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June 7, 2013
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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September 22, 2015
17:23 EDTGOOGGoogle begins conducting business briefings with analysts, WSJ says
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17:06 EDTGOOGGoogle charges for YouTube ads viewed by bots, Financial Times says
Google has been charging advertisers for YouTube ads even those advertisements were viewed by "robot" computers rather than human beings, reports the Financial Times, citing a study by a group of European researchers. In one example, the research group's "bots" visited two particular YouTube videos 150 times, and Google's AdWords service subsequently charged for 91 of those video views, according to the report. Google told the publication it will contact the group to discuss the results. Reference Link
12:22 EDTBDBDConAgra falls after Q1 revenue significantly misses estimates
Shares of packaged food company ConAgra (CAG) are falling after the company's first quarter revenue fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 45c, ahead of the consensus of 40c, and revenue of $2.79B, well short of expectations of $3.67B. ConAgra reported Q1 Consumer Foods sales of approximately $1.7B and Commercial Foods segment sales of $1.1B. The divestiture process for the private label operations is proceeding as planned, and the company expects to have an announcement on the outcome of this process later this fall. The company will assess opportunities to increase the dividend after it is further along with the strategic plan outlined at the end of fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects diluted EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to be approximately in line with year-ago comparable amounts, compared to consensus of 63c. Despite strong fundamentals and expectations for continued margin expansion, comparable operating profits for the Consumer Foods segment in the fiscal second quarter are expected to be negatively impacted by foreign exchange, as well as a planned increase in marketing investment. Profits for the Commercial Foods segment are expected to post an increase in profitability year-over-year in the fiscal second quarter. Expected contribution from the private label operations, which are now in discontinued operations, is included in this guidance. On its Q1 conference call, ConAgra said its private brands divestiture was "on track" and there was "a lot of interest" in it. Management noted that they were "aggressively" pursuing maximizing actions and making "good progress" on margin improvement efforts. They said they were committed to an investment grade rating, marketing investments will increase throughout the year, and results from the last six months indicate positivity going forward. They said the company took a $1.95B charge on private label business in Q1, but remain confident that they will realize a tax benefit from the capital loss. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, ConAgra fell $2.39, or about 5.64%, to $40.01 on heavy trading volume. Despite the pull back, the shares have gained approximately 19% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the packaged foods space include Boulder Brands (BDBD), down 0.5%, Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 2.5%, General Mills (GIS), up 0.6%, JM Smucker (SJM), down 3%, and TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.4%.
10:56 EDTCSCOAnalysts disagree on Infoblox outlook
The shares of network controller maker Infoblox (BLOX) are retreating after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Hold in a note to investors today. However, Stifel gave a divergent opinion on the stock yesterday, recommending it as a Buy. BUY: Research firm Stifel yesterday initiated coverage of Infoblox with a Buy rating, saying that the company is poised to benefit from "the tremendous growth of IP-based devices in enterprises." Infoblox has significant growth potential and is the leader in its markets, wrote Stifel, adding that the company should be boosted by its new products and better sales execution going forward. It set a $23 price target on the stock. HOLD: Infoblox still has to work hard to sell its IP Address management system and its Domain Name System, or DNS, product, Deutsche Bank analyst Vijay Bhagavath indicated. Moreover, the company will probably have to increase the amount of money it spends on sales initiatives in fiscal 2016, putting a lid on its earnings power, the analyst warned. Also likely to hurt Infloxblox in fiscal 2016 are its transition to an "as a service model," which is likely to cause analysts to lower their estimates for the company and Cisco's (CSCO) launch of an OpenDNS product for companies, according to Bhagavath, who cut his price target on Infoblox to $20 from $30. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Infoblox fell 3.7% to $17.11.
