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July 22, 2014
10:00 EDTZION, VAL, SANM, HBAN, FIVE, CYS, AGN, VOLVY, UCTT, RLGY, HAS, DLR, BMRC, WOOF, TREX, INWK, EGAS, FANG, AXLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Axle (AXL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Bank of Marin (BMRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... CYS Investments (CYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Diamondback Energy (FANG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Five Below (FIVE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Gas Natural (EGAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Hasbro (HAS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... InnerWorkings (INWK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Realogy (RLGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded at Stifel... Ultra Clean (UCTT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... VCA Inc. (WOOF) upgraded at Stifel... Valspar (VAL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point.
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January 26, 2016
16:20 EDTHBANOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
12:16 EDTHBANOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in positive territory moved cautiously in the opening segment, before shooting higher following the better than expected consumer confidence reading. The Dow is the biggest winner and is up more than 1.5% while the Nasdaq has been lagging but is up more than 0.6%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: The volume of earnings reports took a step up, with four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posting results before the opening bell this morning. All four advanced on the heels of their reports, with 3M (MMM) leading the pack with a gain of 4.5% despite earnings, excluding restructuring charges, that missed the consensus forecast. The industrial conglomerate did, however, affirm its performance expectations for the new fiscal year. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) rose 3%, Procter & Gamble (PG) gained 2.7% and DuPont (DD) added 1.6%... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over next two years and announcing that it has agreed to sell AIG Advisor Group to private equity firm Lightyear Capital and Canadian pension investment manager PSP Investments. AIG also said it will pursue an initial public offering of United Guaranty in mid-2016 to sell up to 19.9% of the outstanding shares as a first step towards a full separation. However, the insurer said it believes a full breakup, as espoused by investor Carl Icahn, would detract from shareholder value, arguing that a lack of diversification benefits would reduce capital available for distribution and there would be a loss of tax benefits. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avis Budget (CAR), which rallied 7% after the company raised its share repurchase authorization by $300M and after SRS Investment reported a 9.5% stake in the company. Also higher were Sprint (S) and Coach (COH), which gained 20% and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, FirstMerit (FMER) rose 16% after reporting quarterly earnings and announcing that it will merge with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) in a deal valued at $3.4B. Huntington Bancshares fell 10% after the FirstMerit merger agreement was announced. Also lower was Stratasys (SSYS), which dropped 6% after JPMorgan downgraded the shares to Neutral from Overweight. In addition, Polaris (PII) and Waters Corporation (WAT) were down 11% and 4.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 273.66, or 1.72%, to 16,158.88, the Nasdaq was up 49.20, or 1.09%, to 4,567.69, and the S&P 500 was up 25.96, or 1.38%, to 1,903.04.
10:00 EDTSANMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded on valuation, 2017 outlook at RBC Capital... America Movil upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BNC Bancorp (BNCN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Casella Waste (CWST) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Cenovus Energy (CVE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Zelman... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... First Financial Bancorp (FFBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Heartland Financial (HTLF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... MFA Financial (MFA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... National General (NGHC) upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Southern Company (SO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Vodafone (VOD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
09:15 EDTSANM, HBANOn 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.
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.
06:26 EDTSANMFlex added to U.S. Focus List at Citi
Citi analyst Jim Suva added Flex to his firm's U.S. Focus List. The analyst cites positive read-throughs from peers Sanmina (SANM) and Plexus (PLXS) as well as stronger stock repurchases. Suva this morning upgraded Sanmina to Neutral. The analyst has a Buy rating on Flex with a $14 price target.
06:23 EDTSANMSanmina upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
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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
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
19:28 EDTSANMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Swift Transportation (SWFT), up 5.4%... Sanmina (SANM), up 4.6%... Rambus (RMBS), up 6.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Aratana Therapeutics (PETX), up 12.9% after filing a New Animal Drug Application with the FDA... Relypsa (RLYP), up 16.5% after announcing results from Veltassa drug-drug interaction studies. LOWER: Centene (CNC), down 1.9% after announcing an internal search for six hard drives that are unaccounted for.
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.
16:13 EDTZIONZions Bancorp reports Q4 EPS 43c, consensus 41c
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16:10 EDTSANMSanmina reports Q1 GAAP operating margin 3.5%
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16:09 EDTSANMSanmina sees Q2 adjusted EPS 55c-59c, consensus 52c
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16:08 EDTSANMSanmina reports Q1 adjusted EPS 58c, consensus 58c
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08:07 EDTBMRCBank of Marin reports Q4 EPS 81c, consensus 78c
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January 22, 2016
08:07 EDTAGNAllergan announces FDA approved Botox for treatment of lower limb spasticity
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