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January 26, 2016
07:03 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to separate and combine IT/tech service units with Leidos
Lockheed Martin (LMT) has entered into a definitive agreement to separate and combine its realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions business segment with Leidos (LDOS) in a tax-efficient Reverse Morris Trust transaction, unlocking $5 billion in estimated enterprise value for Lockheed Martin stockholders. The agreement aims to align IS&GS's business with an industry leader in government IT and technical services, creating an enterprise capable of providing unparalleled solutions in industries from national security to health and life sciences. Subject to regulatory approvals, the $5B transaction includes a $1.8B one-time special cash payment to Lockheed Martin, which the Corporation intends to use to repay debt, pay dividends, and/or repurchase its stock. The cash payment is subject to adjustment on the terms set forth in the transaction documents. Lockheed Martin stockholders will receive approximately 50.5% of the outstanding equity of Leidos on a fully diluted basis with an estimated value of $3.2B. Leidos' existing shareholders will continue to hold the remaining approximately 49.5% of the outstanding shares of Leidos. The transaction structure, which is subject to market conditions, is currently contemplated to be a tax-efficient split-off transaction, which would result in a decrease in Lockheed Martin share count. The transaction is also subject to Leidos shareholder approval and completion of customary conditions, including receipt of opinions of tax counsel. The transaction is expected to close in the third or fourth quarter of 2016. Until closing, IS&GS will continue to operate as a business segment of the Corporation.
07:02 EDTFLIRInternational Exposition Company to hold an expo
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07:02 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to separate and combine IT/tech service units with Leidos
06:32 EDTCOLRockwell Collins to acquire Matrix series project product lines
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06:29 EDTLMTPoland 'very likely' to cancel $3B Airbus deal, Reuters reports
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January 25, 2016
14:33 EDTBABoeing technical comments ahead of results
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14:29 EDTLMTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:07 EDTLMTLockheed Martin volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
Lockheed Martin February call option implied volatility is at 23, March is at 22; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 33, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26.
January 24, 2016
20:21 EDTBAOn 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.
19:43 EDTBAIran says open to Boeing as Airbus order grows to 127 planes, WSJ says
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16:46 EDTBAIran Air chairman says carrier will need 20 regional jets, Bloomberg reports
Iran Air will need to add 20 regional jets following the country's sanctions lift, reports Bloomberg, citing statements by chairman Farhad Parvaresh. Bombardier (BDRBF) has already made a presentation to the carrier, the report said, with Parvaresh commenting, "Our plan is to have both Boeing (BA) and Airbus (EADSY) because in the past we operated both, but that doesn't mean that if another company approaches we'll say 'no'." Reference Link
16:38 EDTBAFlynas in talks for up to 100 new aircraft, Bloomberg says
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January 22, 2016
12:32 EDTCOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as they bid for their first two-day winning streak in what feels like a very long time amid a very tough start to 2016. The morning's strength was attributed to a continued rebound in oil prices and the prospects for economic stimulus in Japan, China and Europe. Oil prices remain higher by roughly 7% near noon and are holding solidly above $31 per barrel. As the first major winter storm bears down on the East coast, investor participation may slow down during the afternoon hours. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast. In Europe, Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei average rallied nearly 6%, with part of the strength attributed to a Nikkei Asian Review stating that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of American Express (AXP) sunk 12% after the company reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors, evidenced by Keefe Bruyette's downgrade of the stock as well as CNBC's David Faber reporting that ValueAct is no longer an American Express shareholder... Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid 2% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) gained nearly 5% after reporting earnings that topped expectations, approving a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and saying it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Golar LNG (GLNG), which rallied 41% after it signed a memorandum of understanding with Schlumberger to jointly market gas monetization solutions. Also higher was Canadian Pacific (CP), which gained 12% and was upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital following its quarterly results. In addition, Sprint (S) was 13% higher after saying it will release earnings on January 26, which was earlier than expected, and also after JPMorgan said that the company's 2016 cash burn fears are overdone. Among the noteworthy losers was Rockwell Collins (COL), which fell 3.5% after it reported quarterly earnings and issued fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. Also lower was Cardiovascular Systems (CSII), which dropped 33% and was downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Needham following its quarterly earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 131.77, or 0.83%, to 16,014.45, the Nasdaq was up 90.73, or 2.03%, to 4,562.79, and the S&P 500 was up 27.79, or 1.49%, to 1,896.78.
08:52 EDTBABoeing will not be hurt by lower 747 demand, says Stifel
After Boeing announced that it plans to reduce the 747-8 production rate to 0.5 per month from 1 per month, Stifel says that higher demand for Boeing's fuel-efficient, twin jet 777, 787 and A350 XWB planes should more than offset the decline in demand for the 747. The firm thinks that the move could result in margin gains for Boeing and Triumph Group (TGI). It keeps a $175 price target and Buy rating on Boeing.
08:03 EDTRTNRaytheon recognized as 2015 prime contractor by NASA
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, has selected Raytheon as the 2015 Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year at the Johnson Space Center. NASA honored the company for its high-tech execution of partnerships with small businesses in its contract supporting human spaceflight at JSC. NASA's Office of Small Business Programs announced the recognition, part of the Small Business Industry Awards.
07:06 EDTNOCNorthrop CEO: China R&D investment may 'leapfrog' U.S., Reuters says
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06:34 EDTCOLRockwell Collins raises FY16 to $5.45-$5.65 from $5.20-$5.40, consensus $5.40
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06:32 EDTCOLRockwell Collins reports Q1 Commercial Systems sales $562M
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06:31 EDTCOLRockwell Collins: Q1 was a slow start to FY16 plan
The company commented, "Our sales and earnings for Commercial Systems and Information Management Services were in line with expectations. However, our Government Systems sales were below our expectations due to the timing of certain orders and a supplier quality issue which impacted late-quarter deliveries of communications products. I expect these issues to be quickly resolved and we should recover the delays within the fiscal year, supporting our second-half growth plan in Government Systems."
06:31 EDTCOLRockwell Collins reports Q1 EPS cont ops $1.00, consensus $1.00
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