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April 15, 2014
10:17 EDTMHFI, GDP, GWW, FSL, SPRHigh option volume stocks: FSL GDP SPR GWW MHFI
News For FSL;GDP;SPR;GWW;MHFI From The Last 14 Days
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July 30, 2015
10:00 EDTGWWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Changyou.com (CYOU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Depomed (DEPO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Euronet (EEFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Foundation Medicine (FMI) downgraded to Market Perform at JMP Securities... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Golden Star Resources (GSS) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Grainger (GWW) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... Henry Schein (HSIC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... LifeLock (LOCK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Equal Weight on peak cycle concerns at Morgan Stanley... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pacer (PACR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:14 EDTGWWGrainger to acquire the U.K.'s Cromwell for $482M
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07:27 EDTGWWGrainger downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital downgraded Grainger to Underperform from Sector Perform. Among the reasons for the downgrade are what the firm sees as the company's increased competition, negative mix shift, low pricing power, and high vulnerability to economic shifts. Target $205.
July 29, 2015
07:40 EDTSPRSpirit AeroSystems reports Q2-end backlog $47B
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07:35 EDTSPRSpirit AeroSystems backs FY15 EPS view $3.60-$3.80, consensus $3.88
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07:32 EDTSPRSpirit AeroSystems reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.09, consensus $1.97
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July 28, 2015
08:35 EDTFSLNXP Semiconductors risk/reward positive ahead of earnings, says Pacific Crest
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06:53 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial no longer a Top Pick at Barclays
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July 27, 2015
17:36 EDTMHFIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory, with weakness attributed to the Chinese market suffering its worst one day loss in over eight years. The U.S. indexes remained in the negatives throughout the day as traders prepare for one of the heaviest weeks for this earnings season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders advanced 3.4% in June versus expectations for a 3.2% increase. Excluding transportation items, the core reading was up 0.8% against estimates for a 0.5% gain. In China, the Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% and the Shenzhen composite dropped 7%, with the moves generally attributed to concerns over growth and fears that the government may pull its market support. Note that Dow Jones quoted the country's top securities regulator this morning as saying China plans to increase stock purchases by the state. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Teva (TEVA) jumped $10.15, or 16.41%, to $72.07 after the generic drugmaker dropped its pursuit of Mylan (MYL), opting instead to acquire Allergan's (AGN) global generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5B. Allergan shares rose 6.09% for the session, and Mylan fell 14.51% to $56.37 while reiterating its commitment to pursue Perrigo (PRGO), whose shares gained 3.81% to $193.60. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wabtec (WAB), which rose $6.59, or 7.21%, to $97.93 after agreeing to buy Faiveley Transport for roughly $1.8B, noting that it expects EPS accretion in 2016. In other M&A news, Magnetek (MAG) finished the session up $17.27, or 53.55%, to $49.52 after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share, while Beacon Roofing Supply (BECN) jumped $2.62, or 8.71%%, to $32.70 after agreeing to buy Roofing Supply Group at a transaction value of about $1.1B. Also higher were shares of Xueda Education (XUE), which surged 50.63% after Xiamen Insight Investment announced a deal to purchase the company for $5.50 per American Depository Share. Xueda's positive move came in stark contrast to numerous Chinese stocks traded in New York, with Baidu (BIDU) slipping 4.16% and Alibaba (BABA) losing 2.01% after China's Shanghai composite index plunged overnight. Also lower was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), declining $6.01, or 5.69%, to $99.59 after agreeing to acquire SNL Financial for roughly $2.225B in cash. Additionally, GrubHub (GRUB) lost 8.37% to $30.99 following a downgrade from Cowen citing competitive concerns and market saturation. INDEXES: The Dow fell 127.94, or 0.73%, to 17,440.59, the Nasdaq lost 48.85, or 0.96%, to 5,039.78, and the S&P 500 declined 12.01, or 0.58%, to 2,067.64.
12:03 EDTMHFIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:21 EDTGDPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Magnetek (MAG), up 53.5% after Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) agrees to acquire the company... Xueda Education (XUE), up 40.6% after merging with Xiamen Insight Investment... Box (BOX), up 4.6% after being upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP), up 6.4% after announcing sale of proved reserves and a portion of Eagle Ford leasehold. NOTABLE: Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA), up 10.7% after acquiring Allergan Generics... Allergan (AGN) is up 6.3%... Mylan (MYL), down 14% after Teva withdraws proposal to acquire the company... Perrigo (PRGO), up 3% after Teva withdraws proposal to acquire Mylan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sohu.com (SOHU), down 6%... Changyou.com (CYOU), down 10.1%. ALSO LOWER: Bellerophon (BLPH) down 63% after announcing results of BCM clinical trial... Terex (TEX), down 4% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical (RARE), down 3.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...
07:34 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial reports Q2 Transaction revenue up 1% to $329M
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07:33 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial backs FY15 adjusted EPS $4.35-$4.45, consensus $4.44
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07:33 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.21, consensus $1.13
Reports Q2 revenue $1.34B, consensus $1.36B.
07:31 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial to acquire SNL Financial for $2.23B
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07:31 EDTSPRSpirit AeroSystems Q2 results should support upside expectations, says Canaccord
Canaccord previewed Spirit AeroSystems Q2 results and expects them to be strong enough to support long-term cash upside and near-term margin upside. The firm remains bullish on the commercial aerospace cycle and expects the results to be a positive catalyst for the stock. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $60 price target on Spirit AeroSystems shares.
06:09 EDTGDPGoodrich announces sale of proved reserves, portion of Eagle Ford leasehold
Goodrich Petroleum announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its proved reserves and associated leasehold in the Eagle Ford Shale in LaSalle and Frio Counties, Texas for $118M, subject to purchase price adjustments as provided for in the Purchase and Sale Agreement. The effective date of the transaction is July 1 with an expected closing date on or before September 4. The company is retaining approximately 58% of its undeveloped leasehold in the play for future development or sale. The asset being sold produced an average of approximately 2,850 barrels of oil equivalent per day during Q1. The company expects to book a gain of approximately $50M-60M on the sale at closing after factoring in customary closing adjustments. The company plans to pay off its bank revolver and retain the difference in cash from the sales proceeds.
July 26, 2015
15:18 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill in talks to acquire SNL Financial, Bloomberg says
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July 23, 2015
16:28 EDTFSLFreescale sees Q3 adjusted EPS 47c-51c, consensus 56c
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16:26 EDTFSLFreescale reports Q2 adjusted EPS 57c, consensus 50c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.2B, consensus $1.18B. Reports Q2 GAAP gross margin 48.1%.

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