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January 2, 2013
12:46 EDTLNKD, ZIP, UNH, SKUL, CAT, JNJ, CAR, HPQ, MRKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were significantly higher at midday after U.S. lawmakers agreed on a deal to avoid some of the tax hikes associated with the fiscal cliff, but many of the issues remaining were simply pushed off by the last-second agreement. The stop-gap measure puts off the drastic spending cuts that were due to take effect, but it did not eliminate them, and it failed to raise the debt limit, meaning another political showdown is coming. The day’s economic data points went largely unnoticed as most investors breathed a sigh of relief and sent the averages soaring right at the opening bell... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final reading for December's purchasing managers' index came in at 54.0, which was up from 52.8 a month ago and beat expectations for a downward revision to 53.6. The ISM's December manufacturing PMI had a reading of 50.7, versus the expected 50.5, while the prices paid index came in at 55.5, versus the expected 50.8. A separate report showed construction spending fell 0.3% in November, versus an expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Markit's zone-wide PMI edged down to 46.1 in December, compared with its 46.3 preliminary reading and down from 46.2 in November... COMPANY NEWS: Every member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average was higher at midday, with only Merck (MRK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and UnitedHealth (UNH) logging gains of less than 1%. Shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Caterpillar (CAT) paced the blue chip index, as each rose over 4%... Reflecting a trend similar to the one seen on the Dow, every S&P sector except for Healthcare was significantly higher... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Zipcar (ZIP), which rose 48% following its agreement to be acquired for $12.25 per share in cash by Avis Budget (CAR), which also had its shares rise nearly 5%. Among the noteworthy losers were Skullcandy (SKUL), down 14% after Jefferies downgraded the stock to Underperform from Buy, and LinkedIn (LNKD) which fell almost 4% after being downgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 224.78, or 1.72%, to 13,328.92; the Nasdaq was up 67.24, or 2.23%, to 3,086.75; and the S&P 500 was up 24.81, or 1.74%, to 1,451.00.
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05:12 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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January 25, 2016
17:24 EDTCARSRS Investment reports 9.5% stake in Avis Budget, will continue talks
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16:52 EDTCARAvis Budget raises share repurchase authorization by $300M
The increase in the company's share repurchase authorization is the fourth since the company launched its buyback program in August 2013. Through September 30, 2015, the company bought back more than $625M of stock under the program, including $277M of stock repurchased in the first nine months of 2015. As a result, in just over two years the company reduced its outstanding shares by more than 13M shares, or 12%. The remaining buyback authorization at September 30, 2015 was $258M, and the company continued to repurchase shares in the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
16:47 EDTCARAvis Budget announces agreement with SRS Investment Management
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16:46 EDTCARAvis Budget raises share repurchase authorization by $300M
16:14 EDTCATOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The market has yet to de-couple from oil prices, as stocks continue to move in the direction of the commodity. The averages almost made it back to positive ground in the early afternoon, but with oil down more than 4% the sellers emerged and pushed the market toward session lows. The market continued to lose ground as oil fell further, giving up nearly 6% by the close on the New York Mercantile Exchange, bringing stocks' two day win streak to an end. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light. The Dallas Fed manufacturing survey, the lone report of note, came in at -34.6, below the revised prior reading of -21.6 and short of the consensus -14.5 forecast. West Texas Intermediate for March delivery fell $1.85, or 5.8%, to close at $30.34 a barrel on the NYMEX. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 0.7% to $119.20 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... Twitter (TWTR) fell 4.6% to $17.02 after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares... Tyco (TYC) jumped 11.6% to $34.15 after reaching a merger agreement with Johnson Controls (JCI) which will see Johnson shareholders owning 56% of the combined company's equity. Johnson Controls fell 3.9% to $34.21 following the merger announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Valeant (VRX), which rose 4.55% to $92.63 after hospitalized CEO Michael Pearson said he is "on the road to recovery" after a bout of pneumonia. The news was followed by announcements that Valeant has sold three of its skincare brands and received FDA acceptance of its biologics license application for psoriasis drug Brodalumab. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which advanced 2.6% to $2.72 after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board. Meanwhile, energy savings firm EnerNOC (ENOC) jumped 69.5% to $7.05 after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of FERC's so-called "demand response" rule, sending energy generators Dynegy (DYN) and Talen Energy (TLN) down a respective 11.6% and 6.2%. Among the noteworthy losers was OncoMed (OMED), which plunged 42.9% to $10.04 after its Phase 2 trial of tarextumab in pancreatic cancer showed futility in an interim analysis. Also lower were containerboard and paper makers KapStone (KS), WestRock (WRK) and Packaging Corp (PKG), which dropped about 21%, 15% and 13%, respectively, after an industry publication reported that prices in the sector had declined. Additionally, Caterpillar (CAT) was the Dow's biggest decliner Monday, sinking 5% to $57.90 after being downgraded to Sell at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 208.29, or 1.29%, to 15,885.22, the Nasdaq lost 72.69, or 1.58%, to 4,518.49, and the S&P 500 declined 29.82, or 1.56%, to 1,877.08.
