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March 12, 2014
10:00 EDTSNTA, MSI, FRX, ABC, AIG, GERN, URBN, PHM, LVNTA, DRH, AEO, ARG, TOL, NWBO, HRZN, CHD, AMRE, WLHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... AmREIT (AMRE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Church & Dwight (CHD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Forest Labs (FRX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Liberty Ventures (LVNTA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Motorola Solutions (MSI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... PulteGroup (PHM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... William Lyon Homes (WLH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Airgas (ARG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BGC Financial... Geron (GERN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray.
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January 21, 2015
11:41 EDTHRZNHorizon Technology to host special shareholder meeting
Special Shareholder Meeting to approve a proposal to sell shares of its common stock during the next 12 months at a price below the then current net asset value per share in one or more offerings will be held in Farmington, CT on January 22 at 10 am.
10:01 EDTCHDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:39 EDTCHDChurch & Dwight downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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05:12 EDTAIGAIG to acquire Laya Healthcare
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January 20, 2015
08:16 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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07:11 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Price target lowered to $19 from $20.
January 15, 2015
10:00 EDTTOL, PHMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:38 EDTPHMPulteGroup initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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07:38 EDTTOLToll Brothers initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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January 14, 2015
07:06 EDTPHMKB Home margin issues company specific, says Deutsche Bank
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05:57 EDTDRHLodging sector downgraded to Market Weight at Wells Fargo
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January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAIG, PHMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
12:48 EDTPHM, TOLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:50 EDTTOL, PHMKB Home comments hit shares of Homebuilders
Shares of companies in the Homebuilders space declined after KB Home (KBH) said on its earnings conference call that it will not meet its housing gross profit margin goal in 2015. KB cautioned that there is "still much work to do be done" to achieve its financial goals going forward. The homebuilder noted that as Q4 progressed, demand in some of its markets softened. It expects gross margins in Q1 to be down "significantly" from the year-ago period. Publicly traded companies in the space include Beazer Homes (BZH), D.R. Horton (DHI), Hovnanian (HOV), Lennar (LEN), M.D.C. Holdings (MDC), PulteGroup (PHM), Ryland Group (RYL) and Toll Brothers (TOL). The stocks moved lower following KB's comments.
11:44 EDTTOL, PHMHomebuilders decline after KB says won't hit 2015 housing margin goal
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10:46 EDTAIGMetLife has only upside in challenging SIFI designation, says Wells Fargo
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08:43 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle has reached positive turning point, says BMO Capital
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08:16 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen price target raised to $100 from $93 at Cowen
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07:13 EDTAIGMetLife CEO could decide soon whether to file suit against U.S., WSJ reports
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