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November 26, 2012
10:00 EDTMCD, CYH, BLL, HMC, WAIR, HMA, CHS, AGU, HNZ, VRSN, CCK, AKZOY, ARO, ILMNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aeropostale (ARO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Agrium (AGU) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... AkzoNobel (AKZOY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Ball (BLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chico's FAS (CHS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Crown Holdings (CCK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Health Management (HMA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Vanguard Health (VHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... VeriSign (VRSN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Wesco Aircraft (WAIR) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Heinz (HNZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Honda (HMC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
News For ARO;AGU;BLL;AKZOY;CHS;CYH;CCK;HMA;MCD;VRSN;WAIR;ILMN;HNZ;HMC From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
14:26 EDTMCDMcDonald's Japan sees first monthly traffic increase in years, Nikkei reports
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13:56 EDTHMCHonda recalls 1.7M vehicles due to Takata airbag inflators, Automotive News says
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10:02 EDTILMNIllumina falls sharply after results
The company's report last night after the close disappointed investors, with shares currently down over 6.5% to $144.30. At that price next support is at $139.16. Resistance is at $146.56.
09:19 EDTILMNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Boot Barn (BOOT), up 20.7%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 8.2%... Edwards Lifesciences (EW), up 5.8%... Natural Health (NHTC), up 5.7%... Viavi Solutions (VIAV), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Conatus (CNAT), up 18.8% after the FDA has granted Fast Track designation to the company's emricasan development program for the treatment of liver cirrhosis... Marvell Technology (MRVL), up 3.3% after Starboard Value disclosed a 6.7% activist stake in the company... Syngenta (SYT), up 2.9% after ChemChina offers to acquire the company in a transaction valued over $43B. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Navios Maritime Partners (NMM), down 33.5%... National-Oilwell Varco (NOV), down 7.9%... Chipotle (CMG), down 5.7%... Yahoo (YHOO), down 1.9%... Mondelez (MDLZ), down 4.4%... Illumina (ILMN), down 4.6%... Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), down 3.5%... Merck (MRK), down fractionally.
05:18 EDTMCDMcDonald's implied volatility of 18 at lower end of index mean range
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February 2, 2016
16:34 EDTILMNIllumina sees FY16 EPS $3.55-$3.65, consensus $3.64
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16:34 EDTILMNIllumina reports Q4 EPS 81c, consensus 82c
Reports Q4 revenue $591.5M, consensus $585.18M.
14:32 EDTILMNNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:11 EDTHMCAutodata estimates January U.S. auto sales pace at 17.58M, CNBC reports
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13:11 EDTILMNIllumina technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:30 EDTHMCHonda reports January U.S. sales down 1.7% to 100,497 vehicles
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07:09 EDTHMCTrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached $38B in January
TrueCar projects U.S. revenue from new vehicle sales reached a record high for the month of January of $38 billion, up 1.4 percent from a year ago. January marked the auto industry's 25th consecutive month of year over year revenue expansion. Higher average transaction prices helped automakers post a $520 million gain in revenue versus January 2015, despite a likely increase in incentive spending and somewhat lower sales compared with a year ago. As previously announced, TrueCar projects sales of new cars and light trucks contracted 0.3 percent last month. Publicly traded companies in the space include Daimler AG (DDAIF), Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
05:30 EDTMCDMcDonald's implied volatility of 17 at lower end of index mean range
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February 1, 2016
18:46 EDTHMCAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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16:18 EDTCYHCommunity Health announces divestiture of Lehigh Acres, Florida hospital
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15:21 EDTILMNIllumina volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Illumina February weekly call option implied volatility is at 84, February is at 54, March is at 45; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 64, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 2.
09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
07:24 EDTMCDEU's Vestager dismisses U.S. criticism of tax cases, Reuters says
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06:33 EDTILMNIllumina signs four biobanking deals
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTMCDS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. 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. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... 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... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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