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November 23, 2015
16:05 EDTBRCDBrocade reports Q4 adjusted EPS 26c, consensus 24c
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15:28 EDTBRCDNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Palo Alto (PANW), consensus 32c... Copart (CPRT), consensus 43c... Brocade (BRCD), consensus 24c... Post Holdings (POST), consensus 29c... YY (YY), consensus 82c... Dycom (DY), consensus $1.01... Cubic (CUB), consensus 96c... Enanta (ENTA), consensus 15c.
14:15 EDTBRCDBrocade technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:26 EDTGOOGZillow joins Google Compare for Mortgages experience
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08:17 EDTVMWEMC risk/reward favorable, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that EMC's stock is trading at an approximately 24% discount to the valuation at which it agreed to be acquired by Dell and Silver Lake. The firm blames the discrepancy on the decline in VMware's stock since the deal was announced and concerns about the VMware tracking stock. Bernstein blames the decline in VMware's stock on concerns about its corporate governance following the deal and its weak revenue guidance issued last month. Nonetheless, Bernstein thinks the EMC deal will probably close and sees the risk/reward ratio of the stock as positive. It keeps a $30 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:26 EDTQCOMQualcomm shares reflecting worst case scenario, says RBC Capital
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06:15 EDTGOOGGoogle received over 66M 'URL requested to be removed' over the last month
According to new data published by Google yesterday as part of its Transparency Report, the company received 66,318,159 "URLs requested to be removed" over the last month. Google regularly receives requests from copyright owners and reporting organizations that represent them to remove search results that link to material that allegedly infringes copyrights. Each request names specific URLs to be removed, and it lists the domain portions of URLs requested to be removed under specified domains. Reference Link
November 22, 2015
13:21 EDTGOOGAlphabet, Celgene, others could rise 20% over next year, Barron's says
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November 20, 2015
18:22 EDTGOOGGoogle targets China launch of Google Play app store in 2016, Reuters says
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18:05 EDTQCOM, INTCIntel names Dr. Venkata Renduchintala as President of newly created IoT group
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16:35 EDTQCOMStocks follow worst week of year with one of best after Fed minutes give clarity
Stocks ended the week with sharp gains, with the S&P rising over 3%, bouncing back from last week's equally sharp declines. The primary driver of the move appeared to be the Fed minutes, which provided further clarity that December's meeting is firmly on the table for the central bank to make its first rate hike in many years. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data... The consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. The Empire State index, which measures manufacturing in the N.Y. region, edged up to -10.74 in November, up from last month's -11.4, but below expectations for a -6.5 reading... In Europe, minutes from the most recent European Central Bank policy meeting showed that some participants called for more stimulus amid deflation risks, weak oil prices and a sluggish recovery in the regions' economy... In Asia, Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.8% in the third quarter, missing expectations for a 0.2% decrease and taking the nation's economy back into recession. Later in the week, the Bank of Japan maintained its current pace of monetary stimulus, as expected. Meanwhile, China's Securities Regulatory Commission has restarted initial public offerings for five companies to list on the Shanghai stock exchange and five in Shenzhen, ending a five-month freeze on IPOs. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% on Tuesday after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot (HD), gained more than 4% that day after its own better than expected quarterly reports, which came on the heels of largely disappointing reports from other major retailers. Target (TGT), however, fell more than 4% on Wednesday after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Among others reporting earnings this week, TJX Companies (TJX) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) rose immediately following their reports, while Kirkland's (KIRK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) fell right after their own... The biggest U.S. health insurer said Thursday that it is considering pulling out of Obamacare due to losses it has suffered from its participation in the program and cut its profit outlook for this fiscal year, sending its shares and those of its industry peers lower. UnitedHealth (UNH) fell after trimming its fiscal 2015 earnings outlook, citing the Affordable Care Act, and stating that it is "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment." Aetna (AET), Humana (HUM), Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI) all declined following their rival's announcement, though Aetna and Anthem followed the news up Friday morning by each reaffirming their fiscal 2015 earnings outlooks. Hospital stocks fell as well, with HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Community Health (CYH) and Tenet (THC) all ending the Thursday lower by 6% or more... Square (SQ) rose 45% to close its first day as a publicly-traded company at $13.07 after pricing its initial public offering at $9 per share. Twitter (TWTR), which, like Square, claims Jack Dorsey as its CEO, advanced a bit following Square's public debut as well. Another high-profile tech company also gained in its first day of public trading, as Match Group (MTCH), the owner of dating app Tinder and other online dating services, climbed 22.8% to $14.74 after pricing its IPO at $12 per share... Bloomberg reported that Pfizer (PFE) is nearing an agreement to acquire Allergan (AGN) for $370 to $380 per share, citing people familiar with the matter. CNBC's David Faber then reported that deal talks are in the "final innings" and centered on an all stock transaction whereby Pfizer would offer 11-plus shares per Allergan share. Then, people close to the talks told Financial Times that the U.S. drugmaker is preparing to offer more than $380 per share for Allergan. Amid all these reports, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said that his department will release "targeted guidance" later this week meant to "deter and reduce further the economic benefits of corporate inversions" like the one being contemplated by the drugmakers. In other M&A news, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) found a buyer, but not the one that media reports had been foreshadowing. Starwood and Marriott (MAR) announced a deal under which the companies will combine in a cash and stock transaction valued at $12.2B to create the world's largest hotel company. Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC) both advanced after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Airgas (ARG) surged about 30% after agreeing to be acquired by France's Air Liquide for $143 per share. Fairchild (FCS) jumped 8.5% after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Qualcomm (QCOM) dropped sharply after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law... SunEdison (SUNE) had another tough week, falling about 43% amid ongoing concerns regarding its liquidity and after quarterly filings revealed that several prominent hedge funds exited or trimmed their stakes in the company... ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% on Wednesday after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies... Nike (NKE) advanced to close out the week after the footwear and sports apparel giant announced a two-for-one stock split, a $12B stock repurchase program and plans to boost its dividend... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) dropped sharply after the Center for Disease Control announced that three additional states have reported people infected within the E. coli outbreak linked to the company's restaurants. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 3.35% to close at 17,823.81, the S&P 500 rose about 3.27% to close at 2,089.17, and the Nasdaq advanced about 3.58% to close at 5,104.92.
