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January 22, 2013
05:55 EDTABT, ABT, UTX, UTX, TXT, TXT, TEL, TEL, STJ, STJ, DGX, DGX, PX, PX, MSI, MSI, MOLX, MOLX, MCD, MCD, GD, GD, COH, COH, BHI, BHI, ATI, ATI, APD, APD, WLP, WLPCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Wednesday, January 23
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Air Products and Chemicals (APD), Allegheny Technologies (ATI), Baker Hughes (BHI), Coach (COH), General Dynamics (GD), McDonald's (MCD), Molex (MOLX), Motorola Solutions (MSI), Praxair (PX), Quest Diagnostics (DGX), St. Jude Medical (STJ), TE Connectivity (TEL), Textron (TXT), United Technologies (UTX) and WellPoint (WLP).
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July 20, 2015
13:47 EDTUTXUnited Technologies technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock has been in a downtrend since hitting the 52-week high at $124.45 back in February. Weaker than expected earnings or outlook could keep the downtrend intact. In that event next support based on the current price of $109.98 would be at $107.95 which was a recent pivot low. A further break could see the following support levels become additional downside objectives: $104.86, $100.69, and $97.30 which is the 52-week low. If the news is a bullish surprise, the first important resistance level would be at the $113 area. A move above that level would break the existing downtrend. Additional resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $115, $117.03, and $119.07.
12:31 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics awarded contracts totaling $126M for Hydra-70 rocket program
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12:08 EDTUTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
09:02 EDTABTAbbott receives FDA approval and launches iDesign Advanced WaveScan system
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08:38 EDTABTAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
08:32 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical receives FDA approval for MR-conditional 5-column paddle lead
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08:24 EDTMCDMcDonald's U.S. outlook improving, says RBC Capital
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07:43 EDTUTXLockheed Martin to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft business for $9B
United Technologies (UTX) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its Sikorsky Aircraft business to Lockheed Martin (LMT) for $9B in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and adjustments, is projected to close by year-end or in the Q1 of FY16. Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used to fund additional share repurchase to offset the earnings impact related to the sale. The company will discuss this transaction at its previously scheduled conference call with investors. In addition, UTC's Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program for up to 75M shares of the company's common stock, which would be worth approximately $8.3B based on the NYSE closing price of UTC shares on July 17. The new authorization replaces a previous program, approved in February 2013, which was nearing completion. The precise timing and amount of repurchases will be determined based on the company's evaluation of market conditions and other factors, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
07:33 EDTABTInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:32 EDTDGXAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTABTZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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07:04 EDTBHIHalliburton incurred $67M after-tax for costs related to Baker Hughes deal in Q2
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07:03 EDTBHIHalliburton says 'pleased' with progress of Baker Hughes acquisiton
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July 19, 2015
20:33 EDTTXT, UTXMedia reports say Lockheed to buy UTX's Sikorsky
According to media reports, Lockheed Martin (LMT) has agreed to purchase United Technologies' (UTX) Sikorsky unit. The news comes after several months of speculation surrounding Sikorsky, and an announcement could be made just a day prior to second quarter earnings for both United and Lockheed. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported on Sunday that Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies for over $8B, according to two sources, adding that the deal is set to be formally announced on Monday. The news was later echoed by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the talks. WHAT'S NOTABLE: United Technologies first reported that it was exploring strategic options for its Sikorsky unit on March 11. At the time, the company noted that options included a spinoff or a stand-alone public company, saying that the split could allow United "to better focus on providing high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries." Following the announcement, UBS remarked that it was "not surprised" and reiterated a $136 price target on United shares. On May 20, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSY) and Lockheed submitted bids for the helicopter maker, with a speculated deal thought to reach the $10B area. A June 9 report from Reuters added Textron (TXT) to the list of bidders. Today's news -- though unconfirmed by either United or Lockheed -- comes ahead of second quarter earnings reports for both companies scheduled for Tuesday, July 21. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Lockheed Martin declined 0.22% to $201.18 at the close of trading on July 17, while those of United Technologies fell 0.45% to $110.76.
15:31 EDTUTX, TXTLockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky for over $8B, Reuters says
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12:59 EDTMSIMotorola Solutions stock could return over 45%, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
17:26 EDTGDBAE Systems, others awarded $6B government contract
American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia; BAE Systems (BAESY), McLean, Virginia; Blue Canopy, Reston, Virginia; The Boeing Co. (BA), Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; CACI (CACI), Chantilly, Virginia; CGI Federal, Fairfax, Virginia; Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia; D&S Consultants Inc., Eatontown, New Jersey; EIS, Vienna, Virginia; General Dynamics Information Technology (GD), Herndon, Virginia; HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia; IBM (IBM), Reston, Virginia; Intelligent Decisions, Ashburn, Virginia; K Force Government Solutions, Fairfax, Virginia; L3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Virginia; Leidos (LDOS), Reston, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Gaithersburg, Maryland; ManTech/WINS, Fairfax, Virginia; Northrop Grumman (NOC), Chantilly, Virginia; Pragmatics, Reston, Virginia; Raytheon IIS Group (RTN), Dulles, Virginia; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia; Sotera, Herndon, Virginia; SRA International, Fairfax, Virginia; 22nd Century Technologies, McLean, Virginia; AEEC LLC, Reston, Virginia; American Technology Solutions International, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Berico Technologies, Reston, Virginia; The Buffalo Group, Reston, Virginia; Convergent Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia; Criterion Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia; Cyberspace Solutions, Reston, Virginia; DAn Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia; DKW Communications, Washington, District of Columbia; E-Volve Technology Systems, National Harbor, Maryland; Federated IT, Washington, District of Columbia; Intrepid Solutions & Services Inc., Reston, Virginia; The Kenjya Group, Columbia, Maryland; New River Systems, Sterling, Virginia; OCCAM Solutions, McLean, Virginia; QVine Corp., Reston, Virginia; Red Arch Solutions, Columbia, Maryland; Riite, Chantilly, Virginia; Soft Tech Consulting, Chantilly, Virginia; Trusted Mission Solutions, McLean, Virginia; Varen Technologies, Columbia, Maryland; Vykin Corp., Tampa, Florida; Xcelerate Solutions, McLean, Virginia; and Zolon Tech Inc., Herndon, Virginia, were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract with a combined ceiling value of $6B. The Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract supports information technology requirements across the Defense intelligence enterprise and the greater intelligence community. Work will be performed worldwide with an estimated completion date of July 16, 2020. The E-SITE contract vehicle was solicited on the basis of full and open competition, and 77 proposals were received. After conducting a thorough evaluation based on the request for proposal criteria, contracts are being awarded to 25 large businesses and 25 small businesses. Each company will be awarded a $500 minimum guarantee and additional funding will be obligated on individual task orders with the initial follow-on task order competitions scheduled this summer. The Virginia Contracting Activity, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 6 to 857 rigs
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10:00 EDTBHISchlumberger CEO says Halliburton deal creating 'uncertainty' for customers
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07:54 EDTCOHCoach near-term risk remains but could create opportunity, says UBS
UBS believes near-term risk remains for Coach but sees underlying trends creating the potential for a buying opportunity. The firm noted its concerns surrounding the company's heavy promotions but sees the brand improving with millennials. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating and lowered its price target to $34 from $40 on Coach shares.
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