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  • 10/19/2017 15:38:08

    Microsoft market cap hits $600 billion for first time since dot-com boom

    Microsoft Corp. closed Thursday with a market capitalization of $600 billion for the first time since 2000, just before the dot-com bubble burst, according to FactSet. The last time the stock touched $600 billion was Jan. 3, 2000. The return to a $600 billion valuation comes as the company has become a force in cloud computing under the leadership of Chief Executive Satya Nadella. Microsoft stock was up less than 1% after hours and closed up 0.4% to $77.91. The Redmond, Wash.-based company is up 25.4% this year, with the S&P 500 index up 14.4%. Microsoft is the third largest company by market capitalization, behind Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc. , according to FactSet.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/19/2017 13:49:10

    Subscription clothing service Stitch Fix files for IPO

    Stitch Fix Inc. , a subscription-clothing service startup, filed for an initial public offering Thursday that could test investors' appetite for subscription models after a tough first few months for Blue Apron Holdings Inc. In its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Stitch Fix said it was targeting $100 million in proceeds, but that is typically a placeholder figure that will be replaced on subsequent filings. The company, which claims it is "reinventing the shopping experience by delivering one-to-one personalization to our clients through the combination of data science and human judgment," intends to list under the ticker symbol SFIX on the Nasdaq exchange. Financial information shared in the filing show very strong revenue gains, from net revenue of $73.2 million in its 2014 fiscal year to $342.8 million in 2015, $730.3 million in 2016 and $977.1 million in the 2017 fiscal year, which ended July 31. Stitch Fix turned a profit in its 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, $20.9 million and $33.2 million in net income respectively, but slipped back to a loss of less than $600,000 last year. Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan will lead the offering, which will offer shares with lesser voting rights than those held by early investors and executives.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/19/2017 13:30:07

    BRIEF-WashingtonFirst Bankshares reports Q3 EPS of $0.41

    * WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. reports 13 percent increase in net income for the third quarter 2017

  • 10/19/2017 12:52:15

    Oil prices retreat from multi-week highs

    Oil fell Thursday as worries about growth in U.S. crude production offset support from risks to global supplies from Middle East tensions, pulling prices away from their highest level in weeks. November West Texas Intermediate crude fell 75 cents, or 1.4%, to settle at $51.29 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, marking the contract's first decline in five sessions.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/19/2017 11:54:53

    Gold prices score first gain in four sessions

    Gold prices settled higher Thursday for the first time in four sessions, with weakness in the dollar and a decline in U.S. equities buoyed the metal's haven appeal to investors. The yellow metal also got a boost amid rising political drama in the eurozone. Spain is expected to make a move Saturday to suspend Catalonia’s automony after the region's leaders failed to drop a push for independence. December gold tacked on $7, or 0.6%, to settle at $1,290 an ounce.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/19/2017 10:47:27

    Under Armour launches a subscription box service, ArmourBox

    Under Armour Inc. said Thursday that it has launched its first subscription box service, ArmourBox, that will ship product recommendations chosen by a stylist to customers every 30, 60 or 90 days. There are no styling, shipping or return fees, the company said. Customers can try the items for a week, pay for what they want and send back what they don't. Shoppers get 20% off if they keep the entire shipment. Each box will contain outfits customized to a shopper's personal style, from running to golf and more, based on a personal profile and help from an "official outfitter," purchase data from the company's website and Under Armour's Connected Fitness program, and its artificial intelligence (AI) system. Under Armour shares are nearly flat in Thursday trading, and down 58% for the last year. The S&P 500 index is up 19.2% for the past 12 months.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/19/2017 10:07:54

    Santander’s $1.5 Billion ABS Includes New Underwriting Exceptions

    Santander Consumer USA’s latest securitization of deep-subprime auto loans is the first ABS to include originations under the lender’s new underwriting exceptions policy, according to a presale report by Moody’s Investor Service. The $1.5 billion transaction — Drive Auto Receivables Trust 2017-3 — is Santander Consumer’s (SC) third securitization ofRead More

