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July 28, 2015
09:32 EDTCATCaterpillar announces $1.5B accelerated stock repurchase
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09:03 EDTCATCaterpillar to begin design of vocational truck product family in Victoria
Caterpillar announced it will begin independently designing and manufacturing its vocational truck product family at its plant in Victoria, Texas. The plant, which opened in 2012, currently produces hydraulic excavators. The transition process will begin immediately, with production expected to begin in the first half of next year. Caterpillar Victoria will continue to produce excavators, and the addition of the vocational truck production is expected to add around 200 new jobs at the facility.
July 27, 2015
13:11 EDTCATCaterpillar downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Tigress Financial
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10:47 EDTQCOMQualcomm rises in down market after Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Anthem (ANTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded on valuation at Bernstein... Box (BOX) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded on potential sale of assets or company at SunTrust... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... First BanCorp (FBP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flotek (FTK) upgraded on stronger demand at Oppenheimer... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... OFG Bancorp (OFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Pool Corp. (POOL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Popular (BPOP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded on valuation, positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Chemung Financial (CHMG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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July 26, 2015
19:09 EDTUTXUnited Technologies says DoJ opens criminal investigation of Sikorsky
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14:08 EDTUTXUnited Technologies stock looks undervalued, Barron's says
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July 24, 2015
16:30 EDTQCOM, UTX, CATStocks end week lower as Apple headlines busy week of earnings
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06:13 EDTQCOMAnalysts say Intel best suitor for Qualcomm's chip unit, Reuters says
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTCATOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
12:32 EDTQCOM, CATOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:58 EDTUTXUnited Technologies downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Tigress Financial
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11:20 EDTCATCaterpillar sees lower sales and profits in 2H
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11:14 EDTCATCaterpillar sees lower sales in Q3 than Q4
Comments made on Q2 earnings conference call.
10:00 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTCATCaterpillar demand trends appear negative for Cummins, Terex, says Wells Fargo
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09:13 EDTCAT, QCOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTQCOMWilliam Blair 'running out of patience' with Qualcomm
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07:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm split would be positive, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Qualcomm is more open to splitting its business, and the firm says that it would view a split positively. The firm says that splitting the company into two businesses with cross-licensing deals would make its units "more agile and flexible." RBC thinks that the company must split in order to carry out major strategic changes, including "transformational M&A" and TAM expansion. It keeps a $77 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm weakness a buying opportunity, says BofA/Merrill
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07:46 EDTCATCaterpillar announces intention to repurchase $1.5B of common stock in Q3
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07:45 EDTCATCaterpillar cut FY15 revenue guidance due to currency impacts
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07:40 EDTCATCaterpillar Financial reports Q2 revenue $693M, down 6% from 2Q14
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07:34 EDTCATCaterpillar says global economy remains 'relatively stagnant'
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07:33 EDTCATCaterpillar backs FY15 adjusted EPS $5.00, consensus $4.97
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07:32 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.27, consensus $1.27
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06:54 EDTUTXUnited Technologies upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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July 22, 2015
19:02 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees FY16 QCT margins 'significantly improved'
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17:21 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 total reported device sales to approximately $253B-$259B
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17:17 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 MSM chip shipments 170M-190M
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17:15 EDTQCOMQualcomm says inventory build expected to hurt chip sales in Q4
The company said, "We have reduced our outlook for our semiconductor business, QCT, in the fiscal fourth quarter compared to our prior expectations driven primarily by factors impacting premium-tier demand, including: Increased concentration within the premium tier causing reduced demand for certain OEM devices that include our chipset; Lower demand for our premium-tier chipsets from a vertical customer; and Lower sell through in China of certain handset models using our premium-tier chipsets."
