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December 19, 2012
12:58 EDTRGR, ALTE, ATU, GM, BTH, SWHC, GIS, ORCL, ONTY, MKL, NAV, FDXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq a bit higher and the Dow and S&P modestly lower. The averages remained in a narrow trading range this morning, as investors await movement in the ongoing fiscal cliff negotiations, with Obama continuing to take an oppositional but hopeful tone in a press conference this afternoon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts slid 3.0% in November to a 861,000 start rate, versus the expected 872,000. However, building permits rose 3.6% month over month to a 899,000 rate, versus the expected 875,000. In Europe, German business confidence increased for a second month in December, as indicated by the Ifo Business Climate Index climbing to 102.4 from 101.4 in November. Also, S&P raised its rating on Greece to B-minus from selective default late Tuesday. In Asia, the World Bank forecast China’s economy to grow 7.9% this year but rebound to a growth rate of 8.4% in 2013... COMPANY NEWS: General Motors' (GM) stock rose about 8% after the company announced plans to buy back 200M shares held by the U.S. Treasury in a first step toward the government's full exit from its holding within the next 12 to 15 months. GM will pay $27.50 a share, or $5.5B total, and expects to close the deal to reduce the government's stake in the company to 19% from 26.5% by the end of this year... Among notable companies reporting earnings after the close last night or before today's open, Oracle (ORCL) advanced over 4% and FedEx (FDX) rose about 3%, while Actuant (ATU) declined more than 6%, Navistar (NAV) fell over 5% and General Mills (GIS) slid nearly 1%... UBS (UBS) agreed to pay about $1.5B in a settlement reached with American and British regulators over charges its traders conspired to manipulate the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alterra Capital (ALTE), up 24% following its deal to be acquired by Markel (MKL) for $31 per share in stock and cash. Also higher were shares of Smith & Wesson (SWHC), up 9%, and Sturm, Ruger (RGR), up over 6%, after President Obama promised to pursue 'real reforms' to gun control laws but also defended the right to bear arms as granted by the 2nd amendment. Among the noteworthy losers was Oncothyreon (ONTY), down over 54% after its lung cancer drug missed its endpoint in a study. Also lower were shares of Blyth (BTH), which rose early in the session but then reversed to be down 9% near midday after increasing its ownership in ViSalus to more than 80%... INDICES: In early afternoon trading, the Dow was down 22.33, or 0.17%, to 13,328.63; the Nasdaq was up 4.39, or 0.14%, to 3,058.92; and the S&P 500 was down 1.40, or 0.10%, to 1,445.39.
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June 19, 2015
06:20 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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June 18, 2015
19:00 EDTSWHCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:24 EDTGM, ORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session in positive territory, adding to the late day move yesterday that followed Fed comments about the central bank's plans to raise benchmark interest rates gradually. Today's rally was broad based, as all 10 S&P sectors were in positive ground and the Nasdaq closed at a new all-time high. There were the usual headlines concerning Greece, but for at least one day, the U.S. market was able to ignore the European noise. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states met today, after which Agence France-Presse reported that the talks ended with no deal on Greece. Bloomberg subsequently said that euro leaders plan to hold a summit to discuss Greece this coming Monday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Oracle (ORCL) dropped $2.17, or 4.84%, to $42.74 after the enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter... General Motors (GM) announced that Fitch has raised the credit ratings of both GM and GM Financial to investment grade, meaning the corporate credit ratings for GM are now investment grade with all major rating agencies. Meanwhile, Reuters reported, citing several sources familiar with the matter, that the automaker has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to advise it as Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) CEO Sergio Marchionne attempts to gain the support of GM investors with the goal of forcing merger discussions with GM's board... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged 48.4% to close at $29.68 in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, and its closing price gives it a market value near $6B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO), which rose $1.35, or 26.27%, to $6.44 after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was nearing a deal to be acquired by Sequential Brands (SQBG), though the Journal said it was unable to learn the terms of the potential deal being discussed. Sequential Brands (SQBG) shares added 12.4% to close at $16.04 following the report. Also higher was Radius Health (RDUS), which gained $7.81, or 15.1%, to $59.54 after the company announced results from the six-month extension study for abaloparatide, its experimental treatment for osteoporosis. Among the noteworthy losers was Bankrate (RATE), which fell $2.60, or 18.77%, to $11.25 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company's revenue outlook came in well below the consensus forecast. INDEXES: The Dow gained 180.10, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the Nasdaq rose 68.07, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95, and the S&P 500 added 20.80, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24.
