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February 21, 2013
12:19 EDTRFMD, PRKR, WMT, PAY, RPRX, SWKS, QCOM, KOOn 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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16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:26 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
13:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm bases after falling from session highs, levels to watch
Shares gapped-up this morning but have since turned negative on the day, trading last at $68.99. At that price next support is at $67.74. Resistance is at $69.46, the descending 50-day moving average resistance line.
13:05 EDTKOWintergreen Advisers says plans to vote against Coca-Cola directors
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13:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm repeats call to buy back $10B in stock within one year
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12:59 EDTQCOMQualcomm 'committed' to ongoing return of capital to stockholders
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12:56 EDTQCOMQualcomm to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year
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12:51 EDTQCOMQualcomm responds to statements by JANA Partners
In response to statements made by JANA Partners, Qualcomm issued the following statement at an investor conference this morning: "Qualcomm welcomes input from our stockholders, including JANA Partners, and we are firmly committed to maintaining an active dialogue with all stockholders and to acting in their best interests. Our opportunities remain strong. Our innovations have made smartphones the most pervasive technology of our time. They come to market through our inclusive licensing program and our cutting-edge chipsets and continue to play an integral role in the expansion of the mobile industry. We are now bringing the benefits of mobile technologies to new areas such as automotive, healthcare, networking, smart homes, smart cities, and wearables among others. Our business continues to generate strong operating cash flows, and we are committed to the ongoing return of capital to stockholders while retaining the financial flexibility to execute on our business plans. We recently significantly increased our stock repurchase authorization to $15 billion, one of the largest capital return programs in the sector. We plan to repurchase $10 billion of common stock within one year in addition to our current capital return commitments. Since inception, we have exceeded our minimum capital return target of 75% of free cash flow. Our Board of Directors and management periodically review our corporate structure. Prior reviews have concluded that the synergies provided by our business model create more value for stockholders than could be created through alternative corporate structures. We will continue to evaluate opportunities to enhance stockholder value and are committed to pursuing the right course of action for all of our stockholders."
10:19 EDTQCOMRosenstein says Qualcomm buyback should be done before moves
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher.
10:16 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says not definitively recommending Qualcomm split
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10:15 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says 'convinced' Qualcomm board recognizes issues
Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners is speaking on CNBC.
10:14 EDTQCOMJANA's Rosenstein says talks with Qualcomm 'very constructive'
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09:47 EDTKOPepsiCo awarded NBA sponsorship rights, ESPN reports
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09:34 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
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09:29 EDTQCOMQualcomm moves higher after activist Jana Partners urges breakup
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08:51 EDTKOCoca-Cola signs partnership with United States Soccer Federation, MLS
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07:32 EDTQCOMCerner, Qualcomm announce home health monitoring collaboration
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware device connectivity platform. Through this initiative, care providers can remotely monitor chronically ill patients in near real-time to enable proactive engagement to potentially reduce the risk of an acute care episode.
07:31 EDTQCOMCerner and Qualcomm Life announce collaboration agreement
Cerner (CERN) and Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm (QCOM), announced an agreement to extend Cerner's industry medical device connectivity capabilities beyond the hospital to the home. Cerner will leverage Qualcomm Life's FDA listed 2net Platform and Hub to seamlessly capture data from medical devices and sensors within a patient's home, and transmit it to Cerner health care clients through Cerner's CareAware® device connectivity platform.
07:20 EDTQCOMQualcomm volatility up into Jana Partners urging company to consider breakup
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06:12 EDTQCOMJana urges Qualcomm to consider breakup, WSJ reports
Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to consider a breakup and other options to increase the company's stock price, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a quarterly letter to Jana investors reviewed by the publication, Jana, which is one of Qualcomm's largest shareholders, wants Qualcomm to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. Additionally, the investor wants the company to increase stock buybacks, cut costs and make changes to its board of directors, financial reporting and executive pay structure. Reference Link
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