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June 3, 2014
12:26 EDTKKD, IDCC, F, TSN, ZQK, FIATY, GM, HSH, ACHC, SSNLF, PF, PPCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and spent most of the morning there. At one point the averages turned mixed with the Dow and S&P in positive ground while the Nasdaq continued to lag, but all three slipped back into the red before long, which is where they stood near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 0.7% in April from the revised March figure, topping the consensus forecast for a 0.5% increase. In China, the government's official services purchasing managers' index hit a 6-month high, rising to 55.5 in May from 54.8 in April. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hillshire Brands (HSH) jumped 9% to trade above $58 as the bidding war for the meat producer continues. Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) confirmed that it submitted a revised proposal to acquire Hillshire for $55.00 per share in cash, which is up from its prior offer of $45 and tops a rival bid of $50 per share that was made by Tyson Foods (TSN). For its part, Hillshire said its board has agreed to provide information to, and conduct separate talks with Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson about their recent unsolicited proposals, but Hillshire cautioned that it does not have the right to terminate its Pinnacle Foods (PF) merger agreement on the basis of either of the two companies' takeover proposals... Despite its recall woes, General Motors (GM) reported that its U.S. sales grew 12.6% from the prior year in May. Fiat's (FIATY) Chrysler unit also reported a double-digit percentage increase in its U.S. sales last month, while Ford (F) reported that its retail sales grew 3%, powering the company to its strongest May result since 2004. Despite the strong sales reports, shares of both GM and Ford were up just a fraction of a percent near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterDigital (IDCC), which advanced over 19% after the company announced a patent license agreement with Samsung (SSNLF) and increased its Q2 revenue guidance. Also higher was Acadia Healthcare (ACHC), which rose nearly 15% after it agreed to acquire Partnerships in Care in a deal that analysts at Wells Fargo expect to be "meaningfully accretive." Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports and guidance were surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding apparel retailer Quiksilver (ZQK), which plunged 40%, and doughnut maker Krispy Kreme (KKD), which fell over 14%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 24.33, or 0.15%, to 16,719.30, the Nasdaq was down 8.13, or 0.19%, to 4,229.07, and the S&P 500 was down 1.97, or 0.1%, to 1,923.00.
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June 24, 2015
16:00 EDTFActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
11:18 EDTGMGeneral Motors to host conference call
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10:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors slips to session lows, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:10 EDTFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:43 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility low into downgrade to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
General Motors July call option implied volatility is at 17, August and September is at 19; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 38, suggesting decreasing price movement into Goldman downgrade to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum.
06:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded General Motors (GM) to Neutral and lowered its price target to $40 from $47 due to a weakness in China and softening US profit momentum. The firm's recent dealer visits in China indicate increased promotional activity and net price deterioration to support Shanghai GM JV product sales. Goldman said this, combined with margin pressure, will likely lead to a reduction in China guidance. For North America, the firm said Q1 carryover product pressure has extended into Q2 and could be pressured further with full availability of Ford's (F) F-150 heading into 2H 2015.
06:26 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Ford to Buy and increased its price target to $19 from $18. The firm expects earnings momentum to accelerate in 2H and into 2016 driven by full production of the new F-150 and further market share gains following the launch of the Super Duty. Goldman expects positive pricing and low levels of relative incentives with its refreshed products. Further, Goldman expects Ford's position in China to continue to improve given strong product launch tempo.
05:40 EDTFFord launches car-share business in six U.S. cities, London, CNBC says
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June 23, 2015
18:00 EDTZQKS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
17:44 EDTGM, FGoldman ups Ford to Buy, cuts GM to Neutral
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17:27 EDTFFord upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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17:27 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
17:24 EDTZQK"new" Gannett to replace Quiksilver in S&P 600 as of 6/26 close
16:02 EDTSSNLFRed Hat, Samsung form strategic alliance
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12:05 EDTFFord seeks to migrate driver-assist technologies over product lineup over 5 yrs
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06:05 EDTSSNLFIntel pushing into SSD market and hope to surpass Samsung in 2016, DigiTimes says
Intel (INTC) is looking to push into the SSD market with its newest 750 series SSDs with technology able to enhance the transmission speed, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, the company is also offering price cuts on its existing products in order to narrow its gap with the largest vendor Samsung (SSNLF). Sources also expect Intel to draw near to Samsung in 2H15 and may even have a chance to surpass Samsung in 2016. Reference Link
06:05 EDTSSNLFSamsung pushing to release Galaxy S7 in 2H15, DigiTimes reports
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06:05 EDTSSNLFNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
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