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July 2, 2014
10:00 EDTBNPQY, USB, TRMB, NGLS, SBS, OHI, MM, DLAKY, HRL, HOG, EPB, CJES, BMY, BZH, VEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... C&J Energy (CJES) downgraded to Equal Weight at Stephens... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Harley-Davidson (HOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Hormel Foods (HRL) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Lufthansa (DLAKY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Millennial Media (MM) downgraded at Evercore... Omega Healthcare (OHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Saneamento Basico (SBS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) downgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays... Trimble (TRMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded at RW Baird... Veolia Environment (VE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
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August 12, 2014
10:00 EDTEPBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:02 EDTHRLHormel Foods closes acquisition of CytoSport
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07:48 EDTUSBBanks posted second-highest profit in 23 years in second quarter, WSJ says
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06:36 EDTTRMBTrimble approves $330M share repurchase program
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05:25 EDTEPBEl Paso Pipeline upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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August 11, 2014
18:29 EDTMMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: DealerTrack (TRAK), up 11.3%... DTS Inc. (DSTI), up 12.8%... Globalstar (GSAT), up 1.6%... Halozyme Therapeutics (HALO), up 2.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), up 57.7% after announcing that 46% of OCA group met FLINT endpoint as well as reporting second quarter results... Cempra (CEMP), up 5.8% following Intercept Pharmaceuticals' FLINT announcement... Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG), up 3.6% after board approves a $500M share repurchase authorization and announces a $2.00 per share special dividend. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 13.4%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), down 9.7%... Millennial Media (MM), down 7.1%... MasTec (MTZ), down 3.6%... Turtle Beach (HEAR), down 3.5%... magicJack (CALL), down 5.8%... Geron (GERN), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), down 3.7% after filing to sell 15M shares of common stock for holders.
16:50 EDTEPBOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory but were never able to gain any upside momentum. There was little to account for the initial move other than no change to the status quo for Israel and Russia. The averages moved in a narrow range but managed to stay on the plus side into the close, though in lackluster fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced $3.25, or 9.0%, to $39.37 after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). The total transaction has a value of about $70B and the combined entity will be the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and the third largest energy company overall with an estimated enterprise value of approximately $140B, the company said. Afterward, Kinder Morgan was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch, though Wells Fargo viewed the plans as mixed near-term. Wells believes the deal helps address some of the structural issues that have been pressuring Kinderís valuation in recent quarters, but it believes itís unclear how the market will ultimately value the new structure and the firm kept its Market Perform rating on all four stocks involved. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana distributor Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped $3.04, or 30.22%, to $13.10 to close above the $13 per share takeover offer announced by Cutrale Group and the Safra Group. Note that Chiquita previously agreed to combine with Fyffes plc in a stock-for-stock transaction. Also higher was Mattress Firm (MFRM), which advanced $6.52, or 13.58%, to $54.53 after reporting preliminary second quarter results that beat expectations and raising it fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Walter Investment (WAC), which fell $3.52, or 12.45%, to $24.75, and Inovio (INO), which dropped 99c, or 9.94%, to $8.97. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 16.05, or 0.1%, to 16,569.98, the Nasdaq gained 30.43, or 0.7%, to 4,401.33, and the S&P 500 rose 5.33, or 0.28%, to 1,936.92.
16:18 EDTMMMillennial Media sees Q3 revenue $65M-$70M, consensus $77.95M
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16:18 EDTMMMillennial Media reports Q2 EPS (6c), consensus (12c)
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12:25 EDTEPBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There was little in the way of a catalyst, as the economic calendar was empty, though investors may have been encouraged that there was no breakdown in the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza and no big headlines from the Russia/Ukraine border. Additionally, some may have viewed comments from Fed Vice Chair Fischer as dovish and in support of continued easing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced 10% after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). In addition to the rise in the shares of the parent, Kinder Morgan Energy shares rose 19%, Kinder Morgan Management gained 25% and El Paso Pipeline moved up 22%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana producer Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped 31% to trade above $13 per share after Cutrale Group and the Safra Group proposed to acquire 100% of the company's outstanding stock for $13 in cash each. Also higher was electric car maker Tesla (TSLA), which rose 5% after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. Among the noteworthy losers was social game maker King Digital (KING), which slid 3% after the stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest to Sector Perform from Outperform. Also lower following their earnings reports were Inovio (INO), which fell over 8%, and Gogo (GOGO), which dropped nearly 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 51.25, or 0.31%, to 16,605.18, the Nasdaq was up 38.19, or 0.87%, to 4,409.08, and the S&P 500 was up 10.12, or 0.52%, to 1,941.71.
09:06 EDTEPBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
08:49 EDTEPBKinder Morgan says future MLP not currently in plans
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07:15 EDTEPBKinder Morgan volatility is expected to move on acquisitions
Kinder Morgan (KMI) volatility is expected to move after announcing the acquisition of Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). Overall option implied volatility of 22 is at its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
06:26 EDTEPBWells Fargo views Kinder Morgan deal as mixed near-term
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August 10, 2014
20:17 EDTEPBKinder Morgan to buy KMP,KMR,EPB with 2015 KMI dividend increase to $2 per share
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August 8, 2014
10:03 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Hodgkin lymphoma treatment granted orphan drug status
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07:18 EDTUSBRegulators direct banks to steer mortgage aid to hard-hit areas, FT says
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August 7, 2014
11:02 EDTBMYBristol-Myers enters development pact with Leica Biosystem
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August 6, 2014
17:13 EDTCJESPoint72 Asset reports 5.4% stake in C&J Energy
06:58 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp August volatility elevated
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