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News For AJG;GME;PMCS;ERIC;TMO;WMS;DB;PCAR;BUD;ORCL;VZ;SMRT;WYNN;GWAY From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
16:42 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the day almost unchanged as investors awaited the testimony from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen before a Senate panel. Following her prepared remarks, which suggested the central bank will not rush to raise interest rates, buyers stepped in to push the market higher. The Dow moved to all-time highs, as did the S&P, while the Nasdaq extended its most recent streak that saw the index close higher for nine consecutive sessions for the first time that has happened since 2009. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stated in prepared testimony to Congress that the central bank considers it "unlikely" that economic conditions will warrant an increase in the target range for the federal funds rate for "at least the next couple" of FOMC meetings. Yellen also said that while the drop in oil prices will have negative effects on energy producers and will probably result in job losses in this sector, it will likely be a significant overall net positive for the U.S. economy. The S&P Case-Shiller 20-city house price index reported a seasonally adjusted monthly increase of 0.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. Markit's services PMI for February came in at 57.0, versus consensus of 54.5. The Conference Board consumer confidence index declined in February to 96.4, which was down from last month's revised 103.8 figure and below the consensus 99.5 forecast. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for February came in at 0, versus the consensus expectation for a reading of 6. In Europe, eurozone finance ministers approved Greece's reform proposals and extended the country's bailout program by four more months. COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) advanced $4.47, or 3.98%, to $116.75 after the Dow member's earnings beat expectations. The home improvement giant also hiked its quarterly dividend by 26% and authorized an $18B share repurchase program. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SunPower (SPWR), which rose $5.00, or 17.99%, to $32.80 after its quarterly results topped expectations and the company announced that its in advanced talks to form a joint YieldCo vehicle with peer First Solar (FSLR). First Solar shares also advanced $5.06, or 10.19%, to $54.70 during the session, though its shares are fractionally lower in after-hours trading after the company issued its own earnings report. Among the noteworthy losers was Rosetta Resources (ROSE), which fell $3.29, or 15.04%, to $18.58 after its weaker than expected Q4 report and lowered guidance was followed by at least five analyst downgrades of its stock. Also lower were shares of Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which slid $7.33, or 4.75%, to $147.00 after reports indicated that Macau's government views overcrowding from tourists as a serious problem and plans to review the mainlandís individual visit scheme with authorities after Chinese New Year. INDEXES: The Dow rose 92.35, or 0.51%, to 18,209.19, the Nasdaq gained 7.15, or 0.14%, to 4,968.12, and the S&P 500 added 5.82, or 0.28%, to 2,115.48.
13:07 EDTDBEU official: Euro banks shouldn't also go through Fed's stress test, WSJ says
Jonathan Hill, the European Unionís new financial markets chief, told The Wall Street Journal that he does not see a need for the U.S. to give stress tests to European banks that have already received health checks in Europe. Hill says banks across Europe are "properly and sensibly capitalized." The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. units of two European banks, Deutsche Bank (DB) and Banco Santander (SAN), are set to fail the Federal Reserve's stress tests, though they passed ECB stress tests last year. Reference Link
12:13 EDTVZU.S. Cellular lowering prices on shared connect plans
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09:52 EDTWYNNMacau to review mainlandís individual visit scheme, Macau Business Daily says
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06:36 EDTDBHP obtains ten year outsourcing deal from Deutsche Bank, Reuters reports
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06:15 EDTDBBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
05:14 EDTERICEricsson, Leiga Warszawa announces six-year connectivity agreement
Ericson announces a service contract with Leiga Warszawa Municipal Stadium. The six-year agreement will ensure that visitors to the municipal stadium in Warszawa can enjoy carrier-grade Wi-Fi connectivity and value-added services accessible via a mobile app.
February 23, 2015
12:28 EDTVZGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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07:46 EDTWYNNJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 23 at 8:20 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
February 22, 2015
15:40 EDTDBU.S units of Deutsche Bank, Santander seen failing stress tests, WSJ says
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTVZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks Ė not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
12:53 EDTPCARCitigroup sees truck carrier stocks poised to outperform
With the U.S. economy growing quickly, the stocks of truck carriers are likely to outperform the S&P 500, Citigroup believes. WHAT'S NEW: Truck transportation prices and truck carrier stocks "respond most directly to economic growth," Citigroup analyst Christian Wetherbee wrote in a note to investors today. After carriers' truckload rates rose 4% last year, the rates should rise by a similar amount this year, Wetherbee predicted. Economic growth, along with the difficulties the carriers are experiencing with recruiting drivers, should be supportive of additional rate increases, the analyst stated. Wetherbee warned that the stocks of truck builders usually underperform during periods such as the current one, when a large amounts of U.S. class 8 trucks are being built. Consequently, truck carrier stocks present investors with an opportunity, while investors should be cautious on truck builders and parts suppliers, he wrote. Among truck carriers, Swift (SWFT) is particularly attractive, since it has underperformed its peers over the last year, Wetherbee stated. Additionally, the company's results appear likely to at least meet consensus estimates, the analyst predicted. He also kept a Buy rating on another truck carrier, Knight Transportation (KNX) and maintained a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI), which builds truck engines. The analyst kept a Hold rating on truck builder PACCAR (PCAR). OTHERS TO WATCH: Navistar (NAV) builds trucks and Celadon (CGI) is another truck carrier. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Swift rose 1%, Knight Transportation gained 1.3%, Cummins added 0.7%, and PACCAR lost 0.5%.
10:01 EDTWMSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Arctic Cat (ACAT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ardmore Shipping (ASC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Baltic Trading (BALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cash America (CSH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Costamare (CMRE) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Danaos (DAC) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Containerships (DCIX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Frontline (FRO) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Global Ship Lease (GSL) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Kinder Morgan (KMI) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Liberty Broadband (LBRDA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Liberty Interactive (QVCA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Polaris Industries (PII) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Raven (RAVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Seaspan (SSW) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
06:36 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood
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06:27 EDTPCARTrucking stocks likely to outperform S&P 500, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its work indicates trucking stocks respond most directly to economic growth. With the economy on a growth trajectory, Citi expects trucking stocks are likely to outperform the S&P 500. The firm reiterates Buy ratings on Swift Transportation (SWFT) and Knight Transportation (KNX), with a preference for Swift. It also has a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI) and Neutral on PACCAR (PCAR).
February 19, 2015
14:21 EDTDBS&P reportedly says Greece contagion not a major risk, Reuters reports
The risk of contagion spreading from Greece to other European countries is not that large, a German newspaper quoted S&P's chief sovereign ratings officer as saying, according to Reuters. The euro zone would be able to handle an exit of the bloc by Greece, the ratings officer was quoted as saying, Reuters reported. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
11:04 EDTORCLOracle unveils new big data solutions
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06:24 EDTVZVerizon names John Stratton as head of wireless and wireline operations
Verizon said in a filing that on February 17, the company reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, formerly Verizonís EVP and President Ė Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizonís wireless and wireline businesses. Stratton will continue to report to Lowell C. McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Daniel S. Mead, formerly Verizonís EVP and President and CEOĖ Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizonís wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead will continue to report to McAdam. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.
06:04 EDTDBFCA to investigate investment and corporate banking
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