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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 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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April 15, 2014
09:16 EDTKOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTKOCoca-Cola rises 2.4%
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO: Growth momentum improving in line with expectations
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees FY14 net share repurchases $2.5B-$3B
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola: Change in exchange rates to have unfavorable impact on op. income
The company says "Based on recent changes to the Venezuelan currency exchange rate mechanisms, we changed the exchange rate we used to remeasure our Venezuelan subsidiary’s financial statements into U.S. dollars... Based on our current projections, we expect this change in exchange rates to have an unfavorable currency impact on our operating income for the remainder of 2014. Additionally, the Venezuelan government issued a new law on fair pricing establishing the maximum profit a business can earn in Venezuela. We are currently evaluating the impact the new law may have on our 2014 operating results. The bottling transactions completed in 2013 are anticipated to have an unfavorable 1% structural impact on both our full-year 2014 net revenues and operating income, with the full impact occurring in the first half of the year. Currency exchange rates are expected to have an unfavorable impact on our reported results in 2014. Based on current spot rates, our existing hedge positions, and the cycling of our prior year rates, we estimate currency will be an approximate 7% headwind on our full-year operating income, and an approximate 7% headwind on our second quarter operating income. This outlook reflects the negative impact of the Venezuela devaluation, partially offset by slight improvements in other currencies as compared to the outlook we provided at the time of our year-end 2013 earnings release."
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports Q1 comparable EPS 44c, consensus 44c
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05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 14, 2014
15:17 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), consensus $1.48; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 44c; Charles Schwab (SCHW), consensus 22c; Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 78c; Comerica (CMA), consensus 72c; Westamerica (WABC), consensus 58c; Comverse (CNSI), consensus 49c; Pep Boys (PBY), consensus 5c.
15:08 EDTKOEarnings Preview: Coca-Cola shares lag market ahead of Q1 report
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14:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola April 39 straddle priced for 2.1% move into Q1
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06:50 EDTQCOMChecks show Apple not developing basebands, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank says that despite recent press reports, its industry checks show that Apple (AAPL) is not developing its own baseband chipset. Deutsche believes Apple likely seeking better integration with existing baseband chipsets or possibly developing its own internal WiFi chipset. The firm thinks Qualcomm's (QCOM) long term prospects remain intact and it reiterates a Buy rating on the stock with an $86 price target.
April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
10:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Ericsson recommended by RBC Capital
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09:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm Ericsson recommended for near-term at RBC Capital
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07:39 EDTKOCoca-Cola April volatility increases into Q1 and volume outlook
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07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
April 10, 2014
16:11 EDTQCOMQualcomm initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group
Target $90.
13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
06:29 EDTKOCoca-Cola boosts advertising in repsonse to downward soda sales, WSJ says
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06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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