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1. Lumentum paces optical stocks downward on tariff concerns01:43[−]

Optical stocks were hit Friday after President Donald Trump said he was prepared to "go to 500" in a tariff battle with China, referring to the idea that the U.S. may levy tariffs on $505 billion in Chinese products, or the whole import balance from last year. Shares of Lumentum Holdings Inc. fell 8.4% Friday, while shares of Oclaro Inc. , which Lumentum intends to acquire, declined 4.1%. Oclaro generates more than 10% of revenue from China's ZTE , Needham analyst Alex Henderson has written in the past. Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold wrote Friday that Win Semiconductors Corp.'s disappointing outlook also pressured Lumentum shares. "Win Semi is Lumentum's contract manufacturer, or fab, for its VSCELs used in 3D-sensing modules," he wrote. "We have not observed a quarterly correlation between Win results and Lumentum, but it is a negative indication." Shares of other optical names including Finisar Corp. , Acacia Communications Inc. , and NeoPhotonics Corp. also traded lower. Lumentum shares were off 11.3% over the past 12 months before Friday's session, while the S&P 500 has gained 13%.

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2. Pfizer gets FDA approval for drug similar to Amgen's Neupogen00:43[−]

Pfizer Inc. said late Friday it received Food and Drug Administration approval to sell a biotech drug that is similar to Amgen Inc.'s Neupogen. Pfizer's product is named Nivestym, which is intended to reduce the likelihood of infections in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. In a statement, Pfizer said it expects to sell Nivestym at "a significant discount to the current wholesale acquisition cost" of Neupogen. Amgen reported $549 million in Neupogen sales in 2017, a 28% decline from the previous year, compared with Amgen's total product sales of $21.89 billion. Novartis AG and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. also make drugs biosimilar to Neupogen that are approved for U.S. sale.

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3. Lifepoint Health surges 35% after buyout reportПт., 20 июля[−]

Shares in hospital operator Lifepoint Health Inc. surged more than 35% in after-hours trading Friday after a report that private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in talks to buy the firm. Reuters reported that Apollo "is in advanced talks" to buy the firm at a valuation that could hit $6 billion, including debt, citing unnamed sources. Lifepoint ended trading Friday with a market capitalization of less than $1.9 billion, and Reuters reported it had about $2.9 billion in long-term debt. The deal could be announced as soon as next week, Reuters reported, but could still fall apart. Lifepoint shares closed at $47.90, but were selling for around $65 in the extended session after the report hit.

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4. Stocks close slightly lower, ending the week flatПт., 20 июля[−]

U.S. stocks closed slightly lower on Friday as new questions surrounding government policy on both trade and the dollar cooled buying appetite, despite positive earnings releases. The main benchmarks ended the week roughly where they started. The S&P 500 fell 2.66 points, or 0.1%, to 2,801.83 and is flat over the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 6.38 points to 25,058.128, though it eked out a 0.2% weekly gains. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 5.1 points, or less than 0.1%, to 7,820.20, also ending the week unchanged. Among the biggest gainers on the S&P 500 on Friday, shares of Microsoft Corp. rallied 1.8% after quarterly earnings results.

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5. U.S. oil prices climb, but end the week lowerПт., 20 июля[−]

U.S. oil prices climbed Friday, extending gains from a day earlier when comments from Saudi Arabia's OPEC governor eased concerns over the potential for an oversupplied market. Rising U.S.-China trade war tensions, however, raised expectations of a slowdown in commodity demand, helping to pull prices lower for the week. August West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1, or 1.4%, to settle at $70.46 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It settled at its highest level in a week, but was still down 0.8% from last Friday's finish. September WTI oil , which became the front-month contract at the session's end, finished at $68.26, up 2 cents for the day.

