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August 13, 2013
08:46 EDTOWW, DGIT, APP, NQ, YUM, MRK, SINA, XRX, AVNR, LLY, JCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: NQ Mobile (NQ), up 10%... Sina (SINA), up 6.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Digital Generation (DGIT), up 38% after selling television ad delivery business for $485M, announcing plan to form new company that will hold DG's online business... Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), up 9% after announcing an agreement to co-promote Merck (MRK) therapies in U.S. long-term care institutions... Eli Lilly (LLY), up 4.3% after lung cancer drug met endpoint in trial... Xerox (XRX), up 3% following upgrade to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.4% after Bill Ackman resigns from board. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: American Apparel (APP), down 4.5%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 3.2% after announcing July same-store sales in its China division fell 13%, including a 16% drop at KFC stores... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), down 12% after announcing PAR Capital Management has sold 8.1M of its 24.6M shares of Orbitz Worldwide stock.
News For JCP;XRX;YUM;LLY;SINA;NQ;AVNR;MRK;APP;DGIT;OWW From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
06:48 EDTMRKMerck sees FY16 non-GAAP marketing and administrative expenses below 2015 levels
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06:48 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 Animal Health sales $830M
06:47 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 Januvia/Janumet sales $1.45B
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck sees FY16 non-GAAP EPS $3.60-$3.75, consensus $3.72
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06:46 EDTMRKMerck reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS 93c, consensus 91c
Reports Q4 revenue $10.22B, consensus $10.35B.
05:59 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Yum! Brands February weekly call option implied volatility is at 86, February is at 44, March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
February 2, 2016
14:32 EDTMRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:54 EDTMRKMerck technical comments ahead of earnings news
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13:35 EDTMRKEarnings Watch: Merck down over 5% since last earnings report
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07:24 EDTMRKSanofi, Merck mulling exiting vaccine JV, Bloomberg reports
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06:55 EDTJCPPiper reiterates J.C. Penney as top pick for 2016
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06:44 EDTMRKMerck volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:13 EDTNQNQ Mobile appoints Justin Chen as president, General Counsel
NQ Mobile announced the appointment of Justin Chen as its president and General Counsel effective as of February 2. The appointment of Chen, former independent director, to president and General Counsel necessitated a number of other changes to the company's board. While Justin Chen remains as a director of the board, he has resigned from his positions as a member of each of the audit committee, compensation committee and corporate governance and nominating committee of the board. To fill in the vacancies, the company has appointed Dr. Ethan Hu as an independent director, the Chair of the audit committee and a member of each of the compensation committee and the corporate governance and nominating committee of the board, effective as of February 2. Justin Chen has served as the cmpany's director since July 2014.
February 1, 2016
11:27 EDTXRXFitch downgrades Xerox to BBB-; maintains Rating Watch Negative
Fitch Ratings has downgraded the ratings for Xerox Corporation, including the long-term Issuer Default Rating, to 'BBB-' from 'BBB' following the company's announcement it will separate into two publicly traded companies. Fitch maintains the Rating Watch Negative pending further details around the ultimate corporate and capital structure of the remaining company. Fitch's actions affect $9.4B of total debt including the undrawn $2B revolving credit facility. The downgrade reflects Fitch's belief that the separation reduces diversification, scale and top line growth prospects even as DT continues facing significant long-term secular headwinds and BPO is amidst a multi-year restructuring. The downgrade also reflects Fitch's belief that alternative scenarios -- including a leveraging recapitalization, business sale, straight separation of the DT and Services segment or nothing -- would be less credit friendly or intensify event risk, were Xerox to not complete the separation. Fitch's maintenance of the Watch Negative reflects the current lack of certainty around which of the two public companies will constitute Remainco, as well as the Remainco's ultimate structure and capitalization. Fitch believes legacy Xerox is more likely to be Remainco, given legacy Xerox could be capitalized with the majority of debt, including all financing business related debt and modest share of core debt aimed at preserving an investment grade rating. Fitch anticipates resolving the Watch Negative upon formalization of Remainco's ultimate structure and capitalization. Were legacy Xerox to constitute Remainco, the Watch Negative could be removed and ratings affirmed at 'BBB-' if Fitch believes the operating profile will strengthen from investments in DT markets that yield legitimate prospects for the resumption of top line growth in the intermediate term.
10:02 EDTXRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
06:53 EDTXRXXerox downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:18 EDTLLYTransition Therapeutics announces results from Phase 2 clinical study of TT401
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06:11 EDTLLYTransition Therapeutics reports results from Phase 2 clinical study of TT401
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January 31, 2016
20:15 EDTXRXXerox CEO: Company split wasn't about panic, WSJ says
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11:39 EDTXRXS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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