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March 6, 2013
07:08 EDTUTX, CAT, CVX, IBM, MMMDJIA rally boosted by five blue chips, WSJ reports
Five blue chip stocks have accounted for about a third of the rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average since the financial crisis: IBM (IBM), Caterpillar (CAT), 3M (MMM), Chevron (CVX) and United Technologies (UTX) were the biggest drivers among the average's 30 components, reports the Wall Street Journal.Reference Link
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February 25, 2015
17:23 EDTUTXUnited Technologies awarded $407M government contract
United Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $407M indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engine component improvement program. Contractor will provide design improvement, life management/analysis, repair development and test of engines produced by Pratt & Whitney. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Connecticut, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2021. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5M are being obligated at the time of award for task order 0001. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
13:56 EDTCVXSaudi Arabia aims to become second-largest refined oil exporter, WSJ says
Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi said Wednesday it plans to become the world's second-largest refined oil product exporter by 2017, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements given at a conference. Two new refineries in Saudi Arabia will add 800,000 BPD this year, and a planned 2017 refinery in Jazan will bring the kingdom's total capacity to over 3M BPD. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
07:27 EDTIBMThe Linley Group to hold a conference
Linley Data Center Conference 2015 is being held in Santa Clara, California on February 25-26.
07:09 EDTUTXUnited Technologies price target to $138 ahead of Analyst Day at Credit Suisse
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06:45 EDTCVXSaudi minister says demand for oil rising, Reuters reports
The price for Brent oil was little changed around $59 per barrel early this morning after Saudi Arbaia's energy minister said that demand for petroleum was increasing, according to Reuters. The minister added that oil markets "are calm now, Reuters added. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
February 24, 2015
10:00 EDTCVXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... American Airlines (AAL) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Armstrong World (AWI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CSC (CSC) downgraded at Stifel... Chevron (CVX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Choice Hotels (CHH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Eni SpA (E) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Fifth Street Asset (FSAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Huntington Ingalls (HII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Kayne Anderson (KED) downgraded at Stifel... Landstar System (LSTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Multi-Color (LABL) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Newmont Mining (NEM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Olympic Steel (ZEUS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Polypore (PPO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Sprint (S) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at BTIG... St. Jude Medical (STJ) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded on lack of near-term production catalysts at RBC Capital... Transocean Partners (RIGP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Williams Partners (WPZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Williams (WMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Worthington (WOR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded at Macquarie.
07:31 EDTCVXChevron downgraded on oil pirce, valuation at Oppenheimer
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06:13 EDTCVXChevron downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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February 23, 2015
14:44 EDTMMM3M confirms agreement to acquire Polypore’s Separations Media business for $1B
3M (MMM) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Polypore International (PPO) to acquire the assets and liabilities associated with Polypore’s Separations Media business for a total purchase price of $1B. Polypore’s Separations Media business is a leading provider of microporous membranes and modules for filtration in the life sciences, industrial and specialty segments with trailing 12-month sales of $210M as of Sept. 27, 2014. Separately, Asahi Kasei has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Polypore’s Energy Storage business. Both transactions are subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. In addition, both transactions are conditioned on 3M’s transaction with Polypore closing immediately prior to the closing of Asahi Kasei’s transaction with Polypore.
14:24 EDTIBMIBM signs strategic teaming agreement with Tech Mahindra
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13:45 EDTCVXOpec may call emergency meeting if crude continues slide, FT says
According to Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's oil minister, Opec members have discussed holding an emergency meeting if crude prices continue to tumble, says the Financial Times. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT).
12:21 EDTMMMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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06:51 EDTUTXAerospace 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.
05:34 EDTMMM3M expects acquisition of Polypore business to be dilutive to earnings
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05:31 EDTMMM3M acquires Polypore's Separatoins Media Segment for $1B
As an integrated step in Polypore's (PPO) sale to Asahi Kasei for $60.50, immediately prior the transaction, 3M (MMM) will acquire the assets of Polypore's Separations Media segment for approximately $1band Asahi Kasei will receive the cash proceeds from the asset sale. The definitive agreements require that the sale of the Polypore and the integrated sale of the Separations Media segment close after closing conditions for both transactions have been satisfied and that the closings of the transactions are conditioned upon one another.
05:29 EDTMMMPolypore agrees to sell company for $60.50 per share
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February 22, 2015
13:55 EDTCVXChevron relinquishes Romanian shale-gas interests, WSJ says
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11:59 EDTCVXUSW to expand ULP oil strike
The United Steelworkers, USW, announced that it will expand its unfair labor practice strike, ULP, by launching a work stoppage tonight at midnight at the Motiva Enterprises refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. This refinery, a 50-50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, produces more than 600,000 barrels per day. In addition, 24 hour strike notices were delivered at Motiva’s two Louisiana refineries in Convent and Norco as well as at the Shell Chemical plant in Norco. Capacity at these facilities is 235,000 and 238,000. These refineries are also jointly operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Saudi Refining, Inc. of Saudi Arabia. “The industry’s refusal to meaningfully address safety issues through good faith bargaining gave us no other option but to expand our work stoppage,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
February 20, 2015
11:37 EDTIBMIBM volatility low into host investor day
IBM February weekly call option implied volatility is at 17, March is at 15, July is at 17; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing movement into a company hosted investor day to be held in New York on February 26.
06:27 EDTUTXUnited Tech's Sikorsky may look to make military helicopters in India, WSJ says
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