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April 23, 2012
12:15 EDTWMT, STM, ACHN, AMLN, CEDC, AZN, RDEA, AOL, MSFT, FB, CHKP, HAS, XRX, EAT, NSRGY, PFE, WMMVY, ERICOn 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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10:19 EDTHASHasbro tumbles after lower games performance weighs on sales
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10:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft July weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Microsoft July weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, August is at 29, October is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on July 22.
09:38 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTHASHasbro feels 'very good' about girls business momentum heading into 2H14
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09:11 EDTHASHasbro to launch 'major' game initiatives in Q3, Q4
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09:10 EDTHASOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
08:55 EDTFBFacebook July weekly volatility increases into Q2
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08:53 EDTHASHasbro reaffirms FY15 cost savings goal of $100M
Says focused on growing games business in the long-term across all platforms. Says the company's Q2 performance positions the firm well to "successfully execute" plans for the rest of the year and beyond. Says the company's cash position is strong and inventories are "well positioned" for the upcoming holiday season and 2H14. Continues to expect FY14 underlying tax rate of 26%-27%. Says U.S business is improving and foresees "good" POS momentum entering 2H14. Says continues to return value to shareholders and says this level of activity is higher than last year. Comments made during the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
08:30 EDTHASCorrection: Hasbro comments on savings from last quarter
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07:57 EDTHASHasbro, Shapeways partner to sell artwork based on 'MLP' franchise
Shapeways announced on its website that it has teamed up with Hasbro to launch SuperFanArt, "a website that enables fans inspired by Hasbro brands to showcase their artwork and sell their 3D printed designs there and on Shapeways. SuperFanArt grants the passionate and talented Hasbro brand fan base and Shapeways community a license to create exciting new art and product offerings. The first license is granted to a select number of 3D artists to create artwork based on My Little Pony." []:[http://www.shapeways.com/discover/superfanart/]
07:48 EDTMSFTMicrosoft top lawyer fights at center of post-Snowden offensive, WSJ says
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07:15 EDTMSFT, FBO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook Q2 results likely to beat expectations, says Cantor
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07:08 EDTFBFacebook struggles to find director of business operations at Instagram, BI says
Facebook has been struggling to find a new Director of Business Operations for Instagram ever since Emily White left for Snapchat seven months ago, Business Insider reports. Reference Link
06:57 EDTFBFacebook likely to report modest Q2 upside, says BofA/Merrill
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06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
06:33 EDTHASHasbro reports Q2 Boys segment sales up 32% to $335.8M
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06:32 EDTHASHasbro reports Q2 U.S. and Canada sales down 2% to $383M
Reports Q2 International sales up 17% to $396.8M; Reports Q2 Entertainment and Licensing sales up 35% to $47.7M.
06:31 EDTHASHasbro reports Q2 adjusted EPS 36c, consensus 36c
Reports Q2 revenue $829.26M, consensus $838.97M
06:02 EDTMSFTLenovo says not getting out of small-screen Windows tablet business
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