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May 27, 2014
16:27 EDTBAC, PF, FRO, DYAX, HSH, DRTX, PPCOn 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.
News For HSH;PF;PPC;DYAX;BAC;DRTX;FRO From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
14:47 EDTFROFrontline upgraded to Hold from Strong Sell at Nordea
06:04 EDTBACBank of America implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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05:28 EDTFROFrontline board considering several debt restructuring alternatives
In October, Frontline reduced the outstanding under the convertible bond loan with maturity in April 2015 from $190M to $149.2M through buy back and debt/equity swap. Following this, and the termination of the three charter parties for Front Commerce, Front Comanche and Front Opalia in November 2014 total debt and capital lease obligations are approximately $956M. The tanker market has showed some strength in Q4. A strong market creates some flexibility for the company going forward. The board is continuing to consider several alternatives in restructuring the company's debt and capital lease obligations. The target is to rebuild Frontline into being a leading tanker company.
05:26 EDTFROFrontline reports Q3 EPS ex-items (15c), consensus (20c)
Frontline has recorded a vessel impairment loss of $41.5M in the three months ended September 30. This loss relates to the VLCCs Front Opalia, Front Commerce, Front Comanche and Ulriken. Impairment losses are taken when events or changes in circumstances occur that cause the company to believe that future cash flows for an individual vessel will be less than its carrying value and not fully recoverable. In such instances an impairment charge is recognized if the estimate of the undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use of the vessel and its eventual disposition is less than the vessel's carrying amount. The average daily time charter equivalents earned in the spot and period market in Q3 by the Company's VLCCs and Suezmax tankers were $24,600 and $18,600 compared with $13,900 and $12,400 in the preceding quarter. The spot earnings for the company's VLCCs and Suezmax vessels were $23,900 and $19,500 compared with $12,500 and $12,400 in the preceding quarter.
November 24, 2014
07:01 EDTBACFed could further restrict banks' commodities businesses, NY Times says
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06:26 EDTBACFaith-based investors ask BofA to split chairman, CEO roles, WSJ reports
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November 21, 2014
07:24 EDTBACBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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November 20, 2014
07:23 EDTBACBoston Security Analysts Society to hold a conference
Sustainable Investing: Taking the Long View is being held in Boston on November 20.
07:11 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 19, 2014
07:51 EDTBACClearing House Payments Company to hold a conference
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November 18, 2014
08:52 EDTPFPinnacle Foods 20M share Spot Secondary priced at $32.50
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November 17, 2014
18:32 EDTPFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:23 EDTPFPinnacle Foods announces offering of 20M shares of common stock for holders
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10:15 EDTBACBank of America reports October default rate 2.81% vs. 2.93% last month
Reports October delinquency rate 1.94% vs. 1.92% last month.
10:02 EDTPFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:02 EDTDRTXActavis completes Durata Therapeutics tender offer
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06:38 EDTPFPinnacle Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Pinnacle Foods to Buy citing market share gains and an improved balance sheet . The firm raised its price target for shares to $37 from $34.
November 14, 2014
16:23 EDTDYAXDyax files automatic mixed securities shelf
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08:32 EDTPFPinnacle Foods to acquire Garden Proten International for C$175M
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