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6. Trump worried Fed will hike twice more this year: CNBCПт., 20 июля[−]

President Donald Trump's criticism of Federal Reserve interest-rate policy stems, in part, from his concern the central bank will follow through on its projections for two additional quarter-point moves this year, CNBC reported, citing an unidentified White House official. On the other hand, the official said White House aides are less concerned and have told the president that two more rate hikes won't cool down the economy to such a degree that it will be a political problem for the president or the economy going into the midterm election, the report said.

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7. NFL's new national-anthem policy reportedly on holdПт., 20 июля[−]

The National Football League and its players union have issued a joint statement that implementation of the league's new national-anthem policy, under which all players on the field at the time of the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" would be required to stand respectfully, is on hold. Players would be free to remain in the locker room, if they chose to do so. The league and the Players Association, according to an ESPN report, said they were continuing to work toward resolution of the controversy, which kicked off when quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then of the San Francisco 49ers, followed by players around the league, took to kneeling during the playing of the anthem in protest of police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality. The New York Post and others reported that news of the policy pause followed a report that the Miami Dolphins were set to take actions including four-game suspensions against players who violated the new NFL policy.

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8. Gold prices finish higher, but fall a second straight weekПт., 20 июля[−]

Gold prices finished with a gain on Friday as comments President Donald Trump, showing his displeasure with Federal Reserve interest-rate increases, prompted a decline in the benchmark dollar index. Prices for the yellow metal, however, still suffered a loss for a second week in a row. Overall strength in the dollar and a "slow but steady rise in real interest rates have been the two most notable bearish influences on gold" since the first quarter, say Tyler Richey, co-editor for the Sevens Report. August gold settled at $1,231.10 an ounce, up $7.10, or 0.6%, for the session. Prices were down 0.8% for the week, after settling Thursday at a one-year low.

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9. Aerospace-parts company Esterline shares surge 9.5% on report it is mulling saleПт., 20 июля[−]

Aerospace-parts maker Esterline Technologies Corp. shares soared more than 9% Friday, after The Wall Street Journal said the company is exploring a sale, citing people familiar with the matter. The company is a supplier to the aerospace industry, providing cockpit components, sensors and other items for commercial planes, business jets and the military. Shares have gained 10.4% in 2017, while the S&P 500 has gained 4.8%.

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10. Amazon to add more than 1,500 workers with Spokane fulfillment centerПт., 20 июля[−]

Amazon.com Inc. said Friday that it will add 1,500 full-time jobs with a new fulfillment center in Spokane, Wash. Spanning more than 600,000 square feet, workers will sort and ship housewares, games, school supplies and more. Amazon has more than 50,000 employees across Washington state, where the company is headquartered. Amazon shares are up 55.5% for 2018 to date, while the S&P 500 index is up 5% for the period.

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11. FBI has secret tape of Trump talking payment to Playboy model: N.Y. TimesПт., 20 июля[−]

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a tape of President Donald Trump discussing payments to a former Playboy model, according to a report from the New York Times. The article published Friday morning indicates that the president's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, recorded a conversation with Trump two months before his 2016 election in which payments to a former Playboy model were discussed, the paper wrote, citing lawyers and others familiar with the matter. That former Playboy model was identified by the Times as Karen McDougal. The FBI seized the tape during a raid on Cohen's office. The report comes as adult-film star Stormy Daniels says she was paid by Trump's attorney to keep quiet about an alleged affair just prior to his election. Daniels legal name is Stephanie Clifford. Trump has publicly denied explicit knowledge of any payment to the film star. Stocks didn't react to the New York Times report. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index retained slight gains. Investors have mostly ignored the White House drama to focus more on upbeat earnings and a strong economic backdrop. The payments have been a focus for some because they could constitute a violation of federal campaign-finance laws.

