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January 30, 2012
10:29 EDTMNST, CF, HFC, CPRT, AKS, JPM, OAS, PFS, MEI, TWX, PG, BAC, DRE, ABFS, NSH, WFM, DHI, SPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman...JP Morgan (JPM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman...Staples (SPLS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman...Procter & Gamble (PG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS...AK Steel (AKS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette...Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays...CoPart (CPRT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman....Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman...Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird...HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...Provident Financial (PFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital...CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose...Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities...Arkansas Best (ABFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill...Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust...Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust...Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
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July 20, 2015
13:03 EDTJPM, BACFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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10:17 EDTSPLSHigh option volume stocks
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09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan boosts Spanish bond holdings amid Greek deal, Bloomberg says
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06:58 EDTCFCF Industries will likely have to pay up for OCI, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray has a favorable initial view of CF Industries' potential acquisition of OCI, but feels the company will have to pay up for the assets. Piper only expects modest savings from a potential inversion given the heavily U.S. based business for CF. It still believes the deal would be accretive, however. It keeps an Overweight rating on CF with a $71 price target. Piper points out that there is a "lot of uncertainty" if a deal will happen.
05:23 EDTCFCF Industries confirms talks with OCI N.V.
CF Industries confirmed that it is in preliminary discussions with OCI N.V. regarding a potential combination involving certain of OCI's businesses. There can be no assurances that these discussions will result in any transaction. CF Industries does not intend to comment further at this stage and any further statements will be made if and when appropriate.
July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTBAC, JPMFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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18:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan agrees to pay $388M in mortgage-backed securities case, Reuters says
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13:37 EDTPGProcter & Gamble shares look unattractive, Barron's says
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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTJPM, BACStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:24 EDTCFOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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16:24 EDTBACBank of America provides mid-cycle stress test results
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14:00 EDTJPM, BACEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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13:26 EDTCFCF Industries spikes on merger talks report
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13:22 EDTCFCF Industries, OCI in advanced merger talks, WSJ reports
CF Industries and Dutch fertilizer industry peer OCI are in advanced talks about a merger and a deal could be reached as early as this month, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. A deal, if agreed upon, could structured as an "inversion" where the U.S. company moves its tax headquarters abroad, the report noted. CF shares are up 6% to $66.59 in afternoon trading after the report. Reference Link
13:18 EDTCFCF Industries calls active on merger talks report
CF Industries July weekly call option implied volatility is at 73, August is at 30, November is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 55, suggesting large price movement on WSJ report of talks about merger with OCI.
13:08 EDTCFCF Industries spikes, halted for circuit breaker following merger talks report
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13:06 EDTCFCF Industries in talks about merger with OCI, WSJ reports
10:05 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:24 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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