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February 4, 2014
10:44 EDTANR, BTU, ACI, CNX, WLT, ARLP, CLDArch Coal climbs after optimistic comments about 2014 outlook
Shares of Arch Coal (ACI) are climbing after the company reported weaker than expected fourth quarter results, but made positive comments about the thermal coal market. WHAT'S NEW: Arch Coal reported a larger than expected fourth quarter loss, and its fourth quarter revenue came in below expectations. However, the company stated that it expects U.S. thermal coal markets to tighten further this year. A number of factors - including favorable weather trends, healthier economic activity and elevated natural gas prices - should ensure that the prices of most U.S. thermal coal is competitive, Arch stated. On the other hand, demand for metallurgical coal from overseas markets remains weak, Arch added. But the company indicated that production of higher cost metallurgical coal would ease, causing the metallurgical markets to tighten in the future. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Arch Coal rose 5% to $4.21. Other coal miners also climbed, with Alpha Natural (ANR) advancing 3%, CONSOL Energy (CNX) gaining nearly 2%, Peabody Energy (BTU) rising 1.7%, Cloud Peak (CLD) up 2.4%, and Walter Energy (WLT) jumping almost 4%. Another publicly traded company in the space is Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP).
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July 1, 2015
13:05 EDTBTUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street remain higher at midday but off their best levels, which were achieved shortly after the open. The strength is being largely attributed to hopes for a resolution to the Greek crisis, but the move was also supported by better than expected domestic data on employment, construction and manufacturing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the addition of 237,000 private sector jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly topping the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMI's came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6 reading, while the official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund, becoming the first developed country to do so. The Financial Times then reported the Greek government was indicating it was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and uncertainty remains high surrounding the next steps in Europe. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a transaction valued in excess of $28B in cash and stock. ACE said it expects that the deal will be immediately accretive to EPS and book value, and by year three, the transaction will be accretive to EPS on a double-digit basis and will be accretive to ROE. The combined company is expected to be the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advance 2% following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged 29%... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales fell 3% in June compared to the same month of last year, while Ford (F) said its sales grew 1.6% last month compared to last year. FCA US, the parent of the Chrysler and Jeep brands, reported U.S. sales increased 8% compared with sales in June 2014. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which rose 14% after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying it believes scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7% after the company raised its fourth quarter guidance for both earnings and revenue and announced a $40M stock repurchase program. Among the noteworthy losers was Chambers Street Properties (CSG), which fell 8% after announcing a merger agreement with Gramercy Property Trust (GPT), whose shares also slipped 3% following the announcement of the stock-for-stock transaction. Also lower were shares of Peabody Energy (BTU), which dropped 24% after cutting its second quarter guidance on Tuesday night. The company sees its adjusted EPS below its original target due to multiple factors, including flash flood events in June and price drops in Australian metallurgical coal. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 88.42, or 0.5%, to 17,707.93, the Nasdaq was up 13.01, or 0.26%, to 4,999.88, and the S&P 500 was up 8.62, or 0.42%, to 2,071.73.
June 30, 2015
17:57 EDTBTUPeabody sees Q2 adjusted EPS, EBITDA below prior range
Peabody Energy announced that second quarter 2015 Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are now expected to be below the original targeted range due to weather-related shipment issues in the Southern Powder River Basin and lower seaborne coal pricing. On April 23, Peabody forecast Q2 adjusted EPS (59c)-(49c), consensus (34c) and Q2 adjusted EBITDA $135M-$175M. Peabody expects a timing-related impact of approximately $40M in the second quarter as a result of a series of substantial rain and flash flooding events in the Southern Powder River Basin primarily in June that reduced production by 5.0 to 5.5M tons. Peabody has largely resumed normal production levels, and is scheduling to make up the deferred shipments in the third and fourth quarters. The company was also impacted by approximately $20M from the effects of lower pricing on Australian metallurgical coal, with approximately half related to spot coal sales during the quarter and half related to reduced coal inventory valuation due to benchmark third quarter settlements. Spot metallurgical coal prices declined 15% during the quarter before increasing in recent weeks. Regarding other factors expected to affect second quarter results, in early June Peabody announced a reduction of approximately 250 positions, or 25% of its corporate and regional staff, with expected annual savings of $40M to $45M when fully implemented later this year. In addition, the company has initiated actions to reduce approximately 250 employee and contractor positions at multiple metallurgical and thermal coal mines in Australia. These actions are aimed at increasing productivity, lowering costs and improving cash flows, while reducing metallurgical coal volumes for sales when markets improve. The company plans to provide additional details regarding the future benefits of these programs and any targets in its second quarter earnings release scheduled for Tuesday, July 28. Peabody expects to incur an estimated $20M to $25M in second quarter 2015 charges related to these activities, and these charges were not included in the company's previous financial targets. Approximately half of the charges are associated with the previously announced corporate and regional staff reductions, with the other half related to Australia mine site-related workforce reductions. These actions are part of a comprehensive approach the company is taking to improve the business across four key areas of management emphasis: operational, SG&A, financial and portfolio.