16:09 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson sees Q1 EPS 21c-23c, consensus 25c
Sees Q1 revenue $140M-$145M, consensus $145.35M.
16:09 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson sees FY16 EPS $1.02-$1.07, consensus $1.07
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16:07 EDTSWHCSmith & Wesson reports Q4 EPS 45c, consensus 35c
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15:27 EDTSWHCNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:05 EDTORCLOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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12:34 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the morning. The move has been broad based, with each of the major averages gaining at least 1%. The move may be reflecting investors feeling a sense of relief following yesterday’s FOMC meeting, after which the central bank repeated its promise to be gradual in raising rates, without specifying when rate "lift-off" will commence. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer prices index rose 0.4% in the month of May, versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. The core reading, which removes food and energy prices, rose 0.1%, versus the expected increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims dipped 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended June 13, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing survey climbed 8.5 points to 15.2 in June, topping expectations for a reading of 8. The leading indicators rose 0.7% to 123.1 in May, topping expectations for a rise of 0.4%. In Europe, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde reportedly said Greece won’t be given a grace period if it fails to make its scheduled payment to the fund on June 30. Meanwhile, finance ministers of euro area member states are set to meet today, but expectations for progress on Greece are low. Also, the Norwegian central bank cut interest rates to a record low, while the Swiss National Bank kept its deposit rate at record lows as well. In Asia, the Shanghai composite index tumbled 3.7% overnight, doubling its weekly decline to 7.4% and increasing fears that a bubble in the nation's stock market may be preparing to burst. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of enterprise software, hardware and IT services provider Oracle (ORCL) dropped 7% after the company reported lower than expected fourth quarter earnings per share and gave a lower than expected forecast for profit in its new quarter. Analysts at several firms, including Susquehanna, Wells Fargo and Cantor, suggested the post-earnings drop may be a buying opportunity, citing progress in the company's cloud efforts... Fitness tracker maker Fitbit (FIT) surged nearly 50% in its first day of public trading. The company priced its initial public offering at $20 per share, topping expectations, then opened at $30.40 per share, giving it a market value near $6.3B in early trading. Near noon, the stock had pulled back a bit to trade just below $30 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 18% after announcing that its subsidiary has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Chalmette Refining, a joint venture between affiliates of Petroleos de Venezuela and ExxonMobil (XOM). Also higher was BioMarin (BMRN), which rose 13% after the company reported results from a study of BMN-111 in dwarfism and several analysts hiked their price targets on the stock to reflect the increased probability of success for the drug. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Bankrate (RATE), which fell 18%, and Jabil Circuit (JBL), which dropped 7%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 218.44, or 1.22%, to 18,154.18, the Nasdaq was up 74.96, or 1.48%, to 5,139.84, and the S&P 500 was up 23.57, or 1.12%, to 2,124.01.
12:04 EDTORCLActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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10:33 EDTFDXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:35 EDTORCLActive equity options trading on open
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09:04 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTORCLOracle weakness a buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna said investors should be buying Oracle on weakness following its missed Q4 results. The firm cited its cloud revenue and bookings, which beat expectations, and the company's guidance for cloud revenue acceleration. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating and $50 price target on Oracle shares.
08:16 EDTFDXFedEx pullback yesterday a buying opportunity, says Citi
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07:32 EDTFDXFedEx setback is temporary, says UBS
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07:29 EDTORCLOracle cloud growth positive over the long-term, says Wells Fargo
After Oracle reported weaker than expected Q4 results, Wells Fargo says that the rapid growth in Oracle's cloud subscriptions is probably pressuring the company's financial results, but that the trend should ultimately improve its results over the longer term. The firm expects estimates for the company's performance over the next two years to be cut, but it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:05 EDTORCLOracle building strong growth foundation, says Cantor
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06:57 EDTNAVMay Class 8 retail sales rose 12%, says JPMorgan
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