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April 18, 2012
16:36 EDTIBM, YPF, RIO, IVN, SXCI, CHSI, CHK, BRK.B, BRK.A, INTC, GNWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower, as earnings, particularly from the technology sector, disappointed. Stock futures were lower following yesterday’s big advance but closed the pre-market trading session just slightly below fair value. There were no economic numbers released before the open so investors focused on the earnings reports from companies including IBM (IBM) and Intel (INTC). The market opened at its session highs and quickly moved lower by roughly 0.5%, where it sat for several hours. The market selling then picked up in the afternoon, with the indices hitting session lows and struggling the rest of the day... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories grew more than expected, while gasoline and distillates inventories shrank more than analyst forecast. In Europe, investors are anxious to see what emerges from Spain's auction of two-year notes and 10-year debt, which occurs tomorrow... NEWS: Reuters reported that the CEO of Chesapeake Energy (CHK) took out as much as $1.1B in unreported loans in the last three years, raising the possibility of conflicts of interest. Chesapeake’s stock price fell 5.54% throughout the day, ending at $18.06... Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A;BRK.B) Warren Buffett was diagnosed with treatable stage one prostate cancer. Berkshire’s stock price fell slightly on the news, ending the day down 1.29% at $119,750... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Catalyst Health Solutions (CHSI), skyrocketing 34.14%, to $85.23, after it was acquired in a merger with SXC Health Solutions (SXCI), and Ivanhoe (IVN), up 15.99%, to $13.64, after CEO Robert Friedland resigned in a sweeping agreement with majority shareholder Rio Tinto (RIO) that involved funding for the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mining project in Mongolia. Noteworthy losers included YPF (YPF), which resumed trading after being halted and continued to plummet, down 32.72%, to $13.12, following the Argentine government’s nationalization of the company, and Genworth Financial (GNW), down 23.77%, to $5.87, after the company decided to postpone its IPO of its Australian unit backing home loans to early 2013 after “elevated” losses in the country this year... INDICES: The Dow lost 82.79 points, or 0.63%, to 13,032.75; the Nasdaq fell 11.37 points, or 0.37%, to 3,031.45; and the S&P 500 dropped 5.64 points, or 0.41%, to 1,385.14.
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October 16, 2014
12:29 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
12:05 EDTCHKChesapeake rises, Southwestern Energy slips after shale asset deal
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10:01 EDTRIOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Central Valley Community (CVCY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... DSM (RDSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Disney (DIS) downgraded at Guggenheim... Francesca's (FRAN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... Ternium (TX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Urban Outfitters (URBN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:23 EDTRIO, CHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:43 EDTRIORio Tinto downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen
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07:05 EDTCHKSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.”
06:29 EDTRIORio Tinto downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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October 15, 2014
14:24 EDTBBarnes Group diversifies funding profile with $100M private debt placement
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11:30 EDTRIORio Tinto CEO says not looking to do major M&A right now, Nikkei reports
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October 14, 2014
19:49 EDTRIORio Tinto says expenditure for first three quarters of FY14 was $566M
Rio Tinto said that pre-tax and pre-divestment expenditure on exploration and evaluation charged to the profit and loss account in the first three quarters of FY14 was $566M compared with $774M in 2013, sustaining the savings achieved in the same period of FY13 whilst continuing to progress the highest priority projects. In the first nine months of FY14, approximately 35% was incurred by the Copper Group, 5% by Iron Ore, 18% by Energy, 16% by Diamonds and Minerals, 1% by Aluminium and the balance by central exploration. There were no significant divestments of central exploration properties in Q3 of FY14 or FY13.
19:41 EDTRIORio Tinto says FY14 iron ore global production guidance unchanged
Rio Tinto says FY14 global production guidance is unchanged at 295M tonnes, subject to weather constraints. Rio Tinto expects FY14 iron ore global shipments of approximately 300M tonnes. Around 5M tonnes of iron ore inventory is expected to be drawn down from the Pilbara mines during the year.
19:39 EDTRIORio Tinto lowers FY14 diamond production guidance
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19:36 EDTRIORio Tinto increases FY14 thermal coal production guidance
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19:33 EDTRIORio Tinto reduces FY14 alumina production guidance
Rio Tinto’s share of bauxite and aluminium production for FY14 is unchanged and is expected to be 41M tonnes and 3.4M tonnes, respectively. Alumina production guidance is reduced to 7.4M tonnes from 7.6M tonnes, excluding alumina production in the year from the Gove alumina refinery.
19:32 EDTRIORio Tinto increases FY14 copper production guidance
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19:29 EDTRIORio Tinto reports Q3 production data
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTGNWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:19 EDTGNWGenworth upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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October 12, 2014
17:50 EDTRIORio Tinto shares could climb 20%, Barron's says
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