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February 26, 2013
10:00 EDTMO, ROSE, KYO, MDP, RIG, AFFY, CHMT, ATW, LO, TSN, MMC, OKS, TC, TXN, LSI, ATML, ADM, CLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... LSI Corp. (LSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at TD Securities... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marsh & McLennan (MMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler ONeill... Altria Group (MO) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Tyson Foods (TSN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Lorillard (LO) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Chemtura (CHMT) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Meredith (MDP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Affymax (AFFY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Kyocera (KYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Miller Tabak.
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October 16, 2014
14:13 EDTADMU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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09:14 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics management to meet with Guggenheim
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October 15, 2014
17:03 EDTRIGTransocean receives $610M in new contracts since September 22 fleet update
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16:07 EDTMDPMeredith secures rights to license Martha Stewart Living Magazine, website
Meredith Corporation (MDP) announced that it has entered into an agreement with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) to acquire the rights to Martha Stewart Living and www.marthastewart.com pursuant to a 10-year licensing agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, Meredith will lead sales and marketing, circulation, production, and other non-editorial functions of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's editorial team will continue to create its highly regarded content. Additionally, Meredith will assume responsibility for the sales and marketing of www.marthastewart.com and www.marthastewartweddings.com and its related assets, including its vast video library. The agreement, which applies to the United States and Canada, is effective November 1. The agreement will not have a material effect on Meredith's FY15 Q2 financial performance, but will be accretive to Meredith's earnings for the second half of fiscal 2015 and in FY16.
11:58 EDTRIGStocks with call strike movement; WMB RIG
Williams (WMB) January 55 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 55, Transocean (RIG) January 5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48 according to IVolatility.
10:02 EDTRIG, ATWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Baker Hughes (BHI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... C&J Energy (CJES) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... CHC Group (HELI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Chart Industries (GTLS) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Core Laboratories (CLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Diamond Offshore (DO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Dril-Quip (DRQ) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Ensco (ESV) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... FIS (FIS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Halliburton (HAL) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Hercules Offshore (HERO) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Maxwell (MXWL) reinstated with a Buy at Canaccord... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Noble Corp. (NE) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Oceaneering (OII) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Peabody (BTU) initiated with an Underperform at Imperial Capital... RPC, Inc. (RES) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Receptos (RCPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Rowan Companies (RDC) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Schlumberger (SLB) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Sensata (ST) resumed with a Buy at Citigroup... Tidewater (TDW) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Transocean (RIG) initiated with a Sell at ISI Group... Weatherford (WFT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group.
07:07 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:05 EDTRIGTransocean initiated with a Sell at ISI Group
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October 14, 2014
09:02 EDTTXNTexas Instruments shipped over 22B units of copper wire bonding technology
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07:08 EDTTCThompson Creek reports Q3 operating results
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October 13, 2014
12:31 EDTADMArcher Daniels to acquire Specialty Commodities for $170M
Archer Daniels Midland Company, or ADM, announced an agreement to purchase Specialty Commodities Inc., or SCI, a leading originator, processor and distributor of healthy ingredients, including nuts, fruits, seeds, legumes and ancient grains, for $170M, subject to post-closing adjustments. When the transaction closes, SCI will become part of ADM’s new WILD Flavors and Specialty Ingredients business unit. ADM anticipates closing the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, in the coming weeks.
09:48 EDTMMCMarsh private healthcare enrollment beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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09:42 EDTMMCMarsh & McLennan unit reports gains in private healthcare exchange enrollment
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08:07 EDTATMLAtmel partners with IHR in automotive electronics
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05:57 EDTTXNStocks with implied volatility movement; SMH TXN
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October 10, 2014
16:22 EDTTXNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street had a bit of a see-saw trading day, but ended the session in the red once again. The Nasdaq took the brunt of the losses, falling over 2%, while the Dow's slide erased its gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. Oil slumped to a four-year low during the session, as brent crude touched $88.11 intra-day, its lowest level since December 2010. COMPANY NEWS: The semiconductor sector was weak across the board after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Microchip, which also pre-announced weaker than expected second quarter revenue, dropped $5.58, or 12.26%, to $39.96. Intel (INTC) fell $1.71, or 5.09%, to $31.91, Avago (AVGO) declined $9.24, or 11.46%, to $71.36, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped $3.28, or 7.13%, to $42.74 and Micron (MU) dropped $2.71, or 8.86%, to $27.93. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied $6.48, or 35.76%, to $24.60 after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Also higher was Dave & Buster (PLAY), which gained $1.28 to $17.28 after commencing trading on the Nasdaq following its initial public offering. Among the noteworthy losers was Procera Networks (PKT), which was downgraded by at least four research firms and plunged $2.85, or 33.33%, to $5.70 after the company warned its Q3 revenue will miss expectations. Also lower were shares of Caesars (CZR), which dropped $1.92, or 17.36%, to $9.14 after disclosing in a regulatory filing that its Chief Accounting Officer resigned to accept a position with another company. INDEXES: The Dow fell 115.15, or 0.69%, to 16,544.10, the Nasdaq plunged 102.10, or 2.33%, to 4,276.24, and the S&P 500 dropped 22.08, or 1.15%, to 1,906.13.
13:08 EDTTXNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
12:05 EDTADMUSDA raises U.S. corn production estimate to 14.475B
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10:29 EDTATML, TXNMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
06:48 EDTMO, LOSenators call on FDA to adopt strict e-cigarette warning
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