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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTPBPB, FDO, CRAY, UAL, LL, TRWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and although they have managed recoup some ground, they remain lower. Fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The decline in the market marked its biggest drop since May, but the averages have recaptured some of their earlier session losses by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May, and the Bank of England maintained its main bank rate and its stock of purchased assets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of airline United Continental (UAL) rose nearly 10% after reporting that its consolidated traffic, or revenue passenger miles, was flat year-over-year in June. In a note to investors following the company's update, UBS said it expected United Continental shares to trade higher given its higher than expected PRASM... Family Dollar (FDO) initially fell after reporting third quarter earnings that missed expectations. The dollar store operator stated that its same-store sales were down 1.8% in the period, but noted that its June comparable sales were approximately flat and that it was "encouraged" by its improving trends. Near noon, the stock had recovered and was up nearly 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), which rallied 14.5% after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M computer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Also higher was TRW Automotive (TRW), which rose nearly 7% before being halted for pending news near noon. Prior to the trading halt, Bloomberg had reported that Germanyís ZF Friedrichshafen has approached TRW about a potential takeover offer, with one source saying that the German company values the U.s. auto parts maker at around $11B-$12B. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged 23% after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL), which sunk 21% and was downgraded at both Credit Suisse and Jefferies after the company lowered its outlook for the year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 91.13, or 0.54%, to 16,894.48, the Nasdaq was down 23.91, or 0.54%, to 4,395.13, and the S&P 500 was down 8.95, or 0.45%, to 1,963.88.
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July 30, 2015
16:24 EDTCRAYCray sees FY15 revenue around $715M, consensus $716.09M
Cray provided the following guidance: "We anticipate revenue for 2015 to be in the range of $715M. Non-GAAP gross margin for 2015 is expected to be in the 30%-33% range. Total non-GAAP operating expenses for the year are anticipated to be in the range of $180M. Based on this outlook, we expect to improve our GAAP and non-GAAP operating profit margin significantly for 2015 as compared to 2014. Our 2015 effective non-GAAP tax rate is expected to be in the range of 6%-10%."
16:24 EDTCRAYCray sees Q3 revenue $about $140M, consensus $195.68M
16:22 EDTCRAYCray reports Q2 EPS 30c, consensus (15c)
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July 29, 2015
08:35 EDTUALUnited computers said to be breached by hackers, Bloomberg reports
United Airlines (UAL) detected a breach of its computer systems in May or early June, reported Bloomberg, citing several people familiar with an investigation into the matter. The cyberattack on United has been linked to the China-backed hackers said to be responsible for several other large incursions, including thefts of data from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and health insurer Anthem (ANTM), according to several of the people who talked to Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the cybersecurity space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
July 24, 2015
11:30 EDTUALDOT requests airline pricing information following complaints of irregular fares
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10:00 EDTUALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:08 EDTUALUnited Continental upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded United Continental with a $72 price target citing an improved outlook and higher share buyback program following the airliner's Q2 results. The firm views the stock as compelling at current levels.
July 23, 2015
15:00 EDTUALProposed bill would cut airline bag fees, Bloomberg reports
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10:46 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q3 CASM to be flat, FY15 CASM to be flat to up 0.5%
10:45 EDTUALUnited Continental says revenue hurt by oil and gas industry weakness
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10:45 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY15 consolidated capacity to grow 1%-1.5%
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10:43 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 corporate revenue down 5%
10:43 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q3 unit revenue to decline 5%-7%
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10:37 EDTUALUnited Continental says Q2 was challenging due to weather, maintenance spike
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10:36 EDTUALUnited Continental expects Q3 pre-tax margin 13.5%-15.5%
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07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental announces additional $3B share repurchase program
Jeff Smisek, UAL's chairman, president and CEO, said, "The $3B share repurchase program we announced today demonstrates the confidence we have in our future. We will continue to invest in our customers, assets and our people, and remain committed to improving our balance sheet, expanding our margins and improving our return on invested capital, and expect our third quarter pre-tax margin to be between 13.5%-15.5%, excluding special items." The company expects to complete the additional $3B share repurchase program by the end of 2017.
07:32 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 EPS ex-items $3.31, consensus $3.31
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTUALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 21, 2015
05:36 EDTCRAYCray awarded $53M contract by Bureau of Meteorology in Australia
Cray announced the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has awarded the company a contract worth up to $53M to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. This further strengthens Cray's leadership position in the global operational weather and climate community as an increasing number of the world's leading centers rely on Cray supercomputers to run their complex meteorological and mission critical models.
July 20, 2015
13:27 EDTUALUnited Continental 'congratulates' U.S., Cuba on reopening of emabssies
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