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June 4, 2014
07:17 EDTDOV, FCX, IP, NP, ALSN, MTZ, BWA, UNP, CFXDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Global Industrials & Basic Materials Conference to be held in Chicago on June 4-5 with webcasted company presentations to begin on June 4 at 9:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
News For IP;CFX;MTZ;FCX;UNP;ALSN;DOV;BWA;NP From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2016
07:03 EDTDOVDover backs FY16 EPS view of $3.85-$4.05
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07:01 EDTDOVDover reports Q4 EPS 81c, consensus 94c
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05:56 EDTFCXFreeport's copper export permit to end in Indonesia on Thursday, Reuters says
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January 25, 2016
14:29 EDTFCXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:00 EDTFCXEarnings Watch: Freeport-McMoRan shares down 68% since Q3 report
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11:14 EDTFCXStocks with call strike movement; FCX VXX
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10:30 EDTIPContainerboard makers sink after prices cut
The shares of containerboard makers are falling after an industry publication reported that prices in the sector had declined. Citi and Deutsche Bank responded differently to the news. Citi recommended that investors avoid the sector and downgraded two stocks in the space, International Paper (IP) and Packaging Corp. (PKG). However, Deutsche Bank kept Buy ratings on three stocks in the sector - KapStone (KS), Packaging Corp. and WestRock (WRK), predicting that containerboard makers would look to balance supply with demand. BACKGROUND: On Friday night, Pulp & Paper Week lowered its benchmark kraftliner and semichemical medium prices by $15 per ton and $20 per ton, respectively. ANALYST REACTION: Friday's news was unexpected and will probably cause cause box prices to drop, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Debbie Jones. As a result, analysts' estimates for companies in the sector will decline, Jones stated. However, the companies will respond by taking steps to balance supply with demand, the analyst believes. Moreover, some producers will try to keep prices stable, she stated. Estimating that the price cut would cause a 3%-4% reduction in the companies' earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization, Jones kept Buy ratings on Kapstone Papaer, Packaging Corp. and Westrock. Conversely, Citi anayst Anthony Pettinari downgraded International Paper and Packaging Corp. to Neutral from Buy. The decline in kraftline prices was surprising, given stronger than expected December box shipments and supply discipline by the major companies in the sector, the analyst stated. Although the recent price cuts could be a one-time event, there is a possibility that additional price decreases will follow, making the stocks unattractive, the analyst believes. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, International Paper dropped 5.4% to $34.50, Packaging Corp tumbled 8.2% to $52.90, Kapstone sank 15% to $14.82 and WestRock fell 11.5% to $33.42.
10:00 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:03 EDTIPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tyco (TYC) and Johnson Controls (JCI), up 9% and 1%, respectively, after announcing a definitive merger agreement. Johnson Controls shareholders will own approximately 56% of the equity of the combined company, while current Tyco shareholders will own approximately 44%... SunEdison (SUNE), up 10% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board... Affimed Therapeutics (AFMD), up 26% after entering a clinical research collaboration in immuno-oncology with Merck (MRK). UP AFTER EARNINGS: McDonald's (MCD), up 3%... LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down 5% after its CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet last night that several executives are departing the company. Media reports also indicate that, as part of its shake-up, Twitter intends to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week... OncoMed (OMED), down 38% after an independent data safety monitoring board remarked on several findings regarding futility of the company's Phase 2 ALPINE clinical trial... Medivation (MDVN), down 7% after FDA places investigational new drug application for MDV9300 on partial clinical hold... International Paper (IP), down 4.8%, Packaging Corp. (PKG), down 4.8%, WestRock (WRK), down 6%, after Pulp & Paper Week reduced January kraftliner and corrugated medium prices... Caterpillar (CAT), down 4% after Goldman cuts rating to sell... Regeneron (REGN), down 3% after downgraded at Chardan to sell. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly-Clark (KMB), down 2.5%.
08:57 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Freeport McMoRan January weekly call option implied volatility is at 145, February is at 114; compared to its 52-week range of 35 to 134, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26.
07:50 EDTIPDeutsche sees Containerboard stocks trading 'aggressively' down
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07:34 EDTUNPRailroad stocks look attractive, says RBC Capital
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07:18 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
Citi analyst Anthony Pettinari downgraded International Paper (IP) to Neutral after Paper Week reduced January kraftliner prices by 2.4% and corrugated medium prices by 3.7%. The price cuts were the first since 2008-2009, Pettinari tells investors in a research note. The analyst lowered his estimates for International Paper, Packaging Corp. (PKG) and WestRock (WRK) and downgraded both IP and Packaging Corp. to Neutral. He expects the stocks to trade lower today, potentially in the 4%-6% range. Pettinari cut his price target for International Paper shares to $38 from $45. The analyst said he'd not be surprised to see Graphic Packaging (GPK) trade down on the price cuts, even though the company does not produce containerboard. He recommends buying the stock on any pullback.
05:19 EDTFCXStocks with implied volatility movement; SWN SCTY
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January 24, 2016
20:21 EDTIPOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Twitter (TWTR) could announce a significant executive upheaval Monday, with several product heads said to depart and a new Chief Marketing Officer reportedly stepping in. 2. Johnson Controls (JCI) and Tyco (TYC) are in advanced merger talks, according to the Wall Street Journal. 3. Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) saw mentions on the heels of Iran's aviation summit as the country eyes big orders to modernize its aging fleet after a lifting of sanctions. 4. SunEdison (SUNE) is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board, the Wall Street Journal reported. 5. International Paper (IP), Newell (NWL) and Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) were discussed positively by Barron's this weekend, while Chipotle (CMG) was warned against.
12:25 EDTIPInternational Paper should rally as much as 50%, Barron's says
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January 22, 2016
16:01 EDTFCXActionable Options for Friday January 22
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09:28 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: 8x8, Inc. (EGHT), up 12.5%... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.9% after Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says that Apple could rally over 50% by September... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), up 6.4% after announcing that it is suspending its quarterly preferred stock dividends... NephroGenex (NRX), up 27.3% after the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board recommendation to continue the Pyridorin study... Avon Products (AVP), up 4.4% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 6.7% after Reuters reports that Indonesia asked the company to set aside another $530M into an escrow account for the miner to extend its permit to export copper concentrate. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Express (AXP), down 6.9%... Starbucks (SBUX), down 2.6%... Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), down 32.3%... GE (GE), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Barrick Gold (ABX), down 3.4% after giving fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 production guidance and announcing potential asset impairment charges of $1B-$1.2B.
09:10 EDTFCXFreeport asked by Indonesia to set aside another $530M for smelter, Reuters says
Freeport McMoran's Indonesian unit has been asked by the country's government to put aside another $530M into an escrow account for the miner to extend its permit to export copper concentrate from the nation, Reuters reports, citing comments made by a government official. The amount is expected to be a guarantee that the company will complete a smelter in Indonesia and would add to the $80M Freeport set aside in July to obtain its current export permit. Reference Link
07:26 EDTUNPUnion Pacific price target lowered to $82 from $89 at UBS
UBS lowered its price target on Union Pacific to $82 from $89, citing lower coal inventories, low oil prices, the strong dollar, and more challenging modal competition from trucking. UBS maintained its Buy rating on Union Pacific shares as they believe upside potential is attractive in the medium term.
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