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November 15, 2012
16:32 EDTNTAP, OSIS, AMD, BP, VELT, SZYM, WMT, DNB, BGOn 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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May 18, 2015
07:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart Q1 should benefit from lower gas, stronger consumer, says Stephens
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06:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart to repair stores in labor dispute, Reuters reports
Wal-Mart said it would seek permits to rip up floors and replace plumping lines at five stores that justified its abrupt closure, reports Reuters. The move follows a union-backed complaint to the National Labor Relations Board last month after Wal-Mart temporarily closed the stores. The union accused the company for shutting down the stores to stop workers from organizing. Reference Link
May 15, 2015
08:13 EDTAMDJefferies ups view on Semis to Positive from Negative
Jefferies upped its view on the Semiconductors space to Positive from Negative after hosting a dozen companies at its annual conference in Miami. The firm notes that most companies noted an "OK" demand environment, which it views as supporting its thesis that the recent inventory correction and lower capex has created a "great opportunity" to add to Semi positions. After meeting with management, Jefferies has increased conviction that NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) will soon sell its HPRF business and return to its stock buyback program before most expect. It has Buy ratings on AMD (AMD), Microchip (MCHP), NXP and Texas Instruments (TXN).
06:44 EDTBPEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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May 14, 2015
07:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart risk/reward favorable into Q1 results, says Baird
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06:24 EDTNTAPCiti expects 'lukewarm' Q4 results from NetApp
Citigroup expects NetApp to report "lukewarm" Q4 results on Wednesday amid "soft" underlying storage demand and "modest" currency pressure. The company's sales and earnings are likely to be in-line to a slight miss relative to consensus, Citi believes. The firm says that while the stock's valuation "looks interesting," it keeps a Neutral rating on the name with a $39 price target.
May 13, 2015
18:09 EDTWMTWal-Mart to launch $50 unlimited shipping service in summer, AP says
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13:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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07:08 EDTOSISOppenheimer to hold a conference
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07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
09:14 EDTWMTApps World to hold a conference
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08:27 EDTWMTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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06:44 EDTOSISOSI Systems management to meet with Benchmark
Meeting to be held in New York on May 12 hosted by Benchmark.
05:38 EDTBPTechnip awarded lump sum project by BP Exploration & Production
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May 11, 2015
13:28 EDTBPOPEC sees oil at around $76 a barrel in 2025, WSJ says
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09:59 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:29 EDTNTAPNetApp cut to sell on competition concerns at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Underperform from Sector Perform saying the company's competitive threats are likely to increase this summer with new storage appliances from Nimble (NBML), Pure, Nutanix, Solidfire and Tintri as well as Amazon entering the Cloud network-attached storage space. The assigns a fair value target of $32 for shares. NetApp closed Friday up 8c to $35.65.
06:34 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
May 10, 2015
14:12 EDTWMTWhole Foods stock unlikely to outperform in near-term, Barron's says
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