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July 9, 2014
12:30 EDTRAI, AA, BTI, GIMO, AVAV, TCSOn 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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April 22, 2015
09:26 EDTAAAlcoa initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research
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April 20, 2015
16:01 EDTAAOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:16 EDTRAIGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
14:16 EDTRAIEinhorn lists AerCap, CBI, GM as new longs, Bloomberg reports
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09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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07:25 EDTRAIReynolds American reported strong Q1 results, says Wells Fargo
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April 17, 2015
12:20 EDTRAILorillard to pay $1.133B in April under State Settlement Agreements
In April, the company paid, or will pay, $1.133B under the State Settlement Agreements, primarily based on 2014 volume. Included in the payment is $93M deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account in accordance with procedures established in the MSA pending resolution of a claim by the company and the other Original Participating Manufacturers that they are entitled to reduce their MSA payments based on a loss of market share to non-participating manufacturers. The previously-announced combination with Reynolds American (RAI) remains subject to regulatory approval and the additional customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement. Although no assurance can be given if and when the transaction will be completed because it remains subject to regulatory approval and additional customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.
09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:13 EDTRAIReynolds American confident Lorillard, Imperial deals will close by mid-2015
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07:10 EDTRAIReynolds American backs FY15 adjusted EPS view $3.65-$3.80, consensus $3.79
Guidance excludes any impact from the proposed transactions.
07:09 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q1 adjusted EPS 86c, consensus 80c
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06:36 EDTBTI, RAITeenagers' use of e-cigarettes tripled last year, NY Times says
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April 16, 2015
15:23 EDTRAINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
April 15, 2015
10:19 EDTAAOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:01 EDTRAIU.S. traditional cigarette Q1 outlook strong, says Wells Fargo
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April 14, 2015
12:36 EDTRAITobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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12:19 EDTRAITobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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April 13, 2015
09:34 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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