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December 10, 2012
10:09 EDTZGNX, GTI, GWAY, SM, NBL, FBR, ACGL, WPPGY, PUBGY, MHP, APA, MSW, X, OMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apache (APA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... GrafTech (GTI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... McGraw-Hill (MHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Noble Energy (NBL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Publicis (PUBGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... SM Energy (SM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Longbow... WPP PLC (WPPGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Greenway Medical (GWAY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Corcept Therapeutics (MHP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Cowen... Arch Capital (ACGL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus.. Mission West Properties (MSW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Zogenix (ZGNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus.
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April 21, 2014
15:41 EDTNBLNoble Energy increases dividend to 18c from 14c
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15:16 EDTOMCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 64c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.27; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.24; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.24; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.53; Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 53c; Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus 98c; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.16; Omnicom Group (OMC), consensus 79c; Pentair (PNR), consensus 73c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.08; Regions Financial (RF), consensus 20c; Genuine Parts Company (GPC), consensus $1.02; Xerox (XRX), consensus 24c; Carlisle (CSL), consensus 53c.
April 17, 2014
17:03 EDTSMSM Energy: Mercy to withdraw resolution on Climate Change Mitigation Plan
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09:04 EDTOMCOmnicom acquires Chile's Media Interactive
Omnicom has acquired Media Interactive SA., a provider of integrated digital solutions across Chile, Columbia and Peru. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Santiago, Chile, Media Interactive has approximately 100 full time staff across its three regional offices. Under the terms of the acquisition, the agency will retain the Media Interactive brand.
April 16, 2014
19:03 EDTSMEndeavour settles litigation with SM Energy
Endeavour (END) has reached a settlement with SM Energy (SM) regarding litigation filed against Endeavour in December 2011. Endeavour will pay SM Energy $5M and issue a note for $4.5M. The note will be paid in three graduated payments beginning in twelve months. Endeavour has also agreed to issue warrants valued at $3.75M (approximately 2.13M shares with a strike price of $5.29.) The total settlement expense to be recorded will be $19.25M, which includes deposits of $6M paid prior to the execution of the agreements.
16:40 EDTZGNXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after Fed Chair Janet Yellen struck a dovish tone in comments to the Economic Club of New York, which was in step with the minutes of the last FOMC meeting released last week. The Fed also released its latest Beige Book report, which indicated that economic activity increased in most regions after the severe winter weather that gripped much of the country to start the year had let up. Corporate earnings season continues to pick up steam, with Dow members IBM (IBM) and American Express (AXP), as well as Google (GOOG), reporting after the market close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed's Beige Book report indicated that economic activity rebounded and strengthened in most regions over the last six week. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Bank of America (BAC) fell 26c, or 1.59%, to $16.13 after the bank reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, largely due to $6B in legal charges. Excluding the impact of this litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and other legacy mortgage-related matters, the banking major reported earnings that appeared to beat estimates... Yahoo (YHOO) gained $2.14, or 6.26%, to $36.35 after its quarterly report, with investors reacting most positively to the 66% year-over-year revenue growth reported by Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, in which Yahoo holds a 24% stake. Yahoo's quarterly profit and revenue also beat expectations and the company's CEO Marissa Mayer said during its earnings webcast that the search giant's core business has moved from declining growth to stable to modest growth. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CBS Outdoor (CBSO), which jumped $1.94, or 6.69%, to $30.96 after the IRS approved a plan for the company, which was just last week spun-off from its parent CBS (CBS), to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Other companies seeking REIT status, including Equinix (EQIX), Iron Mountain (IRM) and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), also rose following CBS' announcement. Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), up 48c, or 20.51%, to $2.82 after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers were U.S.-listed shares of Credit Suisse (CS), which fell 54c, or 1.7%, to $31.22 after the Swiss bank reported net income and revenue that fell when compared to the prior year. Also lower were Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) and Yamana Gold (AUY) after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining. Angico shares fell $2.61, or 8.56%, to $27.88, while Yamana was down 36c, or 4.3%, to $8.02. INDEXES: The Dow was up 162.29, or 1.0%, to 16,424.85, the Nasdaq was up 52.06, or 1.29%, to 4,086.23, and the S&P 500 was up 19.33, or 1.05%, to 1,862.31.
13:22 EDTNBLNoble Energy bids to supply gas to Cypriot power station, Globes says
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12:47 EDTZGNXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the day’s housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fed’s Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fed’s Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
09:28 EDTZGNXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTZGNXZogenix rises 9%
Zogenix is up 9%, or 21c, to $2.55
April 15, 2014
19:14 EDTGTIGrafTech urges stockholders to vote for its director nominees
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18:58 EDTZGNXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:07 EDTZGNXZogenix confirms reversal of Zohydro sales ban in Massachusetts
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15:33 EDTZGNXZogenix wins reversal of Zohydro sales ban in Mass., Boston Globe says
A federal judge ruled that Massachusetts cannot block sales of Zogenix's Zohydro in the state, as had been previously ordered by Governor Deval Patrick, reports The Boston Globe. Reference Link
14:33 EDTZGNXJudge strikes down ban on Zogenix's Zohydro, Boston Globe says
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09:02 EDTGTIGrafTech urges shareholders to vote for director nominees at annual meeting
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08:17 EDTNBLNoble Energy announces CEO Charles Davidson plans to retire
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06:47 EDTGTIGrafTech likely to become embroiled in proxy battle, NY Times says
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April 14, 2014
07:46 EDTGTIGrafTech says stands behind prior investigation, process and findings
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April 13, 2014
15:32 EDTGTI'Save GrafTech' responds to settlement proposal rejection by Graftech
Nathan Milikowsky, a former GrafTech International director and a holder of over 15M GrafTech shares, or over 11.2%, of the common stock, sent a letter to GrafTech in response to the company’s rejection of Save GrafTech’s latest settlement proposal. Save GrafTech has nominated five directors for election to the board of directors of GrafTech at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 15. The letter said in part: "On April 11, Save GrafTech proposed a settlement offer for minority representation on a newly reconstituted 10-member Board...Save GrafTech also proposed a solution to address any concerns the company might have about my suitability to rejoin the board...Having served on the Board with your current directors, I was not surprised that GrafTech rejected this eminently reasonable offer and responded in less than eight hours with an unacceptable counter-proposal. However, I was surprised that this rejection clearly betrays the board’s lack of confidence in the “findings" of its own Special Committee investigation, which was the pretext for excluding me from continuing to serve as a director in 2013...It is unfortunate that our settlement discussions have been scuttled by GrafTech’s inability to accept an exceptionally reasonable offer, which included minority representation for the Save GrafTech slate as well as a significant two-year standstill provision...I look forward to providing shareholders with a platform for truly meaningful change at the 2014 Annual Meeting. "
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