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July 10, 2014
10:05 EDTWASH, WDR, UNH, TSCO, TAHO, TROW, STBA, NTI, MAA, LL, ISBC, INGR, HCLP, GGB, FSM, EGO, CBB, AUQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Cincinnati Bell (CBB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eldorado Gold (EGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Gerdau (GGB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Northern Tier (NTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... T. Rowe Price (TROW) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim.
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October 16, 2014
16:12 EDTLLPoint72 Asset reports 5.2% passive stake in Lumber Liquidators
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09:29 EDTUNHUnitedHealth contines to see stable trends across businesses
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09:23 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:12 EDTUNHUnitedHealth expects top, bottom-line growth acceleration in next two years
Says seeing steady progress across all businesses. Believes products well positioned locally. Says on-course to participate in 2 dozen state exchanges in FY15. Says consensus estimates for FY15 outlook are "well calibrated". Says "feels good" about the company's FY15 position. Expects to grow meaningfully at sustainable margins in FY15. Expects to grow earnings across the board for FY15. Says all of its businesses are better positioned for FY15 as opposed to FY14. Says Obamacare exchange business is expected to be profitable in FY15. Says Optum unit sales will be above targets. Says will grow y just under 1M Medicaid members this year. Comments made during the company's Q3 earnings conference call.
06:10 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q3 Employer & Individual revenue $10.6B
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06:08 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: Affordable Care Act reduced Q3 by 80 basis points
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06:07 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY14 EPS $5.60-$5.65, consensus $5.58
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q3 EPS $1.63, consensus $1.53
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October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTINGROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
15:28 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:02 EDTWASHWashington Trust provides $4.84M in financing for Connecticut building
Washington Trust's Commercial Real Estate Group recently provided $4.84M to Newtown Medical Office I to finance the construction of a two-story suburban medical office building in Newtown, Connecticut. The building will feature 25,806 square-feet of rentable space. More than 9,400 square-feet of the building is leased to national dialysis treatment providers, DaVita, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA). The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH).
10:13 EDTINGRSeacor enters agreement in support of Penford's pending transaction
SEACOR Holdings (CKH), the owner of approximately 9.34% of the outstanding common stock of Penford Corporation (PENX), has entered into a Voting Agreement in support of Penford's pending merger with Ingredion Incorporated (INGR), announced by Penford. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Penford shareholders are to receive $19.00 per share in cash as merger consideration. Pursuant to the Voting Agreement, SEACOR has agreed, among other things, to vote the Penford shares it owns to approve the Merger Agreement, dated October 14, among Penford, Ingredion and Prospect Sub, and not to seek the election of SEACOR's nominees to the board of directors of Penford prior to termination of the Merger Agreement or the occurrence of certain other events.
08:05 EDTINGRIngredion sees Penford acquisition 10c-15c accretive to EPS in first year
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08:03 EDTINGRPenford to be acquired by Ingredion for $19 per share in all-cash transaction
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08:02 EDTINGRPenford to be acquired by Ingredion for $19 per share in all-cash transaction
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07:25 EDTTAHOCanaccord to hold a conference
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October 14, 2014
11:20 EDTINGRIngredion upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
07:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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06:13 EDTAUQAuRico Gold reports Q3 production 57,037 gold oz vs. 48,903 gold oz last year
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October 13, 2014
07:15 EDTUNHNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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