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January 16, 2014
11:40 EDTCSX, NSC, UNP, CP, KSUCSX 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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October 14, 2014
16:02 EDTCSXCSX reports Q3 EPS 51c, consensus 48c
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15:29 EDTCSXNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:00 EDTCSXHigh option volume stocks
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07:19 EDTCP, CSXCanadian Pacific talks with CSX still possible after rebuff, WSJ says
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07:14 EDTCP, UNP, NSC, KSU, CSXUBS hosts a Railroad analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Wadewitz will discuss his initiation of coverage of the Railroad Sector in a conference call on October 14 at 11 am.
October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTCSX, CPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
16:17 EDTCPCanadian Pacific initiated with a Buy at UBS
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16:17 EDTCSXCSX initiated with a Buy at UBS
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16:17 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern initiated with a Buy at UBS
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16:17 EDTUNPUnion Pacific initiated with a Buy at UBS
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16:16 EDTKSUKansas City Southern initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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12:16 EDTCP, CSXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
10:53 EDTCP, CSX, NSC, KSURailroads advance after report of Canadian Pacific approach to CSX
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10:31 EDTCP, CSXCredit Suisse questions WSJ article on Canadian Pacific and CSX merger
Credit Suisse said it wouldn't be surprised if Canadian Pacific (CP) approached CSX (CSX), but questions its validity unless Canadian Pacific makes an official response. The analyst notes the STB rules concerning Class I mergers have an impossible hurdle rate, making a deal a non-starter.
10:26 EDTCSXHigh option volume stocks
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09:21 EDTCSX, CPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTCSX, CPCSX price target raised to $37 from $32 at Bernstein
Bernstein raised its price target on CSX (CSX) after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was approached by Canadian Pacific (CP) about a possible merger. The firm thinks the deal could enable CSX to more quickly raise its margins and presents it with an opportunity to unlock significant near-term value. Bernstein says the report makes it more constructive on CSX, but it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTCP, CSXCanadian Pacific, CSX merger timing not ideal, says Cowen
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07:23 EDTCP, CSXCSX volatility up, approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, report
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October 12, 2014
16:04 EDTCP, CSXCSX approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, WSJ says
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