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April 23, 2012
16:25 EDTOTT, AZN, WMT, ACHN, RDEA, TWC, BKS, KOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower following a pair of political developments in Europe. France’s incumbent president, Nicolas Sarkozy, came in second in the first round of the nation's elections and the Dutch cabinet failed to gain approval for a budget which included austerity measures, leading to their resignations. The European news, along with some disappointing data there and from China, weighed on the futures, which in turn led to a sharply lower open for the broader market. The market continued to move lower in the first hour of trading but then found a level where it began to build. The averages moved in a generally upward trend for the remainder of the session, as investors waited for the next round of earnings reports and for news later this week from the FOMC... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little economic data of note was reported. Internationally, Markit's European composite purchase managers' index fell to 47.4 points while a flash Chinese PMI reading rose to 49.1 in April, with both of those figures signaling contraction... COMPANY NEWS: The New York Times said Wal-Mart (WMT) attempted to cover up bribery that it discovered at Wal-Mart de Mexico (WMMVY) and the retailers' shares were the Dow's worst performer, falling $2.91, or 4.66%, to $59.54... Kellogg (K) cut its full-year guidance as it said Europe's challenges were "more significant" than it expected and it sees Q1 challenges in some categories in the U.S. Shares sank $3.29, or 6.09%, to $50.70... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Ardea Biosciences (RDEA), up $10.78, or 51.73%, to $31.62, after AstraZeneca (AZN) agreed to acquire the company for $32 per share, and Barnes & Noble (BKS), up $2.07, or 18.25%, to $13.41, as CNBC reported that Jana Partners is increasing its stake in the company to about 12%. Noteworthy losers included Achillion (ACHN), down $1.53, or 18.54%, to $6.74, following the company's report of Phase II study data for its lead hepatitis C treatment, and Otelco (OTT), down $5.37, or 44.64%, to $6.66, after it said Time Warner Cable (TWC) will not renew its existing contract for wholesale network connections, which made up almost 12% of Otelco’s consolidated revenue last year... INDICES: The Dow fell 102.09, or 0.78%, to 12,927.17; the Nasdaq dropped 30.00, or 1.00%, to 2,970.45; and the S&P 500 shed 11.59, or 0.84%, to 1,366.94.
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January 27, 2015
12:54 EDTAZNBox, Inc. lands AstraZeneca contract to service 51,000 users, Re/code reports
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January 26, 2015
15:24 EDTAZNTeva confirms U.S. approval of AstraZeneca's Nexium generic
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14:10 EDTBKSEarnings Preview: Analysts' opinions on Microsoft divided
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2015 after the market close on Monday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets hardware including the Xbox entertainment system, the Surface tablet and Windows smartphones. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $26.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 65c-81c on revenue of $25.87B-$27.52B. On its last earnings call, Microsoft said it sees Q2 licensing revenue of $4B-$4.2B, computers and gaming revenue of $3.5B-$3.8B, phone hardware revenue of $2B-$2.2B, device and consumer other revenue of $2.3B-$2.4B, commercial licensing revenue of $10.8-$11B and commercial other revenue of $2.5B-$2.6B. Microsoft noted that it expects a quarter-over-quarter decline in its non-commercial segment in Q2. LAST QUARTER: On October 23, Microsoft reported first quarter EPS of 54c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 49c. It's revenue came in at $23.2B, topping the consensus estimate of $22.02B. Microsoft said its Q1 financial results include $1.14B of integration and restructuring expenses, or an 11c per share negative impact, related to both Microsoft’s restructuring plan announced in July and the ongoing integration of the Nokia Devices and Services business. Microsoft reported that its Q1 Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96B and that its Commercial revenue grew 10% to $12.28B. NEWS: On November 4, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership, with the two companies teaming up to integrate their services for collaboration across Dropbox and Microsoft Office on phones, tablets and the web. On December 4, Barnes & Noble (BKS) announced that it would buy Microsoft's entire stake in the book retailer's NOOK Media subsidiary for about $62.5M in cash and 2.74M Barnes & Noble shares. Barnes & Noble said it was buying back the stake to facilitate the spin off of the NOOK business. On January 21, Microsoft announced at its Windows 10 event that Windows 8 and Windows 7 customers will get free upgrades to Windows 10. The company also said that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, making the virtual assistant available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Credit Suisse said Microsoft reported strong hardware revenue outperformance combined with cost controls and cloud businesses momentum. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $55 from $50 and said it believed the company can return to double-digit EPS growth. On November 20, Jefferies initiated shares of Microsoft with an Underperform rating, saying the "new" Microsoft will look very much like the "old" Microsoft for some time. The firm attributed a rally in shares over the past year to optimism around new management, but it thinks the tech giant's fundamentals remain challenged despite its focus on cloud and mobile given its dependency on the PC market. Jefferies put a $40 price target on the stock at that time. In early December, JPMorgan started shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the company has the strongest cloud platform among enterprise IT mega vendors. The firm set a $53 price target for the stock. Less than two weeks later, Piper Jaffray also began coverage on shares of Microsoft with an Overweight rating, saying the tech giant should benefit from stabilization in the PC market and "healthy" enterprise spending. The firm set a $54 price target for shares. However, on December 16, BofA Merrill Lynch downgraded Microsoft to Underperform from Neutral. The firm downgraded shares based on elevated valuation and reduced visibility. BofA/Merrill has concerns of a slowing Win Pro cycle, the Consumer 365 transition, and challenging gross margins. BofA had a price target of $47 on Microsoft. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Microsoft shares are up about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Microsoft is down almost 1% to trade near $46.74 per share.
13:17 EDTTWCLetters supporting Comcast-TWC merger ghostwritten by Comcast, The Verge says
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January 23, 2015
10:15 EDTACHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:12 EDTTWCComcast lobbyists challenged by dual fights in Washington, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
10:35 EDTACHNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:55 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
January 21, 2015
13:38 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: eBay shares rise over 5.5% since last earnings report
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12:30 EDTAZNGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:16 EDTAZNLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTTWCAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
05:56 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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08:35 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble says Retail CEO Mitchell Klipper to retire at end of FY
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January 16, 2015
10:12 EDTWMTSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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