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June 7, 2013
16:26 EDTLAMR, BDBD, GOOG, IRM, WMT, CSCO, EQIX, THO, TWC, TIVOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher after a better-than-expected jobs report pushed the averages higher at the open. The averages were higher throughout the session, moving towards their highs into the close, as each of the major equity indices logged gains for the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department reported employers added 175K jobs in May, beating expectations for 163K added jobs. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.6% in May from 7.5% in April, with the uptick attributed to more people entering the workforce. COMPANY NEWS: TiVo (TIVO) confirmed it had settled a patent lawsuit with Google's (GOOG) Motorola unit, Cisco (CSCO) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as reported by media outlets yesterday. The company also doubled its stock buyback authorization, but TiVo shares, which had been higher yesterday on the initial reports, fell $2.61, or 19.04%, to $11.10 as the amount of money the company received in the deal fell short of analyst expectations... Dow member Wal-Mart (WMT) advanced 70c, or 0.93%, to $76.33 after announcing a $15B share repurchase program, replacing the company's previous program announced two years ago. MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was Boulder Brands (BDBD), up $1.39, or 13.55%, to $11.65 after Imperial Capital initiated coverage on the stock with an Outperform rating and a $16 price target. Also higher was Thor Industries (THO), up $4.92, or 11.93%, to $46.16 after the company's first quarter earnings beat expectations. Among the losers were a number of companies that had hoped to convert to real estate investment trusts after the IRS formed a group to study issues relating to REIT conversions. Notable losers after this news were, Iron Mountain (IRM) which fell $5.45 or 15.84%, to $28.95, Lamar Advertising (LAMR), down $1.92, or 4.22%, to $43.62, and Equinix (EQIX) down $11.30, or 5.54%, to $192.57. INDICES: The Dow was up 207.50, or 1.38%, to 15,248.12; the S&P 500 was up 20.82, or 1.28%, to 1,643.38; the Nasdaq was up 45.17, or 1.32%, to 3,469.22.
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16:43 EDTGOOGGoogle founders Larry Page, Sergey Brin each plan to sell 2M shares of stock
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12:40 EDTGOOGGoogle says to shut down Google Helpouts on April 20
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09:33 EDTGOOGMattel, Google confirm View-Master toy collaboration
Mattel (MAT), at the Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair in New York, unveiled a collaboration with Google (GOOG, GOOGL) via which the two will launch a new "virtual reality" View-Master toy. Available fall 2015, consumers can purchase the View-Master viewer and a sample experience reel for SRP $29.99. Additional experience reel packs will be sold separately at retail for SRP $14.99.
09:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart shares remain overvalued, says Wolfe Research
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07:31 EDTWMTMexico forms alliance with Wal-Mart to improve farmworker lives, LA Times says
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06:27 EDTGOOGGoogle volatility at low end of historic range
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06:25 EDTEQIXInterXion downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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06:14 EDTGOOGSamsung, HTC, others to launch non-Android Wear smart devices, DigiTimes says
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06:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to push 2-in-1 Chromebook development in 2015, DigiTimes Research 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.
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%.
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.
07:49 EDTWMTWal-Mart February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
Wal-Mart February call option implied volatility is at 23, March is at 17, June is at 14; compared to its 26-week average of 16 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 19.
07:27 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $34, remains a top pick at SunTrust
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07:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart price target raised to $95 from $87 at Credit Suisse
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06:38 EDTGOOGGoogle gives Apple, Microsoft 90 days to fix security flaws, Bloomberg says
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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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06:06 EDTGOOGAndroid smartwatches underperform, Re/code says
Research firm Canalys reports that only 720,000 Google Android-powered smartwatches shipped last year, reports Re/code. Analyst Chris Jones faulted poor battery life and uncompelling software functionality. Reference Link
06:03 EDTCSCOCisco shares have little downside risk, says Piper Jaffray
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