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April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTAA, STZ, ANR, GTN, TM, ACI, NXST, CTCT, PG, WLT, SBGI, GMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday ahead of the release of the minutes for the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting. Investors may have gained some optimism about the upcoming earnings season following Alcoa’s (AA) first quarter report, sending its shares and the major averages higher right from the outset of today’s trading. The indexes have moved in a relatively narrow range, but have remained in positive ground throughout the morning. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in February, matching economists’ forecast. The minutes for the March 18-19 FOMC meeting are scheduled to be released at 2 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of aluminum producer Alcoa gained more than 3% after the company unofficially kicked off the earnings season with its report last night. The company reported first quarter adjusted profit that beat estimates, on revenue that missed expectations, adding that its year-to-date productivity gains are ahead of schedule… Toyota Motor (TM) saw its New York listed shares slip a bit over 1.5% after the company announced the recall of over 6M vehicles worldwide and its shares were downgraded to a Neutral rating at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Another automaker grappling with its own recall issues, General Motors (GM), declined 2% after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight. GM will need to invest heavily into connected vehicles, advanced power trains and eventually autonomous cars, which will pressure margins and earnings, the analyst contended… Procter & Gamble (PG) shares were fractionally higher after the consumer goods giant agreed to sell its three major pet food brands - Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura - to Mars for $2.9B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was marketing software and solutions provider Constant Contact (CTCT), which surged 28% higher after the company’s preliminary first quarter revenue exceeded analysts' projection. Also higher were shares of several companies that own local TV stations, including Gray Television (GTN), Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI), and Nexstar (NXST), after Wells Fargo upgraded all three stocks after its meetings with FCC representatives relieved its prior concerns that the agency could veto sharing deals among stations. Among the noteworthy losers was beer and wine importer and distributor Constellation Brands (STZ), which slid 3% despite the company reporting sales that matched estimates and adjusted profits that beat the consensus forecast. Also lower were shares of a number of coal producers, including Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Walter Energy (WLT) and Arch Coal (ACI), after all three stocks were downgraded to Sell at UBS. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 57.81, or 0.36%, to 16,313.95; the Nasdaq was up 29.81, or 0.72%, to 4,142.80; and the S&P 500 was up 6.06, or 0.33%, to 1,858.02.
News For AA;PG;TM;GM;CTCT;GTN;SBGI;NXST;ANR;WLT;ACI;STZ From The Last 14 Days
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January 12, 2015
17:56 EDTAAAlcoa targets $500M plus of free cash flow in 2015
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16:20 EDTAAAlcoa CEO says all three business groups 'performing very well'
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16:06 EDTAAAlcoa CEO says delivered strongest operating results since 2008
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16:05 EDTAAAlcoa reports Q4 free cash flow $989M
Highest since fourth quarter 2010. Record quarter cash from operations of $1.5B.
16:05 EDTAAAlcoa sees 2015 global aerospace sales to increase 9%-10% over 2014
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16:03 EDTAAAlcoa sees 2015 global aluminum demand growth of 7%
16:03 EDTAAAlcoa reports Q4 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 27c
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15:26 EDTAANotable companies reporting after market close
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14:36 EDTGMGeneral Motors to spend $12B to launch new Cadillac models, Bloomberg says
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13:52 EDTAAAlcoa technical comments ahead of results
The trend for the shares is a shallow bullish one. Ahead of earnings there are a few notable levels to watch. On strong bullish news and outlook, upside levels to note would be at resistance at $16.93 and $17.75, the 52-week high. A breakout above the 52-week high would be bullish, with next resistance at $18.47. On negative news and a disappointing outlook, there are a number of pivot lows to watch as tests of support: $14.89, $14.41, and $13.71 which is the pivot low from October of last year.
13:11 EDTAAAlcoa volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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11:58 EDTGMAlly Financial could see 20% of originations hit by GM changes, says Jefferies
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11:05 EDTGMGM receives 141 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation, Reuters say
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10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:34 EDTAAActive equity options trading
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07:54 EDTAAAlcoa volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Alcoa January call option implied volatility is at 49, February is at 36, April is at 33, July is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results after the market close today.
07:12 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:24 EDTGMGM plans to use lending arm for subsized leases in the U.S., WSJ reports
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January 11, 2015
20:52 EDTGMGM Opel unit to build Buick models to sell in U.S., Reuters says
General Motors will announce that its Opel unit will manufacture a Buick version of the Opel Cascada for sale in the U.S., reports Reuters. Reference Link
17:59 EDTGMGeneral Motors plans to launch $30K EV rival to Tesla, WSJ says
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