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November 15, 2012
16:32 EDTWMT, BP, NTAP, SZYM, AMD, BG, VELT, OSIS, DNBOn 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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September 2, 2014
09:02 EDTBPHalliburton reaches $1.1B settlement on claims related to Macondo
Halliburton (HAL) announced that it has reached an agreement to settle a substantial majority of the plaintiffsí class claims asserted against the company as a result of the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The approximately $1.1B settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and will be paid into a trust until all appeals have been resolved in three installments over the next two years. The companyís previously accrued loss contingency provision relating to the multi-district litigation proceedings is currently $1.3B. The agreement includes the following: Claims against Halliburton that BP (BP) assigned to the settlement class in BPís April 2012 settlement, Punitive damages claims against Halliburton by a class of plaintiffs who allege damages to property or associated with the commercial fishing industry arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident, and Affirmation that Halliburton has no liability for compensatory damages to the members of the settlement class in the BP April 2012 settlement. Payments will be held in the trust, pending the finalization of this settlement which is contingent on final Court approval, including any appeals of: The BP 2012 settlement with the settlement class, The District Courtís earlier determination that the contractual indemnity provided by BP to Halliburton is valid and enforceable, and The District Courtís earlier dismissal of economic damage claims against Halliburton. Additionally, the settlement is subject to an agreed-upon level of participation by the current claimants which, if not achieved, allows Halliburton to terminate the agreement.
06:34 EDTAMDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AMD YHOO
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06:14 EDTOSISOSI Systems downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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August 29, 2014
09:37 EDTBPActive equity options trading on open
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08:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart challenges Alibaba with additions to online site in China, WSJ says
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06:38 EDTBPRising oil supplies pressuring prices, NY Times says
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August 28, 2014
09:34 EDTBPBP confirms refinery 'minimally' affected after fire, AP reports
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07:35 EDTBPBP downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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August 26, 2014
15:04 EDTNTAPNetApp extends alliance with VMware on cloud computing
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August 25, 2014
13:47 EDTWMTWal-Mart launching chip-enabled store-brand MasterCard
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08:32 EDTOSISOSI Systems sees FY15 EPS $3.50-$3.75, consensus $3.55
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08:32 EDTOSISOSI Systems reports Q4 EPS $1.19 ex-items, consensus $1.17
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August 24, 2014
21:53 EDTWMTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
2014 NACDS Total Store Expo to be held in Boston on August 23-25.
18:54 EDTBGBunge could rise 15%, Barron's says
Bunge shares could climb 15% higher if the company continues to have steady gains in earnings, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
06:39 EDTBPBP drops $9.3B on fuel stations, exploration in Australia, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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August 20, 2014
08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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06:22 EDTBGBunge unit aims to construct east Australia port, Reuters says
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