire class A shares rose 1.01% to $149,240... MAJOR MOVERS: Among major companies reporting earnings, PepsiCo (PEP) gained 78c, or 1.09%, to $72.28, General Motors (GM) lost 92c, or 3.21%, to $27.75, and Dow member Cisco (CSCO) lost 14c, or 0.66%, to $21.00. Another notable gainers was Zillow (Z), which rose $3.33, or 8.55%, to $42.30 after the company's Q4 report beat estimates, the company announced a search agreement with Google (GOOG), and Citigroup raised its price target on shares to $50 from $35. A noteworthy loser was CenturyLink (CTL), which fell $9.42, or 22.6%, to $32.27 after the company announced Q4 results, cut its dividend, and the stock was downgraded by at least six analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Hospira (HSP), down $2.60, or 7.96%, to $30.05 after the company withdrew its 2013 guidance after the FDA expanded the Symbiq import alert originally issued in November of last year... INDICES: The Dow was down 9.52, or 0.07%, to 13,973.39; the Nasdaq was up 1.78, or 0.06%, to 3,198.66; and the S&P 500 was up 1.05, or 0.07%, to 1,521.38.
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February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTZZillow says acquisition of Trulia expected to close as early as February 17
Zillow announced it expects to close the previously announced acquisition of Trulia as early as February 17 following notification from the Federal Trade Commission that it has closed its investigation.
17:04 EDTZZillow reports Q4 adjusted EBITDA $20M
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17:02 EDTZZillow reports Q4 adjusted EPS 24c, consensus 28c
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16:35 EDTGM, PEPS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
08:19 EDTGMAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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06:19 EDTGMGM worried about impact to credit rating by proposed buyback, WSJ reports
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February 12, 2015
16:57 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, thanks in part to the ceasefire brokered between Russia and Ukraine as well as the ongoing debt discussions between Greece and Eurozone leaders. Another contributor may have been oil prices, which continues to rally from their low point of a couple of weeks ago. The move in stocks was broad based, though the tech-heavy Nasdaq led the way with a gain of about 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. When autos and gas components are removed, the core reading was up 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7, versus expectations for 287K first-time claims. Business inventories edged up 0.1% in December, versus expectations for them to grow 0.2%. In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. In Greece, yesterday's Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) dropped $5.53, or 6.43%, to $80.48 after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. American Express CEO Ken Chenault said in a call about the news that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Expedia (EXPE) rose $11.35, or 14.51%, to $89.57 after it agreed to acquire rival Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) for $12 per share. Orbitz shares surged $2.10, or 21.83%, to $11.72 after the deal was announced, while Priceline (PCLN), which be the last big global online travel agency left standing next to Expedia if the deal is approved, advanced $31.89, or 3.01%, to $1,091.95. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was TripAdvisor (TRIP), which rose $15.13, or 22.49%, to $82.40 amid the big deal in its industry and after its own fourth quarter revenue beat analysts' expectations. Also higher after its quarterly report was networking products giant Cisco Systems (CSCO), which rallied $2.53, or 9.39%, to $29.46. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were NetApp (NTAP), which fell $2.90, or 7.28%, to $36.90, and Kellogg (K), which dropped $3.00, or 4.52%, to $63.30. Also lower were shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA), which declined $9.92, or 4.66%, to $202.88 after the electric car maker unexpectedly reported losses for its fourth quarter, delivered fewer vehicles than expected and guided toward a significant increase in spending for the coming year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 110.24, or 0.62%, to 17,972.38, the Nasdaq gained 56.43, or 1.18%, to 4,857.61, and the S&P 500 advanced 19.95, or 0.96%, to 2,088.48.
15:12 EDTHSPJ&J Remicade appeal process could take years to resolve, says Wells Fargo
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11:52 EDTGMGM working with Morgan, Goldman amid activist pressure, Reuters reports
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11:49 EDTCSCOCisco hits 52-week high after Q2 results beat expectations, dividend raised 11%
Shares of networking products company Cisco Systems (CSCO) are rallying after the company's second quarter results surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Cisco reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 53c and revenue of $11.94B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of 51c and $11.8B, respectively. Cash flows from operations were $2.9B in Q2 versus $2.5B in the prior quarter. The company repurchased about 44M shares of stock in the quarter at an average price of $27.63 per share. John Chambers, Cisco's chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said the company grew revenues 7% and delivered strong EPS growth despite a volatile economic environment. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to the third quarter, Cisco forecast EPS of 51c-53c and revenue growth of 3%-5%, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of of 52c and $12.01B, respectively. On the earnings conference call, Chambers said it is "too early to call a turn" in emerging markets. In addition to the better than expected quarterly earnings, Cisco raised its quarterly dividend 11% to 21c from 19c per share. Chief Financial Officer Kelly Kramer said the company is committed to returning at least 50% of its free cash flow annually. ANALYST REACTION: Research firm Piper Jaffray said this morning that it sees little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remain fully priced at current levels. Citi continues to view Cisco as a "very low" single-digit grower with no upside to operating margin and tough comps ahead. The firm raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Cisco rose $2.32 or 8.61% to $29.25 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $29.58. Including today's advance, the shares have gained approximately 27% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Cisco’s main competitor in the networking space, Juniper Networks (JNPR), is up 1.5%.
11:37 EDTGMGM working with Morgan Stanley, Goldman amid activist pressure, Reuters says
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10:49 EDTHSPWellington Management reports 6.62% passive stake in Hospira
09:50 EDTGMGM's Chevrolet says production of Bolt EV to be built at Orion facility
Chevrolet has confirmed production of its next-generation pure electric vehicle, based on the Bolt EV concept. It will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly facility near Detroit. GM North America President Alan Batey made the announcement ahead of the Chicago Auto Show. The Bolt EV concept was introduced last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Start of production and additional details will be announced later.
09:22 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), up 13.5%... Cisco Systems (CSCO), up 7.2%... FireEye (FEYE), up 7.7%... GNC (GNC), up 4.8%... NVIDIA (NVDA), up 5.5%... Whole Foods (WFM), up 2.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), up 21.6% after agreeing to be acquired by Expedia (EXPE). Expedia is up 11%... Ballard Power (BLDP), up 8.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lake Street... Verastem (VSTM), up 4.7% after receiving orphan drug designation from FDA VS-5584 in mesothelioma. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Zulily (ZU), down 25.4%... Cabelas (CAB), down 9%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 5.9%.... Baidu (BIDU), down 4.8%... NetApp (NTAP), down 6.5%... Avon Products (AVP), down 3.6%... Tesla (TSLA), down 8.9%... Kellogg (K), down 5.1%... Amber Road (AMBR), down 16%. ALSO LOWER: Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 4.5% after 12M share Secondary priced at $10.25.
07:33 EDTHSPHospira not announcing FY15 projections due to recent merger argreement
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07:32 EDTHSPHospira reports Q4 adjusted EPS 53c, consensus 42c
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07:27 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $34, remains a top pick at SunTrust
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06:29 EDTCSCOFacebook designing own network equipment, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTCSCOCisco shares remain fully priced, says Citigroup
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06:03 EDTCSCOCisco shares have little downside risk, says Piper Jaffray
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