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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.
News For TRV;JNJ;DD;VZ;DELL;MSFT;BOX;RIMM;ARNA;IIVI From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2016
06:45 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY16 adjusted EPS $6.43-$6.58, consensus $6.37
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06:43 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.44
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06:42 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 EPS $1.15, consensus $1.14
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06:22 EDTDDDuPont sees FY16 operating EPS $2.95-$3.10, consensus $3.15
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06:22 EDTDDDuPont says actions for 2016 cost savings plan underway
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06:21 EDTDDDuPont says cost reductions from operational redesign contributed 10c to Q4
Cost reductions from operational redesign contributed an incremental $0.10 per share to fourth-quarter operating earnings.
06:20 EDTDDDuPont reports Q4 operating EPS 27c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $5.3B, consensus $5.39B.
January 25, 2016
17:25 EDTMSFTQualcomm Ventures chief heading to Microsoft, Fortune says
Qualcomm (QCOM) Ventures chief Nagraj Kashyap will join the venture capital division of Microsoft (MSFT), reports Fortune, citing a statement from Kashyap. Reference Link
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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14:29 EDTDD, JNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:42 EDTJNJEarnings Watch: J&J shares little changed since last earnings report
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the health care field. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.42 on revenue of $17.88B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.39-$1.44 on revenue of $17.57B-$18.31B. LAST QUARTER: On October 13, Johnson & Johnson reported third quarter EPS of $1.49 on revenue of $17.1B. The company's Q3 EPS results exceeded average analyst expectations of $1.45 but its revenue came in less than analysts' expectations of $17.54B. With its Q3 results, the drug giant narrowed its EPS view for the year to $6.15-$6.20 from $6.10-$6.20, while maintaining its sales outlook of $75B-$76B. Worldwide Consumer sales of $3.3B for Q3 represented a decrease of 7.7% versus the prior year, consisting of an operational increase of 3.1% and a negative impact from currency of 10.8%. Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $7.7B for the third quarter represented a decrease of 7.4% versus the prior year with an operational decrease of 0.3% and a negative impact from currency of 7.1%. Domestic sales decreased 4.5%; international sales decreased 11.1%, which reflected an operational increase of 5.5% and a negative currency impact of 16.6%. Excluding the net impact of acquisitions, divestitures and hepatitis C sales, on an operational basis, worldwide sales increased 10.1%, domestic sales increased 11.5% and international sales increased 8.5%. Worldwide operational sales growth was driven by new products and the strength of core products. New product sales growth was negatively impacted by lower sales of Olysio/Sovriad due to competitive entrants. Strong growth in new products include Invokana/Invokamet, for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes; Imbruvica, an oral, once-daily therapy approved for use in treating certain B-cell malignancies, or blood cancers; Xarelto, an oral anticoagulant; and Zytiga, an oral, once-daily medication for use in combination with prednisone for the treatment of metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer. On January 19, Johnson & Johnson announced restructuring actions in its Medical Devices unit. The actions are expected to result in annualized pre-tax cost savings of $800M to $1B, the majority of which is expected to be realized by the end of 2018, including approximately $200M in 2016. With its restructuring announcement the company reiterated its prior adjusted EPS view of $6.15- $6.20. STREET RESEARCH: On December 18, Atlantic Equities analyst Steve Chesney initiated Johnson & Johnson with a Neutral rating and $95 price target. On December 1, Barclays analyst Geoff Meacham upgraded Johnson & Johnson to Overweight after assuming coverage of the name. J&J should post a strong year in 2017 and will likely boost its orphan diseases or oncology pipeline via capital deployment, Meacham tells investors in a research note. He raised his price target for shares to $115 from $101. PRICE ACTION Since reporting its Q3 results, Johnson & Johnson shares are up approximately 1%, and they are currently trading up fractionally in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report.
12:17 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The key level for the shares heading into earnings is at the $90 to $88 area, which has been a zone of support since late 2013. If the news is bearish, shares could retest this area. A breakdown below $90 would confirm a long-term topping process is underway. If the news is bullish, the first important resistance level is at the $100 area. A breakout above $100 would put the 52-week high at $105.49 up as the next major upside objective.
09:32 EDTMSFTApple Active equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTVZSprint doubles number of LTE Plus markets
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08:22 EDTMSFTMajesco and Microsoft announce favorable court judgment
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08:15 EDTIIVIANADIGICS says competing bidder made unsolicited amended offer of 76c per share
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06:53 EDTJNJGlaxo, Astra, J&J partner with universities in drug research fund, Reuters says
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January 24, 2016
18:56 EDTVZVerizon pursuing sponsored content for go90, Reuters says
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14:40 EDTBOXCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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11:02 EDTVZ, TRVStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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