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February 21, 2013
12:19 EDTSWKS, QCOM, KO, RFMD, PRKR, WMT, PAY, RPRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following a number of domestic economic reports. The averages dipped at the outset in a continuation of yesterday’s moderate sell-off, though the market found a level about a half hour into the session and has been range bound since that point... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 20K to 362K last week, coming in above the consensus forecast for 355K claims. The headline consumer price index was flat in January, versus expectations for 0.1% increase, while the "core" rate climbed 0.3%, which was above the 0.2% forecast. Markit's "flash" purchasing managers' index for the U.S. for February came in at 55.2, versus forecasts for a 55.5 first look for the month. The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing survey fell to -12.5, versus expectations for it to rise to +1.0. Existing home sales for January increased 0.4% to a 4.92M pace, versus an expected decline of 0.8%. The leading economic indicators rose 0.2% to 94.1 in January, in line with expectations. In Europe, the composite services and manufacturing PMI for the shared currency nations fell to 47.3 in February from 48.6 in January, missing forecasts for an improved reading... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart (WMT) confirmed its February sales started off weak, as leaked in internal emails reported by Bloomberg last week. The telegraphed bad start was reflected in the company’s worse than expected forecast for the coming quarter, but earnings in the holiday quarter that just ended beat consensus. The company raised its dividend by 18% as well and shares of the Dow member reacted favorably, rising about 2.5% to lead the DJIA... Coca-Cola (KO), another Dow component, also increased its dividend by 10%, though investor reaction was more muted. Coke shares were up fractionally in midday trading after the announcement... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were ParkerVision (PRKR), which jumped 37% after the company said it received favorable patent in patent claim construction ruling in a suit with Qualcomm (QCOM), and Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which rose 32% after it said the FDA recommended it complete its study of Androxal. Among the noteworthy losers was VeriFone (PAY), which sank 39% after the company's preliminary Q1 results and preliminary Q2 guidance fell below expectations and the stock was downgraded by at least five firms. Also lower were shares of several semiconductor makers, including RF Micro Devices (RFMD) and Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), which fell following downgrades at Raymond James and the announcement of a new class of chips from Qualcomm... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 59.72, or 0.43%, to 13,867.82; the Nasdaq was down 29.41, or 0.93%, to 3,135.00; and the S&P 500 was down 9.25, or 0.61%, to 1,502.70.
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December 11, 2014
06:50 EDTSWKSSkyworks management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meeting to be held on the West Coast on December 16 hosted by Pacific Crest.
06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
10:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola to host conference call
Conference call to address financial and modeling-related questions will be held on December 15 at 4:30 pm. Webcast Link
08:16 EDTRFMDBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 10 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
16:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling in pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
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12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
09:09 EDTSWKSSkyworks price target raised to $82 from $72 at Sterne Agee
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07:32 EDTSWKSRaymond James to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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December 5, 2014
15:12 EDTWMTBarnes & Noble NOOK said to be potential target for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is interested in e-books and could target Barnes & Noble's (BKS) NOOK Media, said TheDeal, according to Bloomberg.
10:44 EDTQCOMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:19 EDTWMTDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
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