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April 16, 2014
12:47 EDTAEM, SBUX, ZGNX, BAC, CSX, DPS, SODA, AUY, ADTN, PEP, YHOOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the earnings season picks up steam. Stocks began the session sharply higher, with the market attempting to extend the rally that began on Monday. The move upward comes in spite of the dayís housing data coming in below expectations. This afternoon, investors will be watching the Fedís Beige Book report in hopes it provides evidence that the economy is strengthening. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts in March were up 2.8% from the prior month to a rate of 946K, versus expectations for an increase of 7%. Building permits were down 2.4% to a 990K rate, versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%. Industrial production rose 0.7% in March, which was ahead of the 0.5% forecast. The Fedís Beige Book report, which includes anecdotal reports on business conditions in the various Fed districts, is due out at 2:00 pm ET. In China, data showed its economy grew 7.4% in the first quarter from a year earlier, providing relief after recent signs that growth in the world's second largest economy has been slowing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Bank of America (BAC) were down over 2% near midday after the company reported a first quarter loss of 5c per share, which was influenced by $6B in legal charges. The $6B in litigation expense, which was related to a previously announced settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency and added reserves for other legacy mortgage-related matters, hurt the banks earnings by about 40c per share... Yahoo (YHOO) rose more than 6% after reporting first quarter profit and sales last night that beat expectations. A great deal of attention was also paid to the 66% year-over-year increase in revenue reported by Alibaba, the Chinese group of e-commerce sites in which Yahoo has a 24% stake. This morning, Wells Fargo upgraded its rating on Yahoo to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target range for shares to $45-$47 from $38-$40, while Jefferies assumed coverage of Yahoo and also raised its rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SodaStream (SODA), which surged 9% after an Israeli website said that the company was in talks to sell a 10% or greater stake to a big name company such as PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). Also higher was drugmaker Zogenix (ZGNX), which gained nearly 10% after confirming that a judge prevented a ban on sales of the company's Zohydro pain medication in Massachusetts. Among the noteworthy losers was Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM), which fell 7.5% after agreeing to jointly acquire Osisko Mining in partnership with Yamana Gold (AUY). Yamana shares were also down 3%. Also lower following their earnings reports were ADTRAN (ADTN), which fell nearly 6%, and CSX (CSX), which dropped about 3%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.14, or 0.76%, to 16,386.70, the Nasdaq was up 37.86, or 0.94%, to 4,072.02, and the S&P 500 was up 13.52, or 0.73%, to 1,856.50.
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April 9, 2015
09:55 EDTYHOOYahoo testing search pages without Bing branding, Business Insider reports
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08:51 EDTYHOOYahoo headcount reductions could drive flat EBITDA, says Morgan Stanley
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08:31 EDTSBUXStarbucks split-adjusted price target raised to $54 at Argus
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April 8, 2015
20:08 EDTAUYYamana sees Brio unit going public in Q3
Yamana Gold reported earlier that "Brio Gold going public is the optimal approach to realizing this considerable value and plans are progressing for a going public event in 3Q15." The company has engaged National Bank Financial and CIBC World Markets as financial advisors to assist in the process of a going public event with respect to Brio Gold.
16:37 EDTAUYYamana Gold says Brio Gold Q1 production 31K ounces
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13:09 EDTCSXCSX volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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10:26 EDTBACBofA Merill Lynch names De Giorgi, Assef as investment banking co-heads, FT says
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09:00 EDTYHOOYahoo says bringing mobile audience targeting to native advertisers
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06:34 EDTYHOOYahoo, Tumblr may undergo significant changes, The Information says
Yahoo is preparing to make significant organizational changes that may alter Tumblr's product management team and end Tumblr's status as a standalone unit, according to The Information. Reference Link
April 7, 2015
13:08 EDTCSXNTSB: Oil train cars should be replaced more quickly, Washington Post says
The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, yesterday said that oil train cars should be replaced more quickly than the current planned timetable of ten years, according to The Washington Post. "We canít wait a decade for safer rail cars,Ē the newspaper quoted the agency's chairman as saying in a statement. Publicly traded railroad operators include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Publicly traded railroad car makers include Greenbrier (GBX), FreightCar America (RAIL), and American Railcar Industries (ARII). Reference Link
12:15 EDTYHOOYahoo volatility at low end historic range
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11:02 EDTBACAmerican Express slips after analyst, columnist highlight challenges
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07:16 EDTBACRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmExís margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
06:52 EDTSBUXStarbucks profit raises concerns over tax practices in Europe, WSJ reports
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06:14 EDTCSXOil train shipments stalled due to safety concerns and crude prices, WSJ reports
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April 6, 2015
19:42 EDTYHOOSurvey of iPhone, iPad users indicates preference for Google search, BI says
48% of Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPad users report that if Yahoo (YHOO) were to acquire default search engine rights for Apple's Safari browser, they would manually switch the default search back to Google (GOOG), reports Business Insider, citing a survey of roughly 500 Apple users by Goldman Sachs tech analysts. 4% of the surveyed users stated they would intentionally keep Yahoo as the default. Reference Link
19:19 EDTSBUXStarbucks expands college tuition program, sees investing $250M or more by 2025
Starbucks and Arizona State University announced that Starbucks College Achievement Plan, first introduced in June 2014, will now offer 100% tuition coverage for every eligible U.S. Starbucks partner. Full tuition coverage was previously available to juniors and seniors, but now all eligible part-time or full-time partners can apply for and complete all four years of a bachelorís degree through ASUís online degree program. In addition to partners receiving full tuition coverage, the company is offering faster tuition reimbursement - now at the end of each semester. The company will invest up to $250M or more to help at least 25,000 partners graduate by 2025. Over the next three years, Starbucks has also committed to hiring 10,000 ďOpportunity Youth,Ē a population of nearly 6M disconnected youth between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not working or in school. Partners will have no commitment to remain at the company past graduation.
15:42 EDTCSXCrude-by-rail shipments slow, WSJ says
Shipments of crude by rail have slowed amid lower prices for the commodity in recent months with oil-train traffic declining 1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, says the Wall Street Journal. A rash of derailments of trains carrying crude recently also impacted rail traffic this year, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Reference Link
10:02 EDTADTNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTADTNADTRAN upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
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