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January 2, 2013
10:02 EDTMAR, OSK, ADM, WAG, SFD, PRXL, BCR, ITW, HAIN, URBN, QDEL, ZEUS, BC, TTM, CAT, VAL, X, POMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Brunswick (BC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... C.R. Bard (BCR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Olympic Steel (ZEUS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... PAREXEL (PRXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Pepco Holdings (POM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Quidel (QDEL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... U.S. Steel (X) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Valspar (VAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Walgreen (WAG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hain Celestial (HAIN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Archer Daniels (ADM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Tata Motors (TTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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January 27, 2016
16:01 EDTXOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
14:34 EDTCAT, OSKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:26 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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12:11 EDTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and proceed to lose additional ground after the open. Despite another disappointing weekly Department of Energy inventory report, which pointed to larger than expected builds of both oil and gas stockpiles, the price of crude moved higher in later morning trading, taking equities up with it. Fed watchers have zero expectation that the central bank will announce an interest rate hike later today, but are hoping for a dovish policy statement to be issued in conjunction with the end of the latest FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. The FOMC rate decision is due out at 2 pm ET and 100% of 104 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg were aligned in predicting no change to benchmark U.S. interest rates will be announced today. While their is no chance seen that the central bank will raise rates, the language in the statement will be closely examined for any clues on the Fed's thinking about when the next rate may be coming. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) declined about 5% after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates last night, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectation. The company was noted by several analysts as having a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China... Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow, however, as that distinction goes to Boeing (BA). Shares of the commercial airplane maker and defense contractor plummeted 7% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast. Conversely, United Technologies (UTX), which is also in the Dow and also involved in aerospace and defense, gained 2% after backing its adjusted earnings outlook for fiscal 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunEdison (SUNE), which rallied 12% after the company and David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital agreed to new corporate governance initiatives, including appointing Claire Gogel to its board and amending its bylaws to provide that it will not make equity issuances for two years without supermajority vote of the board. Also higher were Commvault (CVLT), Hess (HES) and Biogen (BIIB), which gained 13%, 10% and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was DreamWorks Animations (DWA), which fell 4.5% after the stock was downgraded to Sell at Topeka. Also lower were U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW), and Textron (TXT), which were down 12%, 8.5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 37.60, or 0.23%, to 16,204.83, the Nasdaq was down 9.88, or 0.22%, to 4,557.79, and the S&P 500 was up 9.54, or 0.5%, to 1,913.17.
11:44 EDTCATEarnings Watch: Analysts cautious on Caterpillar ahead of Q4 results
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10:04 EDTCATCaterpillar falls, levels to watch
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09:26 EDTXU.S. Steel falls after earnings, levels to watch
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09:12 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 16% in three months end December
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08:53 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works to hold a conference call
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08:08 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works backs FY16 EPS $5.35-$5.55, consensus $5.43
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08:07 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works sees Q1 EPS $1.20-$1.30, consensus $1.28
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08:06 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works reports Q4 EPS $1.23, consensus $1.21
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06:59 EDTXOptions expected to be active: AAPL FB AMZN BIIB GD HES TXT BA UTX X T
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January 26, 2016
19:26 EDTXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CA Technologies (CA), up 4.8%... Ethan Allen (ETH), up 10.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 5.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 25% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 6.6% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: U.S. Steel (X), down 9%... AT&T (T), down 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), down 2.6%... VMware (VMW), down 4.7%... TSYS (TSS), down 7.4% after reporting quarterly results and announcing the acquisition of TransFirst for $2.3B in cash. ALSO LOWER: Lannett (LCI), down 9% after giving second quarter and fiscal 2016 guidance... Baxalta (BXLT), down 2% after filing to sell $1.45B of common stock for holders.
16:38 EDTXU.S. Steel sees lower results across operating segments in 2016
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16:35 EDTXU.S. Steel reports Q4 adjusted EPS (23c), may not compare to consensus (83c)
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16:20 EDTOSKOn 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.
14:32 EDTITWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
14:32 EDTXNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:40 EDTMARTripAdvisor adds key supplier with Starwood, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that while expected following Marriott's (MAR) acquisition of Starwood, the partnership enabling Starwood's hotel inventory on TripAdvisor's (TRIP) Instant Book is a positive. TripAdvisor is making "tremendous strides" in building its supplier network, Olson tells investors in a research note. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target.
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