  • 10/19/2017 08:29:15

    Leading Indicators Post First Drop in Over a Year


  • 10/19/2017 08:27:52

    HPE falls after detailing outlook, reorganization plan

    Hewlett Packett Enterprise Co. stock dove more than 4% Thursday morning after laying out its plans for the rest of this year and the next at an Analyst Day meeting Wednesday afternoon. HPE executives outlined its previously announced "HPE NExt" plan, which it expects to "simplify the organizational structure, redesign business processes and prioritize investments." The reorganization is widely believed to involve thousands of layoffs; HPE did not reveal cuts it may plan, but said the plan will drive savings of $1.5 billion over the next three years. Chief Financial Officer Tim Stonesifer confirmed HPE's outlook for the rest of this fiscal year at 5% year-over-year revenue growth and earnings of $1 a share. For fiscal year 2018, HPE said it expects "modest" revenue growth and adjusted earnings of $1.15 to $1.25 a share, in line with expectations. HPE increased its dividend to 7.5 cents a share from 6.5 cents a share, and its stock-repurchase authorization to $5 billion. Shares ducked as low as $14.08 in the first hour of trading Thursday morning after closing at $14.70 Wednesday; HPE stock has gained 4.9% so far this year, as the S&P 500 index has gained 14.4%.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/19/2017 05:24:06

    WATCH: Wall Street sets another record high

    The Dow rose 160 points to close above 23,000 points for the first time ever as solid corporate earnings and President Trump's plan to cut taxes help drove the markets higher.

  • 10/19/2017 04:30:00

    Netflix price hikes begin for existing subscribers

    Netflix’s latest price increases will start to kick in for current subscribers on Thursday, boosting monthly fees for U.S. subscribers for the first time since 2015.

  • 10/19/2017 00:18:00

    Nestle accelerates restructuring as sales growth stays tepid

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Nestle said it expected its operating margin to slip by 40 to 60 basis points in 2017 due to higher restructuring costs from a faster overhaul and said full-year organic sales growth should be in line with the 2.6 percent seen in the first nine months.

  • 10/18/2017 23:35:50

    Nestle expects 2017 margin to decline on higher restructuring costs

    ZURICH (Reuters) - Food group Nestle said it expected its operating margin to slip by 40 to 60 basis points in 2017 due to higher restructuring costs and said full-year organic sales growth should be in line with the 2.6 percent seen in the first nine months. Its underlying margin was set to improve.

  • 10/18/2017 18:07:21

    Dow ends above 23,000 for first time; IBM jumps

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday, driven by a jump in IBM after it hinted at a return to revenue growth.

  • 10/18/2017 18:05:30

    Dow ends short of 23K

    The blue chip index backed off after hitting the 23,000 milestone for the first time Tuesday. As Fred Katayama reports, health care stocks drove the Dow and S&P to close at record highs. Video provided by Reuters        

  • 10/18/2017 16:01:00

    'American Chopper' is coming back to Discovery Channel

    "American Chopper" will return to the Discovery Channel next year, five years after its first run on the network ended.

  • 10/18/2017 15:48:54

    BRIEF-Hercules Capital prices its first investment grade bond offering of $150.0 mln of 4.625% notes due 2022

    * Hercules Capital prices its first investment grade bond offering of $150.0 million of 4.625% notes due 2022

  • 10/18/2017 15:13:52

    Record highs for major US stock indexes; Dow passes 23,000

    A day of modest gains on Wall Street resulted in more milestones for U.S. stocks Wednesday as the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 23,000 points for the first time

  • 10/18/2017 15:09:33

    BRIEF-First Bancorp reports quarterly earnings per share $0.46

    * First Bancorp Inc - qtrly net interest income $‍11.95 million versus $10.53 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

  • 10/18/2017 15:05:26

    BRIEF-Kaiser Aluminum reports Q3 earnings $1.16/shr

    * Kaiser Aluminum Corporation reports third quarter and first nine months 2017 financial results

  • 10/18/2017 15:01:50

    Dow closes above 23,000 for first time; IBM soars

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 23,000 for the first time on Wednesday, driven by a jump in IBM after it hinted at a return to revenue growth.

