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December 11, 2012
06:12 EDTSTP, CSIQ, YGE, JPM, XOM, FSLR, JASO, LDK, GDI, MS, SPWR, TSL, ESLR, WFC, SPWOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Morgan Stanley (MS) might soon ask U.S. regulators to let the securities firm buy back shares for the first time in more than four years, sources say. The bank could make its request to the Fed as soon as January as part of the annual "stress-test" process, the Wall Street Journal reports...North America will become a net energy exporter by 2025, thanks to a surge in oil and gas production and rapid improvements in energy efficiency, Exxon Mobil (XOM) predicts in its latest long-term energy outlook which will be released today, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: SPX Corp. (SPW) is in exclusive talks to buy rival Gardner Denver (GDI) and hopes to finalize a deal by the end of the year, sources say, in a merger that could create a conglomerate with a market value over $7B, Reuters reports...JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM) rose to first in a U.S. customer satisfaction survey, as its three biggest rivals, including perennial leader Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) declined in their scores. But smaller banks and credit unions continued to record higher numbers than all large banks, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index annual survey, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Emerging-market stocks rose for a fifth day, lifting the benchmark index to an eight-month high, as investors wait for progress on U.S. budget talks and before Fed policy makers meet. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index gained 0.2% to 1,031.14 as of 4:47 p.m. in Hong Kong, heading for the highest close since April 6, Bloomberg reports...Developers installed 684 megawatts of solar panels in the U.S. in Q3, 44% more than a year earlier, as residential projects rose to a record, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. About 3.2 gigawatts of solar energy will be installed in the U.S. this year, Bloomberg reports.
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November 19, 2015
07:12 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar subsidiary closes financing for 100MW Astoria solar power project
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November 18, 2015
16:45 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher from the opening bell onward despite housing starts data that was weaker than expected. Investors waited for the release of the FOMC minutes and saw what they had suspected; that the Fed was reinforcing its message that the December meeting is an option for the central bank to begin raising interest rates. The visibility on rates gave investors confidence, leading to a late-day rally that saw the averages close at their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell 4.3% to $69.78 after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in the new quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed 3.17% to $117.29 after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation... Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "Sell" rating, saying he expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 but that Exxon's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Despite Molchanov predicting Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016, the stock rose about 1% to $80.74 today amid a rally in oil prices. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Fairchild (FCS), which jumped $1.52, or 8.5%, to $19.40 after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON), whose stock fell 7.9% to $9.89 after the news. Also higher were Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), with the two railway operators advancing a respective 5.8% and 6.35% after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Additionally, ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% to $40.93 after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which dropped $4.98, or 9.4%, to $48.00 after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law. Also lower was Sprint (S), which fell 9.3%, to $3.99 after announcing a 50% discount for new customers switching from competing wireless carriers. GoPro (GPRO) declined 5.1% to $19.81 after research firm Piper Jaffray noted that the company has been offering discounts on its cameras, including featuring them on "flash sale" sites, and cut its price target on the stock to $15 per share. INDEXES: The Dow rose 247.66, or 1.42%, to 17,737.16, the Nasdaq gained 89.19, or 1.79%, to 5,075.20, and the S&P 500 advanced 33.14, or 1.62%, to 2,083.58.
10:02 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hartford Financial (HIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Oxford Lane (OXLC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... SM Energy (SM) downgraded at BMO Capital... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... StoneCastle (BANX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi.
08:55 EDTWFC, MS, JPMMorgan Stanley exec sees Q4 not much better than Q3 for banks, DJ reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) Institutional Securities President Colm Kelleher cautioned that fixed-income markets "still seem subdued," according to Dow Jones, citing his comments at an investment conference. Morgan Stanley was among the banks that reported lower revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading during the third quarter and Kelleher said he doesn't think "the fourth quarter is going to be much better," the report noted. Large bank peers to Morgan Stanley include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:43 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform on subpar oil leverage at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform from Market Perform. Analyst Pavel Molchanov expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 and said Exxon Mobil's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Molchanov expects Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016. The analyst said this is not a short-term trading call but a 6-12 month time horizon, which could prove wrong if oil spends the year below $50 territory.