15:24 EDTUNHExpress Scripts off highs after Clinton tweets critical NPR report
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14:29 EDTJNJNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:42 EDTJNJEarnings Watch: J&J shares little changed since last earnings report
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson is engaged in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a broad range of products in the health care field. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.42 on revenue of $17.88B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.39-$1.44 on revenue of $17.57B-$18.31B. LAST QUARTER: On October 13, Johnson & Johnson reported third quarter EPS of $1.49 on revenue of $17.1B. The company's Q3 EPS results exceeded average analyst expectations of $1.45 but its revenue came in less than analysts' expectations of $17.54B. With its Q3 results, the drug giant narrowed its EPS view for the year to $6.15-$6.20 from $6.10-$6.20, while maintaining its sales outlook of $75B-$76B. Worldwide Consumer sales of $3.3B for Q3 represented a decrease of 7.7% versus the prior year, consisting of an operational increase of 3.1% and a negative impact from currency of 10.8%. Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $7.7B for the third quarter represented a decrease of 7.4% versus the prior year with an operational decrease of 0.3% and a negative impact from currency of 7.1%. Domestic sales decreased 4.5%; international sales decreased 11.1%, which reflected an operational increase of 5.5% and a negative currency impact of 16.6%. Excluding the net impact of acquisitions, divestitures and hepatitis C sales, on an operational basis, worldwide sales increased 10.1%, domestic sales increased 11.5% and international sales increased 8.5%. Worldwide operational sales growth was driven by new products and the strength of core products. New product sales growth was negatively impacted by lower sales of Olysio/Sovriad due to competitive entrants. Strong growth in new products include Invokana/Invokamet, for the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes; Imbruvica, an oral, once-daily therapy approved for use in treating certain B-cell malignancies, or blood cancers; Xarelto, an oral anticoagulant; and Zytiga, an oral, once-daily medication for use in combination with prednisone for the treatment of metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer. On January 19, Johnson & Johnson announced restructuring actions in its Medical Devices unit. The actions are expected to result in annualized pre-tax cost savings of $800M to $1B, the majority of which is expected to be realized by the end of 2018, including approximately $200M in 2016. With its restructuring announcement the company reiterated its prior adjusted EPS view of $6.15- $6.20. STREET RESEARCH: On December 18, Atlantic Equities analyst Steve Chesney initiated Johnson & Johnson with a Neutral rating and $95 price target. On December 1, Barclays analyst Geoff Meacham upgraded Johnson & Johnson to Overweight after assuming coverage of the name. J&J should post a strong year in 2017 and will likely boost its orphan diseases or oncology pipeline via capital deployment, Meacham tells investors in a research note. He raised his price target for shares to $115 from $101. PRICE ACTION Since reporting its Q3 results, Johnson & Johnson shares are up approximately 1%, and they are currently trading up fractionally in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's earnings report.
