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April 23, 2013
14:05 EDTCB, MET, AIG, PRUMetLife, other insurers climb after dividend increase
MetLife (MET) and several other large insurance companies are climbing after MetLife announced that it would increase its dividend for the first time since 2007. WHAT'S NEW: The insurer announced that its second quarter dividend would be 27.5c per share, up from its first quarter dividend of 18.5c per share. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The dividend increase is the company's first since 2007 and comes after the insurer shed its status as a bank holding company. Last year the Federal Reserve, which oversees bank holding companies, vetoed a request by MetLife to increase its annual dividend to $1.10 per year. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors Wells Fargo analyst John Hall noted that the company did not announce that it would repurchase any of its shares. If the company's board had approved share repurchases, that information probably would have been announced today, the analyst wrote. Hall maintained an Outperform rating on the shares. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, MetLife jumped $2.30, or 6.45%, to $38.10, Prudential (PRU) advanced 3.7% to $58.20, AIG (AIG) climbed 4.7% to $40.45, and Chubb (CB) added 1.5% to $89.
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February 10, 2016
13:18 EDTMETJudge appears to support MetLife challenge to SiFi designation, CTFN says
During a two hour court hearing, Judge Roesmary Collyer appeared to support MetLife's challenge of being dubbed a "systemically important financial institution" by the Financial Supervisory Oversight Council, said CTFN. A decision on the challenge is expected in the next few months, the report noted. Reference Link
February 9, 2016
07:11 EDTMETBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
2016 Insurance Conference is being held in New York on February 9-11.
06:45 EDTAIGAIG intends to exit from at least half of hedge fund holdings, Bloomberg says
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05:31 EDTAIGStocks with implied volatility movement; DB AIG
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February 3, 2016
19:35 EDTMETOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Glu Mobile (GLUU), up 27.9%... Capstone Turbine (CPST), up 17.2%... Solaredge (SEDG), 12.6%... Take-Two (TTWO), up 8.3%... PennantPark (PNNT), up 5%... Cadence Design (CDNS), up 4.5%... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), up 1%. ALSO HIGHER: VirnetX Holding (VHC), up 90.6% after the company won a $625.6M verdict in favor of in a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple (AAPL)... Viacom (VIAB, VIA), up 9.5% and 7%, respectively, after Viacom issued a brief statement which reads, "The Viacom board of directors is scheduled to meet tomorrow."... CBS (CBS), up 4.7% after Sumner Redstone has resigned as executive chairman of CBS to be replaced by CEO Leslie Moonves. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: DHT Holdings (DHT), down 5.3%... GoPro (GPRO), down 9.9%... Imperva (IMPV), down 11.7%... Shutterfly (SFLY), down 3.8%... MetLife (MET), down 2.3%. ALSO LOWER: Ambarella (AMBA), down 2.2% after GoPro reported Q4 results.
16:19 EDTMETMetLife reports Q4 book value per share excluding AOCI other than FCTA $51.15
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16:18 EDTMETMetLife reports Q4 operating EPS $1.23, consensus $1.36
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14:48 EDTMETNotable companies reporting after market close
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12:35 EDTMETMetLife technical notes before earnings news
Ahead of earnings the downtrend that began in July 2015 has decelerated. The $40 level is a key support, below which a major topping pattern on a long-term chart would be confirmed. This would be bearish for longer-term future price. If the news is negative and the $40 area is taken out on the downside, next support would be at $39.02, $37.80, and $36.64. If the news is a positive surprise, first notable resistance would be at $45.08. Additional resistance levels would be at $46.45 and $48.21.
10:00 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... CIT Group (CIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded at Stifel... Cypress Energy (CELP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded on weak near-term outlook at Argus... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Intersil (ISIL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Microchip (MCHP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Peapack-Gladstone (PGC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... QIWI (QIWI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... STORE Capital (STOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Spark Energy (SPKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... UBS (UBS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded on oil price outlook at Stifel... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Axiom.
05:36 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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February 2, 2016
05:46 EDTAIGAIG's Steenland: Board, management 'fully aligned' behind Jan. 26 strategy
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February 1, 2016
17:45 EDTCBChubb launches new private equity practice
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15:49 EDTAIGIcahn says AIG plan 'inadequate,' will propose new directors, Bloomberg says
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10:02 EDTAIGOn 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.
09:04 EDTMETMetLife originated $3.2B in agricultural loans in 2015
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09:01 EDTAIGAIG downgraded at BMO Capital
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06:34 EDTAIGAIG downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
January 31, 2016
13:40 EDTAIGAIG restructuring could lift shares 20%, Barron's says
AIG's "modular" approach to reorganizing may hold some advantages over the outright breakup suggested by activist investors and could lift shares 20% in a year, Barron's contends in its 'Follow Up' column. If the moves fail to energize the stock, the company will only be further pressured to generate the "quick buck" desired by activists, the publication argues, recommending shareholders to "stay put" in 2016. Reference Link
11:39 EDTAIGS&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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