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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 Fedís 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.
News For AA;TCS;GIMO;RAI;AVAV;BTI From The Last 14 Days
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October 30, 2014
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; October 30, 2014
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07:44 EDTRAIReynolds, Lorillard merger presents unique challenge to regulators, Reuters says
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October 28, 2014
09:20 EDTAAAlcoa to host investor day
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October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTAAAlcoa upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Alcoa to Buy citing the turnaround in the company's upstream Primary smelting business following the company's Q3 results. Deutsche raised its price target for shares to $20 from $16. The stock closed Friday up 31c to $16.55.
October 24, 2014
10:03 EDTGIMOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
09:18 EDTGIMOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
07:39 EDTGIMOGigamon upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Gigamon to Neutral citing better than expected quarterly results and guidance driven by renewed momentum from the recently launched GigaVue-HC2 product and news sales personal and management. Price target raised to $16 from $11.
October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTGIMOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
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
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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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