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April 23, 2012
12:15 EDTACHN, AZN, MSFT, HAS, NSRGY, WMT, ERIC, AMLN, RDEA, FB, XRX, PFE, STM, CEDC, AOL, CHKP, EAT, WMMVYOn 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.
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April 3, 2014
08:28 EDTWMTChecks indicate GameStop won't be threatened by Wal-Mart, says BB&T
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06:10 EDTFBGoogle's LeBeau hired by Facebook, TechCrunch reprots
Google (GOOG) product designer Mike LeBeau has been hired by Facebook (FB), TechCrunch reports. LeBeau had a hand in developing several voice-related technologies, including iPhone Voice Search, while working as a staff software engineer and product designer at Google, and was an early member of the Android team. LeBeau will become a product manager at Facebook. Reference Link
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05:50 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; OXY PFE
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April 2, 2014
14:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 8.1 update at conference
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12:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Windows 8.1 update to be available April 8
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12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft announces Windows Phone 8.1 personal assistant Cortana
Windows Phone 8.1 personal voice assistant Cortana is powered by Bing, and can be opened by a Live Tile on the home screen or via a phone's search button. Cortana can add items to calendars, set alarms, and find nearby restaurants.
12:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Phone 8.1 update to roll out to consumers in next few months
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11:55 EDTPFEUniqure rises after Baxter acquires Chatham Therapeutics
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10:00 EDTNSRGYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:38 EDTWMTGameStop can withstand Wal-Mart challenge, says Oppenheimer
After Wal-Mart (WMT) said it would start selling used video games, Oppenheimer thinks that concerns about the impact of the move on GameStop (GME) are overblown. The firm believes that Wal-Mart's better trade-in prices are unlikely to undermine the superior service and experience of GameStop stores. It keeps an Outperform rating on GameStop.
07:04 EDTNSRGYNestle upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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07:03 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO to lay out vision for Windows at Build, Business Insider says
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06:50 EDTFBYouTube dominates mobile apps, Facebook on top in mobile social, Re/code says
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