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January 27, 2014
12:35 EDTCAT, MRK, GAME, RHI, XRX, GERN, DB, CRZBY, CRARYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as a decline in new home sales last month more than offset any positive momentum built in the early hours by Caterpillar's (CAT) better than expected earning report. Stocks began the week in positive territory, briefly bouncing back from last week’s sell-off, but the market resumed its downward trend by the time the larger than expected drop in new home sales was reported near 10 am ET. As the lunch hour approached, the averages were all in the red and stood near session lows. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales dropped 7% to a 414K rate in December from a downwardly revised 445K rate in November, missing expectations. However, the report may have been somewhat discounted as largely due to the extreme weather seen in many markets during the month. In Europe, the Ifo institute’s German business confidence measure beat economists’ forecasts and rose to its highest level in more than two years with a 110.6 reading in January. Also, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reportedly estimated that European banks have a combined capital shortfall of about 84 billion euros, with Credit Agricole (CRARY), Deutsche Bank (DB) and Commerzbank (CRZBY) listed among the banks having significant gaps. COMPANY NEWS: Dow component Caterpillar advanced about 4% after its quarterly earnings easily beat the consensus expectation of analysts. The company also gave a forecast for revenue in the new fiscal year that surpassed expectations and approved a program to repurchase up to $10B of its shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chinese online game maker Shanda Games (GAME), which gained 13% after its controlling shareholder proposed to acquire the company in a "going private" transaction for $6.90 per American depositary share. Also higher was Robert Half (RHI), which rose 3% following an upgrade to Buy from Neutral at research firm Northcoast, which cited the valuation of its shares and expectations for top-line trends to accelerate due to easier comparisons and improving end markets. Also higher following an upgrade were shares of Merck (MRK), which gained nearly 3% after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight. Among the noteworthy losers was Geron (GERN), which fell 19% after disclosing that an investigator-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate imetelstat in patients with myelofibrosis and other myeloid malignancies has been closed to new patient enrollment and that the company believes approximately 20 patients have discontinued from the study since its inception. Also lower were shares of Xerox (XRX), which were downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital and slid almost 5% near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 76.11, or 0.48%, to 15,803.00, the Nasdaq was down 69.13, or 1.67%, to 4,059.04, and the S&P 500 was down 15.10, or 0.84%, to 1,775.19.
News For CAT;MRK;GAME;RHI;XRX;GERN;DB;CRZBY;CRARY From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
15:26 EDTCATCaterpillar October weekly 95 straddle priced for 3.6% move into Q3
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14:36 EDTCATCaterpillar technical notes before earnings
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12:25 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar sees Q3 as weakest profit quarter of year
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10:37 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 10% in three months end September
Caterpillar reported earlier its total retail machines sales down 10% on a three month rolling basis in September. Sales were also down 10% in the period ending in August and were down 9% in the period ending in July. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 28% in the September period, which was improved from the 33% drop in the August end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 3%, worse than the 1% drop in the August period. Caterpillar retail sales of machines by geographic region for the 3-month rolling period ended September were reported in a regulatory filing earlier.
07:35 EDTMRKCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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07:05 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:04 EDTXRXXerox sees Q4 adjusted EPS 30c-32c, consensus 31c
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07:04 EDTXRXXerox sees FY14 adjusted EPS $1.11-$1.13, consensus $1.11
07:04 EDTXRXXerox reports Q3 adjusted EPS 27c, consensus 26c
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October 21, 2014
17:08 EDTRHIRobert Half sees Q4 EPS 57c-62c, consensus 58c
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16:11 EDTRHIRobert Half reports Q3 EPS 63c, consensus 58c
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15:35 EDTXRXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:30 EDTRHINotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
08:18 EDTDBBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
07:18 EDTXRXXerox volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:52 EDTDBCiti purchasea Deutsche energy, metals book, Reuters says
Citigroup (C) acquired Deutsche Bank's (DB) energy and metals book, which is the U.S. company's latest expansion effort in commodities trading as some of its competitors look to exit that sector, according to Reuters, citing a source familiar with the matter. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
08:06 EDTMRKMerck, Sanofi unit announce pediatric hexavalent vaccine BLA
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07:34 EDTMRKAdvaxis names Mauro Chief Medical Officer
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that it has appointed David Mauro, as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer Mauro most recently served as executive director, section head oncology clinical development at Merck (MRK). In connection with his appointment, Mauro received a one-time inducement award of 165K restricted shares, of which 55K are fully vested and as of the grant date. The remaining shares vest annually over a two-year period.
07:19 EDTMRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTMRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
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