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12. Stocks aren't ignoring Trump's Fed, EU, and China comments. Wall Street's just watching the dollar get crushedПт., 20 июля[−]

U.S. stocks were edging higher late-morning Friday, seemingly ignoring recent comments from President Donald Trump, who questioned the strategy of the the Federal Reserve and monetary policies of the European Union and China. But if the stocks appear to be more buoyant against that backdrop, look no further than the intraday weakening of the U.S. dollar which is being pummeled in early Friday action, following a morning tweet from Trump that accused China and the EU of manipulating rates and currencies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.1% at 25,094, the S&P 500 index also was trading in the green, gaining less than 0.1% at 2,806, while the Nasdaq Composite Index , which had already been edging up, gained 0.3% at 7,849. Futures for all three benchmarks indicated that stocks would face stiffer headwinds at the open of regular trade. However, a weaker dollar, which can benefit large, multinational companies doing business abroad, provided a major tailwind. As measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index , the dollar is down 0.6% at 94.620, on track for its worst one-day decline this month. In Friday's tweet, Trump said: "China, the European Union and others have been manipulating their currencies and interest rates lower, while the U.S. is raising rates while the dollars gets stronger and stronger with each passing day- taking away our big competitive edge. As usual, not a level playing field." The social-media blast comes a day after a Thursday interview with CNBC indicated that the president wasn't '"thrilled" with the Fed's strategy of increasing interest rates, which Trump characterized as undercutting his fiscal stimulus measures, designed to boost business and the market.

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13. GE's stock sinks after the open, as post-earnings conference call endsПт., 20 июля[−]

Shares of General Electric Co. sank 3.3% on heavy volume in morning trade Friday, turning sharply lower soon after the opening bell, just as the post-earnings conference call concluded. In premarket trade, the stock jumped as much as 2.7% right after the quarterly report was released, with earnings and revenue beating expectations, but pulled back to trade little changed just before the open. On the conference call, Chief Executive John Flannery said he expects 2018 adjusted earnings per share to be "at the low end" of the previously provided guidance range of $1.00 to $1.07, while the FactSet EPS consensus is 93 cents. Among other comments made during the call, the power business is going to require a "multi-year fix," with some volatility. Regarding the China tariff situation, Flannery said "we are a company built for fair and open trade," so GE's current view is "hope" that trade matters eventually reach a "sensible negotiated conclusion." The stock has now shed 24% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 1.4%.

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14. Dow, S&P 500 open lower as trade fears resurfaceПт., 20 июля[−]

U.S. stocks opened mostly lower on Friday with the main benchmarks on track to end the week roughly where they started. Investors turned cautious after a flood of new question marks surrounding government policy on both trade and the dollar, overshadowing positive quarterly results from General Electric and Microsoft. The S&P 500 fell 2 points, or 0.1%, to 2,803. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 62 points, or 0.3%, to 24,998. The Nasdaq Composite Index bucked the trends, opening 16 points, or 0.2% higher, to 7,840 Among the biggest gainers on the S&P 500, shares of Microsoft Corp. rallied more than 3% after quarterly earnings results.

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15. Treasury yields tick higher after Trump says China and EU manipulate their currencies, ratesПт., 20 июля[−]

Treasury yields briefly rose early Friday after President Donald Trump said in a tweet that China and the European Union were manipulating their currencies and interest rates, even as the U.S.'s dollar and rates were rising, hurting the U.S.'s "competitive edge." The 10-year Treasury note yield advanced 1.5 basis points to 2.862%. The 30-year bond yield rose 2.5 basis points to basis point to 2.992%, while the 2-year note yield was down 0.4 basis point to 2.591%. Bond prices fall when yields rise. These comments follow Trump's interview with CNBC where the President said he was unhappy with the Federal Reserve's rate hikes because they were undoing the economic boost from his stimulus package passed earlier this year.

