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January 9, 2013
10:21 EDTAVGO, ICE, SWKS, CME, QCOM, LNC, WAL, MET, UNM, AFL, PFGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aflac (AFL) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Lincoln National (LNC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... MetLife (MET) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Principal Financial (PFG) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Prudential (PRU) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Unum Group (UNM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Western Alliance (WAL) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Avago (AVGO) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... CME Group (CME) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point.
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January 15, 2015
06:14 EDTQCOMSamsung may dump Qualcomm chip in Galaxy S6 for own processor, DigiTimes says
Samsung (SSNLF) may dump Qualcomm's (QCOM) Snapdragon 810 processor for use in its next-generation Galaxy S smartphone in favor of its own Exynos-series chip, reports DigiTimes. According to other industry sources, Samsung's Galaxy S6 may have two versions using either Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors or Samsung's own Exynos chips. Reference Link
06:12 EDTQCOMTSMC sales likely to disappoint in Q2, DigiTimes reports
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January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTPFGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial upgraded at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded Principal Financial to Outperform from Market Perform. The analyst upgraded shares based on Principal's favorable outlook in the retirement segment, increased demand for financial products in emerging economies, and excess capital generation. Price target is $60.
06:57 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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06:09 EDTCMEBGC announces contingent increase of offer to acquire GFI to $5.60 per share
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06:05 EDTCMEBGC announces contingent increase of offer to acquire GFI to $5.60 per share
06:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
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January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTMETOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
15:05 EDTCMEBGC Partners increases GFI Group takeover offer to $5.60 per share
BGC Partners (BGCP) disclosed in a regulatory filing that the company delivered to GFI Group (GFIG) an offer letter, dated January 13. As previously disclosed, BGC has engaged in good-faith discussions with the GFI special committee of the GFI board for more than three months, and, in the course of those discussions, BGC believes that it has resolved and addressed each and every meaningful issue raised by the special committee. The executed offer letter and tender offer agreement are the results of those discussions, and, therefore, BGC believes that their terms constitute a “Superior Proposal” under the agreement and plan of merger, dated as of July 30, 2014 and amended on December 2, 2014, by and among GFI, CME Group (CME), Commodore Acquisition and a wholly owned CME subsidiary. The tender offer agreement provides that, once executed by GFI in accordance with the terms of the offer letter, BGC will amend its existing tender offer to purchase all of GFI’s issued and outstanding shares, so that the offer price will be increased to $5.60 per share payable net to the seller in cash, without interest. The tender offer agreement also provides that BGC will advance up to $61M to GFI in order to pay any termination fee payable to CME under the CME merger agreement, if any, fees and expenses incurred in connection with the negotiation and preparation of the tender offer CME agreement and up to $15M of borrowings under GFI’s credit agreement.
10:46 EDTMETMetLife has only upside in challenging SIFI designation, says Wells Fargo
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10:00 EDTSWKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:48 EDTSWKSSkyworks upgraded at BMO Capital
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07:41 EDTMETMetLife CEO says SIFI designation could lead to higher costs for consumers
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07:33 EDTMETMetLife CEO: FSOC's designation of MetLife 'premature'
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07:32 EDTMETMetLife CEO says company 'not systemically important'
07:31 EDTMETMetLife to ask federal court to review SIFI designation
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07:30 EDTMETMetLife to ask federal court to review SIFI designation
07:13 EDTMETMetLife CEO could decide soon whether to file suit against U.S., WSJ reports
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06:45 EDTSWKSSkyworks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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