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August 30, 2012
16:24 EDTFSLR, VR, DD, CIEN, FSR, ZLC, CGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower in another day of sluggish trading prior to the holiday weekend. Stock futures were negative in early trading, leading to a lower open for the broader market. The market generally ignored the flat economic reports, including the personal spending and income reports and the jobless claims data. The averages remained in a narrow range for the first hour of trading but then moved another leg lower, where they remained for most of the session, before another downdraft into the close. The news flow was light, as was the volume, as investors have not traded with great conviction this week ahead of Labor Day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 374,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus the expected 370,000. Personal income rose 0.3% during the month of July, which matched expectations, while personal spending was up 0.4%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%... COMPANY NEWS: DuPont (DD) agreed to sell its Performance Coatings business to Carlyle Group (CG) for $4.9B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Flagstone Reinsurance (FSR), up $1.54, or 21.81%, to $8.60, after agreeing to be acquired by Validus (VR) in a cash and stock deal, and Zale (ZLC), up 70c, or 16.17%, to $5.03, as it was upgraded to a Buy rating at Northcoast and continued yesterday's move higher after earnings. Noteworthy losers included Ciena (CIEN), down $3.26, or 19.50%, to $13.46, following its disappointing Q3 results and Q4 guidance, and First Solar (FSLR), down $4.50, or 18.60%, to $19.70, though Avian said the sell-off in shares related to a Bloomberg story about a halt of panel deliveries at the Agua Caliente project was overdone since the information was not new... INDICES: The Dow lost 106.77, or 0.81%, to 13,000.71; the Nasdaq fell 32.48, or 1.05%, to 3,048.71; and the S&P 500 dropped 11.01, or 0.78%, to 1,399.48.
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April 17, 2014
08:12 EDTFSLRFirst Solar price target raised to $81 from $70 at Argus
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07:09 EDTCGCarlyle, Bain eye Standard Chartered Hong Kong unit, Reuters says
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06:09 EDTDDDuPont reports adverse weather conditions reduced Q1 EPS by 7c
The company reports strong sales volume growth outside the Americas. Combined European and Asian developing markets volume up 10%; Europe, Middle East, & Africa volumes up 6%. Volume growth in the Americas constrained by shifts in timing and planted area in agriculture and the impact of harsh weather.
06:06 EDTDDDuPont backs FY14 operating EPS view of $4.20-$4.45, consensus $4.31
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06:03 EDTDDDuPont reports Q1 EPS $1.58, consensus $1.58
Reports Q1 revenue $10.1B, consensus $10.45B. Ellen Kullman, DuPont Chair and CEO stated, "We delivered near record EPS despite the challenges of harsh weather and differences in year-on-year comparisons in our Agriculture Segment, and our key initiatives remain on track. I'm pleased with the progress we are making to deliver further value to shareholders and strengthen DuPont's position as an engine of science-driven innovation."
April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
April 15, 2014
08:19 EDTCGJohnson & Johnson sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt closing mid-year
Sees sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) closing mid-year. Says offer from Carlyle Group (CG) to acquire Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics expected to close mid-year. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTCGCarlyle co-CEO see more listed PE firms, focus on emerging markets, Reuters says
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April 14, 2014
16:11 EDTVRBarclays upgrades Aspen Insurance, sees start of reinsurance consolidation cycle
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10:24 EDTVRAspen Insurance jumps after receiving buyout proposal
Shares of Aspen Insurance (AHL) are rising after a peer in the insurance and reinsurance industry, Endurance Specialty (ENH), offered to buy the company. WHAT'S NEW: Endurance Specialty announced that it had sent a takeover proposal to Aspen, offering to buy the company for $3.2B, or $47.50 per share. Endurance offered Aspen shareholders the right to receive, at their election, all cash, all Endurance common shares, or a combination of cash and Endurance common shares in exchange for their stake in Aspen. Endurance, which said the cash consideration to be offered will be funded from cash resources and $1.05B of newly issued common shares to investors, argues that the combined company would be a global leader in specialty insurance and reinsurance with increased scale, market presence, diversification and profit potential and over $5 billion of combined annual gross premiums written. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aspen climbed $6.01, or 15.27%, to $45.38 and Endurance Specialty fell 2.95% to $52.23 before shares of both companies were halted for trading around 10 am ET. Other reinsurers rose, with Montpelier Re (MRH) advancing 2.2% to $29.94, Platinum Underwriters (PTP) gaining 1% to $60, and Validus (VR) adding 0.8% to $37.59.
April 11, 2014
07:02 EDTCGCarlyle Group names Jeff Holland as head of private client group
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April 10, 2014
10:44 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR LNKD
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April 9, 2014
12:04 EDTDDU.S. corn exports projected to increase 125M bushels
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10:06 EDTCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
07:13 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Carlyle Group to Outperform from Perform. The firm has a positive outlook on private equity based asset managers in general, and believes that Carlyle is better positioned than most of its peers to contend with markets that could be choppy this year, given the diversification of its investments. Target $41.
06:41 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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April 8, 2014
15:41 EDTFSLRFirst Solar April volatility low on wide price movement
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07:42 EDTDDSenate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry to hold a hearing
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April 7, 2014
07:44 EDTCIENMarketo to hold a summit
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07:31 EDTZLCZale, Signet Jewelers announce expiration of HSR Act waiting period
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