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April 26, 2012
12:22 EDTNIHD, SWI, AKAM, REGN, CTXS, UPS, LEAP, PCS, AET, XLNX, CHK, XOM, BCO, ALU, PHM, EQIX, JNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, in spite of jobless claims that were higher than expected and disappointing results from Exxon Mobil (XOM). Stocks began the day quietly following the jobless claims data. The averages were mixed in the opening half hour but spurted higher following the March pending home sales report. The data was much better than expected and pushed the averages to their session highs. The averages have since remained in a narrow range but have drifted higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 388,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus expectations of 375,000. Continuing claims came in at 3.31M, versus expectations for 3.29M. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.29. Pending home sales for the month of March were up 4.1% from the prior month, versus expectations of an increase of 1.0%... COMPANY NEWS: Exxon Mobil and UPS (UPS) both reported revenues and earnings that missed expectations, sending shares of both tumbling. Exxon slid almost 2% following its report, while UPS fell over 3%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) increased its dividend by 7%... Reuters reported that the SEC opened an informal inquiry into Chesapeake Energy's (CHK) well participation program as the company came out separately and said it did not review or approve of specific transactions made by its CEO Aubrey McClendon under that program... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included Citrix Systems (CTXS), Equinix (EQIX), Xilinx (XLNX), Regeneron (REGN) and Pulte (PHM); decliners included Aetna (AET), Akamai (AKAM), Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and MetroPCS (PCS)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SolarWinds (SWI), up 19%, after guiding to FY12 adjusted earnings that were above consensus at the midpoint, and Brinks (BCO), up over 17%, following results that beat on both the top and bottom line. Noteworthy losers included Leap Wireless (LEAP), down 20%, following downgrades at Raymond James and Guggenheim after its weak Q1 results, and NII Holdings (NIHD), down more than 18%, after its revenues and earnings disappointed... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 63.46, or 0.48%, to 13,154.18; the Nasdaq was up 6.61, or 0.22%, to 3,036.24; and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.19%, to 1,393.31.
News For XOM;UPS;JNJ;CHK;CTXS;EQIX;XLNX;REGN;PHM;AET;AKAM;ALU;PCS;SWI;BCO;LEAP;NIHD From The Last 14 Days
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March 19, 2015
06:20 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee
06:19 EDTAETAetna upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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March 18, 2015
12:46 EDTAETAetna, HackensackAlliance ACO announce collaboration
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06:16 EDTXOMAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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05:15 EDTEQIXEquinix selects Singapore as strategic location for Asia-Pacific data center
Equinix announced the grand opening of its third International Business Exchange, or IBX, data center, known as SG3, in Singapore. The company's flagship data center is the largest in Asia-Pacific and demonstrates Equinix's ongoing commitment to the growing market demand for premium data center services from financial and cloud companies in the region. Equinix additionally announced that Orange Carriers Singapore, a 100 percent subsidiary of Orange Group, global communications solutions provider, and Datapipe, a global leader in managed hybrid IT solutions for the enterprise, have chosen to deploy in SG3 as part of their global expansion.
March 17, 2015
14:55 EDTCTXSVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTCTXSVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
10:05 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Global Hunter
09:00 EDTAETAetna management to meet with JPMorgan
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05:35 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson to invest $10M in UK government fund to fight dementia
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March 16, 2015
15:04 EDTJNJPharmacyclics says committee recommends unblinding after primary endpoint met
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11:11 EDTXOMOPEC sees oil prices to hit U.S. oil output by late 2015, Reuters says
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10:02 EDTXLNXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L.B. Foster (FSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Petrobras Argentina (PZE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Qorvo (QRVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded at Needham... Standex (SXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... West Corp. (WSTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
09:10 EDTXLNXXilinx upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton
08:40 EDTAKAMAkamai Q1 results likely to beat expectations, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that Akamai's traffic growth is accelerating slightly in Q1. As a result, the firm thinks the company's Q1 results should come in near the high end of its guidance and above consensus levels. However, the firm keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
08:23 EDTREGNPCSK9 data continues to impress, says Leerink
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07:16 EDTREGNRegeneron Sanofi dupilumab drug can generate $6B+ in revenue, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that dupilumab, a drug made by Regeneron and Sanofi, has shown strong efficacy in patients with severe atopic dermatitis. The firm notes that the drug is currently in pivotal trials involving patients with severe levels of other common diseases. The firm thinks the drug can generate $1.5B of revenue by 2018 and $3.8B by 2020. Bernstein keeps a $500 price target and Outperform rating on Regeneron.
06:40 EDTREGNPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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