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January 30, 2013
12:34 EDTBIOC, LLL, BA, KMP, CHK, BBRY, CODE, CPNO, NOC, RIMM, MTOROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after a surprising report that showed gross domestic product contracted in the fourth quarter of 2012. The averages have remained in a narrow trading range right around the flat line ahead of the FOMC statement expected this afternoon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Commerce Department said gross domestic product shrunk at a 0.1% annual rate in Q4, far short of the analyst forecast for 1.1% growth. The weak preliminary result, which was attributed to a plunge in inventories and defense spending, may be revised in the months ahead, but if it stays in negative territory Q4 would mark the first U.S. economic contraction since Q2 of 2009. The Federal Open Market Committee decision later today may be market moving, though analysts generally expect no change to rates or policy... COMPANY NEWS: Boeing (BA) led the Dow with a gain of over 1% after its better-than-expected earnings and forecast for the upcoming year reassured investors. The company also said 787 production continues, though 787 deliveries are suspended until the FAA gives clearance. Among other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry also reporting this morning, L-3 Communications (LLL) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) advanced as well... Research In Motion (RIMM), in addition to unveiling two new smartphones and its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, announced it will change its corporate name to "BlackBerry" and Nasdaq ticker to "BBRY". Investors certainly appeared to "sell the news" as shares, which had been up early in the session, slid during the launch event and were down nearly 8% near noon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 6% after the company announced last night that its controversial CEO, Aubrey McClendon, would retire on April 1. Other gainers included two companies being acquired: BioClinica (BIOC), advanced 19% after agreeing to be acquired by JLL Partners for $7.25 a share, while Copano Energy (CPNO) gained 14% after being acquired by Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) in a unit for unit transaction. Kinder Morgan shares slid over 2% after the deal announcement. Among the other noteworthy losers were Meritor (MTOR), down nearly 16%, and Spansion (CODE), which fell 12% after their earnings reports... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 17.82, or 0.13%, to 13,936.60; the Nasdaq was down 1.54, or 0.05%, to 3,152.12; and the S&P 500 was down 2.92, or 0.19%, to 1,504.92.
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January 14, 2015
16:06 EDTBBRYBlackBerry approached by Samsung about potential takeover, Reuters says
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15:58 EDTBBRYBlackBerry continues rise, up 28% after report on Samsung approach
Shares of smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY) surged in late day trading following a Reuters report that said rival Samsung (SSNLF) had approached the Canadian company to discuss a potential takeover offer. Reuters said that Samsung executives discussed a potential bid in a range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share with BlackBerry. Heading into the close, BlackBerry shares are up 28.5% to $12.48.
15:56 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on news it received takeover bid
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15:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry spikes after news it received takeover bid, levels to watch
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15:47 EDTBBRYBlackBerry jumps 16% following report of Samsung takeover approach
15:46 EDTBBRYSamsung discussed bid of $13.35-$15.49 per share with BlackBerry, Reuters says
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15:44 EDTBBRYBlackBerry received takeover offer from Samsung, Reuters reports
10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:55 EDTBBRYBlackBerry management to meet with Oppenheimer
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07:25 EDTLLLL-3 Communications coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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06:12 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Chesapeake to Underweight and other names in the Exploration & Production space saying downside risk outweighs potential gains, even if oil prices recover. The firm reduced its commodity price deck assumptions and believes investor expectations for an oil price recovery could prove disappointing. It lowered its price target for shares to $13 from $18.
January 13, 2015
16:09 EDTBABoeing says Campbell to lead 737 program, Zaback to head 767 program
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07:41 EDTBBRYBlackBerry estimates lowered following wireless survey at Canaccord
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07:40 EDTBACommercial aircraft demand outlook still positive, says Bernstein
Bernstein continues to have a positive outlook on commercial aircraft demand for 2015, as the firm does not see $50 Brent oil as a negative for the sector unless the price stays below that level for the long-term. Bernstein thinks the general demand outlook for the sector is positive, and it identifies Boeing (BA) and United Technologies (UTX) as two of its favorite names in the space.
06:50 EDTBABoeing, Airbus could be hurt by oil tumble, NY Times says
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05:29 EDTBABoeing records $232.7B in commercial net in orders in 2014
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January 12, 2015
18:24 EDTBASymantec acquires staff, licenses from Boeing's Narus, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
06:39 EDTBAAir Lease delivers eight Boeing 777-300ER aircraft this year
Air Lease (AL) announced that, pursuant to long term lease agreements, ALC will deliver eight new Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft to six different airlines in 2015, all from ALC's order book with Boeing (BA). The following airlines are scheduled to take delivery of these new ALC Boeing 777-300ERs in 2015: Air France, Emirates, Korean Air, EVA Air, KLM, and Ethiopian Airlines.
06:21 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Chesapeake to Buy given attractive valuation, a strong balance sheet from asset sales, improving asset quality, and new management's focus on capital efficiency. Price target is $23.
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