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August 4, 2014
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October 21, 2014
16:36 EDTOCNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed existing homes sales hit their fastest pace in a year during September and Apple (AAPL) gave a better than expected sales forecast for its December quarter. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., existing home sales beat estimates in September, rising 2.4% from the prior month to a 5.17M rate. In China, GDP slowed to 7.3% year-over-year growth pace in Q3 from 7.5% in Q2, though that was slightly better than expected. Chinese industrial production expanded at a 8.0% rate in September, which was well above projections and up from 6.9% growth in August. China's retail sales grew 11.6% in September compared to the prior year, which was nearly in-line with expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple rose $2.71, or 2.72%, to $102.47 after the company reported better than expected quarterly results and gave a better than expected forecast for its sales during the holiday quarter. Following last night's report, analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald said the iPhone maker "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm, which believes investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company, raised its price target for shares to $143 from $123 and kept a Buy rating on the stock... Five of the Dow's 30 members reported on their quarterly results this morning and Coca-Cola (KO) was the clear loser in the bunch. The soda giant's shares dropped $2.61, or 6.03%, to $40.68 after its revenue missed expectations, it warned that it now expects to be below its long-term EPS growth target for 2014, and the company announced new cost-saving measures. Among the other four, McDonald’s (MCD) fell 0.63%, Verizon (VZ) added 0.43%, United Technologies (UTX) gained 0.49%, and Travelers (TRV) rose 1.12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were medical equipment manufacturer Waters (WAT), which rose $9.63, or 9.87%, to $107.17, and motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson (HOG), which advanced $4.27, or 7.31%, to $62.65. Among the noteworthy losers was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which plunged $4.78, or 18.2%, to $21.48 after the company was called out by the New York Department of Financial Services for erroneously dated letters to borrowers. Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent for the NYDFS, stated in his letter to the company that if his department concludes it cannot trust Ocwen's systems and processes, "then it cannot trust Ocwen is complying with the law." Also lower following their earnings reports were Mexican restaurant operator Chipotle (CMG), which fell $45.48, or 6.96%, to $607.55, and defense contractor Lockheed Martin (LMT), which slid $2.92, or 1.66%, to $172.61. INDEXES: The Dow gained 215.14, or 1.31%, to 16,614.81, the Nasdaq advanced 103.40, or 2.4%, to 4,419.48, and the S&P 500 rose 37.27, or 1.96%, to 1,941.28.
15:12 EDTOCNOcwen Financial price target lowered to $32 from $42 at Piper Jaffray
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14:00 EDTOCNOcwen Financial options active, addresses letter from New York DFS
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13:45 EDTOCNOcwen Financial addresses letter from New York DFS
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13:26 EDTOCNOcwen Financial trading halted, pending news
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12:59 EDTOCNSterne says Ocwen likely addressed backdating issue
Sterne Agee says the backdating issue brought up in Benjamin Lawsky's letter has likely been addressed by Ocwen Financial and that the company may be in compliance with the CFPB's guidelines. The firm has a Neutral rating on Ocwen after downgrading the stock on August 1.
12:54 EDTENBTransCanada delays seeking approval for $11B Energy East line, Bloomberg says
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12:15 EDTOCNOcwen falls after accused of backdating letters by NY regulator
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12:03 EDTOCNOcwen Financial sent letter by NYDFS head Lawsky over backdating
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12:02 EDTAEPAmerican Electric increases dividend by 6% to 53c
The board American Electric Power declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 53c a share on the company's common stock, increasing the dividend 6% from the previous 50c a share. The dividend is payable December 10 to shareholders of record as of November 10.
10:00 EDTCIEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:48 EDTTKMRShire could target BioMarin, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
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08:29 EDTCIECobalt downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter
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07:21 EDTTKMRiBio valuation will be hard to maintain, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
iBio's current valuation will be hard to maintain "even under the best Ebola stockpiling scenario," TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein argues. He notes Ebola related stocks fell yesterday after the quarantines related to Thomas Duncan ended. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
09:09 EDTTKMREMA encourages applications for orphan designation for Ebola treatments
The European Medicines Agency encourages developers of treatments or vaccines against Ebola to apply for orphan designation. Applications for orphan designation of Ebola medicines will be treated as a priority and EMA has committed to fast-tracking their evaluation, the regulator announced. Drug companies that are working on experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT), BioCryst (BCRX), Chimerix (CMRX), NewLink Genetics (NLNK) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
October 19, 2014
16:44 EDTTKMREbola drug discovery efforts intensify, WSJ says
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13:39 EDTTKMRCarnival cruise passenger tests negative for Ebola, Reuters says
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October 17, 2014
14:50 EDTTKMRBARDA asks labs to ramp up Zmapp production, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTABCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:46 EDTTKMRSarepta soars after publication of Ebola drug candidate data
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