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April 18, 2013
12:33 EDTMS, ACI, PM, PPG, AAPL, BTU, UNH, PEP, VZ, ANR, THRX, UNPOn 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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September 24, 2015
07:10 EDTMSBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLApple 'A10' processor may switch to six-cores, AppleInsider reports
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06:08 EDTAAPLSamsung Pay has over $30M in accumulated transaction volume in first month
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05:24 EDTTHRXGlaxoSmithKline and Theravance intend to file Relvar Ellipta for COPD in Japan
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September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTAAPLChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
17:37 EDTVZSynchronoss confirms multi-year contract with Verizon
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16:34 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
15:27 EDTAAPLAlibaba unveils low-priced, payments-focused smartwatch, VentureBeat reports
Alibaba (BABA) has unveiled Pay Watch, a smartwatch to be priced at $160 and lower that supports mobile payments through the company's Alipay platform, said VentureBeat, which notes that there is still no official English-language announcement on the device. Some health features are also being advertised and comparisons to Apple's (AAPL) Watch "seem inevitable," though "certainly not on price," the blog added. Reference Link
12:27 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:02 EDTVZIntel joins Verizon 5G Technology Forum
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11:48 EDTVZSynchronoss drops after concerns raised about Verizon cloud business
After Verizon (VZ) recently reduced the amount of free cloud storage it provides to customers as part of its cost cutting efforts, analysts at Baird told investors they were "increasingly concerned" that the telecom giant is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers via its agreement with cloud services provider Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR). Analysts at two other firms have issued defenses of Synchronoss in the wake of its sharp decline today. BEARISH VIEW: After Version cut its free cloud storage to 5GB from 25GB, Baird said it believed the Telco is less committed to Synchronoss' cloud offering, which the firm contended will "likely have revenue implications for 2016." The firm, which said it has had a negative bias on Synchronoss due to long-term cloud competitive concerns and the lack of growth outside of AT&T (T) and Verizon, has a Neutral rating on the cloud services provider's shares. DEFENSES: JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty attributes today's pullback in shares of Synchronoss to the concerns raised about the potential loss of Verizon as a cloud customer. Auty, however, sees "no chance" of Synchronoss losing Verizon as a customer in the near-term since the wireless carrier recently renewed its contract with the company for multiple years. He views today's selloff as a "significant overreaction" and recommends buying Synchronoss at current levels. Also noting concerns raised about Synchronoss' potential loss of some cloud business, Wells Fargo said even if Synchronoss' cloud business exhibited zero growth in 2016 from 2015, shares would be compelling at current levels. The firm views the selloff as overdone and reiterates its Overweight rating on Synchronoss shares. PRICE ACTION: Synchronoss shares, which dipped as low as $27.86 this morning, are off their worst levels but remain down $4.65 to $32.74 in late morning trading.
11:19 EDTAAPLApple security breach larger than first thought, Sky News says
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10:52 EDTVZSynchronoss Technologies volatility spikes on sharp pull back
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10:51 EDTVZJPMorgan says 'no chance' Synchronoss loses Verizon in near-term
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty attributes today's pullback in shares of Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR) to a research note from Baird talking about the potential loss of Verizon (VZ) as a cloud customer. The comments come after the wireless carrier changed the pricing in the Verizon cloud offering. Auty sees "no chance" of Synchronoss losing Verizon as a customer in the near-term since the wireless carrier recently renewed its contract with the company for multiple years. He views today's selloff as a "significant overreaction" and recommends buying Synchronoss at current levels. Shares are off their lows but remain down $5.91 to $31.48 in morning trading.
09:33 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open: AAPL BBRY BIDU BIIB
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09:24 EDTAAPLT-Mobile announces $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s
On the cusp of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus availability, T-Mobile unveiled a $5 a month for iPhone 6s 16GB and $9 a month for iPhone 6s Plus 16GB with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile's new pricing builds on the Un-carrier's straightforward $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in.
09:18 EDTPEP, AAPLPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:12 EDTPPGPPG Industries lifts Fresno glass manufacturing force majeure
PPG Industries announced that it has restored normal operations at its Fresno, California, glass manufacturing facility and lifted the force majeure on architectural, residential and specialty glass products for customers located in the western U.S. and western Canada. The company also announced plans to invest $20M in upgrades for the Fresno facility, which will begin in January 2016. PPG plans to rebuild the glass tank and enhance other manufacturing equipment at the plant. The investment will upgrade equipment to meet continued demand for PPG flat glass products manufactured at the facility.
07:28 EDTAAPLApple installment plans may accentuate seasonality, says UBS
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