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October 31, 2014
13:05 EDTCLFCliffs Natural in talks with Nucor for Bloom Lake stake, WSJ says
Nucor (NUE) and two Japanese steel companies are in talks to invest in Cliffs Natural ís (CLF) Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Canada, which would allow Cliffs to more than double production at the mine and make it profitable, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing a person familiar with the matter. Cliffs Natural shares are up nearly 10% to $11.51 following the Journal's report. The Fly notes that Cliffs stated on October 28, during its quarterly earnings call, that it is looking for partners for phase 2 of its Bloom Lake project and that it has been searching for three partners to join. Reference Link
12:57 EDTCLFNucor in talks to take stake in Cliffs Bloom Lake mine project, DJ says
October 29, 2014
10:00 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ISI Group... Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Ahold (AHONY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alere (ALR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Ambev (ABEV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bayer (BAYRY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... HCC Insurance (HCC) upgraded at Raymond James... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Jamba (JMBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Midway Gold (MDW) upgraded to Speculative Buy from Hold at Canaccord... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... RWE AG (RWEOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
09:42 EDTCLFActive equity options trading
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08:25 EDTCLFCliffs Natural upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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08:25 EDTCLFCliffs Natural price target raised to $10 from $5 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan doubled its price target for Cliffs Natural shares to $10 after management said on the Q3 earnings call that the company would have no residual liability should the Eastern Canadian Iron Ore segment need to file for credit protection and guided for 2015 cost reductions in the core U.S. Iron Ore operations. The firm believes the comments triggered a short squeeze in the stock. It keeps a Neutral rating on Cliffs. Shares were downgraded this morning to Sell at Brean Capital.
05:31 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital
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October 28, 2014
17:01 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory despite two disappointing economic data points and a mixed report from social media giant Twitter (TWTR). The market moved in a narrow range for the opening half hour of trading but gained upside momentum following a much better than expected consumer confidence reading. The market continued to tack on points throughout the afternoon and closed at its highs, led by the Nasdaq, which gained 1.75% for the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable goods orders fell 1.3% in September, significantly undershooting expectations for them to have rise 0.7% in the month. The S&P Case-Shiller home price report showed prices were lower on a seasonally adjusted basis in the month of August compared to the prior month. A reading of consumer confidence surged to a seven-year high of 94.5 in October from a revised 89.0 final reading for September. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index rose 6 points to 20 in October, beating expectations for it to have pulled back to 10. COMPANY NEWS: Twitter (TWTR) sunk $4.78, or 9.84%, to $43.78 after the social media company reported in-line profit and higher than expected Q3 revenue, but also reported a slowdown in user growth and provided weaker than expected Q4 guidance. Following last night's report, the stock was downgraded at RBC Capital, Nomura and Bank of America Merill Lynch to "Hold" or equivalent ratings, while Stifel lowered its rating on Twitter shares to Sell from Hold... Shares of Pfizer (PFE) edged up 6c, or 0.21%, to $29.09 after the pharmaceutical giant reported third quarter adjusted earnings per share and revenue that were a bit better than expected and narrowed its fiscal year profit outlook. Of note, Pfizer said during its earnings conference call that while proposed rule changes have made "inversions" more difficult, that meaningful value from inversion deals can still exists on a "case-by-case" basis. Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN), which was previously a target of Pfizer, gained 67c, or 0.95%, to $71.43 following Pfizer's comments. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Whirlpool (WHR), which advanced $10.66, or 6.77%, to $168.06, Cummins (CMI), which gained $9.22, or 6.81%, to $144.59, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which jumped $2.05, or 22.19%, to $11.29. Among the noteworthy losers was Kohlís (KSS), which dropped $3.89, or 6.64%, to $54.66 after the department store operatorís outlook for third quarter same store sales and fiscal 2014 profit missed expectations. Also lower were shares of Coach (COH), which fell $2.15, or 5.95%, to $34.00 after the luxury handbag and accessory maker reported sales declined 9% on a constant currency basis in its first quarter. INDEXES: The Dow rose 187.81, or 1.12%, to 17,005.75, the Nasdaq advanced 78.36, or 1.75%, to 4,564.29, and the S&P 500 gained 23.42, or 1.19%, to 1,985.05.
12:34 EDTCLFCliffs Natural calls active as shares trade up
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11:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO says dividend built into projections
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11:09 EDTCLFCliffs Natural rises amid discussion about Bloom Lake project options
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11:02 EDTCLFCliffs Natural jumps 13.9% as earnings conference call continues
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10:45 EDTBTU, ACICONSOL rises after acknowledging long-term thermal coal MLP opportunity
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07:49 EDTACIArch Coal maintains targeted sales volume in 2014
For 2014, Arch is maintaining its targeted sales volume range, which reflects the expectation for further improvement in rail service in the Powder River Basin during the fourth quarter. The company also recognizes the potential for some contracted tons in the Powder River Basin to carry over into 2015. Arch has again reduced its 2014 cost guidance range for the Bituminous Thermal segment due to a strong operating performance achieved year-to-date. The company also further reduced its corporate administrative budget, and now projects expenses of between $117 million and $121 million for 2014, representing a $7 million reduction since the start of the year. Additionally, Arch is reducing its capital expenditures for 2014, and now expects to spend between $160 million and $170 million for sustaining capital programs, inclusive of land and reserve additions.
