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January 8, 2013
05:41 EDTF, ETN, SPWR, WHRFord, Eaton, SunPower, Whirlpool team up for electric energy initiative
Ford Motor Company (F) announces a strategic collaboration that will demonstrate how a typical American family can significantly reduce their electricity bills and CO2 footprint by integrating home appliance technology with a plug-in vehicle to achieve an energy-efficient lifestyle. The Ford-led MyEnergi Lifestyle collaboration includes Eaton (ETN), SunPower (SPWR) and Whirlpool (WHR). Additional featured companies include semiconductor provider Infineon and Nest Labs, with its latest learning thermostat represented in the research and implementation phase of the collaboration. Specifically, MyEnergi Lifestyle showcases how combining renewable energy generation with "time-flexible" loads optimizes energy consumption across a plug-in vehicle and home appliances.
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October 14, 2014
13:08 EDTETNEaton rallies, Tyco falls after Barclays swaps ratings
Shares of industrial products maker Eaton (ETN) are rising while peer Tyco (TYC) is falling after analysts at Barclays upgraded the former and downgraded the latter. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that Eaton had tumbled 23.5% so far this year and Tyco had risen 1.2%, Barclays analyst Scott Davis wrote that the disparity between the stocks' valuations had become too extreme. Although Tyco faces slightly less risk and its management has been more effective than Eaton's, the two companies' profit growth is "comparable,” the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Eaton's valuation looks too low, as the stock price appears to anticipate that the company's profits will be as much as 20% below the consensus outlook, which is unlikely to occur in the near-term, Davis believes. According to Davis, the industrial sector is still in the midst of a generally positive trend although it's undergoing "a healthy correction." Stocks that have been "overly punished", such as Eaton's are likely to advance, the analyst stated. Davis upgraded Eaton to Overweight from Equal Weight and cut his rating on Tyco to Equal Weight from Overweight. He kept a $78 price target on Eaton and a $48 price target on Tyco. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Eaton rose 2.5% to $60 and Tyco fell 3% to $40.
12:35 EDTWHRWhirlpool completes purchase of majority interest in Indesit
Whirlpool Corporation's wholly owned subsidiary, Whirlpool Italia Holdings S.r.l., acquired a 56% stake in Indesit Company S.p.A., representing 61.9% of the voting stock of Indesit. Whirlpool acquired the shares under two share purchase agreements entered into on July 10 with Fineldo S.p.A. and members of the Merloni family. The acquisitions bring Whirlpool's stake in Indesit to 60.4%, representing 66.8% of the voting stock. Whirlpool Italia Holdings S.r.l. will now commence the steps to launch a mandatory tender offer for the remainder of Indesit's outstanding shares, with the intention to delist the company. The tender offer purchase price per share is equal to EUR 11.00/$13.89, based on exchange rates as of September 30. This price is equal to the share purchase price agreed to by the parties under the share purchase agreements and which was paid without adjustment. Additional information will be provided in the tender offer statement to be issued by Whirlpool Italia Holdings S.r.l. in compliance with Italian law.
12:20 EDTETNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analysts’ consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
10:01 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTF, ETNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
07:24 EDTFFord upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham
06:42 EDTSPWRPV modules with solar-grade wafers to account for 89% of capacity, DigiTimes says
Solarbuzz says solar photovoltaic modules using solar-grade wafers will account for 89% of solar capacity forecast to be installed in 2014, reports DigiTimes. Thin-filmed panel makers will supply nearly 8% of end-market demand in 2014, while premium cyrstalline silicon suppliers making up the remaining 3% share. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL), Panasonic (PCRFY) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
06:15 EDTFFord downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Ford to Neutral citing lack of near-term catalysts and less balance sheet optionality. Price target lowered to $17 from $21.
05:29 EDTETNTyco downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Tyco (TYC) citing valuation and keeps a $48 price target for shares. The firm coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN).
05:28 EDTETNEaton upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 13, 2014
12:16 EDTWHREuropean Commission approves Whirlpool acquisition of Indesit
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11:00 EDTFFord adding 850 more jobs at Ford Rouge Center to build new F-150
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10:23 EDTFFord to hire 850 workers for Dearborn Rouge factories, WSJ says
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10:08 EDTWHR, SPWROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:17 EDTSPWRSunPower upgraded at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded SunPower to Outperform. The firm upgraded shares citing reasonable valuation and believes there is a chance the company makes a yieldco announcement next month. Price target is $35.
07:30 EDTSPWRSunPower upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:02 EDTFFord and Carfax expand partnership
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06:47 EDTWHRWhirlpool upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow
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06:44 EDTFRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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05:24 EDTSPWRSunPower supplying 41 MW of high efficiency solar panels to La Compagnie du Vent
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