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April 1, 2013
16:35 EDTKWK, AET, HUM, WLT, AM, WLP, DLLR, TSLA, UNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on the first trading day of the second quarter, with mixed economic data, closed markets in Europe and light volume conspiring to keep investors from driving the market to new highs, as was the case in the last day of the just finished quarter... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's March manufacturing PMI came in at 51.3, versus an expected reading of 54.0. The Commerce Department reported that construction spending increased 1.2% in February, versus an expected increase of 1.0%. Asian markets finished mostly lower after China's official purchasing managers' index for March rose to 50.9 from 50.1 in February, though that was lower than the 51.0 reading economists were expecting. HSBC's separate PMI reading rose to 51.6 in March from its 50.4 prior reading. Also, in Japan, the quarterly Tankan survey showed a only a modest uptick in confidence among large Japanese manufacturers. In Europe, markets remained closed for the Easter holiday... COMPANY NEWS: A number of health insurers, including Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellPoint (WLP) and Aetna (AET), rallied late in the trading day. The CMS announced on its website after the close that it had reversed its stance on cutting Medicare Advantage rates, giving insurers a 3.3% rate increase when a 2.2% decrease had been proposed earlier. Shares of the insurers extended their rally in after-market trading once the news was confirmed... Tesla (TSLA) shares gained $6.04, or 15.94%, to $43.93 after the company said it now expects to be profitable in the first quarter after its Model S sales exceeded 4,750 units, beating its previous expectations... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was American Greetings (AM), up $1.95, or 12.11%, to $18.05 after agreeing to be acquired by the family of its Chairman for $18.35 per share. Also higher were shares of Quicksilver Resources (KWK), up 35c, or 15.56%, to $2.60 after the company agreed to sell a 25% interest in its Barnett Shale oil and gas assets to a subsidiary of Tokyo Gas for $485M. Among the noteworthy losers was DFC Global (DLLR), down $3.60, or 21.63%, to $13.04 after the company lowered its earnings view for the full year. Also lower were shares of Walter Energy (WLT), down $2.26, or 7.93%, to $26.24 after Goldman reiterated its Sell rating on the company's stock... INDICES: The Dow was down 5.69, or 0.04%, to 14,572.85; the Nasdaq was down 28.35, or 0.87%, to 3,239.17; and the S&P 500 was down 7.02, or 0.45%, to 1,562.17.
News For HUM;UNH;WLP;AET;TSLA;AM;KWK;DLLR;WLT From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
15:21 EDTHUMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 85c... Altria (MO), consensus 71... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.06... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.75... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.46... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.36... McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.91... Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.13... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.63... Hilton (HLT), consensus 23c... International Paper (IP), consensus 92c... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.54... Jarden (JAH), consensus 59c... Quintiles (Q), consensus 70c... Tableau Software (DATA), consensus 4c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 82c... Vantiv (VNTV), consensus 54c... ADT (ADT), consensus 49c.
July 27, 2015
16:00 EDTTSLAOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:06 EDTTSLATesla hits session low, bounces
The stock hit a session low at $250.79 but has since rebounded to $252.96. At that price next resistance is at prior support at $257.92. Support is at the session low and then at $248.30.
13:24 EDTHUM, AETRegulators to consider 'too big to fail' in health insurance reviews, CTFN says
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11:52 EDTTSLATesla breaks support, levels to watch
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08:10 EDTHUM, AETLeerink sees at least 60% chance of Anthem, Cigna deal being approved
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July 26, 2015
18:22 EDTAET, HUMMedia reports say Teva to buy Allergan unit as it looks beyond Mylan
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July 23, 2015
06:42 EDTAMAntero Midstream initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson
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July 22, 2015
11:04 EDTTSLATesla falls as early rally attempt fades, levels to watch
Shares are at $263.44 at time of writing, lower by 1.2% as an early rally attempt falters. An important level to watch is the 50-day moving average which was last at $257.58. That is now the next major downside objective. A break below the 50-day would end the uptrend that began off lows in April of this year. Resistance is at $265.25.
08:43 EDTAETAetna positioned to report good Q2 results, says BMO Capital
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July 21, 2015
16:28 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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10:23 EDTTSLASell Tesla before results disappoint, analyst recommends
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09:35 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB IBM TSLA BAC PVA NFLX
09:21 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:05 EDTTSLAUBS sees Tesla falling short of expectations, downgrades to Sell
UBS analyst Colin Langan downgraded Tesla Motors to Sell from Neutral and cut his price target for shares to $210 from $220. The electric carmarker closed Monday up $7.60 to $282.26. The stock's current valuation implies deliveries of over 1.5M vehicles by 2025 plus full utilization of storage capacity, Langan tells investors this morning in a research note. His analysis indicates that Tesla's current planned 15GWs of storage capacity may be larger than the market in 2020, however. Further, the launch of the lower priced Model X electric car in Q3 "increases production complexity putting delivery targets at risk," Langan writes. He points out the stock has jumped 40% since the anticipation of the storage announcement. The analyst also expects other luxury carmakers to launch competing electric cars. Langan thinks Tesla's storage and auto volume growth will disappoint expectations. The stock is currently down $10 to $272.26 in pre-market trading.
05:55 EDTTSLATesla downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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July 20, 2015
16:01 EDTTSLAOptions Update; July 20, 2015
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12:08 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
10:05 EDTHUMHumana renews, lengthens SilverSneakers pact with Healthways
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09:34 EDTTSLAActive equity options trading on open
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