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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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January 15, 2015
07:06 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson downgraded at Goldman
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06:44 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
06:27 EDTMSFT, VZIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
06:04 EDTARNAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL ARNA
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January 14, 2015
10:21 EDTARNAOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTVZ, TRVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:51 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson unit says study shows consistent Xarelto safety
Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen announced that a new post-marketing study evaluating the safety of once-daily Xarelto shows, in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, rates and patterns of major bleeding in routine clinical practice are generally consistent with those observed in Phase 3 clinical trials used to approve the medicine for this indication. The fifteen-month results, published today in Clinical Cardiology, represent initial findings from an ongoing, five-year, observational study of patients using Xarelto daily over the course of their lives.
07:34 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at Evercore ISI
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07:14 EDTVZSynacor, Verizon FiOS expand partnership
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06:53 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
06:20 EDTTRVTravelers downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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06:14 EDTMSFTMediaTek: Worldwide tablet shipments rise at slower pace, DigiTimes says
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06:03 EDTARNAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ORCL ARNA
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January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTJNJOptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
11:57 EDTMSFTHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:42 EDTMSFTJustice Department partners with Facebook, Bing to expand reach of AMBER Alerts
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10:00 EDTJNJJanssen Biotech announces license agreement with Vedanta Biosciences
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09:52 EDTDDDuPont workers exposed to lethal chemicals for years, Houston Chronicle reports
DuPont workers may have been exposed to potentially lethal chemical for years due to malfunctions with a exhaust and ventilation system inside its La Porte pesticide plant, reports the Houston Chronicle. The company had a catastrophic release that killed four people on November 15. But according to reports filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, it appears no one ever alerted officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration smaller, but still significant levels of toxic gas released during troubleshooting activities. Reference Link
07:45 EDTJNJFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:02 EDTARNAStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ARNA LINE
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