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July 9, 2014
12:30 EDTGIMO, AVAV, TCS, RAI, AA, 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.
News For AA;TCS;GIMO;RAI;AVAV;BTI From The Last 14 Days
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March 6, 2015
08:31 EDTAAAlcoa announces strategic review of smelting, refining capacity
Alcoa announced that it is continuing to aggressively transform its upstream portfolio to create a lower cost, globally competitive commodity business. The company said over the next twelve months it will review 500,000 metric tons of smelting capacity and 2.8 million metric tons of refining capacity for possible curtailment or divestiture. The review will include facilities across the Alcoa system. The potential actions could affect 14% of Alcoa’s global smelting capacity and 16% of its global refining capacity. Currently, the company has 19%, or 665,000 metric tons, of smelting capacity and 7%, or 1.2 million metric tons, of its global refining capacity idle. “Alcoa continues to take decisive action, transforming its upstream portfolio to create a lower cost, globally competitive commodity business,” said Bob Wilt, President of Alcoa’s Global Primary Products. “Our goal is to move down the global aluminum cost curve to the 38th percentile and the global alumina cost curve to the 21st percentile by 2016. The results from this review will help achieve those goals. We’ll take action only after a thorough strategic review to determine the best outcome for our shareholders and in consultation with our stakeholders.” When reviewing capacity, Alcoa will consider a wide variety of alternative actions, ranging from partial to full plant curtailments, permanent shutdowns or divestitures. Decisions on curtailments, closures or divestitures will be announced as reviews are completed.
March 5, 2015
16:00 EDTAAOptions Update; March 5, 2015
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10:37 EDTAAAlcoa falls, approaches key support, levels to watch
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March 4, 2015
16:02 EDTAAOptions Update; March 4, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 6c to 27.22. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AA PBR NFLX MNKD FB BMY C according to Track Data.
13:37 EDTAAOptions with increasing volume
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10:01 EDTAAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AA AMZN CELG MCD SINA TSLA V TWTR PBR
09:08 EDTAAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:48 EDTAAAlcoa downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Alcoa to Neutral from Buy. The firm lowered its aluminum forecasts to reflect worsening aluminum fundamentals from increased Chinese exports and pressure from LME warehouse rule changes. Price target lowered to $17 from $20.
06:35 EDTAAAlcoa downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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March 3, 2015
16:17 EDTAVAVAeroVironment sees FY15 revenue $250M-$270M, consensus $258.15M
16:17 EDTAVAVAeroVironment reports Q3 EPS 10c, consensus 6c
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05:26 EDTAAAlcoa completes acquisition of TITAL
Alcoa announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held TITAL. Alcoa closed the transaction, which was announced on December 15, 2014, after receiving all of the required global regulatory approvals. TITAL is a manufacturer of titanium and aluminum structural castings for aircraft engines and airframes. Alcoa sees a current 8-year production order book at 2014 delivery rates. Almost 70% of TITAL’s revenues are expected to come from commercial aerospace sales in 2019. Further, its titanium revenues are expected to increase by 70% over the next five years as manufacturers of next-generation jet engines look to titanium solutions for engine structural components. In 2014, TITAL generated revenues of approximately approximately $100M, more than half of which came from titanium products. TITAL’s business is being integrated into Alcoa’s Engineered Products and Solutions segment.
February 26, 2015
09:35 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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08:23 EDTRAILorillard appoints CFO David Taylor as Chief Executive of ITG Brands
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06:23 EDTBTIBAT plans to sue U.K.'s government if 'plain packaging' approved, WSJ reports
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February 25, 2015
09:39 EDTRAIR.J. Reynolds, other makers reach favorable resolution of Engle progeny cases
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February 23, 2015
11:55 EDTBTIBAT may buy out Brazilian minority stake for $3B, Bloomberg reports
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07:40 EDTAABMO Capital to hold a conference
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