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November 15, 2012
16:32 EDTWMT, DNB, BG, NTAP, OSIS, AMD, BP, VELT, SZYMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower after midday buying sent the averages briefly into positive territory, though the averages yet again could not hold onto their gains. Wal-Mart (WMT), which reported earnings before the bell, issued cautious Q4 guidance ahead of the holiday season. Uncertainty also weighed heavily on investors as concerns over the fiscal cliff, which have abounded since the election, were compounded by increased concerns in the Middle East... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims jumped by 78,000 from the prior week to 439,000. Analysts had forecast a smaller rise to 375,000 and the steep climb in claims was partially attributed to Superstorm Sandy. Consumer prices rose 0.1% overall in October, versus the expected increase of 0.1%. The NY Fed Empire State Survey for November had a -5.22 reading, versus the expected -8.00, and the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey had a reading of -10.7, versus the expected +2.0. In Europe, Eurostat data showed the Eurozone fell back into recession in the third quarter... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart, despite beating consensus estimates for the most recent quarter, provided guidance for the upcoming quarter that was lower than Street estimates. This tempered outlook sent shares of the Dow component lower by $2.59, or 3.63%, to close at $68.72... BP (BP) agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history for the Deepwater Horizon accident. The company said the aggregate amount of the settlement is about $4.5B, with payments scheduled over a period of six years. Shares of BP opened the day higher, but fell through the session and eventually settled fractionally higher, up 14c, or 0.35%, to $40.30... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NetApp (NTAP), up $3.04, or 11.20%, to $30.16 after its earnings beat expectations and shares were upgraded at Raymond James. Also trading higher were shares of Solazyme (SZYM), up 71c, or 10.01%, to $7.80 after the company announced strategic partnerships with Archer Daniels (AMD) and a subsidiary of Bunge Limited (BG) that will expand the company's oil production capacity. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Velti (VELT), down $2.27, or 34.19%, to $4.37 after the company reported Q3 earnings that missed consensus estimates and the stock received a downgrade to Hold at Needham. Also lower were shares of OSI Systems (OSIS), down $21.40, or 28.05%, to $54.89 after a Bloomberg report said that Congressman Mike Rogers sent a letter to the TSA stating that the company may have "knowingly manipulated" the result of an operational test. The company later issued a statement denying claims made in the Bloomberg report. Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) declined $7.60, or 9.40%, to $73.21 after a late afternoon report by Reuters said talks between the company and its potential buyers fell apart... INDICES: The Dow lost 28.57, or 0.23%, to 12,542.38; the Nasdaq fell 9.87, or 0.35%, to 2,836.94; and the S&P 500 slid 2.17, or 0.16%, to 1,353.32.
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July 28, 2015
05:56 EDTBPBP reports Q2 profit ($5.82B) vs. $3.37B last year
Reports Q2 replacement cost profit ($6.27B) vs. $3.18B last year. Reports Q2 underlying replacement cost benefit $1.31B vs. $3.64B last year. Reports Q2 underlying replacement cost profit per ordinary share of $7.17 vs. $19.71 last year. Reports Q2 replacement cost per ADS 43c vs. $1.18 last year.
July 27, 2015
15:03 EDTBPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 24, 2015
06:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart increases offerings in baby category
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05:49 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility movement; NTAP JNPR
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July 23, 2015
19:24 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Apple Pay competitor launching soon, Bloomberg says
CurrentC, the mobile payment application funded by Wal-Mart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and others, will see an early trial run next month, Bloomberg reported earlier, citing three people familiar with the situation. A spokesperson for Lowe's (LOW) said the consortium behind the app expects an official launch in Q3, and Bloomberg noted that CurrentC will compete with more "established" offerings such as Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay and Google's (GOOG) Android Pay. Reference Link
11:54 EDTNTAPOptions with increasing call volume
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11:03 EDTNTAPNetApp call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:56 EDTNTAPRumor: NetApp strength attributed to takeover speculation
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09:38 EDTAMDActive equity options trading on open
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05:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires remaining shares of Yihaodian
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTAMDEarnings 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.
13:25 EDTWMTWal-Mart to end overnight hours at certain stores, Bloomberg reports
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08:38 EDTWMTNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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06:39 EDTBPEuro, U.S. oil and gas groups to find tough competition in Iran, WSJ says
European and U.S. oil and gas firms drawn to Iran as sanctions lessen can expect not only opportunities, but also Iranian companies offering tough competition or joint ventures, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though no Iran-based companies have the clout of firms such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) or Schlumberger (SLB), companies that can take on engineering tasks are emerging and growing in Iran, the report says. If the Iran nuclear agreement comes into effect and sanctions are lifted against Iran sometime soon, those Iranian companies will be well positioned to compete for tens of billions of dollars worth of service contracts, the report adds. Other publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
06:27 EDTBPBP faces challenges in India, Russia, WSJ reports
BP's oil and gas fields project in India with Reliance Industries, the company's first major project since the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, has been stalled, posing global challenges for the oil giant, the Wall Street Journal reports. In addition, political hurdles in Russia and cost-ineffective shale operations in the U.S. have also hurt BP, the report says. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
16:01 EDTAMDOptions Update; July 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 13c to 16.20. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB BAC MSFT NFLX AMD IBM CHK
14:24 EDTNTAPEarnings Watch: EMC reports amid M&A speculation in sector
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09:04 EDTOSISOSI Systems receives $15M follow-on order for inspection systems
OSI Systems announced that its Security division, Rapiscan Systems, received a follow-on order, valued at approximately $15M, from a Middle East government to provide additional Baggage and Parcel Inspection and Eagle Cargo and Vehicle Inspection systems for port and border protection.
05:51 EDTAMDUMC enters volume production for AMD chips using TSV, DigiTimes reports
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July 20, 2015
13:46 EDTWMTAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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