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16. Trump says China, EU 'have been manipulating their currencies and interest rates lower' in a tweetПт., 20 июля[−]

President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to double down on remarks he made during a CNBC interview on Thursday by accusing the European Union and China of manipulating their currencies and interest rates. In a tweet in the morning Trump said "China, the European Union and others have been manipulating their currencies and interest rates lower, while the U.S. is raising rates while the dollars gets stronger and stronger with each passing day - taking away our big competitive edge. As usual, not a level playing field..." The president's comments came a day after he criticized the Federal Reserve for hiking rates, which he described as undercutting his recent rounds of fiscal stimulus, including corporate tax cuts late last year. On Thursday, Trump told CNBC he is not "thrilled" that the Fed is hiking interest rates. "Because we go up and every time you go up they want to raise rates again. I don't really - I am not happy about it. But at the same time, I'm letting them do what they feel is best." He added, "but I don't like all of this work that goes into doing what we're doing." The dollar, as measured by the ICE U.S. Dollar Index slumped after Trump's Friday tweet. Meanwhile, futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index held on to losses.

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17. Dollar drops as Trump accuses China, EU of currency and interest-rate manipulationПт., 20 июля[−]

The U.S. dollar took a hit on Friday after President Donald Trump called China and the European Union currency and interest rate manipulators in a tweet. Trump that "while the U.S. is raising rates while the dollars gets stronger and stronger with each passing day," China and the eurozone were robbing the U.S. of its "big competitive edge." The ICE U.S. Dollar Index dropped 0.5% to 94.674, extending previous losses. The euro , the greenback's main rival, rallied to a three-day high of $1.1709 in response. China's yuan was more timid in response. The offshore-traded yuan strengthened slightly, with one dollar buying 6.7882 yuan, while the more restricted onshore yuan remained marginally weaker, as one dollar fetched 6.7705 yuan.

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18. Orrin Hatch threatens curb on Trump trade authority: Wall Street JournalПт., 20 июля[−]

Sen. Orrin Hatch, the seven-term Utah Republican who heads the Senate Finance Committee, reportedly sent a letter to the White House this week warning President Trump against a continued pursuit of import tariffs that many observers see setting the stage for a full-fledged trade war. According to a Wall Street Journal exclusive, the letter from the reliable Trump ally, who in January announced his retirement, suggests he'd throw his weight behind legislation to rein in presidential trade-policy authority unless Trump changes course. The Journal is in possession of a copy of the Hatch letter, it reported.

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19. Gentex's stock drops as auto production decline led to revenue missПт., 20 июля[−]

Shares of Gentex Corp. dropped 6% in premarket trade Friday, after supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors for autos, dimmable aircraft windows and fire protection products missed second-quarter revenue expectations. Net income rose to $109.0 million, or 40 cents a share, from $88.5 million, or 31 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. The FactSet consensus for earnings per share was 40 cents. Revenue increased to $455.0 million from $443.1 million, but was below the FactSet consensus of $467.5 million. The company said light vehicle production in North America declined about 3% during the quarter, resulting in lower-than-expected shipments and revenue. In addition, a supplier fire led to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) shutdowns, causing a 1% revenue headwind. The company lowered its 2018 revenue outlook to $1.88 billion to $1.91 billion from $1.89 billion to $1.97 billion. The stock had rallied 12% year to date through Thursday, while the S&P 500 had gained 4.9%.

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20. Facebook stock gains after Stifel, Piper Jaffray hike price targets ahead of earningsПт., 20 июля[−]

Shares of Facebook Inc. are up 0.6% in premarket trading after analysts at Stifel and Piper Jaffray raised their price targets ahead of the company's July 25 earnings report. "DAU trends will continue to face close scrutiny; we expect modest positive net additions in North America and flattish trends in Europe following the rollout of the GDPR," wrote Stifel analyst Scott Devitt. He has a buy rating on the stock and increased his price target to $242 from $202. Piper Jaffray's Michael Olson raised his target to $250 from $210, writing of his optimism that Facebook will be able to monetize newer areas going forward, including Marketplace and the Watch tab. Facebook shares are up 26% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 has gained 13%.

