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August 12, 2014
10:00 EDTAMCC, CSX, SWN, SHOO, TCK, UTX, WAC, WHX, CALLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Steven Madden (SHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Teck Resources (TCK) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded at Cowen... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Whiting USA Trust (WHX) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... magicJack (CALL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord.
News For AMCC;CSX;SWN;SHOO;TCK;UTX;WAC;WHX;CALL From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
11:00 EDTCSXHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: ABG AMJ SWI CIT INVE VIP PH AMLP CSX DPZ
07:19 EDTCSXCanadian Pacific talks with CSX still possible after rebuff, WSJ says
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07:14 EDTCSXUBS hosts a Railroad analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Wadewitz will discuss his initiation of coverage of the Railroad Sector in a conference call on October 14 at 11 am.
October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
16:17 EDTCSXCSX initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $39.
12:16 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
10:53 EDTCSXRailroads advance after report of Canadian Pacific approach to CSX
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10:31 EDTCSXCredit Suisse questions WSJ article on Canadian Pacific and CSX merger
Credit Suisse said it wouldn't be surprised if Canadian Pacific (CP) approached CSX (CSX), but questions its validity unless Canadian Pacific makes an official response. The analyst notes the STB rules concerning Class I mergers have an impossible hurdle rate, making a deal a non-starter.
10:26 EDTCSXHigh option volume stocks
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10:17 EDTUTXEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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09:21 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTUTXHoneywell and United Technologies complete second helicopter engine test
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08:24 EDTCSXCSX price target raised to $37 from $32 at Bernstein
Bernstein raised its price target on CSX (CSX) after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was approached by Canadian Pacific (CP) about a possible merger. The firm thinks the deal could enable CSX to more quickly raise its margins and presents it with an opportunity to unlock significant near-term value. Bernstein says the report makes it more constructive on CSX, but it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTCSXCanadian Pacific, CSX merger timing not ideal, says Cowen
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07:26 EDTUTXCommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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07:23 EDTCSXCSX volatility up, approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, report
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October 12, 2014
16:04 EDTCSXCSX approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
16:20 EDTWACBaker Street Capital reports 11.3% passive stake in Walter Investment
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11:47 EDTUTXUnited Technologies initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial
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10:29 EDTAMCCMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
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