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News For HXL;CACI;BA;CRS;COL;RTI;LMT;CAE;ATI;ERJ;BEAV;XLS;LLL From The Last 14 Days
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTBAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
13:30 EDTLMTIsrael to purchase another 14 of Lockheed Martin's F-35s, Globes says
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12:21 EDTBAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:13 EDTBABoeing falls after Goldman downgrades to Sell, levels to watch
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09:59 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:31 EDTXLSExelis receives $7.6M contract from ADS
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08:05 EDTCACICACI awarded prime position valued at $23M on DCNO, MPTE contract
CACI International was awarded a prime position with a total potential value of $23M on a contract to provide analysis, modeling, and consulting in support of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education. This four-year multiple-award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract represents new work for CACI, growing the company’s presence in its Business Systems market area. The DCNO MPTE N1 provides all planning, programming, policy, and execution of manpower, personnel, training, and education activities in order to provide the Navy operating forces with trained personnel to support the missions assigned by the National Command Authority. CACI will compete for task orders within nine different functional areas to provide analysis, modeling, and consulting services to support MPTE program/policy development, execution, analysis, and justification.
06:51 EDTCOL, ERJ, BEAV, BAAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
06:42 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to pay $62M to settle retirement plan lawsuit, WSJ says
Lockheed Martin will pay $62M to settle a civil suit alleging its 401(k) plan charged unreasonable fees, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing legal filings and company statements. As part of the settlement, Lockheed will also have to submit monthly evaluations of certain aspects of its plan, offer new low-cost funds, and solicit bids from at least three large firms to serve as administrative managers of the company's retirement plans. Reference Link
06:19 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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February 20, 2015
08:48 EDTBABoeing price target raised to $196 from $164 at Sterne Agee
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February 19, 2015
17:28 EDTBABoeing awarded $591.25M government contract modification
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09:59 EDTXLSExelis awarded $10.7M contract by DARPA
Exelis has been awarded a $10.7M contract by the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, or DARPA, to develop a new multifunctional chip for airborne radio applications. The contract is part of an overall effort to enable secure communications and keep battlefield networks ahead of emerging electronic threats. Along with improving the security and jam-resistance of airborne radio communications, the Exelis chip will pioneer a new architecture known as “interface awareness,” which aims to improve the standardization of radio subsystems and allow radio components to be re-engineered to meet different requirements without the need to develop entire systems.
09:38 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says getting 'very excited' for laser weapon development
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09:13 EDTLMTLockheed says international growth would still be fairly healthy excluding F-35
Lockheed says F-35 makes up "lion's share" of growth internationally and domestically. Lockheed Martin CFO Bruce Tanner is speaking at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference.
07:46 EDTLMT, BAAustralia opens bids for $8B armored vehicle defense contract, WSJ says
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05:55 EDTLMTLockheed Martin on track to cut cost of F35 jets by 30%, Financial Times reports
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February 18, 2015
16:06 EDTLMTLockheed Martin names Dana Jackson as Chief Technology Officer
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09:02 EDTBAOrbital ATK begins production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner frames
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08:16 EDTBAKaman awarded 777/767 fixed trailing edge kits LTA by Boeing
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