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January 22, 2013
16:31 EDTARNA, MSFT, DD, RIMM, DELL, JNJ, IIVI, BOX, VZ, TRVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher after four Dow components reported mixed quarterly results before the bell. The earnings calendar is fairly heavy again after the bell, as investors receive results from tech giants Google (GOOG) and International Business Machines (IBM) among those reporting... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales of existing homes unexpectedly dropped 1% in December to a 4.94M annual rate, versus expectations for sales to increase to a 5.1M rate. Two regional Fed surveys were also reported, with the Chicago Fed National Activity Index slipping but remaining positive at 0.02, while the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey plunged 17 points to -12... COMPANY NEWS: Among the four Dow members reporting results, Travelers (TRV) was the leader, gaining $1.64, or 2.15%, to $77.95 after its better than expected earnings. Shares of DuPont (DD) and Verizon (VZ) were also higher. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slid 54c, or 0.74%, to $72.69 after its quarterly report in spite of announcing plans to explore options for its Ortho Clinical Diagnostics unit, including a potential sale or spin-off... Microsoft (MSFT) is in talks to invest between $1B-$3B as part of a leveraged buyout of Dell (DELL), according to CNBC's David Faber. Dell spiked higher following the news, finishing up 28c, or 2.18%, at $13.12, while Microsoft lost 8c, or 0.29%, to $27.17... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SeaCube (BOX), up $2.84, or 13.99%, to $23.14 after agreeing to be acquired by Ontario Teachers' Pension for $23 per share. Also higher were shares of Research In Motion (RIMM), which rose $2.06, or 13.01%, to $17.90 after its CEO reportedly said it may license the BB10 operating system and shares were upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Capital with a $23 price target. Among the noteworthy losers was Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), which lost 95c, or 9.72%, to $8.82 after the European Medicines Agency asked it to address issues with its anti-obesity drug. Also lower were shares of II-VI (IIVI), down $1.87, or 9.51%, to $17.80 after the company's Q2 report fell short of expectations and its FY13 guidance came in below Street estimates... INDICES: The Dow was up 62.43, or 0.46%, to 13,712.13; the Nasdaq was up 8.47, or 0.27%, to 3,143.18; and the S&P 500 was up 6.53, or 0.44%, to 1,492.51.
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November 17, 2015
09:02 EDTMSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:29 EDTDDDuPont price target raised to $76 from $63 at Citi
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07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTMSFTPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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14:38 EDTJNJGenmab confirms FDA approval of Darzalex
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13:09 EDTJNJFDA approves Darzalex to treat multiple myeloma
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November 15, 2015
19:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft delays, possibly kills tool to translate Android apps, Re/code says
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November 13, 2015
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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09:35 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CSCO FB BAC BABA MSFT NFLX INTC JCP AMZN C
06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft brings major updates to Xbox One, WSJ reports
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November 12, 2015
19:41 EDTVZAT&T, Verizon ask FCC to limit Charter/Time Warner Cable merger, Bloomberg says
A trade group for AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) petitioned the FCC to limit Charter's (CHTR) coordination with other cable companies if the merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) is allowed to proceed, reports Bloomberg. USTelecom also asked the FCC for restrictions on John Malone, Charter's largest shareholder. Reference Link
18:29 EDTDDSyngenta rejects initial $42B bid from ChemChina, Bloomberg says
Syngenta rejected that offer citing regulatory risk, however Syngenta and ChemChina are continuing talks, Bloomberg added. Syngenta is also talking to other suitors and has had previous discussions with both DuPont (DD) and Monsanto (MON) earlier this year. Reference Link
17:41 EDTMSFTValueAct discloses sale of 18.65M shares of Microsoft
In a regulatory filing, ValueAct disclosed the sale of 18.65M shares of Microsoft.
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
13:24 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
08:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility flat as shares trade near 14-year high
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08:07 EDTBOXAccenture, Box say Amadeus bringing Box content platform to workforce
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06:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft unveils plan to protect European data from U.S. overreach, FT says
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