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October 24, 2014
16:54 EDTCATMarket ends week higher as Apple leads list of earnings winners
Stocks ended the week higher as stronger than expected economic data and upbeat results from a number of companies lifted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., existing home sales for September and leading economic indicators for the month beat expectations, while weekly jobless claims were roughly in-line with expectations. Markit's “flash” manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October came in at 56.2, versus the consensus forecast for a 57.0 reading... China reported that its GDP rose 7.3% in Q3, above the 7.2% growth expected by economists. HSBC's flash PMI inched up to 50.4 from a final reading of 50.2 in September, beating the consensus forecast for a 50.3 reading. The Asian country said that its industrial production jumped 8% versus the year earlier, easily beating the anticipated 7.5% increase... A euro zone purchasing managers' index increased to 52.2 in October from 52 in September. Most analysts had expected the index to decline modestly. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Harley-Davidson (HOG), Yahoo (YHOO), Caterpillar (CAT), diversified manufacturer 3M (MMM) and chip maker Broadcom (BRCM) were among the companies that reported higher than expected profits. Conversely, the bottom lines of IBM (IBM), McDonald's (MCD), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Angie's List (ANGI) missed expectations... Shares of Amazon (AMZN) fell after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its quarterly report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares... Boeing (BA) reported stronger than expected results and raised its full year core EPS guidance, but its stock fell as the airplane maker reduced its full year operating cash flow guidance... Pandora's (P) shares tumbled after the company's Q3 results beat expectations, but its total listener hours declined in Q3 versus Q2... Shares of drug maker Biogen Idec (BIIB) fell after the Q3 sales of its flagship multiple sclerosis treatment, Tecfidera, came in below expectations. Additionally, Biogen reported that one of the patients taking the drug had died after contracting a disease previously linked to MS treatments... BlackBerry (BBRY) rallied following renewed rumors that Chinese computer maker Lenovo (LNVGY) is looking to buy the smartphone maker... At home soda machine maker SodaStream (SODA) rallied after the company said that it would test making some of PepsiCo's (PEP) brands available on its machines. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained 2.58% to close at 16,805.41, the S&P 500 rose 4.12% to close at 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq advanced about 5.28% to close at 4,483.71.
06:14 EDTQCOMTSMC to provide chips for LG's 'Nuclun' smartphone microprocessor, WSJ says
According to a source, Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) will provide chips for microprocessors to power "Nuclun," a variation of LG's G3 smartphone, the Wall Street Journal reports. So far, LG Electronics has mostly relied on Qualcomm (QCOM) for the chips that run its smartphones. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
16:49 EDTCATOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:33 EDTCATAnalyst sees Caterpillar post-earnings rally not lasting long
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12:20 EDTCATOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:26 EDTCATCaterpillar sees profitability a little lower in Q4
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11:08 EDTCATCaterpillar says cost management contributed to results
Says currency impacts were positive. Comments made on Q3 earnings call.
09:27 EDTCATCaterpillar rally on Q3 results may not last long, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that while Caterpillar's Q3 performance was much stronger than expected, it may not be sustainable with Q4 implied earnings guidance of $1.49, below the consensus of $1.61, and a 2015 flat revenue outlook. Wells thinks the positive share reaction may not last long and keeps a Market Perform rating on Caterpillar.
09:04 EDTCATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:44 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q3 revenue $743M
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07:42 EDTCATCaterpillar expects FY15 revenue won't be significantly different than 2014
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07:41 EDTCATCaterpillar expects world economic growth to improve in 2015
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07:41 EDTCATCaterpillar raises FY14 EPS $6.50 from $6.20, consensus $6.26
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07:38 EDTCATCaterpillar 'pleased' with Q3 profit despite slow world economic growth
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07:38 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q3 EPS excl. restructuring costs $1.72, consensus $1.36
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October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
15:26 EDTCATCaterpillar October weekly 95 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:36 EDTCATCaterpillar technical notes before earnings
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12:25 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar sees Q3 as weakest profit quarter of year
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10:37 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 10% in three months end September
Caterpillar reported earlier its total retail machines sales down 10% on a three month rolling basis in September. Sales were also down 10% in the period ending in August and were down 9% in the period ending in July. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 28% in the September period, which was improved from the 33% drop in the August end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 3%, worse than the 1% drop in the August period. Caterpillar retail sales of machines by geographic region for the 3-month rolling period ended September were reported in a regulatory filing earlier.
