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February 21, 2013
12:19 EDTWMT, KO, RPRX, PRKR, QCOM, PAY, RFMD, SWKSOn 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 yesterdayís 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 companyís 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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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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12:10 EDTQCOMIneda Systems says secures funding from Samsung, Qualcomm
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11:13 EDTPAYVeriFone management to meet with SunTrust
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10:03 EDTKOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
1st United Bancorp (FUBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Avista (AVA) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Castlight Health (CSLT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Cempra (CEMP) initiated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... JinkoSolar (JKS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Lumenis (LMNS) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Realty Income (O) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Teekay (TK) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Bristow Group (BRS) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Era Group (ERA) initiated with an Outperform at Clarkson Capital... Endurance (EIGI) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Tutor Perini (TPC) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... MannKind (MNKD) initiated with an Outperform at Brinson Patrick... TriCo Bancshares (TCBK) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Achaogen (AKAO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
07:28 EDTQCOM, KOSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
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06:31 EDTQCOMMicrosoft, Mediatek to push Windows tablet in white-box market, DigiTimes says
Microsoft (MSFT) has been aggressively trying to persuade Mediatek to push Windows-based tablets in China's white-box market, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, there is a high chance for a partnership, which would lead to current smartphone chip partner Qualcomm (QCOM) to face strong pressure. Reference Link
06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
17:06 EDTPRKRParkerVision files to sell 2.67M shares of common stock for holders
16:10 EDTKOCoca-Cola initiated with a Buy at BTIG
Target $48.
13:05 EDTSWKSAnalyst says semiconductor stocks attractive after decline
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08:16 EDTSWKSPullback in semiconductor stocks creates buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
After many semiconductor stocks dropped significantly on Friday, Sterne Agee thinks that the group's fundamental mid to long-term outlook hasn't changed. Sterne Agee thinks the companies are poised to benefit from strong product cycles and earnings leverage. It is most upbeat on Micron (MU), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Skyworks (SWKS), and SanDisk (SNDK). The firm keeps Buy ratings on all the stocks named.
April 5, 2014
13:24 EDTQCOMQualcomm looks like a deal, Barron's says
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April 4, 2014
10:17 EDTKOCoke investment in Keurig cuts short interest but also M&A talk, Bloomberg says
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08:02 EDTWMTSam's Club extends contract for branded credit card program with GE Capital
Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), has finalized a multi-year agreement with GE Capital Retail Bank (GE) to extend their existing relationship to provide Samís Club-branded credit cards to club members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. As part of the extension, GE Capitalís Retail Finance business will continue to manage and service the credit card programs for Samís Club Savings, Business and Plus members. Under the agreement, the Samís Club co-branded credit card programs will be converted to MasterCard (MA) later this year. Walmart has also extended their relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank and branded cards will transition to MasterCard later this year.
06:58 EDTKOCoke, investor battle over 2014 compensation plan, Reuters says
Wintergreen Advisers, which says it owns more than 2.5M shares of Coca-Cola on behalf of clients, intensified its critique of the proposed 2014 equity compensation plan, according to Reuters, citing letters from Wintergreen CEO David Winters. Winters is encouraging the soda-maker's board to pull the plan and replace it with a different one. Reference Link
April 3, 2014
08:28 EDTWMTChecks indicate GameStop won't be threatened by Wal-Mart, says BB&T
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08:00 EDTQCOMQualcomm well positineed for China TD LTE opportunity, says Canaccord
Canaccord's monthly survey work indicates Buy rated Qualcomm is maintaining its dominant market share and content share in leading Android smartphones. The analyst also has increased confidence in Qualcomm's TD-LTE smartphone opportunity in China. As a result, the firm raised estimates and increased its price target to $90 from $86.
07:35 EDTKOCoca-Cola best positioned to cope with natural competition, says Wells Fargo
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