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21. GE up to the challenge as power revenue beats expectationsПт., 20 июля[−]

General Electric Co. Chief Executive John Flannery he expects the power market to continue to be "challenging," but that didn't stop the industrial conglomerate's largest business segment from beating revenue expectations. Power orders tumbled 26% from a year ago to $7.37 billion and revenue fell 19% to $7.58 billion, but that beat the FactSet revenue consensus of $7.10 billion. The second-biggest business segment by revenue is aviation, with revenue rising 13% to $7.52 billion to top the FactSet consensus of $7.22 billion. The third business segment that GE said it will focus on going forward is renewable energy, where revenue fell 29% to $1.65 billion to miss the FactSet consensus of $2.15 billion. The stock rose 0.8% in premarket trade. It has lost 5.6% over the past three months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 2.5%.

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22. Honeywell shares surge 3% premarket after company tops estimates and raises guidanceПт., 20 июля[−]

Aerospace and defense company Honeywell Inc.'s shares rose 3% in premarket trade Friday, after the company beat estimates for the second quarter and raised its guidance for the full year. Honeywell said it had net income of $1.267 billion, or $1.68 a share, in the second quarter, down from $1.392 billion, or $1.80 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to $2.12, ahead of the FactSet consensus of $2.01. Sales rose 8% to $10.919 billion from $10.078 billion, also ahead of the FactSet consensus of $10.805 billion. The company raised its 2018 guidance, and now expects EPS of $8.05 to $8.15, ahead of the FactSet consensus of $8.03. Shares have fallen 3.8% in 2018 through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 4.9%.

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23. Trump says he's 'ready to go to 500' in tariff battle with ChinaПт., 20 июля[−]

President Donald Trump said he could escalate his trade clash with China by placing tariffs on some $505 billion in Chinese products, representing the entire import balance with the U.S. last year. Trump made his comments during a CNBC interview on Thursday, which aired in full Friday morning. "I'm ready to go to 500," Trump said. Most recently, the U.S. and China enacted reciprocal tariffs of 25% on $34 billion in their respective imports. Although trending higher recently, the stock market has been roiled by concerns that a trade war erupting between to the two superpowers could rattle global economies. Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday morning extended losses after the CNBC interview, as did those for the S&P 500 index and Nasdaq-100 . Stock-index futures are lower but have since pared those early declines.

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24. Schlumberger's stock slips after profit beats expectations, but revenue missesПт., 20 июля[−]

Shares of Schlumberger Ltd. fell 0.8% in premarket trade Friday, after the oil services company reported a second-quarter profit that beat expectations, but revenue that missed. The company swung to net income of $430 million, or 31 cents a share, from a loss of $74 million, or 5 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share came to 43 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 42 cents. Revenue grew 11% to $8.30 billion, but came up short of the FactSet consensus of $8.36 billion. Production revenue rose 30% to $3.26 billion, beating the FactSet consensus of $3.18 billion, while drilling revenue grew 6% to $2.23 billion, just below expectations of $2.37 billion. Chief Executive Paal Kibsgaard said market fundamentals continue to improve of its international business and global gross domestic product remains strong, "with any impact of headwinds from the U.S.-China trade dispute likely to become clearer in the next few quarters." The stock has lost 3.3% over the past three months through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 5%.

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25. North Face owner VF. Corp. tops earnings estimatesПт., 20 июля[−]

VF Corp., , the owner of brands including Vans, Timberland, The North Face and Wrangler, said Friday it had net income of $160.4 million, or 40 cents a share, in its fiscal first quarter to end June, up from $109.9 million, or 27 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to 43 cents, well ahead of the 33 cents consensus. Revenue rose to $2.788 billion from $2.268 billion, also ahead of the FactSet consensus of $2.679 billion. The company raised its fiscal 2019 outlook and said it now expects revenue to range from $13.6 billion to $13.7 billion, compared with prior guidance of $13.45 billion to $13.55 billion. EPS is expected to range from $3.52 to $3.57, compared with earlier guidance of $3.48 to $3.53. Shares rose 1.1% premarket and are up 20.6% in 2018 through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 4.9%.

