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February 11, 2014
10:01 EDTCCL, AAWW, ALU, X, QLYS, BLOX, CARB, BNNY, TPH, PPS, GWW, BRGYY, APA, BWP, SOHU, NSP, AYR, APIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade SummaryTRI Pointe Homes Boardwalk Pipeline
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Photonix (API) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Aircastle (AYR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Annie's (BNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Apache (APA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Atlas Air (AAWW) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Carbonite (CARB) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Carnival (CCL) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Grainger (GWW) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Infoblox (BLOX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Insperity (NSP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Post Properties (PPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Qualys (QLYS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Sohu.com (SOHU) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... TRI Pointe Homes (TPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
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April 15, 2015
05:42 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent CEO says combined company is 'compelling offer' for holders
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05:35 EDTALUNokia maintains dividend, maintains target to return to investment-grade rating
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05:27 EDTALUNokia sees Alcatel-Lucent acquisition accretive to FY17 non-IFRS earnings
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05:23 EDTALUNokia, Alcatel-Lucent to combine in all-share transaction
Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) announce their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world. The two companies have entered into a memorandum of understanding under which Nokia will make an offer for all of the equity securities issued by Alcatel-Lucent, through a public exchange offer in France and in the United States, on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every Alcatel-Lucent share. The all-share transaction values Alcatel-Lucent at EUR 15.6B on a fully diluted basis, corresponding to a fully diluted premium of 34%, equivalent to EUR 4.48 per share, and a premium to shareholders of 28%, equivalent to EUR 4.27 per share, on the unaffected weighted average share price of Alcatel-Lucent for the previous three months. This is based on Nokia's unaffected closing share price of EUR 7.77 on April 13. Each company's board has approved the terms of the proposed transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of 2016. The proposed transaction is subject to approval by Nokia's shareholders, completion of relevant works council consultations, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.
05:19 EDTALUNokia, Alcatel-Lucent to combine in all-share transaction
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April 14, 2015
16:53 EDTALUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed for the day, beginning the session in positive territory helped by better than expected earnings reports from JPMorgan (JPM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wells Fargo (WFC). The early economic data was slightly below Wall Street expectations and became a headwind for the market. By the end of the first hour of trading the market had turned negative, and it spent the remainder of the day trading in mixed fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases for March advanced 0.9%, bouncing up from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists had predicted a 1.1% growth after improvements on last month's weather. The producer price index grew 0.2% for March, in line with consensus estimates. Core PPI grew 0.2% versus expectations of 0.1% growth. The International Monetary Fund's World Economic Outlook Report trimmed U.S. growth forecast to 3.1% from its previous outlook of 3.6%, while global forecast was left unchanged at 3.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Avon (AVP) surged 66c, or 8.24%, to $8.67 following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is exploring strategic alternatives, including potentially selling its North American business, though a Bloomberg report later in the day claimed the company is not conducting a formal sale process... Nokia (NOK) confirmed it is in "advanced discussions" to buy French telecom firm Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), prompting French President Francois Hollande to schedule meetings with leaders from both companies. Later in the day, the French government announced it supports the potential deal, with French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron stating Nokia reassured officials by detailing "clear undertakings." Nokia fell 34c, or 4.1%, to $7.96 at the close, while Alcatel jumped 58c, or 13.33%, to $4.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which rallied 33.52%, or $17.04, to $67.87 after the Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with rival classifieds service Ganji.com. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced 8.49% to $129.25 after EXOR proposed to acquire the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. Following earnings, JPMorgan (JPM) advanced 1.56% to $63.04 after beating expectations, while Wells Fargo (WFC) fell 0.73% and Johnson & Johnson fell 0.03% after reducing its FY15 earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled 7.75% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and lowered its price target to $9 from $30. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which dropped 4.18% to $100.49 and was downgraded to Hold at TD Securities following first quarter guidance that fell below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow rose 59.66, or 0.33%, to 18,036.70, the Nasdaq lost 10.96, or 0.22%%, to 4,977.29, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.41, or 0.16%, to 2,095.84.
