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December 14, 2012
16:25 EDTBBY, RIGL, GE, ARIA, PAY, QUAD, ADBEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished lower after the averages sat just below the flat line for much of the session. Stocks moved lower during the final ninety minutes of trading, leaving each of the major averages down on the week... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a report showed consumer prices declined 0.3% in November, mainly because of falling gasoline costs. When food and energy are removed from the equation, "core" prices increased 0.1%, versus expectations for them to rise 0.2%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing PMI improved to 54.2 in December, versus the 52.8 final reading for November. Industrial production beat expectations with a 1.1% increase in November, versus expectations for a rise of 0.3%. Industrial production capacity utilization rose to 78.4%, which was a bit more than an expected move up to 78.0%. In China, Markit's flash China PMI rose to a 14-month high reading of 50.9, beating expectations for a 50.8 reading. In Europe, Germany's flash PMI hit an 8-month high with a 50.2 reading... COMPANY NEWS: General Electric (GE) boosted its dividend by 12% to 19c per share and increased its existing share repurchase authorization by $10B... Among companies reporting earnings last night, Adobe (ADBE) shares rose $2.05, or 5.77%, to $37.58, while shares of VeriFone (PAY) declined $3.63, or 10.92%, to $29.60... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Rigel Pharmaceuticals (RIGL), up $1.01, or 18.33%, to $6.52 after Leerink called the recent pullback a "temporary dislocation" and maintained an Outperform rating in the name. Also higher were shares of Quad/Graphics (QUAD), up $2.40, or 14.36%, to $19.11 after the company increased its quarterly dividend by 20% and declared a $2.00 per share special dividend. Among noteworthy losers was Aria Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), down $4.95, or 20.73%, to $18.93 after announcing that its leukemia treatment was approved by the FDA, though the regulator required that the drug include a "Boxed Warning." Shares of Best Buy (BBY) also slid $2.07, or 14.66%, to $12.05 after the company's board extended the deadline for founder Richard Schulze to deliver a potential buy-out bid... INDICES: The Dow was down 35.71, or 0.27%, to 13,135.01; the Nasdaq was down 20.83, or 0.70%, to 2,971.33; the S&P 500 was down 5.87, or 0.41%, to 1,413.58.
News For GE;ADBE;PAY;RIGL;QUAD;ARIA;BBY From The Last 14 Days
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April 10, 2015
06:34 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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06:34 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
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06:34 EDTGEBlackstone Mortgage to acquire $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital
06:31 EDTGEGeneral Electric to sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B
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April 9, 2015
16:17 EDTGEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:56 EDTGEGeneral Electric moves higher on deal to sell real estate portfolio
The shares were last at $25.26, trading up over 1%. At this price next resistance is at $26.27. Support is at $25.09, the 50-day moving average.
13:38 EDTGEGE close to selling real estate holdings, WSJ reports
General Electric (GE) is close to selling its real estate holdings to Blackstone (BX) and Wells Fargo (WFC), Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The portfolio has $30B in holdings, the Journal adds. Shares of GE moved up 25c to $25.26 following the report. Reference Link
13:35 EDTGEGE in discussions to sell all or part of real estate assets, Dow Jones says
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10:00 EDTADBEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adobe (ADBE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Anadarko (APC) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Apache (APA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... BioScrip (BIOS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Canadian Pacific (CP) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Cancer Genetics (CGIX) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Denny's (DENN) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Fifth Third (FITB) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Garrison Capital (GARS) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Home Properties (HME) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Intersect ENT (XENT) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Jack in the Box (JACK) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... LogMeln (LOGM) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Marvell (MRVL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Masonite (DOOR) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Natures Sunshine Products (NATR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Nielsen (NLSN) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Plug Power (PLUG) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... RiceBran (RIBT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... StarTek (SRT) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Market Perform at Telsey Advisory.
09:18 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:55 EDTADBEAdobe initiated with an Overweight at Stephens
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April 8, 2015
17:25 EDTGECourt reverses $664M judgment against United Technologies
In a regulatory filing, United Technologies (UTX) reports that on April 6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rendered a decision in the litigation concering the F100 engine. The litigation arose from allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that Pratt & Whitney -- a United subsidiary -- violated the civil False Claims Act relating to the competition between Pratt & Whitney's F100 engine and General Electric's (GE) F110 engine, resulting in alleged overpayments by the government for F100 engines under contracts awarded by the U.S. Air Force in fiscal years 1985-1990. On June 17, 2013, a trial court in Ohio rendered a decision awarding the government $473M in damages and penalties, plus prejudgment interest for a total judgment of approximately $664M. In its latest decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed the trial courtís judgment, noting that the government did not prove any damages, and remanded the case to the trial court to decide whether the government should have another opportunity to prove that it suffered any actual damages.
09:13 EDTGEElectrolux sees GE Appliances deal closing in 2015
Electrolux (ELUXY) announced that results for the business area Major Appliances North America will be significantly lower than anticipated in Q1. Electrolux operations continue to be negatively impacted by the transition of the product ranges within refrigeration and freezers. This transition is a consequence of the new energy requirements imposed during the second half of 2014. Earnings are also affected by the ramp up of the cooking plant in Memphis, which has been slower than anticipated. Results for the business area in the first quarter 2015 will therefore be negative. A program to restore profitability and increase efficiency is under way. It will require most of 2015 before these actions will show full effect. The preparation work for the integration of GE Appliances (GE) is progressing well and Electrolux remains confident that the transaction will be closed in 2015. During the integration planning, additional synergies of $50M have been identified, in excess of the previously communicated $300M. Total cost synergies are now estimated to $350M.
April 7, 2015
10:05 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
07:29 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Verifone to Buy from Hold. The firm believes that the company's success with EMV terminal upgrades has been underappreciated, and it predicts that stabilizing foreign exchange trends and strong EMV growth will cause the stock to revalue. Target $42.
06:43 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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April 6, 2015
09:22 EDTARIAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Uniqure (QURE), up 44.2% following strategic collaboration with Bristol-Myers (BMY)... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), up 22.4% after Lorem Vascular receives regulatory clearance in China... Curis (CRIS), up 8.5% after FDA grants orphan drug designation to CUDC-907 for the treatment of Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma... Capnia (CAPN), up 5.9% after being awarded a $220,000 NIH grant... Tesla (TSLA), up 3.8% after reporting first quarter deliveries up 55% to 10,030 cars... Ariad (ARIA), up 3.4% following approval of Iclusig in Canada... Lumber Liquidators (LL), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. LOWER: Magnum Hunter (MHR), down 8.9% after being downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Herbalife (HLF), down following CNBC report that federal law enforcement agencies contacted the company regarding its business practices... Qualcomm (QCOM), down 2.2% following a Wall Street Journal report that the Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S6 did not have a Qualcomm LTE modem... Skyworks (SWKS), down 2.1% after being downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
07:36 EDTARIAARIAD announces approval of Iclusig in Canada
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April 5, 2015
18:47 EDTGEPart of GE Louisville facility catches fire, Reuters says
A section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices caught fire on Friday, says Reuters. A company spokesperson said "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," and there were no injuries from the incident, added Reuters. Reference Link
08:43 EDTGEAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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