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February 22, 2013
12:18 EDTMMSI, WBMD, FIRE, AIG, FRO, ARUN, HPQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, bouncing back from two down days fueled by worries that the Fed may pull back on its easing actions sooner than expected. European markets were helped by a better than expected German business confidence survey, despite some other downbeat data and forecasts, and U.S. markets followed their lead. Also helping the Dow was better than expected earnings from two of its members... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no market moving economic data was reported. In Germany, Federal Statistics Office data confirmed an earlier flash estimate that the nation's GDP shrank 0.6% from the prior quarter in the last three months of 2012. However, the Ifo Institute business confidence reading rose to 107.4 from 104.2 in January, beating expectations for a 105.0 February figure. Also in Europe, the European Commission lowered it forecast for gross domestic product in the 17-nation region, estimating now that GDP will fall 0.3% this year. The EC predicted in November that the region's economy would grow 0.1% in 2013... COMPANY NEWS: Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) surged 9% higher and led the Dow Jones Industrial Average after its Q1 results topped estimates on both the top and bottom lines. HP's earnings guidance for the current quarter was also better than expected. Also reporting better than expected results, and seeing its shares rise, was fellow Dow component American International Group (AIG). The insurer's operating earnings were better than forecast and its stock advanced over 2%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the other notable gainers following their earnings reports were WebMD (WBMD), up 24%, Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 21% and Sourcefire (FIRE), up 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Merit Medical (MMSI), which fell 19% and was downgraded at Raymond James following its quarterly report. Also lower were shares of Frontline (FRO), which declined nearly 14% after the company provided preliminary Q4 earnings, said it expects the following quarter's operating results to be lower and announced it will will not pay a dividend for Q4... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 69.34, or 0.50%, to 13,949.96; the Nasdaq was up 17.80, or 0.57%, to 3,149.29; and the S&P 500 was up 7.59, or 0.51%, to 1,510.01.
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November 23, 2015
10:19 EDTAIGAIG says to take actions to further accelerate strategy
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10:01 EDTFROFrontline to host special shareholder meeting
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... Constellation Brands (STZ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Genomic Health (GHDX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... HP Inc. (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Heritage Commerce (HTBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... James River Group (JRVR) upgraded on improved outlook at BMO Capital... Kellogg (K) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Parkway Properties (PKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Synchrony (SYF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Universal Insurance (UVE) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... YPF (YPF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:09 EDTAIGIcahn to commence AIG consent solicitation, may seek board representation
Carl Icahn, who identifies himself as one of AIG's largest shareholders that currently owns over 42M shares, noted he wrote a public letter to the CEO of AIG on October 28 suggesting that the company is "Too Big To Succeed" and should accelerate cost cutting and separate into three public companies to shrink below the threshold for systemically important financial institutions. "Since we released that letter, many large institutional shareholders and analysts have contacted us and expressed their support for our views. We have also met and had a number of conversations with AIG CEO Peter Hancock, and he has invited us to continue having conversations. However, despite that invitation, in all of our discussions with Mr. Hancock it was abundantly clear to us that he is not willing to take the bold steps that we, and so many other shareholders, believe are long overdue. In addition, in those conversations he failed to lay out any alternative strategic plan with the potential to unlock value for shareholders or to provide compelling reasons as to why these businesses belong together," Icahn wrote in a new statement released via his website. Icahn went on to say: "While we plan to accept Mr. Hancock's offer to continue having discussions and meetings with AIG, we do not believe that he will ever sincerely consider what we, and so many others, have proposed. Nor do we believe that the AIG board of directors will respond to the demands of AIG shareholders absent a clear mandate. As a result, we intend to commence shortly a consent solicitation that will enable shareholders to express their views directly to the board, which may include a proposal to add a new director who would agree in advance to succeed Mr. Hancock as CEO if asked by the board to do so. We thank our fellow shareholders for their continued support and look forward to sharing the details of our consent solicitation over the next few weeks."
09:07 EDTAIGIcahn to commence AIG consent solicitation, may seek board representation
08:58 EDTHPQHP Inc. upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $17 at Maxim
As reported previously, Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi upgraded HP Inc. to Buy from Hold, saying there is room for HP to raise its rate of free cash flow return to about 90% from between 50%-75% now. The analyst also sees potential for HP printing supplies to experience a temporary break amid a secular decline, chances for HP to successfully penetrate the multi-function copier market, and for its PC operating margins to expand. Chokshi raised his price target on HP shares to $17 from $14.50.
08:22 EDTHPQHP Inc. volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
HP Inc. November weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, December is at 34, January is at 31 compared to its 2-week range of 18 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on November 24.
07:27 EDTHPQHP Inc. upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim
06:09 EDTHPQHP Inc. adds Titan to Engineered by HP Program
HP Inc. announced the expansion of its Engineered by HP program, collaborating with the world's fifth largest watchmaker, Titan, to infuse technology seamlessly into the way consumers live, providing them with smart accessories that are productive and responsive, but not intrusive.
November 19, 2015
09:00 EDTHPQ, ARUNAerohive sell-off unwarranted, says JMP Securities
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November 18, 2015
15:24 EDTAIGIcahn says had 'constructive' meeting with AIG CEO last week, Reuters reports
Carl Icahn says still long AIG, reiterates call for break-up, Reuters reports, citing comments made by the investor at the news service's summit.
06:50 EDTAIGAIG CEO opposes split but open to divestitures, WSJ says
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November 16, 2015
18:03 EDTAIGAIG amends by-laws to implement proxy access
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17:16 EDTAIGIcahn liquidated eBay stake, took Paypal stake
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09:01 EDTMMSIBarclays to hold a conference
MedTech/Tools SMID Cap Day is being held in New York on November 16.
November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTAIGThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:10 EDTFROFrontline terminates charter-in contract with Ship Finance
Frontline (FRO) has agreed with Ship Finance (SFL) to terminate the long term charter for the 1998 built Suezmax tanker Mindanao. Ship Finance has simultaneously sold the vessel to an unrelated third party. The charter with Ship Finance is expected to terminate in the fourth quarter of 2015. Frontline will receive a compensation payment of approximately $3.3M from Ship Finance for the termination of the current charter. Following this termination, the number of vessels on charter from Ship Finance will be reduced to 14 vessels, including 12 VLCCs and two Suezmax tankers.
07:07 EDTFROShip Finance to sell Suezmax tanker
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07:07 EDTFROShip Finance to sell Suezmax tanker
Ship Finance International (SFL) announced that it has agreed to sell the 1998 built Suezmax tanker Mindanao to an unrelated third party. The company has simultaneously agreed to terminate the corresponding charter party for the 17-year old crude oil carrier with a subsidiary of Frontline (FRO). The vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owner in December. Net cash proceeds will be approximately $17.9M, after a compensation of approximately $3.3M to Frontline for the early termination of the charter. Divesting of older vessels is a part of the company's strategy to renew and diversify the fleet, and the proceeds are expected to be reinvested in new assets. Following this sale, the number of vessels on charter to Frontline will be reduced to 14 vessels, comprising of 12 VLCCs and two Suezmax crude oil carriers.
November 12, 2015
08:32 EDTHPQHP Inc. declares post-split regular dividend of 12.4c per share
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