14:20 EDTALUFrench government supporting potential Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent deal, Reuters says
The French government has decided to back the potential takeover of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) by Nokia (NOK), according to Reuters. French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said Nokia provided "clear undertakings" that reassured him about the potential deal, the news service stated. Reference Link
12:24 EDTALUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite better than expected headline earnings from JPMorgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The market began the session in positive territory on the heels of those solid earnings reports, but the averages were unable to hold their early gains as the retail sales figures released during the pre-market trading session missed expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail purchases grew 0.9% in March, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in February. However, economists were expecting a more pronounced 1.1% advance in recovery from the prior month's weather driven weakness. The producer price index rose 0.2% in March, matching expectations. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy, grew 0.2% as well, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Business Inventories grew 0.3% in February, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. The International Monetary Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, trimmed its U.S. growth forecast to a 3.1% pace from its prior 3.6% view, but left its global forecast intact at a 3.5% rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced 1.5% after its headline earnings per share topped expectations, even before accounting for 13c per share in aftertax legal expense that the bank identified as a "significant item." Conversely, fellow large bank Wells Fargo (WFC) slid 1.5% after its own report on first quarter results, despite the fact that its earnings and revenue both topped the consensus forecast... Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) were fractionally higher at midday after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. The multinational company, however, lowered its FY15 adjusted earnings outlook, citing further negative foreign currency movements... Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), in response to "recent media speculation," confirmed that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was 58.com (WUBA), which jumped 25% after Financial Times reported the company has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with peer Ganji.com to create one of the largest specialized online classified companies in China. Also higher was PartnerRe (PRE), which advanced nearly 9% to trade near $129.50 after Europe based investment company EXOR announced that it submitted a written proposal to acquire 100% of the common shares of the company for $130.00 per share in cash, valuing PartnerRe at $6.4B. EXOR said its all-cash proposal represents a 16% premium to the implied value per share of $112.53 for PartnerRe under the merger deal it has in place with AXIS Capital (AXS). Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which tumbled over 6% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Hold and cut its price target for shares to $9 from $30 after assuming coverage of the stock. The firm said that while ARC-520 offers the potential for a Hepatitis B virus functional cure, it prefers to wait for multi-dosing data. Also lower was Norfolk Southern (NSC), which fell nearly 6% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities after the railroad operator provided first quarter guidance that came in below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 53.15, or 0.3%, to 18,030.19, the Nasdaq was down 16.19, or 0.32%, to 4,972.06, and the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.11%, to 2,094.63.
11:55 EDTALUFrench government intends to weigh in on Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent deal, WSJ says
French President Francois Hollande will meet with executives from Nokia (NOK) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) later today after Nokia confirmed it was in "advanced discussions" to buy its rival, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting indicates France's desire to weigh in on the deal and protect strategic interests. The country's economy ministry earlier Tuesday said, “The government will be very vigilant regarding the possible consequences on employment and activity at the French sites of Alcatel-Lucent, notably in research and development, as well as the effects on the entire telecoms sector in France." Reference Link
11:55 EDTALUCommunication equipment stocks active after potential Nokia-Alcatel deal
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10:16 EDTALUHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: NSAM ALU CJES BIG CMRX ERIC NTAP TMO KN CIG
10:01 EDTAYROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTALUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AMZN PBR SU NFLX ALU BIDU TSLA JNJ GE
09:01 EDTNSPInsperity announces strategic alliance with Association for Corporate Growth
Insperity announced a strategic alliance with the Association for Corporate Growth, a global organization that unites segments of the business growth community to help achieve business and professional goals of ACG’s constituents. ACG selected Insperity to serve as its preferred provider in the human resources services industry.
07:58 EDTAYRAircastle upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:10 EDTAAWWAviation Week to hold a conference
MRO Americas 2015 is being held in Miami Beach on April 14-16.
06:46 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent volatility up into Nokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy
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06:31 EDTALUNokia volatility up into confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) overall option implied volatility of 42 compares to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the company confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).
05:51 EDTALUNokia confirms 'advanced discussions' to buy Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia (NOK) said in a statement, "In relation to recent media speculation Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) confirm that they are in advanced discussions with respect to a potential full combination, which would take the form of a public exchange offer by Nokia for Alcatel-Lucent." Nokia cautioned that there "can be no certainty at this stage that these discussions will result in any agreement or transaction." The statement comes after Bloomberg reported yesterday afternoon that Nokia was in advanced talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent's wireless assets to better compete with Ericsson (ERIC) in telecommunications equipment. Shares of Nokia are down 65c to $7.65 in pre-market trading while Alcatel-Lucent is up 22c to $4.57.
05:50 EDTALUStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK ALU
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