07:49 EDTACIArch Coal believes global coal markets are in early stages of rebalancing
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07:48 EDTACIArch Coal reports total incident rate for nine months in 2014 was 15% better YoY
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07:47 EDTACIArch Coal sees western thermal operations to benefit from improving rali service
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07:46 EDTACIArch Coal reports Q3 adjusted EPS (45c), consensus (41c)
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October 27, 2014
16:37 EDTCLFCliffs Natural expects FY15 U.S. iron ore sales 22M tons
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16:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reaffirms FY14 U.S. iron ore sales of 22M tons
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16:33 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q3 adjusted EPS 21c, may not compare to consensus (3c)
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16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; October 27, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 52c to 32.66. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:34 EDTCLFNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.11; General Growth Properties (GGP), consensus 31c; Avalonbay (AVB), consensus $2.00; Hartford Financial (HIG), consensus 83c; Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.36; XL Group (XL), consensus 63c; Masco (MAS), consensus 32c; Plum Creek Timber (PCL), consensus 30c; T-Mobile US (TMUS), consensus 2c; Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (3c); Twitter (TWTR), consensus 1c; American Capital Agency (AGNC), consensus 73c; DDR Corp. (DDR), consensus 30c; PartnerRe (PRE), consensus $3.66; Owens & Minor (OMI), consensus 47c; Manitowoc (MTW), consensus 42c; Compass Minerals (CMP), consensus 78c; Allison Transmission (ALSN), consensus 30c; Regal Entertainment (RGC), consensus 17c.
13:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural turnaround hampered by low iron ore prices, Bloomberg says
Lower iron ore prices are derailing Cliffs Natural's turnaround plans, says Bloomberg. Activist investor Casablanca Capital has been urging Cliffs Natural Resources to spin off or sell foreign mines and return more cash to investors but with iron ore prices at such a low level it may be difficult to sell mines at a satisfactory price or even maintain its current payout, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
07:28 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says could sell Fayetteville shale gas assets
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie said in a statement, "As we look to improve the balance of liquids and gas across our Petroleum portfolio we have initiated the marketing our Fayetteville acreage. However, we will only divest the field if it maximizes value for shareholders."
October 24, 2014
06:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural implied volatility of 106 at upper end of index mean range
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October 22, 2014
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; October 23, 2014
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14:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement into Q3 and outlook
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08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural short side risks have increased, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said risks to the short trade in Cliffs Natural have increased. The analyst rates shares an Underperform with a $10 price target but is bullish into next weeks earnings report given the size of cost cutting efforts, that could be worth $300M in EBITDA, and likely to surprise investors. Longer-term, the Credit Suisse remains cautious on shares.
October 21, 2014
17:58 EDTBHPBHP Billiton Q1 iron-ore output up 17% YoY to 57.09 tons
17:56 EDTBHPBHP Billiton Q1 copper output down 3% YoY to 389,400 tons
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10:00 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
05:31 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded BHP Billiton to Hold saying it sees limited near-term upside after cutting its commodities price estimates.
October 20, 2014
09:22 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:10 EDTBTUPeabody sees FY14 adjusted EPS ($1.48)-($1.38), consensus ($1.46)
Targets reflect lower seaborne thermal coal pricing and reduced production at the Wilpinjong Mine as strong year-to-date performance is expected to result in the mine reaching annual permit levels before year end. Expects total sales of 245 to 255 million tons, including U.S. sales of 185 to 190 million tons and Australian sales of 36 to 38 million tons; U.S. costs per ton 1 to 3 percent below 2013 levels on cost containment efforts. U.S. revenues per ton improved to 2 to 4 percent below 2013 levels on higher realized price per ton; and Australian costs that have been lowered to approximately $70 per ton, as a result of successful cost reduction initiatives and operating performance.
08:08 EDTBTUPeabody cuts FY14 CapEx to $200M-$220M
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08:08 EDTBTUPeabody seeing favorable industry indicators over Chinese coal imports
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08:07 EDTBTUPeabody reports Q3 adjusted EPS (59c), consensus (66c)
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06:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Cliffs Natural to Sell saying the covenant breach and asset writedowns could force the company to cut or eliminate its dividend and stock buyback program. Citi also believes iron ore prices are unlikely to average well above $80/tonne over the next couple of years. The firm lowered its price target for Cliffs shares to $5 from $16.
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