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January 2, 2013
12:46 EDTMRK, JNJ, UNH, HPQ, CAT, ZIP, CAR, SKUL, LNKDOn 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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16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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10:00 EDTCATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTCATUpdate: Caterpillar downgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Caterpillar to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares to reflect a slowdown in growth outside the U.S., a stronger U.S. dollar, easing ECB monetary policy, slowing Chinese import growth, and recessionary pressures in Brazil. Price target lowered to $121 from $125.
09:04 EDTCATCaterpillar downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
08:31 EDTHPQRiverbed names Mike Nefkens, Steffan Tomlinson to board of directors
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07:49 EDTCATLongbow to hold a conference
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September 9, 2014
14:04 EDTHPQHP price target raised to $43 from $40 at Argus
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11:11 EDTCARAvis Budget management to meet with MKM Partners
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07:17 EDTHPQThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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10:36 EDTCARHertz spikes higher as CEO Frissora resigns amid shareholder pressure
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08:06 EDTUNHInsperity, UnitedHealth extend contract through 2017
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTMRKMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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11:39 EDTHPQIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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11:17 EDTMRKBristol-Myers files patent infringement suit against Merck
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10:05 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
08:41 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Target $118.
08:39 EDTMRKMerck Keytruda sales to reach $5B in 2018, says BMO Capital
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06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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