17:10 EDTQCOMQualcomm says expects to grow businesses in China going forward
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17:00 EDTQCOMQualcomm says will continue to spend over $4B annually on R&D
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16:48 EDTQCOMQualcomm to reduce full-time headcount by 15%
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16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm provides details of Strategic Realignment Plan
The details of the Qualcomm Strategic Realignment Plan are as follows: 1) Aggressively right-sizing the cost structure to deliver profitable growth. Qualcomm is implementing a comprehensive cost reduction action to reduce annual costs from its fiscal 2015 levels of $7.3 billion (adjusted for variable compensation) by approximately $1.1 billion through a series of targeted reductions that will not jeopardize the Company's growth objectives or core technology roadmap. These cost initiatives include reductions in headcount and temporary workforce, streamlining the engineering organization, reducing the number of offices and increasing the mix of resources in lower-cost regions. The Company is also reducing annual share-based compensation grants by approximately $300 million. While these specific cost initiatives are expected to be fully implemented by the end of fiscal year 2016, the Company will continue to examine its cost structure for additional efficiencies that enhance profitability without sacrificing its future growth potential. 2) Initiating new review of financial and structural alternatives available to create stockholder value. In light of recent industry developments and other elements of the Strategic Realignment Plan, Qualcomm's Board and management, with the assistance of outside financial advisors, are conducting a review of the Company's corporate structure (including possible business separation alternatives), capital return opportunities and other potential strategic and financial alternatives available to the Company to create stockholder value. The Company does not expect to publicly comment on this review prior to its completion, which is expected to occur by the end of the calendar year. 3) Reaffirming intent to return significant capital to stockholders. A strong balance sheet and regulatory resolution in China have provided Qualcomm the flexibility to significantly increase its capital returns to stockholders and execute the largest capital returns program in Company history. Qualcomm is committed to continuing to return a minimum of 75% of free cash flow to stockholders through dividends and repurchases going forward, in addition to the previously announced $10 billion stock repurchase program to be completed by March 2016. Changes to the capital return program will be considered as part of the Board and management's review of financial and structural alternatives. 4) Adding new Directors with complementary skill sets while reducing the average tenure of the Board of Directors. Mark McLaughlin and Tony Vinciquerra have been added to the Board and the Company plans to appoint one additional independent director. These directors bring skills and perspectives that will be helpful to the Company as it implements its Strategic Realignment Plan. The Company is also reducing the average tenure of the Board of Directors. General Brent Scowcroft and Duane Nelles have retired from the Board. Sir Donald Cruickshank had previously informed the Company that he will not stand for re-election to the Board in 2016. Raymond Dittamore has advised the Company that, assuming he is re-elected to the Board at the Company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he does not intend to stand for re-election in 2017. 5) Further aligning executive compensation with performance and stockholder return objectives. The Board plans to change Qualcomm's executive compensation program by adding an additional returns-based metric for performance-based equity awards and taking share-based compensation provided to the Company's executives and other employees into account when calculating earnings per share for use in determining executives' annual cash bonuses. 6) Disciplined investment to further leadership positions and drive growth while delivering attractive returns. The Company intends to focus its investments in technologies that scale across core smartphone and adjacent growth opportunities, such as in its leading modem and other differentiated technologies. Qualcomm is reducing its investments outside of QTL and QCT and will focus these investments around the highest-return opportunities, including data centers, small cells and certain IoE verticals.
16:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.50-$4.70 from $4.60-$5.00
FY15 consensus $4.79. Lowers FY15 revenue view to $24.5B-$25.5B from $25B-$27B, consensus $25.95B.
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 adjusted EPS 75c-95c, consensus $1.08
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16:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces strategic realignment plan
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus 95c
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15:26 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:26 EDTQCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
14:51 EDTQCOMEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:37 EDTCATCaterpillar technical comments ahead of earnings
The shares are testing the $80 area on the downside ahead of results. On a long-term chart of five years or more, it is clear how important $80 has been as a support. Since 2010 it has only been broken once in any major way. If the news is sufficiently bearish, this support could give way and allow the preceding downtrend to resume. Support levels to watch would be at $78.19 which is the 52-week low, $75.80, and $71.78. If the news is a bullish surprise, the first major test of resistance would come at the 10-month moving average which was last at $87.55. It would take a breakout above the 10-month to turn the short-term trend bullish, with next resistance at $89.62.
14:22 EDTCATCaterpillar July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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13:31 EDTCATEarnings Watch: Wells Fargo says Caterpillar revenue consensus likely too high
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10:45 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of results
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10:37 EDTCATCaterpillar June data suggests consensus revenue view too high, says Wells Fargo
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10:01 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTCATCaterpillar falls, levels to watch
The stock is down 1.7% to $80.83 at time of writing. A big level to watch is the 52-week low at $78.19, which may get retested. Resistance is at $81.78.
09:17 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 14% in three months end June
Caterpillar reported in a regulatory filing that its total retail machines sales were down 14% on a three month rolling basis in June. For reference, retail sales of machines were down 12% in the period ending in May and were down 11% in the period ending in April. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 13% in the June period, which was worse than the 8% drop in the May end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 16%, worse than the 14% drop in the May period. Total Energy & Transportation Retail Sales were down 10% in the June end period, which was worse than the 6% decline seen in the May period.
07:06 EDTUTXUnited Technologies price target lowered to $118 from $136 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on United Technologies to $118 from $136 following its Q2 report. The firm cited headwinds from China and the aero aftermarket, but believes earnings may be at a bottom. UBS maintained its Buy rating on United Technologies shares.
