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November 13, 2012
12:22 EDTHCLP, MSFT, WFT, DKS, HD, BHI, GBXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as the averages struggle to regain some portion of their losses from last week. The market opened moderately lower on the heels of the futures, which ended the premarket session below fair value. The major equity indices have traded in a narrow range again today, though they all stand near session highs at the lunch hour, with the Dow the biggest winner and the Nasdaq fighting to get back into positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the October federal budget is scheduled to be reported at 2:00 pm ET and is seen widening to $113B from $98.5B a month ago. In Europe, euro-zone leaders failed to agree on the release of the latest round of aid for Greece, though the nation was granted a two-year extension by the EU to repay its current bailout loans. Also, a measure of German economic sentiment unexpectedly fell more than was forecast and U.K. inflation rose faster than expected... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) leads all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, up 3.7% after its earnings and revenue beat expectations and the company raised its full year guidance. Microsoft (MSFT) is the Dow's laggard, down 2.7% after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up 17% after investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called its shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), up nearly 5% following its better than expected quarterly report and increased full year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP), down 21% after its quarterly results missed consensus and it announced the termination of a supply agreement with Baker Hughes (BHI). Also lower were shares of Weatherford (WFT), down almost 14% after the company reported a disappointing preliminary revenue estimate and said it sees material weakness in its internal controls, prompting it to restate some prior financial statements... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 47.73, or 0.37%, to 12,862.81; the Nasdaq was down 0.68, or 0.02%, to 2,903.58; and the S&P 500 was up 5.64, or 0.41%, to 1,385.67.
News For HD;MSFT;GBX;DKS;HCLP;BHI;WFT From The Last 14 Days
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October 1, 2015
10:00 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMEC Foster Wheeler (AMFW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded on valuation, catlysts at Bernstein... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Northland... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... (JD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Kirby (KEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Pernod Ricard (PDRDY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Steven Madden (SHOO) upgraded to Outperform ahead of earnings turn at Telsey Advisory... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at CL King... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded on transaction, valuation, momentum at Argus... Workday (WDAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:36 EDTGBXRailcar sector downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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08:32 EDTHCLPHi-Crush Partners price target lowered to $8 from $18 at Wunderlich
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06:23 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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September 30, 2015
18:28 EDTWFT, BHICourt says Interior Department lacks authority for fracking rule, WSJ reports
A federal court judge ruled that the Interior Department lacked the authority to institute a stricter rule on fracking, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Judge Scott Skavdahl's preliminary injunction. Publicly traded companies in the space include Baker Hughes (BHI), IHS Inc. (IHS), Halliburton (HAL), Nabors Industries (NBR), and Weatherford (WFT). Reference Link
16:50 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Google agree to end patent feud over phones, Xbox, Bloomberg says
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11:09 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to open flagship stores in Manhattan, Syndey
Microsoft announced that it plans to open a flagship store in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue and 53rd Avenue on October 26 and one at Westfield Sydney on Pitt Street Mall on November 12. On the company's blog, it said the flagship stores have been in the making for six years. Reference Link
08:45 EDTMSFTNVIDIA price target raised to $30 from $28 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on NVIDA (NVDA) after Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud platform began offering NVIDIA's Grid 2.0 GPU virtualization solutions, JMP says that Microsoft's move "paves the way for broader Cloud adoption and further entrenchment of Nvidia Quadro solutions." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:14 EDTMSFTRackspace expected to partner with Amazon, WSJ reports
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) is expected to partner with Amazon (AMZN) to make it easier for corporate customers to move computing operations to Amazon Web Services from their own facilities, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to two sources, the partnership, which is similar to an agreement Rackspace signed with Microsoft (MSFT) in July, will be announced at a conference for AWS users next week. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
06:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to host conference call
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September 28, 2015
16:34 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to change financial reporting structure
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13:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft comments on privacy, Windows 10 on blog
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12:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Adxstudio, terms not disclosed
