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March 20, 2014
07:24 EDTPWR, SHOR, SWN, TITN, TSCO, URS, MNRO, LAD, FAF, DXCM, CALD, BASStephens to hold a conference
Annual 1:1 West Coast Conference is being held in San Francisco on March 20.
News For BAS;CALD;DXCM;FAF;LAD;MNRO;URS;TSCO;TITN;SWN;SHOR;PWR From The Last 14 Days
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October 16, 2014
07:05 EDTSWNChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
10:02 EDTBASOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Baker Hughes (BHI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... C&J Energy (CJES) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... CHC Group (HELI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Chart Industries (GTLS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Core Laboratories (CLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Diamond Offshore (DO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dril-Quip (DRQ) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Ensco (ESV) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... FIS (FIS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Halliburton (HAL) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Hercules Offshore (HERO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Maxwell (MXWL) reinstated with a Buy at Canaccord... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Noble Corp. (NE) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Oceaneering (OII) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Peabody (BTU) initiated with an Underperform at Imperial Capital... RPC, Inc. (RES) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Receptos (RCPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Rowan Companies (RDC) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Schlumberger (SLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Sensata (ST) resumed with a Buy at Citigroup... Tidewater (TDW) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Transocean (RIG) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Weatherford (WFT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group.
10:02 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:53 EDTURSURS Corporation to host special shareholder meeting
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09:01 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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08:37 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:15 EDTBASBasic Energy initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
Target $25.
06:27 EDTLADLithia Motors upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Lithia Motors two notches to Overweight from Underweight based on favorable risk/reward, reset consensus expectations, and DCH execution risk appears to be reflected in shares. Price target lowered to $75 from $80.
October 14, 2014
09:03 EDTLADLithia Motors shares defended at Craig-Hallum
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October 13, 2014
17:24 EDTURSS&P announces changes to the S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices
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17:17 EDTURSTanger Factory to replace URS Corporation in S&P 400 as of 10/17 close
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16:28 EDTLADOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
11:55 EDTLADLithia Motors sinks after cutting profit forecasts
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07:11 EDTLADLithia Motors sees FY15 EPS $5.60-$5.80, consensus $6.33
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07:09 EDTLADLithia Motors sees 1Q15 EPS $1.18-$1.21
07:08 EDTLADLithia Motors sees FY14 new vehicle SSS up 9.5%
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07:06 EDTLADLithia Motors sees FY14 EPS $4.86-$4.88, consensus $5.06
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07:05 EDTLADLithia Motors sees Q4 EPS $1.17-$1.19, consensus $1.29
07:04 EDTLADLithia Motors reports preliminary Q3 EPS $1.30-$1.32, consensus $1.38
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