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March 21, 2014
09:59 EDTBA, ODP, HLF, SID, SYMC, LEN, EQY, CAG, CYH, CRZOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Boeing (BA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... ConAgra (CAG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Equity One (EQY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co... Lennar (LEN) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Symantec (SYMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... CSN (SID) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Herbalife (HLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Office Depot (ODP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at KLR Group.
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October 9, 2014
16:03 EDTSYMCSymantec affirms Q2 guidance provided in August
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16:01 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
16:00 EDTSYMCSymantec trading halted, pending news
14:32 EDTHLFIcahn says never discussed Netflix with Tim Cook
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13:56 EDTBAObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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08:49 EDTCRZOCarrizo Oil & Gas sell-off creates buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
After meeting with Carizo's management and following a 30% decline in the stock since June 30, Sterne Agee is comfortable that the company can hit its informal 26 mb/d target for 2015 oil production, assuming crude bottoms above $80 per barrel. The firm says that the company has attractive oil hedges and a strong balance sheet.
06:40 EDTSYMCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:22 EDTBACFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
09:20 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTBAAerCap reports 134 aircraft transactions completed during Q3
AerCap Holdings (AER) announced the completion of 134 aircraft transactions during Q3. Signed lease agreements for 84 aircraft. Delivered 26 aircraft under contracted lease agreements. Purchased nine new aircraft, including five Boeing (BA) 787-8s, three Boeing 737-800s and one Airbus (EADSY) A321-200. Executed sale and part-out transactions for 15 aircraft, including: one Airbus A300-600F, one Airbus A340-300, eight Boeing B737 classics, one Boeing B767-300ER and two MD-11s from AerCap's owned portfolio. One Boeing 737 classic and one Airbus A320-200 from AerCap's managed portfolio. Signed financing transactions for $1.5B, including the previously announced private offering of $800M. The total financing transactions completed year-to-date amount to $8.9B.
07:27 EDTSYMCSymantec volatility flat, in advanced talks to split company in two, report
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05:46 EDTSYMCSymantec in advanced talks to split company in two, Bloomberg reports
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October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
14:39 EDTHLFFTC probe of Herbalife seen lasting 'well into' next year, NY Post reporter says
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14:19 EDTHLFHerbalife expects discipline, but not shutdown, following FTC probe, FBN says
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13:59 EDTHLFHerbalife expects some discipline, not shutdown, from FTC, Gasparino says
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08:01 EDTBABoeing says cannot plan for 'armageddon' of Ex-Im bank closure, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTHLFHerbalife names ex-FTC commissioner to lead compliance group
Herbalife yesterday announced the appointment of Pamela Jones Harbour to the newly created role of SVP, global member compliance and privacy, reporting to Mark Friedman, EVP and general counsel. Harbour will develop and enhance policies and infrastructure that ensure effective education, training and mentoring programs for the nearly 4 million independent Herbalife members worldwide, underpinned by robust and consistent monitoring and enforcement procedures. In addition to her compliance responsibilities, Harbour will also coordinate the companyís global privacy and cyber security efforts. Harbour served as a Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission from 2003-2010 and a prosecutor at the New York State Attorney Generalís office for 12 years.
06:03 EDTCYHCMS readmission penalties increase in 2015, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says CMS released the final 2015 IPPS payment penalties for hospital readmissions, with incremental earnings Impact of down 0.2% to down 1.9% at for-profit hospitals. The firm estimates Community Health Systems (CYH) and Tenet Health (THC) will see the largest incremental reimbursement reduction in 2015, equal to down 1.9% and down 1.4%, respectively. It notes 2015 is the third year of hospital readmission penalties with a maximum penalty of 3%, up from 2% in 2014 and 1% in 2013. Wells has Outperform ratings on Community Health and HCA Holdings (HCA), and Market Perform ratings on LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet and Universal Health (UHS).
05:29 EDTBABoeing forecasts world air cargo traffic to double in next 20 years
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