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April 3, 2014
12:10 EDTVVUS, C, LQDT, LMCA, RPM, AMRS, BKSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Liberty’s reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
News For BKS;LMCA;C;AMRS;LQDT;VVUS;RPM From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2014
09:39 EDTCActive equity options trading
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07:01 EDTCFed could further restrict banks' commodities businesses, NY Times says
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06:29 EDTBKSBarnes & Noble moves into gifts to reverse declines in store traffic, WSJ says
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November 21, 2014
07:24 EDTCBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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November 20, 2014
12:46 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite disappointing purchasing managers' index readings in both China and Europe. The market took its early lead from Europe and opened lower, though the major averages moved into positive territory following a trio of better than expected domestic economic reports, as the leading economic indicators, Philadelphia Fed survey, and existing home sales all beat consensus forecasts. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell 2K to 291K in the week ended November 15, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged in October, versus expectations for a drop of 0.1%. The core CPI reading, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.1%. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI slipped 1.2 points to 54.7 in November, versus the consensus forecast for a 56.5 reading. Existing home sales rose 1.5% to a 5.26M rate in October, which beat expectations for a decline to a 5.15M unit rate. The index of leading indicators climbed 0.9% to 105.2 in October, beating expectations for a 0.5% increase. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index surged to 40.8 in November, easily topping the consensus expectation for a 18.0 reading. In Asia, the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI for China fell to a six-month low of 50.0 in the flash reading for November, which is down from a final reading of 50.4 in October and below the 50.3 consensus forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash eurozone PMI composite output index, which tracks surveys from both the manufacturing and services sectors, came in at 51.4 for November, which was down from 52.1 in October and represents the measure's lowest level in 16 months. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Best Buy (BBY) advanced 7% after its third quarter profit beat estimates and it reported that its domestic same-store sales grew 3.2%. The electronics retailer also said the sales trends it is seeing as its enters the critical fourth quarter are "encouraging from a top-line perspective." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which rose nearly 10% after the home goods retailer's third quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and the company raised its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also higher following its own "beat and raise" quarterly report was Kirkland's (KIRK), which advanced 18%. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which dropped 9% after its fourth quarter earnings missed expectations and the company said it will no longer give yearly guidance. Also lower was Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), which dropped 6% after its first quarter profit outlook fell short of analysts’ consensus estimates and the company's Chief Financial Officer announced plans to depart. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.84, or 0.04%, to 17,693.57, the Nasdaq was up 22.08, or 0.47%, to 4,697.80, and the S&P 500 was up 3.01, or 0.15%, to 2,051.73.
10:02 EDTLMCAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... E-House (EJ) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Sapient (SAPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Harsco (HSC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory.
09:30 EDTLMCALiberty Media downgraded to Hold from Buy at Telsey Advisory
07:21 EDTCCitigroup's OneMain could receive bids from Springleaf, Centerbridge, WSJ says
Springleaf Holdings (LEAF) and Centerbridge Partners are said to be considering separate bids for OneMain, Citigroup's (C) subprime lending business, The Wall Street Journal reports. The unit could fetch over $4B, a source says. Other sources say the sale process for OneMain is in the early stages and other bidders may emerge. Reference Link
07:16 EDTLMCACharter could look to buy Time Warner Cable if Comcast deal fails, WSJ says
John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), said Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) if TWC's deal with Comcast (CMCSA) falls through, The Wall Street Journal reports. Malone told shareholders at Liberty's investor day that he would pursue "an outright purchase" of Time Warner Cable if regulators don't approve the Comcast deal. Reference Link
07:02 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services suspends yearly guidance
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06:59 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services sees 1Q15 adjusted EPS 16c-22c, consensus 25c
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06:56 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services reports Q4 adjusted EPS 13c, consensus 15c
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November 19, 2014
15:59 EDTCCitigroup latest bank to mull sale of index business, Reuters reports
Citigroup, amid increased regulatory scrutiny, is weighing a sale of its index business, said Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the situation. Reference Link
15:34 EDTLMCALiberty Media CEO says focused on expanding cash reserves
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09:04 EDTLMCALiberty Media to host investor meeting
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08:27 EDTCCiti cuts 35 capital markets jobs in London, Reuters reports
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07:51 EDTCClearing House Payments Company to hold a conference
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07:37 EDTCCitigroup to hold a conference
Global Financial Conference is being held in Singapore on November 19-20.
November 18, 2014
07:39 EDTRPMCFA Society of Cleveland to hold a conference
Midwest Investment Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio on November 18.
November 17, 2014
14:16 EDTCCitigroup reports October credit loss 2.18% vs. 2.53% last month
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