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December 13, 2012
12:40 EDTMBI, CLWR, RIGL, ZAGG, BBY, ALLT, BAC, S, AZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, extending the slide that began late yesterday following Ben Bernanke's press conference. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid both held press conferences within about the last hour, bringing the fiscal cliff fight back to the forefront of investors' minds... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 29,000 to 343,000, versus expectations for a drop to 369,000. Producer prices in the month of November fell 0.8%, versus an expected decline of 0.5%. "Core" prices, excluding food and energy, rose 0.1%, which matched expectations. Retail sales rose 0.3% in November, which missed expectations for an increase of 0.5%. In Europe, the region's finance ministers approved the long-delayed release of financial aid to Greece. Also, an agreement was reached on the foundation of a true banking union with ECB oversight... COMPANY NEWS: Best Buy (BBY) jumped over 15% after Minneapolis' Star Tribune said the company's founder Richard Schulze may make a fully financed $5B-$6B buyout offer by the end of the week... Clearwire (CLWR) rose nearly 14% to $3.13 after Sprint (S) disclosed that it offered $2.90 per share for the remaining stake in the company it does not already own. Clearwire said that its talks with Sprint are ongoing... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were ZAGG (ZAGG), up 15% after announcing a $10M share repurchase program, and MBI (MBIA), up 6.5% following positive analyst commentary about the potential for a settlement with Bank of America (BAC). Among the noteworthy losers was Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL), which fell almost 35% after an RA drug it is developing in partnership with AstraZeneca (AZN) failed to meet one of its endpoints in a trial. Shares of AstraZeneca, meanwhile, fell 2.6%. Also lower were shares of Allot Communications (ALLT), down over 11% following a downgrade to Hold at Wunderlich... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 19.89, or 0.15%, to 13,225.56; the Nasdaq was down 21.52, or 0.71%, to 2,992.29; and the S&P 500 was down 7.47, or 0.52%, to 1,421.01.
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January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
09:32 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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06:34 EDTSSprint upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan upgraded Sprint to Perform citing the company's improved network and lower expenses following its Q4 results. The company appears solvent, Horan tells investors in a research note.
January 26, 2016
16:20 EDTSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began Tuesday in positive territory, once again trading in tandem with oil prices. The Dow led today's gains thanks in part to earnings reports from 3M (MMM), Proctor & Gamble (PG) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), though the Nasdaq struggled early in the day. Following a better than expected reading on consumer confidence and a rip in oil prices, stocks continued to pile on gains in the afternoon, with the major indexes all going out near their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as major members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M lead the pack with a gain of 5.16% to $144.79, while Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble and DuPont (DD) added 4.86%, 2.55% and 0.89%, respectively, following their reports... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Terex (TEX), which surged 36.5% to $20.48 after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also saw respective gains of 16%, 9.5% and 5.5% after the news. In other M&A news, FirstMerit (FMER) jumped 18.35% after a merger agreement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). Also higher was Weight Watchers (WTW), which rose nearly 20% to $13.32 after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress and weight loss using the company's program. In addition, Sprint (S) soared 18.65% to $2.99 after reporting losses for the quarter that were not as steep as expected and raising its fiscal year EBITDA forecast. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which declined 9% to $48.83 after reaching an agreement with Lockheed Martin (LMT) to combine with the company's realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions unit in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction. Also lower was Centene (CNC), which lost 2.26% to $59.99 after revealing it has potentially misplaced six hard drives containing personal data on nearly 1M individuals. Meanwhile, Polaris (PII) dipped 9.15% to $72.99 after its fourth quarter report. INDEXES: The Dow rose 282.01, or 1.78%, to 16,167.23, the Nasdaq gained 49.18, or 1.09%, to 4,567.67, and the S&P 500 advanced 26.55, or 1.41%, to 1,903.63.
16:00 EDTBAC, SOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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12:16 EDTSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in positive territory moved cautiously in the opening segment, before shooting higher following the better than expected consumer confidence reading. The Dow is the biggest winner and is up more than 1.5% while the Nasdaq has been lagging but is up more than 0.6%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: The volume of earnings reports took a step up, with four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posting results before the opening bell this morning. All four advanced on the heels of their reports, with 3M (MMM) leading the pack with a gain of 4.5% despite earnings, excluding restructuring charges, that missed the consensus forecast. The industrial conglomerate did, however, affirm its performance expectations for the new fiscal year. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) rose 3%, Procter & Gamble (PG) gained 2.7% and DuPont (DD) added 1.6%... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over next two years and announcing that it has agreed to sell AIG Advisor Group to private equity firm Lightyear Capital and Canadian pension investment manager PSP Investments. AIG also said it will pursue an initial public offering of United Guaranty in mid-2016 to sell up to 19.9% of the outstanding shares as a first step towards a full separation. However, the insurer said it believes a full breakup, as espoused by investor Carl Icahn, would detract from shareholder value, arguing that a lack of diversification benefits would reduce capital available for distribution and there would be a loss of tax benefits. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avis Budget (CAR), which rallied 7% after the company raised its share repurchase authorization by $300M and after SRS Investment reported a 9.5% stake in the company. Also higher were Sprint (S) and Coach (COH), which gained 20% and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, FirstMerit (FMER) rose 16% after reporting quarterly earnings and announcing that it will merge with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) in a deal valued at $3.4B. Huntington Bancshares fell 10% after the FirstMerit merger agreement was announced. Also lower was Stratasys (SSYS), which dropped 6% after JPMorgan downgraded the shares to Neutral from Overweight. In addition, Polaris (PII) and Waters Corporation (WAT) were down 11% and 4.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 273.66, or 1.72%, to 16,158.88, the Nasdaq was up 49.20, or 1.09%, to 4,567.69, and the S&P 500 was up 25.96, or 1.38%, to 1,903.04.
12:12 EDTBBYJP Morgan reports 8.1% passive stake in Best Buy
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11:13 EDTBACActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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11:01 EDTBACStocks with call strike movement; COH BAC
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09:15 EDTSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Sprint (S), up 19.5%... Rambus (RMBS), up 8%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 11.3%... Sanmina (SANM), up 9.9%... Coach (COH), up 4.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Firstmerit (FMER), up 21.5% following the merger announcement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Polaris (PII), down 4.2%. ALSO LOWER: Huntington Bancshares, down 6.8% after announcing a merger with Firstmerit. Stratasys (SSYS), down 3.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:40 EDTSSprint CEO says executing on improved network despite press reports
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07:56 EDTSSprint up 16% after raising adjusted EBITDA view
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07:53 EDTSRBC Capital to hold a field trip
Brazil Telecoms Trip travels throughout Sao Paulo, Brazil visiting with various companies on January 26-27.
07:45 EDTSSprint establishing network-related financing entity in partnership with SoftBank
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07:43 EDTSSprint reports Q3 postpaid phone net additions of 366,000
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07:40 EDTSSprint sees FY16 Adjusted EBITDA rising to $9.5B-$10B
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07:39 EDTSSprint raises FY15 adjusted EBITDA view to $7.7B--$8B from $6.8B-$7.1B
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07:33 EDTSSprint reports Q3 adjusted EBITDA of $1.9B
Sprint reported net operating revenue of $8.1B, operating loss of $197M, and Adjusted EBITDA of $1.9B.
07:32 EDTSSprint reports Q3 EPS (21c), consensus (25c)
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06:37 EDTSCertain Sprint users get $5 discount for watching mobile ads, WSJ says
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