07:05 EDTUTXUnited Technologies downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded United Technologies to Hold citing the company's reduced guidance and "uncompelling" earnings potential in 2016 and 2017. Deutsche reduced its price target for shares to $112 from $128. United Technologies was also downgraded this morning at Atlantic Equities.
06:33 EDTUTXUnited Technologies downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cooperate with Microsoft, Allwinner in mobile market, DigiTimes says
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to ramp up its penetration in the entry-level mobile device market by cooperating with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch low-cost Windows Mobile 10 products, reports DigiTimes Research. Qualcomm is also expected to cooperate with Allwinner Technology to launch 3G/4G solutions for connected tablets. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:14 EDTQCOMApple supplier stocks sink after iPhone, iPad unit volumes lower sequentially
Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and QUALCOMM (QCOM), are trading lower after Apple (AAPL) reported third quarter earnings after the close. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported iPhone unit volume of 47.5M in Q3 versus 61.1M in the prior quarter. Apple's iPad unit volume was 10.9M for Q3, lower than the 12.6M unit volume reported in the prior quarter. PRICE ACTION: Apple is sinking almost 7% in after-hours trading, while its suppliers are also lower, with Skyworks down more than 5%, Cirrus Logic down just under 5%, NXP Semiconductors slumping almost 5%, and QUALCOMM sliding 1.2%.
16:28 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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12:21 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:21 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTUTXUnited Technologies says 'disappointment would be a severe understatement'
The company said it has been more aggressive on the downside so that it doesn't want to over promise and not deliver. Cites pricing pressure in Otis after-market in Europe and slowdown in China. Expects headwinds of negative engine in Pratt, China slowdown, and slow Europe recovery will continue next year. Says US economic is better than expected and that should also continue.
08:57 EDTUTXUnited Technologies says 'done with big divestitures'
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08:55 EDTUTXUnited Technologies says Sikorsky deal allows it to be 'focused on core'
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08:55 EDTUTXUnited Technologies says commercial after-market sales to be up low single digit
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08:47 EDTUTXUnited Technologies says good demand for parts, but down compared to last year
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08:36 EDTUTXUnited Techonologiessees near-term weakness, but long-term is strong
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08:35 EDTUTXUnited Technologies sees Sikorsky transaction to close around year end
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08:15 EDTQCOMQualcomm split would likely destroy value, says Bernstein
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07:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and report of possible breakup
Qualcomm July weekly call option implied volatility is at 60, August is at 27, September is at 23; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 48, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on July 22 and WSJ report of possible breakup.
07:11 EDTUTXUnited Technologies lowers FY15 cont. ops EPS to $6.15-$6.30, consensus $6.85
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07:08 EDTUTXUnited Technologies sees commercial Aerospace aftermarket below expectations
"With six months of trends behind us, it is now clear the commercial aftermarket at UTC Aerospace Systems will be significantly below our expectations for the year. This, along with continuing softness in Otis Europe and a slowing China, led us to reassess our 2015 outlook for UTC Aerospace Systems and Otis. We now expect 2015 operating profit at UTC Aerospace Systems to be down $25M-$75M and at Otis to be down $25M-$75M at constant currency. Including the adverse impact of FX, we expect profit at Otis to be down $300M-$350M compared to prior year. While this revised forecast is disappointing, we remain confident in our long term outlook for the business. We have industry leading franchises, strong recurring revenue streams and have focused our portfolio on attractive end markets. We will accelerate aggressive cost reduction across the businesses and look for additional structural cost actions that can drive earnings growth well into the future. We will also look to deploy additional capital to share repurchase and M&A," said Gregory Hayes, UTC President and CEO.
07:06 EDTUTXUnited Technologies reports Q2 EPS ex-items $1.81, consensus $1.71
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06:53 EDTUTXUnited Technologies eyes takeovers after Sikorsky deal, Reuters says
United Technologies (UTX), following a deal to sell its Sikorsky helicopter unit to Lockheed Martin (LMT), is expected to seek acquisition targets, Reuters says, citing analysts from Sterne Agee and Edward Jones. United Technologies said it planned to use SIkorsky's profit contribution to repurchase shares, the report says, though Sterne Agee analyst Peter Arment says that the sale gives United Tech the flexibility needed to pursue acquisitions. Reference Link
July 20, 2015
19:49 EDTQCOMQualcomm plans strategic review including possibility of breakup, WSJ says
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19:40 EDTQCOMQualcomm may consider breakup, WSJ says
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16:34 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cut 'several thousand' jobs, The Information says
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16:33 EDTQCOMQualcomm may cut 'several thousand jobs' according to report, CNBC says
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16:22 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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15:01 EDTUTXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:54 EDTUTXUnited Technologies July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
United Technologies July weekly call option implied volatility is at 25, August is at 14, September is at 17; compared to its 52-week range of 12 to 26, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 21.
