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August 30, 2012
16:24 EDTCIEN, FSR, ZLC, CG, FSLR, VR, DDOn 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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January 29, 2015
16:32 EDTVRValidus reports Q4 operating EPS $1.42, consensus $1.22
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January 28, 2015
09:59 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:21 EDTDDDuPont management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:41 EDTDDDuPont downgraded with shares above price target at JPMorgan
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06:01 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 27, 2015
16:31 EDTDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:28 EDTDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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07:58 EDTDDFutures weaken after Caterpillar issues lower than expected outlook
Stock index futures have been in negative ground all morning, but have weakened further after disappointing guidance from a number of big names, including Procter & Gamble (PG), DuPont (DD) and Caterpillar (CAT). Before the bell, a report on durable goods orders for December is due at 8:30. After the open, investors will receive reports on the U.S. services sector and consumer confidence for January as well as data on new home sales in December. Near 7:45 am ET, Dow futures were 186 points below fair value, S&P 500 futures were down 12 points from fair value and Nasdaq futures were 37 points under fair value.
06:15 EDTDDDuPont increases cost reduction commitment to at least $1.3B by 2017
DuPont has increased its cost reduction commitment from its operational redesign by approximately $300M to at least $1.3B of total expected savings by 2017. Additionally, by the end of 2015, the company now expects annual run-rate savings of approximately $1B, significantly ahead of its previously announced schedule. In addition the company said it expects to return all or substantially all of the one-time dividend proceeds from Chemours to DuPont shareholders via share repurchases over the 12 to 18 months following the separation of Chemours. Based on the target BB credit rating of Chemours, this amount is anticipated to be approximately $4B, pending the final credit ratings and underlying business conditions for Chemours.
06:07 EDTDDDuPont sees FY15 EPS $4.00-$4.20, consensus $4.46
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06:05 EDTDDDuPont reports Q4 operating EPS 71c, consensus 71c
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January 26, 2015
15:40 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:50 EDTFSLRSolar names rise after Obama pledges U.S. help for Indian solar push
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11:13 EDTDDDuPont volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
DuPont January weekly call option implied volatility is at 30, February is at 19, March is at 17, July is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 27.
10:28 EDTFSLRIndia's Mahnidra to add 500 MW of solar energy, Reuters says
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07:35 EDTDDDuPont price target raised to $87 from $75 at Susquehanna
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06:48 EDTFSLRTax credit, loan guarantee changes could hurt solar energy, NY Times says
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January 20, 2015
11:03 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR NE
First Solar (FSLR) January call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48, Noble Corp. (NE) June 18 call option implied volatility increased 9% to 53 according to IVolatility.
January 19, 2015
11:17 EDTCIENTrans Pacific Express selects Ciena for submarine cable upgrade
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11:16 EDTCIENCiena to further upgrade Japan-U.S. cable network
The Japan-U.S. Cable Network recently selected Ciena to expand its trans-Pacific submarine network that spans close to 22,000 km and provides diverse connectivity from Japan to the U.S. This upgrade will utilize the flexibility and scalability of Ciena’s GeoMesh submarine solution and the latest WaveLogic programmable coherent optical technology to further increase the capacity of the network, which was originally upgraded with Ciena’s coherent solution in 2012.
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