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November 15, 2012
16:32 EDTVELT, SZYM, WMT, DNB, BG, NTAP, OSIS, AMD, BPOn 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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March 25, 2015
10:08 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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09:39 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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08:54 EDTNTAPNetApp Arista among potential takeover targets for EMC, says RBC Capital
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March 23, 2015
10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:57 EDTWMTWal-Mart, Trinity church courtcase scheduled for April 8, WSJ says
A U.S. appeals court on April 8 will decide whether Wal-Mart shareholder Trinity church can force the company to hold a shareholder vote on gun sales, reports the Wall Street Journal. Wal-Mart maintains that what it chooses to sell in its stores is a matter of "regular business" and is not subject to shareholder review. Cornell law professor Lynn Stout and three dozen of her peers have submitted friend of the court briefs to support Trinity, which won an initial case against Wal-Mart in November. Reference Link
06:40 EDTNTAPEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:00 EDTAMDAMD's former CEO may join Dell, Re/code reports
According to sources, former AMD (AMD) CEO Rory Read is close to a deal to join Dell, Re/code reports. Read, who also previously worked at Lenovo (LNVGY) and IBM (IBM), could become COO and president for global commercial sales at Dell. An announcement may come as early as today, the sources say. Reference Link
March 22, 2015
18:22 EDTWMTWal-Mart shareholders allowed to vote for independent chairman, Reuters says
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17:59 EDTBPOPEC will not take sole responsibility for supporting oil price, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
07:19 EDTBPWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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06:37 EDTBPOil prices fall again, Reuters reports
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March 19, 2015
08:01 EDTOSISOSI Systems announces $11M order for Rapiscan explosives detection system
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07:19 EDTBPKuwaiti minister says OPEC can't cut oil production, Bloomberg reports
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06:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart's Walmex unit to expand more slowly this year, Reuters reports
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March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTBPOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
10:03 EDTBPBP call activity attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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09:56 EDTBPRumor: BP strength attributed to takeover speculation
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09:36 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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07:02 EDTBPExterran nominates five new directors to board
Exterran Holdings (EXH) announced that its Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals for election to the Exterran Holdings Board at the Company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28: Anne-Marie N. Ainsworth – former President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (OILT); Frances Powell Hawes – independent financial consultant and former CFO of NCI Building Systems (NCS); James H. Lytal – independent energy consultant and former President of Gulfterra Energy Partners LP; Richard R. Stewart- former President and CEO of GE Aero Energy (GE); and Ieda Gomes Yell – Managing Director of Energix Strategy Ltd. and former President of BP Brazil (BP). “In November 2014, we announced a plan to separate Exterran’s international contract operations, international aftermarket services and global fabrication businesses into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015,” said Mark Sotir, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our Board has nominated these additional well qualified director candidates in anticipation of certain of Exterran’s directors resigning from the Board at the time of the separation in order to join the board of directors of the new publicly traded company. We have not yet reached a final determination regarding which directors will remain on Exterran’s Board and which directors will join the board of directors of SpinCo at the time of the separation.”
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