Bob Stutz -- Corporate VP, Microsoft Dynamics CRM -- disclosed in a blog post that Microsoft has acquired has reached a definitive agreement to acquire key product and technology assets of Adxstudio Inc., a provider of Web portals, online engagement solutions and application lifecycle management solutions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Stutz says, "With this acquisition of our long-time partner, our customers will immediately be able to take advantage of new and exciting ways to engage with customers online." Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
10:43 EDTMSFTMicrosoft planning Google Cardboard VR competitor, TNW News says
Microsoft (MSFT) is working on a competitor to Google's (GOOG) Cardboard Virtual Reality program, TNW News reports. The Seattle-based tech giant is inviting participants to an event in Russia on October 17, offering cardboard headsets to those with "successful" suggestions, the report says. Microsoft is already developing its HoloLens "mixed reality" technology, the report says. Reference Link
10:37 EDTWFT, BHIAnalysts sees upside for Halliburton as Baker Hughes deal moves forward
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06:48 EDTBHIHalliburton and Baker Hughes announce additional divestiture proposals
Halliburton (HAL) and Baker Hughes (BHI) announced that the companies will market for sale additional businesses in connection with Halliburton's pending acquisition of Baker Hughes. Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, and in order to permit completion of Halliburton's acquisition of Baker Hughes, the following additional businesses are intended to be divested: Halliburton's expandable liner hangers business, which is part of the company's Completion & Production Division; Baker Hughes' core completions business, which includes: packers, flow control tools, subsurface safety systems, intelligent well systems, permanent monitoring, sand control tools and sand control screens; the Baker Hughes sand control business in the Gulf of Mexico, including two pressure pumping vessels; and Baker Hughes' offshore cementing businesses in Australia, Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico, Norway, and the United Kingdom. The combined 2013 revenue associated with all of the businesses intended to be divested was approximately $5.2B. The sale of these businesses will be subject to the negotiation of acceptable terms and conditions for the divestitures, the approval of the divesting company's board, and final approval of the Baker Hughes acquisition by competition enforcement authorities. Halliburton anticipates that the companies will complete the sales of these businesses in the same timeframe as, and the closing of the divestitures would be conditioned on, the closing of the pending Baker Hughes acquisition.
September 25, 2015
18:13 EDTMSFTGates Foundation files lawsuit against Petrobras, auditor, WSJ says
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13:52 EDTHCLPSand proppant producers plunge after Emerge Energy withdraws guidance
Shares of sand proppant producers U.S. Silica (SLCA), Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP), CARBO Ceramics (CRR), and Fairmount Santrol Holdings (FMSA) are declining after peer Emerge Energy Services (EMES) withdrew its distribution guidance, causing Baird and Stifel to issues downgrades on the company. WHAT'S NEW: Emerge Energy said in a statement Thursday night that it is withdrawing its previously announced distribution guidance for 2015 due to difficult market conditions in its Sand and Fuel segments caused by prolonged downward pressure on oil and natural gas prices. Emerge Energy also noted that it does not currently anticipate announcing any further distribution guidance for 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors, Baird analyst Ethan Bellamy downgraded Emerge Energy Services to Underperform from Neutral as he warned that distribution cuts are likely ahead. Bellamy noted that Emerge Energy announced preliminary 2015 DPU guidance of $8.00/unit, but lowered it to $3.00 in April, and again lowered it in August to $2.50-$3.00 before cutting guidance completely Thursday. Baird is now modeling DPU of $2.35/unit in 2015 versus current consensus of $2.55/unit. Fracking sand prices continue to be under pressure due to renegotiated contracts and reduced spending by exploration and production companies, the analyst added. Additionally, Baird warned of a possible covenant breach in the future. The firm noted that Emerge Energy is in ongoing discussions with its lenders to seek a prospective waiver on its covenants. Another research firm, Stifel, downgraded shares of Emerge Energy to Sell from Hold. The firm significantly reduced its estimates and thinks the stock has several negative catalysts. It predicted there will be additional downward pressure on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Emerge Energy are down 29.75% to $8.24. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other sand proppant producers are trading lower in afternoon trading, with U.S. Silica down almost 10%, Hi-Crush Partners falling 12.7%, CARBO Ceramics dropping 5.4%, and Fairmount Santrol Holdings declining over 8%.
13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 4 to 838
Baker Hughes says that the U.S. Rig Count is down 4 rigs from last week to 838, with oil rigs down 4 to 640, gas rigs down 1 to 197, and miscellaneous rigs up 1 to 1. Says the U.S. Rig Count is down 1,093 rigs from last year at 1,931, with oil rigs down 952, gas rigs down 141, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1. The U.S. Offshore rig count is 33, up 2 rigs from last week, and down 29 rigs year over year. The Canadian Rig Count is down 6 rigs from last week to 176, with oil rigs down 4 to 66, and gas rigs down 2 to 110. The Canadian Rig Count is down 253 rigs from last year at 429, with oil rigs down 180, and gas rigs down 73.
10:57 EDTHCLPHi-Crush Partners management to meet with Jefferies
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