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November 13, 2012
16:29 EDTAMD, MBI, AKS, GBX, MSFT, TROX, BAC, HDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were unable to rally after the major averages spent the majority of the day near their starting points. The U.S. reported its October federal budget at midday and the market met the data with a shrug. Dow member Cisco Systems (CSCO) is among those reporting earnings after today's close... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., October's budget deficit grew to $120B from a $98.5B shortfall a month ago. Analysts forecast a $113B deficit for October. 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... COMPANY NEWS: Home Depot (HD) reported better than expected earnings before the bell and outpaced all members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, advancing $2.22, or 3.63%, to $63.38... Microsoft (MSFT) saw shares trade down 90c, or 3.22%, to $27.09 after the head of its Windows unit resigned, though Stifel Nicolaus suggested that the departure could help the company over the long term... Shares of MBIA (MBI) slipped $1.60, or 19.02%, to $6.81 after midday news broke that Bank of America (BAC) commenced a debt tender offer in a bid to stop MBIA from getting consent from bondholders to make certain changes to its bond covenants... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Greenbrier (GBX), up $2.78, or 19.93%, to $16.73 after activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 9.99% stake in the company and called shares undervalued. Also higher were shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which spiked as high as $2.26 but closed up 10c, or 5.03%, at $2.09 after Reuters said the company has hired JPMorgan (JPM) to explore options potentially including the sale of patents or an outright sale of the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Tronox (TROX), down $3.54, or 18.91%, to $15.18 after the company reported Q3 earnings that missed consensus estimates, though the company's CEO said he sees sales increasing in 2013. Also lower were shares of AK Steel (AKS), down 96c, or 17.58%, to $4.50 after the company warned its Q4 losses are likely to be worse than analysts estimated... INDICES: The Dow lost 58.90, or 0.46%, to 12,756.18; the Nasdaq fell 20.37, or 0.70%, to 2,883.89; and the S&P 500 shed 5.50, or 0.40%, to 1,374.53.
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August 25, 2015
07:03 EDTBACBank of America upgraded on valuation at Bernstein
As noted earlier, Bernstein upgraded Bank of America to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded the stock on valuation. The firm also thinks the company has several potential longer term catalysts, i.e. higher interest rates, improved operating leverage, and expanding capital return. The firm believes that the bank's strong capital levels and ability to cut costs can protect it from macro risks.
06:43 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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06:11 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform on valuation at Baird
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06:04 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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August 24, 2015
16:07 EDTHDHome Depot completes acquisition of Interline Brands
The Home Depot (HD) announced it has completed its $1.625B acquisition of Interline Brands (IBI), a leading national distributor and direct marketer of broad-line maintenance, repair and operations products. The agreement to acquire Interline was previously announced on July 22.
16:00 EDTMSFT, BACOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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09:45 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX
07:19 EDTBACBank of America volatility at high end of range
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06:58 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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06:34 EDTMSFTIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTAMDTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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12:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will cut up to 2,300 jobs in Finland and close Nokia's (NOK) former handset product development unit in Salo, Reuters reports. The cuts are part of Microsoft's plans to cut 7,800 jobs globally. Microsoft will keep open sites in Espoo and Tampere. Reference Link
10:37 EDTMSFTAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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10:02 EDTHDHome Depot, Honda Power Equipment expand supply partnership
Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co. (HMC), and marketer of a comprehensive range of outdoor power equipment, announced today the expansion of its partnership with The Home Depot (HD). Beginning September 1, a number of Honda generator models will be sold at The Home Depot's top 300 U.S. PRO Desk locations, a specialized area of the store dedicated to the product and service needs of the professional contractor.
09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
08:40 EDTBACCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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06:01 EDTMSFTABI Research: Portable PC sales to remain flat in 2015, DigiTimes says
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06:01 EDTMSFTInterDigital sued by Microsoft for violating antitrust law, Reuters reports
Microsoft (MSFT) has filed a lawsuit against InterDigital (IDCC), accusing the company of violating U.S. antitrust law by unfairly licensing its technology, Reuters reports. The suit, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, is the latest move in the companies' fight over patent licensing. The ITC is set to rule this month on whether Microsoft's smartphones infringe two of InterDigital patents and should be banned from being imported into the U.S. Reference Link
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