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December 5, 2012
16:29 EDTP, MFRM, AVAV, TOT, CIE, PXP, MMR, FCX, BAC, C, AAPLOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day as the Dow and S&P 500 both finished in positive territory while the Nasdaq finished lower. Financial bellwethers Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) both gained over 5% on the session, while shares of Apple (AAPL) lost $37.05, or 6.43%, to close at $538.79, weighing on the Nasdaq... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said employers added 118,000 jobs last month, which was below analysts' forecasts, but Superstorm Sandy was estimated to have cut the total by 86,000 jobs. The Labor Department revised its estimate for Q3 productivity growth up to an annual rate of 2.9% from its initial estimate of 1.9%. Factory orders rose 0.8% in October, versus expectations for them to be flat. The ISM non-manufacturing PMI rose to 54.7, versus expectations for it to slip to 53.5... COMPANY NEWS: Citigroup announced a sweeping workforce reduction that will see 11,000 jobs, or 4% of its employees, cut. Citi sees pre-tax charges of around $1B in Q4 due to the restructuring but expects the cuts to save $900M next year and slightly more after that. Citi shares rose $2.17, or 6.33%, to $36.46... Apple's steady, day-long slide was attributed to a number factors, including a DigiTimes report of slowing demand for iPhone parts, a decision by a clearing firm to increase its margin requirement on purchases of Apple's stock and a bearish technical development on its chart... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) announced a huge deal, agreeing to repurchase McMoRan Exploration (MMR) for $14.75 per share in cash and to acquire Plains Exploration (PXP) for $6.9B in cash and stock. Following the news, which was broken last night by Financial Times, shares of Freeport plunged $6.12, or 15.99%, to $32.16, while McMoRan Exploration surged $7.36, or 87.00%, to $15.82 and shares of Plains gained $8.45, or 23.44%, to $44.50... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of Cobalt International Energy (CIE), up $4.43, or 18.63%, to $28.21 after announcing a Gulf of Mexico discovery in partnership with Total (TOT). Also higher were shares of AeroVironment (AVAV), up $2.68, or 13.23%, to $22.94 after reporting better-than-expected earnings after yesterday's close and receiving an upgrade to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agree. Among the noteworthy losers were shares Mattress Firm (MFRM), down $6.65, or 21.93%, to $23.67, and Pandora (P), down $1.65, or 17.46%, to $7.80 following disappointing earnings and guidance... INDICES: The Dow was up 82.71, or 0.64%, to 13,034.49; the Nasdaq was down 22.99, or 0.77%, to 2,973.70; and the S&P 500 was up 2.23, or 0.16%, to 1,409.28.
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12:54 EDTAAPLGarmin tumbles after analyst sees risk from GoPro, Apple products
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12:30 EDTAVAVOn 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.
11:24 EDTAVAVHigh option volume stocks
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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.
10:20 EDTAAPLReport says Intel delaying Broadwell chip shipment, MacRumors says
Intel (INTC) has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac, according to MacRumors, citing a report on Chinese site VR Zone. Reference Link
10:02 EDTTOTOn 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 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTAVAVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTTOTTotal downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
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07:45 EDTAAPLCostco selling Apple products again, says Jefferies
Jefferies says that starting in late June, Costco (COST) began selling Apple (AAPL) products in stores and online again, after not carrying the brand since 2010. The firm thinks the move will help Costco's weaker performing Consumer Electronics category. Jefferies expects Costco to report a June comp store sales increase of 5%-6% and keeps a Hold rating on the stock.
07:10 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $105 from $90 at Mizuho
Mizuho expects Apple to report an inline Q3 but sees upside to Q4 and expects revenue guidance to be $1B-$2B above consensus and EPS upside of 5c-10c. The firm expects 2H 2014 stock gains to be driven by the strong product cycle. Shares are Buy rated with a $105 price target, up from $90.
07:10 EDTAAPLDisney ceases on-demand movie sales in Japan via iTunes, Reuters says
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06:58 EDTAAPLApple hires two Nike FuelBand engineers, Apple Insider erports
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06:51 EDTBAC, CBofA also in talks with DOJ to settle civil probes over mortgage unit, WSJ says
In addition to the talks with Citigroup (C), the Department of Justice has also has been in talks with Bank of America (BAC) to resolve civil probes over its mortgage business, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
06:46 EDTAAPLApple loses patent suit in China, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court in hopes that the court would rule that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid, but the Beijing First Intermediate Court decided in favor of Zhizhen, according to Reuters, citing a report from the People's Daily state newspaper in China. After the ruling, the report noted that Apple is aiming to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCCitigroup close to settling mortgage probe for $7B, NY Times reports
Citigroup is nearing a deal with the Justice Department, under which the bank would pay about $7B to settle a civil probe of mortgage investments it sold, according to The New York Times. Dow Jones yesterday reported that Citigroup would pay about $4B to settle the probe. Reference Link
06:34 EDTAAPLFake document hits federal court in hiring case against tech giants, WSJ says
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06:31 EDTAAPLFTC may probe Google over child app purchases, Politico says
After the Federal Trade Commission cracked down on apps previously available on Apple (AAPL) devices that let children spend money without their parents' permission, Apple told the FTC that similar apps are available on Google's (GOOG) app store, according to Politico. As a result, the FTC may investigate Google over this issue, Politico stated. Reference Link
06:22 EDTMFRMMattress Firm price target raised to $57 from $53 at Citigroup
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05:54 EDTAAPLGarmin downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Garmin (GRMN) to Underperform saying any action camera optimism is likely to end in disappoint while Apple's (AAPL) potential watch announcement could create "substantial" headline and competitive risk. Pacific Crest believes Garmin shares may be overvalued and sees fair value for the stock in the mid-$40 range. The stock closed yesterday at $60.63.
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