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January 17, 2013
12:25 EDTCLSN, NUS, BLK, BA, PWER, KSWS, C, HLF, CBS, BACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday following a better than expected monthly report on housing and lower than expected weekly jobless claims. The economic data lifted the futures and led to a higher open for the broader market. The averages have drifted slightly higher during the morning but remain in a narrow range, albeit near five year highs. Financial companies, which are currently in the process of releasing earnings, have been laggards today as investors have been unimpressed with this morning's reports from Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell to 335K, versus expectations for a relatively flat level at 370K. Housing starts surged 12.1% to 954K in December, which was better than expected, while building permits edged up 0.3% in the month to 903K, which was in-line with forecasts. The day's lone disappointing data came from the Philly Fed, which had its manufacturing survey unexpectedly fall to -5.8, compared to consensus calls for a much smaller decline to a 6.0 reading... COMPANY NEWS: Boeing (BA) was front and center in yet another trading session after the FAA grounded the 787 Dreamliner and regulators around the world followed suit. Shares of the Dow component were virtually unchanged in afternoon trading in spite of the news... Citigroup (C) missed earnings expectations, leading to a 2.9% decline in its stock, while Bank of America slid over 3.7% in spite of its earnings narrowly beating consensus. One financial name bucking the sector's trend, however, was BlackRock (BLK), which advanced 4.2% after its results beat expectations and the company increased its dividend... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were K-Swiss (KSWS), up 48% after agreeing to be acquired for $4.75 cash per share, and CBS (CBS), up 10% after announcing plans to convert its U.S. outdoor advertising business to a REIT. Also higher were shares of Nu Skin (NUS), which rose nearly 10% after giving better than expected guidance and are now up almost 3% since the day that Bill Ackman revealed his short thesis in multi-level marketing peer Herbalife (HLF). Among the noteworthy losers were Celsion (CLSN), down almost 9% following a downgrade to Sell at Brean Capital, and Power-One (PWER), down over 7% after lowering its revenue view... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 79.67, or 0.59%, to 13,590.90; the Nasdaq was up 17.87, or 0.57%, to 3,135.41; and the S&P 500 was up 7.97, or 0.54%, to 1,480.60.
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September 24, 2015
07:51 EDTBAThe Wings Club holds a luncheon meeting
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07:43 EDTBAMarket overly negative on Aerojet Rocketdyne, says Oppenheimer
After Boeing (BA) rejected an unsolicited offer from Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD) for United Launch Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin (LMT), Oppenheimer thinks the market's reaction to the news ignores Aerojet's positive catalysts. The firm says that the news will not impact Aerojet's operations until 2019 and will probably not have an impact of more than about $115M. The firm keeps a $26 price target and Outperform rating on Aerojet.
07:10 EDTBAC, CBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
September 23, 2015
16:34 EDTBAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
16:29 EDTBABoeing to partner with COMAC to open facility in China
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16:28 EDTBABoeing broadens long-term collaboration with AVIC
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16:27 EDTBABoeing confirms agreement with CASC for purchase of 300 airplanes
Boeing and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company have signed a General Terms Agreement related to the purchase of 300 airplanes. The package has a value of approximately $38B at list prices. Aircraft orders and commitments include: (240) airplanes for Chinese airlines, including (190) 737s and 50 widebody aircraft (60) 737s for leasing companies ICBC and CDB Leasing.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
13:41 EDTCCiti to close remaining 17 branches in Massachusetts, Boston Globe reports
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09:18 EDTBAPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
07:47 EDTBABoeing to sell 300 planes to Chinese companies, Reuters reports
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06:24 EDTBANew Boeing tanker to make first flight Friday, WSJ reports
Boeing's new refueling tanker is scheduled to make its first flight as soon as Friday, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the Pentagon. The flight will initiate a series of tests on one plane over a four-month period, the report says. Reference Link
September 22, 2015
17:15 EDTBABoeing in strategic partnership talks with China, WSJ says
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16:36 EDTBACOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
16:00 EDTBAC, COptions Update; September 22, 2015
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13:59 EDTBABoeing CEO expects more 737-related work in China, Reuters says
As Boeing continues to increase production rates for the 737, CEO Dennis Muilenburg expects additional work for the plane going to China, Reuters reports. Reference Link
10:36 EDTBACBank of America shareholders approve resolution on board leadership structure
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10:15 EDTBACBank of America shareholders vote to retain Brian Moynihan as both Chairman, CEO
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07:34 EDTBACDenver Gold Group to hold a forum
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07:20 EDTBABoeing, Airbus set for China orders but don't know when, Bloomberg says
Boeing (BA) and Airbus (EADSY) are set to bring in a haul of aircraft orders from China's airlines as planners plot growth through 2020, though there is a question as to when such moves will happen, Bloomberg reports. For Boeing, the first deals could be announced as early as this week when China president Xi Jinping tours the company's factory in Seattle, the report says. China's government signs off on all aircraft purchases and often waits for U.S. state visits before making such disclosures, the report says. Reference Link
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