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January 2, 2013
10:02 EDTOSK, ADM, WAG, SFD, PRXL, BCR, ITW, HAIN, URBN, QDEL, ZEUS, BC, TTM, CAT, VAL, X, POM, MAROn 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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November 16, 2015
15:02 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:29 EDTCATCaterpillar to host conference call
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13:07 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:28 EDTMAROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as markets around the world, most notably in Europe, held up better than may have been expected after the terrorist attacks in Paris. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., stock futures were pointing to a higher open early this morning, showing a good amount of resiliency in the face of the events in France this weekend. However, the futures weakened following the release of manufacturing data from the N.Y. region, leading to a slightly lower open for the broader market. The Empire State index edged up to -10.74 in November, which was improved from the -11.4 reading for last month but below expectations for a -6.50 reading. In Asia, Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.8% in the third quarter, missing expectations for a 0.2% decrease and taking the nation's economy back into recession. COMPANY NEWS: Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) found a buyer, but it was not the one that recent reports had been foreshadowing. Starwood and Marriott (MAR) announced a merger agreement under which the companies will create the world's largest hotel company. Starwood, which had been linked in media reports to a number of other potential buyers in the past, including Hyatt (H) most recently, fell 6% following the deal announcement, while Marriott shares slid fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was (JD), which rallied 9.5% after the company reported third quarter earnings. Also higher was CONSOL Energy (CNX), which gained 6% after Business Insider reported that Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn reiterated the company as his "best idea" while presenting at the Robin Hood investors conference. Among the noteworthy losers was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell over 6.5% after quarterly filings showed that at least two prominent hedge funds have exited or trimmed their stakes in the company. Also lower was Clovis (CLVS), which was down 70% after it announced that the FDA requested additional data for rociletinib. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 68.18, or 0.4%, to 17,313.42, the Nasdaq was down 5.62, or 0.11%, to 4,922.27, and the S&P 500 was up 6.19, or 0.31%, to 2,029.23.
11:31 EDTMARMarriott announces plans to buy Starwood in $12.2B cash and stock deal
Shares of Marriott International (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) fell after the two companies announced that Marriott will acquire Starwood in a cash and stock deal valued at $12.2B. WHAT'S NEW: Under the terms of the agreement, Starwood shareholders will receive 0.92 shares of Marriott Class A common stock and $2 in cash for each share of Starwood stock. When the deal closes, Starwood stakeholders will own roughly 37% of the combined entity's stock, the companies said. Marriott expects the deal to be earnings accretive by the second year after the merger, excluding the impact of transaction and transition costs. Marriott president and chief executive officer Arne Sorenson will remain in both positions following the merger. The transaction, which has been approved unanimously by the boards of both companies, is expected to close in mid-2016. In a statement announcing the deal, Marriott said it remains committed to its management and franchise strategy. Additionally, Marriott said it expects to deliver at least $200M in annual cost savings in the second full year after closing. Marriott expects to return at least $2.25B in dividends and share repurchases to investors, and believes it can reutrn "at least as much" in the first year following the closing. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On a conference call discussing the deal, Sorenson said that Starwood brands will "remain in place" and that he is focused on increasing appeal to younger travelers. Sorenson also said that the agreement includes a $400M break-up fee. Marriott chief financial officer Carl Berquist added that Starwood will continue its asset sale program. Starwood Chairman Bruce Duncan said that "all possible options" were considered and the company spoke to a "wide range" of interested parties. OTHER BIDDERS: On November 2, CNBC's David Faber reported that Starwood and rival Hyatt (H) were still in talks over a potential merger deal and that deal was about "a week away." In addition, The Wall Street Journal reported on October 27 that Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels, HNA Group and China Investment Corporation were vying for government clearance to submit an offer to acquire Starwood. On July 30, media reports emerged that Starwood had reached out to possible suitors about a buyout, including InterContinental (IHG), Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), and several sovereign wealth funds. Intercontinental denied it was involved in any such discussions with Starwood the day the story was reported. STREET RESEARCH: In response to the acquisition news, RBC Capital Markets analyst Wes Golladay said that Marriott may look to convert some of Starwood's hotels, likely older Sheratons, to its new Delta brand. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Marriott declined 0.14% to $72.64 and Starwood fell 6.25% to $70.24. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hyatt rallied 3.4%, InterContinental was down 1.77% and Wyndham Worldwide lost 2.07% following the deal announcement. American Express (AXP), which announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card in early June, slipped 0.62% in morning trading.
09:48 EDTMARMarriott CEO says U.S. economy continues to grow 'steadily'
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09:41 EDTMARMarriott CEO says future for luxury 'very strong'
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09:35 EDTMARMarriott CEO says Starwood deal includes break-up fee of $400M
09:21 EDTMARMarriott says Starwood to continue asset sale program
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09:19 EDTMAROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Nexvet Biopharma (NVET), up 16.8% after NV-01 study meets primary endpoint... Protalix BioTherapeutics (PLX), up 4.8% after announcing that it will conduct a Phase III clinical trial for PRX-102... Array Biopharma (ARRY), up 4.3% after announcing a commercialization collaboration with Pierre Fabre... Perrigo (PRGO), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dillard's (DDS), down 11.7% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down 71.3% after the FDA requested additional clinical data for rociletinib... KaloBios Pharmaceuticals (KBIO), down 48.9% after announcing that it will wind down its operations... Starwood Hotels (HOT), down 6.3% after announcing that Marriott (MAR) will acquire the company... Marriott is down 2.4%... Five Below (FIVE), down 3.1% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:13 EDTMARMarriott CEO Sorenson says Starwood brands to 'remain in place'
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08:58 EDTMARAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
08:57 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters to acquire The Vetri Family restaurants
Urban Outfitters announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all The Vetri Family group of restaurants including award winning Pizzeria Vetri. The Vetri Family group of restaurants was created and co-headed by James Beard award winning Chef Marc Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin.
08:57 EDTMARMarriott says 'committed' to management and franchise strategy
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06:19 EDTMARMarriott & Starwood to host joint conference call
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06:12 EDTMARMarriott volatility flat into acquiring Starwood for $12.2B
Marriott (MAR) November call option implied volatility is at 31, December is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 41, suggesting non-directional price movement into acquiring Starwood (HOT) for $12.2B in cash, stock.
06:09 EDTMARMarriott to acquire Starwood for $12.2B in cash, stock
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06:09 EDTMARStarwood November volatility up into Marriott acquiring for $12.2B
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06:05 EDTMARMarriott to acquire Starwood for $12.2B in cash, stock
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05:38 EDTXU.S. Steel implied volatility of 102 at upper end of index mean range
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