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July 29, 2015
12:42 EDTGD, NOCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street overcame a tentative start and are higher at midday ahead of the statement from the Federal Reserve following its latest monetary policy meeting. The pending home sales report showed an unexpected decline from the prior month, reminding investors the economy still isn't seeing the most robust of recoveries. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., an index of pending home sales fell 1.8% in June, versus expectations for it to have risen 1% compared to the prior month. The Federal Reserve concludes a meeting on monetary policy today and its post-meeting statement is scheduled to be released at 2 pm EDT. The central bank is not expected to raise rates at this meeting and no post-meeting press conference is scheduled for Fed Chair Janet Yellen. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 3.4%, stemming its most recent stretch of declines, though the index is still deeply in the red on a week-to-date basis. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Twitter (TWTR) fell 13% after the company reported better than expected quarterly results but its management tempered expectations about its user growth. Several analysts cut their price targets on the stock and warned its shares may be range bound in the near-term, but maintained their buy ratings on the stock based on the social network operator's long-term potential. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were hepatitis C drug maker Gilead (GILD), which rose 3%, and two defense contractors who raised their outlooks: Northrop Grumman (NOC), which advanced 7%, and General Dynamics (GD), which gained nearly 5%. Also higher was Citrix Systems (CTXS), which jumped about 10% after issuing better than expected fiscal year earnings guidance, reporting its CEO Mark Templeton plans to retire and entering into a cooperation agreement with activist investor Elliott Management, which owns approximately 7.5% of the company’s common stock. Among the noteworthy losers was Yelp (YELP), which tumbled 28% and hit a multi-year low after the local business review site operator reported lower than expected profit and lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance. Also lower following their earnings reports were Akamai (AKAM), which fell 5%, and Level 3 Communications (LVLT), which dropped 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 94.46, or 0.54%, to 17,724.73, the Nasdaq was up 6.72, or 0.13%, to 5,095.92, and the S&P 500 was up 9.02, or 0.43%, to 2,102.27.
10:36 EDTLMTLockheed Martin launches healthcare technology alliance
Lockheed Martin (LMT) announced the formation of a new healthcare technology alliance, combining the expertise of health IT providers, medical technology companies, and academic institutions to advance public health. The Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance's founding members include: Cisco (CSCO), Cloudera, Illumina (ILMN), Intel (INTC) and Montgomery College. The members of the Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance will collaborate on technology solutions that help improve care in rapidly evolving and growing areas of health technology such as those that: secure patient medical information; leverage advances in genomic research; and apply big data solutions to improve public health.
09:19 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics says not looking in anything in M&A
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09:17 EDTCOLRockwell Collins weakness creates buying opportunity, says Argus
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09:16 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics sees FY15 revenue $31.7B-$31.8B, consensus $31.77B
Cuts FY15 Aerospace revenue by $250M-$300M from prior view. Sees FY15 Aerospace operating margin to be about 18.5%. Sees FY15 Marine Systems revenue $7.8B and FY15 IS&T revenue $9.1B. Sees FY15 tax rate in low 29% range. Guidance taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
09:05 EDTBAHoneywell selected by SunExpress to maximize safety, efficiency of Boeing fleet
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07:36 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics reports total backlog of $70B at end Q2
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07:35 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics raises FY15 continuing ops EPS view to $8.70-$8.80
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07:34 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics reports Q2 EPS $2.27, consensus $2.06
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07:29 EDTBAEconomic Club of Washington, D.C. to hold a luncheon meeting
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07:05 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman raises FY15 EPS to $9.55-$9.7- from $9.40-$9.60
FY15 EPS consensus of $9.62. Backs FY15 revenue $23.4B-$23.8B, consensus $23.76B. Backs FY15 segment operating margin of approximately 12%. Backs FY15 operating margin of approximately mid 12%. Sees FY15 effective tax rate of 32%. Raises FY15 cash provided by operating activities to $2.6B-$2.8B from $2.4B-$2.7B. Raises FY15 free cash flow to $1.9B-$2.1B from $1.7B-$2B.
07:02 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman reports Q2 adjusted EPS $2.47, consensus $2.36
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July 28, 2015
15:21 EDTNOC, GDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include MasterCard (MA), consensus 85c... Altria (MO), consensus 71... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.06... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $2.75... Praxair (PX), consensus $1.46... Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.36... McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.91... Eaton (ETN), consensus $1.13... Humana (HUM), consensus $1.63... Hilton (HLT), consensus 23c... International Paper (IP), consensus 92c... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.54... Jarden (JAH), consensus 59c... Quintiles (Q), consensus 70c... Tableau Software (DATA), consensus 4c... Garmin (GRMN), consensus 82c... Vantiv (VNTV), consensus 54c... ADT (ADT), consensus 49c.
13:45 EDTLMTLockheed F-35s show poor reliability in tests, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTRTNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ameren (AEE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AutoNation (AN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Bojangles (BOJA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Emerald Oil (EOX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Haemonetics (HAE) upgraded Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Jefferies sees entry point for Aegerion (AEGR), upgrades to Buy... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Triumph Bancorp (TBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Waste Management (WM) upgraded on valuation, rebounding businesses at Argus... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:01 EDTRTNRaytheon upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Raytheon to Buy from Neutral and maintained its $120 price target. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation and said regional instability in the Middle East may boost demand for missile defense systems.
07:42 EDTFLIRFLIR Systems management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
Meetings to be held in Orlando/Tampa on July 29 and in Atlanta on July 30 hosted by Sterne Agee CRT.
07:41 EDTFLIRFLIR Systems management to meet with Drexel Hamilton
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06:10 EDTRTNRaytheon upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
July 27, 2015
17:34 EDTLLLL-3 Communications awarded $274.6M government contract
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