07:05 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 21, 2014
16:36 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
14:04 EDTQCOMEarnings Preview: Analysts divided on Broadcom ahead of Q3 report
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12:57 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:53 EDTUTXUnited Technologies: We're still fishing for the big acquisition
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09:35 EDTUTXUnited Technologies: Biggest challenge is Pratt because there's no growth there
09:31 EDTUTXUnited Technologies expects share count to increase in FY15
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09:25 EDTUTXUnited Technologies expects FY15 earnings to be in mid single digit mark
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09:25 EDTUTXUnited Technologies sees Pratt & Whitney growth to be in high end of guidance
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09:15 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Apple (AAPL), up 3%... Texas Instruments (TXN), up 2.3%... Harley Davidson (HOG), up 7%... Celanese (CE), up 4%... United Technologies (UTX), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Neonode (NEON), up 20% after signing technology development agreement with global tier-one printer OEM... Illumina (ILMN), up 10%, upgraded at Janney Capital following the company's better than expected Q3 earnings. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Coca-Cola (KO), down 5%... Chipotle (CMG), down 4.6%... Verizon (VZ), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: CEL-SCI (CVM), down 15.3% after announcing proposed offering of common stock, warrants... Omeros (OMER), down 12% after suspending Huntington's clinical trial with OMS824... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP), down 2.4% after 20M share secondary priced at $57.47... Rhino Resources (RNO), down 53%, downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James following the reduction in its quarterly cash dividend.
09:11 EDTUTXUnited Technologies: US economy continues to improve, Europe shows uncertainty
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09:03 EDTUTXUnited Technologies reports Q3 organic growth of 5%
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07:04 EDTUTXUnited Technologies reaffirms FY14 EPS view $6.75-$6.85, consensus $6.84
UTC Chairman and CEO Louis Chenevert said, "With double-digit earnings and 4% organic sales growth through the first three quarters, UTC remains on track to deliver on our expectations for the year. Our solid backlog and organic growth trends continue to give us confidence in our earnings per share range of $6.75 to $6.85, on sales of about $65B." FY14 revenue consensus $65.26B. UTC now expects share repurchase of $1.5B for the year, up from the previous expectation of $1.35B. As a result of ongoing investment to support the aerospace upcycle, the company continues to anticipate 2014 cash flow from operations less capital expenditures of about 90% of net income attributable to common shareowners.
07:01 EDTUTXUnited Technologies reports Q3 EPS ex-items $1.82, consensus $1.81
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTUTXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:36 EDTUTXUnited Technologies technical notes ahead of earnings
In the past three months the shares have traded down more than 10%, underperforming the broader averages. The trend is distinctly down in the past three months, but that is part of a larger trend that began after price peaked in early June of this year. The long-term uptrend line has also been broken by this recent price action, leaving the technical picture distinctly bearish. If earnings and outlook continue to be below expectations, next support would be at $99.83. Additional downside objectives, on an increasing scale of bearish news, may be at the following support levels: $96.53, $92.94, and $91.15. If the news surprises on the upside, first major resistance would be at $106.07. A move above that level would put the stock back on a more neutral price path. Additional upside objectives might be at resistance at $109.22, and $110.06.
October 19, 2014
12:58 EDTUTXUnited Technologies worth a second look, Barron's says
United Technologies stock valuation and dividend yield are starting to look attractive at current levels and if the market rebounds, then the stock should outperform, Barron's contends in its 'The Trader' column. Reference Link
October 16, 2014
14:58 EDTCATArmy poised to order more Stryker vehicles, Defense News says
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11:17 EDTCATTitan downturn warning seen as negative for Deere, AGCO
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09:41 EDTCATTitan outlook negative for AGCO, Deere, says Wells Fargo
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October 15, 2014
05:58 EDTQCOMCSR calls Qualcomm takeover offer 'very attractive outcome'
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05:35 EDTQCOMQualcomm to acquire CSR for GBP 9.00 per share
Qualcomm (QCOM) announced that it has reached agreement with CSR plc (CSRE) regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition through which the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. The acquisition complements Qualcomm's current offerings by adding products, channels, and customers in the important growth categories of Internet of Everything, or IoE, and automotive infotainment, accelerating Qualcomm's presence and path to leadership. This opportunity is aligned with Qualcomm's established strategic priorities in these rapidly growing business areas. At GBP 9.00 per share, the acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR is valued at approximately $2.5B. This cash offer has been unanimously recommended by the CSR board. The acquisition is subject to a number of conditions as set forth in the announcement released today in accordance with Rule 2.7 of the UK Takeover Code, including the receipt of U.S. and other regulatory approvals and the approval of CSR's shareholders. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions, the transaction is expected to close by the end of the summer of 2015. Qualcomm expects the acquisition to be accretive to Non-GAAP EPS in FY16, the first full year of combined operations.
October 14, 2014
17:14 EDTUTXUnited Technologies awarded $591.92M government contract modification
United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Military Engine, is being awarded a $591.92M modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F135 propulsion systems contract. This modification provides for the procurement of 19 F135-PW-100 Conventional Take Off and Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six F135-PW-600 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this modification provides for five F135-PW-100 propulsion systems, one F135-PW-100 spare propulsion system and one F135-PW-600 propulsion system for international partners, including program administrative labor, engineering assistance to production, initial spare modules and long-lead hardware. Work is expected to be completed in September 2016.
07:24 EDTQCOMIntel gains government ally in China with new deals, Reuters says
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06:37 EDTQCOMUMC lands 28nm LTE chip orders from Qualcomm, DigiTimes reports
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October 13, 2014
10:17 EDTUTXEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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09:10 EDTUTXHoneywell and United Technologies complete second helicopter engine test
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07:26 EDTUTXCommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTQCOMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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