13:31 EDTANRAlpha Natural creditors prepping for restructuring talks, WSJ reporter says
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06:09 EDTCNXCONSOL implied volatility of 49 at upper end of index
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June 29, 2015
16:22 EDTBTU, CLDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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14:03 EDTCLDCloud Peak spikes on SCOTUS ruling seen positive for thermal coal stocks
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13:47 EDTBTU, CLD, CNXSupreme court ruling could shift thermal coal sentiment, says Morgan Stanley
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12:24 EDTACI, CLD, BTUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday after a surprise power play by the country's Prime Minister may lead to either his exit from power or the country's exit from the euro zone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise referendum for July 5 on the terms put forth by the country’s creditors in exchange for additional rescue funding. Meanwhile, the European Central Bank decided not to expand its emergency liquidity assistance to Greek banks, leading the country to shut down its banking system and move to impose capital controls. In Asia, the People’s Bank of China cut the one-year lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.85% and lowered the amount of reserves certain banks are required to hold by 50 basis points, but the Shanghai Composite still closed the day with another 3.3% in losses. In the U.S., the National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index rose 0.9% to 112.6 in May, which was roughly in-line with expectations but also marked the highest level since April 2006. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several coal miners advanced after the Supreme Court overturned the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality regulations for power plants, stating that the regulator did not properly take into account the costs to utilities and others in the sector. Peabody Energy (BTU) rose 5% after the ruling, while Arch Coal (ACI) gained 8% and Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) added about 3%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), which jumped 17.5% after the company announced results from its study of capromorelin, the company's therapeutic for appetite stimulation in dogs. Also higher was Amphenol (APH), which gained 4% after announcing it has entered into exclusive negotiations and has made a binding offer to acquire 100% of the shares of FCI Asia, which is involved in interconnect solutions for the telecom, datacom, wireless communications and industrial markets, for $1.275B from its private equity owner Bain Capital. Among the noteworthy losers were bond insurers MBIA (MBI), which dropped 18%, and Assured Guaranty (AGO), which fell 13.5%, after Puerto Rico's Governor said that the commonwealth would not be able to pay its debts and called for concessions from the island’s creditors. Both stocks were downgraded at BTIG following the news. Also lower following the news in Puerto Rico were First Bancorp (FBP), the bank holding company for FirstBank Puerto Rico, and Popular (BPOP), the parent of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico. Shares of Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE) declined 16% after the company announced that an ongoing Phase 2 trial of its treatment of overweight type 2 diabetic patients did not meet partner Boehringer Ingelheim's predefined endpoint criteria. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 218.57, or 1.22%, to 17,728.11, the Nasdaq was down 69.65, or 1.37%, to 5,010.85, and the S&P 500 was down 25.68, or 1.22%, to 2,075.81.
10:51 EDTBTU, ACI, CLD, CNXSupreme Court overrules EPA regulations on power plant pollution, The Hill says
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10:41 EDTBTU, CLD, ARLP, ACI, CNX, WLT, ANRSupreme court rules EPA unlawful with power plant pollution rules, Reuters says
Publicly traded companies in the coal space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT).
