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July 13, 2011
12:36 EDTERTS, VR, TSPT, SINA, RENN, CHK, CLNE, BSYBY, NWSA, WAG, KCI, GLUU, TRHOn The Fly: Mid-Day Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at mid-day, helped along by Fed Chairman Bernanke's comments that the central bank is ready to ease monetary policy if the economy weakens and inflation moves lower. Stock futures were higher throughout the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market. The market has been strong all day, moving to session highs following Bernanke’s statements that the Fed was prepared to accommodate or tighten monetary policy depending on what the economy would need to stay on track. The Fed chairman is still in the Q&A phase of his testimony and has fielded questions on the debt ceiling, default, unemployment and oil prices... Mortgage applications showed a decrease of more than 5% for the second straight month... Crude oil inventories decreased by 3.12M barrels, which was more than the called for 1.50M draw down. Gasoline inventories also dropped more than expected, drawing down by 840,000 versus consensus expectations of 500,000. In contrast, distillate inventories grew by 2.97M, versus projections for a 500,000 build... Reports showed that China's economy grew at a 9.5% annual rate in Q2, down from 9.7% in Q1, but slightly stronger than expected... MARKET NEWS: After market close yesterday, Electronic Arts (ERTS) announced it will acquire PopCap Games for as much as $1.3B, placing the console game maker in better position to compete with the soon-to-IPO Zynga. The Fly notes that shares of Glu Mobile (GLUU) have moved higher on PopCap's acquisition news... Kinetic Concepts (KCI) will be acquired by a consortium of funds for $68.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $6.3B... Walgreen (WAG) authorized new $2B share repurchase program and increased its quarterly dividend to 22.5c per share from 17.5c... News Corp. (NWSA) dropped its bid for British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY), commenting that, "it is too difficult to progress in this climate"... MAJOR MOVERS: Notable gainers included Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE), continuing the strong move up that began yesterday, after the company entered at joint venture with Cheseapeake (CHK) that netted it a $150M investment, and Renren (RENN), possibly benefiting from news out of EA and SINA (SINA). Noteworthy losers included Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT), which fell after the company said it failed to win FDA clearance for its insomnia drug, and Validus Holdings (VR), following the announcement of the company's plans to merge with Transatlantic Holdings (TRH)... INDICES: Near 12:30 am EST, the Dow was up 150.95, or 1.21%, to 12,597.83; the Nasdaq was up 41.34, or 1.49%, to 2,823.25; and the S&P 500 was up 16.67, or 1.27% to 1,330.31.
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October 23, 2014
08:13 EDTCHKCabot among Marcellus producers hardest hit by glut, WSJ says
The rapid growth of production from the Marcellus Shale has caused gas prices to drop and forced drillers to re-evaluate operations, with Cabot Oil and Gas (COG) among the hardest hit, said The Wall Street Journal. Other companies mentioned as being impacted and having responded in the report include Ultra Petroleum (UPL), Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO). Reference Link
October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:58 EDTSINASINA discloses resignation of EVP Chen
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08:14 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded at UBS
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06:49 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
06:19 EDTCLNEClean Energy to open new truck station, adds new fleet and fueling customers
Clean Energy will open its Carlisle, Penn., heavy-duty natural gas truck station to fuel LNG trucks for Giant/Martin's, the large grocery retailer. The company reports 43 new fleet customers that began fueling at Clean Energy’s nationwide network of natural gas stations in Q3. The company reports continued addition of natural gas fueling customers, including Salt Lake County, Utah and Islip, New York.
06:06 EDTWAGWalgreen wants to seal part of defamation lawsuit, Crain's reports
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October 21, 2014
14:13 EDTWAGCtW Investment urges Walgreen board to form investigative panel, WSJ reports
CtW Investment is urging Walgreen's board to form an investigative panel to look into allegations raised by former CFO Wade Miquelon in a defamation lawsuit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
10:29 EDTWAGWalgreen spikes higher, levels to watch
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10:22 EDTWAGWalgreen calls active on activist investor speculation
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10:15 EDTWAGRumor: Walgreen moves up on activist investor speculation
Shares of Walgreen are moving higher amid speculation Carl Icahn has taken a stake in the company.
08:07 EDTRENNRenren rumored to plan sale of video platform to Sohu, Marbridge Daily says
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08:03 EDTWAGCVS offering drug plan with higher co-pay at stores selling tobacco, WSJ says
CVS Health (CVS), which stopped selling tobacco products last month, is now offering a prescription-drug plan via its pharmacy benefits unit Caremark that charges patients copayments that are up to $15 higher on prescriptions filled where tobacco is sold, which includes at rival pharmacies operated by Walgreen (WAG) and Rite-Aid (RAD), reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
11:06 EDTWAGWalgreen begins accepting Apple Pay in stores
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06:46 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded at Macquarie
As previously reported, Macquarie upgraded News Corp to Neutral from Underperform. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and expectations for operational trends to improve in 2015. Price target is $16.70.
06:40 EDTNWSANews Corp. upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTCLNEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:03 EDTWAGWalgreen venture investment head leaves after short time in post, Fortune says
Bill Wafford, who was named managing director of Walgreen’s venture capital and growth equity investment business Well Ventures just this this past January, has left the company, according to Fortune. Reference Link
08:14 EDTWAGWalgreen sued by former CFO for defamation, Reuters reports
Wade Miquelon, the former CFO of Walgreen, filed a lawsuit yesterday in state court in Chicago alleging that CEO Gregory Wasson and director Stefano Pessina, the company's biggest shareholder defamed him in news reports that blamed him for errors in its earnings forecast, Reuters reports. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Miquelon lost his job following a $1B error in forecasting Walgreen's Medicare-related business, and later said Miquelon's error caused the company to cut its forecast in pharmacy unit earnings for the year ending August 2016. Reference Link
06:09 EDTCLNEClean Energy initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.
Target $8.
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