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July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTVIAB, LCI, TXT, BABA, THC, TWX, DIS, IBM, PNC, YHOO, HCA, DISCA, CBS, AAPL, BAC, INTC, FOXAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply higher on the heels of solid earnings reports from a few corporate bellwethers as well as some completed acquisition deals and a high-profile rejected one. The market began to lose some steam during the second hour of trading as Fed Chairwoman Yellen began her second day of testimony in Washington on the economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. The Fed's Beige Book is expected to be released at 2 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO parent Time Warner (TWX) jumped more than 15% after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). According to the report, Fox indicated that it would sell its news channel CNN, which could be sought by CBS (CBS) or Disney's (DIS) ABC, as part of the proposal. Before the opening bell both Time Warner and Fox confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and 21st Century Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Other media stocks were trading higher after the news, with Discovery Communications (DISCA) rising 6.5% and Viacom class B shares (VIAB) gaining 4%... Shares of Intel (INTC) advanced 7.5% after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Among other S&P 500 companies reporting earnings, Textron (TXT) advanced, while Bank of America (BAC) and PNC Financial (PNC) declined... Apple (AAPL) gained 1% and IBM (IBM) advanced more than 2% after the companies announced a deal to partner on mobile products for corporations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied 7% after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose 9% after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Lannett (LCI), which fell 14% after announcing that it has received interrogatories and subpoena from the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General concerning its investigation into pricing of the drug digoxin. Also lower after its earnings report was Yahoo! (YHOO), which fell 4.5%. In addition to reporting results, the company announced last night that it has amended its share repurchase agreement with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (BABA), reducing the number of shares that Yahoo is required to sell at the IPO to 140M shares from 208M. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 64.71, or 0.38%, to 17,125.39, the Nasdaq was up 18.55, or 0.42%, to 4,434.94, and the S&P 500 was up 7.08, or 0.36%, to 1,980.36.
News For TWX;FOXA;HCA;THC;INTC;YHOO;BABA;BAC;PNC;TXT;AAPL;IBM;LCI;CBS;DIS;VIAB;DISCA From The Last 14 Days
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August 23, 2015
19:03 EDTAAPLApple hires Tesla engineer for 'special projects' division
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16:22 EDTVIAB, FOXA, TWX'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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14:23 EDTINTC, AAPLApple, Micron shares look like bargains, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTDIS, BAC, BABA, AAPLOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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13:50 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Weekly technical notes, Gold, S&P 500, Germany, China, Energy
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13:11 EDTFOXA, VIABFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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12:49 EDTAAPLReport: Apple may be working on smart bands for Watch, Apple Insider says
Apple may be working on "smart bands" for the Apple Watch product in order to add more health tracking functions, reports Apple Insider, citing Czech website Letem Svetem Applem. Citing unnamed sources, the Czech website said Apple is planning to announce new bands that will connect the hidden port of the Apple Watch and add functionality to the device. The smart bands could launch as early as 2016. Reference Link
12:43 EDTAAPLJim Chanos says still long Apple, short HP
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12:13 EDTIBMBrocade soars after Q3 results top estimates
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10:37 EDTINTCAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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10:23 EDTAAPLApple falls, levels to watch
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09:34 EDTAAPL, BAC, DISActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTINTCIntel price target lowered to $25 from $32 at Baird
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08:54 EDTDISDisney price target lowered to $89 from $98 at Cowen
Cowen lowered its price target on Disney to $89 from $98 following Q3 results. The firm said the company's share price leaves little room for error and the lower growth rate in cable will likely put pressure on the Studio segment. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating on Disney shares given its historical and projected growth rates have not been superior to peers.
08:53 EDTCBS, FOXA, DIS, TWXAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
08:40 EDTBACCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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08:11 EDTAAPLDaimler AG could collaborate with Google, Apple, Reuters says
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07:34 EDTDISNFL return, Star Wars can help Disney shares recover, says FBR Capital
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06:01 EDTAAPL, IBMABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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05:44 EDTDISStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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