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June 30, 2014
16:22 EDTMU, MBI, KING, GLUU, GM, TWGPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed with the Nasdaq the lone index to notch a gain for the session. Stocks began the session mixed and remained that way for most of the session, with the major averages trading in a narrow range. The volume was light, as is typical for a holiday shortened week. Investors are already on watch for the monthly jobs report, which will be released on Thursday before the market opens. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago ISM manufacturing index dipped more than expected to 62.6 in June from the seven-month high reading of 65.5 it hit last month. An index of pending home sales in May climbed 6.1%, soundly beating expectations and representing its biggest advance in more than four years. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) fell 32c, or 0.87%, to $36.30 after the company announced it will conduct six new safety recalls in the U.S. involving about 7.6M vehicles from the 1997 to 2014 model years. GM said it expects to take a charge of up to approximately $1.2B in the second quarter for the cost of recall-related repairs, which includes a previously disclosed $700M charge for recalls that have already been announced previously. The District Attorney of Orange County, California, filed a civil lawsuit against the carmaker, accusing it of endangering the public through deception regarding vehicle safety and reliability. Earlier in the day, compensation expert Ken Feinberg unveiled the awaited settlement plan to compensate victims in accidents involving GM recalled vehicles. Under the program, Feinberg will provide compensation ranging from $20,000 to several million dollars to anyone who can show they were hurt in a crash involving cars GM has recalled, with no limit, but a key condition is that the claimants show the vehicle's air bags didn't deploy in the crash. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was King Digital (KING), which rose $2.70, or 15.13%, to $20.55 after Cowen said in a note to investors that fears over competition in the mobile gaming space are overdone and kept its Outperform ratings on King and another stock in the space, Gluu Mobile (GLUU). Also higher was Micron (MU), which jumped $1.44, or 4.57%, to $32.95 after Credit Suisse added the stock to its Focus List, citing the company's diversification efforts and gross margin expansion opportunities. Among the noteworthy losers was Tower Group (TWGP), which dropped 23c, or 11.11%, to $1.80 after disclosing that representatives of ACP Re have suggested that an unwaived insolvency event has or may have occurred under the companies' merger agreement, though Tower said it does not believe that any such event has occurred. Also lower were shares of MBIA (MBI), which fell 45c, or 3.92%, to $11.04 after the stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG. INDEXES: The Dow fell 28.16, or 0.17%, to 16,823.68, the Nasdaq rose 10.25, or 0.23%, to 4,408.18, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.73, or 0.04%, to 1,960.23.
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June 22, 2015
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Akebia (AKBA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Barracuda Networks (CUDA) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... BioLineRx (BLRX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Chemours (CC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... E.W. Scripps (SSP) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... EQT Corporation (EQT) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... EQT GP (EQGP) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eagle Pharmaceuticals (EGRX) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Ignyta (RXDX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Leju (LEJU) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Micron (MU) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... People's Utah Bancorp (PUB) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Turquoise Hill (TRQ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital.
10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTMUOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTMUMicron price target lowered to $33 from $37 at JPMorgan
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06:57 EDTGMCNH Industrial upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded CNH Industrial (CNHI) to Neutral saying the stock could find support until the potential General Motors (GM) and Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU) merger is resolved. The firm raised its price target for shares to $8.50 from $7.50.
06:15 EDTMUMicron initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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06:08 EDTGMGeneral Motors to add over 243,000 hatcbacks to air bag recall, AP reports
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05:31 EDTMUMicron downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. The semiconductor provider closed Friday at $24.47.
June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTMUOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
10:50 EDTGMEPA proposes new rules for medium- and heavy-duty truck emissions
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10:00 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Amedisys (AMED) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Delta Air Lines (DAL) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded on better than expected well economics at SunTrust... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill... Erickson (EAC) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Fiserv (FISV) upgraded on growth opportunities, margin outlook at Oppenheimer... IPC Healthcare (IPCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Mack-Cali Realty (CLI) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Micron (MU) upgraded to Buy on sustainable margins and capex at Topeka... NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Retail Opportunity (ROIC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:03 EDTMUMicron volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:51 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Buy on sustainable margins and capex at Topeka
As previously reported, Topeka upgraded Micron to Buy from Hold and increased its price target to $34 from $30. The firm came away from an investor site visit incrementally more confident regarding PC demand and related DRAM pricing. Topeka's analyst believes Micron is at or ahead of plan on its 20nm DRAM ramp and will be able to keep DRAM capex flattish. In NAND, Micron is making steady TLC 3D NAND progress and expects gross margin improvement over the next several quarters. Topeka expects investor confidence in Micron's ability to sustain margins though cycles to increase over the next couple quarters as Micron executes.
07:16 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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June 18, 2015
16:24 EDTGMOn 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.
13:28 EDTGMFitch upgrades General Motors, GM Financial to investment grade
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12:04 EDTMUActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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10:55 EDTMUStocks with call strike movement; MU BABA
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09:35 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
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08:17 EDTMUSusquehanna lowers Micron estimates, but says risk/reward attractive
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