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February 19, 2013
06:06 EDTBA, BP, HNZ, F, PEUGYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Boeing (BA) engineers are expected to finish voting today amid contract talks that are adding uncertainty for the company as it struggles with the grounding of its flagship 787 jetliner. A strike authorization wouldn't result in an immediate work stoppage, the Wall Street Journal reports... BP (BP) agreed to pay over $30B in fines, settlements and cleanup costs for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Now it is betting that by going to trial next week, it can hold down the cost of one of its last major potential liabilities for the disaster with Gulf Coast states, businesses, individuals and the federal government for environmental-related claims, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Japan's government delayed nominating a Bank of Japan governor by a week, raising talk of friction between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the finance minister over who should run a central bank charged with taking bold action to reignite the economy, Reuters reports...Swiss authorities said today they havenít been asked to help a U.S. investigation into alleged insider trading in call options of H.J. Heinz (HNZ) the day before the company announced it would be sold, even though a Zurich account is at the center of the matter, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Treasury 10-year yields stayed above 2% amid speculation minutes of the Fedís latest policy meeting that are due tomorrow will provide more detail on the timing of a withdrawal of stimulus, Bloomberg reports...EU auto sales declined to the lowest level for a January, with Ford (F) and Peugeot (PEUGY) reporting the biggest drops, as economic contractions in the southern part of the region spread to Germany and France, Bloomberg reports.
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September 4, 2014
11:51 EDTBPBP reiterated as a Buy at Jefferies
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11:28 EDTBPBP says 'strongly disagrees' with gross negligence ruling, will appeal
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11:20 EDTBPStocks with increasing options volume
Stocks with increasing options volume: BP VMW SCTY X GE MBLY VALE DDD
11:09 EDTBPBP falls after found 'grossly negligent' in spill ruling
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11:05 EDTBPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:44 EDTBPBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has found BP (BP) "grossly negligent" in its handling of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for nearly three months, Bloomberg reports. Transocean (RIG) and Halliburton (HAL) were also involved in the case, but the federal judge did not find them as responsible as BP for the spill. BP could face fines of up to $18B for the spill. Reference Link
10:44 EDTBPHigh option volume stocks
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10:27 EDTBPBP continues lower after company found grossly negligent by judge
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10:18 EDTBPBP down 2% after company reportedly found grossly negligent
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10:17 EDTBPBP found grossly negligent in Macondo spill, fines may rise, Bloomberg reports
05:43 EDTBABoeing sees China leading Asia Pacific region in new airplane deliveries
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September 3, 2014
15:56 EDTBPBP acquires Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation to expand in Scandinavia
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12:33 EDTFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
10:17 EDTFFord says August industry sales likely reached mid-17M annual pace
Says total industry sales likely closed out at mid-17M range on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. Says August SAAR may have reached 15M vehicles. Says industry "very strong at this stage of recovery." Says pressure on passenger cars continues. Says Fusion sales on pace to top 300,000 for first time. Says has 69-day supply of vehicles, up from 65-day supply last year. Comments made on Ford's August U.S. sales conference call.
09:31 EDTFFord reports August U.S. sales up 0.4% to 222,174 vehicles
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06:38 EDTBPBP aims to dismiss claims administrator in Gulf spill suit, Reuters says
BP approached a U.S. court and asked for the dismissal of court-appointed lawyer, Patrick Janeau, who was in-charge of paying out compensation to people impacted by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, saying Janeau had not revealed an alleged conflict of interest before accepting the job offer, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the oil company. Reference Link
September 2, 2014
10:02 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:02 EDTBPHalliburton reaches $1.1B settlement on claims related to Macondo
Halliburton (HAL) announced that it has reached an agreement to settle a substantial majority of the plaintiffsí class claims asserted against the company as a result of the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The approximately $1.1B settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and will be paid into a trust until all appeals have been resolved in three installments over the next two years. The companyís previously accrued loss contingency provision relating to the multi-district litigation proceedings is currently $1.3B. The agreement includes the following: Claims against Halliburton that BP (BP) assigned to the settlement class in BPís April 2012 settlement, Punitive damages claims against Halliburton by a class of plaintiffs who allege damages to property or associated with the commercial fishing industry arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident, and Affirmation that Halliburton has no liability for compensatory damages to the members of the settlement class in the BP April 2012 settlement. Payments will be held in the trust, pending the finalization of this settlement which is contingent on final Court approval, including any appeals of: The BP 2012 settlement with the settlement class, The District Courtís earlier determination that the contractual indemnity provided by BP to Halliburton is valid and enforceable, and The District Courtís earlier dismissal of economic damage claims against Halliburton. Additionally, the settlement is subject to an agreed-upon level of participation by the current claimants which, if not achieved, allows Halliburton to terminate the agreement.
08:17 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Buckingham
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06:42 EDTBABoeing struggles to find buyers for early version 787 Dreamliners, WSJ reports
Boeing is struggling to find buyers for 10 787 Dreamliners, reports the Wall Street Journal. Analysts say finding new buyers could be tough without steep discounts because the jets come from the match of early 787s build in 2009 and 2010 when Boeing struggled with Dreamliner design and supply chain problems. Reference Link
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