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April 23, 2012
12:15 EDTSTM, CEDC, AOL, CHKP, EAT, WMMVY, ACHN, AZN, MSFT, HAS, NSRGY, WMT, ERIC, AMLN, RDEA, FB, XRX, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, as European political uncertainty and a bribery investigation at Wal-Mart (WMT) kicked the week off on a sour note. Fresh concerns over the European debt crisis have caused a sell off in Europe and here in the U.S. The culprits this time were the failure by the Dutch government to agree on austerity measures and the first round of the French elections going to the Socialist party's candidate. There has been nothing on the U.S. economic calendar to turn investor's attention away from Europe, lending to broad based weakness in equities... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, little of note was on the economic calendar. In Europe, Markit's composite purchase managers' index fell to 47.4 points in April and political developments added to fears that the region's debt crisis could worsen, as the Netherlands' Prime Minister and his cabinet resigned after budget talks broke down and France's incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy lost in the first round of the nation's presidential elections. In China, a flash PMI reading rose to 49.1 in April, but that improved figure still signals contraction in the manufacturing industry... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart dragged on the Dow, declining 4.6% after The New York Times said the company focused on damage control instead of fixing problems after finding "evidence of widespread" bribery at Wal-Mart de Mexico (WMMVY). Another Dow component, Pfizer (PFE), also slid following major news, falling almost 1% after agreeing to sell its Nutrition business to Nestle (NSRGY) for $11.85B... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included Brinker (EAT) and Xerox (XRX); decliners included Hasbro (HAS) and Check Point (CHKP)... Facebook (FB) announced plans to buy a part of the patent portfolio Microsoft (MSFT) recently agreed to acquire from AOL (AOL)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Ardea Biosciences (RDEA), up 52%, on news it will be acquired by AstraZeneca (AZN) for $32 per share, and Central European Distribution (CEDC), up 14%, after Russian Standard agreed to invest $100M in the company as part of a strategic alliance. Also higher were shares of Amylin (AMLN), up 10%, after Reuters said over the weekend that the company has hired banks to explore a potential sale. Noteworthy losers included Achillion (ACHN), down over 18%, following a downgrade at JMP Securities after the release of interim ACH-1625 data at a conference over the weekend, and STMicroelectronics (STM), down 11%, after ST-Ericsson, its 50/50 joint venture with Ericsson (ERIC), said it will cut 1,700 jobs amid plans to pursue a new strategic direction... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 135.02, or 1.04%, to 12,894.24; the Nasdaq was down 37.42, or 1.25%, to 2,963.03; and the S&P 500 was down 13.96, or 1.01%, to 1,364.57.
News For WMT;WMMVY;PFE;NSRGY;EAT;XRX;HAS;CHKP;FB;MSFT;AOL;RDEA;AZN;CEDC;AMLN;ACHN;STM;ERIC From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTPFE, AZNGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
10:16 EDTAZNLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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10:01 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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08:07 EDTXRXXerox, Thinfilm announce strategic partnership
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07:39 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup (yesterday)
Citigroup yesterday upgraded STMicroelectronics to Buy citing a favorable risk/reward in the near-term relative to expectations.
06:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Wal-Mart to Equal Weight citing balanced risk/reward and lack of margin growth due to potential re-investments.
January 20, 2015
13:01 EDTWMTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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08:58 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold on valuation at Wunderlich
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08:12 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Brinker to Hold with a $65 price target.
06:57 EDTFBFacebook to upgrade Messenger app, experiment with revenue generation, WSJ says
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06:51 EDTNSRGYNestle to invest about $140M in Egypt over next few years, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTHASDreamWorks planning to lay off 'substantial' number of staff, LA Times reports
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook acquires boutique firm Teehan+Lax, terms not disclosed
Toronto-based boutique firm Teehan+Lax announced in a blog post on Friday that the company will join Facebook's design team in California. T+L said "In a few weeks we will be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. This will mean saying goodbye to family, friends, Toronto, and Teehan+Lax." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:34 EDTFBFacebook job listings hint at push into virtual reality, Reuters says
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