10:45 EDTWMTReimbursement pressure on drug stores should moderate, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research analysts Rob Eich and Rob Stuyck said the firm's work indicates that stepdown reimbursement rates will be more manageable for drug store operators and that generic inflation will be less of a headwind for the group in FY16. However, Direct and Indirect Remuneration clauses will still be a source of margin pressure, the firm said, noting that several payers will be introducing a DIR next year. Cleveland Research has Neutral ratings on CVS (CVS), Walgreens (WBA), Rite Aid (RAD) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
09:09 EDTGOOGFrontier says adds Nest cam, Nest Protect to product offerings
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07:15 EDTGOOGCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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September 21, 2015
19:03 EDTTHOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Transenterix (TRXC), up 7.14% after acquiring the surgical robotics division of SOFAR S.p.A for $99.8M... Solera Holdings (SLH), higher by 3.56% after a report that IHS (IHS) is exploring a counteroffer for the company... Core-Mark Holding Company (CORE), up 3.93% after joining the S&P 600. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Thor Industries (THO), down 4.16%... ALSO LOWER: Memorial Resource Development Corp. (MRD), down 4.26% after filing to sell 10.25M shares of common stock... Intra-Cellular Therapies (ITCI), down 1.73% after filing to sell $300M of common stock... The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM), down 1.75% after filing to sell 8.28M shares of common stock for holders.
16:51 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable confirms shareholder approval of merger with Charter
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16:35 EDTTHOThor Industries: Heartland selects Nampa, Idaho for new manufacturing facility
Thor Industries announced that its Heartland Recreational Vehicles has selected Nampa, Idaho, as the location for its new manufacturing facility to produce the company's popular Heartland line of travel trailers. Once completed, Heartland expects to use the manufacturing facility to expand production for West Coast markets. The total estimated investment is approximately $11M-12M for the 248,000 square-foot facility, which is expected to employ approximately 120 new workers and begin production in the first quarter of calendar 2016. The facility will initially employ approximately 120 people and house one production line along with a lamination line to support production. The complex will initially produce one of Heartland's lightweight laminated product lines and Cruiser RV's laminated travel trailers will be added when the second production line is established. Since the complex is located on 25 acres, Heartland will have additional opportunities for future expansion to effectively serve the needs of its western dealers.
16:18 EDTTHOThor Industries reports consolidated backlog of $574M on July 31, up 7% YoY
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16:17 EDTTHOThor Industries reports Q4 EPS $1.31, consensus $1.30
Reports Q4 revenue $1.06B, consensus $1.15B.
15:58 EDTTWCCharter stockholders approve Time Warner Cable, Bright House transactions
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13:08 EDTGOOGFrance's CNIL rejects Google's informal 'right to delisting' appeal
French data protection agency Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes, or CNIL, rejected Google's appeal of a notice that would require it to apply user requests to remove websites from its search results across all of its domains. CNIL cited these reasons for the rejection: "Geographical extensions are only paths giving access to the processing operation. Once delisting is accepted by the search engine, it must be implemented on all extensions, in accordance with the judgment of the ECJ. If this right was limited to some extensions, it could be easily circumvented: in order to find the delisted result, it would be sufficient to search on another extension, namely to use another form of access to the processing. This would equate stripping away the efficiency of this right, and applying variable rights to individuals depending on the internet user who queries the search engine and not on the data subject. In any case, the right to delisting never leads to deletion of the information on the internet; it merely prevents some results to be displayed following a search made on the sole basis of a person's name. Thus, the information remains directly accessible on the source website or through a search using other terms. For instance, it is impossible to delist an event. In addition, this right is not absolute: it has to be reconciled with the public's right to information, in particular when the data subject is a public person, under the double supervision of the CNIL and of the court. Finally, contrary to what Google has stated, this decision does not show any willingness on the part of the CNIL to apply French law extraterritorially. It simply requests full observance of European legislation by non European players offering their services in Europe." Since the informal appeal has been rejected, the company must now comply with the formal notice. Otherwise, the President of the CNIL may designate a Rapporteur who may refer to the CNIL's sanctions committee with a view of obtaining a ruling on this matter. Reference Link
12:00 EDTGOOGGoogle, Shopify expand presence in BlackBerry's hometown, Reuters says
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11:12 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable stakeholders approve Charter takeover, Reuters reports
Time Warner Cable (TWC) shareholders have approved its $56B takeover by Charter Communications (CHTR), Reuters reports, citing preliminary votes at a special shareholder meeting. Reference Link
07:19 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $847 from $720 at JMP Securities
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07:12 EDTCSCOSplunk to hold a users conference
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06:24 EDTGOOGEU's web rules won't discriminate against U.S. tech companies, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle holding event on September 29, The Verge reports
Google will hold its fall event on Tuesday, September 29, The Verge reports. According to the publication, Google is likely to introduce new Nexus smartphones -- one from LG and one from Huawei -- as well as an updated Chromecast. Reference Link
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