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July 31, 2014
12:29 EDTLLL, LPSN, GE, TMUS, AVP, OTEX, SYF, EDAP, ILIAF, WFM, SOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday, following the lead of international markets that were also lower overnight after Argentina defaulted on its debt. The averages, which opened deep in the red, took another leg lower shortly after the open when the Chicago Purchasing Manager’s Index came out well below expectations with a reading of 52.6, versus a 63.0 forecast. The Argentinian default and the U.S. data, coupled with concerns over the Fed tightening its monetary policy sooner than expected, have pushed buyers to the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s monthly jobs report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 23K to 302K in the week ended July 26 from a revised 279K figure for the prior week. The Chicago PMI dropped a surprising 10 points to 52.6 in July, making for its lowest print since June of 2013. Internationally, Argentina failed to head off its second default in the past 13 years, sending its stock and bond markets sharply lower and causing ripples throughout global debt and equity markets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of T-Mobile (TMUS) gained 5% after the company reported second quarter results that beat expectations and The Wall Street Journal reported that French mobile carrier Iliad (ILIAF) has made an offer to acquire the company. Following that report, Sprint (S), which has been widely seen as the most logical buyer of T-Mobile, fell nearly 4%... Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF), the North American Retail Finance business of GE Capital (GE) that is being spun off from the parent company, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. 125M Synchrony shares priced at $23.00 per share and began trading at $23.00 per share. General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt stated afterward that the industrial giant continues to target completing its exit in late 2015 through a capital-efficient split-off transaction. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Open Text (OTEX), which rose 15%, and LivePerson (LPSN), which gained 18%, after both reported better than expected results and both were upgraded this morning at Credit Suisse. Also rising following their earnings reports were Avon (AVP), which advanced 3.7%, and Allstate (ALL), which moved 4.4% higher. Among the noteworthy losers was Whole Foods Market (WFM), which sunk 3% after the company cut its full-year guidance. Also lower was L-3 Communications (LLL), which dropped 16% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton after the company cuts its FY14 EPS outlook. Another loser in today's market was EDAP TMS (EDAP), which plunged 43% after an FDA panel voted against recommending approval for its Ablatherm-HIFU device. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 231.85, or 1.37%, to 16,648.51, the Nasdaq was down 88.96, or 1.99%, to 4,373.94, and the S&P 500 was down 32.24, or 1.64%, to 1,937.83.
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06:15 EDTGEEU restart probe of GE's planned acquisition of Alstom's power business, WSJ say
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May 12, 2015
16:12 EDTEDAPEDAP TMS reports Q1 net loss $2.7M vs. net income $1.1M last year
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12:11 EDTLLLL-3 Communications awarded $81.8M contract from Raytheon Australia
L-3 Communications (LLL) announced that it has been awarded an $81.8M contract from Raytheon (RTN) Australia to supply the Australian Defence Force with 236 Very Small Aperture Terminals, additional support equipment, and training as part of Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1. This program will further enable the ADF to utilize the Wideband Global SATCOM system, significantly increasing their satellite communications capabilities. Two L-3 business units, Global Communications Solutions and Linkabit, will perform on this contract, with hardware deliveries expected to be completed this year. The contract will deliver L-3 GCS's Hawkeye and Panther family of VSAT terminals, integrated with L-3 Linkabit’s MPM family of modems, and includes the option to purchase additional terminals and equipment. These terminals will enable ADF troops on the ground to benefit from increased data rates and a higher level of network performance. This award comes as a follow-on to the $35M Joint Project 2008 Phase 3H contract awarded to L-3 in 2013 for 54 Hawkeye III Lite VSATs and support equipment.
12:02 EDTSVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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11:38 EDTLPSNLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
10:45 EDTGEAnalyst says Pall deal may spark more life sciences M&A
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10:01 EDTLPSNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:51 EDTGEPall Corp. could be precursor to more Life Science deals, says Janney Capital
After The Wall Street Journal said Pall Corp. (PLL) is nearing a possible sale, naming Thermo Fisher (THO) and Danaher (DHR) as potential suitors, Janney Capital said it thinks dealmaking in the Life Sciences space won't stop with Pall, listing Repligen (RGEN), Bio-Techne (TECH) and VWR (VWR) as others in the industry that could see strategic bids emerge. The firm added that it expects that GE (GE), 3M (MMM), and private equity firms would also be involved in bidding in deals in the space.
09:20 EDTLPSNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:54 EDTLPSNLivePerson downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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May 11, 2015
19:15 EDTLPSNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:23 EDTGEGE would consider concessions to secure Alstom deal, Reuters says
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16:56 EDTLPSNLivePerson sees Q2 adjusted EPS 0c-2c, consensus 6c
Sees Q2 revenue $58.5M-$59.5M, consensus $63.88M.
16:56 EDTLPSNLivePerson lowers 2015 adjusted EPS outlook to 10c-15c from 27c-32c
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16:55 EDTLPSNLivePerson reports Q1 adjusted EPS 4c, consensus 4c
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12:35 EDTGEGE not likely to gain unconditional approval for Alstom deal, Reuters reports
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12:28 EDTGEGE launches cloud foundry ‘Industrial Dojo’
GE Software announced its ‘Industrial Dojo,’ in collaboration with the Cloud Foundry Foundation, to strengthen its efforts to solve the world’s biggest industrial challenges. The Cloud Foundry Dojo program allows software developers to immerse themselves in open source projects to quickly learn the inner workings of the core technology and the unique agile development environment, as well as recommended methodologies for contributing code. GE also announced it will work with the Cloud Foundry community to develop and contribute open source code to the Cloud Foundry Foundation that will route all industrial messaging protocols. By opening this Industrial Dojo, GE Software is enabling developers to better learn industrial intricacies by pairing with experienced developers, thereby greatly reducing the time-to-productivity for those new to a project. Through this program, GE is bolstering its commitment to open source development and Cloud Foundry, and ultimately promoting the next wave of industrial innovation. Also announced, GE will drive, in collaboration with Pivotal, creation of a “TCP Router” to direct non-HTTP protocols and better equip Cloud Foundry to connect industrial machines with IT networks. By donating this innovation to the open source community, GE will enable Cloud Foundry to be used in a variety of industrial applications and use cases.
11:48 EDTTMUST-Mobile management to meet with JPMorgan
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10:21 EDTGEGE says EU suspends review on Alstom deal, sees probe resuming, Reuters reports
General Electric (GE) said the investigation of its takeover bid for Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment business was suspended last month by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports. GE says the probe was halted on April 24 to give the regulators time to review additional information, and believes the review will restart this week. Reference Link
06:19 EDTSRadioShack trademark, other IP up for auction, WSJ reports
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