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February 14, 2014
12:42 EDTETFC, WY, GM, PCOM, LEN, BSX, SD, TMUS, EBAY, RIG, KKR, CIM, ESRX, UAL, ATML, PENN, MET, CZR, SLeon Cooperman gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: General Motors (GM)... Atmel (ATML)... eBay (EBAY)... Weyerhaeuser (WY)... United Continental (UAL)... T-Mobile US (TMUS). INCREASED STAKES: E-Trade (ETFC)... Express Scripts (ESRX).. SandRidge Energy (SD)... Sprint (S)... Chimera Investment (CIM). DECREASED STAKES: Boston Scientific (BSX)... Caesars (CZR)... KKR & Co. (KKR)... Lennar (LEN)... Metlife (MET)... Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Polycom (PCOM)... Penn National (PENN).
News For GM;ATML;EBAY;WY;UAL;TMUS;ETFC;ESRX;SD;S;CIM;BSX;CZR;KKR;LEN;MET;RIG;PCOM;PENN From The Last 14 Days
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March 20, 2015
06:47 EDTCZRCreditors dispute 'inside deals' surrounding Caesars loyalty program, WSJ says
Caesars Entertainment's (CZR) customer loyalty program has been valued at $1B by creditors, who alleged in lawsuits surrounding its January bankruptcy that the Caesars parent company and majority stake holder Apollo (APO) made several improper deals designed to keep the loyalty unit inaccessible to creditors, reports the Wall Street Journal. Fitch Ratings analyst Alex Bumazhny now calls a swift bankruptcy process "increasingly unlikely," while the presiding judge gave additional scope last week to investigate the disputed deals. Reference Link
06:44 EDTBSXBoston Scientific initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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06:32 EDTTMUST-Mobile employment policies struck down by judge, NY Times says
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06:22 EDTGMGM CEO to be questioned October 8 over ignition failures, AP says
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March 19, 2015
15:46 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near deal for majority of Philips lighting unit, Bloomberg says
Private equity firms KKR (KKR) and CVC Capital Partners are nearing a deal that could be announced as soon as next week to buy 80% of Philips' (PHG) lighting components unit, with Philips retaining the remaining stake, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The firms' bid values the whole of the business at about $2.7B, the sources told Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:19 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near bid for 80% of Philips lighting components unit, Bloomberg says
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13:00 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
11:52 EDTLENLennar says "enthusiastic" about prospects for Rialto
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11:24 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; X RIG
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11:23 EDTLENLennar sees strong top, bottom line growth for 2015
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11:22 EDTLENLennar says still on track to deliver 23,500-24,000 homes for 2015
Still expects apartment unit to be profitable for FY. Says still on track to deliver 23,500-24,000 homes for 2015. Severe weather conditions has delayed some construction activities, will slightly reduce backlog conversion ratio. Still expects gross margins for FY to average 24%, Q4 highest gross margin percent for year. Says increasing goal for financial services for FY due to strong refinance environment, now expects to earn $95M-$100M for FY. Sees FY range of profits for Rialto $30M-$40M for FY, heavily weighted to Q4. Sees FY15 effective tax rate in mid-34% range. Says active community count on track to hit 675 by end of 2015.
11:18 EDTEBAYeBay cut to sell by noted analyst on mounting PayPal competition
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11:10 EDTLENLennar says housing market continuing slow, steady recovery
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10:02 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTRIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:50 EDTRIGTransocean reiterated as a Sell, target to $11 at Goldman
After the close, Transocean announced that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI for the Transocean Amirante was terminated due to the deteriorating security situation in Libya. The firm said these two announcements are indicative of the very weak contracting environment. Goldman reiterates its Sell rating on Transocean and lowered its price target to $11 from $12.
07:33 EDTTMUST-Mobile well-positioned to take share in business market, says Pacific Crest
After T-Mobile said it was bringing its Unicarrier programs to the workplace, Pacific Crest believes that the company's low business market share, positive brand image and consumer momentum position it well to take share from incumbents. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:22 EDTMETMetLife to consolidate NYC locations in MetLife Building, WSJ says
MetLife (MET) signed a twelve-year lease with Tishman Speyer (TSEYF) to increase its space in the MetLife Building in order to consolidate its four New York City locations into the namesake building above Grand Central Terminal, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:03 EDTLENLennar reports Q1 EPS 50c, consensus 45c
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05:42 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster downgraded eBay (EBAY) to Underweight, the firm's sell-equivalent rating, saying competition from Google Wallet (GOOG), Apple Pay (AAPL), Facebook (FB) and Samsung will weigh on PayPal's valuation and market share over the next three years. Munster notes shares of eBay are up 12% since the beginning of February due to optimism around the PayPal spin-out. He cut his price target for shares to $49 from $55. The online marketplace and PayPal owner closed yesterday down $1.07 to $58.42.
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