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June 12, 2013
10:14 EDTUSB, ORIG, LM, FIATY, WFC, SNX, MERC, KGC, DF, WAB, PRU, MPLX, KS, BIIBOn the Fly: Downgrade Summary
Biogen (BIIB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup… Dean Foods (DF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein… Fiat (FIATY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS… KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank… Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen… Legg Mason (LM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman… MPLX (MPLX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill… Mercer (MERC) downgraded to Sector Underperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC… Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse… Prudential (PRU) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital… SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James… U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities… Wabtec (WAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James… Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities.
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February 4, 2016
10:52 EDTMPLXOptions with increasing implied volatility: MPLX BOFI BKS NAT KSS
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10:01 EDTWABOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Anglo Platinum (AGPPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Changyou.com (CYOU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge (ENB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... GoPro (GPRO) downgraded on results, guidance at Sterne Agee CRT... Heat Biologics (HTBX) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Cantor... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Intrawest Resorts (SNOW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Match Group (MTCH) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Pacific Biosciences (PACB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts (SKIS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Speculative Buy at Seaport Global... Synchronoss (SNCR) downgraded at Stifel... Wabtec (WAB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
07:25 EDTWABWabtec downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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06:58 EDTWFC, USBFed official supports tougher bank stress tests, Reuters reports
Boston Fed president Eric Rosengren said that he supports tougher stress tests for "too big to fail" banks, including larger capital investments that would make them "even more binding," Reuters reports. Rosengren said that stress test changes have reduced the likelihood that systemically important financial firms would fail, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:52 EDTWFCCredit Suisse says not in asset sale talks with Wells Fargo, Reuters reports
Credit Suisse (CS) CEO Tidjane Thiam says there is "no foundation" to reports suggesting the company is in asset sale talks with Wells Fargo (WFC), Reuters reports. Thiam says the company's investment bank is "important" to its strategy. Reference Link
06:51 EDTUSB, WFCBofA doesn't deserve to be in 'stock market doghouse,' WSJ says
Bank of America (BAC) is currently in the "stock market doghouse," but doesn't deserve to be, David Reilly of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. The overall beating of U.S. bank stocks has come amid the greater market selloff, reflecting the fact that slowing growth has brought doubt on the Fed's ability to raise rates in March, Reilly says. Since a rate increase is a far-off prospect, investors have little reason to own bank stocks, though Bank of America's valuation assumes "too dire an outcome," the report says. Banks with international outreach, such as Citi (C), are still arguably further behind in post-crisis cleanup, but Bank of America is more focused on the domestic U.S. economy and prices a U.S. recession as a given, not a possibility, the report says. Other large U.S. banks include Wells Fargo (WFC), JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), and SunTrust (STI). Reference Link
February 3, 2016
12:24 EDTMPLXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the day in positive territory thanks in part to higher oil prices, dovish comments from NY Fed Governor Bill Dudley and a positive jobs report from ADP. The early gains were short lived, as the market saw its highest prices at the open and then drifted lower, gaining downside momentum after two reports on the services sector both pointed to a deceleration. After the Dow lost more than 100 points, the market found a level and bounced back, leaving the averages lower but off their worst levels near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP estimated that private payrolls grew by 205,000 jobs in January, topping the consensus forecast for 190,000 job additions. Markit's services PMI came in at 53.2, versus the consensus 53.7 forecast. The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index came in at 53.5 for January, down from 55.3 in the previous month and below the 55.1 reading forecast by analysts. In Asia, the Caixin services PMI for China climbed to 52.4 in January from 50.2 in December, while Japan's services PMI rose to 52.4 from 51.5 in the prior month. Additionally, China's National Development and Reform Commission set its economic growth projection range for this year at 6.5%-7%, noting that attempts to curb overcapacity will increase unemployment in provinces with high output of steel and coal. In Europe, Markit's composite purchasing managers index for January declined to 53.6 from 54.3 in December. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) declined 6% after the embattled Internet company reported fourth quarter results and announced plans to simplify its product portfolio and reduce its workforce by roughly 15%. Maynard Webb, Yahoo's Chairman, said the company's board is committed to its turnaround efforts and supportive of management's plan, but also believes that exploring additional strategic alternatives is in the best interest of its shareholders, though the acknowledgment that the company will "engage on qualified strategic proposals" did little to boost its shares this morning... Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) fell 4% after reporting lower than expected revenue and stating that its same-store sales had plunged more than 14% last quarter. Additionally, the burrito chain disclosed that it was served with a subpoena broadening the scope of the previously-announced criminal investigation that was limited to a single Chipotle restaurant in California. As Chipotle shares continue to get punished over the company's food safety issues, another stock was hit today by a similar fear, as Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) slid 6% after one of its locations was named as a suspected source of new cases of people suffering from norovirus-like symptoms in suburban Kansas City. However, the company said there "is no conclusive link to [its] restaurant being the source of the illness" and that the location reopened on Wednesday after a consultation with the health department... Merck (MRK) was one of the worst performers on the Dow, sliding nearly 3% after its earnings narrowly topped expectations but its guidance for the new fiscal year fell short of expectations. Among other large cap names reporting earnings this morning, Comcast (CMCSA) rose 4% following its report, while General Motors (GM) slid 4%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Autodesk (ADSK), which rallied more than 8% after it announced a restructuring plan that involves reducing its workforce by roughly 10%. Also higher were Energizer (ENR), Spectra Energy (SE), and Avery Dennison (AVY), which gained 15%, 7%, and 7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Lowe's (LOW), which fell 7% after it agreed to acquire Canada's RONA in a deal valued at $2.3B. Also lower were Mondelez (MDLZ), Match Group (MTCH), and MPLX (MPLX), which were down 7%, 14%, and 19%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 13.22, or 0.08%, to 16,140.32, the Nasdaq was down 48.09, or 1.06%, to 4,468.85, and the S&P 500 was down 11.42, or 0.6%, to 1,891.61.
11:37 EDTDFOptions with increasing put volume; PSX CDNS DF WDR MELI MAS NOV WSM DB
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10:07 EDTDFHigh option volume stocks: DF WDR KLIC ST CIT PGTI EW ING TSM NOV
09:10 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $1.2B to settle government claims over lending activities
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06:59 EDTMPLXMPLX reports Q4 EPS (14c), consensus 32c
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06:58 EDTMPLXMPLX sees FY16 net income $325M-$485M
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February 2, 2016
12:19 EDTWFCWells Fargo settles with SEC over municipal securities underwriting violations
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10:01 EDTDFHigh option volume stocks: DF ROK MCHP SFLY PBI IDTI IILG
08:36 EDTBIIBPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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February 1, 2016
10:08 EDTDFHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: NOK HLT NCLH DF GALE VMW DPS SYY SYMC PGR
07:20 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW receives notice of breach of material obligations on Eirik Raude
Ocean Rig UDW announced that on January 31, 2016, it has received a notice of breach of material obligations from Premier Oil under the drilling contract for the Eirik Raude. Ocean Rig is evaluating the contents of this notice and its options under the contract.
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTWFCOn 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 EDTWFC, USBU.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
11:39 EDTBIIBS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. 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. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking 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 that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... 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... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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