  • 10/18/2017 14:44:36

    BRIEF-First Connecticut Bancorp reports Q3 earnings per share $0.35

    * First Connecticut Bancorp Inc reports third quarter 2017 earnings of $0.35 diluted earnings per share

  • 10/18/2017 14:08:33

    IBM catapults Dow Industrials over 23,000

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 23,000 level for the first time on Wednesday, driven by a jump in IBM after the computing giant hinted at a return to revenue growth.

  • 10/18/2017 14:05:02

    Dow ends above 23,000 for the first time ever

    U.S. stock-market indexes closed at record levels on Wednesday with the Dow industrials ending above 23,000 for the first time. Analysts said stocks were supported by better-than-expected earnings results. The S&P 500 gained 1.90 points, or 0.1%, to 2,561.26, notching its 47th record close. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 160.16 points, or 0.7%, to 23,157.60, driven by a surge in shares of International Business Machine Inc. , which rose nearly 9%. The blue-chip index closed at a record for the 51st time this year. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index ended fractionally higher at 6,624.22, also scaling a record.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/18/2017 11:36:35

    Dow industrials on track for best one-day gain in 5 weeks

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average Wednesday afternoon was climbing past the psychologically significant level of 23,000, propelled by a rally in shares of International Business Machines Corp. The rally was putting the blue-chip gauge in position to book its first close above 23,000 in history and its best one-day climb since Sept. 11, when it rose 259 points, or 1.2%, according to FactSet data. Wednesday's gain, which also saw the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite Index to intraday all-time highs, was supported by a healthy round of early earnings from U.S. corporations, and hope of market-boosting tax cuts. Meanwhile, IBM's stock was enjoying its best daily gain since 2009 after the tech giant posted better-than-expected quarterly results late Tuesday. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/18/2017 11:18:51

    Discovery Channel revives 'American Chopper' after 5 years

    "American Chopper" will return to the Discovery Channel next year, five years after its first run on the network ended.

  • 10/18/2017 10:21:29

    BRIEF-Sandy Spring Bancorp, WashingtonFirst Bankshares stockholders approve merger

    Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc(SASR): * Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc.(SASR) and WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. (WFBI) receive stockholder approvals for acquisition. * Transaction is expected to close in Q4 of 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

  • 10/18/2017 09:08:11

    Qudian's stock soars above IPO price on public debut

    Shares of Beijing-based micro lender Qudian Inc. soared in their public debut Wednesday, enough to make them the biggest percentage gainer on the NYSE. Qudian said earlier that its IPO of 37.5 million American depositary shares priced at $24 per ADS, above the expected range of $19 to $20. The first trade of $34.35, at 10:52 a.m. ET, was 43% above the IPO price. Since then, it has traded as high as $35.45 and as low as $31.75. It was recently up 37% at $32.85. Qudian has gone public at a time that the Dow Jones Industrial Average was surging 135 points toward a record high.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

  • 10/18/2017 04:25:19

    Brazil planemaker Embraer to deliver first E190-E2 in April 2018

    Brazil planemaker Embraer said on Wednesday it would deliver its first E190-E2 jet in April 2018 to Norway-based airline Wideroe. Wideroe has signed a contract with Embraer for up to 15 E2 jets in a deal worth up to $873 million at list prices.

  • 10/18/2017 01:55:56

    Kobe Steel to hold bidding for real estate unit on Friday: Bloomberg

    Japanese steelmaker Kobe Steel Ltd (KBSTF) , embroiled in a data falsification scandal that has roiled global supply chains, will hold a first round of bidding on Friday in the planned sale of a real estate unit, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday.

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