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January 16, 2014
11:40 EDTUNP, KSU, NSC, CP, CSXCSX tumbles after fourth quarter profit misses expectations
Railroad operator CSX Corporation (CSX) is one of today's losers after the company's fourth quarter profit fell below expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, CSX reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 42c and revenue of $3B, compared to analysts' consensus estimate of 43c and $3.01B, respectively. The company forecast modest growth in 2014, predominantly in the second half of the year. Earnings in the first half of the year were forecast by the company to to be flat to sightly down. "Supported by the strength of an expanding economy, we delivered 6% volume growth in the quarter, despite another sharp decline in coal," said CEO Michael Ward. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firm Stifel downgraded CSX to Hold from Buy, citing valuation after the company missed profit estimates. Conversely, Argus upgraded CSX to Buy from Hold, citing accelerating shipments of crude oil from shale formations, near-record grain harvests, increased demand for consumer finished goods, and stabilizing coal shipments. The firm maintained a price target of $35 on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CSX tumbled 65% to $27.32 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Over the past twelve months, the stock has gained approximately 30%, making a 52-week high of $29.25 earlier this month. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other rail suppliers include Norfolk Southern (NSC), Union Pacific (UNP), Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Canadian Pacific (CP), all of which are trading lower on the session.
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March 26, 2015
09:36 EDTUNPUnion Pacific downgraded at Cowen
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09:31 EDTCSXCSX downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research downgraded CSX to Neutral due to a more cautious view of the rail industry given rising labor costs, lingering near-term service issues, and slowing oil and gas related carload growth.
09:20 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cleveland Research
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09:18 EDTUNPUnion Pacific downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cleveland Research
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07:32 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded Norfolk Southern to Market Perform due to valuation.
06:28 EDTUNPUnion Pacific downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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March 25, 2015
13:26 EDTKSUKansas City Southern management to meet with Stephens
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March 24, 2015
09:01 EDTNSCStephens to hold an investor trip
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06:12 EDTKSUKansas City Southern could trade down to $100 in near-term, says Citigroup
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March 23, 2015
16:20 EDTUNP, NSC, KSUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the session until a sharp selloff in the closing minutes. For most of the day the averages moved in a narrow range, as the Dow broke its streak of consecutive days with triple digit moves. Like stocks, the oil markets had a quiet session that stood out amid the recent volatility in crude prices. A late day drop prevented the major stock indexes from adding to the big gains they'd notched on Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's national activity index fell to -0.11 in February, below expectations for a reading of 0.10. Existing home sales rose 1.2% to a 4.88M rate in February, which was below the consensus forecast for them to grow 2% to a 4.92M unit rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) declined $9.21, or 7.96%, to $106.48 after the railroad operator lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance to reflect slower year-to-date carload growth primarily from the energy sector, along with a continued deterioration in the value of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar and lower fuel surcharge revenues driven by lower WTI prices. The revenue warning appeared to weigh on others in the rail industry as well, with Union Pacific (UNP) falling $4.67, or 3.98%, to $112.78, Norfolk Southern (NSC) dropping $3.87, or 3.5%, to $106.56 and Canadian National (CNI) sliding $1.13, or 1.65%, to $67.24. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ImmunoGen (IMGN), which gained $1.25, or 16.8%, to $8.69 after Takeda (TKPYY) licensed rights to use the company's antibody drug conjugate technology. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rose $2.45, or 4.94%, to $52.07 after agreeing to combine its short-stay surgery and imaging center assets into a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. Tenet will initially own 50.1% of the joint venture and will consolidate its financial results and will have a path to full ownership of USPI over the next five years through a put/call structure, the company noted. Among the noteworthy losers was MEI Pharma (MEIP), which plunged $4.37, or 69.37%, to $1.93 and was downgraded by at least four Wall Street research firms after the combination of Pracinostat and azacitidine showed no difference in the rate of complete remission, the primary endpoint of a Phase II study, compared to azacitidine alone. Also lower were shares of Vertex (VRTX), which fell $5.21, or 3.98%, to $125.79 after reporting data from a study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in cystic fibrosis that JPMorgan said was generally below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.61, or 0.06%, to 18,116.04, the Nasdaq lost 15.44, or 0.31%, to 5,010.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 3.68, or 0.17%, to 2,104.42.
13:13 EDTUNP, CSX, KSU, NSCRailroad operators trade lower after Kansas City Southern reduces FY15 guidance
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12:17 EDTKSU, NSC, UNPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:08 EDTCPHigh option volume stocks
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08:23 EDTKSUKansas City Southern down 4.15% in pre-market trading
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08:14 EDTKSUKansas City Southern sees Q1 adjusted EPS flat to slightly higher
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08:12 EDTKSUKansas City Southern reduces FY15 revenue guidance to low single-digit growth
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March 20, 2015
07:10 EDTUNPUnion Pacific weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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March 16, 2015
10:02 EDTUNPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Avago (AVGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L.B. Foster (FSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Petrobras Argentina (PZE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Qorvo (QRVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Seagate (STX) upgraded at Needham... Standex (SXI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... West Corp. (WSTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
09:01 EDTCPCanadian Pacific renews share repurchase program
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06:50 EDTUNPUnion Pacific upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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