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April 28, 2014
07:40 EDTMET, AMP, LNC, PRU, HIGLife insurers weakness creates buying opportunity, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks that life insurers can raise their prices and expects their betas to fall, providing a rationale for further multiple expansion . The firm believes that the recent decline in the sector has created a buying opportunity In the following names: Ameriprise (AMP), Hartford Financial (HIG), Lincoln National (LNC), MetLife (MET), and Prudential (PRU).
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February 5, 2016
06:23 EDTHIG20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTHIGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:32 EDTHIGHartford Financial reports Q4 core EPS $1.07, consensus 98c
Reports Q4 revenue $4.51B, consensus $4.67B. Commercial Lines Q4 combined ratio before catastrophes and prior accident year development was 88.2, a 3.0 point improvement over fourth quarter 2014. Personal Lines Q4 combined ratio before catastrophes and PYD was 93.5, a 1.7 point deterioration over fourth quarter 2014. Book value per diluted share, excluding accumulated other comprehensive income, was $43.76, a 7% increase from Dec. 31, 2014.
15:29 EDTHIGHartford Financial volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Hartford Financial February weekly call option implied volatility is at 90, February is at 34 March is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 45, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on February 5.
February 3, 2016
19:35 EDTMETOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 27.9%... Capstone Turbine (CPST), up 17.2%... Solaredge (SEDG), 12.6%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 8.3%... PennantPark (PNNT), up 5%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 4.5%... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 90.6% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB, VIA), up 9.5% and 7%, respectively, after Viacom issued a brief statement which reads, "The Viacom board of directors is scheduled to meet tomorrow."... CBS (CBS), up 4.7% after Sumner Redstone has resigned as executive chairman of CBS to be replaced by CEO Leslie Moonves. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: DHT Holdings (DHT), down 5.3%... GoPro (GPRO), down 9.9%... Imperva (IMPV), down 11.7%... Shutterfly (SFLY), down 3.8%... MetLife (MET), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Ambarella (AMBA), down 2.2% after GoPro reported Q4 results.
16:20 EDTLNCLincoln National reports Q4 operating EPS $1.54, consensus $1.56
Reports Q4 revenue $3.17B, consensus $3.38B. Reports Book Value Per Share, Excluding AOCI, $55.85 vs. $61.35 last year.
16:19 EDTMETMetLife reports Q4 book value per share excluding AOCI other than FCTA $51.15
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16:18 EDTMETMetLife reports Q4 operating EPS $1.23, consensus $1.36
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14:48 EDTMETNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:35 EDTMETMetLife technical notes before earnings news
Ahead of earnings the downtrend that began in July 2015 has decelerated. The $40 level is a key support, below which a major topping pattern on a long-term chart would be confirmed. This would be bearish for longer-term future price. If the news is negative and the $40 area is taken out on the downside, next support would be at $39.02, $37.80, and $36.64. If the news is a positive surprise, first notable resistance would be at $45.08. Additional resistance levels would be at $46.45 and $48.21.
11:26 EDTLNCOptions with increasing call volume; LOW LNC DG EW SNOW KLIC CIT AN EAT SYT
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February 1, 2016
09:04 EDTMETMetLife originated $3.2B in agricultural loans in 2015
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January 28, 2016
11:04 EDTAMPAmeriprise selloff 'seems well overdone,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst John Nadel says that while Ameriprise's Q4 results weren't among its best, the corresponding stock selloff "seems well overdone." Investors should use the pullback as a buying opportunity, Nadel tells investors in a post-earnings research note. He views the current valuation as "very attractive" and keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $126 price target.
08:02 EDTPRUPrudential receives approval for acquisition of interest in Administradora
Prudential Financial said that it has obtained the approval of the Chilean Superintendence of Pensions for its previously announced proposed acquisition of an indirect ownership interest in Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Habitat S.A. (AFP Habitat), a leading provider of retirement services in Chile that trades under the symbol HABITAT CI on the Santiago Stock Exchange. Prudential expects to acquire indirectly between approximately 34 and 40 percent of AFP Habitat from Inversiones La Construccion S.A., the investment subsidiary of the Chilean Construction Chamber, depending on the results of a pre-closing partial tender offer by a subsidiary of ILC to acquire up to 13 percent of AFP Habitat's outstanding shares from public shareholders at a price of $899.90 Chilean Pesos per share. ILC has announced that this tender will commence on January 28, 2016 and, unless extended, will expire on February 26, 2016. Following the completion of the tender offer, Prudential will acquire its indirect interest in the AFP Habitat shares from ILC for 899.90 Chilean Pesos per share, for a total purchase price of approximately US$430 million to US$510 million at current exchange rates. It is expected that the transaction will result in equal ownership positions for Prudential and ILC, with a controlling stake in AFP Habitat held through a joint holding company.
January 27, 2016
16:27 EDTAMPAmeriprise reports total AUM $777B at Q4-end
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16:26 EDTAMPAmeriprise reports Q4 ROE, excluding AOCI 21.4%
Operating ROE excluding AOCI increased 130 bps to a record high 24.3%.
16:25 EDTAMPAmeriprise reports Q4 operating EPS $2.47, consensus $2.35
Reports Q4 operating net revenue $3B, consensus $3B.
January 26, 2016
10:00 EDTHIGOn 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.
09:04 EDTMETMetLife says commercial real estate lending topped $14B in 2015
MetLife said that it originated, through its real estate investment group, approximately $14.3B globally in commercial real estate loans in 2015, an 18% increase over the $12.1B originated in the previous year. MetLife also committed to invest approximately $1B in real estate equity in 2015, either through direct acquisition or as part of joint venture partnerships.
06:53 EDTHIGHartford Financial upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
Atlantic Equities analyst John Heagerty upgraded Hartford Financial to Overweight with a $50 price target on shares. Heagerty believes concerns surrounding personal auto frequency, commercial insurance rats and the falling 10 year yield are overdone and recommends purchase.
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