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February 21, 2014
10:00 EDTHAWK, THI, AGI, TOT, XTXI, PDCE, SIG, SCBT, PAAS, XEC, STX, EVEP, BAS, SDRL, EMCI, AEG, REXX, COMMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AEGON (AEG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... CommScope (COMM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... EMC Insurance (EMCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Seadrill (SDRL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Signet Jewelers (SIG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Total (TOT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Alamos Gold (AGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Crosstex Energy (XTXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Tim Hortons (THI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... First Financial (SCBT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Blackhawk (HAWK) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.
News For AEG;BAS;COMM;EMCI;EVEP;REXX;SDRL;STX;SIG;TOT;XEC;PDCE;AGI;PAAS;XTXI;THI;SCBT;HAWK From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
12:45 EDTEMCIEMC Insurance increases quarterly dividend to 17c
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12:43 EDTAEGAEGON upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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12:41 EDTSIGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
09:40 EDTSTXSeagate to hold an update
Analyst and Investor Strategic Update is being held on September 2 at 9:15 am. Webcast Link
09:26 EDTSIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:40 EDTSIGNomura says to buy Signet Jewelers
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07:10 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers says integration of Zale 'continues to go well'
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07:09 EDTSIGSignet Jewelers reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.28, consensus $1.15
Reports Q2 revenue $1.41B, consensus $1.38B. Reports Q2 SSS up 4.2%.
06:04 EDTSDRLSeadrill reports Q2 operating profit $384M
Operating profit for the quarter was $384 million compared to $703 million in the preceding quarter. The decrease was primarily due to the gain on deconsolidation of SeaMex during the first quarter, and a loss on the sale of the West Polaris to Seadrill Partners during the second quarter. Taken together, these items account for approximately $261 million, or 82%, of the sequential decline in operating profit. Excluding these non-recurring items, operating profit declined 11% sequentially. On a like for like basis, the decline in operating profit can be primarily attributed to the deconsolidation of SeaMex and increased idle time across the fleet.
06:04 EDTSDRLSeadrill achieves 83% economic utilization for floater fleet in Q2
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06:03 EDTSDRLSeadrill reports Q2 EPS 77c, consensus 63c
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05:32 EDTTOTTotal sells North Sea midstream assets for $905M
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August 26, 2015
15:00 EDTSIGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar General (DG), consensus 94c... J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.23... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 91c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus $1.15... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 54c... Michaels (MIK), consensus 16c... Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 12c.
10:57 EDTSDRLEuropean oilfield service names boosted by M&A speculation, says JPMorgan
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August 25, 2015
18:11 EDTSDRLTranocean tanks after proposing dividend cancellations, peers follow
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09:18 EDTSTXSeagate participates in a conference call with Maxim
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07:35 EDTCOMMJefferies hosts a summit
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August 24, 2015
07:59 EDTEVEPEV Energy downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird
Baird downgraded EV Energy to Underperform from Neutral citing its onerous cost of equity and the potential for another distribution cut. Baird lowered its price target to $5 from $13 on EV Energy shares.
August 23, 2015
17:49 EDTTOTIran to increase oil production as BP, Shell express interest, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTSTXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
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