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March 27, 2013
12:14 EDTRAX, AOL, LOGM, CLF, MFRMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday though well off their worst levels. The market dropped sharply at the open, with the early weakness being attributed to continued worries about Europe, where Cyprus has yet to reopen its banks and Italy is still struggling to form a new government. The selling soon pushed the Dow to triple digit losses, but the Dow and the other averages cut their losses by more than half by noon. In addition to the impending holiday weekend, the end of the quarter is approaching and investment managers may be making portfolio adjustments today and tomorrow since they will be unable to on Friday... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., pending home sales dipped 0.4% in February from the prior month, compared to expectations for a 0.3% decline. On a year-over-year basis, however, pending sales were up 5%. In Europe, Italian benchmark bonds fell after the nation's Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani said there was no possibility of a broad coalition to resolve the deadlock caused by last month's elections... COMPANY NEWS: Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) was in the sights of a number of Wall Street analysts, as Morgan Stanley cut its rating on the stock to Underweight from Equal Weight and Credit Suisse lowered its price target on the stock to $10 from $30. Goldman Sachs upgraded Cliffs due to valuation, but that only brought the firm's rating up to a Neutral from its prior Sell recommendation. Shares of Cliffs sank 15% following the flurry of notes to investors... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Mattress Firm (MFRM), up 10% following its earnings report, and AOL (AOL), up over 7% after being upgraded at Barclays. Among the noteworthy losers was LogMeln (LOGM), which slid 12% near noon to give back some of the 20% advance it garnered yesterday following a positive ruling in a patent lawsuit. Also lower were shares of Rackspace (RAX), which fell 4% after CLSA initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating and $52 price target... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 44.94, or 0.31%, to 14,514.71; the Nasdaq was down 6.03, or 0.19%, to 3,246.45; and the S&P 500 was down 4.09, or 0.26%, to 1,559.68.
News For CLF;AOL;MFRM;LOGM;RAX From The Last 14 Days
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March 26, 2015
09:51 EDTMFRM40 North Management lowers stake in Mattress Firm to 6.77% from 7.87%
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07:36 EDTCLFCliffs CEO says 'absolutely confident' in liquidity, Bloomberg reports
Cliffs Natural CEO Lourenco Goncalves told Bloomberg in a telephone interview, "Based on our current outlook and our contracts in place with our clients, we are absolutely confident that we have enough liquidity to run through the down cycle." The comments followed Cliffs' $540M sale of senior secured notes.
March 25, 2015
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; March 25, 2015
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March 24, 2015
12:55 EDTMFRMMattress Firm management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in New York on March 25 hosted by SunTrust.
March 23, 2015
08:10 EDTAOLAOL and FourthWall Media announce expanded licensing agreement
AOL and FourthWall Media announced an expanded licensing agreement that provides for a wider, more granular pool of data for targeted television advertising. AOL was the first to onboard FourthWall Media's data in 2011 and a larger set, which includes viewer information from approximately two million US households across 90 DMAs, will be available through AOL's video buying platform.
07:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural agrees to sell Chromite assets to Noront for $20M
Cliffs Natural Resources announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Chromite assets in Northern Ontario, Canada to Noront Resources Ltd. for $20M. The transaction is comprised of the chromite deposits and associated claims held by Cliffs. The sale of these assets to Noront, an experienced mining company with a strategic interest in the Ring of Fire region, further demonstrates execution of Cliffs' strategy which includes divesting non-core assets and focusing on being the major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry. Moelis & Company acted as financial advisor to Cliffs Natural Resources.
March 20, 2015
10:07 EDTMFRMHigh option volume stocks
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March 19, 2015
18:58 EDTMFRMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Mattress Firm (MFRM), up 5.2%... New York & Company (NWY), up 3.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 1.4%... Nike (NKE), up 4.2%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 39.3% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... SeaWorld (SEAS), up 1% after naming Joel Manby as president and CEO. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 9.1%.
16:08 EDTMFRMMattress Firm sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.50-$2.70, consensus $2.77
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16:05 EDTMFRMMattress Firm reports Q4 adjusted EPS 41c, consensus 48c
Reports Q4 revenue $598.3M, consensus $562.52M. Reports Q4 comparable-store sales growth of 1.9%. Reports adjusted cash EPS 73c.
15:19 EDTMFRMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Nike (NKE), consensus 84c... Mattress Firm (MFRM), consensus 48c.
08:24 EDTCLFCliffs Natural says Bank of Nova Scotia files lawsuit against company
Cliffs Natural (CLF) said in a filing that as previously disclosed, on January 27, the company announced that Bloom Lake General Partner Limited and certain of its affiliates, including Cliffs Québec Iron Mining ULC commenced restructuring proceedings in Montreal, Québec, under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Certain obligations of the Bloom Lake Group, including equipment loans, are guaranteed by the Company. On March 16, The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the company, asserting that the company breached its obligations under a guaranty of certain equipment loans pursuant to a Master Loan and Security Agreement, dated September 27, 2013, among certain members of the Bloom Lake Group and Key Equipment Finance Inc.. BNS is seeking an award of $52.6M plus unpaid accrued interest and expenses. Among other defenses to this litigation, the company is current in its payment obligations under the Equipment Loans.
08:24 EDTCLFJPMorgan pulls Cliffs target on 'relentless' iron ore price slide
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March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
07:10 EDTCLFPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
March 17, 2015
06:50 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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