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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.
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July 9, 2014
11:33 EDTTCSContainer Store drops after quarter hurt by 'retail funk'
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11:25 EDTRAI, BTIReynolds rises as BAT said to contemplate total takeover
Shares of cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American (RAI) are higher this morning following a report that British American Tobacco (BTI) is close to a deal to buy the stake in Reynolds it does not already own. WHAT'S NEW: The Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco, which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the 58% of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A deal for Reynolds, whose brands include Kill, Camel, Winston and Salem, by British American Tobacco would stop any plans Reynolds might already have to buy Lorillard (LO), which makes Newport menthol cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. CNBC's David Faber said on July 3 that Reynolds was on track to buy Lorillard "within weeks," and added that Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) would likely buy some of the divested assets as a result of the transaction. Faber noted at the time that British American Tobacco was likely to build a position in Reynolds. ANALYST REACTION: According to the Daily Mail, Citigroup has said it would be "advantageous" for British American Tobacco to acquire all of Reynolds, as its earnings per share would be boosted by 10%-13% and give it access to "one of the best" global e-cigarette platforms. The firm believes a total acquisition would allow British American Tobacco "total freedom" to deploy Reynolds' intellectual property on e-cigarettes. PRICE ACTION: Reynolds American shares are up $1.62, or 2.64%, to $62.93 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco shares trading in New York are down 46c to $121.51 and Lorillard is up 40c to $63.33.
11:24 EDTAVAV, TCS, GIMOHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: GIMO NEPT BPOP AVAV CBSO LL BOBE KWK GNC TCS
11:16 EDTAVAVAeroVironment rallies after better than expected results
Shares of AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems, are rallying after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, AeroVironment reported Q4 EPS of 35c and revenue of $73.5M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 22c and $69.62M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast fiscal 2015 revenue of $250M-$270M, compared to consensus of $256.2M, along with gross profit margins of 34.5%-37.5%. The company noted that planned increases in research and development and business development investments for Tactical Missile Systems, Commercial UAS and Global Observer business areas in FY15 may largely offset operating profit in the current fiscal year. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, AeroVironment soared $4.49, or 14.5%, to $35.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up more than 70% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the unmanned aircraft space include Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), though all of those are significantly larger than AeroVironment.
10:02 EDTGIMOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
09:35 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA FB AMZN TSLA TWTR MU NFLX GG CELG
09:13 EDTTCS, RAI, GIMO, AVAVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:27 EDTGIMOGigamon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson
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08:26 EDTAAAlcoa shares should be bought, says Sterne Agee
After Alcoa reported stronger than expected Q2 results, Sterne Agee expects the company to be boosted by strength in its aerospace business going forward. The firm believes that the company's fundamentals are improving.
08:11 EDTGIMOGigamon price target lowered to $19 from $25 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse lowered its price target on Gigamon to $19 from $25 following the company's negative Q2 pre-announcement. However, the firm maintains its Outperform rating on the stock, citing its valuation.
08:04 EDTTCSContainer Store price target lowered to $32 from $45 at Credit Suisse
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07:56 EDTGIMOGigamon volatility expected to move after lowering Q2 revenue outlook
Gigamon volatility is expected to move after lowering its Q2 revenue outlook. Overall option implied volatility of 59 is above its 26-week average of 52 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
07:37 EDTAAAlcoa price target raised to $18.50 from $15 at JPMorgan
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07:26 EDTAAInvestors hope solid earnings can reverse losing streak
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07:26 EDTBTI, RAIBritish American rumored 'on verge' of deal to buy out Reynolds, Daily Mail says
British American Tobacco (BTI) is speculated to be "on the verge of a mega deal" to buy the 58% cigarette peer Reynolds American (RAI) that it does not already own, according to the Daily Mail. By doing so, it would stop any plans Reynolds might have to buy another company in the industry, Lorillard (LO), according to the report. Reference Link
07:02 EDTAAAlcoa price target raised to $17 from $15 at Stifel
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06:29 EDTGIMOGigamon downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham
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06:16 EDTGIMOGigamon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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05:38 EDTGIMOGigamon downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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05:37 EDTGIMOGigamon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Gigamon to Neutral citing execution issues after the company lowered its Q2 sales outlook. The firm cut its price target for shares to $14 from $29.
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