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December 19, 2012
10:10 EDTFNF, DNKN, CRH, STX, PNRA, HLX, EPL, C, AKZOY, RF, MS, FAF, EXFO, CVO, ACMP, WDC, RGC, HBANOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Access Midstream Partners (ACMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... AkzoNobel (AKZOY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Cenveo (CVO) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... EXFO Inc. (EXFO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Energy Partners (EPL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Fidelity National (FNF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... First American (FAF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Helix Energy (HLX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded at Wedbush... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
News For ACMP;AKZOY;CRH;CVO;C;DNKN;EXFO;EPL;FNF;FAF;HLX;HBAN;MS;PNRA;RGC;RF;STX;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2016
09:33 EDTDNKNDunkin' Donuts announces plans for four new restaurants in Detroit
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09:30 EDTWDCWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
09:15 EDTHBANOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Sprint (S), up 19.5%... Rambus (RMBS), up 8%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 11.3%... Sanmina (SANM), up 9.9%... Coach (COH), up 4.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Firstmerit (FMER), up 21.5% following the merger announcement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Polaris (PII), down 4.2%. ALSO LOWER: Huntington Bancshares, down 6.8% after announcing a merger with Firstmerit. Stratasys (SSYS), down 3.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:23 EDTRGCRegal Entertainment downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital
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06:32 EDTHBANFirstMerit volatility elevated into merging with Huntington Bancshares
FirstMerit (FMER) February call option implied volatility is at 41, March is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 40; suggesting large near term price movement into Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) purchasing for 1.72 shares of Huntington common stock, and $5.00 in cash.
06:22 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares volatility elevated into merge with FirstMerit
Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) February call option implied volatility is at 42, March is at 39; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41; suggesting large near term price movement into purchasing FirstMerit (FMER) for 1.72 shares of Huntington common stock, and $5.00 in cash.
06:17 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares to host conference call
Conference call to discuss merger with FirstMerit Corporation will be held on January 26 at 9 am. Webcast Link
06:10 EDTRGCRegal Entertainment downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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05:15 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares to merge with FirstMerit in deal valued at $3.4B
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05:11 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares to merge with FirstMerit in deal valued at $3.4B
January 25, 2016
18:34 EDTHBANFirstMerit up 10% to $16.98 after DJ reports possible merger with Huntington Bancshares
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18:24 EDTHBANHuntington Bancshares in advanced talks to acquire Firstmerit, DJ says
Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) is in advanced talks to acquire FirstMerit (FMER), reports Dow Jones, citing sources. Huntington is expected to pay a premium to the company's $2.67B market cap, added the report.
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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09:56 EDTHLXHelix Energy downgraded to Hold from Buy at Tudor Pickering
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09:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley announces appointment of 156 managing directors
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08:14 EDTRGCiPic secures injunction against Regal Entertainment's anticompetitive clearances
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08:11 EDTWDCWestern Digital acquires over a hundred patents from IBM
Western Digital (WDC) announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.
07:10 EDTWDC, STXWestern Digital pricing in 'extreme bear case,' says Jefferies
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05:21 EDTSTXStocks with implied volatility movement; STX SDRL
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January 24, 2016
11:02 EDTMSStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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