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April 18, 2013
12:33 EDTVZ, ACI, BTU, THRX, PM, UNH, UNP, PPG, PEP, MS, AAPL, ANROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite the number of unemployment claims being little changed from last week. Stocks began the session slightly above yesterday’s close but turned mixed within a few minutes of trading. The latest set of corporate earnings released this morning was generally in-line with expectations, as was the weekly jobless claims data. The selling picked up as rumors spread of a possible failure of a French bank, which then was disputed. The averages have moved violently up and down in alternating fashion in the first three sessions of this week, but if the levels near noon hold, the pattern may break and a second down day may be in store for stocks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims rose 4K from the prior week to 352K, which was close to the forecast for 350K. The Philadelphia Fed's General Business Conditions Index for April came in at 1.3, versus expectations for a 3.3 figure. The leading economic indicators fell 0.1% in March to 94.7, versus expectations for a 0.2% rise. COMPANY NEWS: Among the number of large cap companies reporting earnings today before the market opened, PPG (PPG), PepsiCo (PEP), Union Pacific (UNP) and Verizon (VZ) were among the advancers, while Morgan Stanley (MS), UnitedHealth (UNH) and Philip Morris (PM) all declined... Apple (AAPL) fell nearly 2% near noon and crossed below $400 per share for the second straight trading day, after BMO Capital lowered its price target on shares and Piper Jaffray said information from Verizon's report indicates Apple may report March quarter revenue at the low end of guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Theravance (THRX), which rose 16% after an FDA committee recommended approval of Breo Ellipta for COPD. Also higher were shares of Peabody Energy (BTU), up 8% following its quarterly report, and peers Arch Coal (ACI) and Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), which gained as well after Peabody's results and commentary on the coal market. Among the noteworthy losers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which fell 21% after the company announced that its colorectal cancer screening test was able to detect the presence of pre-cancerous polyps 42% of the time during a clinical trial. Also lower was Ultratech (UTEK), which fell 13% after reporting revenue that missed expectations and saying its revenue in the current quarter could fall another 25%. INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was down 50.72, or 0.35%, to 14,567.87; the Nasdaq was down 26.23, or 0.82%, to 3,178.44; and the S&P 500 was down 6.86, or 0.44%, to 1,545.15.
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10:39 EDTAAPLJudge says certain WiLAN patent claims are valid in litigation vs. Apple
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10:39 EDTAAPLLogitech has risk of increasing competition from Apple, says UBS
UBS notes that Apple (AAPL) filed a patent with the USPTO for an electronic device/tablet cover that seems to include a keyboard. UBS believes Apple could introduce its own branded keyboard cover, and other branded peripherals, in order to grab market share from its highly loyal consumer base. The analyst believes competition for Neutral rated Logitech (LOGI) will accelerate, significantly impacting growth prospects.
10:06 EDTACI, ANROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:06 EDTPMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:11 EDTACI, PEPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTANRAlpha Natural falls 3.3%
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09:00 EDTACIArch Coal falls 3.5%
Arch Coal is down 3.5%, or 18c, to $5.00
08:24 EDTAAPLGoogle, Apple have considered acquiring Square, Re/code reports
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07:54 EDTAAPLSamsung, Apple pushed to make high-end phones less costly, Reuters says
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07:29 EDTPEPKellogg speculated as Berkshire target amid volatile trading, Bloomberg says
Kellogg (K) shares have surged over last week amid speculation the company may be a takeover target for Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), said Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column, which noted that Kellogg fits the financial criteria for the types of acquisitions Buffet has made in the past. Kellogg could also appeal to another food company, like PepsiCo (PEP) or Nestle (NSRGY), the report added. Reference Link
07:28 EDTAAPLAmazon looking to court game developers for Fire TV, NY Post reports
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06:40 EDTACIArch Coal downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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06:40 EDTANRAlpha Natural downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded Alpha Natural to Sell from Neutral and lowered its price target to $3 from $5 based on lower met coal price forecasts for the sector due to oversupply issues and the latest Q2 benchmark settlement that was lower than expected. The firm expects balance sheets to be stressed and cash burn to accelerate which could result in a 2016 liquidity crisis.
06:35 EDTMSRegulators increase leverage ratio requirement for large banks, NY Times says
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06:27 EDTMSBig banks must add capital to comply with new rules, WSJ reports
A of January 1, 2018, the U.S.'s eight largest banks -- including Citigroup (C), JPMorgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) -- must add up to $68B in extra capital to comply with a new rule intended to help firms weather losses during periods of market stress, the Wall Street Journal. The banks will be required to maintain well above the minimum levels of capital held against assets on their books. Banks must report the new levels next year. Reference Link
06:18 EDTAAPLApple seeks $2.2B in damages from Samsung in patent infringement, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTAAPLFlexible PCB samples delivered for Apple iWatch validation, DigiTimes says
Flexible PCB suppliers have reportedly delivered FPCB samples for use in Apple's iWatch devices for validation, reports DigiTimes. According to industry sources, Apple is expected to unveil the iWatch wearable devices in September. Reference Link
05:26 EDTPEPSenomyx enters into research agreement with PepsiCo, terms not disclosed
Senomyx (SNMX) announced that it has entered into a new collaborative agreement with PepsiCo (PEP) related to Senomyx's Salt Taste Program. The new collaboration will support Senomyx's continued work to identify flavors with modifying properties intended to restore the desired salty taste in products with reduced salt. Under the new agreement, PepsiCo will provide research funding for the Salt Taste Program for 2014 and has options to extend the research funding period. PepsiCo will have non-exclusive rights to salt flavor modifiers discovered during the research funding period. In addition, Senomyx will have the right to supply these flavor ingredients directly to PepsiCo. Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
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