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News For VMW;CSCO;INTC;BRCD;QCOM;VZ;RHT;FIRE;GOOG From The Last 14 Days
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January 25, 2016
06:09 EDTGOOGYouTube hires Broock as 'Global VR Evangelist,' Re/code reports
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05:36 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CELG INTC
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January 24, 2016
19:10 EDTGOOGDaimler CEO: Apple, Google farther along on car than assumed, Reuters says
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18:56 EDTVZVerizon pursuing sponsored content for go90, Reuters says
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14:40 EDTCSCO, GOOGCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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11:02 EDTVZStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
January 22, 2016
18:29 EDTVMWVMware may trim approximately 5% of workforce, Bloomberg reports
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17:55 EDTGOOGAlphabet settles tax dispute in U.K., Wall Street Journal says
Alphabet has struck a deal with the U.K's tax authority that settles a tax dispute there and will result in an increase in the amount of taxes the company will ultimately pay in Britain, says the Wall Street Journal. Alphabet will pay GBP 130M or $185M in back taxes and interest covering the years 2005-2015, added the WSJ. Reference Link
16:42 EDTGOOGAlphabet says it has come to a tax deal with U.K., Dow Jones says
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14:54 EDTVZVerizon, Hearst in talks for video joint venture, WSJ says
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14:54 EDTQCOMKashyap stepping down as head of Qualcomm Ventures, Fortune reports
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14:41 EDTGOOGFrench Minister says Google in talks to settle EU tax fights, WSJ reports
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10:21 EDTCSCOCisco, AT&T CEOs see market selloff as M&A opportunity, WSJ says
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09:34 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ABB (ABB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... ACADIA (ACAD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... ASML (ASML) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Avon Products (AVP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... BankUnited (BKU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Berenberg... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Cardinal Financial (CFNL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Gorman-Rupp (GRC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Independent Bank (INDB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... JD.com (JD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... MetLife (MET) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Pacific Continental (PCBK) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... SVB Financial (SIVB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WEX Inc. (WEX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
06:53 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
Northland analyst Tom Sepenzis upgraded Qualcomm to Outperform saying the company's 2016 will benefit from easier comps and an end to the licensing issues in China. The analyst sees "significant room for growth" in the low-to-mid range smartphone market for Qualcomm and has a $62.50 price target for the shares.
06:50 EDTCSCOMarket selloff may lead to business technology takeovers, WSJ says
The recent market selloff is hitting the business technology sector, but may come with an opportunity for the top companies in the sector to acquire smaller companies, the Wall Street Journal says. Companies such as Box (BOX), Hortonworks (HDP), Workday (WDAY), and others may become takeover targets for groups such as IBM (IBM), HP Enterprise (HPE), Cisco (CSCO), and SAP (SAP), the report says. Reference Link
06:33 EDTGOOGApple got $1B from Google to maintain search bar on iPhone, Bloomberg says
Google (GOOG) paid Apple (AAPL) $1B in 2014 to keep its search bar on the iPhone, Bloomberg reports, citing a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's (ORCL) copyright suit against Google. Google has a pact with Apple that gives the iPHone maker a percentage of the revenue Google brings in through the Apple device, the report says, citing an attorney for Oracle at the hearing. Reference Link
06:13 EDTGOOGOracle lawyer: Google's Android brings in $31B in revenue, Bloomberg says
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05:46 EDTINTCStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SRPT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 30, Sarepta (SPRT) 169 according to iVolatility.
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