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July 9, 2014
HIGHER: American Airlines (AAL), up 5.5% after reporting its June traffic rose 1%, forecasting its 2014 total system capacity to be up 3% from last year... AeroVironment (AVAV), up 5.5% after reporting better than expected Q4 earnings results... Reynolds American (RAI), up 1.3% after Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco (BTI) is rumored to be near a deal to buy out the stake in Reynolds it does not already own, which would prevent a Reynolds takeover of Lorillard (LO). Lorillard shares are down 1.4% in pre-market trade following the report... Lexicon (LXRX), up 11.5% after announcing JDRF, the world's largest non-profit supporter of type 1 diabetes research, will provide funding to support a Phase 2 trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of LX4211... Seadrill (SDRL), up 3% after cancelling contemplated convertible bond issuance... KKR (KKR), up 1.3% after upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Container Store (TCS), down 15%... Bob Evans (BOBE), down 1.2%... MSC Industrial (MSM), down 3%. ALSO LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 32% following downgrades at five firms after the company lowered its Q2 revenue guidance... Garmin (GRMN), down 2.7% following downgrade at Pacific Crest... Silicon Image (SIMG), down 11% after cutting second quarter guidance... Salix (SLXP), down 4% after announcing deal to combine with Cosmo Technologies... Celgene (CELG), down 1.5% after OTEZLA did not achieve primary endpoint in Phase III trial... Coach (COH), down 0.7% following downgrade at Buckingham... BP (BP), down 1% after downgraded at Deutsche Bank.
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September 29, 2015
06:01 EDTRAIReynolds American announces sale of Natural American Spirit unit for approx. $5B
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05:46 EDTAALAmerican Airlines implied volatility of 46 at lower end of index mean range
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September 28, 2015
16:07 EDTGRMNGarmin initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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11:31 EDTSDRLDeutsche Bank sees bottom nearing for offshore drillers, upgrades two in space
Detusche Bank upgraded Diamond Offshore (DO) and Transocean (RIG) to Hold from Sell, saying that the companies should be boosted by upcoming reductions in the number of drilling rigs deployed by energy companies. WHAT'S NEW: As many as 180 drilling vessels may cease activity over the next 12-18 months, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Urban today. The energy sector seems to have become "more realistic" about the need to reduce supply and the offshore drilling industry is "on the cusp of a major restructuring" that should mark the bottom for valuations and pricing, he explained. Addressing the long-term outlook of deepwater drilling, Urban contended that the consensus outlook, which predicts that deepwater drilling will disappear, is incorrect. In ten years, there will be demand for 320 floating rigs, versus the 225 that are active today, Urban predicted. Over the long-term ,energy companies will have to "go where the oil is," and the oil is located in deep water, the analyst explained. He raised his price target on Diamond to $21 from $17 and on Transocean to $10 from $6. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A former executive at Petrobras (PBR) testified to receiving payments made by someone claiming to be an agent of Transocean in exchange for a rig-operation contract, linking the offshore rig contractor for the first time to the corruption probe of Brazil's state-run oil company, reported Bloomberg on September 24. The news outlet cited testimony from last month as its source for the story. Subsequently, Transocean said that it had not identified any wrongdoing by its employees vis-a-vis Petrobras and is "committed to doing business lawfully and with the highest ethical standards." PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Diamond fell 4% to $17.62 and Transocean lost 1.75% to $12.36. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other oil and gas well drillers include Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ensco (ESV), Nabors Industries (NBR) and Seadrill (SDRL), all of which are in negative territory this morning.
10:00 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTLXRXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) upgraded on valuation at Roth Capital... AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Astec (ASTE) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Lexicon (LXRX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natera (NTRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... RBC Bearings (ROLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stoneridge (SRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wabash (WNC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
08:52 EDTLXRXLexicon upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli
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08:03 EDTBPBP initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
06:20 EDTBPBP not concerned over hostile takeover due to Macondo disclaimer, Bloomberg says
BP, which is allegedly readying defenses for potential acquisition offers, isn't concerned about a hostile takeover because of a disclaimer in its Macondo spill settlement that could put $12.6B onto the price tag, Bloomberg reports. A potential buyer may have to accelerate the payment of as much as two-thirds of the $18.7B in penalties BP agreed to pay the U.S. and several states, the report says, citing company filings. An option that provides the government and certain states the power to demand faster payment in a takeover basically hands them a veto over any deal, the report says. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
16:43 EDTKKRKKR no longer holds stake in Smucker, lost right to designate board observer
On September 21, The J. M. Smucker Company (SJM) entered into an underwriting agreement, dated as of September 21, with Blue Holdings and Morgan Stanley with respect to a registered underwritten public offering of 8.28M shares of the company's common shares, to be sold by the selling shareholder. The common shares sold by the selling shareholder represent 100% of the ownership interests attributable to affiliates of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). The secondary offering was completed on September 25. Upon completion of the secondary offering, KKR ceased to be the beneficial owner of any of the common shares and lost its right to designate a board observer.
