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August 14, 2014
12:30 EDTRRGB, NDLS, OVTI, CSCO, AAP, WMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have edged higher despite worse than expected U.S. jobless claims data, weak economic growth in Germany, and a lowered outlook from retail giant Wal-Mart (WMT). Each of the major indexes is drifting on light volume and the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 are all higher by roughly 0.25%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 311K in the second week of August, versus expectations for 295K claims. Import prices fell 0.2%, while export prices were flat in July. In Europe, growth in the shared currency zone stagnated, with Q2 GDP slipping to unchanged, while the biggest economy in the region, Germany, saw its GDP contract 0.2% in the quarter. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart reported second quarter results that were in-line with expectations, but the world's largest retailer cut its fiscal year earnings outlook citing additional investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. Despite the lowered guidance, the Dow member's shares were virtually unchanged near noon... Another member of the Dow, Cisco Systems (CSCO), was the the blue-chip average's laggard, falling nearly 3% after saying it does not expect emerging markets growth for "several quarters" and that it expects to cut 6,000 jobs, or 8% of its workforce. The move lower comes despite its report of higher than expected sales and profits for its fiscal fourth quarter and multiple Street research firms raising their price targets for Cisco's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was OmniVision (OVTI), which rose 13% to trade near $28 per share after announcing its board has received a preliminary non-binding proposal from Hua Capital Management to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the company for $29.00 per share in cash. Also higher was Advance Auto Parts (AAP), which rose about 6% after the company reported higher than expected second quarter earnings and raised its fiscal year comparable cash EPS view. Among the noteworthy losers were casual dining companies Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (RRGB), which dropped 21%, and Noodles & Company (NDLS), which fell 20%, after both reported lower than anticipated second quarter results. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.74, or 0.23%, to 16,690.54, the Nasdaq was up 10.26, or 0.23%, to 4,444.39, and the S&P 500 was up 5.24, or 0.27%, to 1,951.96.
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June 23, 2015
16:29 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:37 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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08:04 EDTCSCONRG Renew to develop 20MW solar energy facility for Cisco
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07:41 EDTCSCORed Hat to hold a summit
Red Hat Summit 2015 is being held in Boston on June 23-26 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 23 at 4 pm; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:33 EDTCSCOBlackBerry, Cisco sign broad patent cross-licensing agreement
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07:05 EDTWMTGreen Dot price target raised to $24 from $22 at Piper Jaffray
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06:31 EDTWMTGreen Dot contract terms better than feared, says JPMorgan
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June 22, 2015
19:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:33 EDTWMTGreen Dot rallies sharply on Walmart deal
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16:28 EDTWMTGreen Dot up 27% after announcing deal with Wal-Mart
16:02 EDTWMTGreen Dot to remain program manager for Walmart
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10:41 EDTOVTIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:08 EDTCSCORed Hat names Frank Calderoni as EVP, operations, CFO
Red Hat (RHT) announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as EVP, operations and CFO. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO, Jim Whitehurst. Calderoni served as EVP and CFO at Cisco Systems (CSCO) for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.
07:57 EDTNDLSNoodles & Company down 4.3% after announcing departure of COO
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07:33 EDTNDLSNoodles & Company announces departure of COO Keith Kinsey
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June 19, 2015
08:22 EDTWMTChina to let foreign companies fully own e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that, effective immediately, foreign companies will be allowed to have full ownership of some e-commerce businesses, reported Reuters. Players in China's booming e-commerce market include market leader Alibaba Group (BABA) as well as JD.com (JD), Amazon.com (AMZN), Vipshop (VIPS) Wal-Mart (WMT), which holds a stake in shopping site Yihaodian, the report noted. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
16:54 EDTCSCOCisco announces stock trading plans for executives
On June 12, John T. Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco, adopted a pre-arranged stock trading plan to (i) exercise up to 1,775,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September and November of 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 500,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in September 2016. On June 17, Charles Robbins, incoming CEO of Cisco, modified a pre-arranged stock trading plan originally entered into and disclosed in March 2015. Sales under the modified portion of the plan may begin in September 2015. Under the plan, Mr. Robbins may (i) exercise up to 42,000 Cisco stock options set to expire in September 2016, and sell the acquired shares of Cisco stock, and (ii) sell up to 90,000 shares of Cisco stock from other shareholdings. The plan is scheduled to terminate in December 2015.
09:31 EDTCSCOCisco plans to make $60M investment in India, Economic Times reports
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08:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart holds ‘at least’ $76B in overseas tax havens, NY Post reports
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07:55 EDTCSCONimble Storage downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Nimble Storage (NMBL) to Hold citing the recent appreciation in shares, which the firm attributes to "heightened awareness of acquisition potential." The firm views Nimble as a "nice fit" for Cisco (CSCO), but believes some amount of a takeover premium is priced into the stock. It keeps a $33 price target for shares.
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