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October 22, 2012
10:01 EDTCP, SLG, KSU, EW, TLM, PEG, EQR, WAL, SNDK, MTW, EPB, CLF, APD, XRAY, BXS, DDR, BBTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Air Products (APD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... BancorpSouth (BXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Dentsply (XRAY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Kansas City Southern (KSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... SL Green Realty (SLG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at ISI Group... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Western Alliance (WAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
News For APD;BBT;BXS;CLF;DDR;XRAY;EW;EPB;EQR;KSU;MTW;PEG;SLG;SNDK;TLM;CP;WAL From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
08:29 EDTSLGSL Green renews Omnicom at 220 East 42nd Street
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08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural sees FY16 CapEx $50M vs. $83M in FY15
For 2016, Cliffs expects full-year sales volume of approximately 17.5 million tons from its U.S. Iron Ore business. In order to reduce pellet inventory levels and generate cash flow from working capital, the Company currently plans to produce approximately 16 million tons of iron ore pellets. Cliffs' full-year 2016 U.S. Iron Ore cash production cost per ton expectation is $50 - $55. The Company's cash cost of goods sold per ton expectation is $55 - $60, representing a reduction of $5 from the previously disclosed 2016 cash costs of goods sold per ton expectation of $60 - $65. Cliffs anticipates depreciation, depletion and amortization to be approximately $7 per ton for full-year 2016. The Company remains in active negotiations with the United Steelworkers and is committed to reaching a fair and equitable agreement. The current contract has been extended by mutual agreement of both parties. The contract extension covers approximately 2,200 USW-represented workers at Cliffs' Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota. Cliffs' full-year 2016 Asia Pacific Iron Ore expected sales and production volume is approximately 11.5 million tons. The product mix is expected to contain 50 percent lump and 50 percent fines. The Company expects full-year 2016 interest expense to be approximately $240 million, of which approximately $205 million is cash interest. Cliffs expects full-year 2016 capital expenditures to be $50 million, a significant reduction compared to 2015 expenditures of $83 million. The reduction is driven by the divestiture of the remaining coal assets as well as spending discipline exhibited in the U.S. Iron Ore business.
08:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q4 US Iron Ore total sales volume 4.5M
U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 4.5 million tons, a 42 percent decrease when compared with 7.8 million tons sold in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven principally by the termination of a customer contract, lower demand from U.S. mills and higher sales in the comparable quarter in the prior year from the delayed start-up of the 2014 shipping season. Cash production cost per ton in U.S. Iron Ore was $45.36, down 23 percent from $58.96 in the prior year's fourth quarter. The decrease was driven by lower employment costs, reduced maintenance and repair costs, and year-over-year lower energy rates. Reports Q4 US Iron Ore total production volume 4.5M. Fourth-quarter 2015 Asia Pacific Iron Ore sales volume of 2.9 million was flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q4 cont ops EPS (14c), consensus (26c)
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06:41 EDTSNDKSeagate initiated with a Sell at Citi
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06:38 EDTSNDKWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Citi
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06:37 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at Citi
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January 26, 2016
18:37 EDTCPPershing Square says not selling Valeant a 'very costly mistake'
In its Annual Investor Letter, Pershing Square said, in part, that not selling Valeant (VRX) was a "very costly mistake." It also noted that not trimming its Canadian Pacific (CP) stake was a "similar error," and that they paid too much for additional stock in Platform Specialty Products (PAH). Reference Link
17:47 EDTCPSenator calls for investigation of Canadian Pacific pursuit of Norfolk Southern
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16:20 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
15:59 EDTSNDKUnisplendour has financing for Western Digital-SanDisk deal, dealReporter says
14:32 EDTCLFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
13:20 EDTMTWManitowoc calls active after Terex receives takeover proposal from Zoomlion
Manitowoc (MTW) February 15 and 16 calls are active on total call volume of 4300 contracts (2000 puts) after Terex (TEX) receives takeover proposal from Zoomlion. February call option implied volatility is at 61, March is at 58; compared to its 52-week range of 27 to 62. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
13:12 EDTMTWManitowoc up 16% after peer Terex confirms receipt of unsolicited takeover bid
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12:48 EDTMTWTerex halted for news after jumping 17%
Shares of Terex (TEX) are halted for news pending after Bloomberg reported that the company rebuffed a takeover approach from China's Zoomlion. The stock jumped 17% to $17.57 following the halt. Shares of Manitowoc (MTW), a fellow manufacturer of cranes and other capital goods, are up in sympathy. The stock is up 8% to $14.05 at the time of the Terex halt.
11:55 EDTMTWManitowoc spikes after report of peer Terex rebuffing takeover attempt
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11:42 EDTSNDK, MTWOptions with increasing call volume; TEX MTW MTG SEE KBH SNDK WDC VALE VIAB PII
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10:52 EDTSNDKStocks with call strike movement; SNDK FB
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10:32 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility: CLDX SNDK GMCR RAD
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09:30 EDTSNDKWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
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