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April 17, 2012
12:16 EDTZNGA, FSLR, KO, AMTG, GS, DNN, JNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the International Monetary Fund raised its view on U.S. and global growth prospects. Stock futures spurted higher during the pre-market trading session following the IMF’s increase in its growth projections. Also helping push the futures upward were positive earnings reports from some of the country’s largest corporations. The futures action led to a higher open for the broader market. The market pared its opening gains during the first 30 minutes of trading but then resumed it march higher and sat near its daily highs near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, housing starts for the month of March decreased 5.8%, versus expectations of an increase of 1.0%. The annual run rate came in at 654,000 units, versus the consensus estimate of 750,000. The number of building permits issued, however, rose 4.5% to 747,000, versus expectations of a decrease of 0.7% to 710,000. Industrial production was reportedly flat in March, versus expectations for a 0.3% increase. Capacity utilization was in line with forecasts at at 78.6%. Also, the International Monetary Fund said it sees world output growing 3.5% in 2012, raising its projection for United States growth to 2.1%. The IMF said it sees growth in China slowing to 8.2% and real GDP in the euro area contracting in the first half of 2012 but then recovering... COMPANY NEWS: All but one Dow component was higher near noon, led by shares of Coca Cola (KO), which rose 2.7% following its better than expected earnings report. The only Dow decliner was Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), which reported adjusted earnings that beat expectations but revenues below the Street's forecast... Goldman Sachs's (GS) stock was nearly flat in spite of earnings and revenue that beat expectations and an increase in its quarterly dividend to 46c from 35c... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were First Solar (FSLR), up nearly 13%, after it announced plans to cut its global workforce by approximately 2,000 positions, or about 30%, in response to conditions in Europe, and Denison Mines (DNN), up almost 15%, after agreeing to sell its mining assets and operations located in the United States to Energy Fuels. Noteworthy losers included Apollo Residential Mortgage (AMTG), down 6%, after filing to sell 13.9M shares of its common stock, and Zynga (ZNGA), down over 3%, amid reports that its newly acquired Draw Something game has seen its daily active use fall off... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 181.57, or 1.41%, to 13,102.98; the Nasdaq was up 50.58, or 1.69%, to 3,038.98; and the S&P 500 was up 19.24, or 1.40%, to 1,388.81.
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10:44 EDTJNJMallinckrodt news on generic Concerta positive for Actavis, says BMO Capital
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09:45 EDTDNNNYSE reports issue affecting one NYSE MKT workstation
The NYSE MKT cash equities market is currently experiencing an issue with one workstation affecting order processing and trade execution in nine symbols, it announced in a market status alert. The impacted symbols are Cornerstone Progressive Return Fund (CFP), Alpha Pro Tech (APT), Denison Mines (DNN), First Austrailian Prime Income Fund (FAX), iBio (IBIO), inTEST (INTT), Provectus (PVCT), TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) and Uranerz Energy (URZ). The NYSE MKT will issue a non-regulatory halt condition in the symbols and will not be trading these securities for the remainder of the day, it stated. Reference Link
09:40 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading
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08:47 EDTGSGoldman Sachs management to meet with JMP Securities
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November 12, 2014
10:25 EDTKOSABMiller, Coca-Cola to form new company in Africa, Sky News reports
Mark Kleinman of Sky News tweeted, "SABMiller and Coca-Cola to announce formation of new company in Africa later this week, consolidating existing operations, I'm told."
09:18 EDTGSGoldman Sachs CFO says still prefers buybacks over raising dividend
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08:05 EDTGSGoldman to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTGSBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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06:35 EDTFSLRU.S., China reach carbon emissions deal, NY Times says
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November 11, 2014
13:55 EDTZNGAYuoTube hires Zynga executive to lead consumer products group, Re/code says
Google's (GOOG) YouTube has hired Manuel Bronstein, a Zynga (ZNGA) executive, to lead its consumer products group, says Re/code. According to the Re/code report, YouTube has had a series of notable managers depart in the last year. Reference Link
11:40 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR GMCR
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10:00 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
09:17 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FMSA Holdings (FMSA), up 4.7% following third quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 7.6% after entering agreement with Ophthotech (OPHT) to license tivozanib... Ophthotech is 2.1% higher in pre-market trading... Galena Biopharma (GALE), up 3.6% after first patient dosed in NeuVax and Herceptin combination Phase 2 trial... Yamana Gold (AUY), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ambac Financial (AMBC), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... China Finance (JRJC), up 12.4% after announcing a new partnership with Great Wall Securities... Zynga (ZNGA), up 5.7% after being upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), up 2.2% after being initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Applied Optoelectronics (AAOI), down 10.7%... Ekso Bionics (EKSO), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: Alibaba Group (BABA), down 1.6% following comments made by vice chairman Joseph Tsai in an interview.
07:36 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded on mobile business growth at Jefferies
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07:06 EDTGSMarkit Genpact KYC Services registers 600+ firms, appoints CEO
Markit Genpact KYC Services, the joint venture from Markit Ltd. (MRKT) and Genpact Ltd. (G) announced that more than 600 buyside firms and corporations are registered for its centralized service to streamline the management of know your customer information required by banks. Markit Genpact KYC Services also announced the appointment of Jon May as CEO. He joins Markit Genpact KYC Services from Goldman Sachs (GS) where he was a managing director and global head of client onboarding as well as head of Securities Operations and Operations Data Quality Management in India. Jon May will join Markit Genpact KYC Services in January 2015, based in London.
05:49 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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November 10, 2014
11:12 EDTDNNUranium stocks rally after Japan approves reactor restart
Stocks of companies involved with the production, exploration and extraction of uranium are higher after the Kagoshima prefecture approved the restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Japan. The restart, which is slated to happen next year, will be the first restart since the meltdown at the Fukushima facility in 2011. WHAT'S NOTABLE. According to a BBC report, before the Fukushima incident 30% of Japan's power was nuclear-generated. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has argued that the nuclear shutdown is hurting Japan's economy, as it has forced Japan to import expensive fossil fuels to make up the power shortfall. STOCKS TO WATCH. Shares rising following the news include Denison Mines (DNN), which is up over 6%, Uranerz Energy(URZ), up 14%, Cameco (CCJ), up almost 2%, UR-Energy (URG), up almost 14%, Uranium Energy (UEC), up 7%, Energy Fuels (UUUU), up 11% and Uranium Resources (URRE), which is up 19% in late morning trading.
07:44 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson looks for acquisitions to help expand in China, WSJ says
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06:46 EDTGSRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
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