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May 27, 2014
16:27 EDTFRO, DYAX, HSH, DRTX, PPC, BAC, PFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as investors returned from their holiday weekend. The major averages were higher from the outset of the trading day and most of the market action happened shortly after the opening bell. By mid-morning the averages found a level and settled into a narrow trading range for the remainder of the session. The Nasdaq was the clear leader as it tacked on gains of more than 1%. Though the Dow and S&P 500 rose more modestly, both closed at new record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable orders rose 0.8% in April, beating expectations for them to have fallen 0.7% in the month. The Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.2% in March, which was more than expected. Markit's flash services PMI climbed to 58.4 in May from 55.0 in April. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for May held at 7 for a second straight month. A reading of consumer confidence improved to 83.0 in May, as expected, after slipping to 81.7 last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hillshire Brands (HSH) surged $8.17, or 22.07%, to $45.19 after receiving an unsolicited $45 per share takeover proposal from chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Pilgrim's Pride shares rose 42c, or 1.67%, to $25.52 after it made its offer public. However, Pinnacle Foods (PF) sank $1.79, or 5.38%, to $31.48, as it had previously agreed to be acquired by Hillshire and the new bid from Pilgrim's Pride potentially puts that deal in doubt... Shares of Bank of America (BAC) gained 50c, or 3.4%, to $15.22 after it disclosed that it has resubmitted its requested capital actions to the Federal Reserve. As previously announced, the requested capital actions contained in the resubmission are less than the 2014 capital actions to which the Fed previously did not object. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which rose 51c, or 14.96%, to $3.92 and was upgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after entering into definitive agreements with respect to its previously announced strategic partnership and $150M credit facilities with Sycamore Partners. Also higher was Dyax (DYAX), which jumped $1.81, or 27.42%, to $8.41 after another drug company, BioCryst (BCRX), reported positive data on its inherited angioedema treatment. In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Jefferies wrote that BioCryst's data bodes well for Dyax's own hereditary angioedema treatment. BioCryst shares also gained 98c, or 10.94%, to close at $9.99, but the stock was off about 1% in after-hours trading after the company filed to sell $100M in common stock. Among the noteworthy losers was Durata Therapeutics (DRTX), which fell $1.84, or 10.89%, to $15.05, giving back all of the 5.5% increase the stock saw last Friday after the FDA announced late in the day that it approved the company's Dalvance drug for the treatment of certain acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections. Also lower were shares of shipping company Frontline (FRO), which fell 47c, or 16.43%, to $2.39 after reporting on its first quarter results and warning that it sees weaker operational result to come in the current quarter. INDEXES: The Dow was up 69.23, or 0.42%, to 16,675.50, the Nasdaq was up 51.26, or 1.22%, to 4,237.07, and the S&P 500 was up 11.38, or 0.6%, to 1,911.91.
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September 28, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 28, 2015
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September 27, 2015
13:50 EDTBACBank of America likely to increase dividend, buyback plans, Barron's says
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September 25, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 25, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 25.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB AU NKE PFE INTC AMZN TSLA
09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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September 24, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 24, 2015
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07:10 EDTBACBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
September 23, 2015
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 53c to 23.81 Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW RIG MU FCX PBR XOM JPM
September 22, 2015
16:36 EDTBACOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 22, 2015
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12:22 EDTPFConAgra falls after Q1 revenue significantly misses estimates
Shares of packaged food company ConAgra (CAG) are falling after the company's first quarter revenue fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 45c, ahead of the consensus of 40c, and revenue of $2.79B, well short of expectations of $3.67B. ConAgra reported Q1 Consumer Foods sales of approximately $1.7B and Commercial Foods segment sales of $1.1B. The divestiture process for the private label operations is proceeding as planned, and the company expects to have an announcement on the outcome of this process later this fall. The company will assess opportunities to increase the dividend after it is further along with the strategic plan outlined at the end of fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects diluted EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to be approximately in line with year-ago comparable amounts, compared to consensus of 63c. Despite strong fundamentals and expectations for continued margin expansion, comparable operating profits for the Consumer Foods segment in the fiscal second quarter are expected to be negatively impacted by foreign exchange, as well as a planned increase in marketing investment. Profits for the Commercial Foods segment are expected to post an increase in profitability year-over-year in the fiscal second quarter. Expected contribution from the private label operations, which are now in discontinued operations, is included in this guidance. On its Q1 conference call, ConAgra said its private brands divestiture was "on track" and there was "a lot of interest" in it. Management noted that they were "aggressively" pursuing maximizing actions and making "good progress" on margin improvement efforts. They said they were committed to an investment grade rating, marketing investments will increase throughout the year, and results from the last six months indicate positivity going forward. They said the company took a $1.95B charge on private label business in Q1, but remain confident that they will realize a tax benefit from the capital loss. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, ConAgra fell $2.39, or about 5.64%, to $40.01 on heavy trading volume. Despite the pull back, the shares have gained approximately 19% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the packaged foods space include Boulder Brands (BDBD), down 0.5%, Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 2.5%, General Mills (GIS), up 0.6%, JM Smucker (SJM), down 3%, and TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.4%.
10:36 EDTBACBank of America shareholders approve resolution on board leadership structure
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10:15 EDTBACBank of America shareholders vote to retain Brian Moynihan as both Chairman, CEO
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07:34 EDTBACDenver Gold Group to hold a forum
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September 21, 2015
14:40 EDTBACiPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 90c to 23.79
Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB BABA DOW TSLA
09:42 EDTBACBank of America to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to be held in Charlotte, NC on September 22 at 10 am.
09:40 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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07:37 EDTBACPension funds votes against combining BofA chair, CEO roles, Retuers says
The Florida State Board of Administration, echoing votes against Bank of America from pension funds in New York and California, has voted its 21.7M shares against bylaw changes that would allow the bank to combine its chairman and CEO roles, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:58 EDTBACBank of America CEO expects to retain dual roles, NY Post reports
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06:36 EDTBACFormer Wells Fargo CEO: BofA shareholders should back off Moynihan, Reuters says
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September 20, 2015
20:19 EDTBACBank of America CEO to cut additional jobs, NY Post says
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