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July 9, 2014
12:30 EDTAA, TCS, GIMO, RAI, AVAV, BTIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were moderately higher at midday, helped in part by better than expected earnings from Alcoa (AA), solid monthly numbers from the airlines sector, and a bounce from the two day losing streak that had seen the S&P lose 1% and the Nasdaq pullback by more than 2%. The market has been unable to gather any upside momentum and has moved in a narrow range throughout the morning, as investors await the release of the Fed’s FOMC minutes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held June 17-18 are scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In China, the producer-price index declined 1.1% from a year earlier, compared with a consensus forecast for a 1% drop. China's consumer-price index rose 2.3%, below projections for a 2.4% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Alcoa swung to a second-quarter profit of 18c a share on an adjusted basis, beating the consensus estimate of 7c a share, as its revenue also topped expectations. The aluminum producer, whose report is widely considered to mark the start of an earnings season, said its transformation is in "high gear" and that its cost position continues to improve. The stock rose 5% near midday following its report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems. The stock rallied 14% after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. Also higher was Reynolds American (RAI), which rose more than 2.5% after the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco (BTI), which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the remainder of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. Among the noteworthy losers was IT infrastructure technology provider Gigamon (GIMO), which was downgraded by at least five firms and plunged 32% after the company lowered its Q2 revenue guidance, citing challenges closing deals. Also lower following its earnings reports was specialty storage and organizational product retailer The Container Store (TCS), which fell 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 36.86, or 0.22%, to 16,943.48, the Nasdaq was up 18.93, or 0.43%, to 4,410.39, and the S&P 500 was up 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,968.30.
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October 23, 2014
17:46 EDTGIMOGigamon sees Q4 revenue $41M-$44M, consensus $39.05M
16:28 EDTGIMOGigamon reports Q3 adjusted EPS 4c, consensus (4c)
Reports Q3 revenue $39.3M, consensus $35.38M.
16:16 EDTAAAlcoa to sell ownership stake in Mt. Holly Smelter to Century Aluminum
Alcoa (AA) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its ownership stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter in Goose Creek, South Carolina, to Century Aluminum Company (CENX) for $67.5M in cash, plus an additional potential earn-out. Mt. Holly is owned 50.3% by Alcoa and 49.7% by Century. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. Based on current estimates, the transaction will not result in a significant gain or loss to Alcoa.
16:09 EDTAACentury Aluminum to acquire full ownership of Mt. Holly Smelter for $67.5M
Century Aluminum Company (CENX) announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alcoa's (AA) 50.3% stake in the Mt. Holly aluminum smelter. Mt. Holly, located in Berkeley County, South Carolina, employs approximately 600 people and has an annual production capacity of 229,000 metric tons of primary aluminum. Following the closing of the transaction, Century will own 100% of Mt. Holly. Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Century will acquire Alumax of South Carolina, a subsidiary of Alcoa and owner of Alcoa's 50.3% interest in Mt. Holly, for $67.5M in cash less certain amounts owed by Alumax to Mt. Holly and subject to working capital and other similar adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
07:05 EDTRAILorillard says on track to close Reynolds American merger in 1H15
The company said, "We are very excited about completing the combination with Reynolds, which we expect to occur in the first half of 2015, as it delivers significant and immediate value to our shareholders, as well as a meaningful ownership stake in the combined company that will enjoy multiple flagship tobacco brands well-positioned for continued long-term success."
October 21, 2014
11:15 EDTRAIHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: DBA TUP CRI FCG TWC PLL ACM XRS RAI AMTD
07:11 EDTRAIReynolds American says responding to second request from FTC regarding Lorillard
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07:10 EDTRAIReynolds American still sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.35-$3.45, consensus $3.38
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07:09 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q3 adjusted EPS 95c, consensus 91c
Reports Q3 revenue $2.24B, consensus $2.19B.
07:09 EDTRAIReynolds American reaffirms FY guidance
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTRAINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 15, 2014
09:02 EDTAAAlcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble
Alcoa and Noble Group announced the signing of a definitive agreement that will result in Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals selling 100% of its ownership stake in the Jamalco bauxite mining and alumina refining joint venture to Noble for $140M. AWAC will continue as the managing operator for three years under a compensated service agreement and employees will remain employed by Jamalco. The Jamalco joint venture is 55% owned by Alcoa Minerals of Jamaica and 45% owned by Clarendon Alumina Production. AMJ is part of the AWAC joint venture, owned 60% by Alcoa and 40 percent by Alumina. CAP is a company wholly owned by the Government of Jamaica. The sale is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of Q4. As a result of the transaction, Alcoa will record a non-cash loss of approximately $80M-$100M, or between 7c-9c per share, after-tax and non-controlling interest in Q4. This sale is in line with Alcoa’s strategy to create a globally competitive commodity business.
09:01 EDTAAAlcoa to sell stake in Jamalco to Noble
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October 14, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; October 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 40c to 39.11. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD C JNJ AA NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
October 13, 2014
09:39 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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October 10, 2014
17:14 EDTAAMarket ends week lower amid global growth worries
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11:51 EDTAAUpdate: Alcoa upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Tigress Financial
Tigress Financial upgraded Alcoa to Strong Buy from Buy and added it to the Focus List. The analyst believes Alcoa's transition to a higher value-added business will drive increasing profits and shareholder returns. Tigress would be aggressive buyers of shares.
10:01 EDTBTIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:48 EDTRAI, BTISenators call on FDA to adopt strict e-cigarette warning
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05:27 EDTBTIBritish American Tobacco downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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