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April 2, 2014
10:00 EDTSWX, TXT, SFUN, AMCC, STR, NI, NRG, GM, ALKS, NFG, MINI, F, NYLD, MVG, EJOn 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.
News For ALKS;EJ;F;GM;MVG;MINI;NRG;NYLD;NFG;NI;STR;SFUN;SWX;AMCC;TXT From The Last 14 Days
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June 22, 2015
11:35 EDTSTRQuestar management to meet with Jefferies
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11:15 EDTGMGM activists not interested in merger with Fiat Chrysler, Financial Times says
General Motors (GM) activist holders have said they will not push for a merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), reports the Financial Times. According to four people familiar with the matter, the activist contingent, which controls about 1.5% of GM shares, is more interested in cutting costs than embarking on a complicated merger transaction. One person close to the hedge funds said the investors believe consolidation makes sense but are unsure "that this particular consolidation makes sense." Reference Link
11:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors to invest $245M at Orion Assembly plant
General Motors said it will invest $245M and add 300 new jobs at its Orion Assembly plant to support launching an all-new vehicle program. "Orion Assembly is a breeding ground for manufacturing innovation, said Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations. "It serves as a model for how to engage the entire workforce at all levels to achieve success. The plant is up to the challenge of building this brand-new product, something its never seen before." Investment in Orion totals $962M since the UAW and GM worked together to reopen the previously idled plant in 2010, the automaker announced in a statement. Today's announcement is a part of the $5.4B GM has announced it will invest in U.S. manufacturing over the next three years. Approximately $3.1B of the $5.4B has been identified, leaving $2.3B to be announced by year end.
10:00 EDTSFUNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Akebia (AKBA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Barracuda Networks (CUDA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... BioLineRx (BLRX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Chemours (CC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... E.W. Scripps (SSP) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... EQT Corporation (EQT) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... EQT GP (EQGP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Leju (LEJU) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Micron (MU) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... People's Utah Bancorp (PUB) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Turquoise Hill (TRQ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
10:00 EDTNYLD, SFUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:40 EDTFActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTNYLDNRG Yield upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
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08:52 EDTSFUNSouFun upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded SouFun to Outperform and increased its price target to $12.50 from $7.25. The firm said SouFun is gaining market share in direct sales and is on tract to be the top line online real estate agency. Macquarie sees upside to commissions/take rates and sales efficiency improving.
06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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05:36 EDTSFUNSouFun initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
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June 19, 2015
10:50 EDTGM, FEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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10:31 EDTALKSAlkermes to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the six-month data of ALKS 3831 for the treatment of schizophrenia will be held on June 23 at 8 am. Webcast Link
10:09 EDTSFUNSouFun falls, levels to watch
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08:49 EDTEJSINA joins consortium in E-House's proposed 'going private' transaction
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06:49 EDTNRGNRG Energy shares recommended at Credit Suisse
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June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTGMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece wont be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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10:33 EDTEJOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:05 EDTNYLD, NRGNRG Yield to acquire GE EFS' 25% interest in Desert Sunlight Solar Farm
NRG Yield, Inc. (NYLD), through its subsidiary NRG Yield Operating LLC, has entered into an agreement with GE Unit (GE) GE Energy Financial Services to acquire its 25% interest in the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in Riverside, CA for $285M subject to customary working capital adjustments, plus the assumption of $287.4M of non-recourse project level debt. The acquisition, which provides NRG Yield with a total ownership of 137.5 megawatts of operating solar capacity, will place NRG Yield into a partnership with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sumitomo Financial (SMFG), who are the 50% and 25% owners of Desert Sunlight, respectively. The transaction is expected to increase both the annual run-rate EBITDA by approximately $45M and cash available for distribution by approximately $22M by 2016. NRG Yield expects to close the transaction by June 30, 2015. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approvals by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and notice of the acquisition to the California Public Utilities Commission. With this acquisition, NRG Yield now owns nearly 600 megawatts of solar generation. NRG Yield is supported by its parent, NRG Energy (NRG), which owns and operates approximately 1.2 gigawatts of solar generation, thus implying a combined solar portfolio of 1.8 gigawatts.
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