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April 2, 2014
10:00 EDTTXT, AMCC, SWX, SFUN, STR, NI, NFG, NYLD, NRG, MINI, MVG, GM, F, EJ, ALKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Alkermes (ALKS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... E-House (EJ) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ford (F) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... General Motors (GM) initiated with a Reduce at Nomura... MAG Silver (MVG) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Capital... Mobile Mini (MINI) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... NRG Energy (NRG) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... NRG Yield (NYLD) reinstated with an Equalweight at Barclays... National Fuel (NFG) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... NiSource (NI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Questar (STR) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital Southwest Gas (SWX) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Textron (TXT) resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan.
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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTTXT, GM, FOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:03 EDTFFord announces actions with respect to senior convertible notes due 2016
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07:54 EDTALKSLeerink a buyer of Alkermes, ImmunoGen, Incyte
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06:26 EDTGMGeneral Motors initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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06:25 EDTFFord initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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05:34 EDTTXTTextron initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 20, 2014
11:53 EDTGMDeaths tied to faulty GM ignition-switch increases to 29, Reuters says
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08:22 EDTGMCourt rules GM loan docs valid despite mistake, Reuters reports
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06:09 EDTFFord expected to add over 300 new jobs at Dagenham plant, Guardian reports
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October 17, 2014
18:10 EDTGMGeneral Motors General Counsel Michael Millikin to retire in early 2015
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18:06 EDTSTRWilliams, Questar interested in QEP Resources pipeline unit, Bloomberg says
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17:23 EDTSTRWilliams, Questar interested in QEP Resources pipeline unit, Bloomberg says
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16:31 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces $12.5B revolving credit facility
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14:39 EDTFFord to hold a conference call
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12:52 EDTTXTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
11:58 EDTTXTTextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
06:33 EDTTXTTextron reports Q3 Aviation revenue $1.08B, Q3 Bell revenue $1.18B
Reports Q3 Systems revenue $358M, Q3 Industrial revenue $785M, Finance revenue $25M.
06:32 EDTTXTTextron raises FY14 EPS cont ops to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12
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06:31 EDTTXTTextron reports Q3 EPS cont ops 57c, consensus 52c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.43B, consensus $3.63B
05:55 EDTEJE-House upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded E-House to Buy citing the recent pullback in shares and the company's total solution strength. The firm keeps a $14.10 price target for shares.
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