12:17 EDTCATOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as oil prices resumed their slide, giving up some of the surge the commodity saw to close out last week. The stock market, which has been highly correlated with oil lately, continues to be led around by energy prices once again today. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light with the Dallas Fed manufacturing survey the lone report of note. The survey came in at -34.6, below the revised prior reading of -21.6 and short of the consensus -14.5 forecast. WTI crude oil dropped about 5% to trade near $30.50 per barrel near midday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced a bit over 1% 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. On the other side of the Dow was Caterpillar (CAT), which fell nearly 4% to lead the bluechip index on the down side after its stock was downgraded to Sell at Goldman Sachs... Twitter (TWTR) fell about 4% after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyco (TYC), which rallied 10.8% after it announced that it entered into a definitive merger agreement with Johnson Controls (JCI). Johnson shares fell 2% after the deal announcement. Also higher was Williams Partners (WPZ), which gained 7% after it lowered its estimate of its 2016 growth capital funding needs to $2B, 32% lower than its previous plans. Among the noteworthy losers was OncoMed (OMED), which fell 46% after the company said its Phase 2 ALPINE clinical trial showed futility on an interim analysis. Also lower were KapStone (KS), WestRock (WRK), and Packaging Corp (PKG), which dropped 20%, 13%, and 11%, respectively, after an industry publication reported that prices in the sector had declined. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 78.00, or 0.48%, to 16,015.51, the Nasdaq was down 23.34, or 0.51%, to 4,567.84, and the S&P 500 was down 11.89, or 0.62%, to 1,895.01.
12:17 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The key level for the shares heading into earnings is at the $90 to $88 area, which has been a zone of support since late 2013. If the news is bearish, shares could retest this area. A breakdown below $90 would confirm a long-term topping process is underway. If the news is bullish, the first important resistance level is at the $100 area. A breakout above $100 would put the 52-week high at $105.49 up as the next major upside objective.
11:39 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility increases after Goldman cuts rating to sell into Q4
Caterpillar January weekly call option implied volatility is at 71, February is at 42; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
11:18 EDTCATGoldman says sell Caterpillar with more pain to come from commodity slump
The shares of Caterpillar (CAT) are dropping after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral. Demand for machinery will probably drop as commodity producers continue to lower their capital expenditures going forward, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Commodity producers are likely to reduce their capital spending, including their expenditures on machinery, according to Goldman analyst Jerry Revich. These trends will be driven by the producers' "challenging returns" and weak balance sheets, he believes. The commodity producers' slump will affect Caterpillar in two ways, the analyst explained. Specifically, 30% of Caterpillar's revenue is derived from commodity producers, while it obtains 25% of its revenue from countries that export commodities, where overall demand for machinery will probably fall, explained Revich. Moreover, although analysts' consensus estimates indicate that they expect Caterpillar's profit to bottom this year, capital spending in Caterpillar's main end markets appears to be above average levels, said Revich, who expects the company's 2017 EPS to come in 15% below the consensus outlook. The analyst cut his price target on the shares to $51 from $67. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Caterpillar dropped 4% to $58.54. Other machinery makers also declined, with Deere (DE) falling 2.8% to $72.54, AGCO Corporation (AGCO) slumping 3.6% to $44.28 and Joy Global (JOY) giving back 3.2% to $8.73.
10:00 EDTCATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:03 EDTMRK, CATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tyco (TYC) and Johnson Controls (JCI), up 9% and 1%, respectively, after announcing a definitive merger agreement. Johnson Controls shareholders will own approximately 56% of the equity of the combined company, while current Tyco shareholders will own approximately 44%... SunEdison (SUNE), up 10% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board... Affimed Therapeutics (AFMD), up 26% after entering a clinical research collaboration in immuno-oncology with Merck (MRK). UP AFTER EARNINGS: McDonald's (MCD), up 3%... LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down 5% after its CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet last night that several executives are departing the company. Media reports also indicate that, as part of its shake-up, Twitter intends to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week... OncoMed (OMED), down 38% after an independent data safety monitoring board remarked on several findings regarding futility of the company's Phase 2 ALPINE clinical trial... Medivation (MDVN), down 7% after FDA places investigational new drug application for MDV9300 on partial clinical hold... International Paper (IP), down 4.8%, Packaging Corp. (PKG), down 4.8%, WestRock (WRK), down 6%, after Pulp & Paper Week reduced January kraftliner and corrugated medium prices... Caterpillar (CAT), down 4% after Goldman cuts rating to sell... Regeneron (REGN), down 3% after downgraded at Chardan to sell. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly-Clark (KMB), down 2.5%.
08:59 EDTCATCaterpillar falls in pre-market
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08:23 EDTUNHLeerink sees 'strong' buying opportunity in Managed Care space
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06:53 EDTJNJGlaxo, Astra, J&J partner with universities in drug research fund, Reuters says
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05:23 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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05:19 EDTMRKAffimed Therapeutics enters into collaboration with Merck
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