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June 24, 2014
12:25 EDTEIGI, MU, WWWW, MEET, VRTX, WAG, GOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after reports on new home sales and consumer confidence both rose to their best levels in six years. The major averages began the day slightly below the flat-line but crossed into positive ground following the confidence and new home sales reports at 10 am ET, after which they found a level and have barely moved since. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities for April had its smallest 12-month gain in more than a year, rising 10.8% from the same month of last year. However, a separate report showed that new home sales surged 18.6% in May to a 504K annual rate, beating expectations. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index climbed to 85.2 in June, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since 2008. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index dipped to 3 in June from 7 in both April and May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of computer memory maker Micron Technology (MU) climbed 5% after the company's third quarter earnings per share and revenue surpassed analysts' expectations. Following its report and guidance last night, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for shares to $50 from $40, while analysts at Roth Capital, Jefferies, and JPMorgan also raised their price targets on the stock. Conversely, Walgreen (WAG) slipped 1% after its earnings missed expectations and it withdrew the FY16 goals the company had previously announced in 2012. Walgreen cited the consideration its board is making of the second step in its Alliance Boots strategic transaction as the reason for withdrawing the targets and said its expects to provide a new set of goals and metrics by late July or early August. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which was up about 40% after Phase 3 studies of its combination treatment for lung function in certain cystic fibrosis patients achieved their primary endpoint. Also higher was MeetMe (MEET), which rose 18% after the company announced that it set a new daily record for the number of user-to-user chats as more than 15 million chats were sent on a single day for the first time on its service. Among the noteworthy losers was Web.com (WWWW), which dropped 21% after Google (GOOG) entered the domain name market and announced that it would enable individuals and businesses to choose Internet addresses. Also lower following Google's entry into the domain name market was another company in the sector, Endurance (EIGI), which dropped more than 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 12.00, or 0.07%, to 16,949.26, the Nasdaq was up 28.52, or 0.65%, to 4,397.19, and the S&P 500 was up 3.54, or 0.18%, to 1,966.15.
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April 22, 2015
18:27 EDTMUSemiconductor stocks under pressure after TI, Qualcomm report financial results
Semiconductor stocks are under pressure after earnings reports from Texas Instruments (TXN) and Qualcomm (QCOM). TEXAS INSTRUMENTS: TI reported first quarter results that were lower than analyst expectations, and gave second quarter guidance below consensus estimates. In its Q1 earnings press release, Texas Instruments said its outlook for Q2 is for earnings per share between 60c-70c and revenue in the range of $3.12B-$3.38B. "Our estimates assume continuing weakness in our communications equipment and personal electronics markets, particularly for wireless infrastructure equipment and PCs, respectively. We also do not expect a near-term rebound in foreign currency exchange rates. The annual effective tax rate for 2015 is expected to be about 30%." QUALCOMM: Qualcomm reported Q2 results that were better than analyst's average estimates, but lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS and revenue views. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said, "While we remain confident in the significant growth opportunities ahead, we are reducing our QCT outlook for fiscal 2015, primarily due to the increased impact of customer share shifts within the premium tier and a decline in our share at a large customer." PRICE ACTION: In after-hours trading, shares of Texas Instruments are down over 6%, while Qualcomm shares are down almost 3%. Other publicly traded companies in the space include AMD (AMD), Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Altera (ALTR), Xilinx (XLNX), and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).
13:38 EDTGOOGGoogle to offer basic wireless service for $20 per month
Google says, "We offer one simple plan at one price with 24/7 support. Here's how it works: for $20 a month you get all the basics, and then it's a flat $10 per GB for cellular data while in the U.S. and abroad. 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Since it's hard to predict your data usage, you'll get credit for the full value of your unused data. Let's say you go with 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month. You'll get $16 back, so you only pay for what you use."
13:37 EDTGOOGGoogle introduces Project Fi, to partner with Sprint, T-Mobile
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09:17 EDTGOOGAmazon.com upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi
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08:10 EDTGOOGWix.com to benefit from Google algorithm change, says FBR Capital
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06:06 EDTGOOGGoogle, Facebook seek to reach billions of people without Web access, WSJ says
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06:01 EDTGOOGGoogle could launch wireless service today, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2015
13:34 EDTVRTXGilead paying premium to buy Vertex not warranted right now, says Maxim
After Bernstein suggested in a note to investors earlier that Gilead (GILD) should buy Vertex (VRTX), Maxim responded in its own note that it does not believe paying a premium to buy Vertex makes sense before the company has data showing efficacy for Kalydeco in heterozygotes. Maxim keeps a Hold rating and $121 price target on Vertex shares.
12:42 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:33 EDTVRTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:21 EDTVRTXVertex rises after Bernstein suggests Gilead should pursue takeover
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08:14 EDTVRTXGilead should buy Vertex, says Bernstein
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07:11 EDTMUMicron does not have negative read through from Lam results, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says that Lam Research's (LRCX) beat and raise results do not increase its concern about oversupply in the memory market. RBC believes that the results indicate a market share shift, not an increase in aggregate DRAM spending. RBC says that DRAM prices are stable, and it keeps an Outperform rating on Micron (MU).
05:58 EDTGOOGEU's Vestager says has 'no grudge' against Google, Re/code reports
EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is leading an antitrust lawsuit against Google, says she is not holding a grudge against the search giant, Re/code reports, citing comments made during a speech at the NYU School of Law. She commented that "We have made a statement of objection lining out our preliminary view on a certain conduct... This, as we see it, is a pretty straightforward case of consumer domination." Reference Link
April 20, 2015
08:21 EDTGOOGTesla almost sold to Google while near bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTGOOGGoogle April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Google April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, May is at 26, June is at 24; compared to its 26-week average of 24 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 23.
08:04 EDTGOOGTesla CEO held talks to sell company to Google in 2013, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites a new book due out May 19, entitled "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future."
07:24 EDTGOOGGoogle concerns bring buying opportunity, says Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTGOOGGoogle EU regulatory worries don't warrant a sell off, WSJ says
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April 19, 2015
14:07 EDTMUMicron looks attractive at $28, Barron's says
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