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January 29, 2013
12:11 EDTKERX, SANM, LXK, BSX, DHI, F, HES, BMC, LLY, BTU, EMC, YHOO, STX, PFE, VLO, VMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday in spite of a consumer confidence reading that plunged to its lowest level in more than a year after workers assessed the impact of increased payroll taxes. Though the Nasdaq was marginally lower near noon, the Dow's move higher pushed it back near its 14,164.53 all time high... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the November S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city Home-Prices Index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% from the prior month, versus expectations for a 0.7% increase. On a year-over-year basis, the 20-city index rose 5.5%, which was nearly in-line with consensus. The Consumer Confidence reading for January fell to 58.6, versus expectations for a smaller decline to 64.0... COMPANY NEWS: Ford (F) reported quarterly results that widely beat expectations on both the top and bottom lines, but shares fell nearly 6% after the company also said it now expects to lose about $2B in Europe this year... Among others reporting earnings last night and this morning, advancers included DR Horton (DHI), Valero (VLO), Peabody Energy (BTU), Boston Scientific (BSX), Pfizer (PFE) and Eli Lilly (LLY); decliners included Lexmark (LXK), Seagate (STX), BMC Software (BMC), Yahoo! (YHOO) and Sanmina (SANM)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hess (HES), which added almost another 10% after being up more than 6% yesterday. Shareholder Elliott Management, which is seeking to elect five directors to Hess' board, said that if managed appropriately, the equity value of Hess could be up to $126 per share. Also higher for a second straight session were shares of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX), up over 33% today after the price target on its shares was raised by at least three more firms. Among the noteworthy losers was VMware (VMW), which fell 20% and was downgraded by at least six firms following its Q4 results and FY13 guidance. Also lower by more than 4% were shares of EMC (EMC), which holds a majority ownership stake in VMware. Like VMware, EMC reported stronger than expected quarterly results but issued a cautious outlook for the year ahead... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 55.11, or 0.40%, to 13,937.04; the Nasdaq was down 2.75, or 0.09%, to 3,151.55; and the S&P 500 was up 4.50, or 0.30%, to 1,504.68.
News For F;VMW;EMC;DHI;VLO;BTU;BSX;PFE;LLY;LXK;STX;BMC;SANM;YHOO;HES;KERX From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
13:53 EDTFGoldman cuts rating on auto dealers citing below consensus U.S. sales view
Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook on auto dealers to Cautious from Neutral, citing several factors, including its belief that U.S. auto sales growth will be "essentially flat" this year. The firm also downgraded its rating on one of the companies in the sector, AutoNation (AN), to Neutral from Buy and removed the stock from its Americas Buy List. WHAT'S NEW: U.S. auto sales will probably rise less than 1% this year on a seasonally adjusted basis, Goldman analyst Patrick Archambault wrote in a note to investors today. Archambault indicated that his U.S. auto sales estimate is significantly below analysts' consensus outlook. Incentive deals and sales to subprime customers last year will probably negatively affect sales growth this year, the analyst stated. Additionally, the growth of dealers' revenue from parts and service is likely to slow this year after a series of major auto recalls were carried out last year, Archambault warned. Dealers may also be hurt by the regulation of auto lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, since lenders and dealers split the profits from interest rate markups, the analyst stated. Finally, dealers are trading at a valuation that is 13% above their ten year average, according to Archambault. The analyst cut his rating on AutoNation to Neutral from Buy, based partly on valuation and his belief that the stock's near-term catalysts have diminished after it implemented a rebranding strategy and enhanced its digital systems. Over the medium term, the company's growth prospects will be limited by weak U.S. auto sales growth this year, added Archambault. However, the analyst continues to identify AutoNation as his favorite auto dealer stock. Other auto dealers covered by the analyst include Penske (PAG), which he rates Neutral, and Group 1 (GPI) and Sonic Automotive (SAH), both of which are rated Sell by the analyst. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Automakers whose shares could be negatively affected if the analyst's forecast for anemic U.S. sales growth proves to be accurate include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, AutoNation lost 1.2% to $57.12, Sonic Auto lost 1% to $25.18, Group 1 fell 2.5% to $77.40, and Penske climbed 1% to $47.09.
12:30 EDTPFEGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:16 EDTLLYLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
09:02 EDTEMCSciQuest names Beth Hendriks as Chief Technology Officer
SciQuest (SQI) announced that EMC (EMC) executive Beth Hendriks will be joining the company as its new chief technology officer. In this role, she will be responsible for enhancing the breadth and depth of the SciQuest Spend Management Suite while accelerating technology and user experience innovation. Hendriks joins SciQuest from EMC, where she served as senior director of engineering.
07:14 EDTVLOCitgo scraps auction process, to raise debt instead, WSJ reports
The auction for Venezuela’s Citgo Petroleum, which drew interest from Marathon Petroleum (MPC), HollyFrontier (HFC), Valero Energy (VLO) and private equity firms, has been called off, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Citgo will still seek to raise $2.5B in debt at this point and could restart its sales process later, the report added. Reference Link
06:52 EDTFRegulators deciding whether Ford should widen recall, Reuters says
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January 20, 2015
18:30 EDTKERXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:04 EDTHESOceaneering announces Hess Stampede Project umbilicals and hardware contract
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16:06 EDTKERXKeryx files to sell $100M in common stock
J.P. Morgan is acting as the sole book-running manager in the offering. Keryx intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of its common stock to fund the ongoing commercialization and development of Auryxia in the US, pre-commercial activities in Europe, to potentially in-license, acquire and develop additional drug candidates, and other general corporate purposes.
06:39 EDTYHOOYahoo to announce Alibaba plans on or before January 27, AP says
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06:01 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 113, Yahoo (YHOO) 54 according to iVolatility.
05:23 EDTFFord Mustang now available in China
For the first time in its 50-year history, Mustang will be available to customers around the world in more than 100 markets. First shipments of the highly anticipated Mustang are headed for Asia, with vehicles arriving in Europe midyear. The all-new Mustang – assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan – now joins other Ford and Lincoln vehicles exported to countries abroad. In 2013, Ford shipped more than 380,000 vehicles from the United States.
January 18, 2015
17:46 EDTFNHTSA probes Ford recall of its Super Duty pickups, Bloomberg says
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January 16, 2015
13:33 EDTBTUManning & Napier Advisors reports 11.97% passive stake in Peabody
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10:56 EDTYHOOStocks with call strike movement; AAL YHOO
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09:36 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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08:14 EDTFFord to boost production at German assembly plants, WSJ reports
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07:40 EDTVLOWolfe Research to hold a conference
1st Annual Oil & Gas 1:1 Refining Conference is being held in Boston on January 16.
06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo's Prashant Fuloria to oversee all ad products, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTYHOOYahoo CEO Mayer may be giving Flurry execs more power, Re/code reports
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