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26. GE's stock gains after earnings and revenue beat expectationsПт., 20 июля[−]

General Electric Co.'s stock rose 0.7% in premarket trade Friday, after the industrial conglomerate reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations. Net income fell to $615 million, or 7 cents a share, from $875 million, or 10 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share came to 19 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 18 cents. Revenue rose 3% to $30.10 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $29.40 billion, as better-than-expected power and aviation revenue offset renewable energy's miss. "We expect the power market to remain challenging, and we continue our focus on operational improvement," said Chief Executive John Flannery. "We are progressing on our plans to make GE simpler and stronger." The stock has tumbled 21% year to date through Thursday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained 1.4%.

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27. Putin open to making visit to Washington, says envoy: APПт., 20 июля[−]

President Vladimir Putin is open to making a visit to Washington, a Moscow diplomat indicated, after the Russian leader was invited by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported Friday. Russia is "always open to such proposals. We are ready for discussions on this subject," the country's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, said Friday, according to the AP report. However, Moscow has yet to make the formal response needed, the report noted.

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28. At least eight people dead after boat capsizes on a lake near Branson, Mo.: WSJПт., 20 июля[−]

At least eight people are dead after an amphibious tourist boat capsized during a heavy storm Thursday evening on a lake near Branson, Mo., The Wall Street Journal reported. Seven others have been taken to a hospital but divers are searching for more victims. The authorities were not sure how many people were on the boat this time.

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29. Microsoft stock spikes after earnings forecast beats expectationsПт., 20 июля[−]

Microsoft Corp. shares jumped to a 4% gain in after-hours trading Thursday after the tech giant supplied its forecast for the first quarter of the 2019 fiscal year. Shares had been up 1% after the company's fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report showed stronger-than-expected profit and sales. Microsoft provided revenue guidance for its different segments on the conference call, predicting $9.25 billion to $9.45 billion for "Productivity and Business Processes"; $8.15 billion to $8.35 billion for "Intelligent Cloud"; and $9.95 billion to $10.25 billion in "More Personal Computing." In total, that suggests first-quarter revenue of $27.35 billion to $28.05 billion. Analysts on average were projecting revenue of $27.4 billion, according to FactSet. Microsoft did not give an earnings projection nor a full-year forecast, though Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood said cost of goods sold in the first quarter was expected to be $9.5 billion to $9.7 billion, operating expenses would be $9.2 billion to $9.3 billion, and income and expense is expected to be about $100 million to the negative side.

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30. FTD top execs leave amid restructuring; board pondering saleПт., 20 июля[−]

FTD Cos. Inc. announced the departure of its chief executive, chief operating officer and chief marketing officer Thursday afternoon, and said the board was reviewing strategic alternatives while immediately restructuring the company. The beleaguered floral company said John Walden had stepped down as president and CEO effective immediately and would be replaced on an interim basis by General Counsel Scott Levin. The company also said it would eliminate the COO position, previously held by Simha Kumar, and that CMO Jeffrey Severts would leave the company. In addition to Levin, Chief Information Officer Jay Topper will remain with a new title of chief digital officer. The company said that it had hired Moelis & Co. to assist with a strategic review that will include the possibility of "a sale or merger of the company." In addition, the company said it was restructuring in an effort to save $18 million to $23 million in annualized costs in 2019, though it did not say how many employees would be let go. FTD said it expects to report second-quarter net income of $1.5 million to $4.5 million on revenue of $299 million to $301 million, well below the average analyst estimate of $11 million in profit and $320 million in sales, according to FactSet. The company also reduced its forecast for annual 2018 profit and revenue. FTD stock dropped 17% in after-hours trading following the announcement. The shares have plummeted 77.4% in the past year, as the S&P 500 index has gained 13.8%.

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