16:02 EDTINTCOptions Update; November 20, 2015
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11:13 EDTINTCIntel, semi equipment stocks rise following chip giant's guidance
Intel (INTC) is climbing after the chip maker said at its analyst day meeting yesterday that it expects its revenue to grow by a mid-single digit percentage in fiscal 2016, up from a decline of 1% this year. On the heels of yesterday's meeting, research firm JMP Securities upgraded its rating on the stock to Outperform, saying that the company's margins and revenue are poised to climb next year. WHAT'S NEW: After conducting checks at a trade show and investor event, JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that Intel's outlook in the cloud has improved, while its execution risk has dropped. Discussing Intel's outlook in the server chip market, Gauna wrote that the tech giant "has made significant strides" with its Xeon, Xeon Phi and Atom chips, even as rival ARM-based servers are growing more slowly than expected. Moreover, Intel is benefiting from the strong performance of its 2-in-1 notebooks, data center offerings, and enterprise PCs, Gauna reported. He believes that the chip maker's earnings are bottoming, while its revenue and margins are poised to rebound next year. Gauna raised his fiscal 2016 earnings per share estimate for the company to $2.45 from $2.10. Analysts' consensus estimate is $2.35. Gauna set a $45 price target on Intel. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Noting that Intel had predicted that its capital spending would jump 37% in 2016, KeyBanc said that this news is positive for semiconductor equipment stocks. According to the firm, Applied Materials (AMAT), Lam Research (LRCX) and Nanometrics (NANO) all have high exposure to Intel. It recommended that investors buy those stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Intel advanced 2% to $35, while Applied Materials rose fractionally, Lam Research gained 0.8%, Nanometrics added 1.7% and Rudolph Technologies (RTEC) jumped 4%.
10:38 EDTGOOG, RHTAnalyst sees 'cloud cold war' coming between Google, Microsoft, Amazon
Recent comments by Google (GOOG) indicate that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors today. Google's initiatives in this area could significantly boost its stock price and signify the start of a "cold war" in the space, but are unlikely to negatively affect the number two player in the area, Microsoft (MSFT), Sandler believes. WHAT'S NEW: Google has not been aggressively expanding its cloud infrastructure business, but recent comments by the tech giant indicates that this situation is changing, Sandler wrote. Google executive Urs Holzle said that the tech giant plans to aggressively expand its cloud platform, and projected that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, the analyst noted. The note comes after Google acquired a small platform-as-a-service company called bebop and appointed its CEO, VmWare (VMW) co-founder Diane Greene, to lead a new cloud business. Based on Hozle's comment, Google is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020, Sandler estimated. If the tech giant even "gets part of the way" to meeting the goal, the growth in its cloud business will boost its market cap by hundreds of billions of dollars, Sandler believes. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. Amazon (AMZN), which Google also much catch, is the runaway leader in the cloud market. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Google may look to make acquisitions in the software-as-a-service sector to build up its cloud business, and vendors like Red Hat (RHT) which sell to cloud infrastructure providers have added a major new customer, Sandler wrote. Major software-as-a-service providers include (CRM), Workday (WDAY), and Netsuite (N). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Alphabet Class A shares gained 1.5% to $771.37, Microsoft slid 1.1% to $53.33 and Amazon rose fractionally to $662.87.
10:31 EDTVMWAttorneys say EMC deal tax worries overblown, dealReporter says
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10:04 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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10:00 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: (FLWS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Diageo (DEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks at JMP Securities... Mazor Robotics (MZOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:53 EDTBRCDBrocade volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:04 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Acano for $700M in cash, assumed equity awards
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08:03 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Acano for $700M in cash, assumed equity awards
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