13:47 EDTUTXUnited Technologies technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a downtrend since hitting the 52-week high at $124.45 back in February. Weaker than expected earnings or outlook could keep the downtrend intact. In that event next support based on the current price of $109.98 would be at $107.95 which was a recent pivot low. A further break could see the following support levels become additional downside objectives: $104.86, $100.69, and $97.30 which is the 52-week low. If the news is a bullish surprise, the first important resistance level would be at the $113 area. A move above that level would break the existing downtrend. Additional resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $115, $117.03, and $119.07.
12:08 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
07:43 EDTUTXLockheed Martin to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft business for $9B
United Technologies (UTX) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its Sikorsky Aircraft business to Lockheed Martin (LMT) for $9B in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and adjustments, is projected to close by year-end or in the Q1 of FY16. Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used to fund additional share repurchase to offset the earnings impact related to the sale. The company will discuss this transaction at its previously scheduled conference call with investors. In addition, UTC's Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program for up to 75M shares of the company's common stock, which would be worth approximately $8.3B based on the NYSE closing price of UTC shares on July 17. The new authorization replaces a previous program, approved in February 2013, which was nearing completion. The precise timing and amount of repurchases will be determined based on the company's evaluation of market conditions and other factors, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
July 19, 2015
20:33 EDTUTXMedia reports say Lockheed to buy UTX's Sikorsky
According to media reports, Lockheed Martin (LMT) has agreed to purchase United Technologies' (UTX) Sikorsky unit. The news comes after several months of speculation surrounding Sikorsky, and an announcement could be made just a day prior to second quarter earnings for both United and Lockheed. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported on Sunday that Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies for over $8B, according to two sources, adding that the deal is set to be formally announced on Monday. The news was later echoed by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the talks. WHAT'S NOTABLE: United Technologies first reported that it was exploring strategic options for its Sikorsky unit on March 11. At the time, the company noted that options included a spinoff or a stand-alone public company, saying that the split could allow United "to better focus on providing high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries." Following the announcement, UBS remarked that it was "not surprised" and reiterated a $136 price target on United shares. On May 20, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSY) and Lockheed submitted bids for the helicopter maker, with a speculated deal thought to reach the $10B area. A June 9 report from Reuters added Textron (TXT) to the list of bidders. Today's news -- though unconfirmed by either United or Lockheed -- comes ahead of second quarter earnings reports for both companies scheduled for Tuesday, July 21. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Lockheed Martin declined 0.22% to $201.18 at the close of trading on July 17, while those of United Technologies fell 0.45% to $110.76.
15:31 EDTUTXLockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky for over $8B, Reuters says
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July 16, 2015
08:18 EDTQCOMSeveral stocks attractive following Intel results, says JMP Securities
For investors looking to take advantage of the sentiment shift the Intel (INTC) results could mean for the group and stronger demand due to seasonality and the Windows 10 launch, JMP Securities recommends Nvidia (NVDA) and Micron (MU). The firm says that both stocks have more attractive valuations and "more strategic roadmaps" than Intel. It also recommends Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) as more attractive and secure dividend growth plays.
05:51 EDTQCOMEuropean Commission confirms two investigations against Qualcomm
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05:22 EDTQCOMQualcomm issues statement on European Commission announcement
Qualcomm provided the following statement: "We were informed that the European Commission has taken the procedural step of 'initiating proceedings' against Qualcomm with regard to the two ongoing investigations into Qualcomm's sale of chipsets for mobile devices. This step allows investigators to gather additional facts, but it represents neither an expression by the Commission on the merits of the case nor an accusation against the company. While we were disappointed to hear this, we have been cooperating and will continue to cooperate with the Commission, and we continue to believe that any concerns are without merit."
July 15, 2015
10:01 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:03 EDTUTXUnited Technologies' HD imaging systems selected for CIrrus Perception platform
United Technologies unit UTC Aerospace Systems is providing Cloud Cap Technology TASE500 and TASE400 imaging system options for the new Cirrus Aircraft Perception Special Mission Aircraft.
06:50 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to push inexpensive mobile device market in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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05:53 EDTQCOMTSMC cuts 28nm and 20nm prices by 5%-10%, DigiTimes reports
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July 14, 2015
06:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm to work with Google-backed Thread Group, Re/code reports
Qualcomm (QCOM) said it is working with Thread Group, a Google (GOOG) backed effort to find ways for internet connected devices to communicate with one another, Re/code reports. Reference Link
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