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February 14, 2013
16:27 EDTSTZ, CTL, Z, CSCO, GM, PEP, BRK.A, HNZ, AAMRQ, LCC, BUD, HSPOn 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, Japanís 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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October 21, 2014
20:00 EDTCSCOEMC said to buy out most of Cisco VCE joint venture stake, Bloomberg reports
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14:34 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMCís majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMCís Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
12:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors says supports Michigan House Bill 5606
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10:13 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:01 EDTCTLCenturyLink and Switch SUPERNAP announce strategic agreement
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06:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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October 20, 2014
11:53 EDTGMDeaths tied to faulty GM ignition-switch increases to 29, Reuters says
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08:22 EDTGMCourt rules GM loan docs valid despite mistake, Reuters reports
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08:04 EDTHSPGerman fund pressured to sell Mylan stake over drug used in executions, FT says
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07:24 EDTZZillow November weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:10 EDTAAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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October 19, 2014
14:18 EDTHSPFresenius, others explore bid for Danone medical nutrition unit, Reuters says
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October 17, 2014
18:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors General Counsel Michael Millikin to retire in early 2015
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16:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces $12.5B revolving credit facility
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09:31 EDTCSCOCisco namnes Bernadette Wightman President of Cisco Cananda
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08:06 EDTCSCOCisco, Sensity Systems announce strategic relationship
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October 16, 2014
12:04 EDTGMStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
08:10 EDTPEPPepsiCo should divest Quaker Foods, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes PepsiCo should divest its Quaker Foods North America business since the unit has been a drag on organic sales and operating income growth. The firm views a possible divesture as a potential share catalyst since it thinks such a move would be well received by investors. It keeps a Buy rating on PepsiCo with a $103 price target.
06:34 EDTGMChina to punish automakers that miss fuel standards, Reuters reports
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