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April 24, 2012
12:17 EDTBIG, SANM, HSY, CXW, SQNM, LXK, NFLX, ALGN, WAT, IBM, AAPL, CSL, MMM, T, PH, F, UTX, BHIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, following better than expected earnings from three more Dow components. The Nasdaq is being weighed on by a slide in Apple's (AAPL) shares, which are down about 2% ahead of tonight's earnings report. AT&T's (T) report of its quarterly iPhone activations added to recent weakness in that much watched stock. The futures action led to a mixed opening for the market and the averages have moved in a fairly narrow range since the opening bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, the S&P/Case Shiller 20-city composite home price index gained 0.2% in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, matching forecasts and marking the first time the reading has risen since April of last year. Without adjusting for seasonal differences, the survey fell to its lowest level since the housing market downturn began. New single-family home sales dropped in March but beat analysts' expectations as the government upwardly revised its sales figures for February, January and December. The new data and adjustments resulted in a seasonally adjusted 328,000 unit annual sales rate. U.S. consumer confidence edged slightly lower in April to 69.2, versus expectations of a 69.6 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to 14, up from 7 the month prior and above the forecast for a 6 reading. In Europe, a Dutch bond sale went off without problems the day after its government collapsed over budget cuts... COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) led all Dow advancers, rising 3.5%, following its better than expected earnings. Shares of United Technologies (UTX) and 3M (MMM) also rose after both reported earnings that beat consensus. IBM (IBM) was another source of Dow strength after the company increased its dividend and share repurchase authorization... Fitch restored its credit ratings on Ford Motor (F) to investment grade for the first time since 2005... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included Carlisle (CSL), Baker Hughes (BHI), Parker Hannifin (PH) and Hershey (HSY); decliners included Waters (WAT), Lexmark (LXK) and Sanmina-SCI (SANM)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Align Technology (ALGN), up about 15%, after its earnings and guidance beat the Street's view, and Sequenom (SQNM), up more than 10%, after William Blair said in a note to investors that the company's MaterniT21 test volumes could top consensus estimates. Noteworthy losers included Big Lots (BIG), down over 20%, following at least four downgrades after the company lowered its same store sales view, and Netflix (NFLX), down 13%, after the company posted a quarterly loss and gave lower than anticipated domestic subscriber guidance for Q2. Also lower were shares of Corrections Corporation of America (CXW), down almost 8%, after California announced plans to overhaul its prisons and cut billions in prison spending... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 105.88, or 0.82%, to 13,033.05; the Nasdaq was down 0.84, or 0.03%, to 2,969.61; and the S&P 500 was up 7.15, or 0.52%, to 1,374.09.
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February 23, 2015
05:34 EDTMMM3M expects acquisition of Polypore business to be dilutive to earnings
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05:33 EDTTDirecTV downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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05:31 EDTMMM3M acquires Polypore's Separatoins Media Segment for $1B
As an integrated step in Polypore's (PPO) sale to Asahi Kasei for $60.50, immediately prior the transaction, 3M (MMM) will acquire the assets of Polypore's Separations Media segment for approximately $1band Asahi Kasei will receive the cash proceeds from the asset sale. The definitive agreements require that the sale of the Polypore and the integrated sale of the Separations Media segment close after closing conditions for both transactions have been satisfied and that the closings of the transactions are conditioned upon one another.
05:29 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
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05:29 EDTMMMPolypore agrees to sell company for $60.50 per share
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05:27 EDTAAPLApple to invest EUR 1.6B in new European data centers
February 22, 2015
17:11 EDTAAPLApple could reach $160 in a year, Barron's says
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15:11 EDTAAPLApple increases capabilities in industrial lithium-ion batteries, Reuters says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:06 EDTCXWCorrections Corp. increases quarterly dividend 6%
Corrections Corporation of America announced that its board declared a quarterly dividend of 54c per share to be paid on April 15 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 2. CCA CEO Damon Hininger said, "We are pleased to declare our quarterly cash dividend of 54c per share, or $2.16 per share annually, which represents a 6% increase and reflects the overall strength of our business and our commitment to return value to our stockholders."
16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:56 EDTTAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
13:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes says U.S. rig count down 48 from last week
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11:37 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into host investor day
IBM February weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, March is at 15, July is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing movement into a company hosted investor day to be held in New York on February 26.
11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:27 EDTUTXUnited Tech's Sikorsky may look to make military helicopters in India, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
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