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January 22, 2013
16:31 EDTIIVI, BOX, VZ, TRV, ARNA, MSFT, DD, RIMM, DELL, JNJOn 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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September 29, 2015
09:27 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
06:31 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Kristen Stewart upgraded Johnson & Johnson to Buy calling the company a "diversified safe haven" amid volatile times for the sector. Stewart left a recent meeting with management "feeling more confident" that the company will see growth across all divisions, including pharma despite patent expirations. J&J is "flush with cash," giving management opportunities to enhance growth through deals, she tells investors in a research note. Stewart keeps a $110 price target for J&J shares. The stock closed yesterday up 28c to $91.28.
06:18 EDTVZPublicis signs advertising partnership with Verizon's Go90 service, WSJ reports
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06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to host conference call
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September 28, 2015
16:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to change financial reporting structure
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15:29 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson volatility at 52-week high
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14:08 EDTVZAOL announces the launch of LIVE by AOL
AOL announced the launch of LIVE by AOL, a comprehensive end-to-end service for the production, streaming, distribution and monetization of live events. LIVE by AOL brings together AOL's world-class video expertise with Verizon Digital Media Services to give content and media partners access to a complete suite of live experience solutions for all screens and devices. LIVE by AOL provides content and media partners with unprecedented distribution through the company's owned and operated properties, including, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch and more, in addition to a holistic and open network of over 1,700 publisher partners for live distribution across mobile, digital, over-the-top, and linear TV. In addition to LIVE's expansive reach, the solution also provides complete production capabilities, full content-preparation supported by cross-device, cloud-based encoding that is combined with Verizon Digital Media Services' high-performance stream delivery, and options to monetize through various advertising, sponsorship, and native integration options. "As the video landscape continues to evolve, live programming is the next frontier for innovation," said Jimmy Maymann, EVP and President, AOL Content & Consumer Brands. "LIVE by AOL not only unites the pillars of our business, but enables all of our content and media partners to tap into the power of live programming and bring that success to their own properties. As the lines between traditional television and online video blur, producing, distributing, and monetizing live content in the digital realm will be a deciding factor for those who successfully step into the next era of video."
13:42 EDTVZVerizon offers annual upgrade plan for iPhone users
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13:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft comments on privacy, Windows 10 on blog
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12:39 EDTDDHuntsman plunges after warning of continued headwinds
Shares of chemical maker Huntsman (HUN) are plunging after warning that headwinds would impact its third quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Friday, Huntsman warned that certain trends are expected to impact Q3 earnings. Trends expected to impact its earnings include lower titanium dioxide selling prices amid continued foreign currency headwinds, the company said. The company also noted continued soft demand in the Asia Pacific region. Huntsman said it also sees lower MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, margins as a result of lower oil prices and forecast continued lower MDI urethane component product margins in the Asia Pacific region. Peter Huntsman, the company's chief executive officer, said the company is "optimistic about the future" despite seeing headwinds in the short term. "Lower raw material prices impacted demand and margins in Q3, thus the accounting benefits will be delayed into the fourth quarter," added Huntsman. The company is anticipating fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA similar to Q3 at about $300M, similar to last year's level. The company is committed to a separation of the Pigments and Additives business by the end of 2016 or sooner. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 17, Goldman Sachs removed Huntsman from its Conviction Buy List and said investors remain skeptical on value proposition and free cash flow generation that could strengthen the balance sheet is likely several quarters away. The firm continued to rate shares a Buy with a $26 price target. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, shares of Huntsman are down 23.08% to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other chemical companies are trading lower, including Chemours (CC), which is down 7.8%, Kronos Worldwide (KRO), down 1.62%, Dow Chemical (DOW), falling 3.94% and DuPont (DD), down 2.06%%.
12:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Adxstudio, terms not disclosed
Bob Stutz -- Corporate VP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM -- disclosed in a blog post that Microsoft has acquired has reached a definitive agreement to acquire key product and technology assets of Adxstudio Inc., a provider of Web portals, online engagement solutions and application lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Stutz says, "With this acquisition of our long-time partner, our customers will immediately be able to take advantage of new and exciting ways to engage with customers online." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
10:43 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning Google Cardboard VR competitor, TNW News says
Microsoft (MSFT) is working on a competitor to Google's (GOOG) Cardboard Virtual Reality program, TNW News reports. The Seattle-based tech giant is inviting participants to an event in Russia on October 17, offering cardboard headsets to those with "successful" suggestions, the report says. Microsoft is already developing its HoloLens "mixed reality" technology, the report says. Reference Link
07:27 EDTJNJFDA and the Parental Drug Association to co-host a conference
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06:50 EDTVZVerizon's go90 wins $80M from backers, NY Post reports
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September 25, 2015
18:13 EDTMSFTGates Foundation files lawsuit against Petrobras, auditor, WSJ says
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16:20 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson completes divestiture of SPLENDA brand to Heartland
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10:00 EDTBOXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3M (MMM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Box (BOX) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... CyberArk (CYBR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... General Growth (GGP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks, developments at JMP Securities... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Lam Research (LRCX) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Nike (NKE) upgraded on share gains at Sterne Agee CRT... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... United Rentals (URI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
07:42 EDTBOXBox upgraded to Buy at Canaccord
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07:09 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:29 EDTBOXBox upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
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