16:17 EDTCELGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks opened with sharp gains the day after Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave some clarity to the market by suggesting the Fed will most likely raise interest rates by the end of the year. During afternoon trading, the news flow slowed and the volume lightened on the buy side, leaving the sellers with the upper hand. The Nasdaq was the first index to move into negative territory, led by broad weakness in biotech stocks, while the Dow was helped to stay in the green by a big post-earnings move higher in Nike (NKE). The averages limped into the close, leaving the market with an interesting set-up to begin next week. Outside of stock news, it was certainly a headline packed day, as Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he will resign at the end of October, Chinese President Xi Jinping continued his U.S. visit and Pope Francis addressed the United Nations while spending a second day in New York City. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst last night that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago. Of note, the Fed chair paused multiple times toward the end of her speech and received medical attention afterward, but returned to her regular schedule later in the evening, with the bank explaining that Yellen was dehydrated after a long day but was otherwise fine. COMPANY NEWS: Nike jumped $10.23, or 8.9%, to $125.02 after Thursday night's report of better than expected earnings and futures orders prompted numerous price target hikes at Street research firms. Additionally, Sterne Agee upgraded Nike to Buy from Neutral, saying it thinks the company is benefiting from its "global grass roots engagement with its customers," which enables it to meet its customers' needs and determine to what extent it can raise prices. The firm, which thinks that the company is continuing to gain share, has a $150 price target on the athletic gear giant... Biotech stocks, which were already having a bad week, ended the week on a down note, as the iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index (IBB) fell 4.9%, giving it a weekly decline of about 13%. Among the biggest large-cap losers in the space were Vertex (VRTX), which fell 7%, Regeneron (REGN), which dropped 6% and Celgene (CELG), which slid 4.8%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Jabil Circuit (JBL), which advanced $2.38, or 12.2%, to $21.88 after it reported higher than expected earnings and gave guidance for its November quarter that was significantly above expectations. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which gained $3.90, or 14.4%, to $31.03 after tear downs of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S and 6S Plus led analysts to conclude that the chipmaker appears poised to obtain more revenue from the new devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Among the noteworthy losers was Finish Line (FINL), which fell $4.86, or 19.6%, to $19.91 after reporting second quarter revenue that missed expectations and saying it expects adjusted earnings this fiscal year to increase in a low single to mid single digits percentage from last year. Also lower following its earnings report was smartphone and software maker BlackBerry (BBRY), which slid 7.68% to $6.49 after the company posted a second quarter loss that was steeper than analysts expected. BlackBerry also confirmed press reports that it plans to launch a new phone that uses Google's (GOOG) Android operating system instead of its own proprietary BB10 OS. Shares of Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), which dropped $6.81, or 38.97%, to $10.68 after the company said that, based on "mixed clinical and scientific results," it does not believe that canine lymphoma products AT-004 and AT-005 in their current, first-generation forms will capture the desired lymphoma market opportunity. INDEXES: The Dow rose 113.35, or 0.7%, to 16,314.67, the Nasdaq fell 47.98, or 1.01%, to 4,686.50, and the S&P 500 added/slipped 0.90, or 0.05%, to 1,931.34.
09:08 EDTRAIReynolds American deal speculation a win-win for shareholders, says Wells Fargo
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07:22 EDTCELGEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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05:21 EDTCELGCelgene's VIDAZA receives positive CHMP opinion
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September 24, 2015
19:14 EDTRAIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER AFTER EARNINGS: Jabil Circuit (JBL), up 9.6%... Nike (NKE), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Bellerophon Therapeutics (BLPH), up 92% after announcing "positive" data from its interim Phase 2 study of INOpulse... Reynolds American (RAI), up 1% after Bloomberg reported the company may sell $5B in assets to Japan Tobacco... Marvell (MRVL), up 5.15% after announcing a 17% global headcount reduction. LOWER AFTER EARNINGS: Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 7.5%... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 1%. ALSO LOWER: Internap (INAP), down 15.1% after cutting its FY15 revenue forecast... Emerge Energy Services (EMES), down 3.25% after withdrawing its distribution guidance due to "difficult market conditions."
17:20 EDTRAIReynolds American may sell $5B in assets to Japan Tobacco, Bloomberg says
Japan Tobacco, which is looking to expand outside of its shrinking home market, may acquire about $5B of assets from Reynolds American, including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand that is part of a Reynolds operating company, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
16:40 EDTAVAVEngaged Capital sends letter to chairman and CEO of AeroVironment
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16:33 EDTAVAVAeroVironment announces $25M stock repurchase program
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15:48 EDTAALBE Aerospace may become AA vendor amid rival's struggles, RGN says
American Airlines (AAL) is seeking a new vendor to supply business class seats for its Boeing (BA) 787-9 aircraft and 777-200 retrofit aircraft, after struggling with "chronic delays" from seat vendor Zodiac Aerospace, according to Runway Girl Network, citing an airline spokeswoman. Competitor B/E Aerospace (BEAV) had previously said it expected to pick up new business as a result of the Zodiac delays, but Runway Girl Network noted that it was not clear if B/E Aerospace would win American Airlines' new business. Reference Link
06:20 EDTBPBP management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in Chicago/Kansas City/Minneapolis September 29- October 1 hosted by Jefferies.
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