June 26, 2015
16:38 EDTACIArch Coal subsidiary receives imminent danger order
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12:58 EDTBTUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nike's (NKE) post-earnings rise providing a boost to the Dow and Micron's (MU) slide dragging on the tech-heavy Nasdaq. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading rebounded to 96.1 in the final June report from the preliminary 94.6 reading. That revised figure topped the expected reading of 95. In Europe, the ECB left the level of emergency cash available to Greek banks unchanged again Friday as deposit outflows have slowed, according to people familiar with the matter reporting to Bloomberg. Greek leaders are scheduled to hold talks Saturday with the Eurogroup in what may be the nation's last chance for a deal ahead of the expiration of the current bailout agreement on June 30. In China, stocks plunged by the most in five months as the Shanghai Composite Index fell 7.4%, with market watchers citing margin worries and concerns that the PBOC will be less likely to undertake further rate cuts. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Nike advanced 4% after the athletic apparel and sneaker maker reported fourth quarter results that handily beat expectations. Several firms raised their respective price targets on the stock following the company's Q4 report, including Goldman, which reiterated its Conviction Buy rating on Nike and raised its price target to $131 from $121. Finish Line (FINL), an athletic shoe and apparel retailer that sells Nike products, rose 5% after its own first quarter results also topped the consensus forecast. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was OPKO Health (OPK), which rose nearly 4% after the company announced the decision of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to include 4Kscore as a recommended test in the 2015 NCCN Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Early Detection. Additionally, CEO Phillip Frost disclosed in regulatory filings that he'd acquired over 64,000 shares of the company stock in the last two days. Also higher was Kforce (KFRC), which gained 7% after SunTrust upgraded the stock to Buy and raised its price target to $27 from $24, noting that the firm's private IT staffing poll suggests margin assumptions may prove conservative. Among the noteworthy losers was Micron, which sunk about 19% after the flash memory maker reported weaker than expected results last night and provided lower than expected Q4 revenue guidance. Also lower were shares of coal miner Peabody (BTU), which fell 7% after Moody's downgraded the company's credit rating to reflect the firm's expectation for the deterioration in the company's credit metrics to be more precipitous than it had previously thought due to the ongoing decline in the seaborne metallurgical coal markets. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.70, or 0.3%, to 17,944.06, the Nasdaq was down 40.56, or 0.79%, to 5,071.62, and the S&P 500 was down 2.18, or 0.1%, to 2,100.13.
11:08 EDTBTU, ANR, ACI, CNXPeabody plunges after Moody's lowers credit rating
Shares of coal miner Peabody (BTU) are lower in late morning trading after Moody's Investors Service downgraded the company's credit rating last night. WHAT'S NEW: Moody's Investors Service downgraded the ratings of Peabody, including the corporate family rating, to B3 from B2, probability of default rating to B3-PD from B2-PD. The firm noted that the outlook is negative. Moody's said that the downgrade "reflects our expectation of continued deterioration in the company's credit metrics, more precipitous than we had forecasted previously, due to the ongoing decline in the seaborne metallurgical coal markets." The firm expects that the company's Debt/EBITDA, as adjusted, will approach 9x in 2015. Moody's said that although it anticipates some recovery in 2016, it sees the leverage remaining elevated at around 7x. Absent asset sales, the company will generate negative free cash flows in 2015 and 2016, Moody's said in the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Moody's said that a further downgrade would be considered if liquidity deteriorated, free cash flows were repeatedly negative and/or Debt/EBITDA exceeded 8x on a sustained basis. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Peabody are down over 9.5% to $2.08 in late morning trading, rebounding from an earlier low of $1.92. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the coal mining space include Alpha Natural Resources (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI) and CONSOL Energy (CNX).
June 25, 2015
10:01 EDTARLPHigh option volume stocks
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June 24, 2015
10:43 EDTCNXStocks with call strike movement; BBRY CNX
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June 23, 2015
18:00 EDTBTUS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
17:25 EDTBTUCable ONE Inc. to replace Peabody in S&P 400 as of 6/30 close
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16:00 EDTBTUOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
10:03 EDTARLP, CNX, CLDHigh option volume stocks
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June 22, 2015
19:56 EDTCLD, ARLP, ACI, BTUUtilities sector dips after EPA warns of 'significant risks' from climate change
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