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May 19, 2014
16:27 EDTITMN, LOCK, CPB, BRCM, TXN, MU, NVDA, AZN, PFE, DTV, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following a trading day marked by light volume, a quiet economic calendar and two headline making M&A announcements. The averages began the day slightly below the flat line, but within minutes the Nasdaq and S&P 500 made it into positive ground. The Dow followed by the end of the morning, but the averages moved in a narrow range from there. Despite the range-bound trading, the market internals pointed to a pretty broad based move higher, with advancers ahead of declining stocks by almost 2 to 1. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major domestic economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) shares slid 36c, or 0.98%, to $36.38 after the company confirmed over the weekend that it has agreed to acquire DirecTV (DTV) for $95.00 per share, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. After the announcement, analysts at Raymond James upgraded AT&T to Buy from Market Perform, noting that they do not expect another buyer to emerge for DirecTV. Meanwhile, DirecTV shares were downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore and to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich. Shares of DirecTV fell $1.53, or 1.77%, to $84.65 after the deal, which has been widely speculated about in the media in recent weeks, was confirmed... Also over the weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. Shares of Pfizer rose 16c, or 0.55%, to $29.28 after the rejection, while shares of AstraZeneca trading in New York dropped $9.64, or 12.01%, to $70.64. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterMune (ITMN), which gained $4.61, or 13.44%, to $38.92 after reporting results from a study evaluating pirfenidone and having its shares upgraded to Outperform at Leerink. Also higher was NVIDIA (NVDA), which rose 58c, or 3.23%, to $18.54 after it was one of several semiconductor stock, along with Micron (MU), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Broadcom (BRCM), that were upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform by RBC Capital in a note to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was LifeLock (LOCK), which fell $2.28, or 17.57%, to $10.70 after disclosing that the company is going to temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application since it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards. Also lower were shares of Campbell Soup (CPB), which dropped $1.06, or 2.35%, to $44.06 after the company reported mixed third quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 20.55, or 0.12%, to 16,511.86, the Nasdaq was up 35.23, or 0.86%, to 4,125.81, and the S&P 500 was up 7.22, or 0.38%, to 1,885.08.
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July 21, 2014
16:32 EDTTXNTexas Instruments sees Q3 EPS 66c-76c, consensus 68c
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16:31 EDTTXNTexas Instruments reports Q2 EPS 62c , consensus 59c
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15:30 EDTTXNNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:29 EDTTXNTexas Instruments July weekly 49 straddle priced for 3% move into Q2
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14:21 EDTTXNEarnings Preview: Analysts optimistic on TI ahead of Q2 report
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13:25 EDTCPBCampbell Soup says dividends to increase over time in-line with earnings
Says company has been reducing overhead expenses. Says FY14 guidance is unchanged from May. Says extra week in FY14 will impact FY14 EPS by 8c per share. For FY14, the company expects incentive compensation costs will be below target levels, which will be a headwind next year. Says company will drive future growth by launching new products and enhancing distribution. Expects to resume share repurchases in FY15. Sees a modest EPS effect from share buybacks in FY15. The company forecasts continuing cost inflation in FY15. Expects FY14 input cost inflation to be between 3%-4%. Sees $400M of capital spending in FY15. Sees gross margin percentage to be stable in FY15. Comments made during the company's Investor Day conference.
12:41 EDTBRCMIntel advances after analyst predicts mobile unit rebound coming
Shares of Intel (INTC) are advancing in a down market after Wells Fargo wrote that the company's mobile chip business could rebound significantly in coming quarters. WHAT'S NEW: Intel's mobile chip business could boost the company's growth and even enable it to beat earnings expectations, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. The chip maker's shipments of 4G modems should start rising significantly in the third quarter or fourth quarter of this year, the firm stated. The company has probably won some deals to provide LTE modems for smartphones and Samsung is likely one of the chip maker's initial customers, the firm wrote. Broadcom's (BRCM) decision to exit the baseband market probably improved Intel's position in the 4G market, Wells Fargo contended. Meanwhile, Intel said that by this year's holiday season, it should be ready to launch chips for mobile devices that are smaller than those of a key competitor, TSMC (TSM), Wells noted. Sales generated by Intel's mobile and communications unit may have bottomed last quarter or could do so during the current quarter, the firm believes. The unit's operating losses are likely to drop throughout this year, before falling sharply in the quarter ended March 2015, Wells estimated. The unit may approach break even by the end of 2015, the firm added. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 15, Intel reported stronger than expected results for its quarter ended in June. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Intel rose 43c, or 1.3%, to $34.13.
11:19 EDTITMNInterMune July weekly volatility elevated
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08:08 EDTTAT&T awarded $275M contract U.S. Department of State
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07:55 EDTBRCM Broadcom July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:41 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees resuming strategic share repurchases next FY
07:40 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY14 adjusted EPS at low end of 2%-4% range
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07:32 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reiterates long-term target of 5%-7% adjusted EPS growth
Campbell reiterated its long-term targets of 3 to 4 percent organic sales growth, 4 to 6 percent adjusted EBIT growth and 5 to 7 percent adjusted EPS growth. While Campbell expects an improvement in its organic sales performance for the coming year, the company’s fiscal 2015 performance is expected to be below these long-term targets. The company indicated that it may need to continue reshaping its portfolio to achieve these long-term goals.
07:32 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY15 gross margin percentage comparable to FY14
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07:31 EDTCPBCampbell Soup still sees FY14 adjusted EPS $2.53-$2.58, consensus $2.54
For the year, Campbell expects growth of approximately 3% in net sales from continuing operations and growth in adjusted EBIT at the low end of the 4%-6% range. Adjusted EPS is expected to grow at the low end of the 2%-4% range, or $2.53 to $2.58 per share.
07:30 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reaffirms FY14 guidance
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07:22 EDTCPBCampbell Soup to hold an investor day
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06:56 EDTNVDANvidia August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Nvidia August call option implied volatility is at 34, September is at 31, December is at 29; compared to its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 8.
July 18, 2014
11:42 EDTTXN, BRCM, MUAMD plummets after profit miss, analyst downgrades
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06:02 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: Global DRAM module sales grew 32% in 2013, DigiTimes says
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