06:36 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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November 17, 2015
18:34 EDTJPMU.S. pursuing criminal charges against JPMorgan, RBS executives, WSJ says
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17:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo names Timothy Sloan as COO
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13:29 EDTSPWR, FSLRSunEdison selloff continues, shares down 23%
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) continue to be weak and are down 23% to $3.49 in afternoon trading. Dan Loeb's Third Point last night disclosed it no longer owns the stock while David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital disclosed a reduced stake. Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah lowered his price target for SunEdison this morning to $16 saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors. SunEdison's solar peers are also weak, with SunPower (SPWR), First Solar (FSLR) and SolarCity (SCTY) all in the red.
09:44 EDTMSBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings and Ben Bernanke host a discussion with Betsy Graseck of Morgan Stanley, Governor Tarullo of the Federal Reserve on the role of collateral in the financial system, liquidity in bond markets and the shadow banking system in a meeting being held in Washington, D.C. on November 17 at 1:30 pm. Webcast Link
08:03 EDTCSIQ, SPWR, FSLR, JASOSolar module makers outlook positive, says Bernstein
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07:50 EDTWFC, JPMClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTJPM, MS, WFCBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
07:04 EDTJASOJA Solar reports Q3 EPS 68c, may not compare to consensus 32c
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November 16, 2015
11:30 EDTFSLRLoeb exits SunEdison while Deutsche says liquidity worries overdone
Deutsche Bank said that investors' fears that SunEdison (SUNE) will run out of liquidity are unfounded, as the solar energy company is not poised to suffer any liquidity events. Meanwhile, quarterly filings are showing that several prominent hedge funds have exited or trimmed their stakes in SunEdison and another firm downgraded the shares of a SunEdison subsidiary. LIQUIDITY WORRIES OVERDONE: Investors are worried about SunEdison's liquidity, but these fears are overdone, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Vishai Shah. Only about $3B of the company's total $12B debt consists of recourse loans, the analyst stated. Additionally, in the near-term, investors are primarily worried about a $510M payment that SunEdison has to make in connection with its acquisition of the company Wind Energy, according to the analyst. Although SunEdison will not be able to sell its wind projects to TerraForm (TERP) due to the "disarray" of alternative energy financing markets, SunEdison will instead drop the projects into one of its warehouses, enabling it to recognize cash margins for the projects, the analyst explained. Additionally, the interest owed by SunEdison's project development company will only amount to about $150M, versus the $210M per quarter shown on its income statement, Shah stated. The discrepancy is due to the consolidation of its subsidiaries and the non-recourse debt it holds, he explained. Shah kept a $28 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison shares. HEDGE FUND UPDATES: Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors lowered its stake in SunEdison last quarter, while Dan Loeb's Third Point sold its entire stake in the solar energy company last quarter, their quarterly filings disclosing their positions as of September 30 revealed. TERRAFORM DOWNGRADE: There is "substantial doubt" about TeraForm's ability to profitably buy assets from SunEdison or third parties, according to UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith. The analyst said he reached this conclusion because of TeraForm's 10%+ dividend yield and deteriorating balance sheet. Given the yieldco's recently revealed need to invest significantly more capital in projects than expected, its balance sheet will be more stressed than he had predicted, the analyst explained. Dumoulin-Smith lowered his price target on TerraForm to $14 from $30 and downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. ANOTHER TO WATCH: After meeting with First Solar's (FSLR) management last week, Shah wrote today that he was more confident about the company's upcoming products and earnings. Although investors are concerned about the company's 2017 earnings outlook, its 2017 earnings should grow to over $4 per share that year, he believes. Among the factors that will increase First Solar's profits are cost reductions, capacity expansion, and strong backlog growth, he believes. Shah kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SunEdison fell 8% to $4.53, TerraForm sank 9% to $12.56 after earlier reaching a 52-week low of $12.51 earlier in the session and First Solar was fractionally higher at $52.90.
11:24 EDTJPM, WFCClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
06:51 EDTXOMBig energy firms saw 70% earnings dip for first nine months, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTXOMExxon Mobil, Rosnet partnership is 'long-term,' Reuters reports
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