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May 5, 2014
10:34 EDTHON, C, GE, UTX, BEAVAnalysts weigh in after BE Aerospace begins exploring sale
Shares of BE Aerospace (BEAV) are climbing after the company announced that it was exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible sales of the company. Analysts at Jefferies and Deutsche Bank had very different outlooks on the company following the news. WHAT'S NEW: BE Aerospace yesterday said that it would explore strategic alternatives meant to increase shareholder value. The company stated that it could elect to sell itself, or spin-off or sell a number of its businesses. Other strategic transactions may also be pursued, added the company, which noted that it had hired Citigroup (C) as its financial advisor and Shearman & Sterling as its legal advisor in connection with this process. ANALYST REACTION: BE Aerospace could be sold for about $107 per share, wrote Jefferies analyst Howard Rubel in a note to investors earlier today. The company could appeal to a strategic partner because of recent innovations that have enabled it to increase its market share, according to Rubel. Moreover, BE Aerospace has strong relationships with its customers and is benefiting from the growing importance that airlines attach to the interior of their planes, added the analyst, who increased his price target on the shares to $107 from $85 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. Another firm, FBR Capital, said it views BE Aerospace as a "very attractive asset" since it is the market leader in both the commercial aerospace OEM supply-chain and aftermarket end-markets. The firm thinks both strategic buyers and private equity could be interested and said it can "easily see" a multi-bidder situation developing now that the company is exploring alternatives. FBR has an Outperform rating on the stock. Conversely, Deutsche Bank analyst Myles Walton wrote that an acquisition of BE Aerospace would be quite expensive and that potential acquirers may find it difficult to make such a purchase profitable. Additionally many companies that could potentially buy BE Aerospace - including GE (GE), Honeywell (HON), and United Technologies (UTX) - would not be interested in doing so, the analyst believes. Walton kept a Hold rating on BE Aerospace. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, BE Aerospace shares jumped 11.2% to $98.92.
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February 1, 2016
05:46 EDTGEGE Oil & Gas reports over $700M of customer agreements
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05:44 EDTGEGE Oil & Gas announces investments in Italy worth $600M
GE Oil & Gas announced a new Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to the investment of $600M over the next five years in Italy. The MoU was signed today in Florence by GE Oil & Gas at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi, the President of Tuscany Region Enrico Rossi, GE's Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, the President and CEO of GE Italia Sandro De Poli, the President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas Lorenzo Simonelli and the President of Nuovo Pignone Massimo Messeri. The investment in significant research, development and technological innovation in the country reaffirms GE Oil & Gas' commitment to the Italian market, and reinforces its cooperation with universities, SMEs and the regional economy where it operates. Tuscany is the home to Oil & Gas' Turbomachinery Solutions division and is also present in Lombardy, Calabria and Apulia. Another Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in the last weeks between Avio Aero - a GE Aviation business - and the Italian Minister of Economic Development, consisting of EUR200M over the next four years and involving Piedmont, Apulia and Campania, the geographical areas in which Avio Aero employs about 4,000 people. The MoU announced today will see GE Oil & Gas operations invest $600M over the next five years establishing a centre of global excellence in Tuscany for the oil and gas sector that will involve 500 highly qualified people coming from GE, universities, research labs, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The project aims at increasing Italian production by 50% and increase company revenue by $1.7B in five years. The program, named Galileo, supports the development of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors with a 5-65MW power range and innovative digital technologies covering their entire life cycle with aim of optimising the performance and operative life of the products.
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTCOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:33 EDTCU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 29, 2016
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10:18 EDTHONHoneywell expects UOP unit return to growth path in 2017
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10:07 EDTHONHoneywell expects 2016 to see top line growth, strong margin expansion
09:39 EDTHONHoneywell expect to be 'opportunistic' when it comes to share repurchases
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09:38 EDTHONHoneywell backs FY16 Aerospace sales $15.3B-$15.6B, core organic growth 1%-2%
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09:37 EDTHONHoneywell expects to face challenging end markets, but framework has not changed
The company expects to continue to spend conservatively to keep planning framework the same.
09:36 EDTHONHoneywell sees Q1 EPS $1.48-$1.53, consensus $1.49
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09:34 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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07:31 EDTCBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
06:34 EDTHONHoneywell backs FY16 EPS ex-items view of $6.45-$6.70, consensus $6.57
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06:32 EDTHONHoneywell reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.58, consensus $1.58
Reports Q4 revenue $9.98B, consensus $9.98B.
06:10 EDTGEGE intends to invest $760M in Italy R&D facilities, Bloomberg reports
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January 28, 2016
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
14:29 EDTHONNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:11 EDTHONHoneywell volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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07:09 EDTHONEconomic Club of New York to hold a breakfast meeting
Economic Club of New York holds Breakfast Meeting with Honeywell's CEO David M. Cote in New York on January 28 at 7:45 am.
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