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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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07:40 EDTRFMDRF Micro Devices weakness a buying opportunity, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the recent weakness in RF Micro Devices is a buying opportunity, as it sees the mix shift to 4G is driving RF content growth and notes that the company had factored in a conservative contribution from China in its guidance. Shares of RF Micro Devices are Buy rated with a $14 price target.
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21:53 EDTWMTNational Association of Chain Drug Stores to hold an expo
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11:17 EDTRFMDPeregrine unlikely to receive competing bid, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer believes Peregrine (PSMI) is unlikely to receive a competing takeover bid to Murata's since Murata is Peregrine's largest customer and Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS) are looking to diversify away from mobile. Opco thinks Murata may look to divest Peregrine's non-mobile business, and views Skyworks, RF Micro Devices (RFMD), Analog Devices (ADI), and M/A-Com Technology (MTSI) as logical buyers for the business.
11:05 EDTRPRXPiper Jaffray biopharm analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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09:01 EDTRPRXRepros Therapeutics has favorable near-term catalysts, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill lowered Repros Therapeutics' price target to $27 from $32 due to competitive pricing and a contraction in the TRT market but says it expects favorable near-term data from Androxal and AndroGel studies. The firm expects the Sept 17 FDA meeting to access DV risks from exogenous testosterone to be favorable. Shares are Buy rated.
06:35 EDTQCOMChina's NDRC say Qualcomm aims to end investigation, Reuters says
China's National Development and Reform Commission said that Qualcomm is aiming to end a probe into monopolistic tendencies and had showcased its desire to improve and fix pricing problems, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the NDRC. Reference Link
05:07 EDTPRKRParkerVision names Samsung as additional defendant in patent infringement suit
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August 21, 2014
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart cut iPhone prices, Washington Post says
Wal-Mart (WMT) today began selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5s for $79, and cut the price of the iPhone 5c to just 97c, according to The Washington Post. The devices previously cost $99 and $29 respectively at Wal-Mart, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
10:34 EDTWMTOptions Update; August 21, 2014
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August 20, 2014
08:30 EDTWMTWal-Mart management to meet with MKM Partners
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August 18, 2014
18:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart not likely to bid for Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
According to people familiar with the situation, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is unlikely to make an offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
13:12 EDTKOAnalysts mixed on Monster Beverage following Coke deal
Analysts had mixed outlooks on energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) in notes to investors earlier today. The analyst comments come after last Thursday night’s announcement that Monster had formed a strategic partnership with Coca-Cola, which included Coca-Cola taking a 16.7% stake in the energy drink maker. BEARISH TAKE: Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold from Buy, saying that the stock's valuation "looks full" following its rally on Friday. The potential for a strategic deal is no longer a positive catalyst for Monster's stock, as that catalyst largely played out Friday, Grundy believes. Although Coca-Cola is likely to increase its stake in Monster, it will likely take years to do so, the analyst forecast. Additionally, the growth of the global energy drink space has been slowing in recent months, creating risk for Monster, the analyst believes. However, Grundy did raise his price target on the shares to $95 from $80. BULLISH TAKE: The deal is "a big win" for both Monster and Coca-Cola, but Monster will benefit more, analysts at Wells Fargo contended. The deal should significantly increase Monster's opportunity in international markets, according to the firm. Moreover, Wells believes that the market has historically undervalued Monster's international potential, and it estimates that the company's international business is worth about $65 per share. The firm raised its price target range on the stock to $104-$106 from $79-$81 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Like Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse expects the deal to accelerate the growth of Monster's international business. Additionally, the firm thinks that Monster could return a significant percentage of the $2.1B it received from Coca-Cola to shareholders, either through share repurchases or a one-time dividend. Credit Suisse increased its price target on Coca-Cola to $98 from $82 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Monster dropped 4% to $89.50. On Thursday the stock closed at $71.65.
08:47 EDTWMTDollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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07:41 EDTKOMonster Beverage price target raised to $104-$106 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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