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February 14, 2013
12:25 EDTHNZ, ULTA, WTW, Z, VCLK, ANGI, CSCO, PEP, GM, AAMRQ, LCC, BUD, STZ, BRK.A, WFMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed at midday in spite of fewer than expected weekly jobless claims and a flurry of mergers and acquisitions announcements. The domestic news was offset by worse than expected economic growth data from Europe and Japan, leaving the major averages mixed near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims fell 27K from the prior week to 341K, versus expectations for 360K claims. In Europe, the euro zone's 0.6% contraction in gross domestic product in the fourth quarter was the steepest for the bloc since early 2009. The zone's two biggest economies shrank more than expected, as Germany's economy contracted 0.6% and France's shrunk 0.3%. In Asia, Japanís real gross domestic product contracted for the third straight quarter, shrinking 0.1% in the final three months of last year... COMPANY NEWS: M&A news stole the headlines, as household names Heinz (HNZ), US Airways (LCC), American Airlines (AAMRQ) and Anheuser-Busch (BUD) were all involved in high-profile deals. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), along with partner 3G Capital, agreed to buy H.J. Heinz for $72.50 in cash per share, sending the stock of the ketchup maker up 20%. Constellation Brands (STZ) soared more than 35% after the terms of its deal with AB InBev were revised, granting Constellation perpetual rights to distribute Corona and other Modelo brands in the U.S. AB InBev shares also gained over 4% following the modification, which the company hopes will end its fight with the DOJ over its intention to acquire Grupo Modelo. US Airways shares fell 7% after it agreed to merge with bankrupt AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, in a deal that will create the world's biggest air carrier... Almost overshadowed among the M&A news were earnings reports from giants General Motors (GM), PepsiCo (PEP) and Dow component Cisco (CSCO). Of the three, only Pepsi traded higher following its results and outlook... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Angie's List (ANGI), up 24%, ValueClick (VCLK), up 16%, and Zillow (Z), up 12%. Among the noteworthy losers after their quarterly reports were Weight Watchers (WTW), down 16%, Ulta Salon (ULTA), down 12%, and Whole Foods Market (WFM), down over 9%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 9.40, or 0.07%, to 13,973.51; the Nasdaq was up 0.31, or 0.01%, to 3,197.19; and the S&P 500 was up 0.14, or 0.01%, to 1,520.47.
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August 12, 2014
09:19 EDTGMGeneral Motors shares washed out, says Sterne Agee
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08:03 EDTULTAGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
07:42 EDTCSCOCisco August volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors to streamline international business model, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTCSCOCisco planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports
As part of a worldwide streamlining effort, Cisco is planning to fire 300 employees in Israel, Globes reports. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
15:27 EDTZSusquehanna to hold a forum
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15:23 EDTGMJPMorgan to hold a conference
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10:19 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:06 EDTPEPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
06:38 EDTGMGM's ignition switch fund receives 63 death case claims, AP reports
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06:08 EDTPEPPepsiCo upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded its rating on PepsiCo (PEP) to Buy citing evidence the company is operating with urgency and its belief activist investor Trian is committed for the long term. UBS raised its price target for shares to $100 from $97.
06:07 EDTGMGM's Lansing plant to halt Cadillac production temporarily, Detroit News reports
General Motors will halt Cadillac production at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant for three weeks, effective August 18, the Detroit News reports. According to sources, the halt is due to lower than expected demand for the cars. Reference Link
05:55 EDTCSCOCisco expected to report solid Q4 results at Wells Fargo
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August 10, 2014
17:44 EDTZZillow could fall by 50% after Trulia deal, Barron's says
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August 9, 2014
15:40 EDTGMGM loses attempt to dismiss revived ignition-death lawsuit, Bloomberg says
A Georgia judge rejected General Motors' attempt to dismiss a revived lawsuit over the death of woman that precipitated the recall of 2.59M cars over faulty ignition switches, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
August 8, 2014
14:09 EDTGMGeneral Motors announces 269K vehicle recall
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10:36 EDTULTAOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:31 EDTCSCOMorgan Stanley expects Cisco to report good results, conservative outlook
Morgan Stanley expects Cisco to report results of 54c/$12.26B vs. consensus of 53c/$12.14B and said checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Shares are Overweight rated with a $30 price target.
06:47 EDTGMGM aims to unveil new Volt hybrid in six months, Reuters says
GM said that it plans to showcase its newest model of its Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric vehicle in six months, reported Reuters. Company officials did not explain details on the pricing or driving range of the 2016 model, but said the car will be revealed at the North American International Auto Show. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
06:18 EDTGMGM issues recall for certain model year SAABs, Trailblazer EXTs, others
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